Post K. Updates and Supplementary to Main Posts A to J

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14/8/16                                                                                                                                                                                     Eastgate Villa – The End of the Affair                                                                                                                Links

Ta Pedia tou Pirea from Never on Sunday

The whole film is there if you fancy it.

Yialo, Yialo                                                                                                                                        The most traditional performance is that in the clip fromThe Guns of Navrone from 1.45

Sto Periagli                                                                                                                              With Greek scenery background

The original singer with English subtitles

Im Chambre Séparée – English Subs

Zorba – The Original

A YouTube search will find you many more, but I prefer the original.


                           Truthful, Balanced, Impartial, Dispassionate???                                                                                                 Dream On                                                                             UK Media’s Scurrilous MH17 Reporting

An open email to the following sent 10/8/2016:                                                                      Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The NewStatesman, The Economist, The Spectator, BBC Newswatch, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Financial Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Private Eye, The Week, Washington Post, New York Times, Izvestia, New Internationalist,  Associated Press

“How quietly the second anniversary of the MH17 crash has passed, and yet over the past eighteen months the Dutch investigating authorities have published two documents vitally important to an understanding of that tragedy which should have been of interest.

On 8/4/2015 the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD) and the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) published an English edition of its Review Report Arising from the Crash of Flight MH17.*

On 19/4/2016 in a letter** headed Criminal Investigation MH17 the coordinator of the Dutch JIT wrote to the relatives of those killed in the tragedy.

Both documents (links below) come from sources of unimpeachable integrity and competence and yet despite the major importance of their contents neither appears to have come to the attention of the mainstream media. There certainly seems to have been no significant coverage.

In brief the two documents state:

That there is no evidence to indicate that the Russian Separatists possessed an operational, powerful anti-aircraft system such as a BUK system, prior to the crash of flight MH17.

That only the Ukrainian (Kiev) armed forces possessed operational BUK systems of which a number were located in the east.

That there is no evidence indicating that the Russians supplied the Separatists with BUK systems, nor was there any evidence to indicate that they were being trained to use such systems.

That the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Klimkin stated that the separatists did not possess BUK type systems.

That there is no evidence to indicate that the Separatists had the capacity to hit civil aeroplanes at cruising altitude.

That General Breedlove (SACEUR) stated 30 June 2014 that the Americans had not yet observed any vehicle-borne air defence systems being transported across the border to Ukraine.

That there is no video footage available of the launch or trajectory of the missile.

That in arriving at the above conclusions the DISS have had access to U.S. state secret data generated by their own security forces.

That five billion web pages and more than half a million images and audio were examined in the course of the investigation in which Cyber specialists of the JIT played an important role.

Of the amateur investigation collective Bellingcat whose views receive so much media attention the document states:                                                                                                             That many of the sources which Bellingcat relies on were known to the JIT, and that in addition, the research team has more and other information on this subject, which is not mentioned by Bellingcat.                                                                                                                   That insofar as Bellingcat has offered new sources they are examined and assessed.          Of the Bellingcat draft report of 26/12/2015 to the JIT the document notes that the report has been gathered using social media and other public Internet sources, including information about members of a Russian military unit with, according to Bellingcat, a possible BUK-missile system in Ukraine, but that no evidence of direct involvement of individual members of the unit at the shooting of MH17 follows from the Bellingcat report.

Or to put all of the above more succinctly:

The Netherlands’ Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) have concluded that the only anti-aircraft weapons in eastern Ukraine capable of bringing down MH-17 at 33,000 feet belonged to the Ukrainian government, not the ethnic Russian rebels. 

In view of the immense interest shown by the public in this tragedy and by way of endorsing the reputation of the British Media for balanced, impartial and dispassionate reporting you will I am sure wish to publish the truth as it is now seen by the Dutch investigating authorities in as prominent a way as the banner headlines and blanket coverage given to the false accusations, ill-informed speculation and unproven allegations that were carried throughout the media in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.


**          It may take some time to load, but it will come –  look bottom left of screen

Perhaps  Newsnight’s expert Sir Anthony Russell “Tony” Brenton KCMG might return to offer a corrective to the extraordinary and outrageous ‘expert’ views he expressed on the programme within eight hours of the crash which have proved to be wrong in so many respects that I forbear to list them, but would willingly do so if required.##

For information, the following communication was sent today to:                                       Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The NewStatesman, The Economist, The Spectator, BBC Newswatch, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Financial Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Private Eye, The Week, Washington Post, New York Times, Izvestia, New Internationalist,                                                                                   My thanks to Matt Lee for his excellent contributions at the White House briefings.#

The above sent to all major UK media outlets and selected foreign outlets.”


## This paragraph to BBC only.

# This paragraph included only in email to Associated Press

Note: The Sir Anthony Russell “Tony” Brenton KCMG referred to above was at one time our ambassador in Moscow – God help us.


                                                      Russian Doping Scandal                                                                                              Notes on the WADA/McLaren Fit-up                                    Oooops Sorry, Investigation

Just for starters. Evidence? Don’t be naive.

McLaren in interview verbatim:                                                                                                         “We haven’t published it, but we certainly have it, but we’re not going to publish it because of the need to protect the sources that provided the information and their concerns about what might happen to family members.”

McLaren says that he has ‘electronic data’ (can one get much vaguer than that?). Well if he has emails that implicate a Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Sport he should put up or shut up. In the absence of evidence these are mere allegations.

When McLaren is criticised for failing to identify any specific athlete who was engaged in violation, he replies that the goal of the investigation was never to identify specific individuals.                                                                                                                                        This is a lie.                                                                                                                                     Para iii of the mandate’s ‘Objectives/Key Activities’ was ‘to identify any athlete that might have benefited from those alleged manipulations to conceal positive doping test.’   McLaren signally fails to do this.

No opinion or comment was sought from the Russian authorities.                                               The report states:                                                                                                                               The IP did not seek to interview persons living within the Russian Federation. This includes government officials.                                                                                               McLaren in an interview said verbatim:                                                                                            ‘I did not make contact with them nor did they come forward to offer anything to me. I made the decision that within the 57 days I had to do my work I did not have the time and they didn’t seem to have the interest.’                                                               Another lie.                                                                                                                                         At page 22 of the report he writes,                                                                                                    ‘I also received, unsolicited, an extensive narrative with attachments from one important government representative described in this report.’

That’s it! We are told nothing more about this narrative and McLaren quite arbitrarily decides that it is not worthy of further pursuit.

Is it not a fundamental part of any fair and properly conducted investigation to allow the accused, the Russian Ministry of Sport, the right to state its case?

And since the principal purpose of the investigation as stated in its terms of reference is stated to be that of evaluating the evidence provided by Rodchenkov, would it not have been proper to evaluate the arguments and information coming from the Russian side, or at least to have let the public see what the narrative and attachments had to say?.

Page 41 of Report alleges 35 paralympic sports violations, but provides no source for that data.

The report is entirely one-side and relies on one witness Grigory Rodchenko, now a defector living in the U.S.A.                                                                                                                 In a report published by WADA in Nov 2015 Rodchenkov (former director of Moscow based anti-doping laboratory) is described as being, ‘at the heart of the positive drug test cover-up’ Yet in the McLaren report he is described as ‘credible and truthful.’

While Rodchenkov may indeed have been telling the truth to McLaren he may also simply have been deflecting responsibility away from himself. The report says there is extensive documentation to corroborate R’s claims but these documents have never been made public. Where is the evidence?

At page 14 of the report we are told that Rodchenkov provided ‘credible evidence’ of the ‘mouse hole’ (no don’t laugh) sample swap story, but we are not told what that evidence was.                                                                                                                                                    What is considered credible by a man may well not be by another.                                    Once again: where is the evidence?

And finally, the very integrity of the investigation as an unbiased, balanced and impartial piece of work is vitiated from the start by its terms of reference which are:                           ‘to conduct an independent investigation and review any evidence in support of the allegations . . . made by Grigory Rodchenko.’                                                                                 In other words it is free to ignore such evidence as there may be which runs counter to those allegations, and indeed it does so to excess.                                                                        It’s been a technique much favoured by the UK police in those many wrongful convictions that have come to light.

It’s the old, old story isn’t it?                                                                                                           Just trust us. Sure we’ve got the evidence, lots of evidence but for this reason or that we just aren’t in a position to let you see and test it.                                                                   Haven’t we heard all this before:                                                                                                 MH37 overwhelming evidence, Iraq war ‘incontrovertible evidence’, Maidan snipers, Russian invasions of Ukraine – all five or six or them, Russian invasion of Crimea, Russian threats to Baltic states, Russian nuclear bombers . . . intercepted over Bournemouth, on and on and bloody on.

I suppose at the end of the day it all adds a little to the gaiety of nations if you have a black sense of humour.                                                                                                                                  As for myself I’m driven to echo the words of one frustrated American dissident:      Where is the evidence? Where is the evidence? Where is the fucking evidence?

For the full report see:

For original terms of reference see:

29/7/16                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Guardian                                                                                            Scurrilous Lies or Criminally Irresponsible Reporting?

 On 24/2/2016 in an article by Alec Luhn (who also contributes to the Kyiv Post – ‘nuff said?) the headline was:                                                                                                                         MH17 report identifies Russian soldiers suspected of downing plane in Ukraine                                                                                                                                       The sub-heading was:                                                                                                                            Investigative team says it can link Russian soldiers to missile thought to have downed Malaysia Airlines flight in 2014

From those lines alone one might be forgiven for supposing that the reference was to the Dutch JIT, but no, the reference is to a report from Bellingcat**, which ‘paints a picture’ of Russian soldiers and officers who ‘could have known about or been involved in’ (a few get-out-of-jail cards there) the downing of MH17.

The Guardian article refers to a letter from Fred Westerbeke the head of the MH17 JIT (to which it seemingly provides a link) stating that the finding and prosecuting of those responsible ‘could take a long time.’ But, says Eliot Higgins (such a modest chap) his new report raises the likelihood that ‘justice could be served, and shows that responsibility for the outrage ultimately lies with . . .’                                                                                                  All together now . . .                                                                                                                                 ‘Vladimir Putin.’

If you have any wish to read any more of this unmitigated tosh then you’ll find the full Guardian article at:                                                         

Unfortunately, like so many of today’s ‘sit-on-their-arse’ ‘click-link, cut-and-paste’ hacks that pass as journalists, Luhn hasn’t bothered going to the source material to which he refers, the letter from Westerbeke, but only to an incomplete report on the letter in news agency Agence France-Presse.

Had Luhn gone to the original## he would have found that Westerbeke is only slightly less dismissive of the Bellingcat work than I am, and of the Bellingcat draft report on the involvement of the Russian military unit submitted to the JIT on 26/12/2015 Westerbeke writes:                                                                                                                                              ‘Many sources which Bellingcat relies on were known to the JIT. In addition, the research team still has more and other information on this subject, which is not mentioned by Bellingcat. Insofar as Bellingcat has offered new sources, they are examined and assessed for suitability for the criminal investigation.                                                                                 No evidence of direct involvement of individual members of this unit at the shooting of MH17 follows from the report of Bellingcat.’                                                                              Just about as close to calling the Bellingcat report totally worthless as Westerbeke can go while remaining polite.

** Bellingcat, glorified as a ‘British-led online investigative team,’ is in fact a loose cooperative of conspiracy theorists who spend their days pursuing online shadows through every hedge-row in the eastern Ukraine, and whose ‘leader’ Eliot Higgins (aka ‘Brown Moses’ – he loves pseudonyms) positively oozes smug self-satisfaction when his nonsense is given serious attention by the mainstream media because he’ll always sing the song they want to hear.

## See link at:                                                                                                                                               It may take some time to make the link, but it will come.

28/7/16                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MH17                                                                                                Dutch JIT Confirm no evidence re launch or trajectory of missile                                                        or identity of perpetrators

On 19th February 2016 the coordinator of the JIT wrote## to the relatives of those killed in the MH17 tragedy re the criminal investigation. He said:

There is no video or film footage available of the launch or trajectory of the missile.

The JIT has no satellite images of the launch of the missile.

Raw primary radar date which might potentially provide information on rocket trajectory was not recorded by Ukraine and apparently not by Russia.

That more than five billion web pages and more than 500,00 audio and video files have been examined.

That the information provided by Bellingcat has added nothing new to the understanding of the event.

That Bellingcat’s allegation of involvement of a Russian military unit with a BUK system has no direct evidence to support it.

That currently the JIT has no evidence as to the identity of the perpetrators.

America has data* which could potentially provide information on rocket trajectory, and this has been confidentially shared. Consideration is being given as to the form in which this ‘state secret information’ could be used in a criminal prosecution.                                     * The nature of this data has not been disclosed, nor whether it is the ‘knock down’ evidence that John Kerry referred to in 2014 – see Post F below.

And most astonishing of all the letter states:                                                                              “For the second half of this year the JIT expects to provide criminal evidence of what type of weapon and from where the MH17 was shot”                                                                               a statement which apparently calls into question the conclusion in the report from the Dutch Safety Board that the weapon was BUK missile fired from a location in the Ukraine that pointed to Russian separatists as the perpetrators.                                                           The letter and its implications were ignored by the western mainstream media as was the report referred to at 27/7 below.

## English translation (it looks to be a poor one) of the letter can be found at:                  It may take some time to make the link, but it will come.


27/7/16                                                                                                                                                                           Lies, damned lies, and the Mainstream Media (MSM)                                                                            The Crash of MH17

It’s over a week now since the second anniversary of the MH17 tragedy and you may have noticed the deafening silence with which it has been received by the MSM.

No accusations from the BBC, ITV or Sky that the Dutch Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is dragging its feet in assigning responsibility. No reporters from the Guardian, Telegraph, Mail or Times hammering on John Kerry’s door and telling him to put up or shut up about the knock-down evidence he claims to have showing who fired the missile.

One could be forgiven for thinking that they are not after all quite so anxious for the truth to come out.

You will remember well the response to the crash of the MSM just two years ago.                It was the Russian separatists what done it, wasn’t it?                                                    Obama said so, Kerry said so, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN said so, and that idiotic ignoramus Sir Anthony Russell “Tony” Brenton KCMG (once our ambassador to Moscow God help us) given pride of place to spout his nonsense on Newsnight said so, and the rest of the media pack dutifully followed the script . . . Evidence? Oh come on now who needs evidence?

But it wasn’t the separatists was it?                                                                               Says who, say you, and quite right to ask.

Well it wasn’t one of those internet clowns like Bellingcat who pursues shadows through every hedge row in the eastern Ukraine and is given serious attention by the BBC because he sings the right song.

What follows is taken from work carried out by the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD) and the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) and is included in a report published with an edition in English on 8th April 2015, over a year ago. See:

The report was completely ignored, not even a reference to its existence, by the western MSM presumably because it did not advance the desired propaganda theme of pining responsibility on the separatists. I came across it when making a further review of MH17 material on the second anniversary.

8th April 2015 Review Report Arising from the  Crash of Flight MH17           Brief Abstract of Conclusions         (See Full paragraphs below)

The Ukrainian (Kiev) armed forces possessed BUK systems of which a number were located in the east.

There is no evidence indicating that the Russians supplied the Separatists with BUK systems, nor was there any evidence to indicate that they were being trained to use such systems.

General Breedlove (Shades of Dr Strangelove there) stated 30 June 2014 that the Americans had not yet observed any vehicle-borne air defence systems being transported across the border to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Klimkin stated that the separatists did not possess BUK type systems.

There is no evidence to indicate that the Separatists possessed an operational, powerful anti-aircraft system such as a Buk system, prior to the crash of flight MH17.

There is no evidence to indicate that the Separatists had the capacity to hit civil aeroplanes at cruising altitude.


The Netherlands’ Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) concluded that the only anti-aircraft weapons in eastern Ukraine capable of bringing down MH-17 at 33,000 feet belonged to the Ukrainian government, not the ethnic Russian rebels. 

Hardly surprising then that the second anniversary of the crash received scarcely a mention in the mainstream media.

Should you have time and inclination to put this information into context you’ll find my full report on MH17 at Post F below.                                                                                                    Or if you have time for nothing else at least have a look at:

It’s oligarch Kolomoisky (drunken??) former governor of the Odessa province who runs his own private army, apparently admitting that MH17 was shot down by the Ukrainian troops by mistake.           Best to start at 3 min in, and make of it what you will.

Dutch Report  –  Relevant Sections re Separatist Involvement

Information in the MIVD’s possession

P 23. The general impression with regard to anti-aircraft defence systems was that the Russian armed forces possessed advanced systems that had been installed in the territory of the Russian Federation close to the border with Ukraine. These systems had sufficient range to be able to hit a civil aircraft at cruising altitude, which is a height of at least 7.5 kilometres. Anti-aircraft systems that have sufficient range to reach this height are referred to hereafter as powerful anti-aircraft systems.

According to the MIVD’s information, the Ukrainian armed forces mainly possessed outdated resources, including, however, certain powerful anti-aircraft systems. A number of these systems were located in the eastern part of the country.

Prior to the crash, the MIVD knew that, in addition to light aircraft artillery, the Separatists also possessed short-range portable air defence systems (man-portable air-defence systems; MANPADS) and that they possibly possessed short-range vehicle-borne air-defence systems. Both types of systems are considered surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Due to their limited range they do not constitute a danger to civil aviation at cruising altitude.

On 29 June 2014, the Separatists captured a Ukrainian armed forces military base in Donetsk. At this base, there were Buk missile systems. These are powerful anti-aircraft systems. This development was reported extensively in the media prior to the crash. The MIVD also received intelligence information on the subject, on 30 June and 3 July 2014 as well as on other dates. During the course of July, several reliable sources indicated that the systems that were at the military base were not operational. Therefore, they could not be used by the Separatists.

Since the beginning of the unrest in Eastern Ukraine, the question arose whether the Separatists were receiving material support and training from the Russian Federation. It was fitting that attention would be devoted to this matter in the MIVD’s investigation. Even though there was information pointing to the fact that the Separatists had been supplied with heavy weapons by the Russian Federation, there were no indications that these were powerful anti-aircraft systems.

P 24.  The MIVD’s impression was that the Separatists were trained to use weapon systems, including MANPADS, in the Russian Federation. There were no indications that they were being trained to use powerful anti-aircraft systems. The Separatists’ training in the Russian Federation came to light as a result of the press conference given by General Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO, on 30 June 2014. Breedlove stated that Separatists on the Russian side of the border had been trained to use vehicle-borne air defence systems. He also stated that the Americans had not yet observed that these systems were being transported across the border to Ukraine. These statements contained little new information for the MIVD. The terms ‘vehicle-borne capability’ and ‘air defence vehicles’ are generic and are also used to refer to short-range anti-aircraft systems.

On 14 July 2014, an An-26 military cargo aeroplane (referred to hereafter as: the Antonov), belonging to the Ukrainian airforce, was shot down. The Ukrainian authorities reported the event the same day in a briefing with Ukraine’s presidential administration in Kiev. The MIVD also received a concise report of the briefing from the Dutch Defence attaché. The report revealed that the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Klimkin, declared that the situation in the east had reached a new and dangerous phase because the Russian Federation was now openly providing the Separatists with military support. As an example of the escalation, Klimkin cited the Antonov’s being shot down in the area of Lugansk. Klimkin reported that the Antonov was flying at an altitude of 6,200 metres and could only have been hit with Russian equipment, because the Separatists did not possess this kind of anti-aircraft systems.

Information in the AIVD’s Possession

P 26.  The Team was aware, via the MIVD, that Russian armed forces on their side of the border with Eastern Ukraine possessed powerful anti-aircraft systems.

The Team was also aware that the Ukrainian armed forces possessed powerful anti-aircraft systems in certain parts of Eastern Ukraine.

The AIVD was aware that the Separatists, in addition to a broad range of artillery (eg machine guns), light anti-aircraft artillery (e.g. rocket launchers), anti-tank weapons and tanks, also possessed MANPADS and possibly short-range vehicle-borne anti-aircraft systems. Both types of systems are considered surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Due to their limited range, the aforementioned weapons do not constitute a danger to civil aviation at cruising altitude.

On 16 July, the AIVD received a report from a reliable source that stated that there was no information that indicated that the Separatists possessed a medium-range SAM system. This comment was made in view of the circumstances related to the Ukrainian armed forces’ Antonov being shot down on 14 July 2014 in Eastern Ukraine.

The AIVD did not have any information that indicated that the Separatists possessed an operational, powerful anti-aircraft system such as a Buk system, also called an SA-11, prior to the crash of flight MH17.

P27.  The AIVD had no indications that the Russian Federation had provided the Separatists with powerful anti-aircraft systems.

The AIVD had indications that the Separatists were being trained to use weapon systems, including MANPADS, in the Russian Federation. There were no indications that they were being trained to use powerful anti-aircraft systems. 

P29. The AIVD and the MIVD did not have any indication that the Separatists had the capacity to hit civil aeroplanes at cruising altitude. Moreover, there were no indications either that they would target civil aeroplane or that they were engaged in activities with this objective in mind.


                                      Lies, Deceptions and Propaganda by the Odessa                                                               2 May Group is Propagated and Endorsed By                                          Council of Europe, BBC & Guardian

 The Odessa 2 May Group (2MG) is an association of self-appointed, self-professed experts and specialists, (allegedly bipartisan) the independence, credentials, competence and objectivity of which have been uncritically accepted on trust both by the Council of Europe and by the  mainstream media (BBC and Guardian).

In December 2013 the Council of Europe initiated the International Advisory Panel (IAP) on the Ukraine to consider the violent incidents in the Ukraine since November 2013.           On 4/11/2015 the IAP issued its final report.                                                                                 Uncritical Acceptance                                                                                                              In that report the IAP accepted without any attempt at verification the facts/timeline and conclusions presented by 2 MG, specifically endorsed the work of 2MG and criticised the Ukrainian investigation authorities for failing to attach sufficient importance to that work. (Report Para 300)

The BBC and Guardian had previously quoted from the work of 2MG with approval.

Egregious Deficiencies                                                                                                       When subjected to a detailed and critical examination (see below) however the investigative work of 2MG far from being authoritative is shown to be riddled with such egregious deficiencies as to render the ‘facts’ that it presents and the conclusions at which it arrives effectively worthless insofar as they relate to events at Kulikovo Field and the fire at the Trade Union Building.

On 26/11/2015 a copy of this critique, together with full supporting documents was sent to the IAP and comments invited from the IAP or 2MG.                                                                     IAP & Media Wash Their Hands of the Affair                                                                   On 28/1/2016 the response was that as the mandate of the IAP ended with the submission of its last Report (04/11/2015) no comment on the critique could be offered.                            The BBC and the Guardian were similarly notified, but neither felt any obligation to correct their grossly misleading reports. Unsurprising as it wouldn’t fit in with the all-prevailing USA narrative.

Is it not extraordinary that having put the considerable authority of an International Panel appointed by the Council of Europe behind a report which is demonstrably riddled with inaccuracies the Council of Europe should neither respond to legitimate criticism nor take any steps to correct the totally false picture the Report presents?

Catch 22                                                                                                                                         It’s the ultimate ‘Catch 22.’ You can’t analyse or influence the content of the Report prior to publication because you don’t know what it contains. When you do know what it contains you are equally helpless because the Panel’s mandate has ended, and the Council of Europe apparently washes its hands of the whole affair.

The inevitable result is that the weight of the authority of the Council of Europe and the IAP are now being cited in support of the (superficial and defective) work of 2MG by Radio Free Europe and Human Rights in Ukraine in connection with the current brouhaha over French Canal+ TV broadcast of Masks of Revolution.                                                                                   


                                                                         CRITIQUE                                                                                                    ODESSA 2  MAY  2014  FIRE  IN  TRADE  UNION  HOUSE                                               ERRORS OF COMMISSION AND OMISSION IN THE                                              IAP REPORT AND THE WORK OF 2 MAY GROUP

Notes                                                                                                                                               Where English subtitles exist on the videos they have been transcribed.                             Links to videos referred to:                                                                                                                     Video A                                                                                                                                                             Video B                                                                                                                                                                      IAP Report – extensive, and not essential as all relevant quotations are given in full in the Critique                                                                                   

  1. Paragraphs of the IAP Report

Para 23. ‘At a certain point the pro-unity protesters prevailed in the clashes and pursued their retreating opponents towards Kulykove Pole.’

There is nowhere in any of the videos produced by the 2MG or elsewhere any evidence that any pursuit of retreating opponents took place.

Indeed video evidence, including some not produced by 2MG, makes it quite clear that there were no retreating opponents and no pursuit.                                                                   See Video A at 13.48, 14.23, 17.05, and most importantly 19.04

The effect of this misleading statement presented as a fact is to conflate two events that were entirely separate in character and place:  the violent confrontations in and around Hretska Square and the peaceful exhibition, concert and talking shop that was taking place in Kulikovo Field almost 3 kms away.

It was an unfortunate conflation because apart from the ethnicity they had in common, there was in fact absolutely no connection between the men and women, many elderly, who were attending a peaceful gathering and concert in Kulikovo Square and the pro-federalists who fought in the violent street battles in downtown Odessa against the pro-unity supporters.                                                                                                                                  As the video evidence shows there were no ‘retreating opponents’. It was pro-unity supporters only who were first marching and then running towards Kulikovo Field.

Even to imply, as such a conflation does, that the people in Kulikovo Field in any way drew the attack upon themselves by sharing the pro-federalist allegiances of those engaged in the downtown violence is simply an insult to the intelligence of anyone who has made a detailed study of the video evidence.

Para 23. ‘At around 6.50 p.m. pro-federalists broke down the door . . . using wooden pallets . . . blockaded the entrances to the building from the inside and erected barricades.’

Video evidence and witness statements make it clear that the doors at the main entrance to the building were open long before the confrontation began, and that there would have been no need to break the door down to gain entrance to the building or to blockade the entrance on the inside.                                                                                                                           See Video B at 0.02, also 2MG Chronology Part 1 which at 16.03 of the video at 16.15 shows that the doors to the Trade Union Building are standing open and would not need to be broken down.                                                                                       Evidence of survivors at Video A at 15.10 and 16.32                                                                 Photographs of the fire on Google images clearly show the main framework of all front doors still intact but blazing fiercely with burning tyres at their base. See URLs at end of analysis of Video A.

Para 24. ‘Several attempts by the pro-unity protesters to storm the building proved to be unsuccessful, although a few of them managed to enter the building through the back door.’

It is very difficult to understand how any investigating group which professes to carry out its enquiries ‘in an open, independent and objective manner’ (Para 54) could produce such a statement which so egregiously misrepresents the true facts of the case.

Even in 2MG’s own Chronology Part 2 at 19.37 the pro-unity supporters are shown crowding into the building through a side door that has been broken down. There are many more waiting to pass in and others can already be seen in the distance inside at the foot of the stairway. To described numbers of this sort as ‘a few’ is chicanery.

In Video A at 23.24 (which shows the same scene) there are shouts of ‘Let’s move faster, move faster’ and ‘We ought to tell our guys that there’s an entrance here.’

The camera follows them inside where in considerable numbers they have unfettered access to the stairs and to the corridor that runs along the side of the building where (Video A at 25.17 to 26.04) they make frenzied attempts to break down a locked internal door. Other evidence establishes that the pro-federalists tried to obtain some protection behind locked doors.

They are subsequently shown returning from the upper floors down a stairway which is already burning at the foot of the wall. Despite the fire on the stairs, which they ignore, the crowd continues to pass along the lower corridor.

Video A at 26.03 shows a woman being manhandled out of the building and calling out, ‘Guys, please don’t do this.’

Video A at 24.o6 presents a clip which seems to have been entirely overlooked by 2MG (see B7 below) showing pro-unity supporters pouring in through another open door.

Video A at 36.18 shows a Ukrainian flag being cheered by the crowd as it is waved from the top floor of the building.                                                                                                 In “2MG Chronology Part 2 at 20.38 there is a 6 second clip of the flag waving but the cheering is not heard or shown.                                                                                                         Video A at 38.05 and 52.00 contain evidence from survivors referring to pro-unity supporters on the upper floors.

In view of the evidence referred to above it hardly seems necessary to draw the obvious conclusion that far from being unsuccessful the pro-unity supporters’ assault on the building left them with substantial numbers of their supporters, indeed as many as wanted to enter the building, with unfettered access to and in control of the building with the exception of the roof and those rooms in which the pro-federalists were sheltering behind locked doors.                                                                                                         This is a fact which is of particular importance in connection with Para 25 below.

Para 24 ‘The remaining pro-federalist protesters entered the Trade Union Building, from where they exchanged shots and Molotov cocktails with their opponents outside. One of the pro-unity gunmen, who was captured on video footage, was subsequently identified as Mr Mykola Volkov.’

There is certainly unequivocal video evidence of a pro-unity gunman shooting at pro-federalists trying to escape the flames (B10 below), but 2MG have provided no similar evidence of pro-federalists shooting back. It must also be noted that at Video A 46.23 and 51.08 both pro-unity supporters and pro-federalists state that no guns were found in the building.

Para 25.  ‘Other than the fire in the lobby, the fires could only have been started by the acts of those inside the building.’

For anyone who simply read and accepted at face value what 2MG say at Para 24 the implications would be obvious. As only ‘a few’ pro-unity supporters ‘managed to enter the building’ the fires must have been started by the pro-federalists.

But as the evidence shows it was in fact the pro-unity supporters who were in effective occupation and control of the building from ground to top floor quite early on in the proceedings, and who were in a position to start a fire wherever they chose, as was their expressed intention from the outset – see several references at B below.

2MG Investigation Work Superficial and Negligent                                                   Before proceeding further with specific aspects of the report it seems appropriate to document the one overarching criticism of the 2MG investigation, its superficiality and negligence.                                                                                                                                               It purports (Para 54) to be ‘using all fact-finding means available under Ukrainian law, for instance, media files posted on the Internet, witness testimony.’                                         There is, however, much significant video and internet evidence which 2MG have either failed to identify or simply chosen not to present in their chronologies.                                   If due weight and consideration is given to this evidence it leads to a final conclusion that differs materially from that of 2MG.

Omissions itemised – all timings relate to the point on Video A:                                          1. At 9.56 pro-unity supporters are shown threatening the police and ‘them’, a group who are unspecified, but can be assumed to be the pro-federalists.                                        

2. At 11.16 a pro-unity supporter addresses the camera:                                                       ‘Death to the enemies of Ru . . . Death to the enemies of Ukraine.’

