Once He Was the King of Spain – Now He Vacuums the Turf at Skydome

Uncle Volodya says, "There’s fool’s gold—pyrite—and then there’s fool’s gold—gold owned by idiots willing to trade it for worthless dollars.
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Uncle Volodya says, “There’s fool’s gold—pyrite—and then there’s fool’s gold—gold owned by idiots willing to trade it for worthless dollars.
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Anders Aslund proves me wrong, over and over again. Every time I think I’ve seen the stupidest, most pedantic, most off-the-wall leap for mediocrity from the atrophied pecan in his head, he surpasses his previous foamy wild-eyed assessment of reality. Rodeo clown dressed as economist. All of it delivered in that whiny Swedish accent that makes him sound like he needs to be changed, and put straight to bed for a nap. I hasten to add that the Swedish accent is not annoying in all its speakers – pretty much only Aslund and the Swedish Chef from “The Muppets”, to whom he bears an astonishing resemblance. And it doesn’t end with physiognomy; they share a similar grasp of economics and government.

I can’t wait, I’m lowering interest rates, my people say:
“King, how are you such a genius?
There’s a roof overhead and food on our plates!”
It’s laissez-faire, I don’t even care
Let’s make Friday part of the weekend.”

Moxy Fruvous, from “King of Spain”

Hey, remember when Aslund was president of that country; Jeez, what was it called? Anyway, he became president way back in the late 90’s, almost further back than pterodactyls can remember, it’s not surprising that the details are a little fuzzy. I do remember that when he became president, the country was on the ropes: the inflation rate was around 27% (now it’s 11.4%), the unemployment rate was 12% (now it’s 5.2%), and per-capita GDP was about $3,500.00 USD (now it’s $7,000.00 USD). Adjusted for PPP, it’s about $25,000.00 per year, the highest it’s ever been. Personal income tax rate was a flat rate of 13%, and it still is. In how many other countries has the electorate seen its tax rates remain the same for 14 years? Not the UK, that’s for sure – they started the same period at 40%, went up to 50% from 2010 to 2012, and after that 45% looked like a tax break – neat, huh? The USA’s tax rate has remained stable, which is a remarkable achievement…but it’s at 35%, more than double what president Aslund was able to offer his electorate.

Of course Anders Aslund was never president of anywhere. That was Russia, and Putin was – and is – president. I introduced that short and harmless deception merely to showcase what a self-important, pompous toad Aslund is, when he says “In short, Putin – who is no economic expert – makes all major economic policy decisions in Russia, delivering orders to top managers of state-owned enterprises and individual ministers in ad hoc, one-on-one meetings. As a result, Russian economic policymaking is fragmented and dysfunctional.” Aslund wants you to know that he is an economic expert, and that Russia would be in so much better shape if only Putin would obey Aslund’s advice and step down, turning the presidency over to a brilliant fellow economist like, say….oh, I don’t know…Alexey Kudrin.

Aslund is at his entertaining best in his latest blowhard epic, “Putin in Denial“. World oil prices have halved since June, he says (he knows juicy insider stuff that you and I don’t because he’s an economist), and the value of the ruble has plunged along with the oil price (ditto). And, he warns, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Which he would know, of course, being an economist and consequently such a reliable engine of prediction. Like when he said back in 2009 that Gazprom – and whenever he speaks about Gazprom he has to switch over to his reserve vitriol tank, since he really, really hates Gazprom, probably because they will not “open up” to western investment and share ownership – was failing, citing the excellent book co-written by co-numpties Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov. The following year, Gazprom overtook Exxon-Mobil as the world’s most profitable company. His masterwork, “Think Again: Russia” contained more stream-of-consciousness bullshit than you could carry home in an eighteen-wheeler; I think Foreign Policy Magazine became ashamed of the flash flood of drivel in it and deleted it. If you have a hard-copy subscription, you can probably still read it and marvel at the mental grounding of anyone who could argue that political stability is undesirable because it is poorly suited for reform; I quoted from it here, but the electronic link is now dead. He described the voucher scheme introduced under Yeltsin – which resulted in Mikhail Khodorkovsky making the leap from ambitious geek to oligarchical geek virtually overnight – as an acceptable way to create an owner class, and the oligarchs as “engines of capitalist development”. Describing that view as wrongheaded would be an understatement on the order of describing Bill Gates as financially secure. Better wrap the belt from your bathrobe around your jaw before you read “An Assessment of Putin’s Economic Policy“, to stop it from dropping to the floor: penned by Aslund in 2008, it describes Putin as “one of the lucky ones who happened to be in the right place at the right time, as Talleyrand said about Lafayette, but accomplished little that was positive”, and blithely informs the reader that “Lucky” Putin took over the helm in Russia after Boris Yeltsin had already successfully set it on the road to a market democracy. It is for howlers like this that some long-ago Suffolk writer coined the word “flabbergasted”.

Here, from the subject article, are a few glittering examples of Aslund reasoning; (1) cutting Russia’s imports in half is going to worsen Russians’ living standards considerably (now that they presumably cannot afford to vacation in New York or buy milk packaged by Pepsi); (2) Russia, which has greatly increased its holdings in gold by dumping its useless dollars to buy it, suffers from “ever-worsening corruption and a severe liquidity freeze”; (3) Because he is unprepared to act, Putin continues to pretend there is no crisis at all; (4) Putin could withdraw his troops from eastern Ukraine, whereupon the benevolent USA and Europe would lift their crippling economic sanctions, but he won’t do that because he can’t stand losing, and (5) Putin’s failure to use the internet prevents him from grasping the magnitude of the crisis because he does not have access to up-to-date statistics. I have to stop now, because I can’t focus on the screen while I’m shaking my head.

“Likewise, short of initiating a major war, Putin has few options for driving up oil prices. Moreover, even before the oil-price collapse, crony capitalism had brought growth to a halt – and any serious effort to change the system would destabilize his power base.”

Really? I can think of a way, although I won’t pretend I thought it up myself, because it’s already happened – shut off Europe’s gas. Did you forget that one, Anders? All based on a very strange piece in the Daily Mail in which they appear to have copied and pasted part of it, since it reports that Mr. Putin is the Prime Minister – which he was, for a time – but it is dated today and several other details suggest they meant it to be now. No major war. Have energy prices risen? You tell me.

Whether six European countries are without gas tonight and blubbering in terror as they try to marshal their reserves, or it is all a big hoax, some of that famous British humour, it is apparent that the suggestion it could really happen is enough to make energy prices jump, so don’t fool yourself.

“Though accurate and timely statistics on Russia’s economy – needed to guide effective measures to counter the crisis – are readily available to the public online, Putin claims not to use the Internet.”

I can’t think of a more reliable way to inspire commentary by western leaders that Putin had “lost touch with reality” than to learn he was trying to run the country using the Internet as a guide. Because every leader knows the Internet is more reliable than your closest advisers who are, theoretically, experts in their fields. That might be true if you were George W. Bush, surrounded by a sycophantic circle of people who took turns blowing sunshine up your ass because it made you so happy when things were going well regardless how they were really going, but there is no evidence at all that Putin is that kind of leader and ample evidence which suggests he is not. And the United States seems to still be slogging along, despite the description of the Internet by one of its elected representatives as “a series of tubes“.

“His actions suggest that he considers economic data to be far less important than security information – perhaps the natural attitude of a kleptocrat.”

It becomes steadily more evident that Aslund simply loathes Putin so deeply that his desire to rant and call him names seizes complete control of his brain so that he can’t think – his entire mental hard drive is focused on talking smack like a six-year-old. There is absolutely no evidence at all that Putin is so preoccupied with security that he is oblivious to the economic situation. If he were, the deliberate effort to cause a panicky run on the ruble that would collapse it entirely might have succeeded. It is Aslund who is totally oblivious to the fact that Russia’s economic woes are caused largely by a bitter economic war of which it is the sole target and against whom are arrayed the entire forces of the NATO powers, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Aslund is acting as if the price of oil is the only consideration, and that Putin is mismanaging it terribly.

“If Putin wants to save Russia’s economy from disaster, he must shift his priorities. For starters, he must shelve some of the large, long-term infrastructure projects that he has promoted energetically in the last two years. Though the decision in December to abandon the South Stream gas pipeline is a step in the right direction, it is far from adequate.”

There you have it: Putin’s decision to shut down South Stream was a wise one, but not near enough. He must stop all the big projects that he only uses to steal from the Russian people anyway. What do the European Union’s mandarins think of the decision to shut down South Stream? I think it’s safe to say their take on it is all the way across town from Aslund’s.

I’m not sure how much more evidence anyone would need to conclude that Aslund was born an idiot, strove all his life to be an even bigger idiot – largely succeeding – and  will likely be carried in his pine box by six of his most thickwitted contemporaries in a celebration of idiocy that will see the grief-stricken pallbearers pass under an arch of giant crossed dunce-caps, to be laid to final rest under a stone which proclaims, “In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made economists.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2,333 Responses to Once He Was the King of Spain – Now He Vacuums the Turf at Skydome

  1. et Al says:

    More hieneous sanctions on Russia:

    Flight Global: AgustaWestland to assemble AW189s in Russia
    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/agustawestland-to-assemble-aw189s-in-russia-407606/
    AgustaWestland has broadened the scope of its Moscow-based HeliVert joint venture to include assembly of its new AW189 super-medium twin.

    The move offers the potential for a significant sales boost for the 8.3t helicopter, with Russian oil giant Rosneft lined up to acquire up to 160 locally built examples….

    …However, the new “strategic partnership” signed on 31 December by Finmeccanica and Rostec – the manufacturers’ parent companies – and Rosneft will see the first two AW189s delivered from the Tomilino facility to the oil giant in mid-2015, Rostec says…

    …The deal means HeliVert will have an exclusive licence to sell and manufacture both the AW139 and AW189 for Russia and the CIS countries. After-sales support and training will also be delivered by the company.

    Igor Sechin, Rosneft chief executive, says: “The development of offshore projects is a strategic objective of Rosneft.The implementation of this task is impossible without modern Arctic and marine engineering [and] oil and gas platforms, as well as modern aircraft. We are pleased with the agreement, which builds strategic co-operation in this important area.”.
    ###

    Those dastardly Italians! They must be sanctioned! Off-short transport via these specialized helicopters is serious money with western firms also doing deals with Brazil for their exploration and extraction projects. Maybe, just maybe they know something that the Pork Pie News Networks aren’t interested in reporting…

    In more recent news, the first example wingbox of the new Russian widebody airliner MC-21 (Yak-242) has started tests, first flight expected 2016, 20 more Sukhoi SuperJets are going to Aeroflot, the Ilyushin Il-112V light transport is going ahead as a national program (goodby An-140 & the An-70 appears to be kaput), and the first examples of modernized Tu-95MS & Tu-160 bombers have returned to service with a second stage of modernization for the latter in a couple of years.

  2. kirill says:

    The above press freedom map is hilarious. So Canada is some sort of utopia for press freedom? Who do these fucks think they are fooling. Canada has a one-note chorus media that spews the same spin at exactly the same time. The supposedly unfree Russian media has the whole swathe of liberast journalism that pushes the NATO line. I am not talking about some fringe media, I am talking about mainstream media, including a TV channel.

    • Ilya says:

      Canada gets a pass on virtually everything due to others confusing utter powerlessness with a deliberate desire to be virtuous.

    • marknesop says:

      Poor Ernst Zundel, humble holocaust-denier, subjected to endless harassment and legal obstruction in Canada, for “inciting hatred”. Eastern Ukrainians are subhumans? No problem.

    • ThatJ says:

      @marknesop

      In this video Zundel interviews Ingrid Rimland, a Russian-German Mennonite born in Ukraine — eastern Ukraine. She has lived under 3 dictatorships: Stalin (USSR), Hitler (Third Reich) and Strößner (Paraguay). These Mennonites are self-described “Russian-Germans”. This description made sense back then. They lived there for some two centuries I think, and it was part of the Russian Empire. Lenin changed this when the region the Mennonites lived was handed over to western Ukraine, with the results we see today. I notice she also uses “the” before Ukraine. I remember when Crimea was reunited with Russia, the leader of the German community there, surname Rempel, said they always considered themselves Russian-Germans.

      The Mennonites I know whose ancestors came from that corner of the world don’t say anything at all about the civil war in Ukraine. They have no Ukrainian identity. On the other hand, I would say they are more Germans than the Germans themselves. Which is funny, considering that they are as much German as they are Dutch. I think that the Dutch ancestry was weakened through the centuries to the point that they all have a German identity now, but you can see many Dutch surnames among the Mennonites. Dutch, Deutsch, what’s the difference anyway. What can be upsetting for many here is Rimland’s fond memories of the German occupation of Ukraine, which is something she shares with the Banderites, even if her (or the Mennonites’) Ukrainian identity is zero.

      As recounted by Rimland, one hated figure by the Mennonites was Nestor Makhno:

      Makhno fought all factions that sought to impose any external authority over southern Ukraine, battling in succession the Ukrainian Nationalists, the Imperial German and Austro-Hungarian occupation, the Hetmanate Republic, the White Army, the Red Army, and other smaller forces led by Ukrainian atamans. Makhno and his movement repeatedly attempted to reorganize life in the Gulai-Polye region along anarchist-communist lines, however, the disruptions of the civil war precluded any long term social experiments. Although Makhno considered the Bolsheviks a threat to the development of an anarchist Free Territory within Ukraine, he twice entered into military alliances with them to defeat the White Army. In the aftermath of the White Army’s final defeat in November 1920, the Bolsheviks initiated a military campaign against Makhno, which concluded with his escape across the Romanian border in August 1921. After a series of imprisonments and escapes, Makhno finally settled in Paris with his wife Galina and daughter Yelena.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestor_Makhno

      • ThatJ says:

        Correction:
        I would say they are more Germans than the Germans themselves.
        Should be:
        I would say they are more German than the Germans themselves.

