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Ukrainians Protest U.S. Police-State the Only Available Way

April 10th, 2015

Eric Zuesse

"We're not cattle": Kiev protesters throw manure at US embassy.

The racist-fascist (or “nazi”) anti-Russian regime that the U.S. installed in a February 2014 coup does not permit protest (except from its small right: the few overt nazis demanding even more militancy); so, the only way that thousands of Ukrainians were safely able to express their loathing of the U.S. Embassy in Kiev on April 1st was by mooing as a non-verbal expression against the regime-controllers inside the compound, telling them, in effect, “We are not cattle.” However, at the end of the protest, someone managed to throw cow-dung at the compound.

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Ukraine's Car-Production Plunges 96%; Many Banks Also Fail

April 10th, 2015

Eric Zuesse

On Tuesday April 7th, Ukravtoprome (the Ukrainian Association of Automobile Manufacturers) reported that, in the three-month period January-March 2015, as compared to the same three months of 2014, production of passenger cars plunged 96%, commercial vehicles 23%, buses 43%, for an overall decline of 92%.

In March alone, as compared to March 2014, passenger-car production plunged 94.3%, commercial vehicles fell 31%. The figure for buses was not shown.

March figures were a considerable improvement over the month before: "compared to February, the number of cars produced has doubled.”

On April 2nd was reported that “Sales of new cars in Ukraine fell to the lowest in 15 years,” and that March’s sales-volume (number of cars sold) was 23% less than that in February. Furthermore, “The general decline in sales of vehicles in Ukraine in January-February 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 was 67%.”

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Obama's Wars Murder Noncombatant Men, Women and Children

April 10th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

In the 1960s, Vietnam war protesters chanted "Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many kids did you kill today?"

Obama way exceeds his ruthlessness - murdering and maiming noncombatants in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Donbass, Palestinians complicit with Israel and now Yemen.

Who's next? Everywhere he shows up, mass slaughter and destruction follow. So does horrific human suffering words can't explain.

Make no mistake. Yemen is Obama's war. Months of preparation preceded hostilities. Detailed planning chose targets now terror-bombed.

Saudi-led forces are US proxies, serving American regional interests over the corpses of likely many thousands before conflict ends.

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Ukraine: Banning Communism and Donbass Autonomy

April 10th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

All police states operate the same way. Their rules alone apply. International laws, norms and standards are ignored.

Anyone opposing their authority is targeted for elimination. State terror is official policy.

So are one-party rule, rigged elections when held, wars against invented enemies, media control, concentrated wealth and power, and government serving monied interests exclusively.

Kiev's regime is Nazified, ruthless, belligerent and illegitimate. Elections when held are farcical. They mock real ones.

Ukraine's US-installed regime reflects the reemergence of Nazism in Europe's heartland for the first time since WW II.

Kiev officials lie denying it. Their claims don't wash. They intend passing legislation banning communism, its ideology, symbols, influence and message.

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War with Russia Now Much Likelier: Ukraine’s Leading Nazi Gets American Weapons & Support

April 10th, 2015

Eric Zuesse

The Ukrainian army has appointed the right-wing Dimitri Jarosch as official adviser to the army leadership. His militias are officially part of the army -- under the leadership of the independent Jarosch. Thus, the right-wing extremists also gain access to US weapons, and weapons that are financed by European taxpayers.

Russia will interpret this as a threat.

The militias of the "right sector" in Ukraine are now greatly enhanced by this appointment, which was made on Sunday, April 5th. The chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces, General Viktor Muschenko, is thus incorporating the far-right militias into his army. Muschenko announces that the Ukrainian army has become one of the strongest in Europe. The soldiers of this army have proved that they know how to fight. [Whereas the regular army of Ukraine has, thus far, performed poorly, top to bottom, the forces under Yarosh’s control, and under his fellow-nazi Andrei Biletsky’s, have been on a par with the local forces of the Donbass, against whom they’ve been fighting. But now, with the military expertise of the nazis and of their American advisors, training everyone starting on April 20th (which is Hitler’s birthday), this will be a different war, and could have a radically different outcome, which will then force a Russian invasion of Ukraine, especially because both Yarosh and Biletsky are lifelong-committed to conquering Russia.]

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Iran: The Leading Proponent for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

April 10th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

As long as these weapons exist, humanity's survival remains up for grabs. Sooner or later they'll be used. Armageddon may follow.

The world's entire nuclear weapons stockpile must be eliminated to prevent it. The consequences otherwise are too potentially catastrophic to ignore.

Albert Einstein deplored nuclear weapons. "I have always condemned the use of the atomic bomb against Japan," he said.

Five months before his November 1954 death, he stressed:

"I made one great mistake in my life…when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made…"

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Bashing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Moscow Visit

April 10th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Media scoundrels are relentless. So are Western officials.

Tsipras arrived in Moscow Tuesday night ahead of his Wednesday meeting with "Kremlin strongman" Vladimir Putin, some reports headlined.