3. At 11.29 there are shouts:                                                                                                                    ‘We have to kill them all. We have to . . . If we don’t it will be Donetsk tomorrow.’

4. Reference is made in Para 23 above to the absence of the video clip at 13.48 which shows conclusively that there was no ‘pursuit.’ That clip also includes at 19.34 a shout from the crowd                                                                                                                                         ‘Start burning them . . . Keep surrounding them, surround them, surround them.’

5. At 22.10 a helmeted and masked pro-unity supporter speaks to the camera:                        ‘They did not build this building and now we’re going to have to burn it along with them.’

6. At 22.57 cries from the crowd:                                                                                                     ‘Let’s burn these mother-fuckers right here, fucking faggots.’

7. At 24.06 the pro-unity supporters stream into the building through the second door referred to in Para 24 above. Shouts of:                                                                                              ‘Kill Russians, hang Russians . . . Hang communists.’ The one restraining voice ‘Guys don’t do it. It’s not needed,’ goes unheeded.

8. At 26.47 outside the building. There is a shout:                                                                          ‘Burn them to hell.’                                                                                                                             A brief conversation follows, possibly between the cameraman and someone in the crowd: ‘They’ll burn the building’                                                                                                                       ‘Who is inside?’                                                                                                                                   ‘Odessa citizens. Anti-Maidan.’                                                                                                            ‘And who are these?’                                                                                                                    ‘Right sector. 300 arrived today. Football ultras.’

10. At 27.16 the crowd yell ‘Goal’ when a Molotov cocktail breaks through a window.

  1. At 27.47   outside the building a man with gun fires at people inside the building who are trying to escape the fire.           28.10 He shoots again.
  1. 35.54 Voices from the crowd:                                                                                                       ‘There are calls to leave them inside of the building so they could burn alive.’    ‘It’s not a woman it’s a separatist.’
  1. From 42.52 to 47.00 Pro-unity supporters enter the building immediately after the fire. At 46.11 there is the following conversation between the cameraman and those searching the building:                                                                                                                 ‘Guys, I won’t stream this.’                                                                                                        ‘What do you mean?’                                                                                                                          ‘The thing you are doing now – I run live stream.’                                                                  We are left to speculate what it might have been.
  1. From 48.11 to 49.26 Pro-federalists enter the building some days later. Dried blood can be seen splattered on the walls and desk within rooms untouched by fire.                                                                                                                                                                               Evidence Omitted By 2MG                                                                                           Evidence from survivors if judiciously assessed and evaluated is of vital importance but the interviews with two survivors are not shown by 2MG in their Chronologies.

The lady                                                                                                                                         At 15.10 she refers to the pro-federalists meeting at Kulikovo as grannies of her age, Afghan war veterans who were doing a concert, women and children. The video evidence seems to confirm all this. She refers to running into the building (no reference to breaking down the doors) along with a woman and her children when they had news that the pro-unity supporters were approaching.

At 24.49 she refers to hearing that two floors had been taken by pro-unity supporters (she calls them ‘radicals’) who were killing pro-federalists.

At 38.05 she refers to two men being badly beaten when they left the roof and went down to the top floors.

At 58.38 she refers to the number taking refuge on the roof as ‘around 50.’

At 1.02.23 she says that only they on the roof escaped being attacked, and that everyone else was severely beaten and wounded.

The supervisor                                                                                                                            At 16.42 he refers to carrying the icons and other property into the building. There is no indication that doors will need to be broken down to do this.

At 52.00 he gives a long interview.                                                                                                       He states that the pro-unity supporters came prepared with firearms, flare guns and Molotov cocktails.

He describes the impact of the fire and smoke and describes retreating to a safer area as it advances.

He refers to the pro-unity supporters (he calls them ‘bandits’) entering the building and to hearing gunshots. He reports hearing a pro-unity supporter calling out, ‘There’s one more door, burst it open, there are alive people in there.’

He describes the defence of the roof by men standing at the head of the staircase defending it with shovels or anything else that came to hand.

He refers to an attempt to use a hose only to find that the water had been turned off in the building. (see also 57.38 below).

Another male survivor                                                                                                               At 57.38 ‘We had nothing to extinguish the fire. The water in the building by some bizarre accident disappeared.’

Returning to other paragraphs of the report:

Para 25. ‘The forensic reports did not find any evidence to suggest that the fire had been pre-planned.’                                                                                                            It seems unlikely that any forensic scientist would hope to find on-scene evidence that a fire had been ‘pre-planned.’ Presumably that the intention was to say that forensic evidence did not suggest that there had been a deliberate act of arson: use of accelerants etc.

That there should have been forensic evidence of arson at the main entrance doors had an examination been promptly carried out seems clear from video and photographic evidence.

In the 2MG Chronology Part 2 at 19.49 there is a video shot of the front of the building which in opening seconds shows a man carrying a burning tyre towards the main door of the building which shows no other sign of fire as he approaches.

As mentioned in Para 23 above there are photographs on Google images which clearly show the front doors burning fiercely with burning tyres lying at their base.

One must assume that all traces that burning tyres had been used had been removed before the forensic expert arrived on-scene.

Add to the video and photographic evidence the frequently expressed intention of the pro-unity supporters to burn the building and all those in it, it seems reasonable to conclude that the fire was indeed both pre-planned and a deliberate act of arson.

Para 122 ‘The (forensic) report concluded that the building could have caught fire as a result of one or more persons bringing combustible materials and a source of fire into the building.’                                                                                             What an utterly meaningless and banal observation to form part of a scientific report.

The fire centres other than in the lobby could only have been started as a result of the actions of persons inside the building.’                                                   This is fully commented on in Para 25 above, and Para 9 of my conclusion below.

Annex VII                                                                                                                                                 ‘The fire in the Trade Union Building started when the barricade in front of the entrance to the building caught fire as a result of the exchange of Molotov cocktails between the opposing groups of supporters.’

There is nothing in any of the videos of the early stages of the fire at the front entrance to support this contention. Indeed as indicated in Para 25 above there is every indication that the fire was started when a burning tyre was placed at the foot of a door.

‘According to the 2 May Group, no-one died in the Trade Union Building other than as a direct result of the fire.’                                                                                           Annex IV of the report shows 42 dead from the fire in the Trade Union Building, none of them from gunshot wounds.                                                                                                              At 49.27 of Video A there is a list of 48 dead including 6 from gunshot wounds.

Beyond noting the discrepancy no comment can be offered, other than to point out that a similar discrepancy appears in the report itself which at Para 29 shows a total of 39 dead (31 + 8).

Conclusions concerning the fire in the Trade Union Building

  1. Having prevailed in the violent confrontations in and around Hretska Square the pro-unity supporters begin to assemble and declare their intention to deal with the pro-federalist supporters once and for all. Before the final assault on the Trade Union Building they will have expressed their intention to kill them and burn them on several occasions: all detailed in B above.
  2. There are no defeated pro-federalists in flight towards Kulikovo (some 3 kms away), and there is no pursuit.
  3. A substantial number of pro-unity supporters assemble in the streets around Spaso Preobrazhensky Cathedral. Many of them are helmeted and masked and armed with clubs and shields. They march through a huge crowd who applaud and cheer them and there are many cries of ‘To Kulikovo.’ They set off down the road that will take them there: Video A at 13.48. The march breaks into a charge as they arrive at Kulikovo, overrun the square and start burning tents and exhibits.
  4. At Kulikovo a peaceful and unarmed gathering of pro-federalists had been attending an exhibition, concert and talking shop. They receive advance warning of the intentions of the approaching pro-unity supporters. Some flee the scene before they arrive; others retreat into the building through the open doors (they do not need to break them down) and close them against the attackers. There are men and women, many elderly and at least one child. They are completely overwhelmed by the numbers besieging the building.
  5. The pro-unity supporters arrive with Molotov cocktails which they throw at and through the windows of the building, and at least a couple are thrown at them in response from the roof.
  6. As dusk begins to gather a pro-unity supporter can be seen carrying a burning tyre to set a fire at the foot of one of the main doors. There is no sign of fire at the door prior to this: see above re Para 25 and Annex VII of the IAP Report. The fusillade of Molotov cocktails continues.
  7. At some earlier time pro-unity supporters had broken down one side door to the building and opened another and were entering the building in large number. They can be seen in a crowd in occupation of a ground floor corridor and ascending a staircase to the upper floors.
  8. A flag waved from an upper floor window and cheered by the crowd shows them to be effectively in control of the building from ground floor to top floor apart from the roof and those rooms in which pro-federalists have locked themselves in behind closed doors.
  9. Before the fire forces them to leave the building pro-unity supporters can be seen streaming down stairs where the fire has already taken hold at the foot of the wall. They show no interest in extinguishing the fire.

As regards fires at points other than the main entrance doors and lobby and the observation in the IAP Report that they ‘could only have been started by the acts of those inside the building,’ then it is pertinent to point out that the pro-unity supporters were not only all over the building, but they were the ones in complete control.

They had expressed the intention to burn the building and those in it, and in terms of the categorical trinity of criminology they had the motive, means and opportunity. The pro-federalists had none of these.

If then inferences have to be drawn as to who set the other fires it would seem that it is to the pro-unity supporters and not the pro-federalists that we have to look.

  1. Pro-unity supporters are shown in the ground floor corridor making frenzied attempts to break down a locked door behind which pro-federalists are sheltering. The visible condition of pro-federalist survivors brought out of the building and the evidence of survivors indicates that when pro-federalists were encountered by pro-unity supporters they were savagely beaten.

See Video A at 39.05, 41.23 and 42.22.

Video evidence shows blood on the walls, floor and desk in a room untouched by fire. It is difficult to envisage the type and degree of violence that would be necessary for this.

  1. Attempts at assault continue as survivors are brought from the building. One pro-unity supporter is shown shooting at pro-federalists who are attempting to escape smoke and flames by sheltering on window ledges. Another pro-unity supporter is shown clubbing a man who had jumped from the building and is lying on the ground.
  2. No pro-unity supporters seem to have suffered any harm at the hands of pro-federalists.

In brief the pro-unity supporters set out en masse with the expressed intention of committing arson and murder by killing the pro-federalists by burning or by any other means. That they achieve their objective with a crime of such enormity for it to be so grossly misdescribed or ignored by the bulk of the world’s media defies comment.

26/11/2015  Turkish downing of Russian bomber.                                                               A new concept in international relations. The use of lethal force when no threat exists.        I thought that was restricted to American cops who shot down unarmed black men with their hands in the air. It seems Erdogan has aligned himself with them.                                 In 2012                                                                                                                                                  when a Turkish plane was shot down by Syria.                                                              Erdogan,’ A short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack . . . even if the plane was in their (Syrian) airspace for a few seconds that is no excuse to attack. It was clear that the plane was not an aggressive plane. Still it was shot down.’                                     UK Foreign Secretary Hague  expressed his outrage.                                                  Today                                                                                                                                                  Erdogan, ‘The F16 shot down the Russian plane in line with Turkey’s rules of engagement.’                                                                                                                                         All UK Foreign Secretary Hammond could find to say was that ‘Turkey was an important ally.’

20/11/15                                                                                                                                            A nice little earner                                                                                                                       In the US of A, that land of the not-so-free, the police enjoy the freedom of the Civil Forfeiture legislation to seize property or cash from any individual on the mere suspicion that it was acquired illegally.                                                                                                           From 1989 to 2010 seizures amounted to $12.6 bn,                                                                   and like Topsy it’s growing: $ in 2o14                                                                                   It can be done without court order, charge or even arrest and anywhere, even at a stop by the side of the road. So if you happen to be planning a touring holiday over there just make sure you have receipts on hand for all those attractive little electronic goodies and cash you might be carrying with you.                                                                                                                 Listen to Ken Burton Missouri Chief of Police in an astonishing outburst of frankness at:                                                              Basically if we fancy it we take it, if you can’t prove it was acquired legally.

15/11/15     The Independent                                                                                                     Today the Indi recovered its senses with a piece by Robert Fisk who can speak of the Middle East with authority.                                                                                                             ‘We are blindfolded about Isis says one who should know.’                                       The ‘one who should know’ being interviewed by Fisk was Brian Keenan ‘who was kept blindfolded by Islamist kidnappers for four-and-a-half years.’

14/11/15    The Independent                                                                                                             In Amol Rajan’s letter from the Editor today he writes of ‘Jihadi John’ killed by a US airstrike:                                                                                                                                               ‘He may have been only one, virtually worthless life, but his death deprives Isis of its chief propagandist, and by extension, reduces in the short term its capacity to spread terror.’                                                                                                                                               Two pages of triumphalism followed, by ‘the best journalists in the world on this subject’ with charts and diagrams explaining the wonders of the Reaper drone targeting system and the skill involved in tracking him down.

The Paris atrocities had already taken place, but after the paper went to press.

‘Of that of which we are ignorant we should be silent.’ It twists the quote a little to my purpose, but it remains true.

5/11/15                                                                                                                                               Paid Patriotism – Only in the US of A: Home of Hypocrisy                                   ‘At least 50 teams were paid by the Department of Defense for patriotic displays’         

Noted in passing.                                                                                                                                  “I do believe that the heaviest blow ever dealt at Liberty’s head will be dealt by this nation and the ultimate failure of its example to the earth. See what is passing now.”                       Charles Dickens “ American Notes”

6/11/15                                                                                                                                             A couple of Stocking Fillers                                                                                            Two Statements on Iraq made less than two years before it was suddenly ‘discovered’ that Saddam Hussein had all those naughty weapons of mass destruction.                                 Colin Powell 24 Feb 2001                                                                                                                   ‘He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbours.’                   Condeleeza Rice July 2001                                                                                                               ‘We are able to keep arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt’                                                                       Both truths were conveniently forgotten by the western media at large after 9/11/ 2001 when Bush and Blair decided to attack Iraq.                                                                             Just for Laughs                                                                                                                           Obama 16/9/2015 at Business Roundtable                                                                                   ‘As a large country with a powerful military you can’t go round pushing your little neighbours around just because you’re bigger’                                                                                                                                                                   John Kerry 3/3/2014                                                                                                                            ‘You don’t invade a country on completely phony pretexts just to assert your own interests.’                                                                                                                                                               Bush 28/1/2003                                                                                                                                  ‘As we are doing in Afghanistan we will bring to the Iraqi people, food and medicines and supplies . . . and freedom’                                                                                                                  They’re still waiting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                14/10/15 The Independent                                                                                                  Simon Calder/Howard Amos on MH17 Report      (The printed page from the Independent seems not to be available online. This is the same article as it appeared in IOL News.)                                                                                                   It really is quite difficult to know where to begin with any Russia related article that Amos has had his hands on. (See also Post J under ‘Odessa Massacre – A Retrospective)               On this  occasion I’ll confine myself to his sheer mendacity.                                                      ‘To the sound of throbbing music et seq’  this paragraph appears towards the end and opens with a lie.                                                                                                                                  The full conference is there for all to see and hear, with English translation, on YouTube. There is no “throbbing music.” It’s a quiet, highly technical affair given to a substantial international audience who have been invited and not “summoned” and seem prepared to give the presentation rather more weight and attention than Amos.                                                                  For those who wish to opt out of the full 2hrs 35 min the test explosions run from 1.01 to 1.03.

13/10/15 MH17    The Two Reports  Yes there were two although that may not have been obvious from the media coverage.                                                                                          Brief notes together with a link to the two complex technical reports are shown below.##     Both proceed on the basis that the immediate cause was a BUK missile, but disagree on two fundamental points: the type of warhead and probably firing point.                                In brief as far as responsibility goes they get us nowhere.

Without getting into the technicalities, which like the peace of God passeth all understanding, one is inevitably driven to ask why did the Dutch decide not to take any questions from their large international audience whose presence without the opportunity for questions was rather pointless – it could all have been done online.         The investigation had been going on for over a year. Why the secrecy?                              Questions that immediately suggest themselves:                                                          1.  Where is the real forensic evidence; the aerial photography, the satellite imagery?   2. Why has none of the evidence that the USA holds not been included? They have asked for full cooperation with the enquiry and have told us that they have such evidence.       See 9/7/15 below                                                                                                                      3. On 30 June 2015 General Breedlove warned that Russia had been providing air defence training to Russian separatists that focused on “vehicle-borne” surface-to-air missiles.                                                                                                        If they knew this they must surely have been watching the situation closely so why no photographic evidence of the missile being launched?                                                              4. Why did the Dutch report ignore the damage to the port engine and wing? See:

So what can be said at this juncture?                                                                                  If West pursues criminal investigation against separatists claiming that they have evidence that they shot it down with Russian involvement then we will know that they have to have some kind of evidence and they will have to produce it.                                        If however there is silence and it is left on the basis that we don’t know who did it, then (in view of Kerry’s comments) we have to conclude that it was the Ukrainians who shot it down.

How long then must we wait for the JIT’s criminal investigation to be concluded and for the USA to put up its evidence?                                                                                                        Or is it the case that the USA has no interest in giving any further information because it’s a wonderful political football to keep kicking around.

## MH17 Reports                                                                                                                   Two reports presented – In neither was there any intention or attempt to assign responsibility.                                                                                                                         1. That of the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) of which everyone will have heard at length and in detail.                                                                                                                                                       2. That of Almaz-Antey (AA) of which few will have heard at all and almost no one at length and in detail. AA are the manufacturers of the BUK missile system.                                                                    This report covered in more detail and with practical experiments an earlier report of 3/6/2014                                                                                          

The DSB presentation ran for 26 minutes with explanations of mathematical modelling and computer simulations together with an animation reflecting conclusions of investigation and supplemented by detailed PDF running to 279 pages.                              Supplementary material was also produced:                                                                            About the Investigation                                            and a brochure synopsis of the reports findings.                                                                                                      Scenarios other than BUK missile were considered, analysed and excluded on the basis of the evidence available.                                                                                                                            No questions were accepted from the accredited media representatives present at the presentation.

Final conclusion:                                                                                                                       Flight MH17 was downed by a ‘9N314M warhead carried on the 9M38-series of missiles as installed on the BUK surface to air system.’                                                                                 ‘The breakup resulted in a wreckage area* of 50 square kilometres’ as shown in chart in PDF, but another investigation will be necessary to establish the precise location of launch. * Such an area would put the firing point as near Snezhnoye in ‘rebel’ held territory.

The AA presentation ran for 2hrs 20 including 1 hr of Q & A when questions were invited in particular from the English speaking media. In the event some 20+ questions were dealt with from an international audience including BBC, Thailand, France, Wall Street Journal.                                                                                                                                     The AA tests had involved only consideration of the BUK theory (which was in effect accepted) and not any of the alternative scenarios.                                                                    The presentation was detailed and complex including explanations of damage analysis, missile fragment analysis, mathematical modelling and computer simulations.                       A slide-show of the data and material used in the course of the presentation is available at

The data from the tests conducted in June had been transferred to the DSB in August but as they were not taken into account AA decided to run the second bigger whole-scale tests including practical live tests on a full scale fuselage using a live warhead.                               A series of video presentations showed the results of the live tests.

Final conclusion:                                                                                                                   That MH17 had been shot down by a BUK SA11 missile system that could only have been a 9M38 missile deploying a 9M38 warhead: a warhead that had been decommissioned by the Russians many years earlier.                                                                                                     That from AA’s tests and calculations they were able to define the area of the firing point as being near Zaroshchenskoye.**                                                                                                       ** Which was in Kiev held territory.

12/10/15 Howard Amos Independent – Syria                                                                  4th & 3rd paras from bottom and photos are simply cuts and pastes from Reuters at                                                          Do reporters do anything more nowadays than take in each other’s washing?                          And once again the thoroughly discredited Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is quoted.

Use by Media of ‘Expert’ sources that do little more than relay social media chatter that is unverified and unverifiable                                                              Syrian Observatory for Human Rights(SOHR)                                                      The SOHR was founded in May 2006 as an information office allegedly documenting human rights abuses in the Syrian Civil War. It has been cited by virtually every western news outlet since the beginning of the uprising, and is frequently quoted by major newsmedia, such as Voice of America, Reuters, BBC, CNN and National Public Radio about daily numbers of ISIL/ISIS fighters and civilians killed in airstrikes in Syria.

The UK-based SOHR is in fact run out of a two-bedroom terraced home in Coventry by one person, Rami Abdulrahman, a Syrian Sunni Muslim who also runs a clothes shop. After three spells in prison in Syria, Abdulrahman came to Britain in 2000 and has not been back since. The New York Times in April 2013 describes him being on the phone all day every day with contacts in Syria and checking all information himself.#                 Mr. Abdulrahman’s website is at and (in Arabic) and (in English).                                                                                                                 In a December 2011 interview with Reuters, Abdulrahman said the observatory had a network of 200 people. He reports on events in the Syrian uprising, including the deaths of civilians, rebels and army defectors (whom he calls “martyrs”) and government soldiers.          # One can only speculate on how he manages to do this from a house in Coventry when he has a network of 200 people, and still have time for his clothing shop.                                 None of the intrepid ‘reporters’ of the MSM seem to have made any attempt to satisfy themselves that he is doing anything more than recycling social media chatter.

3/10/15 BBC Pro-American Bias – Today programme                                                   This is John Humphries speaking to Bart Janssens, Director of Operations for MSF immediately following news reports that the MSF clinic in Kuduz had suffered a sustained air attack by the US in which 3 of its staff and many patients were killed and the premises severely damaged.                                                                                                                             One might have expected some initial interest, possibly even concern for the wellbeing and plight of the MSF staff and patients, and the impact of the attack on the operations of MSF in the future.                                                                                                                                   Instead the whole thrust of the opening questions seems to be nothing more than a desperate attempt to get the Americans off the hook.                                                                     After only ‘Good morning’ Humphries 1st question is:                                                                   ‘What evidence do you have that these bombs were dropped by the Americans?’               The reply is scarcely relevant. What evidence might Janssens, a medical man, be expected to have in Switzerland at 8am in the morning within a few hours of the attack. The question is a disgrace.                                                                                                         Humphries continues:                                                                                                                     ‘And there’s no doubt that they were bombs dropped by an aeroplane or aeroplanes, and it wasn’t shelling of some sort or some other form of attack. They were bombs dropped from the air.’                                                                                                                                               Understandably BJ can offer no meaningful comment on this.                                              The interview continues:                                                                                                                   JH ‘people would have been in no doubt that this was a hospital. There’s no doubt about that.                                                                                                                                                             BJ ‘Absolutely’                                                                                                                                         JH ‘And you’ve never been threatened in the past by the Taliban or any other forces in any way’                                                                                                                                                           BJ makes it clear that the hospital has functioned without interference until this incident   JH then speaks to Emal Pasarly in Kunduz who talks of the fighting that has been raging for control of the city.                                                                                                                         JH ‘So it is possible that the building was caught up in exchanges of fire, we can’t be certain at this stage that it was aerial bombardment’                                                                       He is told that local people are saying that the hospital was hit by air.                                         This is the celebrated BBC ‘balance,’ leaning over backwards, as it invariably does, to try to avoid any embarrassment to the Americans.

An appropriate point perhaps to include a quote from Harold Pinter’s Nobel acceptance speech 2005   regarding                                                                                       The western media’s curious amnesia regarding the manifest crimes and atrocities of the United States of America – Fully documented in Post A               American in Foreign Affairs                                                                                                          “Everyone knows what happened in the Soviet Union and throughout Eastern Europe during the post-war period: the systematic brutality, the widespread atrocities, the ruthless suppression of independent thought. All this has been fully documented and verified.                                                                                                                                                 But my contention here is that the US crimes in the same period have only been superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged, let alone recognized as crimes at all.                                                                                                                                       It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

You still won’t hear of them from the mainstream media, but with the internet there’s no longer any reason for people to remain in ignorance.                                                                       It’s all there fully documented and evidenced as disclosed by insiders, whistleblowers and ex-CIA men either disgusted at what has been done or at times so triumphant at their achievements that they boast about them.                                                                               “That’s just tough . . . we’ll intervene whenever it’s in our national security interests to intervene and if you don’t like it, lump it. Get used to it world, we’re not going to put up with any nonsense.” Duane Clarridge CIA Chief in Chile 1981 to 1984

A clutch of earlier examples culled from the balanced and impartial mainstream media                                                                                                                17/4/15 State Department Leans on media outlets                                                          The State Department confirms that it had been working to convince major media and entertainment companies to help to counter propaganda being issued by Russia and others.                                                                                                        Use ‘Find’ function to get to the relevant passages.       Also                                                      30/7/14 BBC Newsnight                                                                                                          Mark Urban gave five reasons why middle east was in turmoil: none included the historic or contemporary role of the British Government.                                                                       The Cameron Govt’s despatch of £8 bn of arms and military equipment to Israel was airbrushed                                                                                                                                               UK’s massive arms shipments of Saudi Arabia was airbrushed                                                     UK’s role in the destruction of Libya was airbrushed                                                               UK’s support for the tyranny in Egypt was airbrushed                                                                    As for the British invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – they didn’t happen either               The only ‘expert witness’ on the programme was Toby Dodge from LSE. What viewers were not told was that Dodge had been a special advisor to David Petraeus, the US general largely responsible for the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan.                                                                                                          28/1/2011 State Department Plants Questions in Media Programmes               US flagship media programme 60 Minutes accepts “questions and concerns . . . planted with them” by the State Department during the course of the interview with Julian Assange – see PDF at                                                     and                                                                                                                                                                                                               16/9/15                                                                                                                                          Poroshenko signed a decree on Wednesday, banning or introducing sanctions against hundreds of individuals and legal entities. The list includes dozens of journalists, among them employees of the BBC, El Pais, Die Zeit and RT’s Ruptly.                                      This evoked a storm of protests that western journalist should be banned (Google “Poroshenko  banned journalist”) and the ban was promptly revoked.                                                                                                                       Pity the western MSM couldn’t summon up the same response regarding  the murder, abuse and restrictions imposed on pro-Russian journalist.                                                      See 16/4/15 & 26/2/15 below

14/9/15                                                                                                                                          JIT has found no evidence of BUK missile shrapnel in bodies of victims – confirmed by Australian coroners who have examined bodies – JIT now looking for evidence on the ground.                                                                                                                                               Question why more than a year after the event and to what extent can such evidence now be accepted as authentic?                                                                                                                     Part 1                                                                                                                              Part 2

13/9/15                                                                                                                                      With Ukraine dropping out of the mainstream news of late, mainly because there’s absolutely nothing good that can be said about developments there, another update on the state of play seems appropriate. See also 12 month retrospective at 20/2/15 below – things haven’t improved.                                                                                                                            Political Stability                                                                                                                          Public support for the administration is falling like a rock                                                             Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s party now has approval ratings below five percent.                 Poroshenko’s ratings are down to 23%                                                                                            At the beginning of September Oleg Lyashko and his far right Radical Party left the ruling coalition taking the vice Prime Minister with him. He criticised Poroshenko as no better than Yanukovich.                                                                                                                                  So weak is the regime that Svoboda, whose ultra-nationalist neo-Nazis were responsible for the recent rioting and deaths of three policeman on Maidan, has not been touched.        Economy                                                                                                                                          Kiev is faced with possible default on $3 billion Eurobond debt to Russia.                                 The west is dominating the Ukraine through the IMF, which unbelievably recently gave it a clean bill of health. Lagarde praised Kiev for what it has achieved in such a short time and Poroshenko for giving hope to the people of Ukraine.                                                             Odessa’s new Governor is not so optimistic describing Ukraine as the poorest# country in Europe and forecasting no return to pre-Maidan GDP for another twenty years.                  # Not only the poorest, but the most corrupt according to the Guardian.                               Thanks to what has been described as the virtual annexation of Ukraine by the IMF (expertly analysed by economics Prof M Hudson of the University of Missouri – see link below) the country, unable to pay off its debts, is going to have to privatise , that is, sell off what of the nation’s assets it has left.                                                                                                   $1.8 billion transferred from IMF to the National Bank of Ukraine to be disbursed to large Ukrainian banks has disappeared. It has gone to the two largest banks in Ukraine: Privat Bank owned by the oligarch Kolomoisky, (previously governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast ),and Pinchuk who owns Credit Dnepr. From these banks the money was transferred to off-shore accounts and from there it disappeared. All quite acceptable to Washington (which is effectively the IMF) as part of the cost of its geopolitical game.            Conflict                                                                                                                                      Muslim extremists are now fighting alongside Kiev forces in Ukraine. See link below or simply Google “sheikh al mansour battalion Ukraine”                                                                 Links for the above follow:                                                                                                                                                                 –direktor-rozporyadnik-mvf-lagard-pislya-zustrichi-z-prezidentom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

9/9/15                                                                                                                                              Fox News: Russia and China plotted migrant invasion of Europe.                                                                        Question and answer transcripts follow:                                                                                          Q. ‘How much of this is Russia and China trying to shlop?? off these refugees on Europe and everybody else . . . and playing with these human lives to try and gain political and global capital?’                                                                                                                                   A. ‘Russia is sending military equipment . . . to try to prop up the Assad government to continue the fighting . . .’                                                                                                               Q. ‘Continue the fighting and continue the refugee crisis?’                                                           A. ‘Oh sure, exactly.’                                                                                                                          Q. ‘We know how much Putin loves Europe in terms of being able to give Europe a problem to deal with in the refugees.’                                                                                             A. ‘But the worry becomes, are they going to gang up, the Chinese and the Russians, going to gang up against the United States and our interests throughout the world, and I think you are going to see more of that.’

Did you get that?  . . . . Russia and China are going to gang up against the poor, little old US of A . . . All together now: Aaaahhhh.                                                                                       That would be the US of A whose global criminal activities over the course of a century are documeneted in detail in Post B.                                                                                                     God knows who the reporter Caitlin McFarland is. She seems to keep a pretty low profile as far as her reporting credentials go.                                                                                               Pity the poor Americans who get a 24/7 diet of this fiction from their mainstream media.

