Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kerry/Lavrov to meet today! - Federated Ukraine on the table

Already mentioned in this post- A federated Ukraine as proposed previously by Russia?

With a flashback to a DW article from February of this year, excerpts below - -Would a federal Ukraine be viable   

Officials, from predominantly Russian-speaking areas, approved a resolution for regional leaders to take full responsibility for constitutional order in their territories.
A few days before the proposal was published, a Party of Regions parliamentarian, Vadim Koleznichenko, spoke in favor of a "federalization of Ukraine," since the country was on the brink of civil war,
 Federalization, he said, would help to prevent the country from falling apart. According to media reports, this would mean Ukraine could be divided into up to seven large states, each with its own parliament.
And then the overthrow took place.

Kerry/Lavrov to meet today- 

Russia on Sunday set out demands for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, saying the former Soviet republic should be unified in a federation allowing wide autonomy to its various regions as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prepared to meet in Paris in another bid to calm tensions.

 Appearing on Russian television ahead of his talks with Kerry, Lavrov rejected suspicions that the deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops near Ukraine is a sign Moscow plans to invade the country following its annexation of the strategic Crimean peninsula.
 "We have absolutely no intention of, or interest in, crossing Ukraine's borders," Lavrov said.

He also said, not a direct quote, they would protect Russians in Ukraine.
In his interview, Lavrov made clear that Moscow believes a federation is the only way to guarantee Ukraine's stability and neutrality.

"We can't see any other way to ensure the stable development of Ukraine but to sign a federal agreement," Lavrov said, adding that he understood the United States was open to the idea.
Lavrov is absolutely not going to say this unless he is certain the US is on the same page.
U.S. officials have been coy about their position on a federation and insist that any changes to Ukraine's governing structure must be acceptable to the Ukrainians. Ukrainian officials are wary of decentralizing power, fearing that pro-Russia regions would hamper its western aspirations and potentially split the country apart. However, they are exploring political reforms that could grant more authority to local governments.
The US has been 'coy' about there position on this federation for one reason and one reason only!
This was Moscow's plan. All along.
Even before the US overthrew the elected government of Ukraine. Before the whole Crimean situation happened. A situation that took, I believe, the US by complete surprise. I had an article to that effect, somewhere....
This was Moscow's plan to calm the situation in the Ukraine. The US would have none of it then.
But, they will now.
 The plan that Kerry and Lavrov are to discuss covers Ukrainian political and constitutional reforms as well as the disarmament of irregular forces, international monitors to protect minority rights and direct dialogue between Russia and Ukraine, according to U.S. officials, who say it has backing of Ukraine's government.

Lavrov called the sanctions a "dead-end" strategy that would not achieve results and accused the west of hypocrisy. 
He said it was inconsistent for the west to refuse to recognize Crimea's annexation, which followed a referendum on joining Russia that was overwhelmingly approved, while at the same time accepting the new government in Kyiv, which was formed after the pro-Moscow president fled the country.
"If they are willing to accept the first event as legitimate, then surely they are obliged to acknowledge the second," Lavrov told Russia's Channel One television.
 Lavrov always astute. Speaking volumes using few words.
Unlike, Obama & Kerry, both of whom have demonstrated  the soaring heights of idiocracy inherent in the US politics/politicians. Canada's too! As Harper has been shameless. Simply shameless.
An embarrassment to sensible, intelligent Canadians.  

Idiocracy-a form of government in which a country or territory is run by fools 

The meeting has ended & nothing much is being reported
Just some interesting tidbits-
But he (Lavrov) called on Western powers to back a proposal for Ukraine's Russian-speaking regions to have greater powers in a "federal" and neutral Ukraine.

"If our Western partners are ready, then Russia, the United States and the European Union could form a support group on Ukraine," Mr Lavrov told Russian state television.

This would lead to talks between "all Ukrainian political forces without exception, naturally excluding armed radicals", and would end in a new constitution allowing for a "federal structure" with greater regional autonomy, he said.
 The US has sent it's top General back to Europe

America's top general in Europe has been sent back early from a trip to Washington
 General Philip Breedlove, who is both NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the head of the U.S. military's European Command, arrived in Europe Saturday evening.

It is being reported that Lavrov said to Kerry "Good night and Good Luck"

It appears nothing much is going to be said until a decision is made on how to present this meeting

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Is NATO prepping to launch guerilla/irregular war attacks into Russia?

The hordes are coming? 

Maybe the hordes are coming, but, from which direction? And, where will the hordes be heading?
There is information contained in this CNN article that really get’s ‘my spidey senses tingling’

You may wonder- why? My response is as follows-  I have read the type of narrative presented in the CNN piece countless times regarding the NATO backed mercenaries in Syria.

Just ordinary persons. Who were forced to take extraordinary measures. Knowing how much it is that humanity loves a good hero tale the propagandists are  all too happy to indulge our gullibility.
And we do so badly want to believe....
That said, there are times we should question what is being presented. So, here we all are. Questioning.
I will highlight that which appears problematic

Keep in mind that CNN delivers propaganda on a very regular basis- Who can forget Syria Danny? And his special rapport with CNN. Refresh here

Fool me once. Shame on you
Fool me twice. Shame on me.

Back to “the hordes are coming” CNN
“ this rag-tag band of civilian volunteers know they could be the first, last and only line of defense”

"We can't expect help from anybody else. Our own government is too passive. But hopefully we can rely on support from ordinary Ukrainians," Vladimir Fedorok told CNN close to the Ukrainian border village of Senkivka”
If this was a 'rag tag' bunch in Syria the story would be the government is too oppressive, but, this is Ukraine and this is a government installed by mostly the US.
I looked at the map to see where Senkivka is? There are two areas by that name.
I suspect we are talking this area- Sen'kivka, Horodnyans'kyi district, Chernihivs'ka oblast
Looks to be just a few kilometres from the Russian border and right on what looks like a major thoroughfare. Check it out for yourself, please?! 
Location, location, location?
In more peaceful times, Fedorok runs a farm supplies company.

Why not a bakery? How about being in import/export? A butcher, baker or candlestick maker?

 Federok now “ finds himself marshaling a newly formed self-defense committee”.

From farm supply to forming militias?

They're setting up an outpost along the highway that cuts from the Ukrainian-Russian border to the Ukraine's interior.
He and his closest aides, Younis and Olec, are clad in British Army-issue uniforms from the Iraq "Desert Storm" campaign. They still bear the Union Jack insignia on the left sleeve.
"We picked them up at the bazaar. I've no idea how they got there. Including my boots, I paid around 100 euros," Fedorok said. Other members of his self-defense unit are sporting surplus combat jackets and pants from other European militaries.

Well after all they are 'rag tag'. Really?
Ukrainians are poor, largely, 100 euros for a pair of boots seems a lot?
Combat jackets and pants from other European militaries, eh?
I suppose all these European military uniforms came from bazaars also?

All of the volunteers say they have some army training from time spent doing military service. (where, when?) Fedorok said they've also been getting refresher courses from friendly Ukrainian army officers in recent days. Two members of the group claim -- like an unspecified number of other Ukrainian nationalists (nationalists? So were talking the fascist thugs that destroyed Kiev)-- to have fought alongside Muslim insurgents against the Russians in Chechnya.
Fought alongside Muslim insurgents against Russians in Chechnya- Simply reeks to high heaven of NATO involvement! Wondering if Dmitri Yarosh is around?

