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"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." James A. Baldwin
These appear to be the same people who jammed some Russian web sites earlier this week. Are they just opportunistic anarchists at odds with everyone, or what?
Hacktivist group takes down NATO websites.
Ukrainian hackers have claimed the responsibility for cyberattacks that brought down several NATO websites on Saturday. The hacktivist group, Cyber Berkut, says the attacks on NATO's primary website and its cyber defense center website were carried in retaliation for NATO’s role in increasing tensions in Ukraine. The group also says that NATO's Parliamentary Assembly was also down due to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Last week, the group claimed responsibility for attacking some 40 Russian sites.
Posted by another_liberal | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 10:09 PM (13 replies)
Source: The Guardian
The former Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul has launched a scathing attack on what he calls a US-backed coup in Ukraine, insisting the Crimean people have the right to align their territory with Moscow and characterising sanctions against Russia as “an act of war”. He also said providing economic aid to Ukraine was comparable to giving support to rebels in Syria knowing it would end up in the hands of al-Qaida.
The libertarian guru’s remarks in an interview with the Guardian are almost diametrically opposed to those of his son, the Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul, who has called for stiff penalties against Russia and declared: “If I were president, I wouldn’t let Vladimir Putin get away with it.”
Ron Paul, who retired from his Texas congressional seat in 2012, has always adopted a sceptical view of US foreign interventions. He said that although the US had not been involved in any military overthrow of the government in Kiev, it had facilitated a coup in the sense of “agitating” elements who wanted to usurp Ukraine’s former president, Victor Yanukovych.
“The evidence is pretty clear that the NGOs financed by our government have been agitating with billions of dollars, trying to get that government changed,” he said. “Our hands are not clean.”
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/15/ron-paul-crimea-russia-sanctions-act-of-war
Don't you just hate it when one of these guys makes sense for a change? I guess he was against the Iraq War too, even when only a handful of politicians of either party dared to speak in opposition.
"Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."
Posted by another_liberal | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 11:03 AM (97 replies)
China faces a major decision regarding how to act on the United Nations Security Council vote on a Western sponsored resolution condemning Crimea's planned referendum. As one of five permanent members of the UNSC they could choose to cast a veto along with the one expected from Russia. They could also simply vote against the resolution, but not cast a veto, or they could vote in favor along with the U. S. and her European allies. Here is an article which explores how the Chinese may choose, and why:
Tough choice: Crisis in Ukraine pushes China into limbo.
Read more at: http://rt.com/op-edge/hard-choice-for-china-ukraine-878/
Posted by another_liberal | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 08:18 PM (6 replies)
More eye-witness evidence is now available that the gunmen who began shooting at Maidan protesters and the police lines facing them were actually anti-government protesters themselves, as well as foreign mercenaries:
Kiev snipers shooting from bldg controlled by Maidan forces –Ex-Ukraine security chief.
Read more at: http://rt.com/news/ukraine-snipers-security-chief-438/
Posted by another_liberal | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 06:34 AM (111 replies)
Even though the European Union seems set to sanction Russia over her actions in the breakaway region of Crimea, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has still taken the coup-installed, "interim government" in Kiev to task for outright censorship of Russian media broadcasts.
OSCE slams Ukraine’s repressive censorship of Russian TV channels.
Read more at: http://rt.com/news/russian-tv-suspended-ukraine-242/
Posted by another_liberal | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 06:48 AM (75 replies)
Source: The Guardian
Ukraine's acting president has said the country will not use its army to stop Crimea from seceding, in the latest indication that a Russian annexation of the peninsula may be imminent.
The interim leader said intervening on the south-eastern Black Sea peninsula, where Kremlin-backed forces have seized control, would leave Ukraine exposed on its eastern border, where he said Russia has massed "significant tank units".
"We cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected," Oleksandr Turchynov told AFP. "They're provoking us to have a pretext to intervene on the Ukrainian mainland … we cannot follow the scenario written by the Kremlin."
Crimea is due to hold a referendum on joining Russia this Sunday – organised by the peninsula's self-appointed leaders. Turchynov described the secession referendum as a sham whose outcome would be decided "in the offices of the Kremlin".
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/12/kiev-army-crimea-ukraine-acting-president
The "interim government" of Ukraine couldn't stop a single Russian tank brigade with the military assets it actually commands. If Russia really wanted Kiev, they could most likely be there in seventy-two hours, tops.
One does not, in any case, begin an invasion of a well defended piece of territory like Crimea with "Six thousand combat ready troops."