3/9/15                                                                                                                                              A useful summary and comments on the propaganda media onslaught that followed the anniversary of the tragedy at:                                              

31/8/15  The Independent                                                                                                Interesting to see that the Indi’s Assistant Editor and Media Editor takes exception to an RT reference to “Nazis in Ukraine with nuclear ambitions.”                                                   Perhaps he should have a look at the published programme of the Svoboda Party* which at clause VII (9) calls for the restoration of Ukraine as a tactical missile and nuclear arsenal state and at clause VII (8) appeals to the UN to evaluate the possibility of pre-emptive nuclear strikes without declaring war: no prizes for guessing against whom.                          If Svoboda and its leader Tyahnybok are not Nazis/neo-Nazis, they certainly have an inordinate affection for their Nazi hero Bandera, the Nazi salute, torchlight marches, the Wolfsangel and other insignia and trappings of their Nazi idols. The internet is awash with images.                                                                                  *

30/8/15                                                                                                                                            “After annexing Crimea last year, Mr Putin raised the stakes by launching a conflict in the Donbass”                                                                                 So it was Putin who launched the military conflict?                                                                   Cannot the Guardian get even the basic facts correct and consistent with its own earlier reporting?                                                                                                                                                It was Turchynov and Yatsenyuk in Kiev not Putin who launched the Ukrainian military into action against their own people in the Donbass.                                                                       See Post E 13/4/2014 and Guardian                                                                                                   10.4.14                                                                                                                  16/4/14                                                                                                                    24/4/14                                                                                                                                      And when the Guardian isn’t faking the facts it can run snide little pieces by Shaun Walker

28/8/15 The Independent                                                                                                      Inside rebel-held Ukraine, where a small pocket of nationalists hope of a life without Russian interference.”                       A page-and-a-half devoted to a scurrilous, near-hysterical anti-Russian rant that is so outrageously paranoid as to be risible. What on earth can be the journalistic justification for running a piece in which the location is not identified, the interviewees are anonymised, and which is posted by a ‘reporter’  (identified variously as Mikhail or Mihail Nikanorov) of whom the paper itself can provide no further information, who has no journalistic credentials and who defies all attempts to trace him on Google . . . It’s nothing more than gossip that could have been sourced from any one of a hundred or more internet sites.

25/8/15 – Anti-Russian Propaganda Bites the Dust                                                     On 25/8/15 Forbes magazine claimed a scoop with                                                            “Russia Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled”                                                             Ever ready to run any anti-Russian material the Independent’s intrepid reporter followed up on 26/8/15 with “Russia ‘accidentally reveals’ number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine“                                                                                                                                                                      NBC just as eagerly followed suit                                                                                                                     As did the  International Business Times                                                                                                                                                          None of them attempted any effective check of sources of course. That isn’t the way with modern cut-and-paste journalism (See also Independent 28/8/15 above)              Unfortunately for them it was all a scam originating in a Kiev based hack of a Russian magazine site.                                              Start to 6 mins in.  The story was allowed to die, but no correction was made.

BBC 18/8/15                                                                                                                              The Independent: ‘BBC showed propaganda films but didn’t tell its viewers.’   

14/8/15                                                                                                                                      BBC Bias and the Israeli Propaganda machine.                                                        The news that Mark Regev is to be next Israeli ambassador to UK adds a certain piquancy to the old saw that an ambassador is a man sent to lie abroad for his country. In Regev, who for many years has fronted the Israeli propaganda assault on the news media of the world, Israel has a man who is surely over-qualified.                                                                  He will no doubt be warmly welcomed by the BBC with whom the Israeli propaganda machine has had a cosy relationship exemplified on many occasions over the years, the slaughter on the M.V. Mavi Marmara being but one.

On 31/5/2010 Israeli forces attacked an aid flotilla headed for Gaza while it was still in international waters. In the course of the operation they murdered nine people on theMavi Marmara and injured many more, and  in the days that followed Israeli propaganda set out to manipulate the news agenda around the world.                                                       This they did with some success on the BBC News of 1/6/2010 which:                                 ran selective video footage provided by the Israelis## all helpfully subtitled, butwhich edited out the initial lethal attack from the helicopters,                                         and included Mark Regev blandly asserting, ‘Our planning for yesterday’s interception was for a peaceful police operation. Our sailors on the job were told you are to use minimum force and maximum restraint.’                                                  From 1 hour 08 minutes in.            ##despite the fact that graphic independent video was available on the internet on the night of the attack.

The Israeli perspective throughout was that the violence was initiated by the people on theMavi Marmara who were attacking the men of the IDF trying to land on the ship.In that perspective propaganda dominated, and was never seriously challenged.                              On 16/8/2010 this was followed up by an equally un-critical, pro-Israeli Panorama.               It was left to Jon Snow of Channel 4 to offer the only serious challenge to the Regev propaganda push.                                                                      

On 27/09/2010, four months after the incident, the UN published a report on the incident which can be read in full at:   On the issue of who started the violence it concluded ‘that no weapons were brought on board the ship’ by the passengers, and ‘that live ammunition was used from the helicopter onto the top deck prior to the descent of the soldiers.’                                                                It accused the IDF of using ‘totally unnecessary and incredible violence’ and of ‘an unacceptable level of brutality.’                                                                                                          It referred to people shot ‘at point blank range.’                                                                            It concluded that there was ‘clear evidence to support prosecutions of the following crimes within the terms of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention:                                            Wilful killing//Torture or inhuman treatment//Wilfully causing great suffering of serious injury to body or health.’

The findings of the investigation which ran completely counter to the thrust of the Israeli propaganda reported by the media were reported only in a 12 second item on ITV news, and were completely ignored on the three main BBC TV bulletins, being seen only on News 24.

5/8/15                                                                                                                                              What a difference a year makes.                                                                                                 Independent Editorial 18/7/14 – one day after crash before any evidence adduced      “Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: No more games, Mr Putin. Though he cannot have wished it, the Russian President is responsible for this massacre. He must restrain his dogs of war.”                                                                                                                                             Independent Editorial 5/8/2015                                                                                              “Don’t rush to judgement                                                                                                                 The allegations against Edward Heath are profoundly serious. But so is the need to follow the evidence.’

4/8/15                                                                                                                                              More useful thoughts on the proposed UN ‘special tribunal’ re MH17  

2/8/15                                                                                                                                        MH17 Tribunal – the trap Russia avoided.                                                                        By an international criminal and human rights lawyer with ‘coal-face’ personal experience of these rituals              

9/7/15                                                                                                     Another scurrilous Russophobic piece by the Guardian almost as culpable as their ‘anniversary’ piece on the Odessa Massacre (Post J ‘The Odessa Massacre – a retrospective).                                                                                                                                     The headline refers to ‘mounting evidence of involvement’ of Russia and the separatists , with the sub-head adding ‘most evidence points to Ukraines separatist forces.’                                                                                                                                        The article runs to over 1800 words and it seems reasonable to expect that somewhere along the way the reader might be introduced to the new evidence (presumably new if it has been ‘mounting’) or even to any hard evidence (although the article is careful itself to say that there is ‘no conclusive proof’ of responsibility.

However strip away the emotional propaganda, the repetitions from last year’s Guardian pieces, the anecdotal reports (the internet is awash with many such that paint quite a different picture) and all that is left is something akin to the Monty Python ‘nudge, nudge . . . know what I mean . . . say no more’ sketch.

We are told that the plane had ‘apparently been shot out of the sky with a surface-to-air missile’ . . .  of ‘rumours spread of looting and interference at the scene’ . . . that a BUK missile had ‘possibly (been) brought across the border from Russia’ . . . that Alexander Khodakovsky couldn’t ‘say anything with clarity’ . . . that ‘there is some evidence# it (the BUK system) came from across the border’ . . . and that it ‘may have been manned by a Russian crew’  . . . and that ‘It was almost as though the Russians wanted to get their story straight.’                                                                                                                                          # Unspecified                                                                                                                                       We are introduced to ‘Igor “the Demon” Bezler – nothing whatever to do with evidence (I mean evidence) concerning MH17, but the name sounds real mean doesn’t it?                   We are told that ‘In Moscow, amid public denials of involvement, diplomats scrambled to establishwhat had happened.’                                                                                                           But there was absolutely no need to scramble was there? John Kerry knew, he had knock-down evidence, but for some strange reason he declines to put it in the public domain, and the mainstream media seem singularly reluctant to mention the fact that he ever said it. (See 9/7/15 Post F)                                                                                                      And finally, referring to the Dutch-led investigation, we are told, ‘The investigators are believed to have concluded that the plane was indeed shot down by a BUK missile.’      They have not in fact concluded any such thing.                                                      According to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service spokesman, Wim de Bruin on 25/8/15   “The Joint Investigation team is focusing on several scenarios. The most likely is the one in which the MH17 was downed by a ground-to-air missile. But there are still [other] scenarios that can’t be excluded. For example the air-to-air scenario.”

9/7/15 MH17 Anniversary                                                                                                  Over the last few days on the anniversary of the MH17 tragedy we have seen much coverage of those facts that are known and more of speculation and innuendo, yet not one reference to the American surveillance information and radar tracking information that should resolve all uncertainty.                                                                                                                These are verbatim transcripts of John Kerry speaking of the shoot-down on 20 July a year ago.                                                                                                                                                      In a morning interview on CNN:                                                                                                        “We observed it by imagery . . . we detected a launch . . . our trajectory shows that it went to the aircraft.’                                                                                                                                         In an interview on CBS Face the Nation.                                                                                            “We know from our own imagery. We see that an SA11 which is what we have assessed this to be . . .”                                                                                                                           Apparently knock-down evidence of responsibility and yet since then it appears to have been entirely ignored: an internet search reveals scarcely one further reference to Kerry’s statements since he made them.                                                                                                         A few days ago in a White House Press Statement release Kerry wrote regarding the Dutch investigation: “We urge full cooperation by all in assisting their effort to uncover the full truth.”

Isn’t it surprising that not one voice has been raised in the mainstream media, that there isn’t relentless pressure on the US to do what it urges others to do? To relieve the anxiety of the victims’ families and resolve all uncertainty by putting its relevant surveillance information and radar tracking information in the public domain, as the Russians have done, or at least confirm that they have made it available to the Dutch JIT.                           Or if Kerry too was deceiving his American public and the world as others have done in the past shouldn’t we be receiving something by way of an apology                          

Inpost – Index to Main Posts   

                              Introduction – It’s A Mad, Mad World My Masters                      

Its sophistry and insidious techniques apart, propaganda succeeds because the vast majority of people simply do not have the time to search beyond the headline and perhaps read the article, watch the TV newscast or listen to the views of the ‘experts.’ They’re more than fully occupied earning a living, raising a family and getting by in an increasingly demanding and unjust world.                                                                                                                            Of the few that are fortunate enough to have both the time required (considerable) and the inclination to do the digging that is necessary, the results can be a revelation. It is hoped that the posts that follow will be just that: a revealing peep behind the facade of all that we are offered as ‘news’ by the mainstream media on a daily basis.                                                  You’ll find that the posts give you what the mainstream media never, well hardly ever, provide: links to the sources used, to the raw footage where any is available and access to the alternative voices that are otherwise denied to the public at large.

For more than eighteen months, as its schemes for the Ukraine and the Middle East have gone from bad to worse, the White House has engaged in a relentless barrage of misinformation, half-truths, lies and black propaganda that is all dutifully relayed to the American people as gospel truth by a subservient mainstream media that is now no more than an arm of the American corporate state.                                                                                                 There was a time when something a little better might have been hoped for on this side of the Atlantic, but since the politicians and mainstream media outlets of Europe are now almost without exception content simply to accept and regurgitate whatever propaganda emanates from Washington, and even to offer a few inventions of their own, the following posts are offered as at least a partial corrective to the White House narrative that otherwise seems to go unchallenged.                                                                                                      A sort of Queensbury Rules to restore some sort of balance to the reporting of matters relating to the American-dominated West and Russia, and to cast a little light into the dark and dirty recesses of the American and European political psyche and the ‘journalists’ who serve its purpose.                                                                                                                  To read the posts themselves will not take long. To follow up on the links will take longer, but it will certainly introduce you to some interesting alternative voices.

Post J.  The Odessa Massacre                                                                                                  Post H.  Russian ‘Invasions’ Of Ukraine – You Couldn’t Make It Up                        (A brief survey of the best creative fiction of the crisis.)                                                           Post G.   Media Bias, Lies, Black Propaganda and Sins of Omission                     Post F.   Flight MH17 – Washington Takes The Fifth                                                       Post E.   Dirty Tricks in Ukraine – Play It Again Uncle Sam                                     Post D.   Ukraine Atrocities – The West Looks The Other Way                                   Post C.   Cold War Mark II – Putin Bashing and Russophobia                                   Post B.  The USA – The World’s Sally Army?                                                                     Post A.   Goodbye To  All That – A Jeremiad

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Post J.The Odessa Massacre

2/5/14            The Odessa Massacre – Transferred from Post E
In Odessa 41 ethnic Russians (reportedly people collecting signatures for a referendum on a federal Ukraine) are burned alive in the trade union headquarters where they have taken refuge from pro-Kiev supporters while police stand by and do nothing to restrain the right sector activists who can be seen throwing Molotov cocktails into the building and shooting at people standing at windows to escape the flames.
The Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh hailed the massacre as ‘another bright day in our national history’.
The event was either passed over or mis-reported in the Western Media.
The New York Times buried it. Para 6 at:
It received a passing mention in the Mail and Telegraph.
The Guardian gave it broader coverage:
referring to ‘pro-Russian fighters throwing masonry and petrol bombs from the roof on to the crowd below**,’                                                                                                                          showing a still photograph of a pro-Russia activist who ‘aims a pistol at supporters of the Kiev government**,’                                                                                                                            and alleging that ‘pro-Russia fighters were also shooting from the roof**.’                      ** All false – see*** below

Pilger also touches on the incident in the penultimate paragraph of his Guardian article on 13th May, although it’s difficult to run down evidence for all his references.
Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal damned the victims with a grossly misleading headline ‘Deadly Fire Likely Sparked by Rebels’ and reporting a Ukrainian minister’s ludicrous explanation that the fire began when Molotov cocktails prepared by extremists on the roof unexpectedly (indeed) fell into the upper floor of the building and set it alight. See:                                                                                                                                                          The BBC reporting was equally shameful with absolutely no attempt made at any serious investigative work and any criticism of that day’s atrocities by the Right Sector studiously avoided.                                                                                                                                                    A Google search from 1/5/14 to 15/5/14 throws up instances of both the BBC ‘reporting’ and the criticisms made.                                                                           ,cd_min:01/05/2014,cd_max:15/05/2014&start=10&ei=r1E7VbXcBNfuaLWrgYAM#q=odessa+bbc&hl=en&tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:01/05/2014,cd_max:15/05/2014&start=0

There is compelling and horrifying evidence in the many videos at:
but that at:                                                            should be essential viewing because it not only covers the events of the fire, but the American links with the Right Sector element and the way in which extremist Kiev supporters ‘celebrated’ the event. It also gives a full transcript and links to original sources, and picks up on a BBC News Magazine page of 26/12/2012 reporting on the rise and danger of Svoboda.                                                                                                                        *** I have watched a number of the many videos of the event and:                                             1. Have seen no evidence of people on the roof shooting at the crowd (the only shooting from roofs is that of right sector gunmen firing on pro-Russians) or throwing masonry or petrol bombs down, although the videos clearly show members of the crowd throwing Molotov cocktails into the building.                                                                                                  2. The hooded gunman shown in the still photograph in the Guardian as aiming a pistol at Kiev supporters is beyond any doubt shown by the videos to be a pro-Kiev thug and part of an agent provocateur operation.                                                                                                          3. All the videos clearly show the fire as starting at the bottom of the building as a result of Molotov cocktails thrown by the crowd and working its way upwards.                                        The video at:                                             is particularly revealing as it clearly shows pro-Russian supporters outside the Trade Union building with stalls, placards and tents engaging in what is demonstrably a peaceful campaign, until a violent pro-Kiev mob storms in from the right and attacks the campaigners driving them back into the building which they then set alight.

The same general Orwellian distortion of the reality of events within the Ukraine is almost without exception to be found in the Western media – the echo chamber of their master’s voice in Washington.
There are a few, both without and within the US, who try to present a balanced picture, but they are solitary voices. An extended example is to be found at

THE ODESSA MASSACRE – A RETROSPECTIVE                                                Almost a year after the incident Graham Phillips, an independent investigative journalist, published his own personal account of the events                                                               and on the anniversary a revealing and forensic analysis was posted at                                     but all the important points are covered in the links to which I have referred above, many of which were available to any half-decent investigative reporter within a day, sometimes within hours of the event.

Odessa Massacre – the First Anniversary  (Transferred from Post G)                     On the anniversary of the Odessa Massacre, the Guardian (30/4/15) and the BBC (7/5/15), those two august representatives of the honest, objective western media, revisited the events of 2/5/14 in Odessa, and in two shameful articles in which they abandoned any pretence of responsible journalism, acted as little more than apologists for the fascist Kiev regime and the Right Sector neo-Nazi thugs that terrorise and murder with its support and blessing.  As examples of sheer mendacity and blatant bias they are unequalled.

Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group.

In their articles of 30/4/15 and 7/5/15 both the Guardian and the BBC return to the events of 2 May 2014 in Odessa, and in particular the massacre at the Trade Union building in Kulikovo square, and in both cases they manage to compound the offence of their 2014 contributions (see above) with articles just as grossly misleading, biased and false as their earlier offerings:                                          and 

Both refer to and rely on what is described as a detailed investigation carried out by ‘local journalists and scientific experts’ of the ‘2 May Group’. Whether they did any investigative work themselves (there is more than adequate raw material) is not made clear.              Only one of their ‘experts’ was named, their credentials were not cited, nor were any links given to the primary evidence on which they based their conclusions.

The BBC did provide a link to a ‘timeline’ of events carried out by the Group, but unfortunately it proved to be in Ukrainian, and so was entirely unhelpful in assessing the value of the Group’s contribution.                                                                                                      A Google/YouTube search under ‘2 May Group,’ yielded nothing but one confusing video with a Ukrainian narration.                                                                                                                In brief no evidence in support of either piece was provided: just take our word for it, as with so many of the American contributions.

By the nature of their presentation and by failing to give an accurate and detailed description of the sequence of events immediately preceding and during the assault on the Trade Union building, both articles avoided showing it for what it was: an unprovoked, premeditated and savage attack upon a peaceful gathering made with every intention of killing those who were being attacked.

In particular both conflated events that were entirely different in their nature, the violent street battles in and around Hretska Square in the city centre and the peaceful gathering at the Trade Union building in Kolikovo Field which were taking place some 3 kms apart.                                                                                                               Apart from the ethnicity they had in common, there was in fact absolutely no connection between the men and women, many elderly, who were attending a peaceful gathering and concert in Kulikovo Square and the people who fought the violent street battles in downtown Odessa against the Right Sector thugs.                                                                       To suggest that the people in Kulikovo Square in any way provoked the attack is simply an insult to the intelligence of anyone who has studied the video evidence.                                                                                                                      Neither article gave their readers any links to the raw material that is essential viewing if any effective judgment of the affair is to be formed i.e. to the many videos available online, or to any of the detailed analytical reports which have been posted.  (See also Post E).

The Guardian was most egregiously offensive with statements that were either deliberately mendacious or written with a reckless disregard of the evidence available.         Amos the reporter writes:                                                                                                                       ‘Eventually pro-Russians were pushed back, and they fled the city centre, many streaming towards the Kulikovo Pole square outside the Trade Union building where a pro-Russia tent camp had been in place for several months.                                           In a running confrontation, both sides threw Molotov cocktails, one of which set alight a makeshift barricade in the foyer.’

Video evidence shows, however, that it is a nationalist, pro-Kiev (not pro-Russian) mob that surges down the avenue from the city centre. There is no running confrontation  during which Molotov cocktails are thrown. There is in fact no confrontation at all as those attending the meeting in the square withdraw immediately into the Trade Union building.                                                                                                                                         The reference to a barricade in the foyer (not apparent in any of the videos) is an irrelevance in the light of what else was going on.                                                       Amos had earlier written:                                                                                                                   ‘In clear evidence of police complicity . . . Odessa’s police have a long history of cooperation with pro-Russian activists, according to local journalist Oleg Konstantinov . . . Spurred on by the cooperation of police and pro-Russia activists, the pro-Ukraine side quickly gathered its supporters . . .’                                                                                          In fact, as the video evidence referred to below shows:                                                            The police when threatened by the Right Sector thugs simply stand mutely by, accepting the threats and doing nothing.                                                                                                     Police officers can be seen wandering among a Right Sector crowd that is making death threats.                                                                                                                                                      A police officer can be seen chatting with Right Sector group of men while one of them makes a call on a mobile. The same man can later be seen shooting at those trapped inside the building by the fire.                                                                                                                           The police did nothing to stop the Right Sector attack on the building.

The BBC page monitoring Russian TV states:                                                                         ‘Around 40 minutes into Ozhog, the film showed a man beating a figure lying outside Trade Union House with a pole or club.’                                                                                       The criticism levelled at Russian TV is that the clip is shown several times. The page continues:                                                                                                                                    ‘Viewers were clearly meant to think*** that there were several such incidents, whereas in reality there was just one.’                                                                                                                  So that’s all right then – only one man beaten to death on the ground after he has just jumped from a burning building to try to save his life.                                                                     Did the people who wrote this stuff actually think about what they were saying?     ***You’d have to be as thick as the person who put this BBC page together to see this clip more than once and not immediately recognise it as the same incident.

In connection with allegations of murder and atrocities within and without the building the BBC states that evidence to support these claims was manipulated or else was questionable.                                                                                                                                     Such statements by themselves are worthless though unless we are told:             What evidence is the BBC talking about.                                                                                          In what specific ways it was considered to be questionable or to have been manipulated.     Whether the judgements on the evidence had been made by the BBC itself after a proper investigation or whether they were simply relying on the anonymous, Ukraine-based ‘2 May Group.’                                                                                                                                         Whether the BBC in fact viewed many of the videos of the atrocity, particularly those which ran with translations of the cries of the Right Sector mob as the attack proceeded, and what fault it may have found with these, if any.

Many of the videos show groups of armed, club-carrying thugs, many  helmeted and black-clad, rioting throughout the inside of the building and in particular repeatedly attempting to batter down a door that they might get at the people sheltering behind it.                             Are we supposed to believe that their intentions were benevolent?

In particular the BBC article refers to a photograph of the ‘bloated body’ of a woman: a shameful evasion of the truth, calculated perhaps to lead the casual reader to suppose that the ‘bloating’ was the effect of the fire.                                                                                             In fact as the photo# makes overwhelmingly clear*** the body is that of a heavily pregnant woman. Her blouse has been pulled up to expose her belly, and neither the body nor the surroundings in the room in which it was found have been touched by fire.

The translations on one of the videos identify her as the woman who was at one time crying out for help, to which one member of the crowd responded by calling for her to be silenced.                                                                                                                                           Evidence inconclusive says the BBC, but one wonders what conceivable explanation other than murder they might have for this.                                                                                              # See the link to photos below, but be warned – extremely graphic.                                            *** And as virtually every other internet source seems readily to accept. Just Google ‘odessa massacre pregnant woman’

The page continues                                                                                                                        ‘Gazprom-Media’s NTV was the most blatantly misleading, declaring in a caption that “nationalists burnt to death 48 anti-Maydan [pro-Russian] supporters in Trade Union House”.’                                                                                                                                                       In fact, as these notes and video links that follow show, the only sense in which the Gazprom caption can be said to be misleading is that it actually downplays an incident which is best described as genocide, in which apart from those who burned to death there were also pro-Russians sheltering inside the building who were murdered and women probably raped before the fire took hold, and survivors are shown who have been badly beaten and abused by the mob.

The BBC page is headed ‘Monitoring the World through its Media.’ If only the BBC could show the same vigilance in its monitoring and analysis of the lies and black propaganda churned out by the White House and its representatives.

Timeline of Events based on the videos listed below which give the lie to virtually everything that is said or implied in the Guardian and BBC reports

Outside the Trade Union building pro-Russian supporters, men, women and at least one child are shown amid stalls, placards and tents engaging in what was demonstrably a peaceful operation.                                                                                                                          They then heard that trouble was on the way and made some half-hearted attempts to build barricades for protection.                                                                                                           A nationalist, pro-Kiev mob, completely unopposed, overruns the square throwing down publicity hoardings, overturning stalls, destroying tents and setting fires.                                 The pro-Russians offer no opposition but withdraw into the building and the first Molotov cocktails are thrown at and through the windows of the building by the mob.                   Molotov cocktails continue to be thrown as the fire takes hold.

Armed members of the mob break in through the back door and are themselves inside the building photographing the fire and breaking into rooms on the upper floors until the fire forces them out.                                                                                                                                  The crowd gather round cheering as the building burns and a gunman in the crowd fires# at people trying to escape the blaze by climbing through the window on to ledges.          Men, children and old women die. Those that survive are beaten up by the thugs in the mob.                                                                                                                                                 # Vadim Savenko, a deputy of Odessa Region Council, is extensively reported as saying that some of the bodies recovered from the building had bullet wounds to the head.

Essential viewing, but reading the notes will take less time                                                                                   A long video 1.19 hrs, which expands on the brief timeline above and which is particularly revealing of the attitudes and activities of the pro-Nazi, nationalist Right Sector who were responsible for the massacre.                                                                                                     Notes made as the video ran:

The piece opens with a selection of clips showing the Right Sector, pro-Nazi nationalist thugs who are given a free hand within the Ukraine by openly fascist regime installed in Kiev by the USA. There are Nazi salutes, death threats, and they proudly proclaim their allegiance to Bandera and Shukhevych – pro-Nazi collaborators during WW2, guilty of war crimes.

The video is exclusively in Odessa from 8.10 onwards.                                                                At 9.56 Right Sector thugs are shown threatening the police.                                                        ‘You either pack them in or we’ll fuck the police station up on Monday, I’m telling you . . . either we’ll pack all of them now or storm your office on Monday.’                                          ‘Let us do the job or do it yourself.’                                                                                                ‘Either it’s you who are going to “pack” them, or it’ll be us who do it, and then we’ll come after you.’                                                                                                                                             The policeman accepts all this and says nothing.                                                                            A police car is attacked and retreats.                                                                                                   A violent Right Sector crowd is creating mayhem while a police officer wanders through in the background as there are shouts of ‘We have to kill them all. We have to.’   Three more police officers can be seen rubbing shoulders with Right Sector and doing nothing.                                                                                                                                            Young women are shown making Molotov cocktails.

At 12.08 a policeman can be seen chatting with the Right Sector while one of them makes a call on a mobile. The same man can later be seen shooting at those trapped inside the Trade Union building by the fire.

At 14.00 there are repeated cries of ‘to Kulikovo’ – the square where the separatists were holding a meeting outside the Trade Union Building.                                                                     At this time there are no ethnic Russians to be seen. There is no fighting, no confrontation, just an assembly of helmeted Right Sector thugs armed with clubs and shields marching through a huge crowd who are applauding them. There is not a police officer in sight.  

14,23 the crowd is seen marching steadily down a street.

14.41 back to centre of town/crowd take over fire engine

14.52 Back to the Kulikovo

15.10 Survivor being interviewed after the fire.                                                                                 “On 2nd May we were warned that they will try to break us up and disperse our activist group on the Kulikovo Field . . . We are a group of activists that come to the field to chat and discuss what happens now. But we firmly believed that they would not be able to attack regular folk and grannies of my age.                                                                                    So everyone willing came to the field. Afghan war veterans were doing a concert here. I saw myself there was a lady with two kids, one around 10 to 12 and another even younger. They were passing by and stopped for a moment to watch the concert. We gathered in groups discussing what was going to happen and what we should do.                                         Then someone brought the news concerning the street fights going on in the centre of the city. So we started collecting to provide the wounded ones with medical supplies, to bandage them. Later during the course of the concert someone said they were approaching us. We took our items and ran into the building. That woman she ran along with us. She burned in this building. She just took her children out for an evening stroll you understand.

At  16.21 brief shot in town of Molotov cocktails being prepared                                            

At 16.32 A supervisor is shown explaining that when the mob arrives they will withdraw into the building.  “We took out all the icons, brought them near the building and now we’ll carry them everything inside . . . We’re saving all our icons and all our property. We’ll go inside the building and stand on the defensive till the end.

At 17.05 back to crowd marching down street.

18.14 Back to Kulikovo – barricades being constructed.

19.04 Shots of the crowd streaming down the avenue from the city centre towards the Trade Union Building.                                                                                                                         At no time during this shot (19.17 onward is particularly clear) or in any of the preceding shots of the crowd streaming out of the centre is there any sign of any pro-Russians being pursued or of any confrontation.


19.34 The mob arrives. Shouts of ‘start burning them,’ ‘keep surrounding them, surround them, surround them.’ Outside the building there is no opposition and the mob overruns the flimsy barricades and begins destroying the tents and display stands. Fires are started.

20.19 first Molotov cocktail is thrown from the crowd towards the building. Not a  policeman is in sight.  

20.54 Cut to a little time later. People can be seen at open windows in building.  A young boy and a man taking photographs.

22.10 One of the mob speaks to the camera                                                                                 “They did not build this building and now we’re going to have to burn it along with them. Because they came to us with a sword to the Cathedral.’  

22.18 Shots taken the building show smoke-filled rooms and a Molotov cocktail coming in. Person speaks ‘Get a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.’

22.41 Next shot shows main entrance door well ablaze.

22.45 Molotov cocktail thrown from upper window hits a ledge of the building lower down and burns. Front entrance is well alight.

22.57 Cries of “Let’s burn these mother-fuckers right here, fucking faggots.”

23.15 The mob breaks into the building through a side door. There is in fact a queue waiting to go in. Many of those inside are black-clad and masked.  Shouts of “Let’s move faster, move faster.”

24.06  As they enter another side door there are cries of “Kill Russians, hang Russians” and “Guys don’t do it. It’s not needed.” “Hang communists.” There is a whole long line of them streaming in.

24.23 Video of them inside going upstairs to upper floors

24.49 cuts back to interview with survivor.                                                                                     “Then people started shouting that two floors were taken by radicals who were killing our people. We were covered in smoke. Some of us tried to reach the stairs and hide on the roof. We were barely able to see through the smoke. We reached the roof and knew that nobody will come to save us.

25.18     Mob trying to break down doors to get at the separatists.  There are so many inside the corridor is crowded and the action is being filmed.

26.03 A woman is shown inside being manhandled through the mob towards the broken down side door through which they entered and calling out, ‘Guys, please don’t do this.’ Nothing more is seen of her.

26.18  The mob is later shown streaming down the stairs from the upper floors while fires are already burning on the stairs down which they pass. There is a long line of them and some twenty plus must have been seen just passing by.

