Putin on Kiev op: ‘Tanks, jets against own people?! Are they nuts?!’

Activists block a collumn of Ukrainian men riding on Armoured Personnel Carriers in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014 (AFP Photo / Anatoly Stepanov)

Putin has criticized Ukraine’s coup-appointed government for using tanks and jets against its own people, during a live Q&A session. Branding Kiev’s approach as a “crime,” Putin said they must open dialogue with eastern Ukraine.

“Have they lost their minds!?” said Putin during his annual question and answer session. “They are deploying tanks, armored vehicles and weaponry! Against whom?! Are they nuts?!”

The Russian president said he thought that asking activists in the southeast of Ukraine to hand in their weapons was the right approach, but this measure should also be applied to armed Ukrainian nationalist groups.

Putin went on to say the crisis in Ukraine can only be solved through a compromise in the interests of the Ukrainian people.

“The coup-appointed government in Kiev needs to come to its senses before we can negotiate,” said Putin.

In spite of the fact the interim government is illegitimate, Russia is still prepared to open dialogue with them, said Putin. Ukraine’s interim government came to power on February 22 after weeks of violent protests on Kiev’s Independence Square. They ousted President Viktor Yanukovich and declared elections in May, something that violates the Ukrainian constitution.

NATO’s reinforcement of its presence in eastern Europe was also touched upon during Putin’s Q&A session. Head of Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, Dmitry Kiselev, said that he felt like NATO was “suffocating him” and described the organization as “a cancerous tumor.”

Dmitry Kiselev was included in the list of Russian politicians who were hit by Western sanctions following the Crimean referendum that led to the region’s integration with Russia.

In a tongue-in-cheek response, Putin told Kiselev not to be afraid of NATO, assuring him that “Russia would suffocate everyone else.”

NATO has accused Russia of attempting to destabilize Ukraine, something that Russia categorically denied. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov told the press on Monday that Russia had no interest in promoting crisis in Ukraine, and the West needs to produce evidence to support its accusations.

Source: Russia Today

Syria: Protest in Support of Bashar Al Assad – Sydney 5/08/2012

We praise those enlightened Australians who took to the streets to voice their support for the Syrian people. Who are, the only ones that have to decide the future of their country.

We gladly notice that more and more people are opening their eyes and realizing that mainstream media serves an agenda and is unfortunately not dedicated to what it is supposed to be: TRUTH.

Once again, thank you to all those who took to the streets.

You are a source of inspiration for us all. In Europe, in the USA, in the Gulf, in all the countries currently plotting against Syria, we are more and more numerous to voice against neo-colonialism, foreign interference, covert regime change coups, proxy wars, military intervention.

Syria’s sovereignty has to be defended. For the sake of justice. For the sake of freedom.

Geopolitical stakes in Nigeria: Curious role of the IMF

Kaduna refinery (photo from nigerianbestforum.com)

As Nigeria spirals into instability, historian and economic researcher Frederick William Engdahl argues a recent government decision to lift subsidies on imported fuel in the oil-rich nation bears the mark of Washington Consensus shock therapy.

In the article below, Engdahl explains his view.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and its largest oil producer, is from all evidence being systematically thrown into chaos and a state of civil war. The recent surprise decision by the government of Goodluck Jonathan to abruptly lift subsidies on imported gasoline and other fuel has a far more sinister background than mere corruption, and the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) is playing a key role. China appears to be the likely loser along with Nigeria’s population.

The recent strikes protesting the government’s abrupt elimination of gasoline and other fuel subsidies, that brought Nigeria briefly to a standstill, came as a surprise to most in the country. Months earlier, President Jonathan had promised the major trade union organizations that he would conduct a gradual four-stage lifting of the subsidy to ease the economic burden. Instead, without warning he announced an immediate full removal of subsidies effective January 1, 2012. It was “shock therapy” to put it mildly.

Nigeria today is one of the world’s most important producers of light, sweet crude oil—the same high-quality crude oil that Libya and the British North Sea produce. The country is showing every indication of spiraling downward into deep disorder. Nigeria is the fifth largest supplier of oil to the United States and twelfth largest oil producer in the world on a par with Kuwait and just behind Venezuela with production exceeding two million barrels a day.

