Friday, February 28, 2014

Ukraine: Potential Flashpoint for Global War

Ukraine: Potential Flashpoint for Global War

by Stephen Lendman

Obama heads the most recklessly dangerous regime in world history. It's ruthless. It's lawless. It's out-of-control. It's reincarnated Nazism writ large. 

War on humanity is the new normal. Crazed hegemonic ambitions drive policy. A potential devastating East/West confrontation looms. Will Ukraine be the flashpoint igniting it?

US-supported neo-Nazis usurped power. Anyone opposing them risks arrest, physical harm or death.

Democracy is a dead letter. Fascists rule solely by diktats. Elections when held will be farcical. 

Ukrainians haven't yet awakened to nightmarish conditions they face. How they'll react remains to be seen. Civil war may erupt.

Most eastern and southern Ukrainians favor close ties to Russia. They reject neo-Nazi coup d'etat Kiev governance. It has no legitimacy.

Conditions remain incendiary. Obama bears full responsibility for what's ongoing. Corrupt EU partners share it. 

Neocons run US policy. Unchallenged global dominance ambitions drive them. One war after another is waged. 

Peace is a convenient illusion. Media scoundrels cheerlead what demands condemnation. Ordinary people able to resist do nothing.

The Cold War never ended. An inevitable showdown seems possible. Washington wants Russia eliminated as a rival. It wants it neutralized. It wants it balkanized into powerless mini-states.

Imagine the unimaginable. Imagine possible global war. Waging it risks the unthinkable. Crazed US policymakers ignore the risk of armageddon. 

Events in Ukraine remain fluid. They're fast-moving. Overnight, dozens of armed men in military uniforms raided Crimea's Simferopol International Airport.

They left but still patrol outside. According to an airport spokesman, they searched for Ukrainian airborne troops. They pulled back after finding none.

They set up a perimeter around Simferopol's Belbek civilian/military airport. One man told BBC: "I'm with the People's Militia of Crimea. We're simple people, volunteers."

"We're here at the airport to maintain order. We'll meet the planes with a nice smile. The airport is working as normal."

New Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is one of many fascist thugs in charge. In 2012, he was placed on an Interpol wanted list. He was charged with illegally transferring land.

He was detained in Italy. He was placed under house arrest. He managed to avoid imprisonment. 

He holds a powerful position in Ukraine's coup d'etat government. He enjoy's Washington's support.

He wrongfully accused Moscow of blockading Sevastopol's airport. He called it an "armed provocation," adding:

"I consider what happened to be a military invasion and occupation in violation of all international agreements and norms."

Russia denied involvement. A statement issued said: "No units of the Black Sea fleet were deployed in the area of Belbek nor did they take place in blockading it."

From Brussels, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Russia against involvement in Ukrainian affairs.

"We expect other nations to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and avoid provocative action," he said.

"That's why I'm closely watching Russia's military exercises along the Ukrainian border..."

NATO secretary general Fogh Rasmussen Twittered his own warning, saying:

"I urge Russia not to take any action that can escalate tension or create misunderstanding. I'm concerned about developments in Crimea."

At a news conference, he called them "dangerous and irresponsible."

NATO ministers in Brussels issued similar warnings. A statement said they'll "continue to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence, territorial integrity, democratic development and the principle of inviolability of frontiers, as key factors of stability and security in Central and Eastern Europe and on the continent as a whole."

US-led NATO is a killing machine. It threatens world peace. It's responsible for turning peaceful countries into dystopian wastelands. 

It wants them plundered for profit. It wants their people ruthlessly exploited. Moscow urged NATO to stop issuing provocative statements.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said "(w)hen NATO starts giving a consideration of the situation in Ukraine, it sends out the wrong signal."

In 1992, six former Soviet republics formed the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). They include Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

They belong to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Its Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha expressed alarm over events in Ukraine, saying:

"(D)estabilization and social chaos" remains ongoing. Militants said they'll take over every region of the country.

Physical reprisal threats are made. Memorials are vandalized. "There is a growth in extreme manifestations of (ultra)nationalism, Russophobia and anti-Semitism," said Bordyuzha.

"All this is happening against the backdrop of a forcible regime change and violations of the Ukrainian settlement deal concluded by the president and the opposition on February 21." 

"The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland who certified the deal and supported the US have actually disavowed and breached the deal and denied recognition of the legitimacy of the lawfully elected Ukrainian president to whom they gave their firm assurances."

"We urge every side to stop the confrontation and anti-constitutional actions, to take the path of dialogue and start working on the restoration of stability and the provision of security."

"The lack of a constructive attitude and account of interests of third states in the Ukrainian settlement process will lead to further deteriorat(ing) (conditions) and will be fraught with a sharp aggravation of the situation in Europe."

On Friday, Ukraine's parliament called for a Security Council session. It wants it to discuss internal crisis conditions. 

Under a 1993 agreement, major powers agreed to guarantee Ukraine's territorial integrity. It stipulates nothing about recognizing coup d'etat authority.

Moscow accused Washington and EU partners of blatant hypocrisy. Earlier in Munich, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western politicians of inciting Ukraine violence. 

They support the worst of what's ongoing, he said. They back hooliganism over responsible law and order.

"Why (did) no one condemn (the seizure of) administrative buildings, attack(s) (on) policemen (and) racist and anti-Semitic  (chants and) slogans," asked Lavrov? 

