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Witness claims Ukrainian jet shot down MH17 by mistake.

Posted by another_liberal | Wed Dec 24, 2014, 08:42 AM (13 replies)

Witness to fighter pilot's comments after airliner's destruction passes lie detector test.

The eyewitness who claims to have overheard a Ukrainian fighter pilot speak about shooting down the, "wrong plane," immediately after Malaysian airliner MH17 was destroyed over eastern Ukraine has passed a lie detector test concerning his comments.

Once again, allow me to caution those of you who seem determinedly unwilling to even consider this evidence with an open mind. I suggest you stop reading now and leave the commenting to those who have constructive replies to add. Thank you.

Emergencies Ministry members walk at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash, MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. (Reuters)

Witness account of Ukraine MH17 takedown confirmed by lie detector – investigators

Russia’s Investigative Committee has confirmed the claims by a Ukrainian, who said he witnessed the deployment of a Ukrainian warplane armed with air-to-air missiles on the day the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down. The interview was conducted on Tuesday, spokesman for the committee Vladimir Markin told the media on Wednesday. This followed a report in a Russian newspaper, in which the Ukrainian citizen, who preferred to remain anonymous, voiced his allegations.

The investigators used a polygraph during the interview, which showed no evidence of the witness lying, he added. “The facts were reported by the witness clearly and with no inconsistencies. The investigators lean towards considering them truthful. A polygraph examination confirmed them too,” the official said.

According to his account, he personally saw the plane piloted by Voloshin armed with R-60 air-to-air missiles,” Markin said. “He added there was no need for such weapons during regular air missions of the Ukrainian Air Forces because the rebel forces had no military aircraft.”

Markin said that the Investigative Committee will continue gathering and analyzing evidence perpetrating to the downing of MH17 and will share the information with the Netherlands-led international probe into the incident, “if they really interested in establishing the truth and send an inquiry.” The witness is likely to be taken into protective custody in Russia because his life may be threatened, Markin said.


Read more and view related videos at: http://rt.com/news/217295-mh17-ukraine-military-plane/

Posted by another_liberal | Wed Dec 24, 2014, 07:38 AM (138 replies)

MH17 was the, "Wrong plane," says Ukrainian fighter pilot after shootdown.

This is fascinating new information, provided by an eye-witness on the Ukrainian military air base from which fighter jets were operating at the time of MH17's destruction. Those of you who still have an open mind and who are interested in finding the truth regarding the tragedy will appreciate this article. Those of you who have closed your minds to additional evidence, or who merely want to continue your endless Russia-bashing should stop reading now, and post your own OPs for such purposes. Thank you.

Journalists look at parts of the Malaysia Airlines plane Flight MH17 as Dutch investigators (unseen) arrive at the crash site near the Grabove village in eastern Ukraine. (AFP Photo)

Russia to probe media reports that Ukraine military shot down MH17

Russia’s Investigative Committee is to investigate a Russian newspaper report alleging that a Ukrainian military jet shot down Malaysian Airlines passenger plane MH17 over the rebel-held eastern part of the country last summer. “The Investigative Committee has taken interest in today’s publication in ‘Komsomolskaya Pravda’ newspaper. Naturally, the information they report citing a Ukrainian citizen is of much interest, since it touches upon the committee’s ongoing criminal investigation into the use of banned weapons and warfare tactics ,” said spokesman Vladimir Markin. “We will get in touch with the newspaper’s editor-in-chief and journalists to establish how genuine this source is and get his contacts for a subsequent interview,” he added.

A witness, who chose to remain anonymous, told Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP) daily that a pilot of a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet was behind the MH17 flight downing on July 17. He claimed that the pilot used air-to-air missiles to shoot down the Malaysian Boeing, which he concludes was probably mistaken for a military plane.

“About an hour before the catastrophe, three fighter jets took off . One of the planes was an Su-25, which was equipped with these kind of missiles,” the witness told KP in an interview, adding that he was on the airport grounds at the time. Once the surviving pilot got out of the plane, he looked “very frightened.” The Ukrainian pilot’s first words as he got out of the jet were: “Wrong plane,” the alleged witness claimed. Later in the evening that same pilot also reportedly stated: “The plane happened to be in the wrong place at a wrong time.”

While the daily could not immediately verify the interviewee’s claims, its readers soon discovered the allegedly involved pilot – Vladislav Voloshin – is real, and has been awarded for his role in Kiev’s so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in eastern Ukraine.


Read more, and view related videos, at: http://rt.com/news/216871-ukraine-military-mh17-report/

Posted by another_liberal | Tue Dec 23, 2014, 06:14 AM (167 replies)

One hundred German firms suffer losses due to Russian sanctions.