"I shouldn't be telling you this but our plan is to break down into five-man units and we will launch a guerrilla-style partisan war against the Russians," he added, declining to specify how many volunteers he has under his command.
But these paramilitary militias may not be entirely alone. Fedorok drives a few kilometers up the highway closer to the border to introduce us to a detachment of Ukrainian soldiers.(allegedly)
For now they're coordinating operations. A fresh-faced army major (A young major? Not believable) with a Russian-made AK-74S assault rifle slung over his shoulder told us his men are on high alert.
"These are military times," he said as he showed us a little of his hardware: three armored personnel carriers mounted with heavy-machine guns, dug into the earth and camouflaged with branches from birch trees.
A few yards away stood a Russian-made T-80 tank. The major said there were more tanks half-buried behind berms in the forest.
All the vehicles are pointing toward a bridge. The major, who declined to give his name, said the order was to defend the bridge or blow it up if the Russians advanced across the border.
I have serious doubts that any Ukrainian military is present in this area. The odds of there being a 'freshfaced' major are extremely low. The mention of the nationalists. Militias. Tanks buried in berms. Makes me think of guerilla or irregular warfare. Fighters who had fought covertly with the Chechens.... The presence of snipers and mercenaries in Ukraine leads me to believe that some covert ops are going to be undertaken into Russia, possibly Belarus.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Obama in Riyadh. $1.5 billion dollar Saudi “gift” to Pakistan?

What to make of all this? Obama mending fences in Riyadh?
The Saudi-American bilateral relationship has been seriously strained in the past three years by tensions underlying the Arab Awakening, (what happened to the spring?)  and President Barack Obama has serious fence-mending ahead of him when he meets with King Abdullah in Riyadh in March. The relationship is not broken and both sides still need each other.
Did the spring lead to a long hot summer of discontent?
Arab Spring and the Winter in Bilateral Relations
But the Arab spring severely damaged America’s ties to the royal family, which was shocked to its core when Obama urged President Hosni Mubarak to leave office. For the House of Saud this was a betrayal of a key ally. Thus, the Saudis were very quick to welcome the military coup in Egypt this past summer which they saw as restoring order in Cairo and strengthening their own position at home by removing a dangerous example of revolutionary change in the Arab world. The return to autocratic rule in Cairo reduced the danger of upheaval in other Arab states. Abdullah recognised the coup leaders, especially General Sisi, hours after they took power and Riyadh rapidly put together a multibillion aid programme for Egypt and enlisted Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to help fund it. The aid comes with no rider that Egypt restore democratic rule; to the contrary, it is intended to undermine American efforts to use US aid to help foster reform and democracy.
When the Arab spring spread to Bahrain, and America urged reform there as well, the Saudis sent troops across the King Fahd Causeway to back the minority Sunni ruling family. Almost three years later, Saudi troops continue to back up the Sunni minority regime in Manama and King Abdullah has spoken openly about a closer union between the Kingdom and Bahrain. The Saudis have become increasingly irritated by American criticism of the Bahraini government’s poor human rights record.
More Anger with Washington
Riyadh is especially disappointed in American policy toward Syria where they want Washington to take robust steps to oust the Assad regime and replace it with a pro-Saudi Sunni government. The Saudis are arming the opposition much more aggressively than Washington and want Obama to be more vigorous in fighting Assad.
At the same time, Riyadh is anxious that Washington is prepared to appease Assad’s backer Iran and conclude a deal with Tehran on its nuclear programme. Senior Saudi officials like intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan have been increasingly outspoken in criticising American policy, and the Saudis refused to take up a seat on the United Nations Security Council this January because they argued the US was not doing enough on Syria or the Palestinian issue. Saudi officials made it clear that this unusual decision was intended to signal anger with Washington.
Despite these public tensions, in private robust cooperation continues on counter terrorism and other issues. The Americans and Saudis cooperate closely against (?) al-Qaeda, especially in Yemen. CIA Director John Brennan enjoys very close and productive relations with the Saudi counter terrorist chief and Interior Minister, Prince Muhammad bin Nayif. Saudi intelligence was critical in foiling the last two plots by al-Qaeda to smuggle explosives onto aircraft flying in the United States. This year, the Kingdom has also tried to take steps to prevent Saudi citizens from travelling to Syria to join al-Qaeda jihadists there.
The burden of bucking up weak autocratic regimes and other allies is becoming more costly for Riyadh. Saudi officials say the Kingdom spent more than $25 billion subsidising its allies in Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen, Pakistan (we will get to Pakistan) and elsewhere (elsewhere?) in 2012, and expect that burden to rise to over $30 billion in 2014 with the addition of the Egyptian account. Almost all of this aid is budgetary support so there is virtually no economic development return. The cost of supporting the counter revolution in the Arab and Islamic worlds adds greatly to the challenges facing the House of Saud in the years ahead.
30 Billion dollars and no economic return. None?!

A Disharmonious Alliance, But No Divorce
The Arab Awakening has demonstrated clearly that Washington and Riyadh do not share common values, but they do still share some common interests. Neither has a viable alternative partner to secure those interests like fighting al-Qaeda and containing Iran. It is likely to be an increasingly disharmonious alliance, but not a divorce.

Obama’s Challenges
The President must assure the Saudis that he will not make a bad deal and the deal he wants to reach will ensure Iran is not just a short step away from the bomb. Obama must also assure the King that the United States has no intention of ignoring Iranian behaviour in supporting Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and dangerous Iranian subversion in Bahrain and Yemen. Since the US is committed to thwarting Iranian aggression, the two should be able to agree on a shared strategic consensus on this issue.
On the peace process with Israel and the Palestinians, Obama’s goal is to convince Abdullah that he and Secretary of State John Kerry are really serious about achieving a breakthrough this year. The Saudis in general and the King in particular want Washington to press Israel to accept a two state solution based on the 1967 lines with a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem. Their concern on this issue is not that Obama and Kerry are not trying enough now but whether they will be willing to put pressure on Israel to accept a deal when the talks get to decision time. The Saudis were deeply disappointed in the first Obama term when he spoke tough about an Israeli settlements freeze as a condition for negotiations, but backed away when Israel balked.
Abdullah is the principal author of the Arab League’s peace initiative that promised Arab recognition of Israel within secure borders in return for a just and fair peace with the Palestinians. The King is passionate about the Palestinian cause and deeply disappointed that America has done too little to press Israel to end the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (No mention of Gaza?)
Stability in South Asia 
A third issue will probably get attention mostly behind the scenes. The two leaders will need to address how to help ensure stability in South Asia when American and other NATO forces leave Afghanistan at the end of this year. Riyadh has enormous influence in Pakistan and hosted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his years in exile. Washington has little influence in Islamabad and needs Saudi help.
Read the rest at the above link, BUT, take this into consideration?
Saudi Arabia just ‘gifted’ Pakistan 1.5 billion no strings attached dollarsNo strings attached?
I don’t believe that for a minute. If you read here, you don’t either
So.... what would 1.5 billion buy? The claim is weapons for Syrian rebels? Maybe?
Though that seems a bit exorbitant.
Let’s entertain this thought?- From the Brookings link

Obama will try to persuade Abdullah to support two of his key initiatives – the nuclear talks with Iran and the peace negotiations with Israel, and the Palestinians. The Saudis are very worried that the P5+1 talks with Tehran will produce a weak deal that allows Iran to be on the verge of nuclear weapons status while lifting most of the sanctions. Riyadh has made it clear that it will seek its own nuclear deterrent if Iran gets the bomb, almost certainly from Pakistan.
Of course...The Pakistan government declined to specify what kind of weapons the Kingdom was looking for and denied that any arms purchased by Saudi Arabia will be sent to Syria
So? 1.5 billion dollars. Arming Syrian rebels? Or a Saudi attempt to gain nuclear weapons?
If this is some sort of nuclear arms deal? What about Israel?

Wondering if this Saudi/Pakistan gift has anything to do with the Turks leaked audio " There are some serious shifts in global and regional geopolitics. It now can spread to other places"

Part 2-Turkey, YouTube,the incriminating audio?! A declaration of war?

And a lengthier translation?
To my eyes this looks to be not just about Syria. But also about a role Turkey has played and may reprise in Iraq.
Yesterday-  Turkey 'shuts off YouTube" to cover up leaked false flag attack plans on Syria

An article at WP is suggesting this is the video that caused the shutdown?
If anyone understands what is being said........???