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        The “Ukrainian” Mennonites have a different profile to Galicians/western Ukrainians who live in the diaspora. It’s always entertaining to remind the Banderites that they didn’t live in southeastern Ukraine where the Bolshevik upheaval and famine took place, yet they like to claim victim status. The ethnic Russians, Germans and yes, Ukrainians, who lived there suffered much more and don’t fret about it like the Banderites do. Canada has a fair share of these Mennonites. Rimland herself lived there for some time.

        PS: Nestor Makhno was apparently an ethnic Ukrainian:

        National issues

        While the bulk of Makhno’s forces consisted of ethnic Ukrainian peasants, he did not consider himself to be a Ukrainian nationalist, but rather an anarchist. His movement did put out a Ukrainian-language version of their newspaper and his wife Halyna Kuzmenko was a nationally-conscious Ukrainian. In emigration, Makhno came to believe that anarchists would only have a future in Ukraine if they Ukrainianized and he stated that he regretted that he was writing his memoirs in Russian and not in Ukrainian.[30] Makhno viewed the revolution as an opportunity for ordinary Russians – particularly rural peasants – to rid themselves of the overweening power of the central state through self-governing and autonomous peasant committees, protected by a people’s army dedicated to anarchist principles of self-rule.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestor_Makhno#National_issues

        • Johan Meyer says:

          In fairness to Makhno, while he did perpetrate crimes against Mennonites, many Mennonites joined his organization, as the other parties were often even more anti-Mennonite. But then again, Trotsky and company claimed that he was involved in pogroms as well. Keep in mind that many of the “Russian” aristocrats (slave owners) in Ukraine had been (high) German, and that Ukrainian peasants born half a century later would not have realised that the Mennonites were Low German (plaut), and thus not connected to serfdom.

  3. kirill says:

    https://news.vice.com/article/a-mysterious-twitter-whistleblower-is-trying-to-take-down-the-president-of-turkey?utm_source=vicenewstwitter

    What a surprise. Now that Gazprom has stopped the South Stream project and was going to use the Turkey-Greece border as a selling point we have a coup attempt against the Turkish government. Don’t laugh, these days coups are “people power” theater staged by “corruption whistle blowers”.

    The stupid fucks in NATO think that they will get something. They need to consult people with functional intellects and learn that the next step is for Russia to terminate its pipeline network on its Black Sea coast and let the EU build a pipeline to this hub if it wants Russian gas. They will get ZERO from regime change in Turkey.

    • marknesop says:

      “Fuat Avni’s consistent credibility has established him as a reliable source of information,” Greg Barton, an expert on Turkish politics at Monash University, told VICE News. “The tweets are taken seriously because they have substance behind them; they predict something breaking that is then confirmed to be true.”

      Of course. Relying on social media is now de rigueur in State Department planning. The very next paragraph announces Erdogan will stage a false-flag attack in a large Turkish city and blame it on his enemies – they want to watch out for that. Because Erdogan doesn’t need terror attacks, his position is fairly secure and if money pouring into Turkey betters the lives of its citizens it will be more so.

      And naturally this new source has all kinds of credibility, because it serves western ends. If it did not, they’d laugh about it and say you meet all kinds of nuts on social media. What if a new Twitter source started firing off tweets that said Obama was planning a false-flag attack in a large American city to bolster his cratering popularity – would they take that seriously?

      “Fuat Avni” is probably the NSA; they must know all kinds of secrets about Erdogan, most of which they protected for years because he was such a useful ally, but which they are now starting to spill. And idiots around the world believe the only way we will have security is to allow their government and allies to know even more of their private matters.

  4. davidt says:

    Our Indian ex-diplomat Bhadrakumar has an interesting article on the Ukraine motivated by the reported capture of the Donetsk airport by the separatists. (Does anyone understand what is happening there?) His point is that a frozen conflict in the Ukraine does not suit Russia, and that Russia really needs the saner voices within the EU to force all sides to some sort of realistic negotiations. He surmises that otherwise Russia would be left with little choice than to take recourse to “politics by other means”. Unfortunately, there seems to be a certain logic in this. (Alternatively, I guess Russia could ask for the repayment of its loan to Ukraine or it could seriously threaten to cut off gas supplies or … I am not saying that Putin is wrong just to sit pat, but the evidence is very strong that he puts off making a decision whenever he can, and that he is overly(?) loyal to his colleagues,)

    http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/author/bhadrakumaranrediffmailcom/

    • marknesop says:

      I don’t see how a frozen conflict in Ukraine does not serve Russia’s ends. If there is no border dispute, NATO will gobble up Ukraine quicker than you can say “new member”, and then there will be a firechain of NATO bases down the border with Russia. The adults are not in power in the west, and there are no sober pragmatic leaders to deal with. How is a frozen conflict bad for Russia and good for the west? It’s not as good for Russia as Ukraine under Yanukovych and taking a big loan from Russia was, but it’s better than a NATOized Ukraine.

      • davidt says:

        I don’t think that I agree with you- certainly the people living in the Donetsk region lose, as their lives must be absolutely miserable. Hopefully, the alternative is not that NATO gobbles up Ukraine and the problem is how to negotiate a peace that precludes this. As far as I can tell there is no cost to the West that pressures them to negotiate anything. That’s why, for example, I think that Russia should consider doubling up on the stakes by threatening to cut back the gas to NATO countries. Probably I would begin by demanding that Ukraine pays back its loan. It seems to me the problem is how to move Europe out of its comfort zone. (Presumably Putin’s people are considering a range of options.) Suppose that Europe ratchets up the sanctions in spring- what would you do?

        • marknesop says:

          Oh, I agree Russia absolutely should begin to move more assertively – but against Europe and NATO, not against Ukraine, because that’s what the west wants, a land war in Ukraine between Russia and Ukraine and whoever the west can throw into the mix. Not World War III, just a nice medium-sized conflict that would get the western economies on a war footing supplying their surrogate for so long as it lasted, and force the re-declaration of alliances that are getting a little shaky. What Russia wanted was for Yanukovych’s decision – made under far, far less pressure from Russia than the west applied; the insistence on the release of Tymoshenko, for example, was so controversial that in the end it had to be dropped – to be respected and for the relationship between Ukraine and Russia to go on as it had done. Russia wanted Ukraine as a partner in the Eurasian Union, not as a pet. It does not want to absorb more Ukrainian territory into the Russian Federation and take responsibility for millions of residents who have had their property and lives wrecked – Ukraine did that, and Ukraine should fix it at its own cost. However, the west’s position – after advertising itself as the greatest force for good on the planet and the essence of humanitarianism – is that Russia should stand aside and do nothing while the Ukrainian Army ethnically cleanses the east of Ukraine by killing everyone who will not flee. These are Ukraine’s own people, and you can hardly call it a civil war when all of the military is on the same side, supported by the combined weight of the western powers. If Russia actually went in on the side of the east, they would be at Kiev’s doorstep in weeks if not days, but then the west would be able to adopt the mantle of the defender – traditionally sacred – and pump in armour and troops and planes to prevent the fall of Kiev. And Russia would be the bloody aggressor to another generation.

          Russia is still soft-pedaling its relations with Europe because it likely still hopes to damage its relationship with the USA and carve some of the European powers off as allies, perhaps now or perhaps in the next elections, which may see a rise in the power of what Europe describes as “extremists” like Marine le Pen. Personally I would do as you suggest, demand repayment (certainly within their right, and no western company would hesitate), cut off their gas and make them my bitches. But I am not Putin, and I daresay he knows a thing or two more about running a major power than we do.

          Europe keeps poking Russia, at its master’s instructions, in the hope it will lunge at Ukraine, perhaps even at Europe. But to do that, Russia would need to be desperate, and it is not. To that end, the western newspapers describe it as desperate, partly to frighten their readers and partly in hopes that saying it will make it true. So the best action for Russia under these conditions is to turn away with every appearance of regret – much of which it probably does feel – and turn it into a game of who will be in prohibitive economic difficulties first. That’s not much of a game, since the outcome is a foregone conclusion so long as China does not withdraw its support. Europe is playing the worst hand it has ever been dealt, and if it keeps it up its own economies will be wrecked for a decade at least.

          • Moscow Exile says:

            I cannot imagine any European state becoming a reliable ally of Russia, nor do I think the Russian government does, and I include the Balkan states in this judgement.

            The whole of Europe has been mesmerized by the stupid idea of a United States of Europe, some far more civilized (because it’s European) and potentially economically more powerful union than the USA is. The reality is that the EU is an unmitigated disaster, a bureaucratic nightmare full of nonentities that pass themselves off as politicians. For god’s sake! Just look at the likes of Ashton, Van Rompuy, Barroso et al. – and now there’s another no-mark in control: Tusk!!!. And the EU “top dog” – it’s only dog – is a US colony.

            I mean, just look at the way Bulgaria and Romania behave now towards Russia and the EU. And historically, the Russian Empire defended the Balkan Christians from the not so tender mercies of the Ottomans time and time again. And who allied themselves with the Ottomans against the Russians in this respect in order to prevent – that’s right, you’ve guessed – “Russian expansionism? – Why the former European mighty powers of the time, namely the UK and France, with the Austrian Empire tagging along and always ready to jump in when the situation seemed advantageous to it. Oh yeah, and the Kingdom of Sardinia joined in on the act so as to pick up a few crumbs.

            I think the the borders of the former RSFSR, now the Russian Federation, are what Russia is happy with and to hell with Western Europe! The EU might as well just be a land mass in the middle of the Pacific as far as Russia is concerned.

            That doesn’t mean that trade between the EU and Russia will be curtailed, but contrary to the Brussels and Washington bullshit machines, the EU needs Russia more than Russia needs Europe.

            Russia should follow that old dictum that is sometimes used to describe US policies: no allies, just Russian interests.

      • davidt says:

        By the way, Bhadrakumar is very well connected, and people tell him things. So when he says that Moscow is not happy with the current impasse I am inclined to believe this is what he has been told by a Russian source and assume that it is quite likely true.

        • marknesop says:

          I don’t doubt he has good sources, but he suggests an option for Europe would be to ease sanctions and then use whatever goodwill that generates to press Russia to in turn press the rebels to come to the negotiating table. This option is a non-starter because of Kiev, which will never negotiate in good faith with the rebels. It is fixed on a goal of sweeping them screaming and fleeing before its army, and will have nothing to do with a negotiated solution in which Kiev cedes control of the Donbass. Conversely, the rebels will come to the table without any pressure from Russia, except they know Kiev’s goal is to murder them all and if it does not have force as an option, it is tapped out as far as negotiation is concerned.

          A prerequisite for a peace settlement must include the wholesale replacement of the Ukrainian government, which must include the poisonous Yats and the useless dumpling Poroshenko as well as most if not all of the Rada, which is stacked against the east and any modicum of fairness and will never budge as long as it is in dreamland and still living in relative comfort compared with the electorate. That should be the rebels’ red line – replace the entire government, then we’ll talk. It is no more outrageous a demand than that the east should lay down its arms so that all of them can be killed or imprisoned as traitors.

          Which is much the same as saying negotiation will not work, because there is no middle ground.

          • davidt says:

            I especially agree with your 1st paragraph. Unfortunately, I think that we’ll be waiting a long time before a civilized government takes root in Kiev, so I agree with your summation too.

  5. davidt says:

    And I’ll leave people in peace after this. “Media Lens” has what I think is the best overview of the Paris atrocity and its aftermath that I have seen: “Charlie Hebdo and the War for Civilisation”. It begins with the tribulations of Michael Moore after his Oscar night speech: “We like nonfiction, yet we live in fictitious times…” It poses the rhetorical(?) question: “If, on Oscar Night, he had held up a cartoon depicting President Bush naked on all fours, buttocks raised to a pornographic filmmaker would Moore still be alive today.” “Anyway”, I recommend the article.
    http://www.medialens.org/

  6. Warren says:

  7. Warren says:

    Banderites are creaming themselves over the news of Motorola’s alleged death.

    • Oddlots says:

      God I hope not.

    • Southern Cross says:

      The ‘great battle which will decide the fate Ukraine’ is being fought and where are the Azov orcs?

      Posting about it Vkontakte.

      • PaulR says:

        It’s not the first time he’s been killed. Twitter reports are not very reliable to say the least.

        • yalensis says:

          Motorola was wounded before, I think that is where he got that scar on his scalp.
          He was sent for some R&R to Crimea, then a bit later he married Elena, and they got some time off for their honeymoon.

          Not hearing much about Elena any more. I wonder if she and Motorola are still an item?

        • marknesop says:

          Agreed. And the likelihood of a report being rubbish increases exponentially with the need for a victory.

    • marknesop says:

      Hope not, but if so it is not likely to be a dreadful disaster for the DNR’s forces. He is very popular but not a top-level commander, and is highly regarded more for his courage than unique leadership talents. Maybe the Nazi fucks in Azov Battalion just haven’t heard anything of him in awhile and need a morale boost. I hope he pops his head up and asks what all the fuss is about.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Моторола жив. Подтверждение

        Posted 42 minutes ago as I write at 10:42 Moscow time, 18th January, 2015.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          Motorola alive. Confirmed

          Сегодня, 05:45 • Опубл.: Apolitikus • Просм.: 12537 • Комм.: 45 • Видео

          Вчера, благодаря то ли укросми, то ли каким-то укроблогам была вброшена информация, что в ходе боев в донецком аэропорту погиб Моторола. Некоторые солидные сайты подхватили эту дезу и начали разносить, вплоть, до сегодняшнего дня. Данный радиоперехват, сделанный в 21:00 17-го января 2015 года, подтверждает, что Моторола жив и здоров.

          Источник: http://politikus.ru/politikus/video/40579-motorola-zhiv.-podtverzhdenie.html
          Politikus.ru

          Today, 05:45 • Published: Apolitikus • Views: 12537 • Commrnts: 45 • Video

          Yesterday, either thanks to Ukraine MSM or Yukie blogs or whatever, was spread information that during the fighting at Donetsk airport Motorola had been killed. Some reputable sites picked up the misinformation and began to spread it right up to the present time. This radio intercept made at 21:00 on January 17, 2015, confirms that Motorola is alive and well.

