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Friday, 17 January 2014

A Tale of Two Reports… One HAS to be False… Which One?

01 woman reading newspaper

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Editor’s Foreword:

Read BOTH of these through. The second is crank and false, but I urge you to read it ALL. Don’t just read what’s pleasing to you. That’s what the Rush Limbaugh lot does, and you’re better than that. Why are the Westerners lying?

BMD

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On Thursday, in the Ukraine, the Rada rushed through wide-ranging powers to suppress opposition protests and label NGOs as “foreign agents” if they receive money from abroad. The measures threaten jail terms for protesters who block entrances to government buildings and 15 days in detention for those who take part in unapproved demonstrations, even if peaceful. Protesters face up to 15 days in detention for covering their faces with masks or helmets. Police can hold people for up to 15 days if they set up tents, stages, or other makeshift structures without approval from city authorities. Apparently, the government aims these moves at the thousands of people (sic) in anti-government protests on the Maidan in Kiev.

The Financial Times said that demonstrators faced up to 10 years in prison for blocking access to government buildings, a tactic of protesters in Kiev since anger erupted over Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s rejection of an association agreement with the EU in November. Instead, Yanukovich opted instead for closer ties with the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community (TS EvrAsES), a move that prompted street protests. The measures, introduced on 14 January, passed by a show of hands; the pro-presidential majority of 235 out of 450 deputies supported them. They couldn’t use the Rada’s electronic voting system as opposition deputies blocked it.

The package of 11 laws, which go to Yanukovich for his signature, threaten up to a year’s hard labour in prison for anyone convicted of libel, including on the internet. It requires all internet media to register with the authorities. Emulating a similar law in Russia, the legislation mandated that civil society groups and NGOs label themselves as “foreign agents” on their publications if they receive any funding from abroad. The legislation outlaws motorcades of more than five cars by threatening to confiscate their vehicles and revoke drivers’ licences for two years if they don’t have permission from the MVDU. The move targets members of Automaidan, a pro-EU movement that puts on motorcades around Kiev, the members use their cars to block riot police vehicles, as well as to deny access to government buildings and to pre-trial detention facilities holding arrested activists. In one of their larger protests, thousands of honking cars drove within 350 metres (1,150 feet) of the president’s suburban residence outside Kiev on 29 December.

The bill allows Ukrainian authorities to block online pages, if experts believe their content unlawful. Ambassadors of the USA and the EU in Kiev said that they had concerns that the legislation didn’t pass using due procedure. The reforms came a day after a court published a ban on protests in the centre of Kiev until 8 March, provoking fears amongst opposition groups of an imminent police crackdown on the Maidan rallies. The police denied these clams.

16 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140116/186601073/Ukraine-Proposes-Sweeping-Crackdown-on-Dissent.html

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Editor’s Warning:

Pull on your waders and hold your nose, but do read it all. Its lies… but it’s what the papists and Langley want you to believe. Keep the truth at hand… it’s the antidote to propaganda…

BMD

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Perhaps sensing inevitable backlash, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered an olive branch to the Uniate Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs) by saying religious bodies could offer services anywhere. On Tuesday, the president’s press office issued a statement after the Ministry of Culture of the Ukraine sent a warning letter to church officials about their work with pro-EU demonstrators. According to the presidential press service, Yanukovich said, “People should have the right to pray where they wish. We need to relax legislation to make sure that believers can pray where they wish”. Agence France-Presse reported that the Culture Ministry sent a letter to church officials saying that they broke the law by offering outdoor services to protesters.

For two months, upset Ukrainians besieged the Maidan in Kiev after the government abruptly rejected association with the EU in favour of ties with Russia. The UGKTs erected tents in the square where people can pray, go to confession, and even have babies baptised. The letter to “Supreme Archbishop” (Верховный архиепископ) Svyatoslav Shevchuk reminded him that it’s illegal to hold services outside a church. According to AFP, Shevchuk said in response, “We thought that persecuting priests was a thing of the past”. On the UGKTs website, Shevchuk said that the church plays an essential role in preventing human rights abuses. He also called for “honest and open dialogue. Our church has always been true and will remain so for the future despite any threats”.