It's quite clear there are multiple conversations going on, not likely all at once?
-It seems as if Turkey was preparing for false flags on more then one front.
-Not just at the tomb .But, also by ordering a missile strike on Turkish territory
-The operations they decide on should have a shocking effect.
-Preparing a cover story that would or could fit into some kind of international law norms... What ever those really are?
-Going in with tanks vs going in with aircraft
-Fabricating a story to the Syrian consulate in Istanbul- a story that have used on previous ocassions
-Portraying this as an 'al quaeda' issue so there will be no problem
-Are some of these actions being taken without Erdogan's knowledge or approval? A couple of sentences in that conversation, if accurate, do leave me wondering about that? NO government decision on tanks in Iraq. Then who made the decision? NATO commanders? (Hmmm... I have suggested previously that Turkey does not control it's Army. Not completely)
- The comment about shifts in global and regional politics- and spreading?

And the translation provided for the video

Here’s a full translation, first published in the International Business Times, courtesy of a veteran translator who asked that his name be withheld for fear of retribution.

“I should note,” the translator told the Washington Post, “that it was done pretty hastily.”

    Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:
    “Prime Minister said that in current conjuncture, this attack (on Suleiman Shah Tomb) must be seen as an opportunity for us.”

    *National Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan:
    “I’ll send 4 men from Syria, if that’s what it takes. I’ll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey; we can also prepare an attack on Suleiman Shah Tomb if necessary.”

    Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu:
    “Our national security has become a common, cheap domestic policy outfit.”

    Deputy Chief of Staff of the military Yasar Guler:
    “It’s a direct cause of war. I mean, what we’re going to do is a direct cause of war.”


    Ahmet Davutog(lu: I couldn’t entirely understand the other thing; what exactly does our foreign ministry supposed to do? No, I’m not talking about the thing. There are other things we’re supposed to do. If we decide on this, we are to notify the United Nations, the Istanbul Consulate of the Syrian regime, right?

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: But if we decide on an operation in there, it should create a shocking effect. I mean, if we are going to do so. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but regardless of what we decide, I don’t think it’d be appropriate to notify anyone beforehand.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: OK, but we’re gonna have to prepare somehow. To avoid any shorts on regarding international law. I just realised when I was talking to the president (Abdullah Gül), if the Turkish tanks go in there, it means we’re in there in any case, right?

    Yas,ar Güler: It means we’re in, yes.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: Yeah, but there’s a difference between going in with aircraft and going in with tanks…    SECOND SCREEN:

    Yas,ar Güler: Maybe we can tell the Syrian consulate general that, ISIL is currently working alongside the regime, and that place is Turkish land. We should definitely…

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: But we have already said that, sent them several diplomatic notes.

    Yas,ar Güler: To Syria…

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: That’s right.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: Yes, we’ve sent them countless times. Therefore, I’d like to know what our Chief of Staff’s expects from our ministry.

    Yas,ar Güler: Maybe his intent was to say that, I don’t really know, he met with Mr. Fidan.

    Hakan Fidan: Well, he did mention that part but we didn’t go into any further details.

    Yas,ar Güler: Maybe that was what he meant… A diplomatic note to Syria?

    Hakan Fidan: Maybe the Foreign Ministry is assigned with coordination…


    Ahmet Davutog(lu: I mean, I could coordinate the diplomacy but civil war, the military…

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: That’s what I told back there. For one thing, the situation is different. An operation on ISIL has solid ground on international law. We’re going to portray this is Al-Qaeda, there’s no distress there if it’s a matter regarding Al-Qaeda. And if it comes to defending Suleiman Shah Tomb, that’s a matter of protecting our land.

    Yas,ar Güler: We don’t have any problems with that.

    Hakan Fidan: Second after it happens, it’ll cause a great internal commotion (several bombing events is bound to happen within). The border is not under control…

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu:I mean, yes, the bombings are of course going to happen. But I remember our talk from 3 years ago…

    Yas,ar Güler: Mr. Fidan should urgently receive back-up and we need to help him supply guns and ammo to rebels. We need to speak with the minister. Our Interior Minister, our Defense Minister. We need to talk about this and reach a resolution sir.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: How did we get special forces into action when there was a threat in Northern Iraq? We should have done so in there, too. We should have trained those men. We should have sent men. Anyway, we can’t do that, we can only do what diplomacy…

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: I told you back then, for God’s sake, General, you know how we managed to get those tanks in, you were there.

    Yas,ar Güler: What, you mean our stuff?

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: Yes, how do you think we’ve managed to rally our tanks into Iraq? How? How did we manage to get special forces, the battalions in? I was involved in that. Let me be clear, there was no government decision on that, we have managed that just with a single order.


    Yas,ar Güler: Well, I agree with you. For one thing, we’re not even discussing that. But there are different things that Syria can do right now.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: General, the reason we’re saying no to this operation is because we know about the capacity of those men.

    Yas,ar Güler: Look, sir, isn’t MKE (Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation) at minister’s bidding? Sir, I mean, Qatar is looking for ammo to buy in cash. Ready cash. So, why don’t they just get it done? It’s at Mr. Minister’s command.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: But there’s the spot we can’t act integratedly, we can’t coordinate.

    Yas,ar Güler: Then, our Prime Minister can summon both Mr. Defence Minister and Mr. Minister at the same time. Then he can directly talk to them.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: We, Mr. Sinirog(lu and I, have literally begged Mr. Prime Minster for a private meeting, we said that things were not looking so bright.


    Yas,ar Güler: Also, it doesn’t have to be a crowded meeting. Yourself, Mr. Defence Minister, Mr. Interior Minister and our Chief of Staff, the four of you are enough. There’s no need for a crowd. Because, sir, the main need there is guns and ammo. Not even guns, mainly ammo. We’ve just talked about this, sir. Let’s say we’re building an army down there, 1000 strong. If we get them into that war without previously storing a minimum of 6-months’ worth of ammo, these men will return to us after two months.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: They’re back already.

    Yas,ar Güler: They’ll return to us, sir.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: They’ve came back from… What was it? Çobanbey.

    Yas,ar Güler: Yes, indeed, sir. This matter can’t be just a burden on Mr. Fidan’s shoulders as it is now. It’s unacceptable. I mean, we can’t understand this. Why?


    Ahmet Davutog(lu: That evening we’d reached a resolution. And I thought that things were taking a turn for the good. Our…

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: We issued the MGK (National Security Council) resolution the day after. Then we talked with the general…

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: And the other forces really do a good follow up on this weakness of ours. You say that you’re going to capture this place, and that men being there constitutes a risk factor. You pull them back. You capture the place. You reinforce it and send in your troops again.

    Yas,ar Güler: Exactly, sir. You’re absolutely right.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: Right? That’s how I interpret it. But after the evacuation, this is not a military necessity. It’s a whole other thing.


    Feridun Sinirog(lu: There are some serious shifts in global and regional geopolitics. It now can spread to other places. You said it yourself today, and others agreed… We’re headed to a different game now. We should be able to see those. That ISIL and all that jazz, all those organisations are extremely open to manipulation. Having a region made up of organisations of similar nature will constitute a vital security risk for us. And when we first went into Northern Iraq, there was always the risk of PKK blowing up the place. If we thoroughly consider the risks and substantiate… As the general just said…

    Yas,ar Güler: Sir, when you were inside a moment ago, we were discussing just that. Openly. I mean, armed forces are a “tool” necessary for you in every turn.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: Of course. I always tell the Prime Minister, in your absence, the same thing in academic jargon, you can’t stay in those lands without hard power. Without hard power, there can be no soft power.


    Yas,ar Güler: Sir.

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: The national security has been politicised. I don’t remember anything like this in Turkish political history. It has become a matter of domestic policy. All talks we’ve done on defending our lands, our border security, our sovereign lands in there, they’ve all become a common, cheap domestic policy outfit.

    Yas,ar Güler: Exactly.

