Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Putin to Decide Stance on Referenda Soon

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Presidential press secretary Dmitri Peskov told Kommersant, “President Vladimir Putin will formulate his attitude to the referenda held on Sunday in Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts on the strength of their results. His decision is difficult to forecast”. Asked by the newspaper whether the fact that he asked patriot elements to postpone the referendum until a later date would influence Putin’s attitude, Peskov pointed up, “No, he didn’t ask them, he made such a recommendation. However, it was difficult to heed the recommendation, even considering [Putin’s] prestige. Taking into account the real combat actions, the people there had to act according to their own approach and proceed from the real situation”. Already, the USA and the EU declared that they don’t recognise the results of voting on the status of Lugansk and Donetsk Oblasts and warned that they might apply economic sanctions against Russia if the referenda in Novorossiya bollix the so-called Ukrainian “presidential election” due on 25 May. Peskov said, “The reproaches levelled at Russia by the US and the EU are absolute folly. Why couldn’t the West prevent the use of APCs in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk and avoid the gunning down of civilians? They didn’t use their influence, they don’t give a hang, but they blame Russia for everything”.

Editor:

The West screams about “democracy”, but when real democracy faces them, they reject it with disdain. The West accepts “democracy” imposed by American murder and money… it rejects democracy that flows from the people. We are seeing the end of an unnatural era where one country had undue influence… the USA refuses to accept that it’s no longer “the sole superpower”… if it ever were such, first. Do remember that the USA brought on the present world economic crash through intemperate war spending coupled with potty tax cuts to the rich (of course, one usually RAISES taxes to pay for wars, but the Republican Party reversed that… what does that tell you about their intelligence and prudence?). Russia and China will put the arrogant Anglo-Americans in their place. The USA lacks the money to impose its will on the world. It DOES have the means necessary to defend the seaborne defence lines of the Anglosphere… but that means forgoing potty and notional adventures in Eurasia. It has to abandon Zbig’s dreams of the USA implementing Prometheanism… it simply can’t afford to do so.

“THIS IS MINE”, sez the Bear… the USA had best read n’ heed…

BMD

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On Monday, Roman Lyagin, head of the Central Elections Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told Interfax on the phone, “We planned to issue a final referendum report signed by all members of the Central Elections Commission by 15.00 local time (05.00 EDT. 08.00 EDT. 13.00 BST. 16.00 MSK. 22.00 AEST). However, we can hardly do so because of tensions in the Donetsk Oblast. Hence, we’ve intentionally posted tentative results of the ballot; we’ll base our decisions on them… 89.07 percent for Donetsk Oblast to be independent, 10.19 percent against that, and 0.74 percent invalid ballots. The region is witnessing escalating violence and many armed people are about. Sometimes, it’s even impossible to say whom these people represent. Therefore, the delivery of ballot papers to the Central Elections Commission entails danger to the life and health of election commission members. I can’t say when an official referendum report would be available. It may take a week to bring in ballot papers from [polling stations] but I can’t give you an exact time”.

Editor:

I think the real reason that the junta released Pavel Gubaryov is that they traded three American mercs for him. The USA pressured the junta to give in, they didn’t want the adverse publicity (the Republicans would’ve used it as fodder in the upcoming midterm elections). That, I believe, are the facts behind, “Sometimes, it’s even impossible to say whom these people represent”.

BMD

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On Sunday, Central Elections Commission press secretary Vasili Nikitin told Interfax, “Polling stations closed in 29 out of 32 cities of Lugansk Oblast on Sunday night and commissions started counting ballots cast in the referendum. The turnout was 81 percent as of 20.00 local time (10.00 PDT. 13.00 EDT. 18.00 BST. 21.00 MSK. 03.00 12 May AEST). Polling stations stayed open until 23.00 (13.00 PDT. 16.00 EDT. 21.00 BST. 00.00 12 May MSK. 06.00 AEST) at the request of steelmakers and miners in three cities, Stakhanov, Pervomaysk, and Alchevsk. Voters in Krasny Luch, Slavyansk, Krasnodon, Melovoye, and Rubezhnoye were very active. Their turnout in the referendum varied from 85 percent to 95 percent”. He noted that Lugansk Oblast has 2.251 million people according to 2013 official statistics. Lugansk People’s Republic officials will announce the official referendum results at a rally on Monday.

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A source at the Donbass People’s Opolchenie told Interfax, “The enemy opened artillery fire on Andreyevka using heavy mortars and howitzers. We also have information that the enemy is using combat helicopters to cover them. Some people may have died in the attack; we had some wounded. We’re verifying this information mow”.