"Why (did) prominent European (and US) politicians actually encourag(e) the moves in question, although in their own countries they immediately clamp down on any encroachments on the letter of the law?"

"How would the European Union (and America) react if the Russian government openly supported street riots in (Washington), London, Paris or Hamburg, and sent its ministers to these cities to encourage the protesters?"

"What (do violent riots) have to do with promoting democratic principles?"

Coup d'etat governance prevents it entirely.

On February 27, Stop NATO headlined "Russian Combat Planes Redeploy to Emergency Airfields in West." 

"Advanced groups of aviation specialists" are involved. Special ground-based equipment was delivered. What's ongoing relates to events in Ukraine.

Its coup d'etat government said Russian military forces outside stipulated areas would be considered acts of aggression.

Ukrainian interim president/Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said "Ukrainian enemies should not try to destabilize the situation, should not encroach on our independence, sovereignty and territory."

"Any attempts to seize (Crimean) administrative buildings will be viewed as a crime against the Ukrainian state," he added.

At the same time, Crimea's parliament rejected the autonomous republic's government. Its Supreme Council passed an overwhelmingly supported no confidence motion.

It called work done by the Council of Ministers in Crimea in 2013 unsatisfactory. It terminated its powers. It dismissed its chairman.

Crimea's parliament rejects Kiev authority. A May 25 referendum will determine the autonomous republic's future. Ironically on the same day as Kiev's planned rigged election.

Odds favor Crimean independence declared. Doing so is entirely legal. According to the General Assembly Declaration of Principles of International Law in accordance with UN Charter provisions:

If government officials don't "conduct themselves in compliance with the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples and possess a government representing the whole people, belonging to the territory without distinction as to race, creed or color," it's grounds for secession.

Crimea may join Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). 
Doing so means confrontation. Will Russia defend its new member? Diplomatically for sure. Militarily if necessary.

CSTO provisions consider aggression against one member affecting them all. Signatories agreed to defend their collective security.

Ukrainian thugs are no match against well-trained troops. Key is what US-led NATO will do. Therein lies a key potential flashpoint. 

Anything could follow an East/West confrontation. By no means can it be ruled out.

Wars follow incidents. Things can easily spiral out-of-control. America's entire history is belligerent. One war follows others. 

Peace doesn't have a chance. Will Ukrainian events trigger war with Russia? Will the world's two most powerful nuclear states collide? 

Does diplomacy have a chance to defuse things? Will cooler heads prevail? What happens going forward demands close watching.

Crimean militias were formed. They include thousands of volunteers. They control key roads. They looking for potential western Ukrainian and other hostile "visitors."

Senior Russian parliamentarians visited Crimea. They did so to express support. They met with local authorities.

Kharkov's Governor Mikhail Dobkin visited Moscow. On return, he resigned. He did so to run for Ukraine's presidency. 

He's doing it more to challenge neo-Nazis than win. Whether he could legitimately succeed isn't clear. At most he can cry foul after losing.

What's planned is rigged to defeat regime challengers. The electoral outcome is a foregone conclusion. 

A potential East/West military confrontation is very much up for grabs. Imagine if a country most Americans never heard of sparks it. Imagine what hopefully won't happen.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Turning the World Right Side Up

Turning the World Right Side Up

by Stephen Lendman

Lawless imperial rampaging turns it upside down. America is the main world belligerent. War on humanity is longstanding policy. 

So is replacing all sovereign independent governments with pro-US vassal ones. Obama's war on Syria rages. Conditions in Ukraine remain incendiary.

Obama wants regime change in Venezuela. He stoked weeks of violence pursuing it. He's waging war on freedom at home.

Imagine championing democratic freedoms while going all-out to destroy them. Obama wants them extinguished globally.

Today is the most perilous time in world history. Daily events should scare everyone. At stake is humanity's survival. 

Conditions go from bad to worse. Peacemakers are vilified. Warmakers win peace prizes. 

Propagandists glorify war in the name of peace. Nations are destroyed to free them. Monied interests alone benefit.

Obama exceeds the worst of George Bush. He heads a ruthless police state apparatus. He seeks unchallenged global dominance.

He wants it over world markets, resources and cheap labor. He wants it at the expense of fundamental freedoms and social justice.

Fundamental rights don't matter. Upside reality conceals things. Mass action more than ever is needed.

Nuclear war by miscalculation is possible. Planetary life is threatened. Conditions in countries America destroys reveal what's heading everywhere unless stopped. 

They include mass impoverishment, unemployment and underemployment. Expect homeless and hunger to increase.

Social benefits will disappear entirely. Nations will be left unfit to live in. Bilderberg objectives will be achieved. They include:

  • one size fits all global rules;

  • one set of universal values benefitting them exclusively;

  • unchallenged control of world populations; 

  • achieving it by mind control and coercion;

  • transforming NATO into a global police force;

  • eliminating democracy entirely;

  • destroying middle class societies;

  • replacing them with a ruler/serf one; and

  • benefitting monied interests at the expense of all others.

Longstanding rule of law principles will be discarded. Civil and human rights won't matter. 

America will emerge the sole superpower. Outliers are being destroyed one by one. China and Russia alone are challengers.

Plans are to weaken and neutralize them. They're preparing for global war. America threatens them. They're allied defensively.

They're readying for scenarios they hope to avoid. Washington plays hardball. Imagine potential calamity ahead.