    Feridun Sinirog(lu: That has never happened before. Unfortunately but…

    Yas,ar Güler: I mean, do even one of the opposition parties support you in such a high point of national security? Sir, is this a justifiable sense of national security?

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: I don’t even remember such a period.


    Yas,ar Güler: In what matter can we be unified, if not a matter of national security of such importance? None.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: The year 2012, we didn’t do it 2011. If only we’d took serious action back then, even in the summer of 2012.

    Feridun Sinirliog(lu: They were at their lowest back in 2012.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: Internally, they were just like Libya. Who comes in and goes from power is not of any importance to us. But some things…

    Yas,ar Güler: Sir, to avoid any confusion, our need in 2011 was guns and ammo. In 2012, 2013 and today also. We’re in the exact same point. We absolutely need to find this and secure that place.

    Ahmet Davutog(lu: Guns and ammo are not a big need for that place. Because we couldn’t get the human factor in order…

My question is still this- Who leaked this to Youtube? And why?

Turkish FM is claiming Spying on key security meeting on Syria is 'declaration of war'

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Turkey 'shuts off YouTube" to cover up leaked false flag attack plans on Syria

Lets go back to the news of Turkey shooting down the Syrian plane. Turkey always partnering with Israel- Shoots down Syrian plane.
Exchange of comments below

 Last sentence of that comment below
 "Last week it was about protecting an ancient site in Syria. Last year it was hunting rifles. Erdogan is starting to look a lot like a waterboy"

Last sentence of my reply

I saw the talk of protecting that ancient site, any excuse.

Any excuse indeed! Little did I know that was not just empty talk being bantered about. Rather it was the starting point for a false flag Turkey was cooking up. Who leaked this to YouTube?

Access to YouTube has been cut off in Turkey after an explosive leak of audiotapes that appeared to show ministers talking about provoking military intervention in Syria. Other social media have already been blocked ahead of tumultuous local elections.
interesting, no?!
The latest leaked audio recording, which reportedly led to the ban, appears to show top government officials discussing a potential attack on the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

 The tomb is in Syrian territory, but protected by Turkish soldiers.
On the tape, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is heard to say that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sees any attack as an "opportunity" to increase Turkish presence in Syria, where it has staunchly supported the anti-Assad rebels. Security chief Hakan Fidan then goes one step further, and suggests staging a fake attack to give Turkey a casus belli to intervene in the conflict.
Turkish officials have recently vowed to protect the tomb as its "national soil."

Original reporting- Turkey vows to respond to any attack on Süleyman Shah Tomb
The claim made seemed completely bogus. Knowing of Turkey's unwavering support for the terrorists killing innocent Syrians, daily. 

 The Süleyman Shah Tomb in Syria is Turkey’s national land and will be protected accordingly, President Abdullah Gül has said, amid reported threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to Turkey to lower its flag on the tomb before March 24.
Gül told reporters before his departure to Netherlands on March 23.

Turkey has 25 soldiers stationed at the tomb for its protection.
Turkey has 25 soldiers stationed at the tomb for its protection
Don't Miss: History Repeats- Will Afghanistan repeat in the Ukraine?


Part 2-Turkey shuts down YouTube - The incriminating audio?!

History Repeats- Will Afghanistan repeat in the Ukraine?

History repeats, because we (society) don't know any real history.We learn whitewashed, sanitized, dumbed down  versions of 'truthiness'  We have no real concept of  specific actions taken, actions that were intended to start wars. Destroy nations. What ever the case may be?  For example, CIA backed Islamic mercs were employed in Afghanistan  in the late '70's in order to provoke a response from the Soviet Union. How many people are aware of that fact? How many believe the state approved version of events? That it was an unjustified invasion. And, could we see a scenario playing out in Ukraine that would look very familiar to the events that took place when the CIA intervened in Afghanistan?

 The CIA's Intervention in Afghanistan

Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski,
President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser

Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998
Posted at 15 October 2001

Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct? 

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it? 

B: It isn't quite that. We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn't believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don't regret anything today? 

B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.
B: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.

Translated from the French by Bill Blum

Brzezinski is correct. There is no global Islam. Only the spectre of one.
As for Ukraine. A nation divided. Already impoverished. It is ripe for the picking -apart.
Instead of  "some stirred up Moslems" - created and nurtured by NATO,  we have another fighting force of western nurtured  fascists thugs. Gladio style (A)? Or a  Gladio B?  Doesn't matter?
It would seem those two have co-mingled In the Ukraine. And Chechnya.

Would the western backed thugs be willing to spend months poking away at Russia?


Their was an absolutely useless vote at the UN declaring the Crimean referendum illegal. As if ?
It is a non-binding resolution, purely nonsensical exercise in PR. Expect the news to rehash this psyop all weekend.


Progressive Radio News Hour – Rick Rozoff- First half of the show

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Alaska back to Russia- Petition

 I kid you not!

 We the People

we petition the obama administration to:

Alaska back to Russia.

Groups Siberian russians crossed the Isthmus (now the Bering Strait) 16-10 thousand years ago.
Russian began to settle on the Arctic coast, Aleuts inhabited the Aleutian Archipelago.
First visited Alaska August 21, 1732, members of the team boat "St. Gabriel »under the surveyor Gvozdev and assistant navigator I. Fedorov during the expedition Shestakov and DI Pavlutski 1729-1735 years
Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia
Created: Mar 21, 2014
A petition that seeks to put Alaska back under Russian control has garnered more than 18,000

 Alaska petition seeking secession back to Russia gets 10,000 signatures in three days

 -- A petition seeking the secession of Alaska back to Russia received more than 10,000 signatures in three days and is well on its way to getting enough signers to require an official response from the White House

Israeli embassies shut doors as diplomats go on strike- Really?!

Last post for the day! Promise...
Hat tip to HHQ for this tidbit.

Poor little 'Gas Princess" Yulia, go grab a US supplied Armalite and parachute into Moscow and show us what a brave little Neo-Nazi Barbie you can be. You can be an instant martyr for your rubbish West-driven cause when your remains come back promptly in a Russian bin liner.

By the way Penny, I don't know if you or the other readers caught this bit of very suspicious behaviour, but Israel just closed its embassies around the world. Israel closes embassies around the world as diplomats strike
They report that it's due to a sudden and prolonged strike by diplomats (who almost always double as spies, or other intel assets) but that just seems rather specious. The terror state with a flag is renowned for pulling stunts, false flags and various other acts of fifth column activity internationally, and this just seems like it could be a preparation for something rather nasty. Hope I'm wrong, but the False Flag vigilance alert should now be on full red. Especially since in October of 2006, during a aerial radiological survey of New York City, officials conducting the study discovered a very suspicious radiation spike in the direct proximity of the Israel Embassy. Was a dirty bomb crafted there to be used as a blackmail tool or perhaps a future false flag? It's difficult to discern but worth remembering.

Israel closes all embassies worldwide because diplomats are striking? 
Admittedly, I find that a stretch.
As HHQ points out 'diplomats' often double as spies or other intelligence assets.

Israel's diplomats called an out-all strike over a long-running pay and conditions dispute on Sunday, shutting the country's 103 foreign embassies and jeopardising a forthcoming visit by the pope.
The foreign ministry employees union said it was ordering its 1,200 members to stop work indefinitely from 3pm (1pm GMT) after accusing the finance ministry of failing to take the diplomats' grievances seriously following nearly a year of haggling.

A year of haggling? Odd word in this context? But perhaps it was haggling as opposed to negotiating?

An extended strike has the potential to cripple Israeli diplomacy since the foreign ministry is responsible for organising visits of incoming foreign dignitaries, as well as Israeli ministers' trips abroad.
Can't Israel be diplomatic without it's embassies? There is something surreal about this news
It could force the Vatican to call off a two-day visit by Pope Francis to the Holy Land, scheduled for May 24 and 25. A Vatican advance team has already postponed a visit intended to finalise arrangements for the the pontiff's arrival.

