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HISTORY DOES REPEAT ITSELF, NOVOROSSIYA, UKRAINE AND CRIMEA

September 18th, 2014

GAITHER STEWART
(Rome)


Novorossiya map. A highly strategic region., key to many powers
to this day. (Click to enlarge)

It has been said that a nation is simply the spiritual body that a people acquires during the course of its history.

Novorossiya or New Russia, so absent in mainstream media and so present in alternative news sources today, is popularly believed to be a fleeting matter, simply a new name created ex-novo for effect by the local militias of southeastern Ukrainians today fighting and defeating the Ukrainian regular army troops invading their territories. In doing so the people of Novorossiya are also shattering the dream of American President Obama. The truth is the people of this region are closely linked to the history of their lands.

According to Alexander Zakharenko, field commander and Prime Minister of the Donetsk Peoples’ Republic (DPR) in southeastern Ukraine speaking at a recent press conference, invaders from West Ukraine run or surrender at the first shot. The American-financed troops, conscripted by force by the puppet state in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, simply don’t measure up to the warriors of the southeast Ukraine who are defending their lands, their cities and villages, and their families. The point is that the regular army troops are demotivated and scared and want to return to their homes in West Ukraine. Besides, many Ukrainian soldiers do not want to shoot at their fellow countrymen. Therefore they either desert to the so-called Separatists of the DPR, or flee.

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A Public Bank Option for Scotland

September 18th, 2014

by Ellen Brown

Scottish voters will go to the polls on September 18th to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. As video blogger Ian R. Crane colorfully puts the issues and possibilities:

[T]he People of Scotland have an opportunity to extricate themselves from the socio-psychopathic global corporatists and the temple of outrageous and excessive abject materialism. However, it is not going to be an easy ride . . . .

If Alex Salmond and the SNP [Scottish National Party] are serious about keeping the Pound Stirling as the Currency of Scotland, there will be no independence. Likewise if Scotland embraces the Euro, Scotland will rapidly become a vassel state of the Euro-Federalists, who will asset strip the nation in the same way that, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain have been stripped of their entire national wealth and much of their national identity.

To achieve true independence, Crane suggests the following, among other mandates:

  • Establish an independent Central Bank of Scotland.

  • Issue a new Scottish (Debt Free) Currency.

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Gazans fleeing to Europe via tunnels, traffickers and boats

September 18th, 2014

Gilad Atzmon

'It’s better to die at sea than to die of despair and frustration in Gaza,’ says resident of Strip.

Haaretz reports this morning that “Thousands of Palestinians have left the Gaza Strip for Europe using tunnels, traffickers and boats.” The following is a devastating glimpse into the continuous ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Europe is silent about it, the Western media is also silent about it. I guess that discussing this unfolding tragedy in the open would lead to a diplomatic clash with Israel and an open conflict with its Jewish lobby.

“The Palestinian Embassy in Greece reported yesterday that the ship that sank off the coast of Malta was carrying more than 450 passengers, most of them Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, and that it was rammed intentionally by another ship run by rival smugglers.“

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Kiev Grants Donbas Limited Special Status: Hold the Cheers

September 17th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

On September 10, Ukrainian oligarch president Petro Poroshenko said Donbas will remain part of Ukraine.

Federalization won't happen. Ukraine's territorial integrity won't be compromised.

At the same time, Donetsk People's Republic Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said his region isn't "considering remaining part of Ukraine." He'll seek outright independence, he vowed.

On September 16, Press TV reported he rejected Kiev's special status offer. Few details followed.

On the same day, Itar Tass headlined "Donetsk might agree with some points of Ukraine's law on special status of Donbas," saying:

"The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) will consider and might even adopt some of the provisions of the recently passed Ukrainian law on the special status of Donbas," according to DPR's First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin.

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Dreaming War, Threatening Humanity

September 17th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

America is unique. No nation ever waged perpetual war throughout its entire history. It's done so at home and abroad.

It exterminated its native people. It treats its most disadvantaged with contempt. It wages war on humanity worldwide.

Permanent war is official US policy. Obama exceeds the worst of George Bush. He tramples on fundamental freedoms.

He heads a ruthless police state apparatus. Mass surveillance became institutionalized on his watch.

Core constitutional and international law protections don't matter. Multiple direct and proxy wars rage.