Russia and China represent our last line of defense. Media scoundrels vilify them unfairly. Putin bashing is relentless.

Murdoch publications are relentless. On February 28, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Russia Fosters Ukraine Discord."

Claiming it turns truth on its head. Crimea installed a pro-Russian leader. Journal writers worry about the autonomous province becoming the epicenter of anti-Kiev resistance.

"A separatist Crimea could wind up like other Moscow-backed breakaway regions across the former Soviet Union," they said.

The Journal calls them "contested territories that Russia's neighbors accuse the Kremlin of using as levers to pressure them."

Putin and Obama are geopolitical opposites. Putin prioritizes peace and stability. Obama thrives on violence. He wages one imperial war after another.

Putin believes nation-state sovereignty is inviolable. Obama believes he's granted the divine right to intervene.

Putin affirms fundamental rule of law principles. Obama spurns them. He considers them quaint, old fashioned and obstacles to unchallenged global dominance.

Putin won't roll over for America. An inevitable confrontation looms. Ukraine could become a key flashpoint.

John Kerry warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Washington will be watching, he said. The fullness of time may tell what he means.

Vladimir Konstantinov chairs Crimea's parliament. His people will defend their autonomy, he said.

He convened a special legislative emergency session. Sergei Aksyonov was named new prime minister. 

He heads the Russian Unity party. It promotes joint Crimean/Russian interests.

Journal editors want none of that. On February 27, they headlined "Crimean War Games. Putin moves to carve up Ukraine if he can get away with it."

Washington and EU partners "can't harbor any more doubts about (his) intention to provoke violent conflict in Europe," they said.

They blamed Putin for what Crimeans did on their own defensively. They want their autonomy respected. 

They reject fascist Kiev authority. They have every right to do so. Journal editors didn't explain.

They're furious about Moscow granting Ukraine's legitimate president protection. Viktor Yanukovych is safe in southern Russia. He's in Rostov-on-Don.

He held a Friday news conference. He was outspoken. He placed blame where it belongs, saying:

"Now I place the entire responsibility on those who led our country to the crisis, I would say to the chaos and disaster. They are to blame for that." 

"Both those who came to power today and those who command them on Maidan, both visibly and invisibly." 

"Including representatives of the West, the United States who patronized Maidan."

"They bear responsibility before the Ukrainian people." They broke the February 21 agreement. They never intended to go along. Saying otherwise was pretense.

He justifiably called coup d'etat Rada delagates illegitimate. He urged Russia to "put an end to the chaos and terror that exists in Ukraine today."

He "categorically (opposes) any invasion...and breach of the integrity of what was a sovereign state."

"Russia cannot stay indifferent. It cannot distance itself from what is going to happen to such a large partner, a neighbor."

He'll meet face-to-face with Putin. He's a strategic partner. He'll learn more about his intentions.

Putin spoke to Britain's David Cameron, Germany's Angela Merkel and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

No escalated violence should be permitted, he said. Lavrov spoke to John Kerry. 

He stressed the urgency to return Kiev to "the legal framework (under) the February 21 agreement..."

He knows Washington subverted it. Agreements are made to be broken. Endorsements aren't worth the paper they're written on.

Journal editors wrongfully blamed Yanukovych for murders US-supported street thugs committed.

"Mr. Putin isn't picky about his company," they said. 

Washington backs some of the world's worst despots. It deplores independent democrats. It goes all-out to topple them.

"Mr. Yanukovych may be a pawn-in-exile in the Russian's game of destabilizing Crimea, and perhaps also the eastern, Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine that were the ousted leader's political base," said Journal editors.

They lied saying he used "live ammunition (on protesters) at Moscow's behest and with direct help from Russian military advisers."

Putin and Lavrov went all-out to resolve months of conflict diplomatically. Washington bears full responsibility for escalating it.

Violent destabilization furthers US regime change policy. Diplomacy and stability defeat it. Don't expect Journal editors explain.

They called Putin "unpredictable...A tweet from NATO headquarters won't change things," they added. Nor anything Kerry tells Lavrov.

They pretend Ukraine's coup d'etat government is democratic. It's "on the line," they said. So is peace in Europe potentially, they claim.

"The alarm is ringing in Crimea," they stressed. Indeed so. Not for what Journal editors endorse.

They support unchallenged imperial dominance. They want it anyway Washington can get it.

They deplore democratic freedoms. They want beneficial social justice denied. 

They want monied interests alone served. They want ordinary people exploited for profit. 

They want societies made unfit to live in. Imagine the worst of all possible worlds if they get their way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Hardened Racism in Israel

Hardened Racism in Israel

by Stephen Lendman

Israeli racism already is institutionalized. On February 24, it got meaner. Fascist Knesset members approved legislation distinguishing between Muslim and Christian Arab citizens.

At issue is separate and less equal than before. It's divide and conquer policy. Critics slammed the law. They did so justifiably. 

It institutes what at first glance seems minor. It changes the number of public advisory council members appointed under the 1988 Equal Employment Opportunities Law.

Five members increase to 10. Currently Christians, Muslims, Druze and Circassian representatives are included.

New legislation gives Muslim and Christian Arab citizens separate representation. New ones are added for ultra-Orthodox Jews, reserve duty soldiers, women, immigrants (virtually all Jews) and the elderly.

PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said:

"This law aims to create a new reality among our people based on religion and not national identity."

