Haunting video portrays the reality of Ukraine’s civil war

This music video is a tragic yet hauntingly beautiful portrayal of the reality of  the war in Eastern Ukraine. I watched it repeatedly several months ago, until YouTube removed it. This was despite the video’s maker – Grishanov – having permission from the artists to use their music; quite evidently an example of political censorship. It has now received almost two million views, and Ukrainian journalists have accused Grishanov of disrupting the 4th wave of mobilization – which shows they do not have a leg to stand on.

It shows the tragedy of both sides of the war – the rage of Donetsk’s citizens towards their invaders, as well as the sadness in the eyes of a conscripted young man; used as mere cannon fodder on behalf of American imperialism. The strength and courage of the people defending their lands; the righteousness of Zakharchenko compared to the corrupt and lying puppet Poroshenko.

Artyom Grishanov – Mobilization video

Music – “Not a hero” by 7B

Whose arms have the Obama Administration been twisting?

In an interview with Vox last month Barack Obama said: ‘We occasionally have to twist the arms of countries that wouldn’t do what we need them to do.’ He elaborated, stating that “if it weren’t for the various economic or diplomatic or, in some cases, military leverage that we had — if we didn’t have that dose of realism, we wouldn’t get anything done, either.”

Thanks to a cache of intelligence cables that were leaked to the Guardian, we now have an example of one such occasion. The leaked documents revealed that Barack Obama once “threatened” Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. This was in relation to the 2012 bid by the Palestinian Authority to seek ‘non-member observer status’ at the United Nations. The article states:

A South African state security agency report from November 2012 records a Palestinian intelligence officer handing over a memo detailing a phone call made by the US president to the Palestinian leader “where President Obama threatened President Abbas if he goes ahead with the UN bid”.

Abbas pressed ahead with the application to the UN, and a fortnight later the general assembly backed the bid, which smoothed the way for the Palestinians to attempt to bring cases against Israel at the international criminal court.

The nature of Obama’s threat isn’t expanded upon in the cables, however that the administration sought to punish Abbas and the Palestinians for seeking to use the appropriate and legal international bodies as a means of establishing their state says a lot about the White House’s disregard for democracy and human rights – despite the constant invoking of such principles by the administration as a reason for bombing non-compliant nations, or applying sanctions etc.

Surely this proves once and for all that the U.S. is not a neutral mediator between Israel and the Palestinians. If anyone needs to be threatened, Obama should be telling Netanyahu that he will no longer be receiving $3 billion of aid every year until Israel proves itself willing to return to the pre-1967 borders, and commit to a meaningful resolution to the conflict.

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When I first heard Obama actually admitting to twisting arms, I immediately thought of the US’s insistence that the EU impose sanctions on Russia following the downing of MH17 last summer. Despite – almost a year later – no investigation apportioning blame having been published, within hours of the crash Obama had proclaimed Vladimir Putin to be personally responsible. New sanctions were implemented, and the EU soon followed suit. This definitely seemed like a case of arm-twisting; Joe Biden even said that the White House had had to “embarrass” European leaders into imposing the sanctions.

For months now the behaviour of Angela Merkel and others has been so at odds with reality, that blackmail seems like the only credible reason for this. It seems like the NSA certainly picked up some good dirt on Merkel while bugging her phone. When she and Hollande flew to Moscow to meet with Putin in January, the lack of an American or British presence was telling. So was the fact that the three leaders spoke for hours without aides. Then, when Merkel visited the White House the week after, some incriminating photographs of her with a group of skinhead/neo-Nazi types were published only hours before she and Obama met. Anonymous took credit for this, however due to the decentralized nature of the group, it would be possible for anyone with an agenda to have published these photos on behalf of the hacker collective.

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Obviously this is all just speculation, but as Obama has admitted to using coercive means to achieve his objectives – as is evidenced by his threatening of Mahmoud Abbas – it seems likely that he and his administration have issued threats to the EU.

Thus the lofty statements made by the White House, State Department etc alluding to the importance of democratic principles, self-determination, human rights, freedom of speech and so on become rather meaningless when these are not backed up by actions to support them.