          Source: http://politikus.ru/politikus/video/40579-motorola-zhiv.-podtverzhdenie.html
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          • Moscow Exile says:

            Украинские военные начали эвакуировать раненых из донецкого аэропорта”

            Ukrainian military has begun evacuation of wounded from Donetsk airport

            Moscow. on January 17. INTERFAX.RU – Fighting continues at Donetsk airport. Ukrainian military reports that it has begun to evacuate the wounded.

            “Our military has fought its way to the defenders of the airport and begun the evacuation of the wounded. First of all we are taking out those who are in a serious condition”, reads the Facebook page for the special operations press centre .

            It specifies that the battle at Donetsk airport, which is currently ongoing, started around 14:00. “The Ukrainian military is laying down appropriate firepower suppression in order to prevent the enemy from blocking the evacuation of the wounded from the new terminal”, says the press centre.

            The Ukraine also reports the shelling by the rebel militia of the new airport terminal. In addition, there has been firing at Ukrainian troop positions located near housing close to the airport: in the course of the day the villages of Opytnoye, Avdeevka, Peski, Granitnoye, Mar’inka and Ton’enkoye have been fired upon, reports the press centre.

            “In other areas near the settlements of Tryokhizbenka, Krymskoye, Zaitsevo and Popasnaya, illegal armed groups have carried out bombardments using artillery, tanks and anti-tank guided missiles”, the message states.

            All in all, according to the Ukrainian military, from 06:00 to 18:00 ATO headquarters registered 43 firing incidents. In particular, the militia fired Grad rockets at Tryokhizbenka, Avdeevka and Novokalynove”, says the press center.

            This morning, the authorities of the DNR made a statement about the establishment of control over Donetsk airport and the wiping out all of the Ukrainian military. This has been denied by Kiev.

            From what I am now reading between the lines is that the Yukies went all-out to retake the airport and then to press on for the city, were rebuffed, and are now selling their operation as having merely been one to rescue their wounded that were still holed up in the airport ruins.

            Both sides are claiming victory.

            Have found no reports yet of fighting within Donetsk city.

  8. et Al says:

    Bloomberg re-produces a Kiev press release and a bit of their own filler:

    Bloomturd: Ukraine Forces Repel Rebel Surge Before Polish Premier’s Visit
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-17/pro-russian-rebels-pound-ukrainian-positions-at-donetsk-airport.html
    Ukraine’s military repelled a wave of rebel assaults on Donetsk Airport yesterday, rushing in new troops and ammunition to the battle zone as the government prepares for a visit by neighboring Poland’s prime minister. ..

    …Pro-Russian fighters shelled residential areas near the airport yesterday with artillery and multiple-launch Grad rocket systems after attacks on the airport were turned back, the Security Council said on the website. Russian-made Grads were also used in residential areas in the Luhansk region, the council said. Government positions and residential areas were attacked 19 times by 2 p.m. yesterday…
    ###

    So those Youtube clips were fake???

    Soundtrack:

  9. yalensis says:

    Latest I am reading from the battlefield, as of the night of the 17-18th of January, Ukies have launched a hasty, but somewhat massive offensive, not just to take airport back, but also incursions of their tanks into Donetsk proper.

    In other words, this seems to be “It” – the big Ukie offensive we have all been expecting.
    I cannot seem to get any reliable info as to who is winning.
    Will follow the news as best I can.

    • PaulR says:

      Censor.net is talking about Ukrainians trying to widen their area of control ‘around the airport’. Some twitter reports talk of an incursion into the Putilovka district, which is east of the airport. It is all very unclear. We shall have to wait for morning for proper reports from journalists in the area, rather than twitter messages, which I don’t generally trust.

      • yalensis says:

        Well, censor.net is a Ukie paper, and they all read now like something written in a parallel universe. According to them, Ukies fully control the airport, the Russian tanks are continually being beaten back, Superman is still trapped in Bizarro World, etc.

        “censor.net” reminded me of “vlasti.net”, an old fave of mine several years ago. So I took a look at it, and was shocked.
        I used to read vlasti net all the time, they were funny and vibrant, and had lively forums.
        I have not looked at it for quite a while, was shocked when I did.
        Now they are a hysterical Ukrop rag, just like all the others.

        I did a quick internet search, and apparently vlasti used to be owned by some guy named Valery Khoroshkovsky, Media Group, Ltd., but back in 2013 he sold it to Dmitry Firtash..
        I don’t think there is really any free or independent press left in Ukraine at this point.

        • PaulR says:

          I have found Censor.net probably the best Russian-language Ukrainian source on the war. Its editor, Iurii Butusov, is many notches above Dmitri Tymchuk as a military commentator.

          • yalensis says:

            Okay, I’ll take a second look at it.
            Admittedly I just scanned the headlines for a typical day:

            “Ukrainian troops open fire on Russian terrorist positions in Donbass”
            “Ukrainian army in control of Donetsk Airpot”
            “OSCE concludes that Volnovakha bus was fired on from terrorist-controlled territory”

            (etc etc)

    • kirill says:

      Seems like an improvised and not a well planned counter-attack. The clowns in Kiev must be feeling some political heat and need to “get results” on the battlefield. This has the potential and likelihood of blowing up in their faces.

      • PaulR says:

        To give an idea of what happens in the twitterverse, here are a few tweets about Donetsk published in the last couple of hours:

        1. Street fighting is going on in #Donetsk, as a result of #Ukraine troops advance at the airport :
        2. Fierce battle at the #Donetsk airport right now. Reports that an army division entered Donetsk & roads to #Luhansk are blocked by the army
        3. #Ukraine army preparing to enter #Donetsk in force. If executed swiftly & ruthless then Donetsk will fall in hours.
        4. According to a #Ukraine medic, regime lost at least 20 KIA and 54 wounded during failed #Donetsk airport assault via @myrevolutionrus
        5. The guns are silent for now, but the streets of Donetsk sound with barking dogs. All over the city.
        6. Quiet now on both live streams…

        So, according to whom you read, you will know either that all hell is loose in Donetsk, or nothing is happening at all, or maybe something in between. Meanwhile, the Ukrainians are about to capture the city, but they have also been repelled with heavy casualties.

        Meanwhile, elsewhere twitter reports that rebel forces are advancing on Stanitsa Luganskaia, but also: #Kiev-controlled #Lugansk region agrees two-day truce with self-proclaimed Lugansk republic

        And elsewhere on the front: #NAF advancing from #Gorlovka towards #Dzerzhinsk. Broke through #Shumy, trying to take #Maiorska & fighting near #Magdalinovka

        This is why I don’t place much credence in twitter.

        El Murid, meanwhile, pours scorn on reports of the Ukrainian offensive and Motorola’s death: http://el-murid.livejournal.com/2191937.html But then he is sitting in St Petersburg, so not exactly in a position to know.

      • yalensis says:

        I think Porky felt like he had to respond to Zakharchenko waving that captured Ukie flag at him.
        It was like a red flag to a bull.
        (even though the actual flag was blue and yellow)

        And thus Porky commanded:

        Forward, the ATO Brigade!
        “Charge for the guns!” he said:
        Into the valley of Death
        Rode the [insert correct number here]..

        • Moscow Exile says:

          Or:

          Oh the grand old Duke of Pork,
          He had ten thousand men,
          So he marched them to Donetsk airport,
          And he marched them out again.

          And when they were out they were in,
          And when they were in they were out,
          So nobody knew if they were out when in
          Or whether in when they were out!

  10. Tim Owen says:

    Incidentally, does anyone know the answer to this: which of these two is actually Riley Waggaman? I’d really like to believe it’s the one on the right.

    http://russia-insider.com/sites/insider/files/styles/medium/public/ducks-250×192.jpg?itok=xZZQCObM

  11. Tim Owen says:

    As the above suggests, Waggaman has struck again:

    Former US State Dept. Adviser: “Putin Keeps Russia so Drunk That It Will Not Challenge Him”

    http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/17/2498

    Oh hey, it’s our friend Paul Goble!

    That duck suit isn’t fooling anyone Mark.

    • marknesop says:

      Quack. I mean, Damn.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      I have mentioned above that it is a long time since I have seen drunkards staggering around the streets here. I am sure drink statistics will reveal a change in drinking habits, if not a decline in the quantity of alcohol consumed in Russia now. Numerous reports have pointed out that it is not how much Russians drink that causes problems, but how Russians drink.

      There is a guest troll on the above linked Russia Insider article on Goble’s shite who comes out with his all-knowing statement that Russians drink more than anyone else. Fact by assertion, as usual. But they don’t. Per capita, I am sure the French are top of the league in Europe in this respect. Whatever. I am sure Peter will soon have his febrile fingers typing away to check this out, but whichever way these league tables are calculated, Russia is not in 1st position.

      However, the guest troll categorically states that Russia tops the boozers’ league table, so who can argue against that fact? In any case, I am only basing my opinion on what I have seen here over the course of the past quarter century, and 20 years ago, I used to see men in Moscow and in the countryside reeling and rolling about the place day and night.

      When they used to sell booze at kiosks, I used to see men downing a litre of beer at 7 a.m. outside their metro stations whilst on their way to work. And then they introduced 33 cls cans of “cocktails” such as Gin & Tonic, which soon became 0.5 litre cans. Great for a quick wet on the way to work and at various top-up times during the day. You just don’t see that anymore now.

      As regards the accuracy of my observations of the drinking habits of the Mongol-Tatar-Finno-Ugric natives, I can vouch for it, for I was one of those having a wet throughout the day and rocking and rolling my way home in the evening or in general at the weekend.

      These observations, by the way, took place when the West’s favourite drunken Russian president was running the show and selling off what he and his clan had not already pocketed.

      That bastard is buried in Novodevichy Convent. If I were the Evil One, I would have that sot’s stinking corpse dug up and heaved into the river: the Volga catfish will finish off his remains.

      Come to think of it, it won’t be that stinking: it should be quite well pickled actually.

  12. Tim Owen says:

    Come to think of it, one for thatJ:

  13. Warren says:

    Homosexual rapist Lyashko showers the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeriya Hontarevyeva with fake money.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      At 3.55 the presenter introduces a police investigator, a first lieutenant who served in Kerch, when the Crimea was an autonomous republic of the Ukraine, Stanislav Polikov, who says that according to police reports there is evidence that in the summer of 2012 an unidentified person was attempting at Simferopol airport to remove two boys – one aged 14, the other 12 – from the peninsula. [I should add that the law here – and, I daresay, in the Ukraine as well – is very strict as regards the transportation of minors by a person or persons other than his parent. And even with parents, it is always advisable to have a notary make out official documentation of one’s parenthood. I have done this on several occasions when travelling by train around Russia with my family.] The unidentified person was identified as Lyashko and that the boys were from a Yalta boarding school.

      The presenter asks the witness for what purpose the boys were being removed.

      The police lieutenant replies that they were being removed on two illegal counts: firstly the transportation of children without permission; secondly, and far more seriously, for sexual intimacy with minors. The policeman says that this was recorded, but because of Lyashko’s parliamentary immunity, no action against him has been forthcoming and that it is almost impossible to prosecute him.

      A member of the audience then says that this took place when Tymoshenko was prime minister.

      • Warren says:

        The depravity of Lyashko knows no limits.

        • yalensis says:

          For those not understanding Russian…
          The gist of it:
          When recruiting for his Punitive Battalion, Lyashko employed a casting couch for the wannabe soldier boys.
          Which sometimes involved them being raped with a pipe, or other object, while being tied down.
          Eye witness account.

    • marknesop says:

      And the Ukrainian taxpayers maintain him in comfort without him having to get a job, so that he can provide occasional comic relief in venues that are supposed to be weighty with deliberation. Such a cut-up.

  14. Terje says:

    “Selective indignation”

    • Southern Cross says:

      Merkel’s horrible secret revealed.

      • yalensis says:

        Then what happened between that and this ?
        Did she LITERALLY grow a pair?

        • Southern Cross says:

          Only you would have nudes of Chancellor Merkel right to hand…

          Perhaps she confiscated them from Steinmeier?

          • Jen says:

            No excuse now for the Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Israel to Photoshop Angela Merkel out of its coverage of the Hebdo demonstrations.
            http://www.smh.com.au/world/conservative-jewish-newspaper-edits-angela-merkel-out-of-paris-rally-picture-20150113-12n819.html

            So that was what the NSA had on Merkel that she was so concerned about.

          • yalensis says:

            I’m not a pervert! Those nudie photos are instantly available on the internet, just google “nude photos of Merkel” and bob’s your uncle.

            Actually, Merkel has nothing to be ashamed of, she looks pretty good in that shot.
            Nice strapping, healthy body.
            Although I like the middle girl best, the one with curly hair, she is really cute.
            I wonder who she is, and where she is now?

            • et Al says:

              I’m not a pervert! Those nudie photos are instantly available on the internet, just google “nude photos of Merkel” and bob’s your uncle.

              Rule no.1: Stop digging!

              Rule no.2: If you have to state that you are ‘not a pervert’, then irrefutable (i.e. political) logic means that you are! Not that this is a problem.

              Rule no.3: Always be extremely careful when introducing any uncle called ‘Bob’. It leads to many more uncomfortable questions…

  15. yalensis says:

    Intertubes are reporting that wounded Ukie soldiers from Donetsk airport are being transported to Odessa. Admittedly, info comes from a tweet , so take it as you will.

    People reading something into this, because usually Ukie wounded are evac’ed to Dnipropetrovsk hospital. Is possible they need special treatment that is only available in Odessa? Or maybe that is the only place that has fresh blood for transfusion?

    TRANSLATION OF TWEET (by somebody named Irina Medushevakaya)
    To Odessa are being transported wounded heroes from Donetsk Airport (93rd Mobilized Brigade). The regional blood-transfusion station is open on Monday from 8:00 to 15:00.
    All types of blood are needed. When you give blood, be sure to indicate, that it is for Hospital #411.
    Odessites, are we going to support our boys? See you on Monday!

    P.S. Tomorrow be sure to abstain (all day) from the use of alcohol or medications, please!