Hardline Likudnik sponsor Yariv Levin is unapologetically racist. "We and the Christians have a lot in common," he said.

"They're our natural allies, a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within."

Racist legislation passed overwhelmingly. Equal Employment Opportunity commissioner Tziona Koenig-Yair opposed it.

She does so "in the same way (she) wouldn't be interested in separate representation for Lithuanian Haredim and (Sephardi) Haredim," she said.

"Furthermore, there are no groups promoting employment for different sectors in the Arab population per se, only for the Arab population as a whole."

The law came up for debate weeks earlier. Heated committee discussion followed. 

On February 24, Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee chairman Haim Katz introduced the law in the plenum. He lied saying:

"The aim is to look after populations that have a hard time in the labor market and to give them a representation on the advisory committee."

Israel's Knesset is its most hardline in history. Racist fascist  dominate it. Opposition members are few. 

They're way outnumbered. They have no power. The few Arab MKs have no say whatever. They're little more than potted plants.

They're shouted down when expressing justifiable criticism of unfair legislation. Some Knesset hardliners want them banned altogether.

Perhaps they'll try excluding all MKs opposing their views. Meretz chairwoman Zahava Gal-On is one.

She opposes racist legislation. "Perhaps we should also divide the Jewish population into Poles, Yemenites and Moroccans," she said.

"We are essentially in a situation where an effort is being made to try to define the state according to religions."

"Here they are trying to say that there's a difference between Muslim Arabs and Christian Arabs."

Balad party chairman Jamal Zahalka criticized Levin. "Arab rights don't interest him," he said.

"There's no specific Christian or Druze employment problem, only (one for) the general Arab population."

"Levin is interested in cruelly dividing the Arab public, which is oppressed as is. We will not be his lackeys."

Levin is overtly racist. Weeks earlier, he said:

"My legislation will provide separate representation and separate attention to the Christian public, separate from the Muslim Arabs." 

"This is a historic and important move that could help balance the State of Israel, and connect us and the Christians, and I'm being careful about not calling them Arabs because they aren't Arabs."

"Christians can be directors of government companies. They will get separate representation in the local authorities. They will get equal employment opportunities." 

"The first law I will pass will give Christians representation on the advisory council of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission."

"We and the Christians have a lot in common." He wants Jews allied with them against Muslims. 

"On the other hand," he said, "there's a message here. We will use an iron hand and demonstrate zero tolerance of Arabs who are liable to identify with the terror of the Palestinian state."

Nominally, the law aims to increase employment opportunities among Israeli minorities. Implementing it will do nothing of the sort. 

It'll do much more harm than good. It's marginalize Muslim citizens more than already.

Levin said similar bills will follow this one. They'll benefit Christian Arabs at the expense of Muslim majority ones. They'll harden Israeli racism more than already.

Reserve Lt. Shadi Halul heads the Christian IDF Officers Forum. He was present during weeks earlier debate. He disgracefully called Arab MKs "racists."

"I'm proud to be Christian," he said. "We have a right to self-definition as well. We are entitled to recognition."

"We are supporting this bill. It makes justice for Christian needs and solves discrimination against them with the Arab community that the state has falsely put them for 65 years."

"Christians have their own historical identity and heritage with a destiny different from Arabs and Muslims." 

"If something happened to our beloved country Israel, we as Christians will have a harmful destiny, as we see now in Syria, with massacres, rape, church destruction, like what happened in Lebanon and Iraq before." 

"We deserve the right to self-representation and identity with legal Christian representatives that understand our needs, to stop discrimination."

Over 160,000 Christians are Israeli citizens. Nearly 80% are Arabs. Others largely emigrated from former Soviet states. Most live in majority Muslim towns and villages.

Israeli Christian Arabs increasingly called for recognizing their separate identity. Last July, some formed the Sons of the New Testament political party.

It encourages IDF enlistment. It wants full integration into Israeli society. Around 1.6 million Muslim citizens deserve no less. 

All Israeli citizens deserve equal rights. Favoring some over others is discriminatory. Israel favors Jews alone. Arab rights are consistently denied. 

Levin's bill delivers another body blow. If he follows through with more racist legislation, Muslim citizens will experience greater hardships.

Racist laws pass for that purpose. They punish unwanted Arabs. They represent back door ethnic cleansing. They want Muslims discouraged enough to leave.

On February 26, Haaretz editors headlined "Israel's distinguishing between Christian and Muslim Arabs is racism," saying:

Levin's "bill threatens to erode even further the concept of citizenship in Israel." Its nominal purpose belies its real one.

Levin wants Christian Arabs benefitting at the expense of Muslim ones. According to Haaretz editors:

"The widespread support for the bill in the Knesset shows that crazy ideas like these aren't the province of an extremist, borderline-loony MK. 

"They're part of the national consensus." It reveals Israel's true character. It does so more than ever.

It's no fit place to live in. For Arabs, it's dangerous. Palestinians are ruthlessly persecuted. 

Muslim citizens are considered fifth column threats. Israel wants them gone. Granting fewer rights it hopes will encourage growing numbers to leave.

Levin's bill distinguishes between good (Christian) and bad (Muslim) Arabs. Racists think this way.

Doing so does "great injustice to members of both religions," said Haaretz editors. "(A)s minorities, (they're) not treated properly by the state."