26.47 back outside. Shout of “Burn them to hell.”                                                                     Two observers comment: ‘They’ll burn the building’ ‘Who is inside?’ ‘Odessa citizens. Anti-Maidan.’ ‘And who are these?’ ‘Right sector. 300 arrived today. Football ultras.’

27.16 The crowd outside yell ‘Goal’ when a Molotov cocktail breaks through a window.

27.47   Outside a man with gun fires at people inside the building who are trying to escape the fire. He is the same size, has the same haircut, is identically dressed and wears the same coloured band on his left arm as the man who is shown at 12.14 speaking on a mobile with a policeman alongside him.

28.10 he shoots again. Conversation ‘He is ours. The one standing on the balcony is ours, and I am shooting into the window.’

28.33 Cut back to from of building which is now well ablaze at doors and windows.

29.11 A loudhailer is heard from inside the building:                                                                      ‘Police you have been bought as scum, and all of you will go to prison afterwards.’          The loudhailer is heard again, ‘Citizens of Odessa, rise up.’

29.55 Helmeted men in black arrive (?policemen) observed by a policeman who is speaking on a mobile.         Fires are set not only at the main front entrance but also at the side entrances leaving no opportunity for escape. A person is shown lying prone on a ledge outside a top floor window.

At 30.54 onwards at one of the side entrances into the building, there is a section showing the bodies of those who have jumped lying on the ground, and just briefly a member of the mob clubbing one of them on the head as he lies on the ground. Two more persons appear to fall.

31.41 Shouts of ‘Jump you scum.’                                                                                                         Numerous shots of people standing or crouching on ledges outside the windows. Shots also of those who have jumped injured, dying or dead being carried away.

In the critical initial stages the police are nowhere to be seen and arrive only when it is too late for them to do anything for those trapped inside.

33.23 Inside again with a man taking photos while the fire rages behind him.

33.45 Fire brigade have arrived at last.

35.32 Voice from crowd “Shut her so she will not scream.”

35.54 Voice from crown “There are calls to leave them inside of the building so they could burn alive.”     “It’s not a woman it’s a separatist.”

36.18 A Ukrainian flag is cheered by the crowd as it is waved from a top floor window of the building even while the fire rages elsewhere.

36.38 Outside front of building. Fire rages on.

38.05 Interview with survivor continues: “Two men were trying to get down from the roof, they wanted to make a corridor so the others could get down as well. They went down to the top floors and were beaten so badly we agreed to stay on the roof.

38.28 Chants from crowd ‘Glory to Ukraine. Glory to the heroes.’

39.05 Shots of injured survivors lying or sitting on ground. One says ‘I am for federalisation.’ Voice from crowd ‘For what? Do you even know what federalisation is?’ Another is pulled back and told ‘Show your face.’ From the crowd ‘And this is a communist.’                                                                                                                                    Shots of survivors, many with blooded heads from being beaten and abused by the mob. To one injured man/woman crawling along the ground, ‘Crawl you bitch. We are Ukrainians not Russians.’                                                                                                                                                 A shell-shocked old lady is led out.                                                                                             Terrified, beaten and injured survivors are left in a heap on the ground surrounded by a hostile mob.

41.23 An injured man is carried to an ambulance. ‘What happened to him?’ ‘He was hit multiple times on the head.’

42.22 Calls from a policeman when a survivor is attacked as he is taken to a police van ‘Calm down, Don’t beat him. Don’t kill him.’

42.52 Pro-Kiev people enter the building immediately after the fire. ‘Currently they are cleaning up the place and not allowing me there.’    Camera then moves inside with them. ‘OK here is still quite hot.’ They try to break down a door. ‘You don’t have the axe?’

44.03 They shout to someone behind the door, ‘Hey there, get the fuck out. We won’t kill you otherwise you’ll burn alive. It’s fire here.’

44.41 One pro-Russian who has survived is beaten as he passes.  ‘Is he alone here?’ ‘They’re all dead . . . they will get poisoned here.’

45.15 A couple lying dead together are referred to as ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

45.39 ‘Nine dead bodies on the top floor . . . one alive.’    ‘Call paramedics. Let them take out the bodies . . . I’m pissed off carrying these corpses at Maidan and now here.’

46.11   Conversation between cameraman and those searching through the building.             ‘Guys, I won’t stream this.’                                                                                                                 ‘What do you mean?’                                                                                                                          ‘The thing you are doing now – I run live stream.’                                                                          We are left to speculate what it might have been.                                                                        ‘Have you found any guns?’                                                                                                            ‘No. There’s on the attic is a can with gasoline.’                                                                           ‘I’ve 6000 watchers of my stream.’                                                                                                    Dead victims are referred to as ‘Colorado beetles’ a term of abuse for pro-Russian separatists.

47.01 Back outside. Flag raising and crowd shouting.

48.02 Back inside. Dead bodies on stairs.

48.11 The next sequence, presumably taken a few days later, shows pro-Russians going through the rooms.   Dried blood within the building in rooms untouched by fire is evidence of assaults on the separatists.                                                                                               A blood-stained axe is shown. ‘They were killing them. This was a murder.’ ‘They even chopped people’s legs off.’ ‘They were killing them. Slaughtered them.’ There is an exchange relating to the police.                                                                                                  ‘Guys, guys look. There’s blood on the walls. They were murdering them here.’ ‘Fucking hell, look at what they were doing here.’ ‘There have a look ladies. Look how much blood. Look at the table too. Film on the table, on the documents. Look at what they did.’ ‘Those monsters. What were they doing, huh.’ ‘They are scum. Inhuman scum.’ ‘You see I couldn’t sleep for three days. I always hear the screams of these children.’

49.27  A list of the dead follows with causes of death which apart from those dying from their fall include 6 from gunshot wounds and head injuries.

50.43 On the roof of the building: not clear who is speaking. ‘It’s shame on you – you were raised to be such fucking monsters. Here we see the weapons. I will take this club for memory. Not a single gun was found in the entire building . . . Scum shot us in the back.

51.32 Back outside. Pro- Russian protesters smearing the Ukrainian flag in red = blood.

52.00 The supervisor seen at the beginning (16.32 above) is on camera again after the fire in a long, long interview.                                                                                                                     ‘It took place about twenty minutes before the coming of those pravosekov (Right Sector) or Bandera’s scum or fascists . . . I don’t know what else to call them – those are all mercenaries – those are not some soccer fans or tourists.                                                             Those were clearly paid bandits.   Many of whom were prepared. They had firearms, flare guns, and were carrying Molotov cocktails – rocks of all kinds, because they immediately started throwing them at the people who didn’t have the time to go inside the building. They began to shoot at us and burn us from every side. They came from every direction almost at the same time. They immediately threw some substances with a scent, seemed to me like some gas.                                                                                                                                   People immediately began to suffocate. I just have a sore throat so I immediately ran upstairs, but the ones who tried to endure it, they basically suffocated. There were people laying on all four floors suffocated from gas. We had to relocate down to the neighbouring wing – there was less smoke. There we defended the farthest ladder so that nobody could go up on it. We sat there until dark.                                                                                               One platoon of cops came around, and they stood about 40 meters from the building, lowered their heads and didn’t make a single step forward. All those bandits stood by the building, shot at us, threw Molotovs at us, and murdered the people who jumped off the windows, right on the ground. Simply finished them off.’                                                            A question is posed and he answers,                                                                                                 ‘I through a megaphone, this one – for three hours. I gave the command “Walk up and save the people.” Nobody did step up. I was also being shot at and they were trying to spot me with their laser pointers. They were telling me “Lieutenant Colonel, we are going to tear you to pieces.                                                                                                                                   Police officers didn’t go inside. They surrounded one building by a dense ring. 2nd dense ring of cops stood by the second perimeter – they didn’t let peaceful people in, but all these bandits approximately at about, I don’t know, maybe they got in earlier, at about 10 pm – the main mass drove off . . . but the bandits specifically, who were finishing people off, came inside the building, and there you could constantly hear gunshots. They were yelling out, “There’s one more door, burst it open, there are alive people in there.” And there were lots of gunshots heard.                                                                                                                       We were located in a different room. It had a steel door, so they couldn’t break it open. But they were afraid to go up the roof because we had people on every staircase, standing there with shovels, anything they had at hand, so we could throw them out or even kill them. Then we managed to talk to the police so they won’t pass us through the crowd like those who jumped off the lower floors.                                                                                                   They tried to kneel them all. The wounded were being finished off and no medical help was given because they wouldn’t let them. Ambulances didn’t drive up. They were basically being finished off. Those who weren’t being finished off were thrown into prisoner transport vehicles.                                                                                                                               Then around 4.15 am  they got 45 people out, but I didn’t see it – I got inside because of cold. Then at 10.40## I rang a police officer (Lt. Col.) and asked him to get us out of there, because I didn’t trust the police. They may have not got us through there – we were the last witnesses. He specifically sent us his two police officers and they withdrew the five of us through the main entrance at 10.50##. On the way I got a ribbon from one of the corpses. There were charred corpses lying all over the staircase.                                                               They prepared a hose, it was already lying there, but once they started to open a valve there wasn’t anything.’ (Question,’So they blocked it?’) ‘They blocked it in advance, they blocked the water on purpose. One fire truck came without water. I mean there was 180 meters to the fire brigade. They didn’t come, appeared only after an hour. They just imitated.                                                                                                                                               The police also took an hour to crawl here, stood aside and just helped them to do . . . I don’t even know what to call it. Everything was done on purpose. We just thought that they would run up here, worst case scenario throw things at us, try to burn the tents and walk away. The police would block us and not let them burst into the building.                   But they had a mission to kill us – by any means. And even if we wouldn’t go into the building, they’d be running us down and killing us in the bushes. And later they tried to get down the rope, but they were being shot at with pistols, and were also reporting to their bosses in Kiev.                                                                                                                                    You could look it up on the internet. Everything is filmed. Documented so well, like for a protocol. They don’t even hide their faces. And we stood until the end. And I came out the last. And when them (sic) screamed at 4 o’clock “Victory,” when 45 people came out, they thought there wasn’t anybody else there. But 5 more people remained there, and that means they lost. But the next victory will be ours.’

57.03 Shot of wreaths laid in the days that followed.

57.38 Another interview. Q, Tell us why so many people died. A. Basically they choked of smoke. Q. Why they couldn’t escape to the roof? A. Some of us did, but a lot of people inside were elderly and they couldn’t because it was hard to breath as banderists came towards the barricade and smoke filled the whole building. We had nothing to extinguish the fire. The water in the building by some bizarre accident disappeared. Q. How many people died inside the building? A. I was not counting. Q. Approx? Officials claim 36 deaths. A. I was not counting, but few dozen of people certainly.

58.38 Returns to interview with lady at 15.10 and 24.49 above.   ‘4 or 5 times they tried to get us to come down.’ Q. How many of you were on the roof? A. There were around 50 of us. Eventually all of them were taken to the police station except that woman with the broken leg. They were beating on the car with us inside it waiting to leave. We reached the police station with punctured wheels. At around 3.30 am we went downstairs and were taken to the police station. Q. Were they all from Odessa? A. All of them. Q. I mean those from Grecheskaya Street, were they local? A. No they came in two groups the night before, we heard them shouting. On the second two more buses arrived with radicals. Everyone in the building was dead by then. Only we survived here on the roof. When we arrived at the station it was packed with our activists, and there was no space.

54.49 Cuts back to shots of the fire with a BBC report.

1.00.32 Another interview some time after the event which I have not transcribed as it does not appear to be in any way reliable. A survivor is being interviewed and while one must have every sympathy for him he is being egged on by the crowd and making what are clearly exaggerated claims even from what I have seen and heard.

1.02.23 Back to the interview with the lady survivor. ‘We from the roof were not beaten up whereas everyone else was severely beaten and wounded.’ Q. What do you accuse them of? A. I don’t know they accuse us of mass riots, disorder, 208 (sic) and other criminal activities. You know what, when we were here above and they tried to convince us to leave, they said there is something ready and if we don’t come out we will all burn. And we were negotiating with each other whether to come down or stay here. Q. What can you say to Odessa? A. I can say that now they burned us and they won’t stop. They felt the blood those ultras and rebels. They were burning police officers and they won’t pay for this. And you think they’ll stop? You think this mass of 5,000 people can be stopped? Who can stop them? Q.Were there just ultras or other rebels? A. I don’t know. They were shouting the whole night at Kulikovo Field as if crazy. “Odessa is ours hooray. Odessa is Ukraine. Hail Ukraine.”‘

There is nowhere at any time any indication that any of the Right Sector mob have been injured.

1.04.07 What follows has nothing to do with the events of the day.

Yatsenyuk, in an interview after the event says, ‘It is clear Russian-led protesters provoked the unrest, but the consequences are disastrous.’                                                   These are the Kiev lies that are always accepted uncritically by the West.

At the Kulikovo square there was no provocation, just a savage assault on a peaceful meeting by an overwhelmingly large mob.

The piece concludes with an introduction to the National Guard proudly parading and assembling under the symbols of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Ukrainian), and later with the Azov Battalion (black clad, masked and armed), being sworn in as part of the National Guard.

A promotional picture showing a large group of similarly black clad, masked and armed men has the caption: ‘There was never an order to disband the UPA’

There follows photo and film of the Lviv pogrom of June/July 1941 where the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) assisted the Nazis in the slaughter as they had done at Volhynia and Eastern Galicia.                                            Graphic (in the extreme) images (from about 1/3 down) of victims of the massacre as found in the building immediately after the fire. They show in particular                                A male with head burned black but clothes and torso untouched by fire.                                A female with head burned black but frilly blouse immediately below untouched by fire. Upper clothing has been pulled up and jeans are open.                                                        Young pregnant woman arched back across a desk, blouse pulled up to expose her belly. Body and surrounding room untouched by fire.                                                                       Evidence inconclusive says the BBC, but one wonders what explanation other than murder they might have for this.                                                                             Female naked from the waist down. Body burned, but little sign of fire apart from on the corpse.

These, together with other bodies that showed bullet wounds to the head, are interpreted as evidence of murder and rape carried out by the Right Sector mob who ranged throughout the building before the fire took hold, with bodies deliberately burned afterwards in an attempt to conceal what took place.                                                                Peaceful gathering outside TU Building. In the opening seconds it appears that the doors to the building are already open. Two people heading towards the doors disappear behind one of the pillars and do not reappear. Mob surges in from the right and it is quite clear that there are no pro-Russians being pursued. They begin to break up the exhibition and the first Molotov cocktail is thrown. Fires are started in the square.

1.37 crowd in square begin to run back from the building – not clear why.

2.03 flames seem to be showing inside a second floor window.

2.26 A Molotov cocktail is thrown up and starts a fire at 2nd floor window on the right. There now appear to be flames at the main entrance.

2.37 2nd floor window hit by Molotov is still burning fiercely and front door is obviously well alight.

2.56 What may be a fire hose is carried across the square.  Remaining scenes add nothing.                                                                    Shows pro-Kiev crowds waving Ukrainian flag streaming down avenue towards TU Building.    Starts at 1hr 08 but the whole video is worth watching. Molotov cocktails thrown at mob from roof.                                                                                                                    At 32.24 shows police mingling with the pro-Kiev rioters.                                                         At 35 shows police lines holding back rioters.                                                                                At 38 helmeted, black clad men wearing what looks to be protective body clothing and armed with shields and clubs begin to move off in another direction.                                        At 54.28 masked man with red arm band fires pistol down, but at whom?                           He is accompanied by others with red arm bands throwing missiles, but the whole section which runs to 55.20 is obviously an insert from another video.

From 56.50 a group of police are seen protecting a helmeted and masked man dressed in khaki kit, from the pro-Kiev mob. He is presumably an ethnic Russian who has been involved in the street fighting.                                                                                                             At 58.40 a policeman pulls off his helmet and mask. The police try to keep the crowd away but eventually he is thrown to the floor and can be seen being beaten with clubs. He eventually gets back on his feet.                                                                                                       The crowd eventually get to him and at 1.02.06 he is shown on the ground with two of the crowd apparently torturing him. The outcome is unknown.                                                     Later one of the policemen can be seen laughing with the crowd.

1.05.06 1st scenes of mob moving out of town towards Kulikovo. They are armed and marching but no one is being pursued.

1.07.56 The mob is now running down the road leading directly to Kulikovo. No one being pursued. The camera follows until they arrive at and overrun the square.

At 1.08.30 the mob arrives in Kulikovo Square where they are offered no opposition. They overrun and destroy the tents and publicity displays. Fires are started. The first Molotov cocktail is thrown.                                                                                                                              The ethnic Russians have withdrawn into the entrance and are assaulted with a barrage of stones.

At 1.11.20, only a few minutes after the mob arrive in the square, two men are seen on the roof of the building with Molotov cocktails one of which is thrown.                                             The video later returns to the roof where two men and a woman are shown with Molotov cocktails looking down at the square.

This video ends before any fire is seen in the building.                                                              Odessa Fire: What Western media doesn’t tell us. Contains useful translation of the comments of the cameraman. Graphic toward the end in showing the treatment meted out to those from the building who survived.                                                                  Another review.                                                                    Shows police with shields and ad hoc devices protecting themselves and the people sheltering behind them from a hail of missiles and Molotov cocktails.                                       They are gradually forced back under the assault.                                                                          A view from above of the Odessa ‘shooter’ made so much of in the western media and referred to in both articles.#                                                                                                          Whether pro-Russian or an agent provocateur (both are alleged) there is no clear indication in the video that the weapon was actually fired. Indeed for most of the time it would be difficult to do so from his position at ground level without hitting the dense cordon of men with shields that line the road ahead of him.                                                         # Neither article makes any mention of the man shooting at the people trapped in the building by the fire. In his case there is absolutely no doubt who he represents and what his intentions are.



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Post H. Russian Invasions of Ukraine – You Couldn’t Make It Up

                                           Russia Invades Ukraine Again, & Again & Again . . .                                                                      A Survey of the Best Creative Fiction                                                   Of the Past Twelve Months

Should there be any of the media faithful who are firmly convinced that the reports detailed below are anything other than journalistic, propagandising claptrap, then there’s a case of a dozen bottles of fine New Zealand wine on offer to the first who can provide correct answers to three questions.                                                                                                  1. On what exact date did the invasion take place?                                                                           2. Where did the invading forces cross the border?                                                                         3. What hard evidence (as opposed to anecdotal evidence, social media chatter or unverified official assertions) is there of Russian troops or military hardware on the ground in Ukraine at the time? Provide links to the evidence.                                               Give name, address and answers in the comments box.               

Just a Few of the Many                                                                                                           5/7/14 Economist                                                                                                                       ‘Russia has in effect already invaded eastern Ukraine.                                                           20/7/14 Financial Times                                                                                                               ‘Senior alliance figures had calculated that Moscow had plans and forces in place to mount a full-scale invasion of the region now held by the separatists. The question was when?’       21/8/14 Kiev Ukraine News (posted 31/8/14)                                                                       ‘Putin launched an overt (if relatively small-scale) invasion of eastern Ukraine sometime around August 21, sending in tanks, mobile artillery, and at least 1,000 troops.’                 28/8/14  The Guardian                                                                                                     Russian forces have effectively invaded and annexed eastern Ukraine’                                       BBC                                                                                                                                                     “Russian troops ‘inside Ukraine’”                                                                                                 30/8/14  Telegraph                                                                                                                   ‘Russia’s invasion of east Ukraine is at a ‘point of no return’ and risks a ‘state of war’ with Europe’                                                                                                                                                    In the month of August there are in fact so many media outlets singing from the same song sheet without a decent investigative journalist seeking to establish whether any of this guff is true, that they are far too many to list.                                                                               2/9/14  Spiegel Online International                                                                                         ‘Putin’s covert invasion of eastern Ukraine’                                                                                 3/9/14  Channel 4 News                                                                                                           ‘Ukraine crisis: echoes of 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia?’                                                 6/9/14  The Economist                                                                                                                 ‘Now willing to use Russian troops more or less openly in eastern Ukraine’                               3/10/14  Atlantic Council                                                                                                              ‘Can US support for Ukraine help prevent a new Russian invasion’                                      Wow, does that mean the old one is over already?                                                               30/10/14  The XX Committee*                                                                                              ‘Poland prepares for a Russian invasion’      *Included only as an example of the rubbish chatter that goes the rounds on the internet.    7/11/14  Independent                                                                                                             ‘Ukraine crisis: Kiev accuses Russia of military invasion after ‘tanks cross border’    7/11/14  Sky News                                                                                                                           ‘Russia sends dozens of tanks into Ukraine’                                                                                ‘The convoy of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer cannons and 30 trucks of troops and equipment crossed the border into the rebel-controlled Luhansk region’                                                    So very specific . . . You have to read a long way down to discover that as the Independent states none of this is independently confirmed                                                                         12/11/14  BBC News                                                                                                                       ‘Ukraine crisis: Russian troops crossed border, NATO says’                                               13/11/14  ABC News (Australian News Channel)                                                               “Russian tanks in Ukraine but US won’t say ‘invasion’”                                                 ‘Thousands of Russian troops have crossed into eastern Ukraine in recent days, along with columns of tanks, artillery and air-defense systems, according to NATO’s top commander.’ 21/1/15  BBC News                                                                                                                     Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, told the World Economic Forum in Davos Russia has more than 9,000 soldiers and 500 tanks, heavy artillery and armoured personnel carriers in eastern Ukraine.                                               and                                                                                             7/2/15                                                                                                                                 Poroshenko’s ‘evidence’ of Russian invasion – a handful of passports                                                                                                                               14/2/15                                                                                                                                 Washington neo-cons grasp at any evidence in efforts to justify sending military aid to Kiev. They enthusiastically accept evidence, indeed they “thoroughly check” their sources before releasing as ‘evidence’ photographs which were almost immediately demonstrated to be fakes.                                                                                                                                                     or, if you’re distrustful of ‘RT propaganda’ try the lighter touch from an American liberal/progressive political commentary programme at              plus                                                                                                                    Just as deliberately falsified as  Colin Powell’s ‘evidence before the UN pre-Iraq’ and in the hands of a pro-war neocon like Inhofe just as likely to lead to a US Russian confrontation, yet at midday on 14/2 I could not find any online indications that the BBC or any of the UK media thought this example of US duplicity worthy of attention.                                            The internet had a little fun though:


14/2/15                                                                                                                                Geoffrey Pyatt (he of the ‘Fuck the EU’ telephone conversation with Nuland) ‘confident’ that he has evidence of Russian forces in Ukraine posts satellite images on his twitter account which are immediately derided as being no more than dark patches.                                                 The same Geoffrey Pyatt that last year was caught posting fake photographs on his twitter account                                                                                                                                                               15/2/15                                                                                                                                        And the western media (The Guardian and On Demand News an ITN affiliate) shows itself just as eager to falsify the narrative with video footage twisted and corrupted to fit the White House narrative of the separatists as the aggressors.                                         Footage of government forces shelling a soup kitchen was misrepresented by both sources as coming from rebel forces when Patrick Lancaster, the photojournalist who made the original video, confirms that in fact it shows Ukrainian forces shelling the separatist civilian population, and that one of the women in the video can be heard cursing Poroshenko.                                                                                   

AND IT’S ALL NEATLY SUMMARISED IN                                                                            ‘HOW MANY TIMES HAS RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE?’       

SEE ALSO                                                                                                                                            Ten Ways to tell if Russian has invaded Ukraine or not                and                                                                                                                                                        The Other (USA) Economic Invasion of Ukraine        

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Post G. Media Bias, Lies, Black Propaganda and Sins of Omission

                                            You cannot hope to  bribe or twist,                                                                                         thank God, the British journalist.                                                                                           But, seeing what the man will do                                                                                           unbribed, there’s no occasion to.                                                                                                                                         Humbert Wolfe

On the anniversary of the Odessa Massacre, the Guardian (30/4/15) and the BBC (7/5/15), those two august representatives of the honest, objective western media, revisited the events of 2/5/14 in Odessa, and in two shameful articles in which they abandoned any pretence of responsible journalism, acted as little more than apologists for the fascist Kiev regime and the Right Sector neo-Nazi thugs that terrorise and murder with its support and blessing.                                                                                                                     As examples of sheer mendacity and blatant bias, they were by far the worst encountered and were intended to open this post. In the event, however, they demanded more space and words than anticipated and so have been transferred to Post J.


In the 18 months since the Ukraine crisis erupted unsubstantiated allegations have been the order of the day. The ‘evidence’ produced in  support of many of these mainly American allegations, has included, inter alia, photos manipulated or misattributed, videos given false voice-overs, lies from figures of authority and reports from ‘social media’ which are scarcely worth the pixels devoted to them.

In 2014 Udo Ulfkotte an editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung confessed that he published under his name articles handed to him by the CIA and alleged that the entire European press does the same. See:                   4th entry down                                 and                                                                                                                                                                     and his personal video statement at                                                                                                               The above has now been taken down# by YouTube only to resurface at                                                                             #As happens all too frequently with videos that counter the White House narrative too effectively.

24/7/14                                                                                                                                             ‘Disgustingly Biased’ – The Corporate Media on the Gaza Massacre                                       Media Lens:                                                 

14/10/14                                                                                                                                       “The Establishment: Andrew Marr and Owen Jones”                                                               Media Lens puts things in perspective.                                                                                                             See also                                                                                                                                                       “The Comic Book Simplicity of Propaganda”     

11/4/15                                                                                                                                             A Deafening Silence from the media (cowed once again by the pro-Israeli lobby’s bullying and intimidation) on the cancellation of an academic conference on Israel. 

2/4/15                                                                                                                                          The UK Media now covers up for the Ukraine neo-Nazis it was eager to warn about in the run-up to Euro 2012                                                                                                                       

False Voice-over Applied to Video                                                                           15/2/15      On Demand News an ITN affiliate and The Guardian run a video with footage of Kiev government forces shelling a soup kitchen in which the narrative is twisted and corrupted by a voice-over which stands the incident on its head by describing the shelling as coming from ‘rebel’ separatist forces.                                                                                               In fact as Patrick Lancaster, the photojournalist who took the footage, confirms the video shows Ukrainian forces shelling the separatist civilian population, and one of the women in the video cursing Poroshenko.                                                                                   

SPECIFICS                                                                                                                                 There are so many it would warrant a book, indeed one may already have been written, but the following presented themselves without any need for research on my part.

THE GUARDIAN                                                                                                                      1/2/15                                                                                                                                             Not at all unexpected to see The Guardian hosting a column by Timothy Garton-Ash# in which he can propagandise for the rightwing cause and bang the drums of war: more guns, more guns, that’s the answer.                                                                                                                 It’s also the cry of the NRA.                                                                                             See also                                                                                                                                 

# This would presumably be the same Garton-Ash who endorsed the lying propaganda that led to the slaughter in Iraq.                                                                                                   Saddam Hussein, he wrote, “has, as Powell documented, stockpiled large quantities of horrifying chemical and biological weapons, and is hiding what remains of them. He is still trying to get nuclear ones.”                                                                                                                He lauded Blair as a “Gladstonian, Christian liberal interventionist” and  in 2006 wrote, “Now we face the next big test of the West after Iraq: Iran.”                                                            Just give Garton-Ash and John McCain the tools, and they’ll find someone else to finish the job.

And The Guardian is at it again                                     and again                                                                                           and two more – on Israel/Palestine this time                              and                                 

12/2/15                                                                                                                                   Commenting on the press freedom for which The Guardian is so esteemed, Roy Greenslade comes out with this gem: “The Guardian, however, is truly independent because it is owned by a trust rather than a group of wealthy men.”                                                                                         whereas in the real world The Guardian Media Group is owned by The Scott Trust Limited, which is run by an elite group of individuals from the worlds of banking, insurance, advertising, multinational consumer goods, venture investment and so on.

Simon Jenkins was more honest:                                                                                                       ‘Even the Guardian cannot be regarded as immune from such pressures… Any loss-making journal is at the mercy of its paymasters, be they the state, commerce, philanthropy or individuals.’                           

There’s also an interesting piece on Guardian alleged editorial independence under The Scott Trust in Going Underground from 2.30 in to 17.00 in the video running in                                                                                                                                                      which also deals with the sham of The Scott Trust.

5/3/15                                                                                                                                                 Finds The Guardian lauding the neo-Nazi women fighting for the fascist thugs who now constitute the administration in Kiev.

It ran an article on ‘The women fighting on the frontline in Ukraine’ with a photograph of ‘Anaconda’ standing in front of a van above the caption                                                       ‘Anaconda says she is being treated well by the men in her battalion, but is hoping the war will end soon.’                                                                                                                                     The van in front of which the ‘gun-toting’ Amazon is proudly standing has two emblems                                                                                                                                                  1. the number 1488, a neo-Nazi symbol                                                                                     2. the symbol on the door which is that for the 36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS also known as the Dirlewanger Brigade notorious for its terror campaigns during WWII. See details at Wikipedia         

Following a storm of protest, the article, which apparently first ran on the front page, was relegated to an inside page and the caption altered to ‘Anaconda alongside a van displaying the neo-Nazi symbol 1488. The volunteer brigade is known for its far-right links’                                                                                                                                                     Far-right indeed – and still no reference to the Dirlewanger symbol and the significance it would have for ethnic Russians in the east.   and                                                                                                   See also Keiser Report from 8.55 onwards.                                 

6/6/15                                                                                                                                          The Guardian reports Gay Rights march in Kiev attacked by “dozens of unknown assailants”                                                                                                                                                                             What is it with the Guardian that it seems to be so determined to cover up for the neo-Nazis who have so much influence in the Ukraine? There was nothing ‘unknown’ about the assailants – they were thugs from the Right Sector.                       

THE INDEPENDENT                                                                                                          23/3/15                                                                                                                                         An outrageous article by Kim Sengupta churning out the White House anti-Russian propaganda to excess.                                                                                                                         The online version at                                                 slightly tones down the near-hysterical headings of the printed version                                                          “Lithuanians on guard for signs of Russian belligerence.                                                    Volunteers are signing up in their thousands fearing a repeat# of Ukraine.”

Note that they are only ‘on guard for signs of’ and nowhere in the article is there any link or reference to show that there has actually been any sign of Russian belligerence . . . this is US fostered paranoia pure and simple.

The piece would be risible were this sort of stuff not so serious giving rise before noon to over 18,000 internet hits. This is how fast this stupidity spreads.