Obama has more death and destruction in mind. Pretexts are invented to pursue the unthinkable.

The killing of UK citizen David Haines is the latest.

"We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world," said Obama.

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NATO in Search of New Animosity

September 16th, 2014

Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.

Obama‘s Phase Two on the ‘War on Terror’

NATO was at a standstill until the Wales-UK gathering hurriedly spelled out NATO’s futuristic intent for new animosities to claim relevance and operational opportunism. The focal issue of NATO’s role and mission to cope with change and adaptability to a different future is denied logical discourse. Undoubtedly, NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan and covert operations in Iraq failed to achieve any favorable metaphor in Western public opinions. At Wales, NATO demonstrated powerful images of the US F35 aircraft and the new Euro Jet displayed impressively at the setting. The global warriors who used to dream of triumph and glory over the poor and helpless nations are searching new insights to perpetuate animosity and to strengthen NATO’s presence under false pretext. Did President Obama learn any lessons from his predecessor’s mental and political fault lines? On Wednesday September 10, 2014, President Obama spoke of “relentless effort” to destroy the newly formed ISIL in Iraq and Syria (“Obama to launch airstrikes in Syria in “relentless effort” to destroy Islamic State fighters.” The Associated Press and ABC News: 11/11/2014) and sending 500 troops and ordered additional airstrikes in Iraq and Syria: "We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.” Obama added that “We will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq,” the president assured the American people. “Anytime we take military action, there are risks involved, especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions,” he acknowledged, adding that this effort “will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”

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Merkel: The political whore of Europe

September 16th, 2014

By Khalid Amayreh

I do realize that many people, especially Germans, might be offended by the title of this article. I know that one, especially writers, should think twice before calling the elected leader of a respectable country a "political whore."

I absolutely have no intention to offend or denigrate the Great German nation. None the less, one has to be honest to one's conscience especially when the subject matter has to do with the willful extermination by the Judeo-Nazi state of Israel of innocent civilians, including many children. During a pro-Israeli rally on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to fight "anti-Semitism," an apparent red herring meant to distract attention from the recent Israeli holocaust in Gaza.

"Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism," Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of anti-Israeli feelings following the manifestly genocidal Israeli blitz against Gaza, which killed and maimed thousands of Palestinians, mostly innocent civilians, and destroyed some 50,000 thousand homes and housing units.

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Israel's Genocidal War on Palestine Without End

September 16th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

It's longstanding Israeli policy. Palestinians aren't wanted. Israel considers them subhuman.

It wants them eliminated. It wants Jewish exclusivity. It wants maximum Jews and minimum Arabs.

Israel's entire history is blood-drenched. Depravity defines it. It's longstanding genocidal war on Palestine reflects it.

In 1985, then Israeli president Chaim Herzog said:

"We are certainly not willing to make partners of the Palestinians in any way in a land that was holy to our people for thousands of years. There can be no partner with the Jews of this land."

Former Israeli military leader Moshe Dayan urged treating Palestinians like dogs.

They're denied fundamental human and civil rights. Israel spurns peace and stability. Militarized occupation harshness persists.

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Israeli Persecution of Palestinians Unrelated to Defense

September 16th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Claims otherwise are false. A previous article explained. It said 43 IDF reservists and former army intelligence members published an open letter.

They addressed Netanyahu and top military officials. They denounced Israeli high crimes against peace. They condemned longstanding collective punishment.

They henceforth refuse to serve. They want no part of Israel's killing machine. They kept their identities secret to avoid recrimination. One of the letter signatories said separately:

"Some of (the things Israel's 8200 intelligence unit do) are supposed to protect us from violence, but some of it is just destroying Palestinian society, preventing them from improving their lives in any way."

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We'll Never Learn

September 15th, 2014

Timothy Gatto

America is on the verge of another "Crusade". Of course they are not telling us this directly, but the mass media has lined up its "polls" and has concluded that 90% of Americans want to defeat ISIS or ISIL or IS (whatever). The reason for this is because of the beheadings of two Americans and a Brit. Understandable, right?

I guess if you believe what the media tells you, you really can't be faulted for being outraged. When I saw the first video, I too, was incensed. It is pretty hard not to be outraged. Still, the longer I think about it, the more I wonder about some of the things America has done in Iraq and the rest of the area.

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