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\"Indeed, in my four-plus decades in journalism, I have never seen a more thoroughly biased and misleading performance by the major U.S. news media. Even during the days of Ronald Reagan – when much of the government’s modern propaganda structure was created – there was more independence in major news outlets. There were media stampedes off the reality cliff during George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War and George W. Bush’s Iraq War, both of which were marked by demonstrably false claims that were readily swallowed by the big U.S. news outlets. But there is something utterly Orwellian in the current coverage of the Ukraine crisis, including accusing others of “propaganda” when their accounts – though surely not perfect – are much more honest and more accurate than what the U.S. press corps has been producing. There’s also the added risk that this latest failure by the U.S. press corps is occurring on the border of Russia, a nuclear-armed state that – along with the United States – could exterminate all life on the planet. The biased U.S. news coverage is now feeding into political demands to send U.S. military aid to Ukraine’s coup regime. The casualness of this propaganda – as it spreads across the U.S. media spectrum from Fox News to MSNBC, from the Washington Post to the New York Times – is not just wretched journalism but it is reckless malfeasance jeopardizing the lives of many Ukrainians and the future of the planet.\" Robert Parry, Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass, April 16, 2014 http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/16-6

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Boxer nailed it- " could well be part of a sick strategy to foment even more unrest in Ukraine"

In a statement to National Journal, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said "Secretary Kerry's statement reflects my disgust, dismay, and disbelief that in this century we would see such an attack on the Jewish people. The fact that no group or individual is taking responsibility tells me that it could well be part of a sick strategy to foment even more unrest in Ukraine."

http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/kerry-condemns-grotesque-fliers-requiring-eastern-ukrainian-jews-to-register-20140417


The cynicism of people bent on war apparently has no limits.


"It’s a fake flyer" (National Conference Supporting Jews) and GET ISRAEL ON BOARD!

"All citizens of Jewish nationality over age of 16, living on territories of Donetsk People's Republic, have to register with DPR commissioner of nationality before May 3rd, 2014 at the Donetsk Regional Administration, room 514, registration fee is $50," the leaflet reads, according to a CNN translation of the document.

"Must have in person $50 cash, passport, all available IDs, and documentation of ownership of real estate and transportation."

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But Pushilin denied any connection to the leaflets, calling the incident a "clear provocation."

Pushilin told CNN the handwriting on the flier wasn't his, and the title attached to his name was not one he uses. And the Jewish community in Donetsk said the act "smells like a provocation."

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http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/17/chilling-anti-semitic-leaflets-handed-out-in-ukraine-u-s-says/


50 DOLLARS? Lol! And on letterhead paper with a bad signature! The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the leaflets were likely distributed by radicals..... Likely? Three masked men in black blackavas sounds pretty radical to me.

And when Anna Nemtsova, a reporter for the Daily Beast went to the administration office where the fliers instructed Jews to go pay the registration fee on Thursday, she found the room was empty.

The notice explained the measure as being due to the alleged support of Jewish leaders for the "nationalist junta of Stepan Bandera in Kiev" and their hostility "to the Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens."

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.585897


The propaganda coming from Kiev is so amateurish. It beggars belief and it beggars belief that Kerry would take this and immediately run with it on the world stage without any fact-checking. What next? Brennan at a UN meeting waving this pamphlet around?

in a statement sent to Mashable on Thursday afternoon, the Anti-Defamation League questioned its authenticity, while condemning the "cynical" messaging it contained.

"The ADL today condemned the appearance of anti-Semitic fliers in Donetsk, Ukraine, and called on all parties involved in the political conflicts in Ukraine to refrain from 'cynical and politically manipulative' exploitation of anti-Semitism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

"We are skeptical about the flier’s authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community," he said.

“We have seen a series of cynical and politically manipulative uses and accusations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine over the past year,” said Mr. Foxman. “The perpetrators and their targets are opposing politicians and political movements, but the true victims are the Jewish communities. We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic content, but also all attempts to use anti-Semitism for political purposes.”

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http://mashable.com/2014/04/17/pamphlets-jews-register-ukraine/





The timing of this is so convenient too.