Sadly there is another parallel to be drawn from the current situations in Palestine and Ukraine. While Russia receives sanctions for its so-called “annexation” of Crimea – despite the peninsula voting overwhelmingly to rejoin its homeland – Israel receives billions of dollars in aid every year to maintain their occupation of Palestine, when it can be guaranteed that given the choice, no Palestinian would choose to live under Israeli rule.

Oh the irony!

 

References:

CIA attempted to contact Hamas despite official US ban, spy cables reveal
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/23/spy-cables-leak-cia-contact-hamas-us-ban?CMP=share_btn_tw

Obama: ‘We have to twist arms when countries don’t do what we need them to’
http://rt.com/news/231279-obama-foreign-policy-power/

Response from my MP regarding the government’s plan to send military “advisers” to Ukraine

Below is the response I received to the email I sent to my MP – David Hamilton, Labour –  regarding David Cameron’s decision to send 75 military “advisers” to Ukraine, despite a new ceasefire having just been negotiated in the Normandy Four format (ie. between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine). The text from my email can be found here. I have heard that France has distanced itself from Cameron’s plan, and that Hollande’s administration is still committed to reaching a diplomatic settlement. Yesterday President Putin met with Gérard Larcher – the President of the French Senate – in Moscow, further highlighting the conciliatory tone between the two nations. Read details from their meeting here.

 

Dear Ms Stephenson

Thank you for your email with your concerns on David Cameron’s position on Ukraine.

I am aware that David Cameron announced that UK military trainers are to be deployed to help Ukraine forces stave off further Russian backed incursions into its sovereign territory.

This decision has been under consideration by the UK national security council since late last year and it would be the first deployment of British troops to the country since the near civil war in eastern Ukraine began more than a year ago.

This is part of a training mission providing advice on medical training, logistics, intelligence analysis and infantry training.  I understand that this is an action meant to alert the Russians that Britain does not approve of further large scale occupations of towns in Ukraine

David Cameron has also argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russia backed militias in eastern Ukraine and failed to observe the provisions of a ceasefire agreement.

This is indeed a worrying situation and it may of course fuel Russia’s wrath with the EU and needs to be handled delicately.

I like you, agree it is not as black and white as it seems.  We need to take a more even handed approach to what is happening.  I was extremely disappointed that we were not there along with the Germans and the French at the summit that was held with Russia and the Ukraine.

I am also deeply concerned about the state of the other countries in the region.  However for my part and my Party  I will be keeping a very close eye on the situation.

Thank you for sharing your views.

Regards

DAVID HAMILTON MP
Member of Parliament for Midlothian

 

I was disappointed that Hamilton did not address my concerns regarding the contradiction between sending British soldiers and supporting the Minsk agreement, which requires all foreign troops to leave the country. It is also discouraging to see references to ‘Russian backed incursions’ and ‘Russia’s wrath with the EU’, but no mention of the will of the people of Eastern Ukraine, who have been living under constant shelling for almost a year now. It seems like there is little difference between Hamilton’s view of the situation and that of the PM. However, another member of the Labour Party – I’ve forgotten who – said in an interview to RT this week that there was a great deal of disapproval to Cameron’s maneuver in Parliament. This was due to its inflammatory nature, and because the announcement was made having only been decided by a few members of  Cameron’s Cabinet – rather than following a debate in the House of Commons and with widespread support.

While John Kerry and Joe Biden insist that there’s been no split within the US/EU/NATO countries on how to approach the situation and ‘deal with’ Russia, it seems like this honeymoon phase of the coalition may truly be at an end now. While most of Europe seems to favour a rapprochement with Russia; the US, UK, Canada, Poland and the Baltic states are clamoring for more sanctions and won’t rule out sending weapons. Since Cameron’s announcement, Poland has declared that it will now send 100 trainers, with Canada likely to follow. At this rate Putin doesn’t need to do anything in retaliation, he can merely sit back and watch as the EU caves in on itself once and for all.