We are told that the volunteers are making ‘preparations for a Russian invasion’ . . . ‘that there was no shortage of volunteers to fight the invaders’ . . . that the government had ‘published a 100 page pamphlet on how to survive an invasion’ . . . ‘that there would be no shortage of people prepared to stop aggression from the east’.                                                But not a shred of evidence is produced to show that there had been any signs of belligerence or that might suggest that the idea of invasion was even being contemplated by the Russian.                                                                                                                              Finally Sengupta has the cheek to refer to the ‘febrile atmosphere’ which if it exists must be created and fostered largely by articles such as he has produced.

Ridicule is most effective response to this sort of nonsense and it gets the treatment at:                                                                                                                                           “Russian Non-Invasion Causing Concern in European Capitals.                     Tensions across the Baltic States and Poland have reached fever pitch in recent days as it has become increasingly clear that the Russians have no plans whatsoever to attack any of these countries.”

# Presumably Sengupta does not mean the US engendered and financed coup which violently overthrew a legitimate democratically elected government and replaced it with a virulent anti-Russian, ultra-nationalistic, neo-Nazi regime.

18/6/15                                                                                                                                  They’re such sly stuff, these biased anti-separatist, pro-Kiev articles – so larded with weasel words and phrases.

The Independent under the heading “Violent arrest of journalist in Ukraine raises media fears” devotes two full columns to the story of Russian journalist Pavel Kanygin beaten up by officials in ‘rebel-held Donetsk.’

In the course of the article seven references are made to ‘rebels’ or ‘rebel-held,’ Kiev is not mentioned once, and where reference is made to journalists and media workers killed or abducted it is said to be during ‘the thirteen months of eastern Ukraine’s conflict.’

It is all so craftily done that it would be impossible for the casual and otherwise uninformed reader even to suspect that in fact the bulk of the violence, killing and suppression of free reporting is taking place well away from the conflict zone and within the Kiev-controlled territories where pro-Russian journalist are expelled, beaten up, kidnapped or murdered almost as a matter of routine.

Had the Independent truly been concerned for the freedom of the media rather than running an anti-separatist piece of propaganda it might have found space in earlier editions for:                                                                                                                                       26/2/15                                                                                                                                                The OSCE condemned Kiev’s restrictive measures towards Russian journalist as excessive.                                                                                                  16/4/15                                                                                                                                              Oles Buzyna a pro-Russia journalist was shot dead in Kiev.                                                   Within a day or so Sergey Sukhobok another journalist opposed to the Kiev regime was killed.                                                                                                 

The Independent gives the murdered Buzyna four lines at the bottom of a long article.                                                                                                                                    Neither the OSCE report nor the murder of Sukhobok get a mention in the paper.

For Kiev’s attitude to Russian or pro-Russia journalists see also:                                                   and                                                                                                                              from 15.20 to 19.30  or have a browse through YouTube videos under ‘Russian journalist Ukraine.’

THE SUNDAY TIMES                                                                                                               14/6/15                                                                                                                                         ‘We just publish the position of the British Government.’                                                             At last a Sunday Times journalist spills the beans: the paper is just an establishment mouthpiece                                                                                                                                                                               You can listen to what is described as ‘the laugh out loud’ interview given by Tom Harper the ‘journalist’ responsible for the article at:

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH                                                                                             18/9/14                                                                                                                                         “Putin ‘privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states’” Sub-headline:                                                                                                                                 “German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung reports that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told European Commission that Putin made the threat in a recent conversation”                                                                                                                                    Have you got that? The DT reports that Zeitung reports that Poroshenko told the EU Commission that Putin said to . . .                                                                                                         The only problems if the article is read closely are:                                                                       1. The EU refused to comment on the report.                                                                                     2. Poroshenko is ‘the only alleged source’, and ‘he might be motivated to exaggerate.’           And from this crumb of media gossip  via a couple more ‘ifs’ The Telegraph moves to ‘Britain could find itself at war with Russia.’                                                                                The whole article is no more than a sleazy and calculated piece of scaremongering, and would be laughable if the implications weren’t so serious. 

Daily Mail                                                                                                                           30/1/15                                                                                                                                 ‘Russian nuclear bombers . . . intercepted over Bournemouth . . . we should all be VERY scared.’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Tu-95s that were apparently ‘over Bournemouth’ despite being in international airspace are subsonic, antediluvian monsters that had their birth in the 1950s, and if the Kremlin was indeed bent on testing ‘our reactions and resolve,’ it wouldn’t be with these antique relics.     They are put in a proper perspective by the BBC.                                                           The many comments posted in response to this article contain some interesting reading and make it clear that even those who choose the Mail for their daily fix of news still keep a hold on the real world and their common sense.                                                                            24/2/15                                                                                                                              “Vladimir Putin ordered Russian special forces to steal MH370 and secretly landed it at huge space port in Kazakhstan, claims expert.”                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Independent ran the same story 9/3/15              

Just offer up any old nonsense with an anti-Russian slant and some rag somewhere will print it for you.  And it’s always ‘experts’ who come up with this sort of rubbish.


29/10/14                                                                                                                                         John Simpson, liberator of Kabul# and the semi-detached head of BBC news, in a Barack Obama love-fest, all critical faculties suspended.                                                                                   # See               

18/12/14                                                                                                                                    John Simpson attends Putin’s annual Q & A Press Conference (3+ hours and 53 questions) and diligently pursues the White House agenda.                                                  Over the course of more than a minute he voices not a question, but a political diatribe that could have come straight from John McCain.                                                                   Putin thanks him politely and for more than six minutes gives him a full, detailed and referenced response that exposes Simpson for what he is, a White House follower with an eye on retirement lecture tours perhaps.                                                                                           The whole 7 minute Q & A can be seen and heard (with translation) at                                                                         A transcript can be seen at                                                                                                                                                                     The BBC reports this online at                                                                                                                   How much was reported in TV or radio news I am unable to establish.

From being equivocal about Putin I am beginning to admire him. As the article referenced below asks ‘How many western leaders would venture in to a three hour impromptu Q & A session with a hostile media?’                                                                                                                                                                     Or compare and contrast the heavily scripted Psaki/Harf ‘shows’ that constitutes the White House press briefings  – see references in Post E.

17/2/15                                                                                                                                             A classic bit of BBC misreporting from Ukraine as ethnic Russian separatists ‘shell themselves.’                                                                                                                       

1/3/15                                                                                                                                           The Guardian (seeing the mote in the BBC’s eye) comments on its pro-establishment, propagandist role.                                                               “As one academic study after another has demonstrated#, the opposite is the case. From the coverage of wars to economics, it has a pro-government, elite and corporate anchor. “   # and they do, see:                             –on-the-right-not-the-left-9129639.html  

13/3/2015                                                                                                                                   Simpson yet again (BBC Today programme at app 0734) on the anniversary of the Crimea referendum that paved the way for the return of Crimea to Russia.                                     He posts one of his loaded, sneering Russophobic reports lacking in any real substance, but full of innuendo and anecdotal content and containing in particular the following:         ‘Only a year ago Sevastopol harbour was home to a few small Ukrainian ships …………Now once again it’s the base for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.’

Home to a few small ships . . . He makes Sevastopol sound quite idyllic doesn’t he? A bit like one of those cosy little west country harbours with fishing boats bobbing on the water: Fowey perhaps, but he’s writing lies.     Just Google ‘Sevastopol harbour’ for the period 1/3/14 to 30/4/14 to see reports on the tense stand-off that was taking place there at the time.                                                                                                                                                 Sevastopol has in fact been the home to the Russian Black Sea fleet since the breakup of the USSR and earlier, and that has never changed.                                                                           Indeed the BBC reported on the fact on 8/3/2011                                                                               see also the Partition Treaty on the Status and Conditions of the Black Sea Fleet

And one might ask Simpson where precisely the Black Sea Fleet# had been based during the period when he alleges it was not in Sevastopol.                                                                 # 38 warships and 3 submarines see:                                                                                   

In Justin Webb’s introduction to the Simpson piece he says:                                                     ‘A year ago this weekend people in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia after six decades as part of Ukraine, this followed a deliberate campaign . . . . to send in so-called volunteers, often serving Russian soldier to cut off Crimea’s road links with Ukraine, to take over  its military naval bases and to seize hold of its government.’                         Simpson’s comment was, ‘A year ago this felt like a very threatening place indeed filled with all sorts of extremists who had come flooding across the border from Russia but their job’s been done . . . . . ‘                                                                                                                 Neither Webb nor Simpson mention the fact that under the terms of the Partition Treaty referred to above Russia was allowed to maintain up to 25,000 troops, 24 artillery systems, 132 armoured vehicles, and 22 military planes on the Crimean peninsula. Scarcely any need for threatening extremists or volunteers who were serving Russian soldiers one might have thought.

30/3/2015                                                                                                                           Simpson again in the New Statesman                                                                                                     It seems that Simpson was lagging well behind the rest of the media pack here, for had he looked, he would have found that the questions he poses had already been answered by Russia, briefly and to the point, in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs some five days earlier.                            At para 4 he writes:                                                                                                                              “After Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Moscow Ukrainian government collapsed following the often violent protests of February 2014 Russia started to infiltrate Crimea with its forces# as part of a plan that was worked out, we are now told** , by Putin himself.”                                                                                                                           # Totally unnecessary for the reason mentioned below.                                                                ** By whom we wonder, or is he just winging it?

So that was it, the government just ‘collapsed.’                                                                   No mention of the antecedents dating back several years to a time when Yanukovych was running a pro-EU government.                                                                                          No mention of the stringent requirements of the IMF and World Bank for the EU bail-out which led Yanukovych to turn to Moscow.                                                                             No mention of Nuland’s address to the US-Ukraine foundation and the $5bn invested in the Ukraine in preparation for the US puppet administration.                                             No mention  of ‘the plan that was worked out,’ by the US neo-cons for a coup to overthrow Yanukovych’s democratically elected administration and put in place the one favoured by Washington: all fully revealed in the infamous ‘fuck the EU’ conversation between Nuland and Pyatt.                                                                                                                 No mention of the neo-Nazi right sector’s hand in the violence on the Maidan, in particular the murders by sniper fire which have now been shown to be almost certainly attributable to the anti-Yanukovych faction.                                                                                No mention of the failure of Baroness Ashton to initiate an investigation into the incident when informed by the Estonian Foreign Minister Paet of the strong suspicions that this was a false flag operation.                                                                                                 No mention of the fact that there was absolutely no need for Russia to ‘start to infiltrate Crimea with its forces’ because under the 1991 international agreement they had a perfect right to be there – see above.

So much for Simpson’s credentials to present anything but propaganda for the Washington narrative which he propagates  with enthusiasm, and his favourite use of unverifiable anecdote and the ad hominem approach.                                                              The Russian ambassador with his ‘sharp, Putin-like eyes behind rimless glasses’ – the ‘nasty civilian thugs . . . . and serving soldiers in unmarked uniforms’ – the ‘dodgy looking character’ with his walnut shells – or the ‘rather ghastly teenager at a Crimean school’ who sang him a welcome song.                                                                                                              That would presumably be at the school that received him with hospitality on his visit only two weeks earlier.                                                                                                                                             It’s all so ill-informed, nasty and Russophobic: the sort of piece that any self-respecting journalist would be ashamed of.

BBC’s Russophobia Plumbs The Depth                                                                              It seems to be impossible of over-estimate the depths to which the BBC will sink in pursuit of the Washington agenda that is invariably followed by the UK Political Establishment.                                                                                                                                      As part of its ‘celebrations’ of the 70th anniversary of VE day it has chosen to include as one of its offerings The Rape of Berlin introduced by Lucy Ash as “one of the most infamous incidents of mass rape in history . . . a story that slipped under the official radar.

Lucy apparently ‘discovers’ inter alia “two remarkably candid diaries from spring 1945: one by a Red Army officer, and the other by a female German journalist, which caused outrage when it was first published in German in 1959, but rocketed to the bestseller lists in 2003”                                                                                                Quotes are from the BBC iplayer site on 28/5/14

 WOW – that far under the official radar eh? Caused outrage in 1959 and was a best seller in 2003.                                                                                                                      What a good job the BBC has such tenacious investigative journalist as Lucy. She may even actually have read all of the book and the diaries, or perhaps she just copied and pasted.     So far under the official radar did it slip that it has in fact been the subject of endless debate and used for exploitative propaganda purposes for fifty years and more.    

It’s all quite standard muckraking so the only question is to ask Why Now?                       Possibly to avoid mentioning the 25M Russian dead (UK and USA combined under 1M); the Red Army that tore the heart out of the German fighting machine defeating 75%-80% of the German forces deployed in the European theatre; and the fact that even the severely depleted forces available to the Germans in the west at the fag-end of the war were able to throw the allied forces back on their heels at the Battle of the Bulge   

And the fact that it is the BBC peddling this tat means of course that it gets maximum publicity throughout the media.                                                                                                         Eagerly taken up by the Telegraph which gives it a half page spread.                                                                         “The British and the Americans were our liberators, even though they bombed Berlin,” said survivor (and apparently un-raped) Mrs Drews.

Best not to mention though her countrymen, women and children who were ‘liberated’ the way the Americans know best – with a helping hand from the RAF:     Kassel – lethal firestorm 10,000 died                                                                                     Darmstadt – few legitimate military targets, 12,300 died                                                   Pforzheim – 21,000 died                                                                                                              Berlin – 20,000 to 50,000 died                                                                                            Dresden – lethal firestorm 25,000 died                                                                                   Hamburg – lethal firestorm 42,000 died                                                                                                                       Strange though that the ‘balanced and impartial’ BBC did not see fit to follow up with a piece on the rape, looting and atrocities carried out by the troops of the western allies – USA in particular.                                                                                                                  which has an interesting reading list on these topics at the end of the article. Something for Lucy to ‘discover’ another time perhaps.

Establishment bias in the BBC Today programme – Monbiot article   

And an informative corrective to the Western/establishment propaganda churned out by the BBC                                                                     

Analysis or reports on floods and climate change shows a bias towards the establishment view                                                                     

AMERICA                                                                                                                                      In the USA bias is pretty well institutionalised as 90% of the media is controlled by just 6 corporations#:                                                                                                                                                                                               # which are in turn owned by the richest Americans such as the Koch brother, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison etc, etc who in their turn have bought up and own the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives.                                                                                         Those who think otherwise might perhaps cast a glance at the results of a Gallup Poll survey which shows that for 30 years more than 60% of Americans have believed that wealth should be more evenly distributed among the people.     

Yet so indifferent is the House of Congress to the interests, well-being and concerns of the people at large that over the same period the gap between the richest and the rest has grown exponentially.                                                                                                                 Congress represents the rich – period, as the Americans would say.                                           Just Google ‘us wealth gap history’ for the details.

26/2/15                                                                                                                                       Lies as well as bias from two leading US front men                                                                   Bill O’Reilly                                                                                                                            Fox’s handling of the controversy says a lot about its most visible star, a man who perhaps more than any other has defined the parameters and tenor of Fox News, in the process ushering in a new era of no-holds-barred, intentionally divisive news coverage.                                                                                                     Brian Williams                                                                                                                         Making up a completely fictitious story about a life and death escape during the Iraq campaign.                                                                                                 16/4/15                                                                                                                                           More lies from NBC who knowingly concealed the truth once it was  known because the original ‘false flag’ episode fitted in so well with the White House narrative and drum beat for war with Syria.                                        and                                                   

30/4/15                                                                                                                                 Commercial airline shoot-downs – US media hypocrisy in action                                A     1/9/83 Commercial Flight KAL007 shot down by Soviet fighter west of Sakhalin Island, USSR, when flying through prohibited Soviet airspace. 269 passengers and crew died                                                                                                                                                        B     3/7/88 Commercial Flight IR655 flying Iran-UAE shot down by surface to air missile fired from USS Vincennes. 290 passengers and crew died. The Vincennes was in Iranian waters at the time of the attack.                                                                                                             C     4/10/2001 Siberian Airlines 1812 shot down by surface to air missile fired from Crimea during Ukrain military exercises. 78 passengers and crew died.                                   D     17/7/2014 MH17 shot down over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. 298 passengers and crew died.

An enterprising Irish political commentator decided to compare the treatment of A & B in the New York Times                                                                                       The article speaks for itself.                                                                                                           Compare western media treatment of MH17 within a day or so of the crash.

The Odessa Massacre -Transferred to Post J.

21-22/7/15                                                                                                                                 The Independent – ‘The Baltics will be next’                                                                 The paper generously provides Saakashvili, newly appointed governor of Odessa, with a two page platform and free reign over consecutive days in which to peddle his Russophobic ant-Putin line.                                                                                                           Nothing new of course, no blinding insights, just the same old stuff that’s been running everywhere now for over a year: Putin a threat not only to Ukraine, but to ‘a wide swath of Eastern Europe’ etc,etc.                                                                                                                       It’s full of Putin said this, Putin said that, but for all that it contains there is not presented one shred of evidence.                                                                                                                      One has to go to the Editorial (Does anyone read these turgid pieces nowadays) to be told that SaaKashvili ‘is not an objective observer of events’ and is ‘according to his many critics something akin to an American puppet.’

One has to go even further and beyond the Independent to learn that Saakashvili is on the run from his native Georgia where he is wanted on multiple criminal charges (which he denies of course) and assumed Ukrainian citizenship to avoid extradition home.              One has to go further still to learn that not only is he akin to an American puppet (join the club said Poroshenko) he is actually on the US payroll.                                                             “Within the framework of Odessa’s anti-corruption pressure, the US government agreed to provide funds for the salaries of the new team of [Mikhail] Saakashvili,”           Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page after the meeting with Geoffrey Pyatt, the US Ambassador to Ukraine.

Revisiting the Odessa massacre the paper writes ‘42 mostly pro-Russian demonstrators were burned to death.’ The reporter is either ignorant of the circumstances or deliberately misleading his readers. There was no ‘mostly’ about it.                                                            Not one of the Right Sector mob that attached the building died in the fire – the victims were entirely pro-Russian.                                                                 –and-the-baltics-will-be-next-says-odessa-governor-mikheil-saakashvili-10403298.html

5/8/15                                                                                                                                         And speaking of Independent Editorials:   What a difference a year makes.     Editorial 18/7/14 – one day after MH17 crash before any evidence adduced                     “Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: No more games, Mr Putin                                                   Though he cannot have wished it, the Russian President is responsible for this massacre. He must restrain his dogs of war.”                                                                                               Editorial 5/8/2015                                                                                                                                 “Don’t rush to judgement                                                                                                                      The allegations against Edward Heath are profoundly serious. But so is the need to follow the evidence.

11/8/15                                                                                                                                               MH17 – The opportunity for another round of lies, misinformation and anti-Russian propaganda                                                                                                                 So it WAS Putin? Debris from ‘Russian-made missile’ found at site of MH17 crash.             Daily Express Headline 11/8/15                                                                                                       MH17: ‘Russian missile parts’ at Ukraine crash site.                                                                   BBC Headline 11/8/15                                                                                                                     Russian missile shrapnel in MH17 wreckage                                                                               Times Headline 12/8/15                                                                                                                   The article continues ‘Parts of a Russian anti-aircraft missile have been identified from the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine in July last year,’      MH17 crash: Fragments of Russian missile BUK launcher found at crash site                    The Independent 11/8/15                                                                                                               ‘Russian BUK missile parts’ found at MH17 crash site.                                                         Huffington Post Headline 11/8/15

Each headline is a lie based on a criminally irresponsible and distorted reading of a four paragraph notification issued by the Dutch Safety Board see:

If the use of quotation marks is intended to imply that the phrases them within form any part of the notification then that is false – they do not.                                                                 If that is not the implication then one has to ask why they and the ludicrous question mark in the Express are there at all. A signal perhaps that the words are not to be trusted or taken at face value.

The truth of the matter (not that any of the mainstream media would be interested in that) is to be found in the words of Wim de Bruin of the Joint Investigation Team.                           ‘It is still under investigation whether these are parts of a BUK missile system or not.         It is too early to draw any conclusions.                                                                                          We are investigating several scenarios:                                                                                         the first whether MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile                                                           the second scenario whether a jet fighter shot MH17 with an air to air missile      

13/8/15                                                                                                                                              The Daily Mail and the Daily Express run the headline                                                                 ‘MH17 was downed by ‘bomb PLANTED by CIA which was detonated from satellite in space’                                                                                                                                                    The Independent is a little late on the scene on 15/8 with                                                    ‘Proof CIA blew up MH17 (with Russian accents)’

The ‘story’ is that this is a hilarious, and embarrassingly bad piece of Russian propaganda, and it would scarcely be worth comment were it not for the fact that some might possibly take it at face value. In which case it is worth pointing out:                                                     that Sergei Sokolov the Russian ‘security expert’ behind the story has apparently no security credentials beyond the fact that he organised security for the departed Boris Berezovsky, always a virulent critic of Putin.                                                                                 As an ‘expert’ Sokolov has about the same credibility as the ‘expert’  that provided the Mail with the story that ‘Vladimir Putin ordered Russian special forces to steal MH370 and secretly landed it at huge space port in Kazakhstan’ – see 24/2/15 above                            that the ‘shadowy organisation called Analytics and Security which boasts close ties to the secret services in Moscow’ is so shadowy that it is impossible to find any reference to it outside of this particular piece of nonsense.                                                                                   and that as a reliable source of hard news Komsomolskaya Pravda (the original source)  falls into the ‘yellow press’ category– Google search (“Komsomolskaya Pravda” “yellow press”)

Doesn’t it ever occur to the ‘reporters’ who seize upon and reproduce this stuff with such avidity that this is so bad it might just possibly be a plant? Its objective? To muddy what are already the foulest of foul waters by attributing to Russian sources a piece of propaganda that is so crudely spun that it is risible. Create enough of this sort of nonsense and then use it to rubbish the truth should it come out and not be to your liking.

15/8/15                                                                                                                                    Here’s the BBC at it again.                                                                                                               Ukrainian refugees this time with a headline ‘Refugees in their own country’ and sub-head ‘have fled the fighting in eastern Ukraine and moved elsewhere in the country’ from which it would be natural to assume that if they are still in their own country but not eastern Ukraine they must have fled to the western Ukraine.                    The reporter’s little anecdotes may be true of life for the few who have, but the whole tenor of the piece is in fact a lie. Most refugees have in fact fled the country altogether, very few have gone west understanding very well what awaits them there under Poroshenko’s fascist administration.      See Post D 12/6/15



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Post F. Flight MH17 – Washington Takes The Fifth

FLIGHT MH17 – DOWNED 17/7/2014

Have you noticed the deafening silence of the past twelve months?                                           The silence of the CIA/US Intelligence Community, the silence of the White House and the silence of the western media that dutifully reports, but never questions, all that it is handed down to them by those sources.

Of the mountains of evidence, the enormous evidence, referred to by John Kerry below we can say, either the US had it or they hadn’t. If they had it, it’s impossible to understand why almost a year after the event it has still not been published, or at least that some explanation be given for the failure to do so. They’re fast enough, over-fast often, with their spurious evidence of Russian invasions and military in the Ukraine.

If they didn’t have it, and I mean hard, indisputable, knock-down evidence, then the politicians and mainstream media of the west were guilty of the most egregiously offensive exploitation of the tragedy for propaganda purposes even before the all the remains of the 298 innocent victims had been recovered from the fields around Hrabove.

On 22/7/14 just five days after the crash and before any investigation had been carried out, the White House released a report on the incident which relied heavily on claims being made on social media and briefings from notoriously untrustworthy Kiev sources.     Based solely upon that report the President and other representatives of the White House made the allegations that generated the flood of anti-Russian, anti-Putin propaganda, abuse and condemnation that the western media poured out in the following days in papers, on TV and on radio.

Yet since that date, now almost a year ago, the CIA/US Intelligence Community has not publicly updated its assessment on this incident, a critical turning point in the Ukraine crisis and international relations.

This is the USA which operates the most sophisticated system of spy satellites, electronic surveillance, intelligence intercepts and radar tracking in the world. It can read your car’s number plate from space, it can read your emails, it probably knows what you had for breakfast.                                                                                                                                              Yet from all the surveillance data it would have held of an area of extreme international tension and sensitivity, the White House and the CIA has chosen not to place one piece of its own hard intelligence in the public domain to support their initial allegations.

Isn’t it remarkable? Readouts from the black boxes of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 were made public within three days of the crash, yet for MH17 it took almost eight months, and CIA still refuse to release any of their data or their updated report.

On 21/7/14, just four days after the incident, at a public briefing the Russian Ministry of Defence placed all of its radar tracking, intelligence intercepts and surveillance information relating to the incident in the public domain.                                                             Both the briefing  and the intelligence made available were largely ignored by the whole of the western media.                                                                       

10 questions were then put to the Kiev authorities (see below) all of them relevant and all of them unanswered and ignored in the west.

The Robert Parry of the link below is a US investigative journalist best known for his role in covering the Iran-Contra affair for the Associated Press and Newsweek.               and

It is inconceivable that in an area of such extreme sensitivity  the US would not hold intelligence of a quality equal to or exceeding that of Russia, and if that intelligence completely vindicated the initial allegations wouldn’t Kerry once again be doing the rounds of every TV studio in the mainstream media to trumpet the fact to the world?

What then should one conclude??                                                                                                         Is it really taking Washington that long to fix a story that will not embarrass their placemen in Kiev?

                         Timeline and a few relevant facts that the western media                              Has, by and large, chosen to ignore

For an explanation of the references marked ### see the end of this post.

Thursday 17/7                                                                                                                           MH 17 departed Schiphol airport at noon. It was downed approximately two hours later.   Within hours of the event the Ukrainian President ruled out any suggestion that it might have been an accident and called it an act of terrorism.

The US Papers, because of time zones differences were able to publish on the same day     Wall Street Journal                                                                                                                           ‘US intelligence officials have already concluded that it was hit by a STA missile of uncertain provenance.’                                                                                                                    New York Times                                                                                                                           ‘Blown out of the sky by what Ukrainian and American officials described as a Russian-made antiaircraft missile.’                                                                                                               They omit to point out that the military forces of the new Kiev administration have themselves nothing but Russian-made surface to air missiles.                                                 Los Angeles Times                                                                                                                              ‘US intelligence confirms it was STA missile. Not clear who fired it’                                        New York Daily News                                                                                                                ‘MH17 shot down . . . both Ukrainian President and pro-Russian rebels deny involvement.’                                                                                                                                           New York Post                                                                                                                                       ‘A Russian-made STS missile** blew the jet out of the sky said top official’                         So far then all relatively restrained and non-committal.

And then leading the media pack came that bastion of balanced and impartial reporting the BBC with its flagship programme Newsnight just eight hours after the downing trotting out as their ‘expert’ Sir Anthony Russell “Tony” Brenton KCMG a former British diplomat who served as ambassador to Russia from 2004-2008.                                   As to the value of his ‘expertise’ see “The Value of an ‘Expert’ Opinion” in Post C.               He begins . . .                                                                                                                              ‘The assumption has to be**, it may well turn out not to be true,’……….and yet he goes blundering on with every subsequent comment predicated on the assumption that it is true, that it was ‘the Ukrainian rebels’ – and not once does his interviewer challenge him or suggest that it might be better to wait for the results of the investigation.

He goes out of his way to refer to a 1983 incident when the Russians shot down a Korean civil airliner, but conveniently omits to refer to the America’s 1988 downing of an Iranian passenger airliner (it was mistaken for a F-14 fighter) with the loss of almost 300 lives.  He might also have mentioned that Kiev itself has form in this respect having shot down a commercial flight in 2001.                   

**   In Brenton’s opinion it has to be  the Pro-Russian separatists who are responsible of course, but with his final words he even raises the possibility that the missile might perhaps have come from the Russian side of the border. Such men are not merely incompetent, they’re bloody dangerous.                                                                                       And he was our man in Moscow for God’s sake. See         

For a further indication of the worthlessness of this ‘expert’s’ views on the Russo/Ukrainian situation listen to his blatherings in the longer Newsnight recording from 10 minutes in:

“The evidence is accumulating* that their (the Russians) clients in eastern Ukraine were responsible for this . . . . if the Russian are wise, and on the whole they are quite shrewd about this stuff, they will now work quite hard to distance themselves from the separatists in eastern Ukraine# . . . . and they will continue the process, which has already been under way, of gradually letting those separatists go and let the Ukrainians re-occupy the east#. . . . . they (the Russians) have actually pulled quite a long way back they were at one point poised to invade and fight a war** in the E Ukraine. Since then they have let the Ukrainian army gain traction and space in the area#, and the product of this tragic event is I suspect that the Russians will feel constrained to move further in that direction.#

* What evidence would Brenton be likely to have in his possession just 8 hours after the crash and well before Washington has spoken. He provides nothing specific and as with those ludicrous White House press briefings we just have to take his word – the word of an ‘expert’.                                                                                                                                                **When exactly would that have been and what evidence is there – as ever he provides none.                                                                                                                                                         # Wrong, wrong, wrong – as that diffident chap Richard Dawkins responded to an equally asinine proposition.                                                                                                             What about all those Russian ‘invasions’ that took place after 18/7/2014? See Post H.   What about the Russian Duma’s proposal 25/3/2015 to re-authorise Putin to send the army into Donbass should Obama heed the call of US lawmakers to arm Kiev?

The man’s knowledge, judgment and integrity all seem to be equally worthless.

Meanwhile over on CNN John McCain ‘doesn’t want to leap to any conclusions’ but decides nevertheless to slip a blatant lie down the leg-side  (sadly that’s the nature of the man) by alleging that the Ukrainians do not have the very sophisticated weapons system (ie BUKs) that would be required to have downed MH17   

Friday 18/7                                                                                                                         Obama speaks:                                                                                                                      Now, here is what we know so far. Evidence# indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile** that was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine.                                                                                              He repeats:                                                                                                                                      What we know right now, what we have confidence in saying right now is that a surface-to-air missile** was fired, and that’s what brought the jet down. We know — we have confidence in saying that that shot was taken within a territory that is controlled by the Russian separatists.                                                                                                                   And then he has the neck to say:                                                                                                  But I think it’s very important for us to make sure that we don’t get out ahead of the facts. And at this point, in terms of identifying specifically what individual or group of individuals or, you know, personnel ordered the — the strike, how it came about, those are things that I think are still going to be subject to additional information#that we’re going to be gathering.                                                           #And for that evidence and additional information we are still waiting..