Israel refuses to get dragged into our "quagmire" (their words), refuses to back down and align themselves with a bunch of neonazis in the Ukrainian putsch government and suddenly appears this mysterious pamphlet after the Tatar card failed and after elite Ukrainian troops refused to shoot at civilians in East Ukraine (they're all getting courtmartialed now).

U.S. officials angry: Israel doesn’t back stance on Russia

13.04.14

White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem's "neutrality" regarding Russia's invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations...

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.585333


This despite all the pressure the US has been putting on Israel.

Under U.S. pressure, Israel issues first statement on Ukraine crisis
Terse statement, which precedes Lieberman-Kerry meeting in Rome, is careful not to insult Russia or President Vladimir Putin.
05.03.14

After pressure from the United States government, the Israeli government issued its first official statement on the crisis in Ukraine Wednesday night. In its laconic statement, Israel did not comment on the Russian invasion into Crimea but only underscored that it hopes the crisis will be solved peacefully.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.578197#



Less than two year ago the Israeli government was complaining to Kiev about the rise of Svoboda and other neonazi elements. No sense expecting Israel to be too pleased about having bona fide "88" lapel pin wearers occupying important posts in a European government. For our government to now whine about Israel not supporting us in the UN is beyond pitiful.

Israel skipped out on both UN meetings to condemn Russia leaving the US seething. Haaretz' headline summed it up a few days ago "U.S. officials angry: Israel doesn’t back stance on Russia"

US angry with Israel's 'neutrality' over Ukrainian crisis
13 April 2014

US officials expressed anger over Israel's policy of "non-interference" with the Russian annexation of the Crimea; Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported.

A US official told the paper that the White House was disappointed with Israel's absence from the UN General Assembly meeting two weeks ago to vote on condemning Russia's military invasion of the Crimea and call to maintain Ukraine's territorial integrity.

"We have been consulting closely on Ukraine not only with our partners and allies around the world. Obviously we are looking to the entire international community to condemn Russia's actions and to support Ukraine, so we were surprised to see that Israel did not join the large majority of countries that voted to support Ukraine's territorial integrity at the United Nations. Israel's justification that it did not attend the meeting due to the Foreign Ministry strike is unacceptable" said the senior US official.

The US official said that Washington is particularly angry with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's failure to publically support the US position on the crisis.

According to Haaretz the US is especially disappointed with FM Lieberman who equated Israel's relations with the United States to its relations with Russia. Lieberman is reported to have told Channel 9 that Israel has "good and trusting relations with the Americans and the Russians, and our experience has been very positive with both sides". The official said "I do not understand this point of view, which calls for Israel to be dragged into this quagmire".

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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/americas/10861-us-angry-with-israels-neutrality-over-ukrainian-crisis


Israel is very wise not to get involved and jeopardize its good relations with Russia, a country that has the world's 6th largest Jewish population.

But Quick quick! Look over here! We have a pamphlet! Forget about what kind of swine we're backing in Kiev. Forget about disastrous photo ops with bona fide Nazis like this

I posted this back in early March but it was inconvenient to the war propaganda effort

As in the 30s, we're assured not to worry, that it's just a small group, nothing to see here

Sick shit. Note all the SS Svoboda flags.

This is nasty nasty stuff.



Heck, they've even got a university. David Duke speaks there often and has an honorary degree from it but they don't think anyone should worry about such "a small aspect" (minute 5). This video as part of a 12 part series produced in 2011.



http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=4617954
and other stuff like this. The denials, as if people couldn't see the 88 lapel pins or figure out just what kind of a salute the head of Svoboda, Oleh Tyahnybok, is giving in his publicity pics, are disgraceful.

Victoria Nuland got her photo op with with Oleh Tyahnybok. I think Merkel, Rasmussen, Hollande, Cameron, Kerry, McCain, Hillary, Obama and everyone supporting that putsch should get one too.


US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland together Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok (left)


Svoboda neo Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok giving the Sieg Heil


Here, a closeup of that 88 Heil Hitler lapel pin. I have an even more focused one but can't find it right now.



Svoboda proper has 4 positions in the putsch government. Gives you the warm fuzzies doesn't it? How could this not be a problem for Israel?

Now we have a mysterious pamphlet as if that will make Israel come to its "senses" or something and getting everyone else all hysterical.

A flyer demanding that Jews in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk register with its pro-Russian government is “fake,” a Jewish advocacy group with direct contacts in the region tells the Daily Dot.