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00 russian helo carrier Vladivostok. 14.05.14

Russian helicopter carrier/amphibious assault ship Vladivostok under construction in France

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On Monday, according to Reuters, French diplomatic sources said that France would press ahead with a 1.66 billion USD (57.6 billion Roubles. 1.77 billion AUD. 1.81 billion CAD. 1.22 billion Euros. 990 million UK Pounds) contract to sell helicopter carriers to Russia as cancelling the deal would do more damage to Paris than to Moscow. France came under pressure from Washington and some European partners to reconsider its supply of high-tech military hardware to Moscow. It said it’d review the deal in October… but not before.

French diplomatic sources said, “The Mistrals aren’t part of the third level of sanctions. We’ll deliver them. They paid for them according to the contract, and there’d be financial penalties for not delivering them. France would be one paying the penalty. It’s too easy to say that France has to cancel the sale of the ships. We’ve done our part”. The Minoborony warned France in March that it’d have to repay the cost of the contract and more penalties if it cancelled the deal. The long-discussed French sale was Moscow’s first major foreign arms purchase in the two decades since the fall of the USSR. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed the signing of the Mistral contract as evidence that the Cold War was over. It created about 1,000 jobs in France. A French government source said that at no point had the USA officially expressed any concern over the sale. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is due for delivery by the last quarter of 2014. The second, named Sevastopol after the Crimean seaport, ha a delivery date of 2016.

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On Monday, the chairman of the Lugansk People’s Republic Central Elections Commission in charge of the referendum told a press conference in Lugansk that election workers handed out 1.35 million ballots to voters at polling stations and gave another 15,000 ballots to voters outside of polling stations. According to official information, 1.29 million people, or 96.2 percent of voters, voted “yes” for independence of the Lugansk People’s Republic, and 51,276 people, or 3.8 percent of voters, voted against it.

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On Monday, police sources in Lugansk Oblast said, “A group of 15 unidentified gunmen wearing camouflage seized an oil terminal on Vygonnaya Street in Rovenki. The incident occurred at 13.40 local time (03.40 PDT. 06.40 EDT. 11.40 BST. 14.40 MSK. 20.40 AEST) on Sunday. No further details are available”.

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On Monday, according to Interfax, RF Gosduma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin told reporters when asked to comment on the outcome of the referendum, “The referendum shows their wish to defend their rights, essentially, their wish to be free. The results of the referendum clearly show that millions of Ukrainians who live in Lugansk and Donetsk Oblasts believe that the current state apparat massively violates their rights”.

Editor:

Don’t forget, one of the first actions of the junta was to outlaw Russian and they tried to ram Galician semi-Polish pidgin down everyone’s throats. They’re fascist pigs who glorify the UPA murderers… they loudly made that clear, too. No right-minded patriot in Novorossiya or Malorossiya trusts the junta, as it tries to push Galician Uniate nonsense in place of real Russian language and culture. In short, the people of the east want no part of Galician Uniate hillbilly nekulturny flapdoodle… they’d rather fight and die first. Oh, one last thing… the people in the east outnumber the hillbillies (there are more people in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics than there are Uniates in the whole country)… need I tell who has the better chance of winning?

BMD

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Aleksei Chmilenko, leader of the People’s Front of the Lugansk People’s Republic, told Interfax, “[The junta] wants to annex three raions… Svatovsk, Troitsk, and Starobelsky Raions… and forcibly join them to Kharkov Oblast. To do that, they want to organise fictitious citizens’ assemblies, doing such with local criminals. I have information that the Kiev administration intends to do a similar thing in Krasnoarmeisk, to join it to Dnepropetrovsk Oblast.

Editor:

Let’s see… Avakov is a real estate fraudster and Turchinov and Yatsenyuk are both known thieves and confederates of Darlin’ Yuliya. Ergo, for them to ally with criminals is a no-brainer. They’re criminals themselves, so, they’re just reaching out to likeminded shitbirds. Note well that Shevchuk kisses their ass publicly and effusively (he also kisses Biden’s ass publicly for all to see). However, does that surprise you? Slipy kissed Hitler’s ass, didn’t he? The Uniates haven’t changed their spots, have they?

BMD

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00 lugansk. 02. 14.05.14

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On Monday, Army of the Southeast spokesman Vasili Nikitin told a press conference in Lugansk that the Lugansk People’s Republic wouldn’t take part in the Ukrainian presidential election on 25 May, saying, “The election might have taken place in Lugansk Oblast, but now we’re the Lugansk People’s Republic. Therefore, we won’t take part in the election. The Lugansk Oblast Soviet lost its legitimacy when we proclaimed the People’s Republic. The new Republic authorities are drawing up a request for recognition from the UN. We’ll have a gala concert on Monday night”.