US Ambassador Power at UN:                                                                                            We assess MH17 was likely downed by a surface-to-air missile**, an SA-11, operated from a separatist-held location in eastern Ukraine.                                                                              No forensic evidence was produced either by her or Obama ##                         She did though admit that the Ukrainian’s had SA-11 systems in their inventory – a fact which most of the press conveniently forgot to mention.

## Something on which Ms Psaki was pressed at the White House briefing:           Question: ‘We assess that it was fired – where is the data – where is the evidence that backs that up?                                                                                                                                      Ms Psaki: There isn’t additional data that we are providing at this point – we will provide that through the investigation process                                                                   Question: But do you understand how there are people who are sceptical of what she said, especially given previous UN presentations by Americans.                           Understandably sceptical, and yet still that additional data hasn’t been forthcoming.                                                                                                                            But the media had been given their first nudge on the direction they were to follow. They dutifully obliged and the propaganda floodgates opened.

The Sun:                                                                                                                                        ‘Putin’s Missile’                                                                                                                              Daily Express                                                                                                                                   ‘MH 17 shot down by missile** suspected to have been fired by Russian separatists’     Daily Mirror                                                                                                                                Posting photos of some of those who died: “Putin’s Victims”                                              Daily Mail                                                                                                                                ‘Immediate suspicion focused on pro-Moscow insurgents using a Buk surface- to air- missile** supplied by Russia**’ and                                                                                               “Putin’s Killed My Son”                                                                                                                 Daily Star                                                                                                                                       ‘Russian terror missile** kills 295’                                                                                              Daily Telegraph                                                                                                                              ‘Pro-Russian separatists blamed for killing 295 on Malaysian jet.’                                    Guardian                                                                                                                                           ‘The President of the Ukraine last night accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down the jet’                                                                                                                                                       Evening Standard                                                                                                                            ‘The most widely held theory is that Russian militia blew the aircraft out of the sky.’    Wall Street Journal‘                                                                                                                             The US said the plane was likely downed by a STA missile** from rebel held territory’  New York Times                                                                                                                               ‘The United States government has concluded that the passenger jet felled over Ukraine was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile** launched from rebel-held territory and most likely provided by Russia to pro-Moscow separatists, officials said on Friday.’                                                                                                                                                     ** But not one of them suggests that it might be wise to await the outcome of an investigation (the word of the White House is enough) or sees fit to mention the fact made explicit by Ambassador Power and denied by McCain that such Russian-made missiles were extensively supplied to and held by Kiev forces.

Saturday 19/7 – the assault continues                                                                         Daily Express                                                                                                                                      ‘Putin’s Rebels Blew Up Plane’                                                                                                      Daily Telegraph                                                                                                                        ‘Russian gangsters killed our loved ones.’                                                                            Independent                                                                                                                                      ‘The finger points at Putin . . . as evidence mounted.’                                                            What evidence would that be?                                                                                                    Guardian                                                                                                                                           ‘Cover-up: Rebels Destroy all links to MH17 atrocity’                                                                 A blatant Lie, but the implication is: They did it.                                                                  The Times                                                                                                                                           ‘MH 17 lost after rebels shoot down wrong jet.’ The confused reference to the rebels shooting down the wrong jet is interesting in the light of what follows.                        Sunday 20/7                                                                                                                           John Kerry did his Sunday morning walkabout of the US talk shows.                                    He talked of mountains of evidence . . . ‘Enormous evidence, even more evidence than I have documented.’                                                                                    Almost no one in the mainstream asks the simplest and most obvious of questions: motive, means and opportunity.                                                                                                                What about the Ukrainian military who have form when it comes to shooting down commercial airliners? (Siberian airlines flight 1812 on 4/10/2001 – initially denied, later admitted and compensation paid).                                                                                                 “We know, we know, we know” is the constant refrain from Kerry, and yet beyond his constant references to ‘social media’ (just count how many times he resorts to this) to video and radio intercepts (all of which have since been comprehensively exposed as being worthless) he produces no evidence for any of his allegations, nor has any been subsequently produced.

In particular he states that the US detected the missile launch and observed it hit the plane, and yet almost a year later the world is still waiting to see this evidence.            

21/7/14                                                                                                                                     John Kerry’s Rush to Judgement          

There were many good reasons for treating all that Washington said with scepticism.                                                                                                                                   In the sixty years since the end of WW2 the United State of America have engaged in the following acts of criminal or near-criminal behaviour:                                     Subversion and criminal interventions abroad*** assassination of foreign leaders either directly or via intermediaries*** established schools teaching interrogation and torture techniques*** initiated and funded sedition abroad***  instigated coup d’etats to overthrow functioning constitutional democracies*** installed, funded and armed fascist dictators*** employed ‘false flag’ operations to justify foreign invasions*** used covert agents to manipulate NGOs and Human Rights organisation*** spied on the leaders of other nations and its own citizens*** employed torture, murdered and committed atrocities in its military prisons*** committed crimes against humanity in its military operations abroad*** targeted, smeared and used black propaganda against any voices departing from the White House party line*** indirectly controlled the media to spread propaganda, misinformation and lies*** created secret prisons – the ‘black sites’ of special rendition where torture was outsourced***                                                                                  Its Presidents and High Officers of State routinely lie to their citizens and the world on matters of existential (such a popular word on the Russian issue) importance.

Unlike America’s allegations regarding MH17, there is overwhelming evidence for this, it is documented and beyond debate. For fuller details see Post A.  

That poses two questions.                                                                                                               Why on earth should we give even a crumb of credibility to any statement, pronouncement or allegation that has its source in the USA without giving it the most rigorous examination and demanding the most convincing of proofs?                                 The logical answer is that we shouldn’t.                                                                                          Why in the face of such overwhelming evidence of America’s mendacity and criminal behaviour, of which any half-competent journalist should be aware, has the western media, by and large, followed the expected lead of the corporate-owned American media in accepting and propagating the narrative as presented by the State Department without detailed and critical examination?                                                                                                 The answer would seem to be that the media home and abroad does what its master expect of it.

Why this persistent amnesia when it comes to the country described by Martin Luther King as ‘the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today?’

When these notes were first being put together it was generally accepted on all the sides that MH17 had been downed by a surface to-air-missile. More recent evidence (see below) has led some qualified observers to argue that the weapon used was in fact an air-to-air missile.   Certainly it is the case that to date not a scrap of hard evidence (I mean evidence as opposed to allegation and innuendo) has been produced to show that it was a BUK missile, or who was responsible and whether the downing was by accident or design.

When John Kerry made his round of Sunday morning chat shows he referred to ‘a mountain of evidence’ linking Russia to the downing.                                                             Well they had a mountain of evidence on the Iraqi WMDs too and as we now know they made it up.

From the early pronouncements of the US State Department it was clear that they were using nothing more than social media as their primary evidence: no photographs, no reconnaissance, no physical evidence, no hard data. It’s worth noting too, that despite all the recriminations about early access for international inspectors to the scene of the crash, neither the black boxes nor the flight cabin recorder were ever likely to provide evidence about responsibility, and if any traces of the missile were found it would be Russian, as supplied to and operated by Kiev forces.

Even if John Kerry was lying when he claimed that the US had detected the missile launch and strike, one thing that is certain is that the Americans have extraordinarily good signals intelligence. They are spying on the entire world with satellites that can resolve detail down to the make and model of a car hundreds of miles below. It defies belief that they did not have spy satellites in operation over the area where the events occurred, that they did not have over-the-horizon radar watching what was going on, that they did not have intense intelligence intercept operations going on in a region that was of so much interest to them.

The NATO Sea Breeze 2014 naval exercises that take place annually in the Black Sea and include US military forces were running for ten days up to and including the 17th July when the downing occurred. It included 200 US military specialists and engaged in electronic warfare exercises and the monitoring of all commercial traffic in the region

 Are we supposed to believe that with all of those NATO forces including all the surveillance that goes along with such exercises not one of them picked up the data on the flight, not one of them was aware of what was going on in the skies above them?

If the US has such a mountain of evidence and it is in their favour, wouldn’t it be running day and night on every corporate news channel throughout the States?

In his Sunday morning round Kerry also appeared to include as  would-be evidence three tapes leaked by the Kiev regime, demonstrated within a week to be frauds or fakes, and which when examined are mutually contradictory.                                                                    The first one argued that the so-called BUK battery was based in Debaltzevo. The second tape put the battery in Donetsk, and then the video with the battery and one missile missing was supposedly in Snezhnoe.  Now all the evidence points to the battery as being a Ukrainian battery.

In fact the only hard evidence that has been produced on the incident to date comes from the briefing given by the Russian Ministry of Defence on 21 July when it placed all of its radar tracking, intelligence intercepts and surveillance information in the public domain.  See:                                                                                                                                                                     An interpreter provides translations.

The briefing was almost completely ignored or dismissed by western leaders and media, and very like the response to Paet’s information on the false flag###elements of the Maidan snipers (see Post E) the first reaction was a deafening silence.         They don’t challenge it or refute it, they just dismiss it. It’s Russian of course, has to be a fake. Can’t possibly be a credible source.

And if you want to see US State Department obfuscation,  bewilderment and incoherence at their very best have a browse through the responses of Marie Harf* to some fairly gentle pressure in the questioning at the White House briefing given in response to the Russian briefing: the constant references to social media, to a preponderance of evidence out there in the public domain, to an assessment made on a very broad range of information (never specified), to intercepts of separatist communications posted on YouTube by the Ukrainian Government (referred to above).                                                                                    *                                                                                     This gives a link to all the White House briefings.                                                                   Harf and Psaki are a White House equivalent of the BBC’s Gert and Daisy and just about as reliable – you’ll have to be  of a certain age for that to mean anything.                                       For the best of Ms Harf in glorious White House ‘full spectrum’ colour and bland inchoherence see                                                                             

Harf is asked specifically if they have anything other than social media stuff, and replies ‘Yes, absolutely there is,’ but when asked to say what it is retreats into yet more waffle. She refers to ‘a host of information’ but somehow none of it is ever specified and all she can refer to is ‘assessments based on a variety of intelligence and a variety of information’, and return constantly to the gossip gleaned from the internet. Sometimes we can’t get into all the specifics, she says, having gone one better and got into none of them.                         And having said absolutely bugger all of value she finally comes out with the following gem:                                                                                                                             I would also say that these aren’t competing narratives from two equally credible sources here. The Russian Government has repeatedly put out misinformation and propaganda throughout this conflict in Ukraine, so I would caution you from saying that this is just two equally credible sources.’

The US putting out misinformation, propaganda and not a credible source? Perish the thought (and forget the Iraq deceptions). It’s almost as vile as suggesting that they ‘might invade a country on completely phony pretexts just to assert their own interests.’        When asked if she is saying that the US is more credible than the Russians she ‘refuses to dignify that question with a response.’                                                                                            So what we are getting is in effect no more than, ’Trust us.’ Really? Trust the USA?                                                                                                                                       You’ll find several pages of good reasons why we should not do that in Post A at “The USA – A Centre of Infection.”

And then Harf begins the retreat.                                                                                                Look, I think it still remains to be seen, right, how the pro-Russian separatists got whatever – the SA-11, the specific one – I’m not assigning culpability there.’            But when asked whether her comments meant that the hard evidence justifying this assertion would be made public, Harf is distinctly equivocal. ‘I said that we endeavour to make as much public as we can.’

It would appear though from the briefing that at one stage in Kerry’s Sunday morning round he was more specific and said:                                                                                            ‘We ourselves tracked the imagery of the launch of this surface-to-air missile. We have the trajectory recorded. We have the intercepts of their conversations. We know this from voice identification. We have a video.’     The White House apparently holds all this evidence – knock down evidence if it were true – and yet it hugs it to its bosom and refuses to share it with us.               Pull the other one do.  For all of the above see:                  

So what we have here is US rhetoric and innuendo presented against hard data, and we are supposed simply to accept their word on it.

 24/7/14                                                                                                                                      Harf gave another fine display. See:                                      “I do have a couple of new pieces of information about arms continuing to flow across the border since the shoot-down.                                                                                                           We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful, multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions. This is just some pieces of info I’ve been able to get from our intelligence friends for you.               I can’t tell you what the information is based on. I know that’s disappointing to you Matt.’                                                                                                                                               Bloody disappointing for us too, but we know we can take it on trust don’t we. I won’t offer any comments. It’s given a thoroughly forensic going-over at:

Questions Kiev has so far declined to answer                                                             Following their public briefing on 21 July and in the light of what they found, the Russian Defence Ministry put the following questions to the Kiev authorities.                                           1. Immediately after the tragedy, the Ukrainian authorities, naturally, blamed it on the self-defence forces. What are these accusations based on?                                               2. Can Kiev explain in detail how it uses BUK missile launchers in the conflict zone? And why were these systems deployed there in the first place, as the separatist forces do not themselves have any planes?                                                                   and                                                      3. Why are the Ukrainian authorities not doing anything to set up an international commission? When will such a commission begin its work?                                                   4.Would the Ukrainian Armed Forces be willing to let international investigators see the inventory of their air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, including those used in SAM launchers?                                                                                                                                      5. Will the international commission have access to tracking data from reliable sources regarding movements of Ukrainian warplanes on the day of the tragedy?                     6. Why did Ukrainian air traffic controllers allow the plane to deviate from the regular route to the north, towards “the anti-terrorist operation zone”?                                          7. Why was airspace over the warzone not closed for civilian flights, especially since the area was not entirely covered by radar navigation systems?                                                   8. Can we have an official Kiev comment on reports in the social media, allegedly by a Spanish air traffic controller who works in the Ukraine, that there were two Ukrainian military planes flying alongside the Boeing 777 over Ukrainian territory?                                  9. Why did Ukraine’s Security Service start working with the recordings of communications between Ukrainian air traffic controllers and the Boeing crew and the data storage systems from Ukrainian radars without waiting for international investigators?                                                                                                                     10. What lessons has Ukraine learned from a similar incident in 2001, when a Russian Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea? Back then, the Ukrainian authorities denied any involvement on the part of Ukraine’s Armed Forces until irrefutable evidence proved official Kiev to be guilty?                                                                      

In view of the hard data disclosed in the Russian briefing they all seem very reasonable questions, or do the White House/Kiev administrations feel that the incident was not serious enough to warrant examination of such specific detail?                                       Whatever the reason none of the questions have been answered.

Further analysis has led to further questions. See:                        

Fortunately there are still independent and dissenting voices within the US who are prepared to ask the appropriate questions: very few though as those who took an opposing line against the Iraq propaganda and lies were shown what they could expect. (See Post A) Ron Paul, former Republican congressman, comments at:                                                                               Ron Parry an experienced American investigative journalist offers some corrective thoughts at:                                                                   A more extended and detailed critique of the ‘evidence’ is to be found at:                                                                                           which goes as far as to suggest a botched-up false flag### operation. Far from beyond the bounds of possibility of course, and beginning to be given serious consideration by a number of observers.

12/8/14                                                                                                                                           The Independent published a piece by Sergei Stepashin, a former Russian PM, which covers much of the ground that my ‘dossier’ covers, but not half as thoroughly – though I say it myself. See:                                                                     Position at 3/9/2014                                                                                                         Forensic evidence other than that released by the Russian military briefing is still not available.                                                                                                                                                     As yet no full publication of black box data (held in London).                                                  No release by of exchanges between pilot and Kiev air traffic control which is part of date on black boxes.                                                                                                                               Within a week Russia had published all the data it had – no accusations – just ask all other parties to do the same and compare.                                                        

20 Nov 2014                                                                                                                              The Dutch government has refused to reveal details of a secret pact between members of the Joint Investigation Team examining the downed Flight MH17. If the participants, including Ukraine, don’t want information to be released, it will be kept secret.                                                                                                                          The respected Dutch publication Elsevier made a request to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) agreement, along with 16 other documents. The JIT consists of four countries – the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine – who are carrying out an investigation into the MH17 disaster, but not Malaysia. Malaysian Airlines, who operated the flight, has been criticized for flying through a war zone.                                       Part of the agreement between the four countries and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, ensures that all these parties have the right to secrecy. This means that if any of the countries involved believe that some of the evidence may be damaging to them, they have the right to keep this secret.

It begins to look as though the main concern of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice is that of saving face among members of the investigation rather than giving the public a little insight into the progress of the investigation.                                                                         ‘I believe that this interest (international relations) is of greater importance than making the information public, as it is a unique investigation into an extremely serious event,’ the Ministry added according to Elsevier.

This is all very convenient for Kiev of course. But what possible justification can there be for offering such an agreement to Ukraine which is one of the two suspected parties.    Such  an incredible betrayal of public trust in the integrity of the investigation, and yet as far as I could trace there was not one reference to this in the mainstream media.

“Russia alone is saying that it would be good to release at least preliminary results of the investigation and explain why this probe was conducted with flagrant violations of the norms, which are applied specifically for such cases within the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).”                                                                                                                                  28/11/14                                                                                                                                 Malaysia Challenges Exclusion from JIT ‘because it is neutral.’                                           1/12/15                                                                                                                                     Malaysia accepted as full member of the JIT                                                                                                                22/1/15                                                                                                                                     More than 6 months since crash and US still does not publish whatever intelligence information it holds.                                                                                                                       Good article on this at                                                                                     23/1/15                                                                                                                               Suppressed BBC report included contemporary eye-witness accounts of MH17 being downed by a fighter plane.                                                                                                                                       11/2/15                                                                                                                                             Detailed analysis of incident with multiple references and links alleges that the whole affair is a botched false flag### operation on the part of US/Ukraine.                                                                                        22/2/15                                                                                                                           Documents released by Dutch Govt heavily ‘redacted in order to safeguard ‘the interests of the Netherlands’ relationship with other states’                                                                                               28/3/15                                                                                                                                            A later and more interesting article on the secrecy surrounding the MH17 investigation, the astonishing right of veto given to the countries involved (without precedent in modern air crash investigations) and the absence of any independent investigation into the incident.                                                     

None of the western media have expressed any interest either in this remarkable situation or indeed in MH17 in any way since the initial and premature rush to judgement was made.

More fascinating insights (search under MH17) at:                                  But in particular at                                                                                                                                                                     In which Ihor Kolomoyski,  (Ukrainian-Cypriot-Israeli business oligarch (Per Forbes worth $1.3bn) Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast) states that MH17 was shot down in error by Ukrainian forces.                                                                           2/3/15                                                                                                                                           In connection with the Boris Nemtsov killing John Kerry calls for “a thorough, transparent, real investigation not just of actually who fired the shots, but whom, if anyone may have ordered or instructed this or been behind this,”                                                                                           But despite his allegations of Putin/Russian involvement in MH17 made almost before the bodies of the victims were cold we don’t hear him calling for a similar international thorough, transparent and real etc investigation re MH17, or even of any suggestion that the US might put into the public domain all of the surveillance and tracking data that it holds as the Russians have done.

In fact for several months now the western media has gone strangely quiet about the affair. A good indication of the reasons for this are to be found in     

An extensive and updated rebuttal of the White House and western line is to be found at                                                                                                or to put it more simply once again in the words of a frustrated American observer, ‘Where is the evidence, where is the evidence, where is the fucking evidence?’                       A similar request more discreetly and diplomatically phrased was sent to Obama by the US Veteran Intelligence Officers at the end of July 2014 – to date there has been no response. See                                                                                                                                                                         One of the signatories Larry Johnson can be heard at:                                                                                   another of the signatories Ray McGovern said on an RT interview that the CIA had produced a lengthy report to Obama which has not been released

 5/3/15                                                                                                                                        RT’s Reflections on MH17                                               is particularly interesting from 6.30 onwards as regards                                                     1. The absence on or around the scene of any fragments of a BUK missile. Even a small-sized terrorist bomb leaves debris and fragments that can be subject to useful forensic analysis. The BUK weights 710 kg, is 5.5 m long and has a sizeable engine, and yet not a trace has apparently been found.                                                                                                      2. The vapour trail from the engine is substantial and conspicuous** and yet nobody reported it and no surveillance system has come up with any sighting of it.                           In brief there is not a single bit of evidence that it was an anti-aircraft missile – just allegations.                                                                                                                                       3. Reports from on the spot locals of military planes in the vicinity at the time that went unregarded. Returned to from 14 onwards when some evidence pointing to a hit from a military fighter is considered.                                                                                                     4. Reports from the locals that they were surprised to see a commercial airliner so far from the usual routes.                                             See also:                             ** A couple of BUK launches and the trails left can be seen at:                                                                                         and as YouTube videos show cameras were turned to the crash site within moments of the crash, and yet although the world and his wife now carries a camera not one apparently thought it worthwhile to pan round to show the trail of the missile that had committed the atrocity.

A book by a Dutch journalist outlines reasons why the MH17 investigation is nothing more than a cover-up and a farce:                                                                                                                                                         unfortunately an English translation is not as yet available.                                                           Another summary of the facts:                                                                                                                                                                                         20/3/15                                                                                                                                   Dutch Safety Board refuse to confirm reports alleging MH17 downed by Buk missile.                                          30/3/15                                                                                                                             Reuters reporter deliberately falsifies witness report                                              On 12/3/15 Reuters reported as follows under the headline ‘New Evidence on Downing of Malaysian plane”                                                                                                                             “When interviewed by Reuters, Fedotov, the witness who described the ‘wiggling’ rocket at first said it was fired from territory held by the Ukrainian army. Later, off-camera, he said it was launched from a nearby rebel area. Asked why he had originally said the opposite, he said it was because he was afraid of the rebels.”                                                                                                            This was reported at the time in Mail, Kyiv Post, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Sun, and extensively online.                                                                                                                      Fodotov now interviewed in person on-camera said the alleged off-camera reports were simply fabricated by the reporter. A spokesman for the investigating team said that other similar reports blaming Russia/separatists were not correct.   

17/4/15                                                                                                                                         The link below (which is the product of one individual doing his own research online) is particularly useful for the links it provides to original material.                                                       There are other contributions at                              and                  

1-10/6/15                                                                                                                             Russian manufacturers of the BUK missile system release the report of their own investigation concluding that if the plane had been downed by a BUK missile their analysis of the damage inflicted meant that it could only have been from an out-of-date model not in production since 1999 and now held only in the inventory of the Ukrainian forces.   They did not however exclude the possibility that the plane could have been hit by some other type of weapon such as an air-to-air missile.                       

Evgeni Agapov an aviation armaments mechanic who was working with the first squadron of the Ukrainian Air Force’s tactical brigade at the time of the incident left his home and work in the Ukraine and crossed the border into Russia wishing to provide evidence concerning the incident to the Russian investigating committee.

He states that earlier on the day of the crash an armed Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft left the Ukraine base on what was described as a military task, and later returned without its missiles.                                                                                                                                                 He describes the returning pilot, Captain Voloshin, as shocked and confused. He reports overhearing Voloshin talking to a fellow pilot Flight Control Officer Dyakin and saying ‘That was the wrong plane.’                                                                                                         When Dyakin asked him ‘What happened with the plane?’ he replied ‘It was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’                                                          and                                                                                       The YouTube piece is particularly interesting.

A remarkable correspondence now exists between the evidence of Agapoy, and that of Kolomoysky (then Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast bordering on the separatist Donetsk region) whose activities are referred to in more detail in Post E, but whose videoed comment  on MH17 in October 2014 is worth a second reference here. See                                                                                                                                              In the course of the exchange he too says that MH17 was shot down by mistake – another plane, Putin’s, being the intended target.

Full reports on both developments have been sent to the Joint Investigating Team in the Netherlands who reportedly show astonishingly little interest in either, or in the evidence of other witnesses whose testimony appears to support the Agapov evidence.                    The same lack of interest has been shown by the mainstream media of the west: brief mentions of the Agapov evidence in the Mail Online, and of the BUK report in the BBC, Guardian online and the Telegraph, but little else that I could trace.                                   That generally seems to be the way of things: if you don’t like the message don’t bother to engage with it. Just ignore it and carry on plugging the White House line.

And still the USA offers none of that ‘mountain of evidence’ to which John Kerry referred.

  ###    Regarding the ‘false flag’ concept it is worth pointing out that in 1962 when the US Joint Chiefs of Staff were looking for “pretexts which they consider would justify US military intervention in Cuba,”  they envisaged (amongst many other nefarious proposals) just such an operation as MH17 would be should it prove to be false flag.                                                                         In fact the whole paper (originally Top Secret but now declassified) is well worth a read as a text book or working manual for duplicitous and criminal operations on which the US has relied with some success on numerous occasions.               

And if that hard, indisputable, knock-down evidence of responsibility for the outrage is never provided, can it be assumed that the apologies for the lies and libels of those headlines will be as fulsome and grovelling as the propagandising and exploitation of the tragedy was egregiously offensive and inexcusable? 

17/7/15                                                                                                                                               The anniversary of the tragedy and acres of coverage of the few certain facts that are known plus much speculation, innuendo and Russophobic propaganda and yet not one sector of the mainstream western media to be found calling for America to make public the evidence that would apparently resolve all doubts as to responsibility.                               This is John Kerry speaking a year ago                                                                           20/7/14 in a morning interview on CNN.                                                                                           ‘We know because we observed it by imagery that at the moment of the shoot-down we detected a launch from that area and our trajectory shows that it went to the aircraft’                                                                                                      From 1.15                             20/7/14 in an interview on CBS Face the Nation.                                                                           ‘We know from our own imagery, we see that an SA11, which is what we have assessed this to be. The type of surface to air missile which because of the altitude, the plane was at 33,000 feet . . . . . there’s an enormous amount of evidence, even more evidence than I have just documented.’                                                     From 1.10                                       This is Kerry a few days ago                                                                                                 16/7/15                                                                                                                                                 ‘We support the work being done by the Joint Investigative Team and the Dutch Safety Board, for that reason, and we urge full cooperation by all in assisting their effort to uncover the full truth.’       

So according to Kerry the US has the imagery, they detected the launch and their trajectory showed that it went to the plane.                                                         A year later Kerry is urging full cooperation by all, and yet not one voice has been raised in the mainstream media calling for the US to put its surveillance information and radar tracking information in the public domain, as did the Russians, or make it available to the Joint Investigation Team.

Doesn’t that seem strange, and wouldn’t the US be rushing to do so if they did in fact hold the evidence referred to by Kerry? Or is it possible that Kerry, like so many American officials in the past, was deceiving his American public and the world?                                                                                                                                   Tried a letter detailing the above facts to several of our leading newspapers.   Not published of course – wouldn’t do to expose US hypocrisy on this and foreign affairs generally.

29/7/15                                                                                                                                         UN Security Council resolution calls for an international tribunal on MH17  Purely a theatrical political propaganda exercise of course and as clumsily constructed as these US led ventures usually are.                                                                                                         Making the most of her platform, the US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said that by vetoing the resolution Russia had attempted to deny justice to the victims and their families.                                                                                                                       At the same time as this little charade is being played out Wim De Bruin head of the JIT says that the team is currently investigating two scenarios:                                                   Whether MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile launched from somewhere in eastern Ukraine OR                                                                                                                                 Whether MH17 was shot down by a jet fighter with an air to air missile.                            Why still investigating after twelve months?                                                           According to John Kerry the US holds definitive evidence that would resolve the matter (see 17/7/15 above).                                                                                                                  Whether or not Kerry was lying when he made that claim a year ago we do know that US intelligence gathering activities are probably the best on earth and yet the US still refuses to publish a full intelligence community assessment of the incident.                                    The reasons why such critically important material should be made available at a time of increasing international tension seem obvious enough, but are perhaps best presented by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of retired American intelligence analysts who of all people are probably the best placed to assess the value of such material or perhaps speculate on the reason why it was not made available long ago.     

So who then is denying justice to the relatives of the 298 victims of the tragedy?                                                                                                                             Doesn’t the answer have to be the US government, and doesn’t that expose this little UN farce for what it is, just another example of American hypocrisy?                               We are told by the Guardian that Julie Bishop savaged Russia for vetoing UN tribunal proposal. ‘If Russia has nothing to hide, it should not have vetoed the resolution,’ she said. And should we not add ‘If America has nothing to hide,’ i.e. the involvement of its Kiev proxies, ‘it should be publishing its intelligence analysis in full as the Russians did immediately after the event.’

And while we are considering vetoes that ‘deny justice to the victims and their families’ should we not also have regard to those that impact on the Palestinians and their families.                                                                                                 For a list of the US Security Council vetoes that have enabled that rogue nation Israel to escape UN and world condemnation for its war crimes, human rights abuses and land grabs in Gaza see                                                                                                  1972-2004       2004-2011                                                                                                       For general comment see                                                               






















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Post E. Dirty Tricks In Ukraine – Play It Again Uncle Sam


‘It seems to me that I have heard that song before,
It’s from an old familiar score,
I know it well that melody.’
Popular Song 1942

As it is the view of many informed and respected observers that the current crisis has in it the seeds for a direct and armed confrontation between the USA and Russia (both nuclear powers) with all that that implies, it may be that there will be some who would be interested in an alternative timeline and perspective, and an opportunity to look behind the carefully crafted but false narrative presented by the White House and so cravenly followed by the ‘bullhorn propaganda machine’* of the western media.
Hopefully what follows will in some small part present that opportunity.
* John Kerry’s favourite phrase when referring to the Russia Today news service.

The tragic loss of MH17 and investigative developments since then are covered in a separate post.

My earlier Ukraine post covered developments only up to 24/6/14. Where any new sections have been inserted they are framed within ## at beginning and end.
Everything from 26/10/14 is new and the narrative has now been brought right up to date.

As I was reading and listening to the news from the Ukraine towards the end of 2013, long before the country erupted into extreme violence, I thought I detected the signs of something familiar in the pattern that was evolving there: the stench of something nasty in the woodshed, a faint whiff of the same pattern that we saw years ago in Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Uruguay . . .
The good old boys of the Neocon/CIA/School of Americas club playing the game they had played so well in Meso and South America (the region they contemptuously call their own backyard). De-stabilize, subvert and overthrow a legitimate government and substitute a right-wing puppet regime more amenable to American, and in the case of Ukraine, European Corporate interests – the ‘shock doctrine’ as it has been called.

‘But in Europe?’ I asked myself. ‘For the first time since Greece in 1964, and with all the risks involved?’
And so I settled down to do what so few people have the time or opportunity to do: to watch it play out in detail and have a good look behind the crude headlines, innuendo, half-truths, and downright lies to be found throughout the American media which uncritically accepts all the propaganda, rhetoric, and unsubstantiated allegations that form the diet of the State Department pronouncements and press briefings and which, by and large, is regurgitated in the echo chamber of the UK media.
As the events in Ukraine are still playing out with results that one can only guess at, these notes are still inevitably open-ended, but they might provide an informative corrective to the general impression created by the mainstream media for those who have the time and inclination to follow them through.