    • yalensis says:

      P.S. this all sounds sort of Third World-ish to me.

      If the blood is urgently needed, then why can’t people report directly to Hospital #411 and give their blood on the spot? Why do they have to wait until Monday?
      And if the soldiers are dying, then will the transfusion center still be closed for lunch hour?

      • kirill says:

        It’s BS designed to gain sympathy. Poor patriotic Ukrs dying due to Donbas terrorists.

      • Jen says:

        Um, because Odessa is by the sea or closer to international borders so that if any of the Ukie soldiers die, their kidneys and livers can be harvested and sent to foreign hospitals faster and with less hassle for medical tourists?

        Actually Hospital #411 is a special military hospital specialising in the treatment of wounds and injuries suffered by soldiers and civilians of a military nature:
        http://en.411gospital.org.ua/o-nas/

        Also if you donate money to Hospital #411, it goes into a PrivatBank account. So there may be something Third World-ish about that, being a beneficiary of Benny K’s largesse.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Why Odessa? Dnepropetrovsk is a damned sight closer by about 200 miles.

    • kat kan says:

      Odessa gave more than enough blood in May.

  16. Warren says:

    World Bank’s Corrupt Companies Blacklist Dominated By Canada

    Canada has the dubious honour of being home to the largest number of firms on a World Bank blacklist of corrupt companies.

    But virtually all of that can be attributed to one Canadian company — SNC Lavalin, the construction and engineering giant whose name is becoming a paragon of Canadian corruption.

    Of the more than 600 companies now listed as barred from doing business with the World Bank over corruption, 117 are Canadian, the most of any one country. And of those, 115 represent SNC-Lavalin and its subsidiaries, the Financial Post reports.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/18/world-bank-corrupt-companies-canada_n_3948280.html

    • kirill says:

      I hate to say it, but Quebec is rife with corruption. I am not anti-Quebecois. I have sympathy for their left of center politics and history. But greater Montreal is actually an Italian Mafia turf. I am not making this up and it is hard to grasp coming from Toronto. There are a lot of Italians in Toronto, but no Mafia control. It is not an accident that we had the Quebec biker gang organized crime problem and the infrastructure shows clear evidence of substandard construction due to corruption. (Falling concrete beams from underpasses crushing cars).

      SNC-Lavalin is a Quebec company. But I cannot say that English Canada is squeaky clean. The Maritimes are ruled by the Irving family and I can see enough evidence of corruption in Ontario.

      All the propaganda about corruption in Russia is a diversion media consumers. There is plenty of corruption in the west that should be the focus of their attention. Russian corruption is not something singular in nature. It is exaggerated beyond recognition.

      • Tim Owen says:

        Funny, I was arguing with my family about this last night. They find my admiration and respect for Putin and Lavrov completely mystifying. And all the familiar tropes get pulled out: Russian corruption; Russians like authoritarian leadership etc.

        SNC – Lavalin’s recent achievement of topping the league tables in corruption would have been great ammo.

      • Jen says:

        That’s interesting, I did not know that the Italian mafias were so strong in Canada but I should not be surprised. They are a major presence here in Australia and have been so with the arrival of Italians, mostly from the southern mafia-afflicted areas like Calabria, Naples and Sicily, after the Second World War. In the 1970s a politician and anti-drug campaigner Donald Mackay was killed in Griffith by gangsters connected with the local branch of the Australian Calabrian mafia network and his death made a deep impression on people across the country, not least because Griffith then was a country town in the fruit-growing belt of New South Wales, far from the cities where you’d expect mafias to operate. (But I guess that’s just us, Australians, so laid back that Islamic terrorists hold up cafes and Italian gangsters conduct their shady business in sleepy little outback hamlets to get any attention. 🙂 )

    • marknesop says:

      That’s interesting; I never knew that. Makes me feel positively piratical, and we Canadians usually have the reputation of being such goodie-goodies. SNC Lavalin built some of our ships. Not the frigates, though; those were built by St John Shipbuilding, which folded after the contract was complete in true Canadian fashion. SNC Lavalin built the Maritime Coastal Defense Vessels (MCDV).

    • Jen says:

      Curious to know what percentage of these subsidiary companies are tax shelters for SNC-Lavalin. They may have been legitimate companies in the past that were then bought and their staff sacked outright or whittled down over time, and their assets sold off.

    • ..james says:

      huffpost. piece of crap org.. this looks like a press release put out by harper in a pre election game of making sure the libs don’t get in. i don’t dispute the corruption, but if you think the oil corps in alberta are any less corrupt.. harper pays arriana… wat else is new?

      • marknesop says:

        The libs should be in no danger of getting in under Justin Trudeau. I just knew when he turned up that he was automatically going to be handed the liberal leadership because of name recognition. The ads against him are totally dishonest, but all that aside I don’t think anyone wants another Trudeau in the Prime Minister’s office unless he’s there to make coffee. I would normally vote liberal, but since the party immolated under Ignatief I don’t bother to vote. It doesn’t matter who gets in, and all the choices are bad.

        • ..james says:

          true, all the choices are bad. however having harper in again is worse! we need proprtional representation, i think.. right now the voice of anything other then neo-con is being split to favour neo-con harper. i can’t handle more of this shit. bad enough what we have had to put up with provincially. ukk.

  17. Tim Owen says:

    A great time saver. Michael Hudson sums up: the Swiss franc move; Syrizia and Grexit; and the Ukraine.

    Love Hudson’s smile of patient disgust as the presenter knowingly lobs him each question. She plays the role of mouthpiece of conventional “wisdom” / cluelessness very well.

    • Tim Owen says:

      And right on time, the Russian agriculture ministry suggests Russia might lift counter-sanctions against Greece in the case of a forced or voluntary exit from the EU:

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-17/russias-modest-proposal-greece-exit-europe-and-we-will-lift-food-import-ban

      Well played.

    • Warren says:

      Hudson is a gem!

      Guns and Butter – March 14, 2007
      “America: Host or Parasite?”
      Interview with economist, Dr. Michael Hudson. Dr. Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trend, a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of “Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire”. We discuss the US balance of payments trade deficit which creates US credit to finance the US national debt and war abroad; Russian economic shock therapy as the final stage of the cold war; the real estate bubble; permanent war and the inevitable collapse of the current US dominated global economic system. Visit his website at http://www.michael-hudson.com.

      http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/3805

    • Tim Owen says:

      To leap on (and quickly off) my hobby horse, note that Hudson points out that the sanctions can strengthen Russia precisely because the government can “print all the Rubles it wants.” He is not wringing his hands about all this “debt” and about a Weimar-scale inflation.

      The debt obsession is a canard that has been foisted on us by 30 years of propaganda by those who want to shrink government to a size where it can be drowned in a bathtub. Why? Because they want to privatize services so that they can set up toll-booths and reap the profits (really, rents) that the government was failing to collect (By doing so, the government was keeping overall costs down for business and so maintaining overall competitiveness of labour. Do the “entrepreneurs” behind initiatives like private jails and education – a recent hedge fund favourite – care about having a good business climate in this sense? Of course not. They want to loot the host country and it’s communities and disappear to a gated, secure compound. They are sociopaths.)

      Contemporary America is rife with examples:

      – privatised infrastructure projects
      – privatized jails
      – privatized education (especially sickening as the cash – really credit – grab here is facilitated by government guaranteed loans. The hedge funds here are literally looting the public treasury AND loading down youth with huge debt for a public good that could easily be publicly funded. Beyond that, the quality of the education being provided is appallingly bad. Not surprising since the real purpose is profit; the education on offer is simply a vehicle.)
      – privatized public services like garbage collection

      …. and…. dismount.

  18. ThatJ says:

    Donetsk shelled as Kiev ‘orders massive fire’ on militia-held E. Ukraine

    Violence escalated in eastern Ukraine as Kiev’s troops launched a massive assault on militia-held areas Sunday morning. The army was ordered to start massive shelling of all rebel positions, a presidential aide said.

    The order to launch the offensive was issued early approximately at 6:00 am, according to Yury Biryukov, an aide to President Petro Poroshenko.

    “Today we will show HOW good we are at jabbing in the teeth,” he wrote on his Facebook page, a mode of conveying information favored by many Ukrainian officials.

    In a later post he said: “They are now striking a dot. Uuu…” in a reference to Tochka-U (‘tochka’ means ‘dot’ in Russian), a tactical ballistic missile, one of the most powerful weapons Ukraine so far deployed against rebel forces.

    http://rt.com/news/223791-ukraine-massive-shelling-donetsk/

    ***
    So the Ukrainian government is again breaking the ceasefire. This time the violation is not some sporadic fighting, but a full-fledged attack. Should I expect sanctions to be imposed on Kiev for breaking the ceasefire?

    • et Al says:

      Just a replay of policy during in the Balkans. Favorite side breaks cease-fires at will, never condemned nor sanctioned, unfavorite side nailed for everything including what it hasn’t done.

      PPNN all reporting that Uke’s have retaken Donetsk airport. No video, no nuffink. Does Kiev know what the Internet is???

  19. Warren says:

    Paris attacks: Jean-Marie Le Pen says French terror attacks were work of Western intelligence

    The Charlie Hebdo massacre may have been the work of an “intelligence agency”, working with the connivance of French authorities, according to Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the far right Front National.

    In an interview with a virulently anti-Western Russian newspaper, Mr Le Pen, 86, gave credence to conspiracy theories circulating on the internet suggesting that the attack was the work of American or Israeli agents seeking to foment a civil war between Islam and the West.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/paris-attacks-jeanmarie-le-pen-says-french-terror-attacks-were-work-of-western-intelligence-9985047.html

    • kirill says:

      As if it is physically impossible for western intelligence agencies to stage false flags. Truly, drivel for an audience with the IQ of a 2 year old.

      • Warren says:

        False flags are integral part of espionage and warfare. Governments whether they be democratic or non-democratic are extremely cynical in pursuing their perceived interests.

        Lest us not forget NATO’s stay behinds and Operation Gladio.

  20. colliemum says:

    Well, the title of the book “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germany is abolishing herself) looks to be prophetic.
    The PEGIDA demo as well as the anti-PEGIDA demo tomorrow in Dresden has been prohibited by the police. The reason: one of the organisers has received threats via social media from allegedly islamic groups that they’d kill him. The Landes-Police of Saxony and the German Federal Police speak of a present danger, but cannot say exactly what this consists of.
    So in good old German fashion, the demo is now “verboten”.
    Many German comments in online papers are outraged that one week after that fabulous Paris demo for Free Speech and all that, the freedom of ordinary citizens is now stomped into the ground.
    Many see this as feeble attempt by the State to use any means to suppress this movement, where last week between 25,000 or 40,000 went ands trolled round Dresden.
    In any case, this is indeed a show of impotence by the state, and it is indeed a sign that Germany abolishes herself – or as the saying has it: commititng suicide for fear of being murdered.

    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/pegida-in-dresden-polizei-verbietet-alle-kundgebungen-a-1013593.html

    • ThatJ says:

      “Committing suicide for fear of being murdered”

      Bismarck told it slightly different:

      Russia

      After Russia’s victory over the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78, Bismarck helped negotiate a settlement at the Congress of Berlin. The Treaty of Berlin revised the earlier Treaty of San Stefano, reducing the size of newly independent Bulgaria (a pro-Russian state at that time). Bismarck and other European leaders opposed the growth of Russian influence and tried to protect the integrity of the Ottoman Empire (see Eastern Question). As a result, Russo-German relations further suffered, with the Russian chancellor Gorchakov denouncing Bismarck for compromising his nation’s victory. The relationship was additionally strained due to Germany’s protectionist trade policies. Some in the German military clamored for a preemptive war with Russia, but Bismarck said that “Preemptive war is like committing suicide for fear of death.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Bismarck#Russia

      • Moscow Exile says:

        The Russian army had done some pretty serious Ottoman arse-kicking in Wallachia (now Romania) and around the Turkish fastnesses along the “Danube Provinces” and was ready to march into the “Porte”, as the French-speaking European diplomatic corps were wont to call Constantinople/Istanbul, when Bismarck proposed the Berlin summit.

        It was all over bar the shouting for the Ottomans and the British, French and Austrians saw all that they had thought they had won 20-odd years previously in the Crimea going down the tube.

        And at Berlin, Russia got sold down the river and its army withdrew and those awfully nice Ottoman chappies had their bacon saved, albeit that they didn’t eat the flesh of a swine.

        The British prime minister who did a deal with Bismarck was Benjamin Disraeli.

        Nice touch Johnny Turk did later to John Bull and the Frogs some 34 years later though: they teamed up with the Hun and the other central powers, including the Bulgarians, against the Entente.

        Bulgarians must have short memories. Here’s a depiction of some <i.Bashi-bazouks enjoying some rest and recreation in Bulgaria in April 1876:

        The Bulgarian martyresses by Konstantin Makovsky, a painting depicting the rape of Bulgarian women by the Bashi-bazouk during the April Uprising. Unrestrained by the regulations that governed regular soldiers in the army, they became notorious for preying on civilians.

        In 1876 it is estimated that 14,700 Bulgarians were butchered by the Turks. Disraeli’s parliamentary nemesis, William Ewart Gladstone, railed on about these atrocities at a famous speech made at Blackheath, London, stating to the Ottomans:

        “…your empire shall not be invaded, but never again, as the years roll in their course, so far as it is in our power to determine, never again shall the hand of violence be raised by you, never again shall the flood gates of lust be opened to you.

        and in those far-off, pre-Internet days Gladstone had a pamphlet printed, in which it read:

        Let the Turks now carry away their abuses, in the only possible manner, namely, by carrying off themselves. .. one and all, bag and baggage [and] clear out from the province that they have desolated and profaned. This thorough riddance, this most blessed deliverance, is the only reparation we can make to those heaps and heaps of dead, the violated purity alike of matron and of maiden and of child; to the civilization which has been affronted and shamed; to the laws of God, or, if you like, of Allah; to the moral sense of mankind at large. There is not a criminal in an European jail, there is not a criminal in the South Sea Islands, whose indignation would not rise and over-boil at the recital of that which has been done, which has too late been examined, but which remains unavenged, which has left behind all the foul and all the fierce passions which produced it and which may again spring up in another murderous harvest from the soil soaked and reeking with blood and in the air tainted with every imaginable deed of crime and shame. That such things should be done once is a damning disgrace to the portion of our race which did them; that the door should be left open to the ever so barely possible repetition would spread that shame over the world.