Defining citizenship by "religion, color or gender," defiles it altogether. Doing so "pushes Israel into the ranks of the darkest states."

What if racist MKs distinguished between good and bad Jews.

Haaretz editors urged Knesset members to reverse what no legitimate state should tolerate. Racist legislation "does not reflect love of one's country," they said. 

It more than ever reveals Israel's true face. With or without this legislation, its dark side is plain to see.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Escalating East/West Tensions

Escalating East/West Tensions

by Stephen Lendman

Ukraine is ground zero. It's the most important former Soviet republic. It's a geopolitical prize. The struggle for its soul continues.

US-supported fascists usurped power in Kiev. Most eastern Ukrainians reject them. So do many western ones. 

Government by coup d'etat has no legitimacy. Armed men seized Crimea's parliament. More on this below.

On Wednesday, coup plotters addressed thousands assembled in Kiev's Independence Square. They announced an unelected interim government. It has no legitimacy.

Washington favorite Arseniy Yatsenyuk is proposed acting prime minister. Around 20 cabinet ministers were named.

Andriy Deshchytsya is new foreign minister. Former economy minister/deputy central bank head Oleksander Shlapak was named new finance minister.

Arsen Avakov is interior minister. Andrey Parubiy was named national security/ defense council head. Other usurpers got ministerial posts.

Coup d'etat parliament members have final say on officials named. Expect likely rubber-stamp approval.

Cheers and jeers greeted announced names. Acting president/parliament speaker Oleksander Turchinov was loudly booed. One Kiev resident perhaps spoke for others, saying: 

"We need to change these faces. I wouldn't like to see (Yatsenyuk) even temporarily. No one from current political parties" should be appointed.

Billionaire/mega-thief Yulia Tymoshenko was lawlessly released from prison days earlier. Criminal elements take care of their own.

She addressed Kiev residents in Independence Square. She'll run for president in May elections. She's gotten a lukewarm reception at best. She represents what many Ukrainians deplore.

Turchinov said government officials will have to make unpopular decisions to head off default. 

In other words, paying Western investors matters more than serving Ukrainians. Millions are impoverished. 

Expect millions more to join them. Expect greater deprivation overall. Expect most Ukrainians to experience harder than ever hard times. 

Expect growing numbers discovering they were deceived. How they'll react remains to be seen.

Public anger is visceral in Crimea. It borders the Black Sea. It's home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet. 

It's headquartered in Sevastopol. Its naval facilities are leased from Ukraine through 2042. Joint military control is maintained.

In the 18th century, Crimea became Russian territory. Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was an ethnic Ukrainian.

In 1954, he transferred authority to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Doing so separated it from Russia.

It's an autonomous Ukrainian parliamentary republic. It's governed by its own constitution. Simferopol is its capital and administrative seat.

Ukrainian population numbers around 46 million. Crimea has about 2.4 million. In 1948, Sevastopol was separated from the surrounding area. Moscow controls it.

In the 1990s, it got "state significance" status in Ukraine. Russian-speaking area residents consider Sevastopol part of Russia.

Most Crimean residents are ethnic Russians. Around 97% consider Russian their mother tongue.

Many Crimeans want the region returned to its 1992 constitution. They want their own president and foreign policy.

Crimea's parliament may declare its official position toward Kiev's coup d'etat government. Doing so could happen any time.

Most ethnic Russians reject reject it. They want referendum authority to decide Crimea's future. 

At issue is remaining an autonomous Ukrainian region, declaring independence, or becoming part of Russia again.

How Kiev fascists respond remains to be seen. Earlier they threatened to send so-called "trains of friendship" (aka armed thugs) to crush opposition elements.

Russia conditionally respects Crimean territory as part of Ukraine. Its Federation Council (upper parliamentary house) speaker, Valentina Matvienko, said:

"Russia is not taking any provocative actions, especially on the state level. Today we consider it a fact that Crimea is part of Ukraine."

"But is it is also a fact that currently we are witnessing certain moods that have emerged after no one asked the Crimeans' opinions about the decisions that are being taken in Kiev."

Matvienko met with Vladimir Konstantinov. He chairs Crimea's legislature. He said its people will defend their autonomy. 

Millions more in eastern Ukraine feel the same way. They reject Kiev's coup d'etat government. What follows remains to be seen.

Days earlier, Russian MPs introduced legislation granting Russian citizenship within six months to applicants proving their Russian ethnicity. At issue mainly is protecting the rights of Russian-speaking Ukrainians.

On Thursday pre-dawn, dozens of armed men seized control of Crimea's parliament and government buildings.

They wore black and orange ribbons. They symbolize Soviet Russia's victory over Nazi Germany.

They called for "unification with Russia." They barricaded themselves inside. They raised the Russian flag atop the Council of Ministers. 

Security forces are on high alert. Crimean Prime Minister Anatoly Mogilyov said:

"I will participate in the negotiations. We will swiftly inform Crimeans of the current developments today."

"Everything is under control. The negotiating process is under way."

On Wednesday, pro-Russian crowds assembled in Sevastopol. They denounced Kiev coup plotters. They chanted "Crimea is Russian!" "Russia, save us!"

Two trucks with Russian troops and an armored personnel carrier made a rare public appearance. Doing so demonstrates Moscow concern for its interests.

Since last weekend, other pro-Russian protesters assembled in other Crimean cities. One said "(o)nly Russia will be able to protect the Crimea."