Notes on the Ukraine Affair

The Players:
Yanukovych – legitimate President. Democratically elected Feb 2010 in a presidential election judged free and fair by observers, and a ‘good guy’ for the West and USA until Nov 2013 when he became a ‘bad guy’ when he refused to play ball on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.
In much the same way Russia was ‘good Russia’ when it was weak for eight years under the Presidency of that drunken oaf Yeltsin. The years when he was serenaded by Bill Clinton on the saxophone, acceded to all that America asked of him and enriched himself at the same time as his gangster oligarch cronies plundered the assets of the state. It only became ‘bad Russia’ when it was stronger under Putin, and ceased to be quite so malleable.
Yanukovych was corrupt of course, but no more so than many of his EU or American counterparts.
Overthrown in Feb 2014 following the American instigated coup.
Victoria Nuland – Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
Married to Robert Kagan founder of PNAC and leading advocate of the concept of American exceptionalism see:
and buddy of
John McCain – extreme neocon and rabid Russophobe.
Oleh Tyahnybok – neo-Nazi, anti-semitic Svoboda party leader who met with
both Nuland and McCain.
The Svoboda far right party (see BBC News Magazine reference below)
which has links with extreme vigilante and anti-semitic groups received at least three high level cabinet posts in the interim government including deputy prime minister.See:       and    ##  ##
Arseniy Yatsenyuk – one of the leaders of Fatherland Party and PM following the coup
Geoffrey Pyatt – US Ambassador Ukraine
Vitaly Klitschko – ex-boxer politician
Yulia Tymoshenko – Another leader of the Fatherland Party and PM of Ukraine on two occasions the last ending March 2010. In Oct 2011 she was convicted of corruption and abuse of power and sentenced to 7 years in prison.
Released by her friends Feb 2014 after the ‘deselection’ of Yanukovych, she was at one time a contender for the Presidency.
She’s the darling of the West. See the BBC’s glowing profile of this ‘glamorous, fiery orator’ at:
and then listen to her in conversation with Deputy Nestor Shufrich at
in which her solution to the 8 million Russian speakers in the Eastern Ukraine is to ‘kill them with nuclear weapons,’ or to ‘take an assault rifle and shoot this scumbag in the forehead,’ or ‘look we must take up our arms and kill these goddamn Russkies and their leader.’
She has reportedly acknowledged the conversation – its authenticity has certainly not been challenged.
Very revealing of the thinking of the people who are now in charge.

Background to the Ukrainian Crisis
In flagrant violation of the Reagan-Gorbachev agreement of 1987, Washington and the European countries have systematically expanded NATO into Eastern Europe and the Baltic states and established military bases on Russia’s borders in pursuance of the old cold war policy of containment. See:                                                                                     It’s a long article, but an excellent analysis.
##There is also an informed piece in the American magazine The Nation. See:              ##                   The author is a professor emeritus at New York and Princeton Universities whose special field is Russia and the former Soviet Union.
And yet in the ‘through the looking glass world’ in which America operates its foreign policy, and enthusiastically sponsored by John McCain amongst others, we now have the US administration introducing the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014. Comment at: and
This attitude evoked the little cartoon below which sets out the reality of the situation nicely.

Ukraine Timeline
A Kiev Post article entitled “Ukraine Hopes to Get $1.5 Billion from IMF in June” states that the loan is dependent on pension cuts while “maintaining cooperation with the IMF, since it influences the country’s interaction with other international financial institutions and private investors” and further that the “attraction of $850 million from the World Bank in 2011, depended on cooperation with the IMF.” See:
Well, that about says it all: if Ukraine played ball, then the loan money would pour in, subject of course to ‘cooperation’ with the IMF and World Bank with all the financial and economic subjugation that that entails. rising unemployment especially among the young, cuts to pensions, increased homelessness, wages stagnating or cut, public expenditure especially on social services savaged, a general mood of insecurity and hopelessness in a newly created strata of urban poor. Ask the people of Greece, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and considered in more detail in Post A.                                                                                              21/11/13                                                                                                                             President Yanukovych embarrasses the European Union and infuriates the US by rejecting its Agreement in favour of joining Russia’s Common Union with other Commonwealth Independent States. See:

27/11/13                                                                                                                                 Putin’s proposals for tripartite consultations between Ukraine, EU and Russia are ignored.    and

The CIA/State Department proceeds to organise its response, and put the boot in.
Following her meetings with Yanukovych and the neo-nazis who oppose him, Victoria Nuland hands out cookies to protesters on the Maidan during one of her several trips to the Ukraine. See:
She is followed by John McCain who addresses the crowd at:
##  Isn’t he a treasure?                                                                                                                      “The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you.’                                         And he’s so full of loving self-regard he can’t see how ludicrously bathetic that final phrase is. ##

Nuland reports to the US-Ukraine Foundation on her ‘third trip in five weeks’ to the Ukraine.
As if intent on providing incontrovertible evidence of deep US involvement in Ukraine, Assistant US Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Victoria Nuland proudly told a meeting of the International Business Conference sponsored by the US-Ukrainian Foundation (and by ExonMobil and Chevron) that the US had ‘invested’ more than $5 billion and ‘five years worth of work and preparation” in achieving what she called Ukraine’s ‘European aspirations.”
(i.e. Priming the pump for the US transnational corporations to go in and plunder following the standard IMF/World Bank game plan.) See
Having boasted to her audience of her ‘coordinated high level diplomacy’ Nuland talks of more than two hours ‘tough conversation’ with Yanukovych.
Already celebrated for her abrasive tone and manner as former Secretary Clinton’s State Department Spokesperson, she lays down the law making it “absolutely clear” to Yanukovych that the US required “immediate steps” to “get back into conversation with Europe and the IMF.”
That is (to the President of a sovereign country),                                                                      you do as we tell you boy – or else.
And as the President’s loyal lieutenant she is also so well versed in all the cant, claptrap and hypocrisy that the US churns out when they are about to engage in a particularly dirty and duplicitous bit of business.
“that great country – principles and values that are corner-stones of all free democracies – justice – civil rights – a government that respects them, that listens to them, that protect them and provides for them – we stand with the people of Ukraine in their search for justice, human dignities, security, a return to economic health                                         Well Chile, Guatemala, Uruguay, Iraq etc, etc know all about those values don’t they?

While Western media have consistently portrayed Yanukovych as a ‘weak’ leader, it would seem from Nuland’s description of a ‘tough’ meeting that he in fact resisted her threats and intimidation. And then in what must have been a touching moment for her audience, Nuland refers to events on 10th Dec when in the ‘wee hours’ there was an appalling show of force by riot police using bulldozers and tear gas on Maidan demonstrators as they ‘sang hymns and prayed for peace’.                                                                                                           (In fact a pop concert continued uninterrupted on one side of the square)                                       What Nuland did not reveal on December 13 was that her meetings with ‘key Ukrainian stakeholders’ included neo-Nazi Svoboda party leader Oleh Tyahnybok and prime minister wannabe Arsenly Yatsenyuk of the Fatherland Party.                                                                          At about the same time as Nuland was wooing other fascist extremists, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Chris Murphy were sharing the stage in Kiev with Tyahnybok offering their support and opposition to the sitting government.     See:                                                          Take a look at their smiling faces as they stand at the shoulders of McCain and Nuland. Just the sort of chaps you’d like to take home for tea with mother aren’t they?

The Svoboda party which has roots with extreme vigilante and anti semitic groups was rewarded with at least three high level cabinet posts in the interim government including deputy prime minister. So we now have the progenies of west Ukraine’s historic neo-fascist thugs, the collaborators who fought and slaughtered alongside Hitler’s troops, aligned with the United States as represented by Victoria Nuland.                                           America, as ever, always very keen to support the fascist cause. (See Post A.)           22/12/13                                                                                                                                              ##  Russian proposals for a tripartite conference (Russia, Ukraine and EU) to alleviate tensions and seek out a compromise solution was accepted by Kiev but rejected by EU    and                                ##
For the first time following ten weeks of peaceful protests (and hot on the heels of the meetings of Nuland, McCain and Murphy with the fascists – coincidence?) violence erupts on the Maidan. See:
There is an interesting analysis of the descent into violence, and comment on how uncritical and undiscerning most of the media has been of the far-right parties and movements that were operating and the fact that the Americans were happy to be in bed with them at:  ##  ##
Ukraine PM resigns.
Victoria Nuland (Asst Sec State Europe) in conversation with Geoffrey Pyatt US Ambassador to the Ukraine
This is the ‘Fuck the EU’ phone call of which the expletive was just about the only element extensively reported in the Western and US Media.
It dealt with Pres Yanukovich’s offer to make Arseniy Yatsenyuk the new PM and Vitaly Klitschko deputy PM.
Nuland: I don’t think Klitschko should go into government, it’s not a good idea (She believes Yatsenyuk should d be in charge and Klitschko would not get along with him) It’s just not going to work.
Pyatt: I think we’re in play here ???. . . . Let Klitschko stay out and do his homework.

What we have here is two US officials expressing their contempt for their EU colleagues and the democratic process and strategising (‘we’re in play’) how to construct the government they want in another sovereign country once they have effected the overthrow of the legitimate one.
It’s the old game then, the one that played out so effectively in America’s ‘backyard’ south of the border.
Nuland acknowledges the accuracy of the conversation calling it ‘a neat bit of tradecraft.’
Huge crowds gather for 10th weekly protests on Maidan
A Judge who had previously handled a case concerning rioters is shot dead by unknown assailants. Guaranteed to further destabilise the situation whatever other motive there may have been.
Hooded and helmeted protesters in violent riots – fires – govt buildings occupied – Molotov cocktails used against police – 3 police officers killed 2 from gunshot wounds – 7 civilians die – tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon used in attempt to restore order
Central Kiev now a war zone. Over recent days 60 dead and 500+ injured. Armed rioters in body armour and helmets using Molotov cocktails, pellet guns, iron batons, pistols and hand guns – police use live rounds to defend themselves – snipers shoot and injure police – Protesters shot and injured by snipers
12 videos showing true scale of Kiev and Ukraine mayhem.
21/2/14                                                                                                                       ##Yanukovich agrees to form new government and hold early elections.                                                                                                              Signatories to agreement included Tyahnybok, Yatsenyuk and Klitschko all of who immediately disregarded it, and                                                                                    22/2/14 initiate the coup and free Tymoshenko who immediately incites crowds to continue protests:  ##                                                           22/2/14                                                                                                                         Yanukovich flees the country                                                                                        23/2/14
Anonymous Ukraine hackers release a series of emails from a Lithuanian government adviser to opposition leader and former boxer Vitaly Klitschko regarding plans to destabilize Ukraine; for example:
7/12/13 “Our American friends promise to pay a visit in the coming days, we may even see Nuland or someone from the Congress.”
14/12/13 “Your colleague has arrived … his services may be required even after the country is destabilized.”
9/1/14 “I think we’ve paved the way for more radical escalation of the situation. Isn’t it time to proceed with more decisive action?”
‘Radical escalation’ and ‘more decisive action’ is proposed – and just ten days later the Maidan erupted into violence. See:
The authenticity of the exchange has not been challenged.

Much had been made in the western press of the ‘Yanukovich snipers’ shooting down unarmed innocent protesters on 20/2, with graphic images of ‘peaceful protesters’ dragging themselves away from the shooting. Then on
Estonian Foreign Minister Paet who has just returned from Kiev phones Catherine Ashton re snipers in the Maidan.
He is already making the point that people in the east, seeing what is going on in Kiev are indicating that they wish for their independence too from the incoming Kiev crowd.
Paet: There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers it was not Yanukovich, but somebody from the new coalition.
Ashton: I think we do want to investigate**. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting. Gosh.
(** ‘Interesting’ and ‘gosh’ This is the Baroness Ashton who is being paid an extra £400,000 over three years (see Post A.) just to continue doing her job until the end of her contracted term, and this is the best she can do when faced with evidence of precisely the sort of false flag operation that the CIA employed to such effect In . . . well I don’t need to list them do I?  And she never did do anything about an investigation.)
Paet: And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets] told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides.
Ashton: Well yeah . . . that’s terrible. (She’s so cut up about it isn’t she?)
Paet: So that she then also showed me some photos she said that as a medical doctor she can say that it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition . . . that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened.

Paet also refers to an MP being beaten up in front of Parliament Buildings by the armed men on the streets.                                                                                                                   Violence, shootings, false flag operations, beating up of lawmakers, assassination of judges: all standard procedures for the far right. Employed to great effect by the Nazis in thirties – and before and since of course.   See:
The run-in contains some pretty graphic and disturbing images. If you want to dodge them the relevant exchange starts at 8.20 in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ## For a couple of days images of ‘peaceful’ protesters  being shot down and killed filled the TV screens and the pages of the press and there was never any doubt where to point the finger of blame.                                                                                                                                 These were Yanukovytch snipers slaughtering their fellow countrymen in a desperate bid to prop up the old corrupt regime.                                                                                                     In the event as the Paet/Ashton conversation and subsequent developments showed the truth was very different.

Following an international outcry an internal investigation was set up by the new and illegal regime, but eventually found to be so flawed that it was thoroughly rubbished by the EU Council as failing to satisfy the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights.                                                                                                        which condemns Kiev internal ‘investigation’ alleging lack of cooperation and obstruction by the Interior Ministry                                                                                                                                                Not that the Council’s report is itself beyond criticism. See:                           

There had however been a second investigation in May 2014 under the supervision of Gennady Moskal, a pro-opposition M.P. who had been very critical of the Ukrainian Berkut police force and might be expected to cut them very little slack.                                 His conclusion on the specific issue raised by Paet was that the bullets found did not fit Berkut commando weapons and that the Yanukovych police were not to blame for the killings.                                                                                                                                            I have been unable to trace any reference to this in the mainstream media of the time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Almost a year later the truth at last begins to seep out. See 13/2/15 below ##

Members of a regional parliament in Ukraine are given a taste of the new ‘Democracy’ in action when they are forced to hold their session and sign bills at gunpoint by member of extreme right-wing faction.
Yanukovich says he is still President and fled the country because of threats to his life and family.
Russian upper house of parliament approves a request by Putin to use military power in Ukraine (But see 24 June below)

1/3/14                                                                                                                                      ##Pro-Russian protest begin in the eastern regions: violence/occupation of state buildings/attacks of pro-maidan supporters in east. ##

2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine.png 3/3/14
John Kerry adds to the gaiety of nations and greatly enhances his reputation as the world’s diplomatic buffoon when he tells Russia ‘you don’t invade a country on completely phony pretexts just to assert your own interests.’
Videos of far right in action
In his first public reaction to the crisis, Putin says his country reserves the right to use all means to protect its citizens in eastern Ukraine.
John Kerry rejects an offer of talks with Putin on the Ukrainian crisis.             

##  The Crimea referendum.                                                                                            Crimea: part of Russia from 1783 until transferred** to the Ukraine by Khrushchev in 1954. Over 58% ethnic Russians; over 90% using Russian as main language; an autonomous region which under the constitution of 1992 had briefly its own President and foreign policy; home of the major naval bases for the Russian Black Sea Fleet.                         ** It is maintained by many that this was done illegally and the matter is still the subject of some debate. See                                                                           and others at                                                                       

The March referendum was rubbished by one side
and equally endorsed by the other
with the Kosovo unilateral declaration of independence cited in support.
Putting aside what would inevitably be a sterile debate on these issues, was the American assessment of the Geo-political implications involved so naive that they imagined the Russians would have stood idly by (with or without any action on the part of the people of Crimea) while the US-led NATO alliance took Crimea over, seized Russia’s deep water harbour for its Black See Fleet and dumped yet another hostile military base on Russia’s doorstep?
Compare the US reaction re Cuban crisis, or envisage Russia sending diplomatic representatives to destabilise Mexico and dump a hostile military base on America’s doorstep.
The stupidity of their action with its potential for utter disaster beggars belief.

At the time of the Crimea referendum much was made of what was described as a Russian ‘invasion’ of Crimea.                                                                                                    Ask then: when was that? What date and day? What evidence is there of such an invasion, and your questions will be answered by silence.                           There never was an invasion because none was needed for Russia to have troops on the ground in Crimea under an internationally recognised treaty.                                                       When the USSR came to an end Russia and Ukraine signed a lease agreement in 1991 which governed the existence of Russian military forces in Crimea. This was updated 2009 and 2011.                                                                                                                                           Under the terms of the agreement Russia was allowed to maintain up to 25,000 troops, 24 artillery systems, 132 armoured vehicles, and 22 military planes on the Crimean peninsula.

Following the American engineered coup in February 2014 constitutional authority in the Ukraine collapsed – Russia should perhaps have given Kiev a phone call before moving troops within Crimea, but at the time there was no legitimate authority in Kiev. Who was Russia to call?                                                                                                        The government in Ukraine is still illegal – those now in post represent only about 30% of the former parliament. And most of those represent ideologies we thought had gone out with the Nazis. Read their manifestos – they post in English.  They’re proud of their creed, their intolerance, their racism, but they are the creatures of the CIA and the White House and so the west never exposes them as they could.

The coup was expected to capture the whole of Ukraine – bloodlessly. It failed#, they didn’t get Crimea, and Chevron/ExonMobil co-sponsors of the International Business Conference addressed by Nuland 13/12/13 were furious because they lost the deep water reserves in the Black Sea estimated to be worth trillions of dollars, and without Crimea they couldn’t get them.                                                                                                                #Were the American intelligence assessments really so naive and inept that they seriously believed it could succeed?

American foreign policy now is driven entirely by the neocons. Their objective is hegemony and ‘full spectrum dominance’ and any state that offers resistance can expect to be trashed.  ##
Putin signs treaty absorbing Crimea into Russia.
Ukraine’s presidential race begins with Yulia Tymoshenko (that must have given the Russians in the east a lot of confidence) and billionaire confectionery tycoon Petro Proshenko registering.
Russian troops partly withdraw from Ukrainian border in the south following talks between Russia’s foreign minister and his US counterpart.

Head of CIA John Brennan visits Kiev
Ukraine sends its army in against## . . . I was going to write ‘its own people for the first time,’ but it wasn’t its own people was it? It was those ‘goddamn Russkies,’ whose grandparents the Ukrainian Nazi collaborators hadn’t quite been able to eliminate in 1941-44.                                                                                                                                                       ##Search Google under ‘Ukraine sends army’  from 12/4/14 to 15/4/14 or click      

Doesn’t anyone in the west have any understanding of the cultural, ideological and historical factors at work out there?                                                                                              Just coincidence of course that this violence erupts immediately following Brennan’s visit.                                                                                                                            What is for sure is that the White House spokesman simply refused to respond to a question on those lines.                                                                        

Yanukovych was criticised because his police ‘roughed up people’ but when the Kiev crew turn the military on the ethnic Russians in the east there’s scarcely a word of protest, or we are told they were provoked – much as Israel is provoked by the Palestinian’s opposition to the military occupation they endure.                          And now the Kiev crew are using all the military hardware available to them killing ethnic Russians in the east. It started a day after a visit from the CIA chief.

24/4/14                                                                                                                                        Putin says deployment of military in east Ukraine by the Kiev regime is a crime that will ‘have consequence.’ The Russian army starts new exercises on the border with Ukraine.

2/5/14                                                                                                                                         The Odessa Massacre  Now transferred to post J


The openly Nazi Svoboda party which was rewarded for its violent part in the coup with six major cabinet posts including security chief, sets out its programme in its party newspaper
It calls for the country’s restoration as a tactical missile and nuclear arsenal state (VII para 9) and for an ‘Appeal to the General Assembly and the UN Security Council demanding statements to evaluate the possibility of pre-emptive nuclear strikes without declaring war.’ (VII para 8).
And the neo-nazis are paying regular reconnaissance visits to nuclear power stations. See:
It also throws some interesting light on the backgrounds of those now in power in the Ukraine.

Right wing neo-nazis, criminals and murderers; these people are the sort the CIA boys from the School of the Americas are used to working with from their experience in Meso and South America. Their grandparents were men like Bandera who collaborated with the Nazis in WW2 and are lauded by the present crowd in office.
Men who alongside the Nazis took part in mass killings of civilians and punitive operations against partisans in Belarus and Ukraine.
Just the sort of chaps we’d be happy to have running ‘a tactical missile and nuclear arsenal state.’
In a surprise announcement, Putin calls for the separatists’ independence referendums to be pushed back and endorses Ukraine’s planned presidential election.
Putin orders troop withdrawals from the Ukrainian border following the ‘completion of spring military training programme.’ He also appeals for an end to military operations and violence by the Ukrainian government.
Putin says Russia will respect the results of Ukraine’s upcoming election.
Poroshenko elected President.
22/6/14                                                                                                                                                  Putin makes public announcement supporting Poroshenko’s plans for a ceasefire and calls for a ‘substantial and detailed’ dialogue between Ukraine and the pro-Russian groups. The proposal is ignored.                                                                                                                                                                 24/6/14                                                                                                                                            Putin asks the upper house to rescind its 1/3/14 resolution allowing the deployment of armed forces in the Ukraine.

Kiev’s bloody campaign against the pro-Russian east continued unabated, however, with articles and videos aplenty online for those who care to look for them while the western media looked the other way.

The following sections were written when one of my correspondents expressed the opinion:
‘Putin is a thug and is playing a nasty game there, with a band of trigger-happy thugs who brought an airliner down**, probably by mistake. You seem to think this is a delusion and other more sinister forces are work.’                                                                                          ** Covered fully in Post F.

‘Putin is a thug and playing a nasty game.’ Well perhaps he is, and if so he would have no difficulty in selecting his role model from any five or six from the post war American presidency (see Post A for their unsavoury record), so I suppose when you’re playing with the big boys of thuggery a little thuggery in return might seem appropriate, especially when America seems to be bent on the creation of a neo-Nazi puppet state on Russia’s doorstep.
I suppose too that thuggery is as thuggery does, and I’m not certain what particular Russian actions outside the Ukraine, if any, my correspondent may have had in mind. But if the Ukraine is intended, or what, in the perverse distortion of language that the Americans specialise in, is called Russian aggression, then I would say that by and large my answer is in what I have written above and that little nineteenth century refrain from La Menagerie:
“Cet animal est tres mechant: Quand on l’attaque il se defend.”

Or I might ask, vis-a-vis aggressive expansion/invasion/hegemonic intentions and the Russian/American equation:
How many interventions military or otherwise (for instance financial via the operations of the USA dominance of such financial institutions as the World Bank and the IMF) has either made in the affairs of other countries in the 25 years since the fall of the Soviet Union?                                                                                                                                                   I’m afraid I haven’t researched a detailed answer here, but I suspect there might be an imbalance.
How many military bases do each of them have beyond their own borders?                           In this case the Pentagon itself provides an answer for the US as of 2008. America has 761 active military bases world-wide in 39 countries. I haven’t researched the figures for Russia but suspect that they might be rather less.

‘A band of gun-toting thugs’ would presumably be the 8 or 9 million ethnic Russians in the East referred to so affectionately by Tymoshenko (see list of ‘players’ above). The people whose grandparents were murdered by the grandparents of the pro-Nazi Junta now installed by the Americans. The people who unsurprisingly decided to opt out of more of the same and elected to leave the Ukraine. The people against whom the Kiev regime turned the full force of the Ukrainian army and the armed thugs of Right Faction to such destructive effect that there are allegations of war crimes, and a humanitarian crisis.

It’s the old familiar story isn’t it? Wherever Uncle Sam lends a helping hand the legacy is dissention, conflict, bloodshed and impoverishment for the people at large, while a select few end up filthy rich.

## Everything from here-on is new                                                                                                    11/6/14                                                                                                                                          The Telegraph runs an extended piece on the Azov battalion, the Neo-Nazi brigade fighting the pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine.                                                                         Such volunteer paramilitaries ‘should send a shiver down Europe’s spine . . . officially they are under the control of the interior ministry but their financing is murky** their training inadequate and their ideology often alarming.’                                                                     **Ihor Kolomoyski referred to below runs his own private army.                                          August 2014                                                                                                                                Outrage erupts in the West (Google search under ‘russian convoy ukraine’) as Putin shamelessly sends humanitarian aid convoys into Ukraine to help feed and support the people of the Donbass who are being shelled, bombed, starved and deprived of clean drinking water and basic necessities by the man who purports to be their President.           There is much innuendo concerning the suspicious contents of the white trucks.                     Then finally the startling truth is revealed by Shaun Walker of The Guardian tucked away at the bottom of the final column on page 3.                                                                                         “men . . . offered to open any of the trucks picked at random . . . scrambled to untie cords . . . on trucks chosen by Guardian and other journalists . . . inside buckwheat and sleeping bags.’                                         

26/10/14                                                                                                                           Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine                                                                                     Local election watchdogs, international observers, the European Union and Russia cited no serious election violations and were generally pleased with the elections.

But this was a democratic election US style prior to which the following had taken place:     The Party of Regions had received over 40% of the vote in 2012 elections. On 24/2/14, however, a draft bill initiating its banning was introduced in Ukraine’s parliament,                                                                                                            but was never in fact implemented as the party broke up and the final rump refused to take part in 2014 deeming the election lacking in legitimacy as the residents of the Donbass could not vote.                                                                                                                                   The Communist Party which had received 13% of the vote in 2012 was banned on 24/7/14 and its parliamentary delegation dissolved.                                                                The Russian Bloc, a minor party, was banned 13/5/14                                                            As a further measure to fix the final outcome a Lustration Bill had been signed into law by Poroshenko on 16/9/14 under which MPs who worked under Viktor Yanukovich would be forced to leave the parliament and would be permanently banned from occupying seats.

With all other lustration provisions introduced in E Europe on the transition from communism it was generally recognised that collaboration with the old regime did not constitute a crime and criminal prosecution was not proposed.                                     Uniquely the Ukrainian provision does just that – links lustration to criminal prosecution. For extended comment see:                                                                                   A series of prosecutions followed as did a spate of apparent ‘suicides’ of former supporters of Yanukovich.                                                                                                          26/1/15 Nikolai Sergienko reportedly shot himself with a hunting rifle. No suicide note was found.                                                                                                                                      29/1/15 Aleksey Kolesnik of the now-banned Party of Regions supposedly hanged himself. There was no suicide note.                                                                                         25/2/15 Sergey Valter ex Party of Regions found hanged hours before his trial on ‘abuse of office.’ No suicide note.                                                                                                          26/2/15  Aleksandr Bordyuga, Valter’s lawyer and former deputy chief of police was found dead in his garage: reportedly a suicide.                                                                      28/2/15 Mikhail Chechetov reportedly jumped from the window of his 17th floor apartment in Kiev having left a suicide note.                                                                          14/3/15 Sergey Melnichuk a Party of Regions loyalist ‘fell’ from the 9th floor window of his Odessa apartment.                                                                                                                        9/3/15 Stanislav Milnik was found dead of gunshot wounds having reportedly left a suicide note.                                                                                                                                    12/3/15 Oleksandr Peklushenko was found in his house dead of gunshot wounds.                                                                                               and part III of                                                                                                                                                               15/4/15 Oleg Kalashnikov Ukraine ally of ex-Pres Yanukovych found shot dead                                                                            16/4/15 Oles Buzyna Pro-Russia journalist shot dead in Kiev                                              And within a day or so Sergey Sukhobok another journalist opposed to the current regime was killed – further details not known at time of writing.

By and large the western media was shamefully silent on all of this or mentioned it only in passing. Not until 20/4/15 did a western newspaper have the courage to report what exactly was happening when the Italian La Repubblica ran the headline                            Political Murders in Kiev.                                                                                       and                                                                                

13/1/15  BUS SHELLING**                                                                                                            Eleven people died, 13 injured in eastern Donetsk region. Russian backed insurgents immediately blamed                                                                                                                                                                                           Kiev’s narrative was quickly backed by Washington.The bus shelling became “the latest egregious violation of the commitments made by the Russia-backed separatists,”                                 An independent investigation of the incident by the OSCE concluded that it was impossible to assign blame to either side.                                                                                                                                          22/1/15  BUS SHELLING**                                                                                                       7 killed in eastern Ukraine.                Ever ready to open his mouth before engaging his brain PM Yatsenyuk, called it “a terrible act against humanity” committed by “Russian terrorists”. Seemingly they are now killing themselves.                                               At the scene monitors from OSCE noted that the shell was fired from a NE direction suggesting it could have come from Ukrainian positions near Donetsk airport.                                                   22/1/15                                                                                                                                                Ms Psaki declined to comment on this one other than to say that they would await the OSCE investigation. ‘We d don’t have information on the specifics here’ . . . not that that has stopped them in the past.                                                             22/1/15                                                                                                                                          No OSCE investigation seems to have been carried out                         and                                                                                           ** Kiev and/or White House always ready with an immediate accusation (as with MH17) based on little or no hard evidence but astonishingly reluctant to acknowledge their haste when it proves to be wrong.

The following is a perfect example of the idiocy of accepting any ‘information’ from Ukrainian sources:                                      

KIEV’S NEO-NAZI ELEMENTS                                                                                  24/1/15    Fascist Neo-Nazis Control Kiev                                                                                                       Other Neo-Nazi links                                                                                                       and                                                                                                           

3/2/15                                                                                                                                        Even Obama now admits that Washington was behind the Ukraine coup. “We brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine,” which being translated from political jargon means that the US in conjunction with fascist and neo-Nazi Ukrainian elements overthrew a legitimate regime by means of subversion and lethal violence.