Letter to my MP regarding David Cameron’s decision to send “military advisers” to Ukraine:

I am writing to you to express my concern with the Prime Minister’s decision to send military advisers to Ukraine. Mr Cameron seemed to imply this afternoon that he supports the Minsk 2.0 agreement to bring about an end to the war, yet the peace deal explicitly calls for the removal of all foreign troops from the conflict zone. Therefore, deploying British forces runs counter to the protocols laid out at Minsk, whilst also giving the impression that Britain seeks an escalation of the war rather than a peaceful settlement. That the UK and United States were missing from the meetings in Moscow and Minsk made clear that such confrontational posturing is not viewed as helpful by mainland Europe. Thus, my first concern regarding the PM’s decision is that he seems to be unaware that taking such an action breaches the ceasefire deal. By pouring fuel on the fire Mr Cameron may end up encouraging an escalation in the fighting, and so far it is not clear that this is not actually his intention.
Secondly, I would like to make you aware of my dismay that this plan has been decided upon with no debate or vote in parliament. By sending these troops, the UK is involving itself in a civil war – and one in which the other side is supported by a country with nuclear weapons. The conflict itself is not nearly as black and white as Mr Cameron is making it out to be, and myself and many others in this country find what the new Ukrainian government is doing to its citizens in the East to be utterly abhorrent. If action must be taken, let us work alongside both Ukraine and Russia to reach a settlement that takes into consideration all parties involved, rather than pursuing reckless warmongering policies that continue to erode our credibility on the world stage.

Best wishes,
Sophie Stephenson

Armed American Filmed in Mariupol

An armed American in military uniform was caught on camera yesterday by the The Mariupol News Service. It is so far unknown as to whether he is working as a private contractor or is there officially as a member of the U.S. military. It was announced on Thursday that the U.S. will soon deploy soldiers to Western Ukraine in order to train the National Guard, meaning the far-right battalions such as Azov that have been terrorizing the citizens of Eastern Ukraine for the last several months. It is reported that the Obama administration will spend $19 million on this training, and will also finance the production of the Ukrainian-made SRM-1 Kozak Light Armored Vehicle, with a price tag of $189,000 each.

The last couple of weeks has witnessed intense fighting in the East of the country, leaving scores of civilians dead. These moves from Washington suggest that the Kiev regime and its sponsors have little interest in implementing a meaningful ceasefire.

To hear the American caught on camera, skip to 2.30, or click on the above link.

Ukrainian Parliamentarian Publishes Essay on ‘Social-Nationalism’

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The following excerpts are from an article written by Andriy Biletsky – the leader of the ‘Patriot of Ukraine’ party and commander of Azov battalion. Both the party and battalion are part of Ukraine’s Social-National Assembly: a coalition of neo-Nazi groups. Wikipedia says: “Both the “Patriot of Ukraine” and the S.N.A. engage in political violence against minorities and their political opponents.” You know who else had paramilitary wings for such purposes? Hitler. Biletsky was recently awarded a medal by President Poroshenko for the role he has played in the uprising in the East of the country. The volunteer battalions have been accused by Amnesty International of starving civilians by preventing access to aid, as well as “ISIS style” atrocities, such as beheadings.

Biletsky’s essay explaining his ideology first appeared at WotanJugend (The Hammer of National-Socialism).

 

Social Nationalism is based on a set of principles that clearly distinguish it from other right-wing movements. This is a peculiar triad: sociality, racialism, and great-powerness.
Sociality

The principle of sociality implies our complete negation of democracy and liberalism, which fractionize the nation into isolated units and result in power of the gray crowd over the outstanding personalities (ochlocracy, mob rule).

Instead, we put forward the idea of ​​national solidarity, natural hierarchy and discipline, as the basis of our new society.

Not “democratic vote” of the crowd that can not cope with its own life, not mentioning life of the state, but natural selection of the best representatives of the nation – born chiefs-leaders.

Anyone who believes that such a system of government is unacceptable, should think whether modern system of government is acceptable, in which a prostitute and an academician have equal voting rights, where a degraded addict or a pederast are valued in the elections the same as the commander of a tank division.
People by nature are born with different abilities and capabilities, that’s why it is a great fortune for every person to find his place in the national hierarchy and conscientiously fulfill his vital tasks.
Racialism

If Ukrainian spirituality, culture and language are unique, it is only because our racial nature is unique. If Ukraine is a paradise on earth, it is only because our race turned her into it.