The church dates back centuries and is unique in that it embraces Byzantine (sic) {“Byzantine” is papist-speak for New Roman: editor} traditions and the Roman Catholic Church. The USSR forced it underground in the 20th century as a threat to its rule. Hundreds of UGKTs clergy went to the GULag for refusing to embrace Orthodoxy. Today, the UGKTs appears one of the forces behind the present protests. Since Ukrainian independence in 1991, the UGKTs has resurged in its old Galician heartland. AFP says that it has 5.5 million followers, or about 12 percent of the population (not so… according to official figures, the UGKTs is 8 percent of the Ukrainian population, with about 4 million believers in the country: editor}.

15 January 2014

Global Post

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/140115/ukraines-greek-catholic-church-stares-down-government-and-wins

Editor’s Afterword:

Do note this:

Perhaps sensing inevitable backlash, President Viktor Yanukovich offered an olive branch to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs) by saying religious bodies could offer services anywhere.

That’s crapola. On Thursday, President Yanukovich didn’t offer an olive branch, he told these smarkacz brats to shape up or ship out. Most of the protesters are from the west of the country… known troublemakers and pro-Western quislings (don’t forget how the Galician Uniates fought for the Nazis in the VOV). Here’s another LMAO statement:

The church dates back centuries and is unique in that it embraces Byzantine (sic) traditions and the Roman Catholic Church.

The UGKTs came about as the result of the Union of Brest in 1596, when the Polish authorities forced many of the Orthodox on its territory to join the Catholic Church (many resisted… that’s where people like Pyotr Mogila came in). The papists allowed them to keep Orthodox ritual, but they had to accept all the pretensions of the Pope of Rome and had to acknowledge him as Supreme Lord of the Church (later on, they had to embrace Papal Infallibility, too). They had no existence outside of Polish or Habsburg domains until recently.

By the way, “Byzantine” is a made-up papist concoction… the word only dates back to the mid-16th century, a century AFTER the Fall of New Rome to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Orthodox should NEVER use this word… it straitjackets us into heretical frameworks that we should best avoid. We are the REAL Romans… the Roman Empire persisted for a millennium after Odoacer’s coup toppling the government in Old Rome in 476. That event heralded the falling away of the western borderlands… the civilised core of the Empire in the East remained intact. Indeed, what we know as “Roman Law” came out of the Later Roman Empire (a better term than “Byzantine Empire”… what a fraud!).

Never forget… we Russians received the faith from New Rome… NOT from “Byzantium”. That’s why we speak of the Three Romes… “Old Rome fell to the axes of the barbarians, New Rome fell to the infidel Turks, Moscow is the Third Rome, and a Fourth there never shall be”. Laugh at that if you will, but that’s why we should never capitulate to papist/Proddie categories and terminology. In short, let’s end our “intellectual captivity”, use our own definitions and categories, and grasp our own heritage. We can do it…

BMD

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Behind the Euromess Curtain… Oligarch Clans Struggle

00 EU Evil Inside 01. 08.10.12

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Editor’s Foreword:

The term translated as “Euromess” is евросмуты (Evrosmuty), and you can see the Russian word “smuta” is the suffix to the Russian for “Euro”. The Smuta is the so-called “Time of Troubles”. To use this in the title immediately brings up VERY strong pictures to any educated Russian. There’s really no equal in English that strong… therefore, the title lacks much of the punch that it does in Russian. Such are the limits of translation…

There are several “Pravdas” in contemporary Russia… this one is the official publication of the KPRF Central Committee (TsK KPRF).