8/2/15                                                                                                                                 Watched a number of clips of the last few weeks fighting in the east. A full scale assault on civilians as well as separatist troops. Use of cluster bombs (confirmed by international observers) and targeting of civilian areas.                                                                                    Apart from Kiev’s fascist fighters the civilians being killed here are almost without exception ethnic Russians and so the slaughter warrants virtually no detailed coverage by the western media.                                                                                                                   See the three videos in Post D, and picture the contrast in treatment had this taken place in Kiev or one of the western cities.                                                                                                     And inevitably Kerry in Kiev plus McCain in US are enthusiastically pushing for more arms for Ukraine.                                                                                                                                     13/2/15                                                                                                                                    Minsk Agreement on Ukraine                                                                                           This was not received with unalloyed joy in the UK press which by and large followed the White House party line.                                                                                                                 ‘One-sided Minsk deal on Ukraine asks nothing of Putin’ Telegraph                                                                                                                                      ‘Ukraine peace deal looks fragile in the extreme’ Guardian                                                   With a typical bit of Putin-bashing in the reporting                                                                                                                                     There are other who feel that all of the risks of the agreement are imposed on the break-away republics and on Putin.                                  updated at                                                                                                                                            Sanctions are being lined up for imposition against Russia should the agreement be broken by the separatists, should Kiev breach the agreement however it can apparently do so with impunity.                                                                                                                                  See Psaki’s response at White House briefing                                                 Search under “the Administration has made clear . . . “ and the rest follows.                        We are also informed that for the past 6 months Kiev has implemented the earlier Minsk protocol (you could have fooled me) and Russia has not.                                                               13/2/15                                                                                                                                      More on the Maidan Snipers                                                                                          Much was made in the western press of the ‘Yanukovich snipers’ shooting down unarmed innocent protesters during the Maidan protests – see 25/2/14 above.                                Now at last the truth is beginning to leak out with even the BBC giving it some grudging acknowledgement. See:                                                                                                                     and                                                                            By the press at large though the truth seems to have been ignored.                        See online search ‘maidan snipers’ for week ended 13/2/15.                                                                                                                          It’s the standard propaganda model. Flood the media with hostile anti-Russian, anti-Putin propaganda on the basis of what is little more than social media gossip and unreliable ‘briefings’ from the boys in Kiev, but ignore the truth as it slowly seeps out many months later – see also MH17 Post F.

A German TV Investigation lays blame squarely on the US supported protesters          there are subtitles           AND                and for good measure the Reuters report                                                                                                       There is another interesting analysis of the events leading up to the shooting at:                                                                      The upshot at the end of the day is bloodshed, death, confusion, obfuscation, lies and cover-up: all strictly in accordance with the CIA ‘Have Yourself a Very Merry Coup’ handbook as applied with such success in Meso/South America.                                               Yet on 21/2/15, more than 12 months after the event, and in the face of all the evidence Poroshenko comes up with further lies:                                                                                             The Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov led the organisation of groups of foreign snipers on the Maidan”.                                                                                                                     Mr Poroshenko said on Friday that phone records obtained by Ukrainian state security showed a direct Russian state role in the shootings. Those records, he said, revealed “conversations” between Yanukovych and Russian state security officials. “They prepared for the shooting together, in advance,” he said.                                                                         “Just a few days ago, the head of state security told me that, in questioning, special forces operatives gave evidence that the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov led the organisation of groups of foreign snipers on the Maidan,” Poroshenko said, according to his website.                                                                                          and                                                                                                                       As one frustrated American political observer said after asking but failing to be provided with, any hard evidence for US allegations that there were Russian tanks in E Ukraine, that there had been a Russian ‘invasion’, or of the MH17 and Maidan snipers allegations.     “Where is the evidence, where is the evidence, where is the fucking evidence?”                   14/2/15                                                                                                                                ‘Ukraine ultra-nationalist leader rejects Minsk peace deal, vows to continue war.’                                                   16/2/15                                                                                                                                     Some realistic dissenting voices in US against Ukraine escalation   16/2/15                                                                                                                                   Within the EU Nuland is now regarded as the problem (as she started it all that makes sense) and is described as ‘America’s Riot Diplomat.’       and

Poroshenko – Ukraine’s ‘all-wise’ leader and strategist                                  27/4/14                                                                                                                                            From the start of 2015 all Ukrainians will have the right to visit EU countries without a visa. They can’t – the EU won’t wear it.                                                                                25/5/14                                                                                                                                 Says that his first visit as President will be Donbass, to speak with the people of Donbass. A few days later he proclaims that the Donetsk People’s Republic will be classified as a ‘terrorist organisation worldwide.’  It wasn’t.                                                                      26/5/14                                                                                                                                        “The anti-terrorist operation cannot and should not last two or three months. It should and will last hours.” This was a few weeks after sending his armed forces into the Donbass in an operation that is still ongoing 12 months later.                                                                                                                 25/9/14                                                                                                                                          ”There will be no peacekeeping contingents. No Peacekeeping contingents will ever be deployed on the territory of Ukraine”                                                                                             November ’14    To a private assembly issues threats of criminal persecution against the people of the Donbass (See bottom Post D) but is too thick to realise that in a world where cameras are ubiquitous he will be recorded and his words posted on the internet.    19/2/15                                                                                                                              Poroshenko has called for peacekeepers to be deployed to eastern Ukraine to enforce ceasefire.                                                                                                                                                               20/2/15                                                                                                                         Poroshenko now shows himself to be completely delusional. He describes the defeated troops returning from his military disaster at Debaltseve as ‘returning heroes’ and of an ‘overwhelmingly successful operation’ that ‘demonstrated the strength of the Ukrainian army.’  He denies that there was any siege.                                                                                                                                                                                                     4/6/15                                                                                                                                 Poroshenko:                                                                                                                                       9,000 Russian troops are operating in Ukraine                  30/6/15                                                                                                                                   Poroshenko in interview with Corriere della Sera,                                                                     “At Putin’s orders, 200,000 troops have amassed on our territory along with an arsenal of tanks, sophisticated missile-launching systems and surface-to-air rockets. Like the one that shot down the Malaysian civilian jet last year”.                                                                              That’s some stealth army, 191,000 Russian troops crossed the border in 26 days and yet no one apart from Poroshenko saw them. Not NATO, not the OSCE observers stationed on the border nor any surveillance or intelligence service.’                                                          How can anyone, even the Americans whose placeman he is, take this man seriously?

 20/2/15 Ukraine – A 12 Month Retrospective                                                                      1 year ago what was wrong with Ukraine? It hadn’t the most efficient economy but it had some growth.        Was it run by corrupt oligarchs – yes.                                                              Then there was the USA’s orchestrated coup in February and now it’s run by another corrupt oligarch:  Poroshenko the ‘Chocolate King’ who’s on the Forbes rich list of billionaires.       But this is a western corrupt oligarch – a good oligarch.                                 And now?                                                                                                                                   15% fall in GDP                                                                                                                                                                    2%- rate of inflation has jumped to 28%                                                         The currency is in free fall                                                                                                                                                                                         The average monthly wage for workers has fallen to less than $60                                                                                                           For local comment see:                                                                                                                                     IMF ‘aid’ package requires gas price to consumers to increase by 280%      and                 

and the plundering of national resources is already well in hand with Monsanto, DuPont and Ukrainian oligarchs leading the charge                                                                                                                             For Ukrainian democracy in action see brawl and fight sequences at:                       And for corruptions see:                                                                                                                                     24/2/15                                                                                                                              Poroshenko vows to regain and build ‘a new Crimea.’                                                                   A statement calculated to increase tension just at a time when there is some prospect of a negotiated peace.                                                                   For which he obtains arms from the UAE – another useful step towards destabilising Ukraine further, avoiding negotiation as a solution and scuppering the Minsk peace project.                                                                                                                                          “Ukraine, which has repeatedly pleaded for the west to supply advanced weaponry to help it defend against Russian-backed separatists in breakaway eastern regions, claims to have reached an arms sale agreement with the United Arab Emirates.”                     In a Facebook posting  Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s interior minister, wrote:                                                                                                                                                        “It is worth noting the fact that the Arabs, in contrast to the Europeans and Americans, do not fear threats made by Putin that a third world war will unravel in the case that arms and military technology is supplied to Ukraine.”                        Questions:                                                                                                                                         1. Where do these arms come from? The UAE has no arms manufacturing industry to speak of                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is however the second largest importer of arms in the world                                                                                   with arms imported from the USA in 2013 to the value of $3,702,000,000                   2. Who pays for them? The Ukraine economy is busted (see above) and its currency reserves negligible. See:                                                                                                                                                                                     Is the US doing what it has done in so many other instances: supplying and financing the deal covertly: the Contra scandal comes to mind.

26/2/15                                                                                                                                       Kiev Suppression and Censorship of Adverse and Critical Reporting              Two RT journalist expelled for filming a Right Sector Rally                                                   The western media makes little or no attempt to report this sort of thing. It would destroy the illusion of the ‘democratic peace-loving’ state created by Nuland et al.                             See below from 15.45 in for earlier instances                                                                                OSCE Condemns Restrictive Methods on Russian Journalists        and                                                                                                                        5/3/15  The US proposes to deploy a battalion to the Ukraine by the end of the week.                                                                            A move calculated to do yet more damage to the peace process especially after Nuland’s lies, propaganda and unsubstantiated allegations at yesterdays briefing                             and                       and                                                                                      Not a shred of evidence produced to support any of Nuland’s allegations which are presented to Congress and the US public as established facts.                                                    A well referenced response to this is to be found at:                                                                                                                     For an independent US journalist’s comment on this see:   

 Watched the 2009 documentary on Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (Vietnam) last night, and to be fair to Nuland she is doing no more than her masters taught her. The documentary shows Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon all lying to the American people on matters of national importance, and on Vietnam in particular.                       The truth was revealed to America by the New York Times and the Washington Post in the days when those papers were decent independent and investigating organisations and not creatures of corporate America or, in case of the New York Times, Murdoch.                             And post-Vietnam came the lies of Reagan (contras), Clinton (never had sexual etc), Bush (Iraq and torture), and Obama “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”                                                                                                     This is all standard neocon strategy. Plato’s ‘noble lie’ repeated ad nauseam, and with no contrary voices to oppose it is simply accepted.                                                                     Nuland makes no mention of the fact that the OSCE report no instances of Russian military crossing into Ukraine, that Ukraine’s Chief of Staff himself contradicts the allegation                                                                                                                     or that an independent and transparent investigation of the MH17 incident can never take place until the US makes available all the evidence that it holds, something which to date it has conspicuously failed to do.                                                                                         11/3/15                                                                                                                                        And doing his level best to fan the embers of war into flames again we have General Philip Breedlove (sic) top NATO commander in Europe lying in concert with his political masters:                                                                                                                                                                                                  There’s more of Breedlove and his like at:                                                                                                  11/3/15                                                                                                                                       While in America retired Major General Robert H. Scale adds his personal tattoo to the drums for war.                                                                                                                                    “The only way the United States can have any effect in this region and turn the tide is start killing Russians. Killing Russians by… Killing so many Russians that even Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to their motherland in body bags.”                     View from 3 minutes in         And his response to criticism                                                                                                                                                                 16/3/15                                                                                                                                          US says sanctions will continue until Crimea is returned to Ukraine                             This is little less than a declaration of permanent conflict.                                                17/3/15                                                                                                                                 Seumas Milne of Guardian has an interesting contribution to a discussion on the delicate peace now holding in Ukraine                                                                                                21/3/15                                                                                                                                    Vadym Prystaiko Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Ministers flies to Canada seeking lethal weapons and the training to use them. “The stakes are really high,” Prystaiko says, “We don’t want to scare everybody, but we are preparing for full-scale war.”                                                                                                                 23/3/15                                                                                                                                  American parade of military hardware through Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic to Germany in purely a symbolic show of force and solidarity with Eastern European allies “that live closest to the Bear.”                                                                     Provocative and increasing the international tension??               Perish the thought                                                                   24/3/15                                                                                                                                          US House of Reps overwhelmingly pass a resolution urging Obama to provide lethal aid to Kiev – an expression of utter contempt for a peace process which so far appears to be working well???                                                                           25/3/15                                                                                                                                        And inevitably in response the Russian Duma proposes re-authorising Putin to send the army into Donbass should Obama heed the calls of US lawmakers to arm Kiev                                                                                        “and so it goes.”

25/3/15                                                                                                                                 Ukrainian democracy (as endorsed by the USA): two corrupt oligarchs (one the president) private armies and all slogging it out for the pick of the spoils.                                              Ihor Kolomoyski (Regional Governor under the new regime) is a Ukrainian-Cypriot-Israeli business oligarch (Per Forbes worth $1.3bn)                                                                                                 For a ‘democratic’ politician his language from 1.40 is pretty ripe, but just get an earful of him in full spate at                                                                                  Such a rich vein of obscenities!     Sadly this seems to have been a little too strong for YouTube sensibilities and it has been taken down, but you’ll get much the same flavour from:                                                                            The Wall Street Journal gave him a very generous spread                                                                                                                                          calling him the ‘feisty’ oligarch – feisty indeed.                                                                          The Tyahnybok referred to is a member of the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of Ukraine) and the leader of nationalist far-right Svoboda political party.                             And so the thieves are falling out………….. and where do we see or hear any of this when the mainstream media turns to the Ukraine: too many ‘blab-outs’ necessary perhaps.        See also:                                                                                                                                                                              At                                                                                                                                                                                              Kolomoyski gives an even more astonishing performance in which he states that MH17 was shot down in error by Ukrainian forces.        In vino veritas?    Further comment at Post F – MH17.

27/3/15                                                                                                                                        The leader of the “Right Sector,” MP Dmitry Yarosh, has been offered a position at the Ministry of Defence.                                                                                                                     and                                                  ‘Right Sector’ is a radical, ultra-nationalist faction in Ukraine                                                                             Yarosh himself rejects the Minsk peace process and and vows to continue the war                                                        Yarosh is on an international wanted list and charged with inciting terrorism.                                                                                     His vision is of a unitary, monolingual, mono-ethnic Ukraine. He was also the man who called the Odessa massacre ‘another bright day in our national history’.                         Hardly seems to bode well for the future.                                                                                    10/4/15                                                                                                                             Countries of N Europe expand military cooperation citing ‘Russian Threat.’                                             11/4/15                                                                                                                                   French military intelligence rules out Russian ‘invasion plans’ for Ukraine – It’s reassuring to see at least one nation prepared to depart from the State Department narrative                and                                                                                                                                     16/4/15                                                                                                                                          No evidence has yet been produced of Russian regular troops on Ukrainian soil.                No problem about evidence for US troops there though, with the men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade deployed with the function of training the Ukrainian army. Those of the right age will remember that it was the influx of US ‘advisors’ that kick-started the Vietnam war.                                                                                           and                                                                   17/4/16                                                                                                                                         In Ukraine the Rada in a shameful and cynical act ‘commemorates’ the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and ‘honours’ its dead by extending official recognition to Ukrainian fascists who collaborated with the Nazis in killing Jews.              22/4/15                                                                                                                                 Roland Freudenstein picks up the baton from Breedlove and Scale (see above) in the European Parliament.                                                                                                                      “We have to make clear that yes, we are willing to go to war, for what we consider existential principles* of Europe’s future,”                                                                                                                                    * Which are what I wonder . . . So many people ready to go to war, but who are the ‘we’ who are so willing?                                                                                                                                25/4/15                                                                                                                             Frontline Ukraine by Richard Sakwa                                                                                              An interesting and perceptive review in The Irish Times                                                                                              A review endorsed by The Guardian which calls it an unrivalled account                                                                                       Even Peter Hitchens in the MailOnline gives it a nod of approval                                                                                                                                 The IT review concludes:                                                                                                           ‘Sakwa is pessimistic about Ukraine. The nationalist genie is out of the bottle in Russia as well as Ukraine, and the EU has been exposed as incapable of transcending hackneyed cold-war perspectives.’                                                                                                            30/4/15                                                                                                                                   While European leaders seek to ensure that Minsk II is fully implemented and a negotiated settlement sought on Ukraine, the US Senate Armed Services Committee (Chairman John McCain) was doing its level best to up the ante and foster increasing discord                                                                                                                                                                                      9/5/15                                                                                                                                       “President says 7,000 civilians died in war”     The Independent gives this 2 col inches on P44. Almost all the dead will be ethnic Russians of course in the Donbass region.                                                                The Mail gives it even less online.                                                                                              Those apart I cannot trace that any other mainstream media or the BBC mention this.          Picture the coverage though had these been deaths in western Ukraine as a result of one of the many Russian ‘invasions.’                                                                                                           14/5/15                                                                                                                                   Poroshenko calls the Minsk agreement a ‘pseudo-peace for which Ukraine is paying too high a price. He vows to fight to the last drop of blood.                                                               18/5/15                                                                                                                                  Nuland (Asst Sec of State for European and Eurasian Affairs) announces intention to fly to Moscow having stated, ‘the US goal here is to support the full implementation of Minsk.’                                                                                                                                    This is headlined by the FT as ‘US muscles in on Ukraine peace process brokered by Europe.’                                                                                                                                                                               ‘Muscles in,’ because the US played no part in the Minsk negotiations. Indeed having regard to Nuland’s dirty hands in the whole Ukrainian affair the European signatories must be viewing her interference with less than enthusiasm.                                                   19/5/15                                                                                                                                        And promptly, on cue, Poroshenko talks of fighting a ‘real war’ with Russia.                                                              21/5/15                                                                                                                                   Poroshenko reneges on pledge to uphold the Human Rights Covention.                                                         21/5/15                                                                                                                                     Kiev: Arrests and clashes with police in Kiev, as hundreds protest over the economic hardship, imposed austerity  and imploding economy.                                                             Currency has dropped 60% against the dollar.                                                                           Inflation is rocketing and rising by 60% year on year.                                                            State spending is down by 17%                                                                                                         At the Eastern Partnership summit with the EU in Riga despite Poroshenko’s smiles he is given the brush-off by the EU as far as any closer involvement is concerned.    and                                                               30/5/15                                                                                                                                   Mikheil Saashkavili appointed Governor of Odessa oblast. (Pop 2.4M inc 0.5M ethnic Russians). Saakashvili former President of Georgia is now on the run from his native Georgia where he is wanted on multiple criminal charges (which he denies of course) and assumed Ukrainian citizenship to avoid extradition home.                                                                   It was Saakashvili as President who launched the unprovoked and savage attack on the civilian population of Tskhinvali  capital of South Ossetia and the Russian peacekeepers that were in place there. An attack that led directly to the brief war with Russia.                           Saakashvili’s lies that it was Russia who started the conflict were eagerly accepted initially by the American media who all ran stories of ‘Russian aggression’ (sound familiar?), but were all unequivocally scotched by the EU commissioned report that appeared a year later and delivered a damning indictment of Saakashvili.                             A detailed examination of his record as President of Georgia can be found at                                                                        As he is a US stooge on the American payroll (see Post G) and has a rabid hatred of Russia he would seem to have all the qualifications required to be Governor in this most sensitive of areas.

3/6/15                                                                                                                                       OSCE observers on the ground in Ukraine report multiple violations of the cease fire by both sides.                                                                                                                                                 At the White House Press Briefing Ms Harf gives another fine display of obfuscation and evasiveness. Despite clear evidence in the OSCE reports (they are available online) she simply cannot bring herself to admit that there are just as many violations by the Kiev forces as by the separatists.                                           From 26.30 onwards                                                       6/6/15                                                                                                                                       Thousands march peacefully in Kiev calling for Poroshenko and his government to resign.

3/7/15                                                                                                                               Ultranationalist Right Sector march in Kiev demanding renewed military offensive in the East and rejection of the Minsk Agreement.                                           

On the rally 6/6/15 above the western mainstream media (MSM) appears to have been completely silent. That of the 3/7/15 gets a mention in the BBC’s Europe News page online, but nowhere else.

Indeed of many of the references above you’ll find little or no mention in the MSM, indeed for a confrontation that is described as presenting an existential threat to the West the Ukraine conflict must be setting a record in the MSM for the most heavily censored of any post-WW2 conflict, or where there is reporting for the most grossly biased and distorted.

In particular there appears not to have been anywhere in the MSM one serious, extended and detailed examination and exposure of the Kiev regime’s fascist, neo-Nazi affiliations and of the ultra-nationalist groups that do its dirty work at the sharp end.                               The thugs of the Right Sector, and the Azov Battalion who threaten, assault and murder with Kiev’s approval. The criminals behind the Odessa massacre. The men who march in night-time torch-lit rallies to celebrate the lives of Bandera and men like him who in WW2 were pro-Nazi collaborators, the men who pay tribute to the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) who in WW2 collaborated with the Nazis in the Lviv and other pogroms.

Browse through the video selection of their activities below, culled at random from the internet. Switch them from colour to black and white and add the Horst Wessel song and you have Nazi Germany in the early thirties, and now as then most of the MSM holds its nose and looks the other way.                                                                                                         14/10/14                                                                                                                                   Thousands of UPA# supporters take to the streets. Their banners carry the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol.                                                                                                                                 #UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) were pro-Nazi collaborators of WW2 who assisted in the Lviv and other pogroms in 1941.                                                                                 15/12/14                                                                                                                                       The Azov Battalion celebrate the UPA with flare-lit night time march: street fires and Nazi symbols abound.                                                                                                                                       1/1/15                                                                                                                                       Journalists attacked and beaten at ultranationalist rally celebrating the birth of Stephen Bandera (pro-Nazi collaborator during WW2)                                                                                             29/1/15                                                                                                                                             Pro-war torchlight rally by Right Sector in three cities – English Subtitles                                                                   15/4/15                                                                                                                                       Azov Battalion parade with Nazi symbols: black-clad and masked.                                                                          20/5/15                                                                                                                                           Right Sector attack peaceful anti-war rally – English Subtitles         

9/7/15                                                                                                                                             In The Looking Glass World of John Tefft – US Ambassador Moscow:            The children killed in the Donbass are the result of the separatists shelling themselves.        Events following the Maidan riots did not constitute a coup.                                                       The war in the Donbass region was started by Russia not Poroshenko (but see 13/4/14 above).                                                                                                                                                 And he knows, he just knows that MH17 was brought down by Russia or its agents. He can’t talk about the details of course, but they are all very clear about it.                             Isn’t that all so reassuring and quite beyond comment: makes Brenton, our man from Moscow sound like Solomon.                                                                     Or if your Russian is good enough you’ll find the original at:

15/7/15                                                                                                                                          The extent of neo-Nazi fascism in Ukraine at last acknowledged even by Murdoch’s Times.  ‘Kiev forced to fight its own fascist militias . . . . . . the country’s “volunteer battalions” who have led the fight against pro-Russian separatists.’

21/7/15                                                                                                                                      Kiev: Thousands of ultranationalists and Right Sector hold a mass rally and protest on the Maidan, waving the red and black flags of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (the UPA – see above).                                                                                                                                                     The rally marked a ‘new stage in the Ukrainian revolution,’ said the extremists’ leader Dmitry Yarosh (see 27/3/15 above) announcing the introduction of a referendum to dissolve the current Ukrainian government and parliament, cancel the Minsk peace agreements, legalise volunteer battalions, and calling for the resignation of Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.                                                                                                           In the UK mainstream media the event was marked by a deafening silence.##   At 23/7/15 not a passing word from the BBC and nothing from Guardian, Independent, Telegraph etc. No Nuland, no John McCain, no Chris Murphy to offer their support this time, and no cookies for the protesters.

Yarosh and his neo-Nazi thugs are the ones who were at the heart of all the violence in the last year’s Maidan riots. Not quite the image of America’s fledgling ‘Democracy,’ that they wish to have exposed to the world and so the event is dutifully ignored by the western media, as have so many of the Right Sector’s activities: just as the White House would wish.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               There are many more reports online.                                                                                                    ##  29/7/15                                                                                                                                       A Reuters Special Report goes some way towards presenting affairs in the Ukraine for the shambles that they are with some revealing images in its photo album at the top of the page.                                                                                                                                                                                                           It will be interesting to see whether any of the MSM decide to take this up.

12/8/15                                                                                                                                          All credit to the Daily Mail then for exposing (if only on line) the camps in which the Neo-Nazi Azov battalion indoctrinate children, some as young as six, and train them in the use of firearms.                                                                                     










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Post D. Ukraine Atrocities -The West Looks The Other Way

There’s None So Blind as Those That Will Not See

There is a humanitarian crisis in the Donbass where Poroshenko’s forces have been inflicting atrocities on his own civilian population on a daily basis, but as those suffering are almost exclusively ethnic Russians in the separatist areas where the bulk of the fighting takes place, they are either ignored, underplayed or misreported throughout the whole of the western ‘establishment’ media.

Compare and contrast this with the very different character of the reporting when violence and atrocities broke out in Kiev in Feb 2014 when the blame was placed almost exclusively on the Yanukovich supporters despite ample evidence that much of the violence was initiated by the protesters.                                                                                                                   Take the incident of 5/11/14 covered at                                                                                                         Had this been in Syria from an alleged Assad bomb it would have been all over the media.   It was however ignored by BBC, Guardian and Indi and so was presumably ignored by the rest of the pack.

Or the Gorlovka shelling 27/5/15                                                              and                                               Had this taken place in a city under Kiev control it would have been labelled a ‘pro-Russian atrocity’ and the video would have had blanket coverage on TV.                               Yet in a Google search under Gorlovka the first fifty hits show not one western media reference to the incident.  It’s only those bloody ethnic Russians isn’t it and anyway Kiev attributes the shelling to the pro-separatist forces.                                                                        It seems that once again they are killing themselves – see 22/1/15 in Post E.

Or that on 6/6/15 which went entirely unreported in the west.                     

 The OSCE observers never assign blame, but they point out that the shelling was from heavy artillery and came from a north-westerly direction.                                                 Gorlovka is on the front line and to the NW there are only Kiev forces. Nuff said?

There are now over one million refugees from Poroshenko’s assault on his own people and they have fled not into eastern Ukraine, but into Russia and the Crimea.

The Odessa Massacre (covered in detail in Post J)                                                                  It is with the Odessa Massacre as it played out in the mainstream media of the west, however, that the ignorant, prejudiced, and criminally selective misreporting by omission or commission can be seen at its worst.                                                                                               IN AMERICA                                                                                                                                        The State Department press briefing on 5/5/14 (which surely via the CIA should be best informed of all institutions) opens with a outright lie                                             Question: but what Kiev is doing now, does it qualify as restraint?                                         Ms Harf: Well absolutely Kiev has shown enormous restraint. And if you’re referring to what happened on Friday in Odesa, obviously I put out a statement* about that on Friday . . . but again that started because pro-Russian forces and separatists started basically mob action attacking protesters.

A lie, the video evidence clearly shows a gathering of pro-Russian supporters outside the Trade Union building with stalls, placards and tents engaging in what is demonstrably a peaceful campaign, until a violent pro-Kiev mob storms in from the right, attacks the campaigners driving them back into the building which they then set alight.                          * A formulaic expression of sympathy. 

USA Today reports the event briefly as a fire                                                                                                                                   The Wall Street Journal repeats the same canard as the NYT (see Post E) sourced from the Kiev administration and containing the ludicrous assertion that Molotov cocktails thrown by separatists from the roof were somehow able to break through lower windows and ignite the building – just apply the laws of physics to this nonsense.                                                                                                                      The Los Angeles Times misreports the event and repeats many of the lies                                                                                                                                           The Washington Post gives one nod towards the truth                                                 Asked who had thrown the Molotov cocktails, pro-Ukrainian activist Diana Berg said, ‘Our people — but now they are helping them to escape* the building.”                      * The truth being that the pro-Ukrainian right faction were doing exactly the opposite: shooting at people trying to escape the flames by climbing on to window ledges, and bludgeoning to death some who survived a jump to safety – see Post E..                            The New York Daily News                                                                                            Ignores the available evidence  and misreports                                                                                                                                             The New York Post coverage is much the same          

Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC – all mention the fire in passing, ABC news in a video report refers to ‘a fire set by an unknown arsonist.’                                                                                  All without exception parrot the Kiev/White House line/lie despite the fact that within hours all the evidence necessary to report the true facts and assign responsibility was available online.

IN THE UK                                                                                                                                          The BBC on 3/5/14 provides a very Pro-Kiev report including a reference to petrol bombs being thrown by both sides and reporting the exact sequence of events as being unclear.                                                                                                                                                     What on earth do all their intrepid reporters do with their time? The precise sequence of events was readily available within hours to anyone prepared to do just a little investigative journalism instead of relying on the Kiev narrative.                                               In another report they risk moving a little closer to the truth but still choose not to report in detail on the true nature of the atrocity.                                                                                               A later onsite report by Fergal Keane provides absolutely no information of value and gets no closer to the truth.                                                                                                                         They report on the stark contrast in Ukraine/Russian response to the tragedy, but offer no comment. This is the celebrated BBC balance and objectivity which somehow enables it to avoid reporting on facts that are staring it in the face.                                                                  A later report on 6/5/14 still misrepresents the event and gets no closer to the truth 

A Facebook  post on 3/5/14 sums up very nicely the worthlessness of the BBC ‘reporting.’

The Guardian report is covered and commented on in detail in Post J.                           The Telegraph, Daily Mail and Independent mention the fire but by and large simply churn out releases from the Kiev authorities. The Sun and Daily Mirror ignore the event.                                                                                                                                            The Express astonishingly includes a few grains of truth in its report. ‘Separatists holed up in a trade union building were forced to jump from windows after it was set on fire by pro-Ukrainians . . . Another account claimed 38 were killed, many by smoke fumes but others suffered bullet wounds’              

12/6/15                                                                                                                                   According to the UN more than 1M people are now displaced in the Donbass and almost 900,000 refugees have fled, most of them not into western Ukraine where the Odessa massacre made it clear what they could expect, but to Russia – allegedly the aggressor.                 No crossing points are available for humanitarian cargo from the Ukraine to non-Kiev controlled areas of the Donbass and access to water remains a critical issue for many civilians.                                                                                                   New York Times: 867,000 Ukrainians have left the country, most to Russia.     Right at the bottom.

For a year the Kiev regime has denied the three million people of the Donbass (their own people they claim, and the people they want to be part of a unitary Ukraine once again) their social security, pensions and vital medical supplies. They have also instituted a full economic blockade including food, electricity and water supplies. These actions are not only a deliberate violation of the Minsk protocol, they are also a war crime by the Kiev regime against their own people.

This is Poroshenko speaking in November 2014 of the people over whom he wishes to have the power of government:                                                             “Because we will have our jobs – they will not. We will have our pensions – they will not. We will have care for children, for people, for retirees – they will not. Our children will go to schools and kindergartens – theirs will hole up in basements. Because they are not able to do a thing.That is exactly how we will win this war.”                                                                                                             This is the language of Armas and Montt, the fascist dictators the Americans installed in Guatemala. Their death squads followed. Poroshenko has the Azov Battalion and the Right Sector.                                                                                                                                               But all this goes virtually unreported in the West.


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