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On Sunday, Aleksei Chmilenko, leader of the Lugansk People’s Front, told Interfax, “We’d like to create a unified space with Donetsk, a united state; in future, probably Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, and other oblasts might join us and follow our example. We face many challenges after the referendum, including forming a new administration, armed forces, and other state institutions”.

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On Monday, Denis Pushilin, Chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic Soviet, said that the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) proclaimed itself an independent state after the referendum, saying, “We, the people of Donetsk People’s Republic, proclaim the DNR’s independence following the results of the referendum held on 11 May 2014, which manifested this independence. Following the will of the people of DNR, who wish to restore historical justice, we ask the Russian Federation to let the DNR integrate with Russia. Moscow respects the will of the citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics and hopes that the further fulfilment of the results of the referendum would come peacefully through dialogue between representatives of the Ukrainian government, Donetsk, and Lugansk”.

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On Friday, Gazprom stated that the Ukraine’s accumulated debt for previous deliveries totalled 3.5 billion USD (121.4 billion Roubles. 3.75 billion AUD. 3.8 billion CAD. 2.55 billion Euros. 2.1 billion UK Pounds). It said that it’d switch to advance payments for natural gas supplied to the Ukraine starting from June. Gazprom CEO Aleksei Miller said at a meeting with Chairman of the RF Government Dmitri Medvedev, “The Ukrainian side must pay for June deliveries by 2 June. If the Ukraine fails to pay for June deliveries, Gazprom will cut off gas supplies from 3 June”. Earlier, Gazprom said that Moscow’s conflict with the putschist junta in Kiev could potentially hamper Russian natural gas deliveries to Europe through the Ukraine. The company said that it feared that Naftogaz could fail on its transport obligations, withholding gas allocated for Europe for itself. On 1 April, the price of Russian gas for the Ukraine rose to 485 USD (16,810 Roubles. 518 AUD. 528 CAD. 354 Euros. 290 UK Pounds) per 1,000 cubic metres (35,315 cubic feet) from 268.50 USD (9,305 Roubles. 286.50 AUD. 292 CAD. 196 Euros. 160 UK Pounds), as Russia withdrew two major discounts. In December, Russia offered Ukraine a 25 percent discount on natural gas, a deal cancelled because of Kiev’s overdue gas bills.

Editor:

If the Ukraine were to interfere with gas shipments, not only would that trigger Russian intervention, Europe would stand by and do nothing… the USA can’t supply them with needed energy. The Uniate junta has chutzpah… it wants discounts for gas given for naval base rents (moot, as the Crimea rejoined Russia) and for a neutralist foreign policy (it now holds a pro-American Russophobic policy, the wet dream of the Galician Uniate hillbillies). Of course, Russia withdrew the discounts. The junta believes in a libertarian “Free Market”… well, let them pay the market price. That’s only fair, isn’t it?

BMD

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On Monday, Valery Bolotov, People’s Governor of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR), told residents in a televised address, that the LNR declared itself a sovereign state following the 11 May referendum, “We’ve chosen our own path of independence from tyranny and bloody dictatorship by the Kiev junta, from fascism and nationalism. We’ve chosen the path of freedom and the rule of law”.

12 May 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Putin-to-formulate-his-attitude-to-referenda-in-Ukraines-south-east-on-their-results-5579/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Final-results-of-Donetsk-referendum-still-while-away-organizers-suggest-looking-to-tentative-data-6279/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Lugansk-referendum-demonstrates-over-80-turnout-9626/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Explosions-gunfire-heard-near-Ukraines-Slavyansk-3156/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/France-wont-cancel-warship-deal-with-Russia-sources-6028/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/96-2-percent-vote-for-Lugansk-federalization-at-referendum-final-data-3520/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Unidentified-gunmen-seize-oil-terminal-in-Ukraines-Lugansk-region-1342/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Referendum-in-two-eastern-Ukrainian-regions-shows-that-their-residents-want-freedom-Duma-Speaker-3757/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Kiev-has-plans-to-annex-some-districts-of-Lugansk-Donetsk-regions-self-defense-0541/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Lugansk-Peoples-Republic-not-to-have-Ukrainian-presidential-election-on-May-25-9990/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Lugansk-doesnt-rule-out-union-with-Donetsk-Peoples-Republic-8276/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Donetsk-People-s-Republic-declare-itself-sovereign-state-official-1568/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Gazprom-may-stop-deliveries-of-gas-to-Ukraine-in-June-7813/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Ukraines-Lugansk-declares-itself-sovereign-state-4343/

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

“Moscow-on-Seine” Orthodox Cathedral by Eiffel Tower gets Green Light

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A massive Russian-style cathedral is set to transform the iconic skyline of the French capital, Paris. In the wake of Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev‘s visit to Paris, his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault said that France backed the construction of a controversial Orthodox cathedral not far from the Eiffel Tower. During a press conference with Medvedev, Ayrault said, “France shall stick to the realisation of the project. However, to build in Paris is more difficult than elsewhere, due to all the architecture and heritage protection laws”.