Posted by another_liberal | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 06:21 AM (14 replies)
Source: The Guardian
The European Union is on course to impose travel bans and to freeze the assets of Russian officials and military officers involved in the occupation of Crimea by next Monday if Moscow declines to accept the formation of a "contact group" to establish a dialogue with Ukraine.
A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday is being seen as an unofficial deadline for the introduction of the sanctions, which would exempt the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, as the EU tries to keep open lines of communication. The sanctions could be imposed a day after Sunday's referendum in Crimea to allow the Black Sea peninsula to join the Russian Federation. Ukraine's parliament warned the regional assembly in Crimea on Tuesday that it faces dissolution unless it cancels the referendum, which has been condemned by the EU and the US as illegal. But the Russian foreign ministry said it would respect the result of the vote.
Officials from the EU, US, Japan and Turkey met in London on Tuesday to draw up a list of Russians who could be subject to the sanctions, as Kiev called on London and Washington to live up to their commitments to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Britain, the US and Russia were signatories to the Budapest memorandum in 1994 in which they agreed to uphold the newly independent Ukraine's borders in exchange for the surrender of the nuclear arsenal it inherited from the Soviet Union.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the interim Ukrainian prime minister, said: "If you do not uphold these guarantees which you signed up to in the Budapest memorandum, then explain how you will convince Iran and North Korea to give up their nuclear status."
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/11/eu-tells-russia-start-ukraine-talks-or-face-sanctions
Good luck with ordering the President of Russia to obey your demands.
What has happened to diplomacy these days? Doesn't anyone do that any more? Russia is not Iran or Syria, for crying out loud! In this kind of a game, one size (the do-what-we-say-or-else size) does not fit all.
Posted by another_liberal | Tue Mar 11, 2014, 08:50 PM (24 replies)
The Russian-speaking majority in several eastern Ukrainian regions are protesting against the governors appointed by Kiev's so-called "interim government." They have seized government buildings and forced at least one such governor to resign and flee. They are demanding their own referendums on separation from Kiev. Some have even called for the eventual formation of a "Southeastern Federation of Regions," to be formed as an independent nation.
Putin defends Crimean referendum legitimacy to EU leaders as Ukraine's southeast rallies.
Read more at: http://rt.com/news/ukraine-referendums-putin-merkel-802/
Posted by another_liberal | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 08:39 PM (23 replies)
Source: Al Jazeera America
In a major show of force, hundreds of National Guardsmen in riot gear and armored vehicles prevented an "empty pots march" from reaching Venezuela's Food Ministry on Saturday to protest now-chronic food shortages.
President Nicolas Maduro's government, meanwhile, celebrated an Organization of American States (OAS) declaration supporting its efforts to bring a solution to the country's worst political violence in years, calling it a diplomatic victory. The United States, Canada and Panama were the only nations to oppose the declaration. "The meddling minority against Venezuela in the OAS, Panama, Canada and the U.S., is defeated in a historic decision that respects our sovereignty," government spokeswoman Delcy Rodriguez tweeted.
Later Saturday, several hundred student protesters trying to block streets with barricades skirmished with tear gas-firing riot police in Caracas' wealthy Chacao district in what has become a nearly daily ritual. There were no immediate reports of injuries as motorcycle-mounted riot police, taunted from apartment buildings, chased protesters through darkening streets.
The capital's government-allied mayor had refused the marchers a permit to hold the "empty pots" rally, leading opposition leader Henrique Capriles to accuse authorities of trying to criminalize" peaceful protests. "Nicolas (Maduro) is afraid of the empty pots of our people. He mobilizes hundreds of soldiers against empty pots," he said of the man who defeated him by a razor-thin margin in April presidential elections. Capriles also reiterated opposition complaints that the government is sending "functionaries and groups of paramilitaries — which they have armed — to put down protests."
Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/8/venezuelan-protestoverrunbygovernmentforces.html
The OAS majority is clearly behind Maduro's government, only Panama of all Latin nations voting against him. This support is bound to encourage the government to go the way of more forceful actions in putting down street protests.
Posted by another_liberal | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 08:37 AM (125 replies)
Sadly, it may be much more involved than you dare to imagine. It is also directly implicated in the deadly violence which lead to the overthrow of Ukrainian President Yanukovich's government two weeks ago:
Lavrov: Right Sector radicals call the tune in Ukraine.
Read more at: http://rt.com/news/lavrov-kiev-government-radicals-618/
Posted by another_liberal | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 07:33 PM (2 replies)