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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Putin Uses New York Times Op-Ed to Warn USA Against Syria Strike

00 Carlos Latuff. CNN Whitewashing Bahrain Dictatorship. 2012

CNN Whitewashing Bahrain Dictatorship

Carlos Latuff

2012

CNN is doing it again… it REFUSES to report the enormities committed by the Syrian opposition against Christians, Shiites, and Alawis… none dare call it EVIL…

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President Vladimir Putin warned in an op-ed that he wrote for the New York Times that a potential American strike on Syria is fraught with dangerous consequences. Currently, Washington is contemplating a strike on Syria as retaliation for a deadly 21 August chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb, which it attributed to the régime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government blamed the attack on rebel forces; Russia tentatively backed its long-time ally, whilst calling for further investigation.

Putin said in his op-ed, entitled A Plea for Caution from Russia, posted on the NYT’s website Wednesday, “Recent events surrounding Syria prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It’s important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies. A potential strike by the USA against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, would result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilise the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance”.

Putin reiterated Russia’s position that we should resolve the Syrian civil war by peaceful means, saying, “From the outset, Russia advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We aren’t protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the UN Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos”. He emphasised that international law only permits use of force “in self-defence or by the decision of the Security Council”, adding that all other ways are “unacceptable under the UN Charter and would constitute an act of aggression”.

Putin noted, “no one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. The gas was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would side with the fundamentalists”. On Tuesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that his country was ready to give up chemical weapons and join an international convention banning them.  On Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Genève for hastily-organised talks on a Russian plan to prevent an American attack on Syria by placing the war-torn country’s chemical weapons under international control.  Speaking on the al-Mayadeen pan-Arabist television channel, Aleksandr Zasypkin, the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, said Moscow handed over to the UN Security Council evidence that rebel forces used chemical weapons in Syria.

Putin voiced concern that “military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the USA”. He expressed doubt that it could be in America’s long-term interest and added that many people worldwide “increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force”. Putin noted that his working and personal relationship with US President Barack Obama was “marked by growing trust”, he said, “I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria”. Putin said that he and Obama “must work together to keep this hope alive. If we can avoid force against Syria, this would improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It’d be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues”.

12 September 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/politics/20130912/183372698/Putin-Warns-US-Against-Potential-Syria-Strike.html

Editor’s Note:

One must note that since 1991 the American Right, in particular, along with so-called Humanitarian Interventionists (an oxymoronic and evil construction if there ever was such), has advocated the first use of force in all situations where the USA is stymied, as they believe that the USA is the “sole superpower”. Today, that becomes more suspect for two reasons. Firstly, Russia and China are in close alliance due to American aggression and self-righteousness. That is, the two most powerful states on the Eurasian World Island are now in concert due to American stupidity, hubris, and self-centredness. That’s why you hear so much hate against these countries spewed in the Western media (especially by conscienceless filth like Christiane Amanpour, who attacks VVP whilst whitewashing the massacre of Syrian Christians by the Syrian rebels). Note well that the first casualty of American aggression was the death of the Sino-American rapprochement brought about by Richard Nixon.

Secondly, the USA believed its own propaganda. Washington really and truly believed that American power had no limits… that it could intervene wherever it wanted and do whatever it wanted to anyone, everywhere on the globe. Besides that, Americans as a society are juveniles… they require constant adulation or they turn peevish and cruel. Look at Guantánamo… the USA holds people in indefinite detention in contravention of all their laws and pretensions, that is, it holds political prisoners under conditions not even seen in the GULag. You see, if you were in the GULag, at least, you had a definite sentence; it was part of a judicial process. At Guantánamo, there are no such niceties. It’s simply that America doesn’t like you and that you’ll lose your freedom consequently. In any case, American aggression over the past twenty years emptied the Treasury; it led directly to the Bush Meltdown (along with his munificent tax cuts to his rich pals). There ain’t no more juice in the jug… wars are expensive, and wartime is a stupid time to enact tax cuts.

In short, the USA isn’t going to strike Syria. The present political kabuki is for the benefit of the Saudi and Israel Lobbies. Barack Obama isn’t stupid like George Bush, John McCain, Sarah Palin, or Willard Romney. Powerful interest groups call for intervention in Syria… and Obama can’t go against them publicly. It would’ve been worse with McCain or Romney… both are pugnacious ignoramuses. Actually, I think that Obama and Putin orchestrated this at the G20 meeting. Obama doesn’t need new war and the country doesn’t need more military spending… Putin is his figleaf. Watch for a compromise to come out of Genève… remember, the age of untrammelled American aggression died in 2008 with their defeat in South Ossetia… it was a “Bridge Too Far”. The American people have had enough of “glory” in foreign parts.