        We may ransack the annals of the world, but I know not what research can furnish us with so portentous an example of the fiendish misuse of the powers established by God for the punishment of evil doers and the encouragement of them that do well. No government ever has so sinned, none has proved itself so incorrigible in sin, or which is the same, so impotent in reformation…

        The following characterization of the Turk by him has been more aptly verified by the events that have happened since his death than by those that occurred before:

        Let me endeavor, very briefly to sketch, in the rudest outline what the Turkish race was and what it is. It is not a question of Mohammedanism simply, but of Mohammedanism compounded with the peculiar character of a race. They are not the mild Mohammedans of India, nor the chivalrous Saladins of Syria, nor the cultured Moors of Spain. They were, upon the whole, from the black day when they first entered Europe, the one great anti-human specimen of humanity. Wherever they went a broad line of blood marked the track behind them, and, as far as their dominion reached, civilization disappeared from view. They represented everywhere government by force as opposed to government by law…”

        Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?

        • yalensis says:

          Turkish atrocities in Bulgaria , by American journalist Januarius MacGahan:

          On the other side of the way were the skeletons of two children lying side by side, partly covered with stones, and with frightful, sabre cuts in their little skulls. The number of children killed in these massacres is something enormous. They were often spitted on bayonets, and we have several stories from eye-witnesses who saw the little babes carried about the streets, both here and at Olluk-Kui, on the points of bayonets. The reason is simple. When a Mohammedan has killed a certain number of infidels he is sure of Paradise , no matter what his sins may be. Mahomet probably in tended that only armed men should count, but the ordinary Mussulman takes the precept in its broader acceptation, and counts women and children as well. The advantage of killing children is that it can be done without danger, and that a child counts for as much as an armed man. Here in Batak the Bashi-Bazouks, in order to swell the count, ripped open pregnant women, and killed the unborn infants.

          (etc.)

          • Moscow Exile says:

            By the way, many of those ill-disciplined Bashi-bazouk irregulars that the Ottomans were forced to use to put down the Bulgarian uprising because their regulars were all dealing with uprisings that had already started in Bosnia and Herzogovina were Muslims already long resident in Bulgaria, many of whom being those awfully nice Crimean Tatars who had cleared off from the peninsula at at the end of the Crimean War in 1856. You see, they feared the worst off those terrible Russkies, as they had been rather too helpful with the French, British, Turkish and Sardinian invaders of the Crimea.

          • Warren says:

            The Russians committed atrocities in that war too, don’t ignore that!

            Click to access Russian%20Atrocities.pdf

        • colliemum says:

          You try and read that text out loud in the UK today, and you’ll be in prison for ‘racially aggravated hate speech’. Claiming that a British PM wrote them is futile, they imprisoned someone for quoting Churchill on islam.
          That text just goes to show how mealy-mouthed our namby-pamby politicians are today.

          • kirill says:

            The passivity of people in the west to this Orwellian onslaught is shocking. But I guess the PC totalitarianism rides on the “good intentions” paving the highway to Hell.

        • spartacus says:

          “The Russian army had done some pretty serious Ottoman arse-kicking in Wallachia (now Romania) and around the Turkish…”

          Romanians also helped a little… 🙂

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_War_of_Independence

          • Moscow Exile says:

            Yes, they did. Sorry about that. There was a Romanian army acting independently in the then Ottoman province and which won two major battles off its own bat. The war was, of course, also a war of independence for Romanians.

            I long ago got interested in this war because very few (as usual) know about it in the West (Hollywood not interested: no American heroes involved – apart from a reporter who dished the dirt on the Turks); it appears in Russian literature (in Anna Karenina, for example), as there was popular outrage in Russia as regards the Ottoman atrocities against Orthodox Christians in the Balkans, and volunteers flocked to the ranks; and there is a monument to the war in Moscow (around which, as far as I know, was a place for homosexuals to become acquainted – I know these people are supposed to live in mortal fear for their lives here, but there you are).

            The Plevna Monument, Il’inskiy Square, Moscow

            Monument to Russian soldiers killed near Plevna for the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke in the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78. There’s a little chapel inside.

            A Clash of Cultures at a Square in Moscow

            About the interventionist debate in Russia amongst the chattering classes: for intervention against the Turk, Dostoevsky; against – Tolstoy:

            All the frogs croak before a storm: Dostoevsky versus Tolstoy on Humanitarian Interventions

            Western Europe to the rescue!

            The Unspeakable Turk

            When news of the Ottoman atrocities in Bulgaria got known in Western Europe (thanks largely to a US reporter contracted in the UK to go out there by the enraged Gladstone and bring back a story), in righteous indignation the Western European powers felt forced to intervene: the fact that the Russian army was at the gates of Constantinople and the game appeared up for the Ottomans had little to do with this, of course. (cynicism)

            The Western European powers, most particularly the Austro-Hungarian Empire, didn’t like the idea of those “expansionist” Russkies muscling into “their” territory, which is how the kaiserlich und königlich Austrians regarded the Balkans . (Cue World War I)

            So Bismarck decided to broker a deal in which all parties were satisfied, but which in reality bullied Russia to back off and let the monstrous Ottomans off the hook, whereupon they continued to act in much the same way elsewhere as they had always done to their subjects, especially their Christian ones. (Cue Armenian genocide).

            • Warren says:

              Russians themselves committed genocide, land grabbing and ethnic cleansing in the Caucasus – I am thinking specifically against the Circassians.

              http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/02/05/the_circassians_and_the_olympics_did_the_age_of_genocide_begin_in_sochi.html

              Russia fought the 1877/78 war for its own reasons, Russia had repeatedly fought wars against the Ottomans to expand its OWN empire.

              Russia was no champion of freedom in 19th century, lets us not forgot how brutally the Russians quelled the Polish rebellion of 1863-65. With the exception of Bismarck/Prussia all of Europe had condemned and ostracised Russia for its brutality. Russia had already quashed another Polish rebellion 1830-31. Christian Poles certainly did not appreciate being ruled by the self-proclaimed champions of Christianity: Imperial Russia.

            • spartacus says:

              Thank you for the links you provided. They made an interesting read.
              My take on things, in a nutshell, is that the Russian Empire has always sought to get control of the Turkish Straits and used the liberation of the Balkans from the Turks as a front and began creating for itself the image of a champion for Orthodox Christians. Great Britain didn’t like the idea very much because it threatened their dominance over the Mediterranean, so it propped up the declining Ottoman Empire to prevent that. On top of that, the other European powers, worried about the emergence of the Russian Empire, ganged up on it in order to contain it.

              I don’t think that any great power of the 19th century can claim any sort of moral high ground. Given opportunity, all empires have mercilessly stepped on anything that opposed their expansion.

              • yalensis says:

                This is true.
                And, as we know, every conflict has 2 sides to it.
                I don’t doubt that Ottomans committed brutal atrocities in their striving to hang on to their empire, when it was under attack.
                But the fact is, that there were many communities and villages which had converted to Islam and were loyal to the Ottomans. And those people were on the other side from the Christians. Hence, it was a civil war, as well as sectarian war. I am sure both sides fought each other fiercely and with cruelty.

                As a college student, I once visited Bulgaria, I happened to ask about some people in a certain town. (Not knowing that the town was predominantly Muslim.) As a student of linguistics, I was primarily interested in their dialect.
                I was told by the tour guide, contemptuously, “Those people think that they’re Turks. They speak pure Bulgarian, but they believe in their hearts that they are speaking Turkish.”
                I realized that this was a sore topic, so I didn’t pursue.
                That was my first inkling that not everybody in Bulgaria was happy about the Ottomon defeat.

    • Warren says:

      Why is PEGIDA pro-Israel and pro-Zionism? I find these type of “right-wing” movements and parties extremely suspicious. The EDL is pro-Israel and pro-Zionism too, however once you realise who finances them it all makes sense.

      http://wideshut.co.uk/edl-officially-announce-ties-to-zionist-state-of-israel/

      Whereas PEGIDA are celebrated by the media, while real German patriots such Ernst Zundel, his lawyer Sylvia Stolz and Horst Mahler are imprisoned daring to express their views.

      http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/Zundel/

  21. yalensis says:

    Apparently Putin has indicated that a red line was crossed on Sunday January 18.

    By Ukie side.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      I hope they’ve not used the Russian equivalent of that term, something like: Если вы перегнете палку, то мы нанесем удар!

      I shouldn’t think so; that’s not the Russian way: no threats, just patience… and then KAPOW!

      🙂

  22. yalensis says:

    Also:
    Motorola is still alive, according to Graham Phillips. Phillips took this photo just a few hours ago , of Motorola and his side-kick Givi, taking a short break between tank battles.

    The first commenter to the Twitter feed typed: “Hey dudes, don’t you know that smoking is bad for your health?”

  23. yalensis says:

    Meanwhile, Zakharchenko announcing start of DPR counter-offensive ; now that Kremlin doesn’t hold them back, Seps want to continue on all the way to Mariupol.
    But first they have to get through a ring of Porky’s Orcs.

  24. Moscow Exile says:

    As I said above, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose:

    United States political cartoon ,1876.

    And remember, that monstrous regime portrayed as a malevolent octopus is the very same under the rule of the very same Tsar, Alexander II, that had a mere 13 years previously sent a Russian battle squadron to New York in 1863 in order to show Europe that it would not tolerate Anglo-French intervention in the US Civil War.

    The US has no allies, only interests.

    • Warren says:

      The US has taken Lord Palmerston’s axiom to heart.

      Lets not forget that Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867.

      http://rbth.co.uk/arts/2014/04/20/why_did_russia_sell_alaska_to_the_united_states_36061.html

      Russia’s intervention in the US Civil War has been conveniently forgotten, dare I say even censored.

      • rymlianin says:

        The US has never acknowledged its friends, whom it later inevitably betrays. Serbia, the US’s ally in WWII was later betrayed by the US/NATO. American leaders smugly cover these betrayals with ,”The US has no allies, only interests.”

    • kirill says:

      The US mind is diseased with the syndrome known as “Manifest Destiny”. A type of rabid exceptionalism and nationalist chauvinist ideology.

      My theory is that the US always saw Russia as having the potential to be greater than itself (given its vast land mass and capable people) and hence an enemy to be destroyed. The USA actively financed and promoted forces to depose the Czar. They succeeded in 1917 with the assistance of the UK and Germany. The tens of millions of Russian victims that followed are due to US machinations. Now the the USA is trying to isolate Russia and turn it into some sort of tribal reservation.

      I say it is high time to subvert the USA. It needs to be sunk both literally and figuratively. It deserves punishment and badly.

      • james@wpc says:

        I agree. Russia has always been a threat to the economies that are run by the banking thieves because their economies are hobbled by their thieving. To remain on top, the bankers have to cripple competitors through war and revolutions and they have done an exceedingly good job of it over the last centuries.

        But who is ‘the USA’? The enemy has always and only ever been the psychopaths in charge if this and other countries. Let’s target the psychopaths and not make more enemies out of the many dupes, patsies and the ignorant. The psychopaths’ chief weapon is deceit about who and what they are. Expose them and their nature to defeat them.

  25. et Al says:

    Now we know why the Polish governement were so desperate to evacuate Ukranans of polish origin on the nights of 12 to 13 January:

    http://theaviationist.com/2015/01/17/polish-air-bridge-ukraine/

    Warsawa knew Kiev’s offensive was coming. Isn’t that complicity in war crimes (i.e. foreknowledge that the Ukes would be indiscriminately bombarding civilians in Donetsk)? Well, I hope the Polish authorities and their supporters are at least enjoying all the blood on their hands..

    • kat kan says:

      This was 100% obvious.

      Israel invited French Jews to move to Israel after Charlie, too….

      • Jen says:

        I believe that has precedent. In the 1950s Jews living in Baghdad in Iraq (formerly the home of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world and sadly no longer existing thanks to the 2003 US-led invasion) were panicked by terrorist bombings of public buildings used by their community and fled to Israel. Years later some evidence arose that Zionist underground agents were responsible for setting off some of the bombs.
        http://www.inminds.com/jews-of-iraq.html

  26. Warren says:

  27. Warren says:

  28. Warren says:

    Banderites and their supporters are now turning on each other.

    • Warren says:

      The reason why Zionists and their “right-wing” Shabbos Goy are so hysterical about Muslims is very simple, Muslim are overwhelming pro-Palestinian. Any form of pro-Palestinian political activism in Europe or in the US is viewed by Zionists as an existential threat to Israel. Hence the hysterical demonisation of Muslims in Zionist media and pro-Israeli politicians.

      Notice how Zionists (both Liberal and NeoCon) in the US NEVER complain about mass Mexican and Hispanic legal & illegal immigration? Why because the average Mexican or Hispanic could not care less about Israel/Palestine, therefore Mexicans/Hispanics pose NO threat to Zionists.

      • yalensis says:

        “Shabbos Goy” ??
        Are Warren and ThatJ the same person?

        • Warren says:

          Shabbos Goyim!!

          Yes we are the same person.

        • Warren says:

          I think I’ve figured out your other alias…….Don’t worry I’m not going to spill the beans.

          • yalensis says:

            When commenting on internet blogs, I only just use this one “nik”.
            I think it’s tacky when people use more than one nik, because then it seems like they are trying to artifically enhance their own presence.

            For the record, I was only teasing about you & ThatJ being the same.
            You both use that term “shabbos goyim”, which I used to think was cute, but now it just grates me. It’s tremendously anti-Semitic. After I figured out that ThatJ was an out-and-out Nazi, I stopped paying any attention to his opinions. On the few occasions when we might actually share the same opinion on any particular issue, that would just be a coincidence.