Moscow‘s plan to build a large cathedral and cultural centre with five onion domes and an undulating roof of glass panels beside the River Seine was stopped earlier this month. Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë described the project as “pastiche architecture” and an “ostentation totally unsuitable for the banks of the Seine”. Russia bought the 4,000-square-metre (43,055 square feet. 0.4 hectare. 1 acre) land plot that once hosted the headquarters of the French weather service in 2007 for about 60 million UK Pounds (3 million Roubles. 96 million USD. 75 million Euros). Medvedev finalised plans to build a second Orthodox cathedral in Paris with then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010.

However, when the joint design by Spanish architect Manuel Nuñez, agency Sade, and Russian company Arch Group was unveiled, many Parisians raised their eyebrows. They soon dubbed the project “Moscow-on-Seine”. The French government subsequently suspended an agreement with Russia whereby it pledged to study ways to make the building “harmoniously fit the surrounding landscape”. Ayrault said in conclusion, “I’m sure we’re on the right track to find a good project. I’m sure we’re going to find a solution”. Tens of thousands of Russians live in or near Paris. In the 1920s, the French capital became a favourite destination for anti-Bolshevik “White Russians” fleeing the Communist takeover of Russia.

28 November 2012

International Business Times

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/409305/20121128/paris-orthodox-cathedral-moscow.htm

Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep this one simple. On the one hand, you had the Mayor of Paris, homosexual activists, and posturing pseudo-intellectuals (think the SVS crowd, and you’ll have ’em nailed). On the other hand, you had the Russian government and the powerful builders’ trades union. There was NO contest. However, Hollande had to mollify the loud activists, so, he took a week to make his decision to allow them to posture to their heart’s content. Now, it’s time for real work, and the project’s going forward, as originally planned. After all, Russia ships in the natural gas and the builders’ union has a lot of clout. This was over before it even started…

BMD

 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Elections in Europe Show Anti-American Bias

The Socialist Red Rose… they’re celebrating today…

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According to the results of an exit poll by the Gallup International Association, five Armenian political groups will pass the parliamentary threshold. Eight parties and one party alliance participated in the elections. The threshold for parliamentary representation is five percent for a party and seven percent for a bloc. Exit poll results at 20.00 local time (19.00 MSK 16.00 UTC 11.00 EDT 08.00 PDT) showed that the Republican Party of President Serzh Sargsyan and the Prosperous Armenia party, both in the governing coalition, are clearly in the lead with 43.3 percent and 29.3 percent, respectively. Centrist Orinats Erkir (Rule of Law), the third party in the ruling coalition, got about 6.2 percent. Other parties likely to succeed in the polls are the opposition Heritage Party with 6.5 percent and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation with 5.2 percent.

It’s unclear whether the main opposition force, the Armenian National Congress of ex-President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, will pass the parliamentary threshold. Exit polls give the bloc 6.4 percent, below the required threshold of seven percent. Vote tabulation is currently underway and results only from 35 polling stations are available so far. According to early results, the Republican Party got 71.8 percent and Prosperous Armenia received 13.21 percent. The Armenian Revolutionary Federation was third with 7.77 percent. Other parties got less than 3 percent. According to the Central Election Commission results, more than 1.5 million, or 62.33 percent of almost 2.5 million eligible voters cast a ballot in Sunday’s election. More than 31,000 domestic observers and 647 international monitors monitored the voting. The Armenian police said it received 62 reports about possible election violations; they are investigating all of them, and they’ve already launched three criminal cases. Police also investigated 43 reports on the internet and in the mass media about suspected violations. Officials shall release preliminary results within 24 hours after the vote; the official result is due in a week.