For Orthodox people, do notice who’ve supported the warmongers. For the konvertsy, this is a “put up or shut up” moment. They’ve always supported the Looney Right; they’ve always bought into the lunatic “City on a Hill” pabulum spouted by Slobberin’ Ronnie and his ilk. Any road, they should stand with the rest of us in supporting Syria, or, they should leave us (it’d be their first honest act in their lifetimes). I’ve had enough of their hubristic posturing… I’m not alone in that. The Orthosphere is a reality… Orthodoxy isn’t just a religion… it’s a little bit more, as all REAL Orthodox know. We’re NOT Westerners… we’re Orthodox who live in the West (not the same thing… our ethos comes from the Orthosphere, not from the West). The konvertsy must internalise this or leave. It’s quite that simple.

Remember Ma’loulamay my right hand wither if we don’t…

BMD

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Russia Hopes that the USA may Eventually Lift Cuban Embargo


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According to Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin, Russia hopes that the Americans will follow their decision to ease their blockade of Cuba with other moves that’d fully lift the blockade. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Washington to give up its trade embargo, which is now in its 51st year. Recently, the USA somewhat eased the blockade. Specifically, it’s removed the restrictions concerning visits by US citizens to their relatives in Cuba, as well as allowing cash remittances. Churkin feels that the unilateral US sanctions have proved incapable of affecting the Cuban people’s choice of the model of social development, but have only served to lower the island country’s living standards.

Once again, the UN General Assembly demanded that the USA “in the shortest possible time” lift its commercial and financial embargo against Cuba. The USA started the blockade 51 years ago, and it seriously undermined the island’s economy of the island. 186 UN member states supported the resolution; three countries voted against it (the USA, Israel, and Palau), and two abstained (Micronesia, Marshall Islands). The resolution calls on the international community to refrain in future from destructive actions such as those taken by Washington against Cuba. As the resolution emphasised, these actions are contrary to all countries’ obligations under the UN Charter, and under international law.

14 November 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_14/Russia-hopes-US-may-eventually-lift-the-blockade-of-Cuba/

 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

As John Robles Sees It… What is NATO/KFOR Really Doing in Kosovo?

THIS is what Bill Clinton, GWB, and Obama wanted in Kosovo… all of them, without exception. That is, the crank American policy isn’t specific to either the Republican or Democratic Parties. America has fallen a long way since the days of FDR… THIS is the proof. “You can’t fight City Hall”… true, but you don’t have to cheerlead for it, either. Pay your taxes, vote, don’t give them an  excuse to repress you… we don’t live in the America of FDR any more… more’s the pity. 

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We mustn’t forget that NATO is a military organisation; military organisations have one purpose, the legalised killing of the opponents of a given state. No matter how splendid its propaganda, NATO’s an outmoded organisation, it should’ve disappeared at the end of the Cold War; it’s become one of the most destabilising factors and causes of death and destruction in modern times. Don’t forget, NATO operates as a proxy for the USA in promoting US interests in areas of the world where the USA can’t rightfully interfere, although, in reality, that does little to stop the Americans.

For the moment, let’s put aside the destruction of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and other countries obliterated by Western “intervention” and look at Kosovo. What exactly is the USA, I mean NATO, I mean KFOR, doing in Kosovo? What’s their objective in the country? Who or what are they protecting, and what are they stationed there for? When we look at what they’ve been doing since June of 1999, in reality, it doesn’t look good. As I wanted to be fair and impartial when gathering material for this piece, one of the first places I went to was their own website. Not surprisingly, it’s full of the usual Western catch phrases and pseudo-reasoning that many in the West gobble up to justify the killing and destruction they wreak on the world. Words and phrases like multi-ethnic force, assistance to civil authorities, civil protection, and my favourite sentence, “KFOR is cooperating with and assisting the UN, the EU and other international actors, as appropriate, to support the development of a stable, democratic, multi-ethnic, and peaceful Kosovo”. It sounds good, but its poppycock. Firstly, who are these “other international actors?” The drug dealers and traffickers in human organs? The Mafia killers? The US imperial paymasters? The US-sponsored war criminals? As for a stable blah-blah multi-ethnic Kosovo, well, obviously, that means one free of Serbs, and this, my dear reader, is what it’s all about.