Accordingly, treatment of our national body should start with a racial cleaning of the nation. And then in the healthy racial body will revive the healthy national spirit, and with it culture, language and everything else.

Apart from the question of purity, we must also pay attention to the question of the value of race. Ukrainians are a part (and one of the largest and the most qualitative) of European white race.

Race-creator of a great civilization, the biggest human achievements. The historical mission of our nation in this critical time is to head and lead the white peoples of the whole world in the last crusade for their existence. Crusade against Semite-led subhumanity.
Great-Powerness

Thousands of times we heard moanings of pseudo-nationalists about the oppression of us by Poles and Moscow, their curses against empires.

Social Nationalism is not such, it claims – if we are strong, we will take all that is rightfully ours, and even a little more, we will build our superpower-empire – Great Ukraine, which will be a legitimate successor of the Scythian and Kyivan-Ruthenian empires.

If we are weak, then our place is among the conquered dying peoples. Because that is nature! The choice is ours!

Thus, Social Nationalism raises on a shield all the ancient Ukrainian Aryan values ​​forgotten in today’s society.

Only their revival and bringing to life by a group of fanatical fighters may lead to the final victory of European civilization in the world struggle.

Here we stand and we cannot do otherwise!

Translation found at Russia-Insider.

VIDEO: The Israel Lobby Protects Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

This short video was adapted from Max Blumenthal’s article “How the Israel Lobby Protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis” (AlterNet, 11/18/14) by the anti-war group St Pete for Peace. Find out more about them at: http://stpeteforpeace.org

Video footage details:

Battalion AZOV From US to Ukraine.
Fascists Creating Child Soldiers in Ukraine.
Military battalion AZOV War in Ukraine.
Neo-Fascist Mercenaries From Europe Fill the Ranks of Ukraine’s Army Azov.
Right Sector( Pravy Sektor)- Neo- Nazis from Euromaidan.
Ukrainian Fascism Exposed A Cyber Documentry.
Факты о Фашизме Украины.
Imagine a World Without Hate (Official Video)

Pro-Kiev Militias Block Aid from Entering Eastern Ukraine

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Amnesty International has disclosed that battalions fighting for the Kiev regime in eastern Ukraine are blocking humanitarian aid from entering the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. Amnesty reports:

“As winter sets in, the already desperate situation in eastern Ukraine is being made even worse by the volunteer battalions preventing food aid and medicine from reaching those in need. It is no secret that the region is facing a humanitarian disaster with many already at risk of starvation,” said Denis Krivosheev, acting Director of Europe and Central Asia for Amnesty International.

“These battalions often act like renegade gangs and urgently need to be brought under control. Denying food to people caught up in a conflict is against international law and the perpetrators must be held to account.”

Battalions such as Dnipro-1, Aidar, and the Pravyi Sector militia are said to have blocked 11 roads leading to the DNR-controlled territory, as they do not feel they should be feeding the same people that they are fighting. However more than half the population of the breakaway republics are now entirely dependent on humanitarian aid, as the Kiev government have closed all banks, hospitals and other social services in these areas. Amnesty continues:

An aid worker from the Luhansk Region has informed Amnesty International that Aidar battalion is also stopping and searching cars that travel from Starobil’sk to Luhansk and vice versa. Members of the battalion, which was previously implicated in arbitrary detention and torture, are reportedly stopping food and medicines getting through to the region.

The aid worker recalled a particular case when medicines for four elderly people in Krasnodon, who are suffering from heart and blood pressure conditions, were snatched from a bus at a checkpoint.

“Checking the content of humanitarian convoys crossing frontline is one thing. Preventing it is another. Attempting to create unbearable conditions of life is a whole new ballgame. Using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is a war crime,” said Denis Krivosheev.

While Krivosheev – acting Director of Europe and Central Asia – says that the dire humanitarian situation in the east is no secret, it is clear that Kiev and its allies are doing their best to cover up what’s going on. With Ukraine about to enforce strict austerity measures on the rest of the country, it probably won’t be long before the new government faces an even larger backlash.

Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian disaster looms as food aid blocked