The Wall Street Journal said he didn't come for money. He's feigning an independent streak.

He's playing to the home crowd. He's faking defiance of EU/IMF creditors.

So far he's saying one thing and doing another. He's business as usual masquerading as a populist leader.

"Analysts say Mr. Tsipras’s trip is unlikely to yield any tangible benefits but risks augmenting the mistrust between Athens and other EU capitals, including Berlin," said the Journal.

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Iran Bashing Heats Up

April 10th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Western/Israeli anti-Iranian sentiment persists. It's hard imagining anything Tehran does ahead in good faith being accepted.

Iran-bashing never quits. Congress, Israel and its Lobby intend going all-out to prevent consummating a final nuclear deal by June 30.

Already, bogus accusations of Iran violating agreed on Lausanne framework terms surfaced. Expect lots more phony claims like it.

Framework details remain confidential. On April 7, Fars News said Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) chief Ali Akbar Salehi briefed Iranian lawmakers on framework terms agreed on in closed session.

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Gov. Brown Exempts Water-Intensive Fracking From Emergency Water Restrictions

April 9th, 2015

In Dry California, Thirsty Oil and Big-Ag Industries Exempt from Water Regulations
Despite historic drought, Governor Jerry Brown has not put restrictions on oil drilling and fracking, but is focusing on urban usage of water

Activists stage a protest in January 2014 urging California Governor Jerry Brown to ban fracking in the midst of a historic drought. (Photo: Brooke Anderson/flickr/cc) Activists stage a protest in January 2014 urging California Governor Jerry Brown to ban fracking in the midst of a historic drought. (Photo: Brooke Anderson/flickr/cc)

by Nadia Prupis
Common Dreams

As California Governor Jerry Brown this week instituted the state’s first-ever mandatory restrictions on water usage to combat its historic four-year drought, environmental activists are pointing out two glaring exemptions from the order: the fossil fuel and agriculture industries.

Brown’s mandate, announced Wednesday, directs cities and communities to cut down their water consumption by 25 percent, but does not make any requirements of the state’s numerous oil companies, including those which practice the water-heavy fracking method of extraction, nor of large-scale farming operations.

“Both of them use tremendous amounts of water,” Earthjustice attorney Trent Orr told Common Dreams.

Brown is “putting restrictions on everyone except oil and agriculture… it seems like the powerful industries have gotten a pass,” Orr continued.

Adam Scow, California director of Food & Water Watch, also said Wednesday, “It is disappointing that Governor Brown’s executive order to reduce California water use does not address the state’s most egregious corporate water abuses. In the midst of a severe drought, the Governor continues to allow corporate farms and oil interests to deplete and pollute our precious groundwater resources that are crucial for saving water.”

California’s oil and gas industry uses more than 2 million gallons of fresh water a day to produce oil through fracking, acidizing, and steam injections, according to environmental estimates. In 2014, California oil producers used up nearly 70 million gallons of water on fracking alone, state officials told Reuters on Thursday.

While that number is lower than projected, fracking and toxic injection wells must not be given “a continuing license to break the law and poison our water,” Zack Malitz, an organizer with environmental group Credo, told Reuters.

“Fracking and toxic injection wells may not be the largest uses of water in California,” he added, “but they are undoubtedly some of the stupidest.”

The bulk of Brown’s mandate focuses on urban water use, which as the LA Timespoints out, makes up less than a quarter of the total water consumption in the state.

“The government’s response to this growing crisis has been behind the curve,” Jonas Minton, water policy adviser for the Planning and Conservation League and a former state water official, told the Times.

Rather than focusing on urban usage, Brown should go after the industries which contributed the most to the drought, environmental activists say.

Scow continued, “Governor Brown should stop… the ongoing contamination of groundwater aquifers by toxic wastewater from oil and gas operations. It is disturbing and irresponsible that the Brown administration continues to allow oil companies to contaminate and rob Californians of these fresh water sources.”

According to Orr, the looming repercussions of the drought will be felt for years down the line and may emerge in yet-unknowable ways. In the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, for instance, species of fish once abundant in the area are now nearly extinct, he said—a development which poses an ominous question: “What kind of natural systems will we have in California?”

“The environment desperately needs water,” he added. “We’re very disturbed at the unequal sharing of the burden… There’s no principled reason for it.”

As to why these industries found themselves exempt from facing the consequences of California’s historic drought, Orr said, “The agriculture industry is tremendously powerful in California, and oil and gas are tremendously powerful period.”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Moscow

April 9th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

On April 8, Tsipras and Putin will discuss boosting cooperative economic and political relations between both countries - in areas of trade, energy and possible Russian financial support helping Greece deal with its debt crisis.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed these and related issues will be discussed. An anonymous Kremlin source told the daily Kommersant newspaper:

"We are ready to discuss the issue of providing Greece with a discount on gas: under the contract, its price is tied to the price of oil, which has dropped significantly in recent months."

"We are also ready to discuss the possibility of issuing new credit to Greece."

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