Let’s go back in time a bit to February 2008, the month after protestors attacked the US Embassy in Belgrade. The former Bush Administration finally admitted, after starting two wars of aggression and the subsequent occupation of sovereign nations, their extensive use of torture, the extraordinary renditions, the illegal prison at Guantánamo, and extensive black sites worldwide. They admitted that there was such a thing as international law.

The destruction, dismantling, and division of Yugoslavia into “ethnically pure” sections was the crowning achievement of Hillary’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, so, the ultimate on the destruction of former Yugoslavia, namely, the “independence” of Kosovo, was something she wholeheartedly embraced. Like Hillary’s famous quote on the death of Muammar Gaddafi, “…we came, we saw, he died”, her statement on Kosovo’s separation from Serbia also showed monumental callousness and complete disregard for human life and dignity. Pretending to be so wise as to the local language, as the US State Department did with the “Overload” button disgrace, she used the Albanian word for Kosovo, “Kosova”, she referred to Kosovo by the Albanian “Kosova” and stated; “…it’ll allow the people of Kosova to finally live in their own democratic state. It will allow Kosova and Serbia to finally put a difficult chapter in their history behind them and to move forward”. Here’s the problem, though… it ripped out the heart of the Serbian people.

According to Nebojša Malić at Global Research.ca, there can be no doubt that the March 1999 attack on Yugoslavia was illegal; he listed the following citations:

  1. Article 2, Section 4 of the UN Charter: “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state…”
  2. Article 53 (Chapter VIII) of the UN Charter: “…no enforcement action shall be taken under regional arrangements or by regional agencies without the authorisation of the Security Council”.
  3. North Atlantic Treaty of 1949, Article 1: “The Parties undertake… to settle any international dispute… by peaceful means…”
  4. North Atlantic Treaty of 1949, Article 7: “This Treaty… shall not be interpreted as affecting… the rights and obligations under the Charter of the Parties which are members of the United Nations, or the primary responsibility of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security”.
  5. Helsinki Final Act of 1975, against violating the territorial integrity of a signatory state
  6. 1980 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, against using coercion to compel a state to sign a treaty, i.e., the Rambouillet ultimatum

Finally, Yugoslavia didn’t attack any NATO member, nor was it a security threat to any country in the region. What NATO did on 24 March 1999 was a war of aggression and a crime against humanity. Therefore, if the invasion was illegal, then, obviously, the ensuing occupation was as well, and everything KFOR/NATO/USA is doing there is also illegal. Ergo, what does KFOR do in Kosovo? With an almost total and complete media blackout, and I’ve seen witnessed this myself, we receive little news from the area. However, the reports that we do get tell us of constant and methodical limitation to the freedom of movement and supplies to the Serbian population, in particular, in Northern Kosovo, and of the continued practise of limiting Serbs to certain areas or ghettos, making them refugees in their own country. This serves to ethnically cleanse and divide the country along ethnic and racial lines, a situation like that in most American cities, a comparison that I can’t help but make. KFOR also protects, enables, and provides support for the belligerent side they’ve chosen to support in this conflict. There are many reasons for this state of affairs, but one of the main ones is money, much money, which has filled KFOR coffers for years on end, and, according to countless media reports going back for years, from countless illicit sources (that’s a topic for a later discussion).

On Friday, there was another incident; KFOR opened fire, this time with rubber bullets, on peaceful Serbs as the KFOR units blocked an important road. KFOR attempted to make Serbs accept Kosovo licence plates for their cars, an obvious transparent attempt to make them recognise Kosovo as an independent entity. A press release from the SPC Diocese of RaškaPrizren stated that they’re concerned about KFOR’s latest actions in northern Kosovo, it stated, “Attempts to force the Serbs in the north to accept Kosovo licence plates by using combat vehicles and blocking roads that are the main channel for supplies and medicines, creates a serious humanitarian crisis that could have immense consequences”. The Diocese also strongly urged all sides to work constructively to find solutions that contribute to the survival of the Serbian population, wherever they might be, throughout Kosovo and Metohija. The Serbian people are fighting for their very existence, but KFOR and the “West” see Kosovo as just another pawn in a filthy game of geopolitical influence and power. As soon as they use it up, or they no longer need it, they’ll throw it away, as well.