We already know that the EU's farming sector took a bad hit because of lost sales to Russia, now it is clear that manufacturing and high-tech businesses are also suffering. Of course, if those companies have less to spend, they will be doing less buying from other European and American firms. Everyone will feel Russia's pain, through layoffs and business slowdowns. That's what happens when some ill-advised greedheads and latter day "Cold Warriors" decide to begin an economic war with a major World trading power, all economies feel the negative impact.

Slumping Russian ruble threatens German economy – top exec

German companies doing business with Russia are suffering from the weak ruble, as one in three companies will have to fire employees or cancel its projects, the managing director of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce warned. “The crisis of the Russian economy leaves behind an even deeper brake track in Russia-based ventures of German businessmen,” Volker Treier said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper, “One in eight companies is considering withdrawing from Russia. So the breach in so many business relations is imminent.” According to Treier, the weak Russian currency is hurting German businesses. Ten percent of German companies have said that their long-term Russian partners are turning away from Europe toward Asian markets.

“Thirty-six percent of companies assume that they have to cancel their projects,” he cited the results of the poll, recently carried out by the German Chamber of Commerce in Russia among almost 300 German companies. This data was backed up by Eckhard Cordes, chairman of Germany’s Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. “At the moment, I expect a 20 percent fall of German exports to Russia by the end of 2014,” he told Handelsblatt newspaper Friday. Cordes added that things are unlikely to improve next year. "I generally cautioned against Schadenfreude,” he said, referring to the notion of taking pleasure at someone else’s misfortune.

In neighboring Austria, views on the current economic situation are quite similar – and there is little support for the further tightening of sanctions against Russia. “I cannot agree with the euphoria of many in the EU about the success of sanctions against Russia,” Österreich newspaper cited Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann as saying Sunday. “I see no reason for celebration. I do not know why we should be glad when the Russian economy collapses.”

“The weakening Russian economy is going to hurt primarily Europe, which trades quite heavily with Russia and it’s going to hurt smaller manufacturers and farmers - … the common person,” Gerald Celente, publisher of The Trends Journal and economic analyst told RT. “And who’s slowing down the most? It’s Europe. They have negative interest rates in Europe. That’s how bad it is.”


Read more at: http://rt.com/news/216447-ruble-threat-german-economy/

Posted by another_liberal | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 08:18 AM (49 replies)

Hamas no longer a terrorist organization says EU General Court.

The General Court of the European Union has ordered that the Palestinian liberation group know as Hamas be removed from the EU's list of terrorist organizations. The change is due to improper procedures which were followed during the group's initial banning in 2003.

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement (Reuters)

EU court removes Hamas from terror blacklist

The EU General Court has ordered that the Palestinian militant group Hamas be removed from the bloc’s terror blacklist. The move comes over four years after Hamas appealed its terror designation before the EU. The European Union first banned Hamas’ military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in 2002, though the organization’s social and political divisions were not put on the terror list. Following a series of Hamas suicide bombings during the second intifada or uprising in September 2003, the EU extended the ban to include the organization as a whole.

On September 12, 2010, Hamas appealed the ban, largely on procedural grounds. In its complaint, the group cited a lack of due process, specifically, that it had not been properly informed the act was being implemented. It further asserted that as a “legitimately-elected government,” it cannot be labeled as a terrorist organization, saying such a designation flies in the face of “the principle of non-interference in the internal matters of a State.”

The court accepted the organization’s argument, saying that the decision to remove Hamas from the list was not based on an examination of Hamas’ activities, but rather on an examination of the procedures used to institute the 2003 ban in the first place. Unless an appeal brings closure, however, a funding freeze against the group and sanctions against its members will remain in place for three more months.

The lawyer for Hamas, Liliane Glock, told AFP she was “satisfied with the decision.” Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq lauded the decision, saying the court had righted an injustice done to the organization, which he said is a “national freedom movement,” and not a terrorist organization, the Jerusalem Post reports.


Read more at: http://rt.com/news/215143-hamas-off-terror-list/
Posted by another_liberal | Wed Dec 17, 2014, 06:11 AM (21 replies)

Noam Chomsky on America's, "Racist Society."

Professor Chomsky is one of my favorite historians and teachers. During this interview excerpt he discusses race relations in the United States.

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky on America: ‘This is a very racist society’

Professor Noam Chomsky said it would be “no small trick” for the Ferguson protests to turn into an anti-racism and social justice movement, considering America’s founding principles are slavery and the extermination of the indigenous population.