The curious timing of IMF subsidy demand

Despite its oil riches, Nigeria remains one of Africa’s poorest countries. The known oilfields are concentrated around the vast Niger Delta roughly between Port Harcourt and extending in the direction of Lagos, with large new finds being developed all along the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea.Nigeria’s oil is exploited and largely exported by the Anglo-American giants—Shell, Mobil, Chevron, Texaco. Italy’s Agip also has a presence and most recently, to no one’s surprise, the Chinese state oil companies began seeking major exploration and oil infrastructure agreements with the Abuja government.

Ironically, despite the fact that Nigeria has abundant oil to earn dollar export revenue to build its domestic infrastructure, government policy has deliberately let its domestic oil refining capacity fall into ruin. The consequence has been that most of the gasoline and other refined petroleum products used to drive transportation and industry, has to be imported, despite the country’s abundant oil. In order to shield the population from the high import costs of gasoline and other refined fuels, the central government has subsidized prices. Continue reading

[VIDEO] ‘Occupy Boston’ occupies Israeli consulate

A contingent from the Occupy Boston protesters marched late Friday to the building that houses the Israeli consulate in Boston and briefly occupied the building’s lobby where they held a sit-in.

They chanted various slogans, including, “hey hey, Ho ho! Israeli apartheid’s got to go!,” “long live the intifada! intifada intifada!,” “not another nickel! Not another dime! No more money for Israel’s crimes!,” and “Viva viva Palestina!”.

The anti-Israel protesters said they aren’t anti-Semites, they are just anti-Zionist or critical of the policies of the current Israeli government.

Source: PressTV

Movilización mundial 21 de septiembre: EEUU/OTAN Manos Fuera de Libia! Manos Fuera de África!

Hacemos un llamado a todos los africanos en África y la diáspora para demostrar a las embajadas de EE.UU. en el mismo día.


Hermanos africanos, hermanos y hermanas de los medios de comunicación, hoy en día África se enfrenta a la banda más famosa de ladrones a mano armada en la historia. África es como la casa. Libia es como la puerta de seguridad. US / bombardeo de la OTAN es como los ladrones con el bloque de hormigón para vencer a abrir la puerta. Si se abren Libia con sus bombardeos que permitirá a los ladrones armados que entran con sus armas apuntando a la familia africano. Su objetivo es privar al África a punta de pistola con el AFRICOM y la OTAN, apuntando sus armas a todos los africanos con sus dedos en el gatillo.En África, las masas han descubierto que las autoridades no toman medidas decisivas contra los ladrones armados que suelen conseguir algo de los ladrones y las masas se deben organizar y tomar medidas decisivas para llevar a cabo el robo a mano armada. Es hora de que las organizaciones de masas y la acción!

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Libya: The Horror…the Horror!

Los desastres de la guerra: Estragos de la guerra by Francisco Goya

Horror is being inflicted on a nation of 6.5 million people to rob them of their freedom, their wealth, their natural resources, their piece of land. Contrary to the Viet Nam war, where the atrocities committed by France & the US armies against civilians were widely known only after years of conflict & hundreds of thousands exterminated, the atrocities committed in Libya are been documented & mass distributed since day one. A horrifying catalog of human depravity can be seen in YouTube. Testimony accounts are still scarce & fragmentary but it seems clear by now that many people have lost their sense of humanity & are killing or running for their lives if not trapped in impossible situations. Confronted with such events any informed viewer has the moral obligation to call out loud for a complete cease fire & an end to the hostilities by all parts involved in Libya. Not to politicians, media or NGOs but to his/her community & the people who can propagate the message. The urgent task in Europe is to raise awareness of the disasters of the war in Libya and how they could & should be stopped immediately through any of the plans proposed by Libyans & different international actors. The only party who persists in continuing hostilities & systematically rejects negotiations is NATO. NATO stands, as of today, as the major obstacle to peace in Libya. For how long? It will depend on us. If it would be left to NATO, Libyans will be fighting for years like in Iraq & Afghanistan. Not again.

Kurtz: The horror…the horror!