Maybe the Pope should just stay home? 

Ukraine's National Bank may get rid of hryvna to stuff regime coffers?

 freethinker- Thanks for bringing this to my attention
Before I forget, brian, thanks for the heads up regarding the assassination reported on in the previous post!

freethinkerMarch 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM
 It seems like the National Bank of Ukraine, guided by Arseniy Yatseniuk’s self-styled government to the radiant future, has come to a decision to do away with the country's national currency hryvna. This is according to a private letter from an employee with Giesecke & Devrient, a Munich-based banknote printing firm, that has recently been leaked to the Web. An interesting letter appeared in the Internet the other day, in which an employee of the German company Giesecke&  Devrient warns their Ukrainian relative about the impending collapse of the Ukrainian financial system.
 © Photo from LiveJournal
        "Dear Emma,
 Mother and I are very worried about you. Is your family all right? How are the kids? Why are you staying away from Skype contacts? Here the media are saying awful things about the Ukraine, we don’t understand anything and the future is vague. We know that you have a business there but please, for our sake, try to persuade your husband to come and stay with us in Munich at least for a short time. We can send the boys to a local school, fortunately Martha is still teaching, so we won’t have to worry about you. Let us know as soon as you make up your minds. Please, don’t play a waiting game. In any case, be sure to get rid of hryvnas in cash and convert your bank accounts to euros because it looks like Yatseniuk will soon make the hryvna a useless slip of paper. We had an urgent commission at Giesecke & Devrient from the National Bank of Ukraine to develop a design for a new currency unit. It will have the same name, hryvna, but an absolutely different standard. Actually, it will imitate the euro. We are working at full speed because they want sketches of the notes in a week. I’m afraid that you’ll soon be able to send your current money to a museum.
 Your Albert"

Incidentally, Giesecke & Devrient is a rather well-known company developing banknote designs and putting them into production. This was not the end of it, of course. The woman’s husband appealed to Verkhovna Rada for explanations. Moreover, in addition to his e-mail letter the man posted sketches of new banknotes that his German relative had sent to his wife.
new bank notes?

  Verkhovna Rada traditionally ignored the awkward question.
 But the website of the Lvov Bank posted a warning that due to the changing monetary policy of the National Bank of Ukraine banknotes of the Ukraine’s national currency of old design will not be accepted by bank departments starting with 1 June 2014. Some time later the notification was deleted but a bad aftertaste remained.
Summing up this information, one can claim offhand that the latest national revolution has successfully ended with a banal robbery of ordinary people and huge wealth accumulation by oligarchs. We have a feeling that the hryvna will be disposed of quietly. At least, there is not a word about it in the media, so it would be reasonable to suppose that at a certain moment people will face the need to exchange their hryvnas for the new currency at an extortionate rate. In this way the new government will try to settle the internal debt. We know at whose expense.
 Fast moving past 24 hours, so if you are trying to stay on top of the Ukraine situation
I have put this post # 5 and the ones below in less then one day

4 -Ukraine: One fascist assassinated. Defence Minister dumped

3- Ukraine: Regime Change & the IMF's Bitter Pill

2- Yulia the 'gas princess' -grab the guns and kill those damned Russians

 1-Anti-fascist/anti-Bandera protests in Canada- Russian entry bans?

Ukraine: One fascist assassinated. Defence Minister dumped

It should be pretty obvious to anyone paying attention that the coup government in Ukraine, is full of problematic persons. Ukraine no doubt needs these head bashers in the apparatus of their tyrannical state.

So, I am suspecting a cleansing of the most foul, the most noxious, the most obvious. But, the vast majority of riff raff will remain and will be used as needed to oppress the legitimate grievances of the Ukrainian populace once IMF 'reforms' take hold.

From the previous post- Ukraine: Regime Change & the IMF's Bitter Pill
"The bailout agreement will include the imposition of drastic austerity measures which in all likelihood will trigger further social chaos and economic dislocation"
 Svoboda and co. will be there to keep the people in line

Oleksandr Muzychko, alias Sashko Bily, file pic
Oleksandr Muzychko, better known as Sashko Bily(i)

For what it is worth, Muzychko acquired notoriety in Ukraine after he was filmed brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle at a town hall session in western Ukraine, and then harassing a local prosecutor.

See video below Muzychko/Sashko Bilyi in action

 As usual we have conflicting versions of what happened.

Version #1

-He was a leader of Right Sector, a far-right group which was prominent in the recent anti-government protests.
 -Ukraine's Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said Muzychko died after opening fire at police and Sokol special forces, who had raided a cafe to arrest him and fellow ultra-nationalists. The authorities described Muzychko as a criminal gang-leader.
-During the raid, Muzychko fired at police as he was trying to flee, wounding one of them. Police then returned fire and captured him and three others in his "criminal gang", Mr Yevdokimov said.
-"He was still alive as they were arresting him - but then the paramedics, called to the scene, found that he had died," Mr Yevdokimov said. The three arrested gang members have been taken to Kiev for questioning.

Version #2

- Ukrainian MP, Oles Doniy, gave a different version of events
- He said two cars had forced Muzychko's car to stop, and he had then been dragged into one of the other cars. 
-Later his body was found dumped, his hands tied behind his back and two bullet wounds in his heart, Doniy wrote overnight on his Facebook page.

An arrest warrant had been issued by Russian authorities for this man? 
So claims the BBC.  Yes, I am questioning the accuracy of this claim. I understood it to be Dimitry Yarosh that was wanted by Russia.  And  you may recall that Yarosh that had called for Doku Umarov to attack Russia, also. Covered that previously-Refresh your memory, please
Crimea- Terror prevented, communications cut off, protest, gas cuts and more
Russian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Muzychko, accusing him of atrocities against Russian soldiers in Chechnya.
The Russian indictment says he tortured captive Russian soldiers in the 1990s, when Moscow was trying to crush Chechen separatist guerrillas. Muzychko denied the allegations. Reports say he led a group of Ukrainian nationalists who fought alongside the Chechen rebels.

Also. And likely more important then the killing of one prominet thug, when there are so many more
 The Defence Minister was dumped

 Meanwhile, Ukraine's parliament has voted to accept the resignation of Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh.
Mr Tenyukh had been accused of indecision in the face of Russia's military takeover of Crimea.

In the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday MPs appointed Gen Mykhaylo Koval as the new defence minister, after approving the resignation of his predecessor, Ihor Tenyukh.
Mr Tenyukh had offered to leave the post following growing criticism of his response to the Russian annexation of Crimea. Many deputies had described that response as indecisive.
Gen Koval has served in the country's Border Service, and was briefly detained by pro-Russian forces during their takeover of Crimea.
Certainly this had everything to do with the fact that most of the Ukrainian forces, willingly, stayed in Crimea!