In a sweeping interview covering everything from Iraq and Syria to China, capitalism, and the protests in Ferguson, MIT linguistics professor Chomsky told GRITtv’s Laura Flanders that events in Ferguson and the protests that have followed show how little race relations in the United States have advanced since the end of the Civil War. “This is a very racist society,” Chomsky said. “It’s pretty shocking. What’s happened to African-Americans in the last 30 years is similar to what Baptist (Edward E. Baptist in The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and The Making of American Capitalism) describes happening in the late 19th Century.”

Chomsky said constitutional amendments were supposed to free African-American slaves, which they did for about ten years. Then, he said, a North-South compact granted former slave-owning states the right to do whatever they wanted. “And what they did was criminalize black life, and that created a kind of slave force. It threw mostly black males into jail, where they became a perfect labor force, much better than slaves.”

Chomsky explained that as a slave owner, the concern was keeping the “capital” alive. When the states were able to exert greater control over black lives, it became their responsibility to handle strikes and disobedience. Since African-Americans couldn’t effectively fight back against this increased state control, Chomsky said it led to a subjugated labor force. He said that was the backbone to the American Industrial Revolution in the late 19th and early 20th Century, and it didn’t end until World War II. “After that,” Chomsky told Flanders, “African-Americans had about two decades in which they had a shot of entering society. A black worker could get a job in an auto plant, as the unions were still functioning, and he could buy a small house and send his kid to college. But by the 1970s and 1980s it’s going back to the criminalization of black life.”


Read more at: http://rt.com/usa/214079-chomsky-america-racist-society/

For a video of the entire interview see:

Posted by another_liberal | Sat Dec 13, 2014, 07:37 AM (3 replies)

Porn protest: Mass 'facesitting' and sex simulation to take place outside Parliament

Source: The Telegraph

More than 500 people are expected to sit on each other’s faces and simulate sexual acts outside Parliament this week. The #PornProtest will use mass ‘facesitting’ to protest against new UK porn laws brought in earlier this month.

Under the new Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 rules, facesitting, spanking and female ejaculation are among a number of sexual acts now banned from being shown in paid-for porn watched online. The new rules – which will not affect porn created outside of the UK – have attracted huge amounts of criticism.

Protesters are now organising mass action outside Parliament on Friday, where they will try to break the Guinness World Record for facesitting, and will hold a ‘Sex Factor’ game show – while remaining fully-clothed. #PornProtest has been organised by 2013’s sex worker of the year Charlotte Rose who wants to protest against “the new sexist laws.”

She told Telegraph Wonder Women: “What wound me up personally is seeing spanking, watersports and especially female ejaculation and facesitting stopped.


Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/11284843/Porn-protest-Mass-sex-simulation-and-facesitting-to-take-place-outside-Parliament.html

This is going to be one of the best documented protests in British history! I imagine the London police are gearing up for a real mass of on-lookers.
Posted by another_liberal | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 08:19 AM (51 replies)

Ireland approves resolution urging recognition of Palestine

Source: Al Arabiya (English)

The Irish parliament approved a nonbinding resolution calling on the government to formally recognize the state of Palestine, becoming the latest European Union member to approve a non-binding parliamentary motion seeking recognition of the Palestinian state. It comes after Ireland’s foreign minister offered on Wednesday his conditional support for an idea bitterly opposed by Israel.

“Achieving and recognizing a Palestinian state has always been the objective of the Irish government. Everything we do in the Middle East is directed towards that aim,” the Associated Press reported Charlie Flanagan as telling a virtually empty parliamentary chamber, with barely a dozen lawmakers present in the 166-seat chamber. He added: “While successive governments have always seen recognition coming as part of an agreed peace, I’ve made it clear that I’ve absolutely no difficulty in principle with the idea of early recognition, if I believe it can contribute to achieving a settlement of the conflict. The present stalemate is not acceptable to me.”

Most represented the opposition Sinn Fein, an Irish nationalist party with strong Palestinian links. The Palestinian ambassador to Ireland, Ahmad Abdelrazek, watched the debate from the visitors’ gallery above.

Lawmakers in Britain, France and Spain already have passed similar motions calling on their governments to follow Sweden, which on Oct. 30 ignited debate by recognizing Palestinian statehood officially.


Read more: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/11/Ireland-recognizes-state-of-Palestine.html

How much longer will the Netanyahu government be able to deny Palestinian rights to an independent, sovereign nation of their own? The tide of history does seem to be running fast in the Palestinians' favor.
Posted by another_liberal | Thu Dec 11, 2014, 12:19 PM (0 replies)

A Chance for new peace talks to end Syrian civil war.