            • Warren says:

              I kind of suspected for a while who you were, however you mentioned something in a recent post – which confirmed it for me.

              ThatJ is entitled to his opinions, as everyone else is. Everyone contributes to this blog, different perspectives are welcomed and appreciated. Personally I don’t subscribed to the false right-left paradigm. I gave up on mainstream politics a long time ago, and now I focus on issues and events.

              Radical change in any society or country can only come through two ways.
              1. Military defeat
              2. Economic collapse

              Voting, petitioning, protesting and complaining on the internet will achieve nothing.

              • yalensis says:

                I never said ThatJ wasn’t entitled to his opinions. I just felt it was my duty to respond and debate him in some fashion when he said something really racist and egregious.
                Under the rubric that “Silence implies consent.”
                However, based on Mark’s New Rules, I will now proceed each debating point with the words “I am afraid I must disagree with you, old chap.”

                As for YOU, I am afraid I must disagree with you that “left vs right” paradigm is meaningless nowadays. That is to say, YES, left-right is a false paradigm. The terms “left” and “right” don’t mean anything.
                The actual paradigm is still the same as it always was, which is to say, put broadly (without Marxist rhetoric) whether one’s supports ordinary people, or supports the rulers.

                The fascists always support the elites and ruling classes, but often pretend to be for the common man (so long as he is a member of their racial group).
                Their problem with Jews is that they (=the fascists) cannot distinguish between a Rothschild, at the top of the heap; and a simple peddlar at the bottom. They think all Jews are just mindless ants of the same hive, all striving for the same goal, of world domination. And, sure, the fascists would do away with Rothschild, if they came to power, and good riddance to him. But they wouldn’t do away with the Queen or Royal Familly per se. They would just replace the Rothschilds with an array of more ethnically compatible bankers.

                • marknesop says:

                  Is that really what Marxists believe? Well, I am starting my own discipline – follow me, everybody. It will be called Marksism, and our guiding philosophy is that people need government only because the working man does not have the time or inclination to govern society. Ordinary working folk do not normally have the time to stay abreast of developments and current events – which most would concede is a full-time job in itself, God knows it employs enough analysts and think tanks and journalists – and consequently make poor decisions on their own or are herded deliberately into making them. Therefore, they need government. But it must have power only in proportion to its effectiveness (in case you thought I was going for a Yulia Latynina utopia, where poor people are not allowed to vote because they are too uninformed and will vote for anyone who feeds them): it must better the standard of living for the governed or be prepared to explain, in terms they understand, why it cannot. Politicians routinely promise economic impossibilities that the electorate is too ignorant to perceive. Government that fails on both counts is kicked out unceremoniously, with no fat pensions, and made to get a job.

                  Nobody should expect government to magically better their lives if the conditions to do so are out of reach. But it should be able to explain why it’s impossible at present and state in black and white what’s necessary to get there. The majority can decide if it would be better to sacrifice to get there or remain content with what they have.

                  I’d love to be the president, but I am a working man myself, speaking of which, it is time to leave. I do not have the time to run things.

                • yalensis says:

                  Oi…..
                  [hopeless sigh….]

            • ThatJ says:

              @yalensis

              I fail to see how “shabbos goy” can be considered antisemitic:

              Originally, a non-Jew who does work on Sabbath that a Jew cannot do. In modern times, it is a non-Jew who toadies to the every wish and whim of the Jews, especially in politics, or a non-Jew who is heavily supportive of Israel.

              If anything, it’s anti-gentile and implies servitude. When I use it, I’m merely mocking the idiots fighting for the Kiev gov, because the war, maiming, destruction and death, all for the purpose of handing their country over to the Zionists and their European bitches** do not serve the interests of their country, as they shall find out if the “Americans” grab Ukraine definitely. It may take years after the country is fully under their grip, but they can mold the population into self-hating liberasts, who happen to not hate anyone, except themselves and Russians (and “homophobes”).

              ** England and France also suffer from the Zionist menace that infects America. I would go so far as to say that the influence of Jews in these two countries precedes Jewish influence in the US. Bear this in mind when discussing EU-US relations: the pressure is not merely external (= American) in the case of these two core EU countries.

            • marknesop says:

              Remember the legendary Bohdan from the now-twice-defunct La Russophobe, who called me a Kremlin Stooge and inadvertently named my blog for me? He had no less than 4 identities: Bohdan (likely his real name), Les, Elmer and VoroBey. Maybe more, but those are dead certs. He frequently used to state an opinion as one person and then gush over how brilliant and astute it was using another of his “personalities”. A Ukrainian nationalist, it hardly needs saying.

              • Tim Owen says:

                Need to come clean: I am Oddlots. (I tried using the one identity to promote the other but discovered that Tim Owen is an idiot who is below Oddlot’s contempt so it didn’t work out too well. They are no longer speaking. As Groucho says, “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”)

                Really: just didn’t notice laptop set up differently from ipad.

                • yalensis says:

                  Well, I’ll be a hornswaggled toad in a fishpond! Who knew a man could have multiple identities?
                  Yeah, for sure, that Oddlots was a real douchebag.
                  Tim Owen, on the other hand: a towering God among men!
                  And since this is “coming out of the closet day”:

                  Je suis Charlie…
                  [no, not THAT Charlie! calm down, everybody – don’t want to upset Al…]

      • ThatJ says:

        @Warren

        Here I have to disagree with you. Jewish activists see European and/or North American nationalism/ethnic consciousness as a bigger threat to their dominance than the question of Palestine or Muslim immigration to the West, which, by the way, they encourage. These right-wing types that you describe do exist. They serve a purpose: to pressure the Muslims into “integrating” and dissolving the native populations, so they are allowed to “express” themselves. Real nationalists, on the other hand, receive the dubious “democratic” justice and are demonized by the media, lose their jobs, are physically attacked or even worse, they are jailed.

        There are phony anti-Muslim groups which have nothing against mass immigration, including Muslim immigration, as long as they “integrate”.

        Just one example:

        German Council of Jews chairman condemns “immensely dangerous” PEGIDA movement

        Since you posted a video by Prof. Kevin MacDonald, I’ll leave this here:

        Geert Wilders’ Unrequited Love

        Geert Wilders loves Israel. He lived there for two years in his youth and sees it as a bastion of the West in a sea of Muslim barbarism: For example:

        “If Jerusalem falls into the hands of the Muslims, Athens and Rome will be next. Thus, Jerusalem is the main front protecting the West. It is not a conflict over territory but rather an ideological battle, between the mentality of the liberated West and the ideology of Islamic barbarism. There has been an independent Palestinian state since 1946, and it is the kingdom of Jordan.” He called on the Dutch government to refer to Jordan as Palestine and move its embassy to Jerusalem.

        Wilders also includes Judaism as part of the European cultural tradition, expressing his desire that “the European Judaeo-Christian tradition to be formally recognised as the dominating culture.”

        Wilders also rejects certain elements of the right that are particularly offensive to Jews:

        ‘My allies are not Le Pen or Haider,’ he emphasises. ‘We’ll never join up with the fascists and Mussolinis of Italy. I’m very afraid of being linked with the wrong rightist fascist groups.’ Dutch iconoclasm, Scandinavian insistence on free expression, the right to provoke are what drive him, he says.

        One would think then that Wilders would be popular among Jews, but he is not. It’s one thing to support Israel, but the problem is that he has the outlandish idea that Europe should be for Europeans and that immigration from Muslim countries should be halted.

        Full text: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2010/10/kevin-macdonald-geert-wilders-unrequited-love/

  29. ThatJ says:

    The treacherous fat cunt does this every time the shabbos goyim take a pounding. Will Russia ask the rebels to acquiesce again? And then again? It’s okay if a chance is given once or twice to test the goodwill of your foe, but to expect a different outcome when they are proven liars without a shred of integrity is stupidity, if not worse.

    • kat kan says:

      Sunday he was swearing to not give them “an inch of Ukraine”. The story is ambiguously written, and seems to be referring to OLD (November) offers, very much like what Russia sent them last Thursday.

      The reference to 21 days is straight out of the November wording. There is no other mention anywhere of the “offer”.. It is just a rehash of the old one, to make it LOOK like he really wants peace, then can blame it on others for not accepting his offer (which he didn’t make to anyone except the propaganda news site).

      It is also playing to the domestic audience, that they did not LOSE the airport, he gave it up for the sake of peace.

      All untrue.

    • marknesop says:

      As Sleboda points out, probably accurately, Kiev no longer controls the Donetsk airport. How can you hand over something you don’t have? It is likely just another in the Kiev junta’s bag of political stunts, to make it look like they gave ground in the interests of peace when they actually were driven off. And the west will spot him this one, like they always do, and chorus to any allegation that the Ukies lost the airport that it is all lies and sour grapes, because the “Russian-backed separatists” cannot accept that Poroshenko gave it back to them after all the times they tried to take it.

      It looks at first blush like Porky actually hoped the assault was going to roll up Donetsk and take them by surprise, at which point he would declare victory. It didn’t pan out that way, so he is looking for face-saving measures.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Don’t forget, there’s that victory march in Sevastopol that’s yet to come.

        Now which defence minister promised that? The same one as they have now?

      • yalensis says:

        Porky’s “surprise attack” against Donetsk didn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone.
        For starters, Porky’s Polish allies telegraphed the play well in advance. Poles were in on the surprise (for obvious reasons, if you think about it), they should have tried to stay mum.
        Instead, they quickly evacuated Polish ethnic civilians out of the to-be battle zone a couple of days before the start of the battle.
        Even without that, everybody knew it was about to happen.

  30. ThatJ says:

    Some relevant twits:

    • marknesop says:

      Russia needs to send the DNR a couple of boxes of those plastic cable ties paramilitary forces like to use as handcuffs. That guy obviously had not a clue how to tie the major’s hands with a belt, and in fact a belt is far from ideal for the job. Even duct tape is better.

      • kat kan says:

        They don’t take a lot of prisoners. The Nazi ones don’t give up (they run away or get killed). The conscripts who surrendered usually just shut up and sit in the corner and don’t need tying.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          The conscripts who surrendered usually just shut up and sit in the corner and don’t need tying.

          Thy seem to be fond of dancing though …

          The Guardianistas were horrified when such videos first appeared and started howling about breach of Geneva Conventions.

          By the way, those chattering off stage, as it were, are not speaking Russian, although it seems that “Cock-a-doodle-do” [кукареку] is the same in Russian and Yukie.

  31. ThatJ says:

    Lol @ this:
    http://rt.com/usa/223895-jim-clancy-cnn-leaves/

    Jim Clancy even knows what a Hasbara is! He may have worked for CNN for 3 decades, but he crossed the line. CNN is liberal in so far as the United States and Europe are concerned. Israel is a different matter, though. Failing to support the nationalist aspirations of the Israelis is not good for your job in the mainstream media. Oh, and it’s not the first time the CNN fires someone for liberal criticism of Israel.

    Promoting a culture of self-hatred and liberasty for the Goyim whilst defending the national identity and ethnic cohesiveness of the Chosenites. Isn’t CNN wonderful?

    • marknesop says:

      Chalk up another victory for the Zionists. But Clancy should have known better. Israel is sacred in America, and criticizing the Jewish State is like criticizing Mom and Apple Pie and Old Glory. If you say horrible things about Muslims, the free-speechers come out swinging. Because that’s encouraged.

      • yalensis says:

        The “almost” funny thing is that they got outraged because Clancy supposedly attacked disabled Jews with his tweet:

        “You and the Hasbara team need to pick on some cripple on the edge of the herd.”

        They were offended by the word “cripple” – LOL.

        Here is a fixed version of Clancy’s tweet, retroactively:
        “You and the Israeli Public Relations team need to pick on some special-needs person on the edge of the herd.”

        • marknesop says:

          Of course he did not mean a crippled person, literally – they simply seized on that as an excuse to bawl. He was implying that his worldliness and knowledge of current events made him a hard target, and that they should look for someone weaker, in the manner that lesser predators not powerful enough to kill a large animal themselves follow a herd to pick off the weak and the sick who straggle behind.

          But your version is extremely funny.

          • yalensis says:

            And yet, ironically, the jackals did bring down the larger alpha male from the center of the herd.
            Moral of the story: Never tweet while under the influence.
            And never transgress the Unwritten Law…

            • marknesop says:

              I think he only thought he was a larger alpha male. He would have been on solid ground if he had stuck to what he could prove. He succumbed to the temptation to taunt and insult, which is fatal because sooner or later you will say something that can be construed as an anti-Semitic slur. If you do, next day you will be making a tearful apology, or you will be out of a job. Maybe both.

  32. Kulobi says:

    Would Messrs Goble and Friedman be in the front row of pall bearers when the Supreme Being finally recalls Aslund to the primeval swamp whence he once crawled?

    I note that Aslund’s style of expression is regressing – it’s not just plain bullshit anymore, but poorly written one at that. Are we talking Alzheimer’s? http://www.emerging-europe.com/slund-the-essence-of-the-customs-union-is-protectionism,p1777505044

    He reminds me of a beloved Dickensian character:

    ‘Dreadful–dreadful!’ said Jingle, looking very grave: he was about
    a bottle and a half ahead of any of his companions. ‘Horrid
    spectacle–very!’

    ‘Putin suddenly declared that Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan would form a Customs Union,’ said Aslund, ‘to prove his importance,’ Eyes blazing, he added: ‘Putin went as far as to military attack against Ukraine. Kyrgyzstan is set to join.’ Fear – fear! Imperialism! Substandard cars – geopolitical power!

    Re. Nazarbaev’s ‘public fury’ (@Alsund), here’s what the Kazakh president actually had to say http://strategy2050.kz/en/news/5935

    • marknesop says:

      Aslund is simply projecting more often now, without even realizing it, as he gets dottier and dottier. When he grinds his teeth that Putin is just trying to feel important, there can be no worthier candidate for that label than Aslund himself. And he sneers contemptuously that the Eurasian Union is not even a free-trade area, because the Kazakhs are forced to buy shitty cars from Russia but don’t sell as much back – does he actually believe that’s what a free-trade area is? That country A and country B each sell precisely 38% of their goods to one another? – when Nazarbaev said the intent was not to wall the union membes off from the rest of the world and they were free to conduct such trade relationships as they wished outside the union. Nazarbayev could buy everyone in Kazakhstan a Lotus from France if he could afford it.