" about two-thirds of the 18,800 military personnel and relatives stationed there are staying on the peninsula"
As was reported in this post  Ex-Ukrainian troops, raise ships flags and stay in Russian Crimea

  Fewer than 2,000 of the more than 18,000 Ukrainian troops in Crimea have said they want to leave.
 Russian flags have been raised over 54 of 67 Ukrainian ships
Although Ukraine had  previously reported that " nearly half of the Ukrainian military staff based in Crimea had opted to stay there and some of them were joining the Russian military"

Ukraine is likely still playing down the numbers, but, the removal of the Defence Minister speaks volumes
And, no, I do not believe he 'offered' to resign. Unless he was made an offer he could not refuse. The kind of offer meted out by Sashko Bilyi

Ukraine: Regime Change & the IMF's Bitter Pill

Article from Global Research. Worth reading entirely

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In the days following the Ukraine coup d’Etat of February 23, leading to the ousting of a duly elected president, Wall Street and the IMF–in liaison with the US Treasury and the European Commission in Brussels– had already set the stage for the outright takeover of Ukraine’s monetary system. The EuroMaidan protests leading up to “regime change” and the formation of an interim government were followed by purges within key ministries and government bodies. 
Interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk meets President Obama at White House, March 2014 (White House photo)

The Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Ihor Sorkin was fired on February 25th and replaced by a new governor: Stepan Kubiv. (below with megaphone)
Stepan Kubiv is a member of Parliament of the Rightist Batkivshchyna “Fatherland” faction in the Rada led by the acting Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk (founded by Yulia Tymoshenko in March 1999). He previously headed Kredbank, a Ukrainian financial institution largely owned by EU capital, with some 130 branches throughout Ukraine.
  Ukraine Central Bank Promises Liquidity To Local Banks, With One  Condition,
Zero Hedge, February 27, 2014).
Kubiv is no ordinary bank executive. He was one of the first field “commandants” of the EuroMaidan riots alongside Andriy Parubiy co-founder of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine (subsequently renamed Svoboda) and Dimitry Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector Brown Shirts, which now has the status of a political party.  
Kubiv was in the Maidan square addressing protesters on February 18, at the very moment when armed Right Sector thugs under the helm of Dmitry Yarosh were raiding the parliament building.
 A few days later, upon the establishment of the interim government, Stepan Kubiv was put in charge of negotiations with Wall Street and the IMF.


The new Minister of Finance Aleksandr Shlapak (above left suit)  is a political crony of Viktor Yushchenko –a long-time protegé of the IMF who was spearheaded into the presidency following the 2004 “Colored Revolution”. Shlapak held key positions in the office of the presidency under Yushchenko as well as at the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). In 2010, upon Yushchenko’s defeat, Aleksandr Shlapak joined a shadowy Bermuda based offshore financial outfit IMG International Ltd (IMG), holding the position of Vice President. Based in Hamilton, Bermuda, IMG specialises in “captive insurance management”, reinsurance and “risk transfer.” 

Minister of Finance Aleksandr Shlapak  works in close liaison with Pavlo Sheremeto, the newly appointed Minister of Economic Development and Trade, who upon his appointment called for “deregulation, fully fledged and across the board”, requiring –as demanded in previous negotiations by the IMF– the outright elimination of subsidies on fuel, energy and basic food staples.
Ihor Shvaika
Another key appointment is that of Ihor Shvaika [right], a member of the Neo-Nazi Svoboda Party, to the position of Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food. Headed by an avowed follower of World War II Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera [see image below], this ministry not only oversees the agricultural sector, it also decides on issues pertaining to subsidies and the prices of basic food staples.  
The new Cabinet has stated that the country is prepared for socially “painful” but necessary reforms. In December 2013, a 20 billion dollar deal with the IMF had already been contemplated alongside the controversial EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Yanukovych decided to turn it down.
One of the requirements of  the IMF was that “household subsidies for gas be reduced once again by 50%”.
“Other onerous IMF requirements included cuts to pensions, government employment, and the privatization (read: let western corporations purchase) of government assets and property. It is therefore likely that the most recent IMF deal currently in negotiation, will include once again major reductions in gas subsidies, cuts in pensions, immediate government job cuts, as well as other reductions in social spending programs in the Ukraine.” (voice of March 21, 2014)
Economic Surrender: Unconditional Acceptance of IMF Demands by Western Puppet Government

[Neo Nazi Svoboda Party glorify World War II Nazi Collaborator Stepan Bandera]
Shortly after his instatement, the interim (puppet) prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk casually dismissed the need to negotiate with the IMF. Prior to the conduct of negotiations pertaining to a draft agreement, Yatsenyuk had already called for an unconditional acceptance of the IMF package: “We have no other choice but to accept the IMF offer”.

Yatsenyk intimated that Ukraine will “accept whatever offer the IMF and the EU made” (voice of March 21, 2014)
In surrendering to the IMF, Yatsenyuk was fully aware that the proposed reforms would brutally impoverish millions of people, including those who protested in Maidan.
The actual time frame for the implementation of the IMF’s “shock therapy” has not yet been firmly established. In all likelihood, the regime will attempt to delay the more ruthless social impacts of the macroeconomic reforms until after the May 25 presidential elections (assuming that these elections will take place).
The text of the IMF agreement is likely to be detailed and specific, particularly with regard to State assets earmarked for privatization.
Henry Kissinger and Condoleeza Rice, according to Bloomberg are among key individuals in the US who are acting (in a non-official capacity) in tandem with the IMF, the Kiev government, in consultation with the White House and  the US Congress.
The IMF Mission to Kiev

Immediately upon the instatement of the new Finance Minister and NBU governor, a request was submitted to the IMF’s Managing director

Christine Lagarde
 An IMF fact finding mission headed by the Director of the IMF’s European Department Rez Moghadam was rushed to Kiev:
“I am positively impressed with the authorities’ determination, sense of responsibility and commitment to an agenda of economic reform and transparency. The IMF stands ready to help the people of Ukraine and support the authorities’ economic program.” Press Release: Statement by IMF European Department Director Reza Moghadam on his Visit to Ukraine
A week later, on March 12, Christine Lagarde, met the interim Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at IMF headquarters in Washington. Lagarde reaffirmed the IMF’s commitment:
“[to putting Ukraine back] on the path of sound economic governance and sustainable growth, while protecting the vulnerable in society. … We are keen to help Ukraine on its path to economic stability and prosperity.”(Press Release: Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Ukraine
The above statement is wrought with hypocrisy. In practice, the IMF does not wield “sound economic governance” nor does it protect the vulnerable. It impoverishes entire populations, while providing “prosperity” to a small corrupt and subservient political and economic elite.
IMF “economic medicine” while contributing to the enrichment of a social minority, invariably triggers economic instability and mass poverty, while providing a “social safety net” to the external creditors. To sell its reform package, the IMF relies on media propaganda as well as persistent statements by “economic experts” and financial analysts which provide authority to the IMF’s macroeconomic reforms.
The unspoken objective behind IMF interventionism is to destabilize sovereign governments and literally break up entire national economies. This is achieved through the manipulation of key macroeconomic policy instruments as well as the outright rigging of financial markets, including the foreign exchange market.
To reach its unspoken goals, the IMF-World Bank –often in consultation with the US Treasury and the State Department–, will exert control over key appointments including the Minister of Finance, the Central Bank governor as well as senior officials in charge of the country’s privatization program. These key appointments will require the (unofficial) approval of the “Washington Consensus” prior to the conduct of negotiations pertaining to a multibillion IMF bailout agreement.
Beneath the rhetoric, in the real World of money and credit, the IMF has several related operational objectives:
1) to facilitate the collection of debt servicing obligations, while ensuring that the country remains indebted and under the control of its external creditors.
2) to exert on behalf of the country’s external creditors full control over the country’s monetary policy, its fiscal and budgetary structures,
3) to revamp social programs, labor laws, minimum wage legislation, in accordance with the interests of Western capital
4) to deregulate foreign trade and investment policies, including financial services and intellectual property rights,
5) to implement the privatization of key sectors of the economy through the sale of public assets to foreign corporations.
6) to facilitate the takeover by foreign capital (including mergers and acquisitions) of selected privately owned Ukrainian corporations.
7) to ensure the deregulation of the foreign exchange market.
While the privatization program ensures the transfer of State assets into the hands of foreign investors, the IMF program also includes provisions geared towards the destabilization of the country’s privately owned business conglomerates. A concurrent “break up” plan entitled “spin-off” as well as a “bankruptcy program” are often implemented with a view to triggering the liquidation, closing down or restructuring of a large number of nationally owned private and public enterprises.
The “spin off” procedure –which was imposed on South Korea under the December 1997 IMF bailout agreement– required the break up of several of Korea’s powerful chaebols (business conglomerates) into smaller corporations, many of which were then taken over by US, EU and Japanese capital.. Sizeable banking interests as well highly profitable components of Korea’s high tech industrial base were transferred or sold off at rock bottom prices to Western capital.