Another shouted "(b)andits have come to power. I'm ready to take up arms to fight the fascists who seized power in Kiev."

One other one hopes for a South Ossetian solution. In August 2008, Russian forces intervened against Georgia's lawless aggression. They did so to protect Russian citizens.

Moscow's Duma (lower house) Committee on International Affairs chairman Leonid Slutsky told Simferopol residents:

"If lives and health of our compatriots are in danger, we won't stay aside."

On February 27, Itar Tass said "(t)he Russian Foreign Ministry will give a tough and uncompromised response to violations of compatriot' rights by foreign states."

Concern was expressed about "massive violations of human rights in Ukraine, the flouting of the right to use the mother tongue, ethnic and national discrimination, (as well as) attacks and vandalism directed at objects of historic and cultural heritage and religious cults."

On February 27, Voice of Russia (VOR) said ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych issued a statement. He reasserted his legitimacy as democratically elected head of state. In part, it said:

"I, Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, address the people of Ukraine. I still consider myself to be the legitimate leader of the Ukrainian state, elected on the basis of Ukrainian citizen's free will." 

"I cannot remain indifferent to tragic events in my home country. I consider the Agreement on the Settlement of Crisis in Ukraine, signed on February 21, 2014, by myself and Ukrainian opposition leaders, not fulfilled." 

"There is rampant extremism on the streets of our country. My supporters and I receive threats of inflicting bodily harm."

"I have to ask the Russian authorities to provide personal security from extremists for me. Unfortunately, everything that is going on in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has no legitimate grounds." 

"The decisions taken by the parliament in absence of many members of the Party of Regions faction, other factions, are illegitimate."

Opposition party members "fear for their safety, some of them were subjected to physical violence and were forced to leave the territory of Ukraine."

"In such a situation, I officially declare my readiness to fight for fulfilling important compromise agreements on leading Ukraine out of the deep political crisis." 

"I call for immediately bringing the situation in our country back to the constitutional field."

VOR said Russian authorities agreed to protect his safety. According to an official government source:

"Considering that President Yanukovych has appealed to the Russian authorities to ensure his personal security, I am informing you that this request has been granted on the territory of the Russian Federation."

On Thursday, Ukrainian coup d'etat prime minister designee Yatsenyuk said a coalition government agreement was signed in parliament. Approving if would happen straightaway.

Fascist Batkivschchyna, Svoboda and UDAR parties intend running things. Opposition elements won't be tolerated. 

Police states operate this way. Western Ukraine is neo-Nazi controlled. Expect efforts to solidify power nationwide to follow. What happens remains to be seen.

On February 26, South Assetia's Justice Labor Development (JLD) party issued a statement headlined: "Hitler's Fascism Is Reincarnated in Ukraine."

Its emergence contradicts a "whole set of fundamental articles of the Ukrainian Constitution..."

JLD called it necessary to "recognize fascism as one of the key threats to international security, along with international terrorism."

Russia views ongoing developments with alarm. On February 27, Itar Tass headlined "Western and Central commands start massive redeployment."

About 150,000 Russian troops are participating in large-scale military exercises. Combat readiness is being tested.

Black Sea security is stressed. Hundreds of tanks, up to 90 aircraft, over 120 helicopters, dozens of ships and other defense related equipment are involved.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said maneuvers are intended to "check the troops' readiness for action in crisis situations that threaten the nation's military security."

They'll continue until March 3 in two stages. NATO was notified in advance. Last year, similar military exercises took place in central Russia for the first time in 20 years.

Black Sea maneuvers followed. So did others months later. In July, around 160,000 troops, 1,000 tanks and armored vehicles, 130 aircraft and 70 ships were involved.

As head of state, Putin is Russia's Supreme Commander-in-Chief. He said surprise exercises will continue. 

Current ones include maneuvers on Russia's borders. Protecting them is prioritized. So is what's ongoing in Ukraine.

Fascists in charge threaten Russia's security. East/West tensions are high. John Kerry warned Moscow against intervening militarily in Ukraine.

Anonymous Russian sources said if Crimea secedes, Moscow will be "compelled" to provide military support if needed.

Imagine a possible East/West confrontation. Imagine it between two nations possessing well over 90% of the world's nuclear weapons. And sophisticated delivery systems able to strike targets worldwide with precision.

Imagine Ukraine becoming a flashpoint for possible global war. Imagine what hopefully cooler heads won't let happen.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Obama's Dirty Hands Manipulating Venezuelan Violence

Obama's Dirty Hands Manipulating Venezuelan Violence

by Stephen Lendman

He wants Venezuela looking like Ukraine. He wants fascists replacing democrats. He wants Washington dictating Venezuelan policy.

He's mindless of what most Venezuelans cherish. Bolivarian fairness is polar opposite neoliberal contempt for social justice.

It's too precious to lose. Venezuelans remember. February 27 marked the 25th anniversary of what's called "El Caracazo (meaning Caracas with the suffix 'azo')." 

A popular rebellion confronted former President Carlos Andres Perez's hated government. It lasted days. Security forces killed hundreds. Some estimates said thousands. Many others were injured.

Protests followed so-called economic reforms. IMF diktats were imposed. Neoliberal harshness punished ordinary Venezuelans.

Perez broke his campaign promise. He called the IMF "a neutron bomb that only kills people." He about-faced in office. He bowed to Washington Consensus demands.