There may be those who think we can bomb Syria back to peace, I seriously doubt that will be the case. As the saying goes, "Making peace is not talking to the people you like, it's talking to the people you don't like." This is an initiative we should quickly get behind.

Breaking News:

Moscow wants to relaunch Syria peace talks – Russian deputy FM

Russia would like to relaunch peace talks in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said after meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday, adding that Moscow is willing to host the meeting. Bogdanov said that he “was in contact with our American partners.” He further stated that “if Syrians want to meet in Moscow, then we will discuss this issue with the US side and others," RIA Novosti reported. "We have proposed that the Syrians come to Moscow to discuss political possibilities to resolve the crisis," he added. Assad responded in support of the idea. "Russia has always been on the side of the Syrian people and given proof that it backs the people's right to decide its own fate," SANA news agency quoted Assad as saying. "Russia respects the sovereignty of states and international law.” Moscow would like to kickstart peace talks in Syria with meetings between government officials and opposition members.

For updates see: http://rt.com/news/line/2014-12-11/#76635

Posted by another_liberal | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 11:37 PM (5 replies)

In the eyes of the World, we are now an outlaw nation.

We have been coming to this for decades, but the crimes detailed and admitted to in the Senate's (heavily redacted) torture report are surely the straw that broke the camel's back. The United States is now seen by friend and foe alike as a nation which has put itself above international law. We are outlaws within the community of nations.

Facing justice: UN, HRW, Amnesty call for prosecuting US officials for torture.

The UN and prominent human rights groups have demanded justice for CIA torture victims, urging to prosecute the responsible US officials listed in the Senate’s report. The Justice Department says it will not pursue charges, even after seeing the report. The calls for justice come after the US Senate Intelligence Committee released its long-awaited congressional report on Tuesday, which details the CIA’s use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques on prisoners in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"As a matter of international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice," the UN's special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson, said in a statement issued in Geneva. "The US Attorney General is under a legal duty to bring criminal charges against those responsible. It is now time to take action. The individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy revealed in today's report must be brought to justice, and must face criminal penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes." Emmerson added that the released report confirmes what the international community has suspected for a long time. “There was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration, which allowed to commit systematic crimes and gross violations of international human rights law," the UN official said.

Amnesty International also called for accountability, stressing that the report shows that the CIA was committing illegal acts “from day one.” The CIA program "gave the green light to commit the crimes under international law of torture and enforced disappearance – with impunity. It’s time for accountability, including a full investigation, prosecutions and remedy for victims," the executive director of Amnesty’s US branch, Steven Hawkins, said. “Torture is a crime and those responsible for crimes must be brought to justice,” he added.

The report "shows the repeated claims that harsh measures were needed to protect Americans are fiction," Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth said, calling to prosecute those responsible. “Unless this important truth-telling process leads to prosecution of the officials responsible, torture will remain a 'policy option' for future presidents."


Read more at: http://rt.com/usa/212935-un-us-justice-torture/


Here is a current interview with the United Nations' Special Rapporteur for Torture, Juan Mendez. His replies to RT's questions are revealing, to say the least.

Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur for Torture (AFP Photo)

UN: ‘We won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, CIA torture must be investigated’

The release of the so-called CIA torture report will likely create momentum that will lead to justice, UN special rapporteur for torture Juan Mendez told RT. He said the UN will not “take no for an answer” and that each torturous act must be investigated.

The damning report on CIA torture has forced Poland to finally admit that it hosted a secret American prison, with former President Aleksander Kwasniewski coming forward with the revelation. However, Kwasniewski claimed that Polish officials were not informed of the torture tactics being used in the secret jail.

RT asked Mendez to comment on the possible further developments; he insisted that countries complicit in the CIA torture need to carry out their own investigations.

Juan Mendez: I think in fact not only Poland, but many countries cooperated in this immoral, unfair, and illegal practice. And all countries have a responsibility to investigate and come clean. It’s a little hard to believe the president of Poland – he admitted that he allowed the use of secret detention centers for extraordinary renditions and didn’t know that torture happened in that context. I mean, why else would anybody be taken to a secret detention center if it’s not to be tortured? I think all countries that have participated in this should borrow a leaf from the US Senate Committee on Intelligence and come clean; do an honest, thorough, complete, and impartial investigation of what went on during the extraordinary renditions and the use of black sites.


Read the rest of this fascinating interview at: http://rt.com/op-edge/213331-un-rapporteur-cia-torture/
Posted by another_liberal | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 07:46 AM (116 replies)
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