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With 65 percent of votes counted in Greek parliamentary elections, centre-right New Democracy received 19.8 percent of the vote, whilst its coalition partner, centre-left PASOK was third with 13.6 percent of the vote. The results give the ruling Greek coalition a weak majority in parliament, with New Democracy receiving 61 seats in parliament plus the 50 seats the winner gets under the law. Its coalition partner got 42 seats. Pro-bailout New Democracy and PASOK are amongst the parties likely to pass the 3 percent parliamentary threshold. Syriza, a radical leftist party, was a solid runner-up; its 16.2 percent of the vote gave it 50 parliamentary seats. Other parties that are likely to win seats in parliament are Independent Greeks with 10.5 percent (32 seats), the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 8.4 percent (26), neo-Nazi Golden Dawn with 6.9 percent (21), and the Democratic Left with 6 percent (18). Final results are due on Monday.

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French Interior Minister Claude Guéant said that François Hollande, the leader of the opposition French Socialist Party, won election as France’s new president with more than 80 percent of ballots counted. With 98.89 percent of ballots counted, incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy got 48.33 percent of the vote, whilst 51.67 percent supported Hollande. Gueant said, “On behalf of the government I congratulate the new President of the Republic and wish him successful service, to the benefit of France”. Sarkozy, the incumbent French president, has already admitted his rival’s victory in the Sunday’s runoff presidential vote. Sarkozy said at a meeting with his supporters in Paris, “Hollande was elected President of France; we’ve got to respect this choice”. The official vote count is continuing, with the announcement of official results due on early Monday, but preliminary results, exit polls, and various French media gave Hollande between 50.8 and 52 percent, with about 48 to 49 percent for his opponent, with voter turnout at 81.03 percent. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have already congratulated M Hollande on his election victory.

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According to first results, incumbent Serbian president Boris Tadić and ex-nationalist Tomislav Nikolić are likely to face each other in a presidential election runoff. Serbia voted in presidential, parliamentary, and municipal elections on Sunday. According to the country’s election commission’s data obtained by Serbian election officials from 26 percent of polling stations, Tadić received 24.81 percent of the vote and has a narrow lead over his main election rival, who has 24.71 percent. Interior Minister Ivica Dačić was third, with 15.76 percent of the vote. In Serbia’s previous presidential election in 2008, Nikolić led after the first round, but lost 2.3 percent to Tadić in the runoff. The Centre for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) said in its early results that Tadić won 26.7 percent, whilst Nikolić received 25.5 percent of the vote. The candidates’ political parties are also close in the parliamentary election. With 7.5 percent of ballots counted, Tadić’s Democratic Party (DS) received 21.3 percent, and it appeared to be narrowly behind Nikolić’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), which has 24.2 percent.

 7 May 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120507/173279098.html

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120507/173279944.html

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120507/173277456.html

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120507/173280793.html

Editor’s Note:

There’s no joy in Mudville tonight. The pro-American parties are on the run… with the largest defeat for the neocons coming in France. No doubt, M Hollande will accelerate French withdrawal from the Afghan quagmire, and he’ll not involve France in any more US neocon warmongering. In Armenia, the local pro-Russian bosses won, but the USA won’t trumpet the obvious fraud because of the Armenian-American diaspora (which has about as much clout as the Israel Lobby and Greek Lobby does… Russia gets bad press because there’s no powerful Russian-American Lobby). Serbia’s due for a runoff, a rematch between Tadić and Nikolić. In Greece, the pro-austerity parties only won a very narrow four-seat margin because of the oddbod election law that hands over 50 additional seats to the top vote-getter. The pro-austerity slimers only got a third of the vote (33.4 percent), but this wrinkle in the Greek election law gave the parliament to the pro-oligarch friends of the affluent effluent (shades of “hanging chads”, no?). The majority’s so slim that the chances of a “no confidence” vote are VERY high indeed.

In short, Langley will pull no corks today… and that’s a GOOD thing… bet on RED.

BMD

Thursday, 5 April 2012

5 April 2012. The Left’s Surging Forward in France… Sarkozy in Deep Doo-Doo

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No wonder the rightwingers in the USA are scared. The general trend this year around the globe has been leftwards. Robert Fico won in Slovakia… millions came out in Spain to demonstrate against the rightwing slimers… Putin won the Russian election by turning “left”… and, in France, it’s a question of whether the Socialists or the Left Front is going to come in second in the first round (and Sarkozy‘s expected to lose the second round to whatever leftist opposes him). The Extreme Rightwing view was found on Fox News:

Obama’s gonna win because of the low-lifes coming out to vote… minorities, immigrants, feminists, and gays”.

That’s an EXACT quote. Don’t slacken your efforts until we drive a stake through the rightwing bloodsuckers’ hearts… and don’t slacken your vigilance even then. These people are godless, soulless, greedy SOBs who want to profit at your expense… and they lose NO sleep over it.

VOTE THEM OUT.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 5 April 2012

Albany NY

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