BMD

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The most important event of the past days was the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada; the ringleaders of the pseudo-peaceful protesters wanted to pressure it to give them a lightning-fast achievement of their goals. Violent mobs of fanatic Eurofans surrounded the Rada building, encompassing it in their grip. The leaders of this “festival of defiance” hoped that the hysterical actions of their supporters would pressure the Rada deputies and make them cave in and obediently vote for everything that they wanted. They were in earnest, they weren’t joking… the opposition posed three questions to the Rada for immediate consideration:

Discussions on this only resulted in the hysterical rants of the spokesmen of the Maidan mobs issuing from the rostrum of the Rada. KPU leader Pyotr Simonenko gave the only positive note, which he primarily addressed to ordinary citizens and workers; he emphasised that the KPU strongly condemned violence and brutality against peaceful protesters, but he also condemned “the actions of militant provocateurs, regardless of who’s behind them”. In Simonenko’s view, those who want an Association Agreement with the EU, and those who favour accession to the Customs Union, have every right to express their POV peacefully and openly, without fear of reprisal, harassment, and physical violence.

Simonenko said, “Everyone has a right to profess any ideology, to hold any political view, if they don’t advocate violence, aggression, racism, xenophobia, or hatred of our people. What’s happening now in our country is a deliberate escalation of political tensions; it’s nothing but the struggle of oligarch clans for the Presidency. It’s a struggle in which the people are cannon fodder, thrown into a vortex of bloody civil conflict. The oligarchs are willing to destroy our country in their struggle for pre-eminence. This is a bitter truth. The KPU reiterates its principled position that we should take all fundamental decisions in our country only after we consult the will of the Ukrainian people; we communists call for and sponsor the holding of a national referendum to define the vector of foreign economic integration”.

According to Simonenko, this is the only democratic and civilised way to deal with fundamental issues, saying, “However, both the government and the so-called opposition tried to silence the voice of the Ukrainian people. Neither wants a nationwide referendum, both wish an unlawful restriction on the means of our fellow citizens’ constitutional rights, neither one wants to allow petitions in support of a referendum… they’ve done all that they could not to hear the will of the people. Despite such difficulties, the KPU collected nearly four million signatures in support of a referendum. An all-Ukrainian referendum is the only way to avoid confrontation and deepen schism in our society, which, as we’ve seen already, resulted in violence and bloodshed. Moreover, if we don’t take action, it could all end in tragedy for the Ukrainian people”.

On behalf of the KPU, Simonenko officially stated that all political responsibility for the bloodshed on the Maidan on the night of 30 November, for the possible consequences of stemming from this confrontation and for circumstances favouring the country’s slide into the abyss of civil war falls completely upon the members of oligarch clans, both those in power, and those in the so-called “opposition”. In his judgement, the government headed by Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov quite obviously merits dismissal. Throughout the Ukraine, unemployment persists, enterprises shut down, and production falls. Increasingly, wages fall into arrears, whilst schools and hospitals close. Machinery shuts down, industry decreases, and exports decline. Many enterprises are operating at only 50 percent capacity. Workers have only one prospect for the future… the economy will implode, which would lead to unemployment, which would end in complete impoverishment.

Addressing the members of the government, Simonenko said, “We ‘d like to hear from the Prime Minister an answer as to when and who decided to start negotiations with the EU. Who were the members of the working group? Who controlled the progress of the negotiations? Who gave consent to the initialling of an agreement not translated into the Ukrainian language?” As if to warn the representatives of the so-called “opposition”, Simonenko addressed the session, “I also want to note that our bloc’s position arises from the fact that we protect the interests of our 45 million citizens; we don’t take part in your internecine struggle for the office of the Presidency”.