February 27, 1989 was a Monday. Over the weekend, he doubled consumer gasoline prices. Commuters were enraged. They responded angrily.

Many refused to pay. Protests erupted. Revolutionary ferment united students, workers, and activists for change.

Anger over doubled gasoline prices became rebellion. Perez's entire neoliberal package was challenged. 

Martial law followed. Perez authorized live ammunition against protesters.

Caracazo was pivotal.  It represented the eventual death knell of business as usual. Rebellion created Hugo Chavez. In 1999, Bolivarianism followed.

Perez was Venezuela's president from 1974 - 1979. He served again from February 1989 - May 1993. In 1992, he survived two coup attempts. 

Chavez led one that failed. His activism catapulted him to prominence. He got national television air time. He called on remaining resistance elements to cease hostilities.

At the same time, he said he only failed "por ahora (for now)." Later success proved him right.

Perez became Venezuela's first president forced from office by the Supreme Court. He was impeached for embezzling 250 million bolivars.

Senate members stripped his immunity. He refused to resign. Venezuela's National Congress ended his tenure permanently.

In May 1996, he was sentenced to 28 months in prison. In 1998, he was prosecuted again. He ended up self-exiled in Miami. He was a vehement anti-Chavista.

A 2003 stroke partially disabled him. In December 2010, he died. He's gone. He remains reviled. Venezuelans remember. They deplore someone like him returning.

Maduro declared February 27 and 28 non-working days. He did "so that our people will massively (commemorate) the historical events of that (time) that marked the lives of all (in) the life of the country," he said.

Conditions are polar opposite now than then. Venezuelans benefit hugely from Bolivarian fairness. Fascist elements in league with Washington want them ended.

In late January, opposition extremists demanded "La Salida (the ousting or departure)." Fascist politician Leopoldo Lopez called for regime change. 

He and likeminded extremists get generous Washington funding. CIA operatives help them. So do State Department-funded insurrectionist groups.

Lopez is now detained on multiple serious charges. At the time, he said:

"There should be a complete change of those in power. It's clear now that the problem isn't just Maduro."

"It's all the heads of the public powers who have kidnapped the state." Change requires "getting the people into the streets."

Tachira state borders Columbia. Venezuelan authorities accused former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe for involvement in ongoing street violence.

He's a notorious hard-right thug. State terror defined his tenure. Extrajudicial assassinations characterized it. So did murdering thousands in cold blood. 

He was a valued US imperial ally. He continues performing services for Washington. 

Communications Minister Delcy Rodriguez accused him, Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce, and the American-Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce and Industry of involvement in what's ongoing.

National Assembly (NA) President Diosdado Cabello revealed alleged emails between political advisor Juan Jose Rendon and opposition party member Ricardo Koesling.

Uribe's role was discussed in supplying "resources and sub-contracts" pertaining to ending "this cancer of a regime."

Fascist anti-government NA member Maria Corina Machado allegedly emailed lawyer Gustavo Tarre on February 20, saying:

"We're going to continue the example of Tachira (disruptiveness) but we shouldn't for a minute abandon the call to the street and for peace..." 

"(T)his is the advice...of our friends in the (State) Department, as it shouldn't be the regime that kidnaps this word to be used as its flag."

Murduro said US-supported fascist extremists want  "imperial coup" violence ending Venezuelan democracy.

In early February, street thugs attacked Tachira state Governor Vielma Mora's residence. They did so with molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles. 

They broke through the main gate. They injured 12 guards. They threatened Mora's wife. Separately, Cuban baseball players were attacked.

Near daily violence continues in Caracas and elsewhere. The Center for Democracy in the Americas promotes responsible US relations with Venezuela and Cuba.

It calls ongoing street violence provocative. It blames it on elements opposing Maduro's government.

The vast majority of Venezuelans deplore it. Anti-Bolivarian extremists can't win democratically.

Since 1998, they lost 18 of 19 elections. In the last 16 months, they lost four. They lost twice since Chavez died.

Venezuelans won't vote against their own self-interest. Opposition fascists hope destabilizing street violence and other disruptive actions can achieve what legitimate activities can't accomplish.

Around four million signatures are needed for a presidential recall election. The earliest date possible is in 2016.

Fascist elements aren't waiting. They want Maduro toppled now. They've used violence and other destabilizing tactics before.

Security forces are wrongfully blamed for their disruptiveness. Maduro has every right to challenge it.

Venezuelans expect no less. He's responsible for their security. He's going all-out to provide it.

At least 15 deaths so far were reported. More ahead are likely. Government supporters are targeted.

So are public buildings, power stations, transportation facilities, Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz's headquarters, public television channel 8, the state-owned Bank of Venezuela, health centers, public universities, and trucks carrying subsidized food.

Weapons seized include grenades, automatic weapons, rifles and pistols.

Others discovered included 360 petrol bombs, 420 weapons with protruding nails, and 16 kilograms of gunpowder.

Chavista activists worry justifiably. What's ongoing may try to replicate what happened ahead of the aborted April 2002 coop.

Opposition orchestrated killings preceded it. Chavez was wrongfully blamed. Media propaganda was vicious. 

Fake video images were used. Dark forces took full advantage. Washington manipulated events covertly.

Disruptive 2002 Venezuelan elements are involved in what's now ongoing. Tactics used then are repeated.