      • Jen says:

        He appears to have burst a gasket in the last sentence. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.

        If Country A buys 38% of its total imports from Country B but sells only 7% of its exports to Country B in one calendar year, that simply means that most of Country A’s exports go to other nations within and outside the Eurasian Union. The proportions can change from year to year. Aslund must think his readers are as mentally addled as he is.

  33. Tim Owen says:

    Steve Keen on the Euro at this juncture:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevekeen/2015/01/17/making-swiss-cheese-of-the-euro/

    “Sagely, Friedman observed that though the motivation for the Euro was primarily to achieve political union in Europe, it would have the opposite effect since it “would exacerbate political tensions by converting divergent shocks that could have been readily accommodated by exchange rate changes into divisive political issues”. That is indeed what is happening now, after the economic crisis that Godley earlier said was inevitable, and would be made worse by the Maastricht Treaty’s bizarre limits on European fiscal policy.”

    Steve Keen is, along with Roubini, Hudson and a handful of others, one of the few who accurately predicted and diagnosed the causes of the 2008 crisis.

    Given what he says above, I think 2015 is going to be a wild ride even before one considers the Ukrainian situation.

    • marknesop says:

      A commenter pointed out here once that the Euro was always designed to bind Europe together in a political union rather than a currency union, and was not actually expected to last. But Keen points out that it is a failure at that, too, as European nations retain much greater loyalty to their own country than to Europe as a whole.

      Well, whatever happens, it is certain that falling under the USA’s thrall and whacking sanctions on Russia was a terrible mistake for Europe, and I hope they will not be long in learning it.

    • davidt says:

      Probably SK is correct about 2015, but a little warning. As every rugby (union or league) supporter will know it’s sometimes very difficult to defend against a miskick. Moral: Sometimes one just gets lucky. SK recently predicted that there would be a collapse in the Australian housing market and, backing his prediction, sold his house. That was an expensive mistake. Moral: It is much easier to predict the future if one hasn’t also to predict when an event will occur. Roubini is obviously a very bright guy, but, on the other hand, one of the most stupid articles on Russia that I have ever read was “authored” by him. Moral: Much of the time economists, for one reason or another, are not even trying.
      I shouldn’t be so cynical as I admire Hudson very much, as well as economists like Joseph Stiglitz . And thanks for the link.

      • colliemum says:

        That’s a very good comparison, the one you made regarding miskicks!

        It’s in fact even worse because very good players (who don’t take their eyes off the ball) can defend against a miskick – what one cannot defend against are the uncontrollable bounces of the ball. That’s what is called “events, dear boy, events” in political parlance.
        One factor however – often overlooked – is how the stupidity of those concerned can counteract the best predictions, especially if they’re based on the assumption that players will act rationally.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          I had a coach who once put up a notice in the changing room, which read:

          Anyone who kicks is dropped!

          • colliemum says:

            Excellent coach!
            It seems some coaches have slowly learned to apply that in RU. In previous years, there was more kicking than carrying – awful, plain awful to watch. Rugby isn’t meant to be ping-pong, is it!

            • Moscow Exile says:

              That’s what led many RL fans to call RU “kick and clap”. Bear in mind, in South Wales it wasn’t as bad as that, ever: but it was how “Old Rubber Duckians” and similar named Old Boys clubs seemed to love playing the game.

              By the way, the coach I referred to above was a Welshman, Don Gullick, who pinched the phrase off his former coach, another Welshman, Jim Sullivan.

              • colliemum says:

                Those rugby Taffs did get around, didn’t they!
                In the deepest recesses of my memory, I recall a Frenchie telling me that it was another Taff who brought rugby to the French Basque county, can’t remember if he helped Biarritz or Bayonne.
                Of course, we deplore that the Welsh emigrants to Patagonia – where they still speak some Welsh – saw fit to teach our sport to the Argies. Their team, the Pumas, are pretty damn good …

              • davidt says:

                OK, I’m interested. Did you play first grade?

                • Moscow Exile says:

                  At RL?

                  No.

                  I played “first grade” club RU, but this was when there was a strange set-up where “top RU clubs” organized themselves into a league by another name, which was unofficially referred to as that of “gate-paying clubs”.

                  This was also the time when you couldn’t play both codes and were automatically debarred from RU if you played professionally, unless you were one of H.M. forces.

                  It was also the time when local clubs used to sign on local lads for buttons on their 16th birthdays, such as one of the best scrum-halves ever, Alex “The Mouth” Murphy (although Tommy Bishop would disagree: he always referred to him as “that other scrum half”), who signed up for 80 quid as the clock struck midnight and he became 16. Jim Sullivan, mentioned above, was then coach at the Saints when Murphy signed. When Murphy did his National Service in the RAF, he played RU – and ran rings round everyone!

                  However, I played in BARLA after I had stopped playing club RU. In fact, I was playing amateur league in a Sunday League when I was playing RU. I must have been bloody crazy and it’s funny how I didn’t burn myself out. Anyway, came the day when I got hauled in front of the committee of the RU club where I played and was told it was decision making time.

                  I wish now I had told them where to go.

                • Moscow Exile says:

                  Murphy when he was coaching Wigan – and he’s being very, very polite to them.

                  The TV company must have warned him not to cuss and swear too much.

                  I remember hearing at a testimonial dinner the BBC Manchester RL correspondent giving a hilarious speech in which he played BBC Radio Manchester audio off-cuts from changing room interviews.

                  Anyway, one tape that he played was when Murphy was coaching Warrington and they’d got beaten badly on a murky November night at a floodlit match when it was pissing it down with rain.

                  The tape kicks off with the correspondent walking towards the changing room and all you can hear is Murphy screaming and shouting and effing and blinding. The correspondent waits outside the door until the rant has ended, which rant went something like this:

                  You were f***ing awful!

                  The opposition was f***ing awful!

                  The crowd was was f***ing awful!

                  The pitch was f***ing awful!

                  The weather was f***ing awful!

                  And the f***ing ref wants f***ing f***ing!!!!

                  So he stops and you hear the journalist knocking on the door.

                  Silence.

                  Then you here the door flung open:

                  What?

                  Can you say a few …?

                  F**K OFF!!!!

                  Door slams shut.

                • davidt says:

                  You were pretty serious then. As a kid I loved league and it was probably what I most talented at, but study became more important. (Went to school with Ken Maddison who was a terrific guy- he had a couple of great tests in England, probably should have played more.)
                  Didn’t see Murphy play but, of course, he was greatly admired out here and people used to talk of him a lot. (Real gentleman though in the video that you have posted on the next page.)
                  I much prefer league to union, and as you would know we’ve had some wonderful test sides. Don’t know why the GB sides have gone off- probably English “superleague” not as good quality as our NRL. (Murdoch cruelled league here for a few years.)
                  Of course, we’ve also had some great coaches, perhaps the best was Jack Gibson. According to Jack “a rugby league coach is someone who thinks long and hard before saying…. nothing.” Good advice.

                • Moscow Exile says:

                  Dear davidt,
                  You won’t remember Dougie Greenall playing then, the landlord of my old local, but you will, no doubt, have heard of him because he was hated by the Aussie press. They made him into a demon figure, partly because he had seriously injured a Kiwi in a crash tackle. during a match before the GB arrived in Australia, so word got round that he was the GB hard-man.

                  His “specialty” was his stiff-arm tackle, which was called “mammy” by his fans. That’s because Dougie was a great singer and his pièce de résistance was Al Johnson’s “Mammy”.

                  I spent a lot of time with Dougie. He was much older than me but we used to get on fine and once went with him to a GB piss-up reunion that lasted 3-days and his missus had the police looking for him. Dougie played centre.

                  In the same team was the loose forward who earned in Australia the title “The Wild Bull of the Pampas”, Vincent Karalius, whose father’s family originated from Lithuania.

                  He died last year, as did Dougie, I think. Karalius’ team mate at scrum-half was Murphy, who was very young when he started playing 1st team and who acknowledge that “Vinny” was his minder on the pitch, saying once: “He was my loose forward and he was unbelievable to have on your side. If he said it was Christmas, you took his word for it whatever time of year it was — it was Christmas”.

                • davidt says:

                  Don’t remember the name Greenall, but Karalius had a ferocious reputation out here. (Didn’t he have a scrap metal yard? I remember a story that he accidentally cut off a finger, which he put in a matchbox, before finishing his job and then going off to a hospital.) Saw Cliffy Watson and Malcolm Reilly play quite often and they were different- don’t think either felt pain. You wouldn’t know of Sam Burgess who just won South Sydney a grand final- wonderful player, often in trouble with referees though he wasn’t a dirty player. Just gone back to Bath to play union- will be missed. By the way Russell Crowe has an acknowledgement of South’s grand final win after the credits on his last movie “The water diviner”- from memory something like “South Sydney 21st premiership You beauty” Crowe is actually a New Zealander, but is crazy about league and Souths.

                • Moscow Exile says:

                  I’m surprised you have never heard of Dougie: he was to RL what Harold Larwood was to cricket – at least, he was amongst Aussie fans. He was a rum bugger though. When the GB team was returning from Australia, they went via Hawaii and on to California, where they played a curtain raiser exhibition game before the Rose Bowl match. Anyway, while he was swanning around the beach in Hawaii, he by chance became acquainted with John Wayne, who was over there shooting a film. Over the years they remained in contact.

                  A few years after their having become acquainted, Dougie let it be known that “The Duke” was looking for extras to play cavalrymen in a film he was making about the US Civil War Battle of Bull Run, which was fought in Virginia in 1861. (Two Bull Runs there were, or “Battles of Manassas” as the Confederates called them). The thing was, because it had all become built up around Manassas, the film was going to be shot in Ireland, which still looked like Virginia 150 years previously. Hence Dougie’s pal’s request that he find some likely lads for extras. The condition of employment was that they could fall off a horse as though they’d been shot off it.

                  So young lads starting coming to Dougie’s pub for auditioning. In the bar he had stools lined up and the hopeful Federal cavalrymen sat on them and then, when Dougie shouted “You’re dead!”, they’d all fall off to the right of their “saddles” and roll over, acting dead. And they’d practise at this for a while, much to the delight of Dougie’s regulars. The young hopefuls would leave with a promise that they would be informed if their application had been successful.

                  Funny thing about Dougie was that he only weighed in at about 12 stone wringing wet.

                  Memories of Dougie Greenall, St. Helens and Great Britain Centre

                • colliemum says:

                  That reminds me of Ray Gravell (Centre, Llanelli Scarlets, Wales International, British and Irish Lions), who became an actor, amongst other things, after he hung up his boots. He played in a film with Peter O’Toole and was flabbergasted that this great actor actually knew who he was, and that he was as star-struck by Grav (as we call him) as he was by O’Toole …:
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Gravell

                • Moscow Exile says:

                  Yes, I forgot to mention that you were right: Vinnie ran a scrap yard in Widnes. Still in business as the Karalius Brothers.

                  Vinnie really was a hard man – and extremely fit. In his heyday, he used to run from his home in Widnes to training sessions at the St. Helens Knowsley Rd. ground and then back again afterwards. That was about 15 miles there and back.

      • Tim Owen says:

        I agree re. that Roubini piece on Russia. Krugman produced a similar screed. The group-think is complete.

  34. ThatJ says:

    From mp.net:

    ***
    Kiev ultras/RS now against Porky sweet biz.

    Roshen company says about another attack on the company store in Kiev.

    Assaulted chain store company, located near the metro station “Poznyaki”, – the press service of the Ukrainian News.

    Other details are not currently known. First, in 2015, unknown assailants attacked four branded company store in Kiev.

    The company had previously reported that in Kiev attack on chain stores were 3, 5, 9 and 11 January.

    The first attack was carried out on the street Liatoshynsky, the second – near Minsk subway, the third – near the metro Osokorky. January 11 was an attack on company store near metro Zhytomyr.

  35. Warren says:

    Deputy Head of DPR National Council: Donetsk Will Never Rejoin Ukraine

    Denis Pushilin, deputy head of the National Council of Donetsk Republic, speaks about prisoner exchanges, humanitarian convoys, and a peaceful settlement with Ukraine

    http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/18/2512

  36. peter says:

    • Moscow Exile says:

      You can get these in Catalonia:

      Theyre called “caganar”.

      A Christmas tradition, they say.

      With crap still in mind, in the UK,of course, there’s loads of crap like this:

      Some folk freak out over it:

      I prefer this bloke:

      • colliemum says:

        We want him back for this speech:
        “Oliver Cromwell Speech – Dissolution of the Long Parliament
        Dissolution of the Long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell given to the House of Commons, 20 April 1653
        It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
        Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you?
        Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes?
        Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
        Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?
        Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

        In the name of God, go!”

        Someone needs to say this today to the odious prostitutes now warming their backsides on the green benches …

        • Moscow Exile says:

          He was Welsh an’ all: Williams was his “real” name.

          For some reason, Oliver’s father, Robert, switched to his paternal great- grandmother’s maiden name.

          Oliver’s paternal grandfather was Henry Williams; his great-grandfather was Richard Williams; his great-great-grandfather was Morgan ap William, husband of Katherine Cromwell.

        • yalensis says:

          Suoni la tromba e intrepido
          io pugnerò da forte:
          bello è affrontar la morte
          gridando libertà.

          Amor di patria impavido
          mieta i sanguigni allori,
          poi terga i bei sudori
          e i pianti la pietà.

          All’alba!

          Sia voce di terror
          Patria, vittoria e onor!

          Sound the trumpet and boldly
          will I strike with strength:

          fitting it is to confront death
          proclaiming “liberty”.

          Defiant love of country
          reaps the bloodied result.
          then wipe away the worthy sweat
          and the tears of compassion.

          To dawn!

          Be the voice of terror
          My country, victory and honor!