“It’s a fake flyer,” says Lesley Weiss, deputy director of the National Conference Supporting Jews (NCSJ), which focuses its efforts on Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltic States.


http://www.dailydot.com/politics/ukraine-jewish-registry-fake/


SHAME ON THE FREAKS WHO THOUGHT THIS UP, shame on the papers who printed their scare stories without any fact checking or doubts and shame on the high level political opportunists who ran with this.

Babies! Babies in incubators!

DU rec

Lol! Israel refuses to support the US/EU position so this fakery is the best they can do?

There's been almost total silence from US politicians and the US Media over Israel's decision to abstain from voting at the UN in the vote to condemn Russia's annexation of the Crimea. Even before the UN sessions, Israel was refusing to get on board and, despite immense pressure, only issued a statement that they hoped things would be resolved peacefully.

Israel was very clear. They ""do not understand this point of view, which calls for Israel to be dragged into this quagmire". and wouldn't even attend the two UN meetings to condemn Russia. They're not going to sacrifice good relations they've had with Russia for people who are supporting Svoboda, who the World Jewish Congress wanted banned because they are neo-Nazis, but who, thanks to US & EU help, now have the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine. When was the last time we saw ultranationalists neonazis with so many major positions in a European government? Israel remembers all too well. This little propaganda ploy, a flyer distributed by 3 unidentified men, is too ludicrously transparent for words. All it's missing are pictures little babies in incubators in the header and footer.


U.S. officials angry: Israel doesn’t back stance on Russia

13.04.14

White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem's "neutrality" regarding Russia's invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations...

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.585333


This despite all the pressure the US has been putting on Israel.

Under U.S. pressure, Israel issues first statement on Ukraine crisis
Terse statement, which precedes Lieberman-Kerry meeting in Rome, is careful not to insult Russia or President Vladimir Putin.
05.03.14

After pressure from the United States government, the Israeli government issued its first official statement on the crisis in Ukraine Wednesday night. In its laconic statement, Israel did not comment on the Russian invasion into Crimea but only underscored that it hopes the crisis will be solved peacefully.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.578197#



Less than two year ago the Israeli government was complaining to Kiev about the rise of Svoboda and other neonazi elements. No sense expecting Israel to be too pleased about having bona fide "88" lapel pin wearers occupying important posts in a European government. For our government to now whine about Israel not supporting us in the UN is beyond pitiful.

Israel skipped out on both UN meetings to condemn Russia.

US angry with Israel's 'neutrality' over Ukrainian crisis
13 April 2014

US officials expressed anger over Israel's policy of "non-interference" with the Russian annexation of the Crimea; Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported.

A US official told the paper that the White House was disappointed with Israel's absence from the UN General Assembly meeting two weeks ago to vote on condemning Russia's military invasion of the Crimea and call to maintain Ukraine's territorial integrity.

"We have been consulting closely on Ukraine not only with our partners and allies around the world. Obviously we are looking to the entire international community to condemn Russia's actions and to support Ukraine, so we were surprised to see that Israel did not join the large majority of countries that voted to support Ukraine's territorial integrity at the United Nations. Israel's justification that it did not attend the meeting due to the Foreign Ministry strike is unacceptable" said the senior US official.

The US official said that Washington is particularly angry with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's failure to publically support the US position on the crisis.

According to Haaretz the US is especially disappointed with FM Lieberman who equated Israel's relations with the United States to its relations with Russia. Lieberman is reported to have told Channel 9 that Israel has "good and trusting relations with the Americans and the Russians, and our experience has been very positive with both sides". The official said "I do not understand this point of view, which calls for Israel to be dragged into this quagmire".

...

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/americas/10861-us-angry-with-israels-neutrality-over-ukrainian-crisis


Israel is very wise not to get involved and jeopardize its good relations with Russia. The rest who are salivating for war, well "Beat those war drums!" Israel won't be joining in. It knows exactly what this shit is.

The Wolfowitz Doctrine backfiring spectacularly

Transdniester declared independence in 1990.

In 2006, Transdniester held a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia and reasserted its demand for independence.

Bad timing for the neolibs and neocons in DC to have done this. Their IMF Austerity package to slave away for the EU isn't enticing enough to change people's minds about which country they want to be linked with.