These staged bankruptcy programs ultimately seek to destroy national capitalism. In the case of Ukraine, they would selectively target the business interests of the oligarchs, opening the door for the takeover of a sizeable portion of Ukraine’s private sector by EU and US corporations. The conditionalities contained in the IMF agreement would be coordinated with those contained in the controversial EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which the Yanukovych government refused to sign.
Ukraine’s Spiraling External Debt
Ukraine’s external debt is of the order of $140 billion.
In consultations with the US Treasury and the EU, the IMF aid package is to be of the order of 15 billion dollars. Ukraine’s outstanding short-term debt is of the order of $65 billion, more than four times the amount promised by the IMF.
The Central Bank’s foreign currency reserves have literally dried up. In February, according to the NUB, Ukraine’s foreign-currency reserves were of the order of a meagre US$13.7 billion, its Special Drawing Rights with the IMF were of the order of US$16.1 million, its gold reserves US$1.81 billion. There were unconfirmed reports that Ukraine’s gold had been confiscated and airlifted to New York, for “safe-keeping” under the custody of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
Under the bailout, the IMF –acting on behalf of Ukraine’s US and EU creditors– lends money to Ukraine which is already earmarked for debt repayment. The money is transferred to the creditors. The loan is “fictitious money”. Not one dollar of this money will enter Ukraine.
The package is not intended to support economic growth. Quite the opposite: Its main purpose is to collect the outstanding short term debt, while precipitating the destabilization of Ukraine’s economy and financial system.
The fundamental principle of usury is that the creditor comes to the rescue of the debtor: “I cannot pay my debts, No problem my son, I will lend you the money and with the money I lend you, you will pay me back”.
The rescue rope thrown to Kiev by the IMF and the European Union is in reality a ball and chain. Ukraine’s external debt, as documented by the World Bank, increased tenfold in ten years and exceeds 135 billion dollars. In interests alone, Ukraine must pay about 4.5 billion dollars a year. The new loans will only serve to increase the external debt thus obliging Kiev to “liberalize” its economy even more, by selling to corporations what remains to be privatized. Ukraine, IMF “Shock Treatment” and Economic Warfare By Manlio Dinucci, Global Research, March 21, 2014
Under the IMF loan agreement, the money will not enter the country, It will be used to trigger the repayment of outstanding debt servicing obligations to EU and US creditors. In this regard, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS)”European banks have more than $23 billion in outstanding loans in Ukraine.” Ukraine Facing Financial Instability But IMF May Help Soon – Spiegel Online, February 28, 2014
What are the “benefits” of an IMF package to Ukraine?
According to IMF’s managing director Christine Lagarde the bailout is intended to address the issue of poverty and social inequality. In actuality what it does is to increase the levels of indebtedness, while essentially handing over the reins of macro-economic reform and monetary policy to the Bretton Woods Institutions, acting on behalf of Wall Street.
The bailout agreement will include the imposition of drastic austerity measures which in all likelihood will trigger further social chaos and economic dislocation. It’s called “policy based lending”, namely the granting of money earmarked to reimburse the creditors, in exchange for the IMF’s “bitter economic medicine” in the form of a menu of neoliberal policy reforms. “Short-term pain for long term gain” is the motto of the Washington based Bretton Woods institutions.
Loan “conditionalities” will be imposed –including drastic austerity measures– -which will serve to impoverish the Ukrainian population beyond bounds in a country which has been under IMF ministrations for more than 20 years. While the Maidan movement was manipulated, tens of thousands of people protested they wanted a new life, because their standard of living had collapsed as a result of the neoliberal policies applied by successive governments, including that of president Yanukovych. Little did they realize that the protest movement supported by Wall Street, the US State Department and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was meant to usher in a new phase of  economic and social destruction.
History of IMF Ministrations in Ukraine
In 1994 under the presidency of Leonid Kuchma, an IMF package was imposed on Ukraine. Viktor Yushchenko –who later became president following the 2004 Colored Revolution– had been appointed head of the newly-formed National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). Yushchenko was praised by the Western financial media as a “daring reformer”; he was among the main architects of the IMF’s 1994 reforms which served to destabilize Ukraine’s national economy. When he ran in the 2004 elections against Yanukovych, he was supported by various foundations including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). He was Wall Street’s preferred candidate.
Ukraines’ 1994 IMF package was finalized behind closed doors at the Madrid 50 years anniversary Summit of the Bretton Woods institutions. It required the Ukrainian government to abandon State controls over the exchange rate leading to an massive collapse of the currency. Yushchenko played a key role in negotiating and implementing the 1994 agreement as well as creating a new Ukrainian national currency, which resulted in a dramatic plunge in real wages:.
Yushchenko as Head of the Central Bank was responsible for deregulating the national currency under the October 1994 “shock treatment”:
  • The price of bread increased overnight by 300 percent,
  • electricity prices by 600 percent,
  • public transportation by 900 percent.
  • the standard of living tumbled
According to the Ukrainian State Statistics Committee, quoted by the IMF, real wages in 1998 had fallen by more than 75 percent in relation to their 1991 level.( /scr/2003/cr03174.pdf )
Ironically, the IMF sponsored program was intended to alleviate inflationary pressures: it consisted in imposing “dollarised” prices on an impoverished population with earnings below ten dollars a month.
Combined with the abrupt hikes in fuel and energy prices, the lifting of subsidies and the freeze on credit contributed to destroying industry (both public and private) and undermining Ukraine’s breadbasket economy.
In November 1994, World Bank negotiators were sent in to examine the overhaul of Ukraine’s agriculture. With trade liberalization (which was part of the economic package), US grain surpluses and “food aid” were dumped on the domestic market, contributing to destabilizing one of the World’s largest and most productive wheat economies, (e.g. comparable to that of the American Mid West). Michel Chossudovsky IMF Sponsored “Democracy” in The Ukraine, Global Research, November 28, 2004, emphasis added)
The IMF-World Bank had destroyed Ukraine’s ‘bread basket”.
By 1998, the deregulation of the grain market, the hikes in the price of fuel and the liberalisation of trade resulted in a decline in the production of grain by 45 percent in relation to its 1986-90 level. The collapse in livestock production, poultry and dairy products was even more dramatic. (See The cumulative decline in GDP resulting from the IMF sponsored reforms was in excess of 60 percent  from 1992 to 1995.
The World Bank: Fake Poverty Alleviation
The World Bank has recently acknowledged that Ukraine is a poor country. (World Bank, Ukraine Overview, Washington DC, updated February 17, 2014):
“Evidence shows Ukraine is facing a health crisis, and the country needs to make urgent and extensive measures to its health system to reverse the progressive deterioration of citizens’ health. Crude adult death rates in Ukraine are higher than its immediate neighbors, Moldova and Belarus, and among the highest not only in Europe, but also in the world.”
What the report fails to mention is that the Bretton Woods institutions –through a process of economic engineering– played a central role in precipitating the post-Soviet collapse of the Ukrainian economy. The dramatic breakdown of Ukraine’s social programs bears the fingerprints of the IMF-World Bank austerity measures which included the deliberate underfunding and dismantling of the Soviet era health care system.
With regard to agriculture, the World Bank points to Ukraine’s “tremendous agricultural potential” while failing to acknowledge that the Ukraine bread-basket was destroyed as part of a US-IMF-World Bank package. According to the World Bank: “This potential has not been fully exploited due to depressed farm incomes and a lack of modernization within the sector.”
“Depressed farm incomes” are not “the cause” they are the “consequence” of the IMF-World Bank Structural Adjustment Program. In 1994, farm incomes had declined by the order of 80% in relation to 1991, following the October 1994 IMF program engineered by then NUB governor Viktor Yushchenko.  Immediately following the 1994 IMF reform package, the World Bank implemented (in 1995) a private sector “seed project” based on “the liberalization of seed pricing, marketing, and trade”. The prices of farm inputs increased dramatically leading to a string of agricultural bankruptcies. Projects : Agricultural Seed Development Project | The World Bank, Washington DC, 1995.