After the Rada adjourned, Simonenko explained to the media that the proposal calling for the current government’s resignation didn’t have any input from the KPU, nor did it take into account the KPU’s positions, therefore, it’ll fail. Simonenko stated that the reason the authors of the bill of no confidence in Nikolai Azarov‘s government proposed it in the first place was the refusal of the Azarov cabinet to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, saying, “The so-called opposition knew that the KPU implicated the government in the present economic collapse, in the people’s impoverishment, and in protecting the interests of oligarchs. We don’t intend to vote for a bill with radically different underpinnings”.

The situation continues to deteriorate in Kiev.

3 December 2013

Viktor Tolokin

Gazeta Pravda: Organ of the TsK KPRF

http://gazeta-pravda.ru/content/view/16503/34/

Editor’s Afterword:

Note the last sentence:

The situation continues to deteriorate in Kiev.

Things are so much in flux that it’d be idiotic to comment upon them now. In short, the roller coaster’s going “downhill”, and no one can do anything to stop its progress. No one knows how this will end. NO ONE. Click here for the New York Times take on the situation. It’s American Establishment hogwash. Note well that they don’t know shit from shinola about the Ukrainian church situation… they don’t care that Denisenko’s a defrocked charlatan with a small following, nor did they mention that Lyubomir Husar is a CIA running dog with an American passport… the talk of his “giving up” his passport is for public consumption only. In the end, the NYT is nothing but a toothless media poodle, just like CNN. I did note that Sophia Kishkovsky’s staying away from this story. It’s radioactive, truly… it’s uncertain, but it’s certain that anyone who issued a wrong prognostication would lose their head. She’s not very bright… it smells as if her father is holding her back (or he’s gotten her another job… I haven’t seen a byline from her for ages). Lyonyo’s an evil man… but he isn’t stupid.

I reiterate… this is all up in the air so much that no one… NO ONE… can give you the straight shit yet. It has to “develop”… patience IS a virtue…

By the way, the KPU is part of the ruling coalition, were it to withdraw, the coalition would lack a majority to rule. Ergo, it’s entirely possible that the withdrawal from the agreement had nothing to do with Russia. Simply put, the KPU nixed it, it has the whip hand in the coalition, and that’s that. The simplest explanation is usually the true one, isn’t it? Also note that Simonenko has close ties to Vladimir Sabodan… that is, it’s entirely possible that the UOC/MP blessed the KPU’s veto of EU accession. That’s how I read the tealeaves…

I don’t receive a paycheque from the US government nor from the American media nor from the K Street slimeocracy, that means that I might be unbiased and free from the taint of collaboration… note well that Potapov, Webster, Mattingly, Dreher, Freddie M-G, and Sophia Kishkovsky DO snap up such compensation… follow the money, and it’ll tell you whether to trust someone or not. You trust any of the aforementioned people at your own peril…

BMD

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Ruling Party of Regions Wins Ukrainian Election – 99.84% of Votes Counted

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On Saturday, the Ukrainian Central Election Commission said that the ruling Party of Regions won 29.99 percent of the party list vote with 99.84 percent of the ballots counted after the election for seats to the Verkhovna Rada. The Batykivshchina (Fatherland) Party led by jailed former Prime Minister Yuliya Timoshenko came in second with 25.53 percent, and former boxing champion Vitaly Klichko’s Udar (Punch) Party came in third with 13.95 percent. The Communist Party of the Ukraine (KPU) came in fourth with 13.18 percent, and the nationalist Svoboda party gained 10.44 percent. The remaining parties didn’t get past the 5 percent minimum threshold to enter parliament.

The Party of Regions also won the constituency district vote. The election took place on 28 October, with a mixed vote system. Half of the Rada deputies are chosen from party lists on a proportional representation vote, and the other half stand for election in discrete constituencies. The Ukrainian Central Election Commission will announce a final vote tally, with all ballots counted, on Monday at 11.00 local time (13.00 MSK 09.00 UTC 04.00 EST 01.00 PST 17.00 AEST). So far, the Central Election Commission has accepted all the ballots from 188 of 225 regional election commissions. OSCE monitors said the election was not sufficiently transparent and noted an imbalance in the use of administrative resources in the course of the election as well as a disparity in access to media resources among the contending parties. Earlier on Saturday, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, criticised the Ukraine for not having a result declared for the election five days after the vote.