17 June 2012

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_06_17/78430201/

Editor’s Note:

Orthodox people should take note. Some OCA factions support the US occupation of Kosovo and the immoral Dayton Accords (brokered by the infamous and soulless Richard Holbrooke), not their Serbian co-religionists. Nikon Liolin hobnobbed with one of the UÇK junta, and oca.org used the Albanian misnaming of Kosovo. That’s unforgivable. The Centre stands 100 percent behind Serbia and the rights of the Orthodox population. Yet, elements in the OCA don’t, and Jonas Paffhausen gives aid and comfort to people like the American Enterprise Institute, who support the Bosnian and Kosovo bandits. That’s a symptom, kids, of a deadly illness. Is there hope on the way? God willing, yes…

By the way, John Robles was shafted by the Bushies. They refused to issue him a new passport in 2007, claiming that he owed back child support in California, which wasn’t true. The Russian government granted Mr Robles asylum. That’s how LOW we’ve fallen, kids. That wouldn’t have happened in FDR’s time… or in Ike‘s, or even in Richard Nixon‘s time… ponder that.

BMD

 

Thursday, 12 June 2008

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… Kosovar Developments Sure to Re-echo Worldwide

United Nations headquarters in New York NY USA

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Political leaders and the media alike have, for quite a few days now, been discussing the proclamation of Kosovar sovereignty and the breakneck speed at which Washington and allies of Washington scrambled to recognise the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo. Their focusing on Kosovo is understandable; they’re concentrating attention on a really important event. However, hard as I try, I can find no mention of the biggest result of what’s happened and what will tell on the fate of the self-proclaimed republic and many other things in detailed Western, including American, comments on turns of developments in Kosovo. The problem of Kosovo is a threat to what has taken decades of painstaking efforts to build, the existing world order and global stability. What is happening reminds me that World War II began when Nazi Germany decided it was free to ignore international and domestic law. The illegitimate Anschluss of sovereign Austria, the brazen violation of the sovereign rights of Czechoslovakia, and, finally, the invasion of Poland were the opening pages in one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the human race. Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland were destined to foot the bill for the criminal disregard and gross violation of international law.

The difficult lesson of history was not taught in vain. The victorious Allied nations were quick to form an Organisation of the United Nations and wrote the UN Charter in September 1945. The UN Charter laid the groundwork for decades of concerted efforts to keep law and order on this planet. The most representative international organisation, the UN, turned into the best tool for the coordination of national efforts. In 1975, 35 countries of Europe, the USA, and Canada signed what is known as the Helsinki Act. That document finalises the national borders in post-war Europe and confirms the inviolable sovereignty of all countries of that continent. The post-war system of international agreements insured stability; it enabled mankind to move away from the brink of the nuclear abyss. Nevertheless, one day, Washington became disenchanted with the UN Charter. About six years ago, the Bush Administration outlined a new strategy for national security, which has since become known as the Bush doctrine. That unparalleled political document demands that the foreign strategies of the United States rest on the supporting pillars of military superiority, preventive warfare, and the ability to launch unilateral efforts. The concept of preventive warfare allows military action in circumstances that, according to Washington, call for this kind of action; the ability to launch unilateral efforts comes in handy when Washington fails to get other nations to protect American interests. It goes without saying that the Bush doctrine fails to be in consonance with the UN Charter and that there’s no room for it in the legal foundation for the existing world order.

Europe saw its first armed conflict of the post-war years in March 1999. It was based on a decision made on the banks of the Potomac and approved without delay by an obedient Brussels, in defiance of international law and the UN, that thousands of bombs were dropped on sovereign Yugoslavia and thousands of missiles were fired into that country. Impunity led to military action under the new Bush Doctrine. Without permission from the United Nations and in brazen violation of the UN Charter, the USA invaded sovereign Iraq. The American political ignoramuses learned no lesson from the unexpected and unwelcome aftermath of that illegitimate military adventure.

Repercussions of their moves are the last thing they thought of in their recent efforts to encourage and, that done, uphold the proclamation of Kosovar sovereignty which defies one of the basic principles of international law, that of the inviolability of national borders. Taken out of context, the American strategy for Kosovo does little save spotlight its disregard of international law. Yet, as a matter of fact, it puts a question mark over a century of painstaking efforts to lay a legal foundation for international relations, deals a heavy blow to the fundamental ideas of the UN, and reduces the effectiveness of the UN’s efforts to promote peace and global security.

Wrong are those who imagine they can feel safe while planning and playing this foul and dangerous political game. This world of ours is indivisible. However, the law of the jungle, which puts military might above all legal rules and regulations, turns it into a paradise for terrorists. It’s a threat to each and every member of the international community. Future generations of American leaders and the inadmissibly near-sighted supporters of today’s policy-makers will have to pay… pay a dear price, I’d say!… for the American failure to see that.

29 February 2008

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=23572&cid=170&p=29.02.2008

 

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