The IMF’s 2014 “Shock and Awe” Economic Bailout
While the conditions prevailing in Ukraine today are markedly different to those applied in the 1990s, it should be understood that the imposition of a new wave of macro-economic reforms (under strict IMF policy conditionalities) will serve to impoverish a population which has already been impoverished. In other words, the IMF’s 2014 “Shock and Awe” constitutes the “final blow” in a sequence of IMF interventions spreading over a period of more than 20 years, which have contributed to destabilizing the national economy and impoverishing Ukraine’s population.
Preliminary information suggests that IMF bailout will provide an advance of $2-billion in the form of a grant to be followed by a subsequent loan of $11 billion. The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide another 2 billion, for a total package of around $15 billion. (See Voice of Russia, March 21, 2014)
Drastic Austerity Measures
The Kiev government has announced that the IMF requires a 20% cut in Ukraine`s national budget, implying drastic cuts in social programs, coupled with reductions in the wages of public employees, privatisation and the sale of state assets. The IMF has also called for a “phase out” of energy subsidies, and the deregulation of the foreign exchange markets. With unmanageable debts, the IMF will also impose the sell off and privatisation of major public assets as well as the takeover of the national banking sector.
The new government pressured by the IMF and World Bank have already announced that old aged pensions are to be curtailed by 50 %. In a  timely February 21 release, the World Bank had set the guidelines for old age pension reform in the countries of “Emerging Europe and Central Asia” including Ukraine. In an utterly twisted logic,  “Protecting the elderly” is carried out by slashing their pension benefits, according to the World Bank. (World Bank, Significant Pension Reforms Urged in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, Washington Dc, February 21, 2014)
Given the absence of a real government in Kiev, Ukraine’s political handlers in the Ministry of Finance and the NUB will obey the diktats of Wall Street: The IMF structural adjustment loan agreement for Ukraine will be devastating in its social and economic impacts.
Elimination of Subsidies
Pointing to “market distorted energy subsidies”, price deregulation has been a longstanding demand from both IMF-World Bank. The price of energy had been kept relatively low during the Yanukovych government largely as a result of the bilateral agreement with Russia, which provided Ukraine with low cost gas in exchange for Naval base lease in Sebastopol. That agreement is now null and void. It is also worth noting that the government of Crimea has announced that it would take over ownership of all Ukrainian state companies in Crimea, including the Black Sea natural gas fields.
The Kiev interim government has intimated that Ukraine’s retail gas prices would have to rise by 40% “as part of economic reforms needed to unlock loans from the International Monetary Fund”. This announcement fails to address the mechanics of full fledged deregulation which under present circumstances could lead to increases in energy prices in excess of 100 percent.
It is worth recalling, in this regard, that Peru in August 1991 had set the stage for “shock treatment” increases in energy prices when gasoline prices in Lima shot up overnight by 2978% (a 30 fold increase). In 1994 as part of the agreement between the IMF and Leonid Kuchma, the price of electricity flew up over night by 900 percent.
“Enhanced Exchange Rate Flexibility”
One of the central components of IMF intervention is the deregulation of the foreign exchange market. In addition to massive expenditure cuts, the IMF program requires “enhanced exchange rate flexibility” namely the removal of all foreign exchange controls. Ukraine: Staff Report for the 2012 Article IV Consultation, See also
Since the outset of the Maidan protest movement in December 2013, foreign exchange controls were instated with a view to supporting the hyrvnia and stemming the massive outflow of capital.
The IMF sponsored bailout  will literally ransack the foreign currency reserves held by the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). Enhanced exchange rate flexibility under IMF guidance has been endorsed by the new NBU governor Stepan Kubic. Without virtually no forex reserves, exchange rate flexibility is financial suicide: it opens the door to speculative short-selling transactions (modelled on the 1997 Asian crisis) directed against the Ukraine’s currency, the hrynia.
Institutional speculators, which include major Wall Street and European Banks as well as hedge funds have already positioned themselves. Manipulation in the forex markets is undertaken through derivative trade. Major financial institutions will have detailed inside information with regard to Central Bank policies which will enable them to rig the forex market.
Under a flexible exchange rate system, the Central Bank does not impose restrictions on forex transactions. The Central Bank can however decide –under advice from the IMF– to counter the speculative onslaught in the forex market, with a view to maintaining the parity of the Ukrainian hryvnia. Without the use of exchange controls, this line of action requires Ukraine’s central bank (in the absence of forex reserves) to prop up an ailing currency with borrowed money, thereby contributing to exacerbating the debt crisis.
[the graph below indicates a decline of the hryvnia against the US $ of  more than 20% over a six months period] 
USD- UA Hryvnia Exchange Rate  (120 days)
It is worth recalling in this regard that Brazil in November 1998 had received a precautionary bailout loan from the IMF of the order of 40 billion dollars. One of the conditions of the loan agreement, however, was the complete deregulation of the forex market. This loan was intended to assist the Central Banking in maintaining the parity of the Brazilian real. In practice it spearheaded Brazil into a financial crash in February 1999.
The Brazilian government had accepted the conditionalities. Marred by capital flight of the order of 400 million dollars a day, the money granted under the IMF loan –which was intended to prop up Brazil’s central banks reserves– was plundered in a matter of months. The IMF loan agreement to Brasilia enabled the institutional speculators to buy time. Most of the money under the IMF loan was appropriated in the form of speculative gains accruing to major financial institutions.
With regard to Ukraine, enhanced exchange flexibility spells disaster. Contrary to Brazil, the Central Bank has no forex reserves which would enable it to defend its currency. Where would the NBU get the borrowed forex reserves? Most of the funds under the proposed IMF-EU rescue package are already earmarked and could be used to effectively defend the hrynia against “short-selling” speculative attacks in the currency markets. The most likely scenario is that the hrynia will experience a major decline leading to significant hikes in the prices of essential commodities, including food, fuel and transportation.
Were the Central Bank able to use borrowed reserves to prop up the hrynia, this borrowed money would be swiftly reappropriated, handed over to currency speculators on a silver platter. This scenario of propping up the national currency using borrowed forex reserves  (i.e. Brazil in 1998-99)  would, however, contribute in the short-term to staving off an immediate collapse of the standard.
This procedure provides “extra time” to the speculators, who are busy plundering the Central Bank’s (borrowed) currency reserves. It also enables the interim government to postpone the worst impacts of the IMF’s “enhanced exchange rate flexibility” to a later date.
When the borrowed hard currency reserves of the Central Bank run out –i.e. in the immediate aftermath of the May 25 presidential elections–  the value of hrynia will plunge on the forex market, which in turn will trigger a dramatic collapse in the standard of living. Coupled with the demise of bilateral economic relations with Russia pertaining to the supply of natural gas to Ukraine, energy prices are also slated to increase dramatically.
Neoliberalism and neo-Nazi ideology join hands: Repressing the Protest Movement against the IMF
With Svoboda and Right Sector political appointees in charge of national security and the armed forces, a real grassroots protest movement directed against the IMF’s deadly macroeconomic reforms, will in all likelihood be brutally repressed by the Right Sector’s “brown shirts” and the National Guard paramilitary led by Dmitri Yarosh [left image, center with the microphone], on behalf of Wall Street and the Washington consensus.  In recent developments, Right Sector Dmitry Yaroch has declared his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections. (Popular support for the Yaroch is less than 2%).
“Russia put Yarosh on an international wanted list and charged him with inciting terrorism after he urged Chechen terrorist leader Doku Umarov to launch attacks on Russia over the Ukrainian conflict. The ultra-nationalist leader has also threatened to destroy Russian pipelines on Ukrainian territory.” (RT, March 22, 2014)
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s State prosecutor who also belongs to the Neo-Nazi faction, has implemented procedures which prevent the holding of public rallies and protests directed against the interim government.