Moldova’s Breakaway Region Asks Putin to Recognize Sovereignty
By Olga Tanas and Andra Timu April 16, 2014

Moldova’s breakaway pro-Russian region of Transnistria has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize its independence after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The appeal by the Parliament of Transnistria, city and district council members and community associations “express the aspirations of the people of Transnistria” and is based on the results of referendums held in 1991, 1995 and 2006, the parliament of the unrecognized state said on its website.

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“Transnistria is a Russian-language land, more than 90 percent of Transnistrians speak and think in Russian,” the region’s parliament said in its statement.

...

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-04-16/moldova-s-breakaway-region-asks-putin-to-recognize-sovereignty

"much more honest and more accurate than what the U.S. press corps has been producing" Robert Parry

"Indeed, in my four-plus decades in journalism, I have never seen a more thoroughly biased and misleading performance by the major U.S. news media. Even during the days of Ronald Reagan – when much of the government’s modern propaganda structure was created – there was more independence in major news outlets. There were media stampedes off the reality cliff during George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War and George W. Bush’s Iraq War, both of which were marked by demonstrably false claims that were readily swallowed by the big U.S. news outlets.

But there is something utterly Orwellian in the current coverage of the Ukraine crisis, including accusing others of “propaganda” when their accounts – though surely not perfect – are much more honest and more accurate than what the U.S. press corps has been producing."

Robert Parry, Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass, April 16, 2014

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/16-6

Thanks for your link about that new Ukranian National Guard

All I had before was this:
Andrey Parubiy, head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, announced the first battalion of a National Guard “comprised of volunteers from Maidan self-defense troops", has left Kiev for the south-east.

According to Parubiy, the “battalion is comprised of volunteers from the Maidan self-defense troops".
http://rt.com/news/kiev-military-operation-east-584/


so I appreciate your link very much

Ukraine has sent troops to the east of the country. The application is referred to as “anti-terror” operation against Russian separatists. According to the National Security Council are “very combative” soldiers “on the way to the front.”

A first battalion of the National Guard has been deployed in the eastern Ukraine. The reports of the chief of the National Security and Defence Council, Andrej Parubij, on his Facebook page. The soldiers were “very aggressive” and ready to defend the Ukraine “at the front”. The move comes one day after the ultimatum of the Ukrainian government has passed to the separatists.

Parubij is a member of the Fatherland party of Yulia Tymoshenko and co-founded the right-wing Social – National Party , from which emerged today Swoboda party. During the protests in Kiev Parubij was known as the commander of the Maidan , which work closely with the leaders of the paramilitary rights sector , Dmytro Jarosch , worked.

The operation of the National Guard going out ” in a very responsible way ,” assured transitional President Alexander Turchinov . Ukraine’s parliament had approved the creation of up to 60,000 -strong force in March. The soldiers are mostly volunteers from the so-called self-defense groups from Kiev Independence Square. They had the end of February contributed to overthrow the government of President Viktor Yanukovych.

The National Guard is now to secure the borders , lead the fight against terror and establish internal security, as it is called. The force under the Ministry of Interior and so could the regular 130,000 -strong army of the Ukraine stand by.

http://www.nationalturk.com/en/the-national-guard-ukrainian-troops-are-advancing-in-the-east-breaking-news-49521


I wonder if they're issued "88" lapel pins or patches.

Banks? Did someone say banks?

Ah yes banks.

It's beyond ludicrous to recognize the overthrow of a democratically elected government by violent rightwing musclepower and then complain when Ukrainian citizens resist their future being signed away by a junta in Kiev that no one voted for.

Check this site out. It was set up in 2007 and is beyond amusing. The "Arseniy Yatsenyk Foundation Open Ukraine". Its partners are hilarious too (NATO, National Endowment for Democracy, US State Dept, Chatham House, Oligarch Victor Pinchuk of the Davos Philanthropic Roundtable, International Renaissance Foundation, The Black Sea Trust(German Marshall Fund of the United States), and hedgefund vultures Horizon Capital, SwedBank, who are already plundering Ukraine with the privatization deals that never make the US press.

I especially love the NED's Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship they had going right before the "spontaneous" EuroMaidan uprising.