3 November 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20121103/177177791.html

Editor’s Note:

For those who are interested, the following table shows the proportion of the vote gained by the various major factions in the last three elections (must have won at least 5 percent in one election, bold type indicates a gain in votes over the last election):

  2012 2007 2006 2002
1. Party of Regions

30.0

34.4 32.1

11.8

2. Fatherland

25.5

30.7 22.3

7.3

3. Udar

14.0

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4. KPU

13.2

5.4 3.7

20.0

5. Svoboda

10.4

0.8 0.4  —-

6. Our Ukraine

—-

14.2 14.0

23.6

7. Ukrainian Socialist

N/A

2.9 5.7

6.9

8. United Social Democrats

—- —- 1.0

6.2

The above vote led to the following allocations of seats in the Rada (bold type indicates a gain in seats):

  2012 2007 2006 2002
1. Party of Regions

187

175 186

101

2. Fatherland

103

156 129

22

3. Udar

40

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4. KPU

32

27 21

65

5. Svoboda

37

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6. Our Ukraine

—-

72 81

112

7. Ukr Socialist

—-

—- 33

23

8. United Soc Dem

—-

—- —-

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The Our Ukraine (the Yushchenko gang) bloc has imploded. The two minor Socialist parties have fallen off the map, too. Fatherland (Timoshenko’s bunch) appears to have peaked, and is on the downturn. The Party of Regions is holding its own, and the KPU is coming back from a disastrous collapse in 2006. What’s worrisome is the rise of Svoboda and Udar, but there were 72 Yushchenko deputies in 2007 and 77 Svoboda/Udar deputies in 2012. It looks like the Yushchenko voters went for the two extreme right parties, actually diluting their influence. It shows you the level of intelligence amongst the rightwing… namely, not much. In short, not much change.

If one counts the Regions/KPU deputies together, one comes up with the following total of pro-Russian deputies:

  Rada deputies
2012

219

2007

202

2006

207

2002

166

That is, these two pro-Russian parties have 30 percent more seats than in 2002… that doesn’t bode well for the Galician nationalists, which is why they probably bolted from Yushchenko’s faction and cast their lot with the Far Right Svoboda. This probably means that a Ukrainian rapprochement with Russia is on the way in the middle-future (five to ten years down the road). America’s great attempt to weaken Great Russia by wresting away the Ukraine has probably failed. Sic semper tyrannis

BMD 

 

Monday, 29 October 2012

Party of Regions Leads the Ukrainian Parliamentary Election After 10% of Ballots Counted

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On Monday, the Ukrainian Central Election Committee said that the ruling Party of Regions, headed by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, leads the parliamentary elections after it counted 10 percent of the ballots. Yanukovich’s party gained 39.97 percent of the vote, followed by jailed ex-premier Yuliya Timoshenko’s Batkivshchyna party with 19.56 percent. The Ukrainian Communist Party came in third with 15.79 percent. Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR), led by world-famous boxer Vitaly Klitschko had 11.59 percent of the vote, whilst 6.18 percent of the voters cast their ballots in favour of the nationalist Svoboda Party.

The rest of the political parties participating in the electnationalistion didn’t pass the five percent threshold necessary to gain seats in the country’s legislative body, the Verkhovna Rada. Over 5,000 candidates contested 450 seats in the Rada, with half of the deputies elected by party-list voting, whilst the other half stood in single-mandate constituencies. Polls closed at 20.00 EET (21.00 MSK 18.00 UTC 13.00 EDT 10.00 PDT 04.00 29 October AET) on Sunday. According to the Central Election Committee, voter turnout stood at nearly 58 percent.

29 October 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/politics/20121029/177005157.html

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