  37. yalensis says:

    Meanwhile, on the Navalny Front:
    Here is still another Navalny scandal, I don’t even know the back-story to this story, sorry, folks, I wasn’t paying attention, and this one slipped by me.

    I’ll try to break it down as best I can:
    Apparently this started back in June, 2014 .
    Once upon a time there was an “artist” named Sergei Sotov [yalensis: I put “artist” in quotes, let’s stipulate that these are air quotes, because I don’t think he is very good; his stuff looks more like cartoons to me; he should probably be drawing caricatures for Charlie Hebdo], anyhow, he “painted” a “work” entitled “Good Russian/Bad Russian”. He exhibited his work on a street corner, in his home town of Vladimir.
    Then the picture got stolen.
    Apparently by a guy named Georgiy Alburov.
    Nobody knew whither the painting, until 20 June 2014, when police, during a routine search of Navalny’s flat (on a non-related matter) discovered the “painting” hanging on his (Navalny’s) wall.
    Turns out that Alburov is a close friend of Navalny, and even considered his right-hand man. He stole the painting in order to give it to Navalny as a gift.

    That’s Part I of the story.
    Now, in Part II, which happened today, January 19, 2015, Life News published purloined IM’s between Boris Nemtsov and Georgiy Alburov.
    Long story short: Alburov is under investigation, and even facing prison time, for his heist of the “painting”. Then Boris Nemtsov was caught offering to whisk Alburov out of the country.
    Here is some purloined correspondence between Alburov and one of his colleagues (in Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund), whose name is Anna Birukova:

    Alburov: I just left Nemtsov.
    Anna: What happened?
    Alburov: He promised me money, plus the help of Euro ministers. He [Nemtsov] told me, that they [Russian police] are going to toss me in jail soon, so I should leave the country as soon as possible. He also promised me help from Khodor[kovsky].

    Alburov went on to say, that Nemtsov is proposing to move the Anti-Corruption Fund to Vilnius, because things in Russia are getting too hot to handle now.


    Alburov: He’s saying we’ll set up shop in Lithuania. “You’ll be working for me and Lyosha,” he says.
    Anna: Euro-Ministers?
    Alburov: That’s what he said. He [Nemtsov] said he also advised both Navalny and Yankauskas to leave too, but they wouldn’t listen to him.
    Anna: He must have been completely pickled!
    Alburov: Not, he wasn’t all that drunk, and his voice sounded normal.

    • marknesop says:

      I remember this case when it happened, and it hardly rises to the level of a crime, although Navany and his associates are so greasy and dramatic that they make everything seem crusted with criminality. The artist – and I kind of liked his stuff – exhibited his work on a board fence with no security to protect it from theft or disfigurement, and the thief thought Navalny would appreciate the artwork as a gift. The artist was not particularly upset about it, and refused to say he was robbed, although the thief should probably have given him a couple of bucks for it.

      Typical of the sad attention-junkie Nemtsov to get involved – the entire Russian liberal opposition acts like Mrs. Stepanova’s Grade Five boys playing Cloak and Dagger. What thinking being could ever visualize this claque of play-actors and self-styled dissident pretenders as leadership material for an entire country? I wouldn’t wish it on Lithuania, and that’s saying something.

  38. davidt says:

    Eric Draitser has an interesting article “Did a Russian parliamentarian just commit treason” at Land Destroyer. It concerns Ilya Ponomarev, and on the face of it Draitser’s question seems appropriate enough. Very briefly Ilya seems to be advising a foreign power as how to achieve “regime change” in his own country, and using violence seems to be suggested as an option. No matter how benignly one looks at it, one can imagine that many Russians would find his behavior a tad provocative. I cannot imagine that it would be a good career move for a Western pollie to give similar advice to a Russian or Chinese NGO. One reads Dmitry Orlov’s somewhat romantic account of the Russian national character and suspects there is something to what he says. On the other hand, Mr Ponomarev’s proclivity to offer such potentially damaging advice against his own country Russia hardly defines him uniquely, and one wonders whether this behavior reflects another trait in the Russian character. Why do Russian “politicians” behave in such a way? Are we just to see such behavior as a minor aspect of “the battle for Russia”?
    http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2015/01/did-russian-parliamentarian-just-commit.html#more
    In this context, recently there was some discussion on this blog about Pussy Riot and free speech. What interested me most about that episode was the contemptuous attitude that the girls’ lawyers showed towards the judge and the “law”. I could not understand why the judge accepted their behavior and did not slam them for “contempt” as I assume a Western judge would, quite rightly, do. Why didn’t the Russian legal system stand up for itself? It may not be perfect, but it is precisely then that its practitioners should show it respect.
    There endeth my rant.

    • Jen says:

      Davidt, thanks very much for spotting that article. I haven’t watched the CSIS presentation yet but from Draitser’s article and Vladimir Suchan’s blog, there is a strong case for Ponomarev being guilty of treachery:

      The checklist for change is practically the same as was followed by the EuroMaidan protesters from November 2013 to February 2014, culminating in the trigger event of the sniper attacks on February 22 that forced Yanukovych to flee.

      Kevin Rothrocks’ live tweets as the presentation unfolded on Storify:
      https://storify.com/MarkSleboda1/kevin-rothrock#publicize

      Ponomarev’s PowerPoint presentation:
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/0551tolqkvye8lf/150115%20CSIS%20-%20Russia%20and%20the%20new%20reality.pptx?dl=0&force_no_progressive=1

      Mark Sleboda’s remarks on the presentation and comments from his followers including Alexander Mercouris on his Facebook page:

      • marknesop says:

        Mmmmm. RT appeals to “the fringe crazies of the west”. Ponomarev certainly has a solid grounding in reality. No doubt the Washington establishment thinks he would make a good Russian president. I’m not sure how much of a compliment that is, because the Washington establishment thinks Barney the Purple Dinosaur would make a better president of Russia than Putin, and if Barney led a popular movement in Russia, Washington would back him.

      • davidt says:

        Jen, I’m sure that someone would have picked, but at the time I was a bit gobsmacked, though not surprised if you know what I mean. Putin talks about “the dictatorship of the law” but he doesn’t seem to take it literally. Thanks especially for the Suchan blog which I hadn’t come across before.

  39. Warren says:

  40. Moscow Exile says:

    Runs in the family!

    Ponomarev senior was recorded allegedly doing a deal in a restaurant with the Japanese ambassador on October 22, 2011. He assured the Japanese ambassador that he would advocate the Japanese claims for the Kuril Islands for a payment, which have been part of the Soviet Union, and tare now, therefore Russian, since the defeat of Imperial Japan in the Second World War.

    Russia must be an oasis of liberalism in that such out and out traitors are tolerated.

    As soon as McFaul arrived in Moscow as US ambassador, Ponomarev, father and son, Nemtsov, Chirikova, that bloody awful woman from Golos et al. were all inside the US embassy as quick as sewer rats going down a drain – and that was before the hapless McFaul had presented his credentials to the Russian government.

  41. Erika says:

  42. ThatJ says:

    From mp.net:


    Sputnik @SputnikInt · 11 minutes ago
    BREAKING: At least 30 civilians killed in #Kiev airstrikes on #Gorlovka in eastern #Ukraine – Donetsk authorities


    NEWS: Seps blew up the second floor of the new terminal where UA guys were holed up. Lots of wounded “cyborgs” apparently.


    Birykov (adviser to the president and Minister of Defense of Ukraine assistant) on FB:

    “No good news. The situation is tense, somewhere we have successes, somewhere not. Don’t panic and don’t be hysterical, it wont help anything. Everything what can be done – will be done.”


    Ukraine Reporter @StateOfUkraine
    Huge escalation: the 2 Russian battalions that entered #Ukraine today are part of the largest single Russian invasion force since August


    Ukrainian General Staff speaker Selezniov has announced United States Army representatives will be in Ukraine this week to estimate war situation and help required.(In Ukrainian)
    http://www.5.ua/suspilstvo/do-ykrajni-jde-delegaciya-syhopytnih-viisk-ssha-67729.html#


    MOSCOW, January 19 (Sputnik) – A return to military actions by Kiev in eastern Ukraine would deepen the country’s political crisis and obstruct its resolution, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Monday. “It’s obvious that the militaristic hysteria of the ‘war party’ in Kiev is the key danger for Ukrainian statehood today. It is driving the crisis deeper and obstructing logic in the search for solutions and establishing real dialogue,” Karasin said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk earlier in parliament called for the cancellation of the ceasefire in the country’s east and to place the region under martial law.

    “The return to military actions would bury any hope for settling the crisis in Ukraine. Why Yatsenyuk and company needs this is a question to him and his foreign sponsors and curators,” Karasin said.


    Neither Peski nor airport are strategically important, actually. They and Avdeevka together, however, are – it allows to quickly encircle Debaltszevo.

    However, condemnations are actually ongoing
    http://www.rferl.org/content/eu-terrorism-russia-ukraine-islamist-attacks/26801571.html

    Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said that since the fighting between Ukrainian government troops and rebel fighters around the bitterly contested Donetsk airport had intensified, “this is no time to talk about the easing of sanctions.”

    so perhaps airport did change hands by that logic 🙂

    [ThatJ: Yeah, the junta can violate the ceasefire anytime and if the rebels respond to the violation, it’s not the junta who’s at fault, but the rebels! What a sick logic. It seems the EU is aware that the airport was lost, hence the mention of sanctions, which will not be eased.]

    • marknesop says:

      The longer the sanctions are in place, the less they matter to Russia, as it continues with its selection of alternative markets. It will not be long before the EU wakes up to find that its sanctions do not matter at all to Russia, while those Russian markets are closed forever to the sanctioners.

  43. Moscow Exile says:

    GO EAST, YOUNG MAN?

    <a href="http://rt.com/politics/224099-russia-land-free-east/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome&quot;Homestead Act for Russian Far East – Putin supports free land handout

    The Russian president has approved the idea to offer large land plots for free to anyone who resettles to the Russian Far East to start a farm or other business.

  44. ThatJ says:

    Kiev’s new offensive in Donbass may lead to irreversible consequences – Moscow

    Kiev’s attempt to solve the Ukrainian crisis with military force is a blunder, which may affect the country’s territorial integrity, Russia’s foreign deputy minister said. On Sunday, Kiev renewed its assault in southeast Ukraine.

    “It’s the biggest, even strategic mistake of the Ukrainian authorities to bank on a military solution to the crisis in Ukrainian society and to all of southeast Ukraine’s problems. This can lead to irreversible consequences for Ukrainian statehood,” Grigory Karasin, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

    […]

    The rebels did sign the roadmap, but a disagreement remains on where the disengagement line separating the warring parties should exactly be. On Sunday Moscow said it is trying to do what it can to make the militia commanders agree to the terms that the Ukrainian government is insisting on.

    […]

    The leaders of the self-proclaimed republics accused Kiev of deception, saying the only reason it agreed to the Minsk ceasefire was to build up its troops and stockpile weapons before resuming the crackdown.

    http://rt.com/news/224119-eastern-ukraine-arms-pullout/

  45. ThatJ says:

    The shabbos goyim / useful cattle have served their “noble” position, they aided the Zionist takeover of the government, now they can piss off:

    ***
    KHARKIV, Ukraine, January 19 /TASS/. An explosion has occurred near a court building in Kharkiv, on Monday.

    “According to clarified reports, 12 people were injured. Investigators, operational workers and medical brigades are working at the site of the explosion,” Gerashchenko wrote on his page in Facebook.

    He also noted that according to preliminary reports, the explosion roared shortly after a trial on the case of a Svoboda party member who was accused of coming to a polling station with arms on October 26.

    “His support group was in the court room. After the trial, they went out of the court building. The explosion followed shortly afterwards. It is too early to make any conclusions on whether it was a terrorist attack or any of the culprit’s friends had come to the trial with a grenade,” Gerashchenko explained.

    ***
    Victoria ‘No Svoboda’ Nudelman thanks the court and the government for maintaining the “rule of law”. My, how a group of “freedom fighters” can morph into “lawless miscreants” in a matter of months! The Ukie nationalists may one day have their own stab-in-the-back “legend”.

  46. ThatJ says:

    More mp.net updates:


    It does seem like the Ukrainians are having some serious issues and that the DNR offensive is going better than expected.
    New Terminal is lost, up to 2/3rds of peski is lost, some claims about the seps getting very close to Mauriupol. Wonder how long the seps can keep it up.


    [User Comment] The seps are “almost in Mauriupol” for at lest last 5 days…

    [Another User Reply] For info on the seps I usually go with what Cassad posts. He’s right 70-80% of the time. His live updates are saying they’ve captured one or maybe two of the small villages of the outskirts.


    Dolphin abuse
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9a3_1418280424


    I found this a week of so back. It is about a massive base near Rostov that appeared ‘out of nowhere’ last Autumn. My opinion is that it was related to the huge exercises by the Russians last autumn, to prove to themselves that they could set up a forward staging area if they needed to. Lots of interesting comments as well, from which I picked this, for those of us who are not familiar with Russian formations.

    Note the sub-unit parking patterns… Groups of 10 BMP’s/BTR’s = Motor Rifle Company, same with tanks (in 10 or 13 tank companies), artillery (guns or MLRS) – normally in 6 or 8 gun batteries. BM-27 (9P140) is 18 per battalion, but have twice that number in transloaders (rocket reload vehicles for MLRS). Overall though, these are defacto ‘battle-groups’ – battalion-size, combined arms groups, transiting through…

    The link is http://conflictreport.info/2015/01/08/one-base-to-rule-them-all-five-facts-you-should-know-about-russias-main-invasion-hub/ and it is well worth the read.


    Btw Kiev has admitted to 93 wounded in airport area over last 3 days: http://www.unian.net/society/1033671-v-odesse-i-dnepropetrovske-mediki-spasayut-jizni-bolee-sotni-kiborgov.html

    Considering that’s the guys they were able to recover, not counting the dead or missing and that probably Kiev is still fudging the numbers, those separatist claims of 300 dead/wounded aren’t seeming that crazy.

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