Partner of Open Ukraine Foundation National Endowment for Democracy (NED) accepts grant applications for Raegan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program until November 8th.

http://en.prostirzmin.com.ua/forum/287


Several of their fellows are press people since the program targets "democratic activists, scholars, and journalists".

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program is an international exchange program named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell. Funded by the U.S. Congress, the fellowship program supports democratic activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world to undertake independent research on democratic challenges worldwide.

http://www.ned.org/fellowships/reagan-fascell-democracy-fellows-program


Like this little fellow Sergii Leshchenko.

The same elites who fucked us over (and aren't done with us yet, Detroit was just a test run), who are fucking over the European people, are the same ones doing this to Ukraine.

"something stranger than living in the bubble even" as bemildred put it earlier.

General Breedlove, NATO EU chief "no evidence of a strategic Russian buildup on Ukraine's borders"

Where is Gen. Montgomery Meigs getting his information? I really wish the US news would dump broadcasting analysis based on State Dept talking points and switch to reporting news.

This was buried in a Guardian article today, that I just happened to be reading when I saw your post.

The Nato commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said several Nato member states had offered ground troops for deployment in eastern European member states and that he would be soon making recommendations on how they should be positioned. Breedlove said that the situation represented more than a crisis, adding: "For Nato, it's bigger than that. It's a paradigm shift."

However, the general added that he saw no evidence of a strategic Russian buildup on Ukraine's borders. He stressed the military movements were intended entirely to reassure Nato members along Russia's borders who had been unnerved by Russian actions in Ukraine.

The air force general said he had attempted to call the Russian chief of general staff, Valery Gerasimov, to explain that the deployments were entirely defensive but had not been able to reach him.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/nato-step-up-presence-russian-borders-eastern-europe

And away we go! "US to send non-lethal aid to Ukraine"

The United States government is preparing to send non-lethal aid to Ukraine, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, just one day after the interim government there launched an operation against armed pro-Russian protesters.

White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters during a scheduled briefing in Washington, DC midday Wednesday that the Obama administration is “obviously evaluating requests and looking at ways that we can support the Ukrainian government.” Soon after that same afternoon, the AP reported that the US is indeed in the midst of preparing to provide assistance, according to anonymous sources who confirmed the existence of plans to the newswire but were not yet authorized to discuss the matter publically.

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“The incremental assistance would be aimed both at bolstering the Ukrainian military as it seeks to halt the advances of pro-Russian forces in the east, as well as showing symbolic US support for Ukraine's efforts,"
Julie Pace and Robert Burns reported for the AP. “But the aid is unlikely to satisfy the Obama administration's critics, who say what the Ukrainians really need are weapons to defend themselves.”

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Carney, Pace and Burns reported, “sidestepped questions about whether the US would supply military-style equipment like body armor that is not technically defined as lethal aid” during Wednesday’s meeting. The anonymous officials who spoke to the news agency did claim, however, that such assistance isn’t expected to be included in the new car package being prepared.

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....http://rt.com/usa/non-lethal-aid-ukraine-988/



US working on non-lethal aid package for Ukraine
By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS
— Apr. 16, 2014 12:59 PM EDT


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is working on a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that could include medical supplies and clothing, but would stop short of providing body armor and other military-style equipment, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

The incremental assistance would be aimed both at bolstering the Ukrainian military as it seeks to halt the advances of pro-Russian forces in the east, as well as showing symbolic U.S. support for Ukraine's efforts. But the aid is unlikely to satisfy the Obama administration's critics, who say what the Ukrainians really need are weapons to defend themselves.

"We ought to at least, for God's sake, give them some light weapons with which to defend themselves," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said over the weekend.

The administration has said it is considering aid requests from Ukraine, but is not actively considering sending weapons, ammunition or other lethal assistance.

...

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-working-non-lethal-aid-package-ukraine


Video interview with Ukranian soldier. "We won't shoot... just want to go home"

Here is a group of Ukrainian soldiers telling western journalists that they don't want to shoot at anybody and gave themselves up. They say the citizens blocked them then helped them, gave them food and water, and they just want to go home, just go. They don't want to shoot.

http://www.bild.de/video/clip/ukraine/ukrainischer-soldat-will-nicht-schiessen-35596750.bild.html

The interview is in English
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