Fake video clips, photographs, and other images circulate via social media. Maduro is wrongfully blamed. Street violence shown happened earlier in Chile, Argentina and Bulgaria.

One widely distributed image shows Venezuela's Policia Metropolitana arresting student protesters. In 2011, the unit was disbanded.

Violence so far doesn't approach what Ukrainians experienced. Plans perhaps intend escalating it exponentially.

Reports suggest it's largely in a handful of municipalities. Most others are calm.

Venezuela's population numbers 30 million. Home Secretary Miguel Rodriguez Torrez estimates fewer than 2,000 people involved in what's ongoing.

Caracas is Venezuela's capital. It's the largest city. Barrios with its poor majority are calm.

San Cristobal borders Colombia. It's an opposition stronghold. So is Merida. Both areas experienced considerable violence.

Obama bears full responsibility. Internal fascist allies share it. In mid-February, John Kerry claimed US-supported street thugs "express their grievances peacefully."

He wrongfully blamed Maduro for their violence. Venezuela "has an obligation to protect fundamental freedoms and the safety of its citizens," he said. For sure, with tongue in cheek.

Neocon Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R. FL) reflects the worst of Washington's criminal element.

She supports violent anti-Chavista protesters. She blames Maduro for their crimes.

She's sponsoring congressional legislation voicing support for rioting protesters. America has a "moral obligation" to do so, she said.

"I urge the administration to keep up the pressure on the leaders of Venezuela to end the violence and respect their citizens' dignity, and I urge my colleagues in Congress to support me in this fight."

She's consistently on the wrong side of history. She supports what responsible officials condemn.

Washington is infested with extremists like her. They want regime change. They want Venezuelan democracy destroyed. 

They want Bolivarian fairness ended. They want Venezuela plundered for profit. They'll stop at nothing to achieve imperial goals. 

Rogue states operate this way. America is by far the worst. None match its viciousness. It's persists globally.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cheerleading Ukrainian Fascism

Cheerleading Ukrainian Fascism

by Stephen Lendman

Major media scoundrels praise what demands condemnation. They reinvent history doing it. Managed news misinformation substitutes for legitimate journalism. More on this below.

Ukraine's fascist coup against its democratically elected government was made in the USA. 

Washington's dirty hands manipulated things. Billions of dollars were spent doing it. Obama got another imperial trophy - if he can keep it.

Events remain fluid. It's uncertain how they'll play out. For now, neo-Nazis control western Ukraine. Eastern areas reject them. Internal conflict may follow.

Kiev fascists are consolidating power. They ordered dozens of former ruling Party of Regions' officials arrested.

They have a growing enemies list. Anti-neo-Nazi Ukrainians are being attacked. They're stoned and beaten. Some are lynched.

Intimidation is widespread. Police states operate this way. Opposition isn't tolerated. Eliminating it is prioritized.

Natalia Vitrenko is a Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine leader. She's fiercely populist. 

She's strongly anti-Western. She condemns predatory monied interests. She does so for good reason. In late 2009, she predicted something similar to what unfolded.

On February 23, she headlined "USA and EU Are Erecting a Nazi Regime on Ukrainian Territory."

Fascist coup plotters "us(ed) armed force" to seize power, she said. They "committed criminal acts."

"Washington and Brussels" lied. They "told the world and all mankind that Euromaidan (was) a nonviolent action of the Ukrainian people, to make a European choice and protect democracy and European values..."

The instituted "a Nazi coup." They enlisted "insurgents" and "terrorists..." At issue is "serv(ing) the geopolitical interests of the West."

"Indisputable evidence" proves it, she said. Government by coup d'etat is "unconstitution(al)."

So is exceeding "the powers of the Parliament..." Democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych "was deprived of his constitutional powers in gross violation of the Constitution."

Parliamentary coup plotters defend the indefensible. They're "militants and terrorists." They usurped power lawlessly.

They're "carry(ing) out lynchings or exercise blackmail and kidnapping(s)."

"...(N)eo-Nazi repressive state machinery" runs things.  Washington and Brussels express support.

Fundamental freedoms are disappearing in plain sight. Coup plotters "are massively burning the offices of political parties they do not like..."

They "publicly announced" criminal prosecutions against anyone opposing their ideology and goals.

"On behalf of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, we declare that we do not recognize the legitimacy of this coup (or its) authorities."

"We appeal to the European Parliament and the UN Security Council" for "immediate intervention" against what happened.

European leaders support Ukraine's coup. They helped instigate it. They partnered with Washington. 

They allied with fascist extremists. They called violent street thugs heroes. So did Washington.

On February 25, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns called it "an honor to pay tribute, on behalf of President Obama and the American people, to the many brave Ukrainians who gave their lives in the pursuit of a just and democratic Ukraine."

He lied calling fascist street thugs "peaceful protesters."

"All of us are inspired by the acts of genuine heroism, and selflessness, and sacrifice that we have seen here," he added.

Ukrainians "can count on the strong and continued support of the United States."

On February 24, White House press secretary Jay Carney expressed similar views.

He said parliament coup plotters acted lawfully. Yanukovych "undermined his legitimacy," he claimed.

Washington supports the new coup d'etat regime. It backs a similar one in Egypt.

It endorses some of the world's worst despots. It turns a blind eye to their ruthlessness.

It's longstanding US practice. Independent democratic governments are deplored. They're targeted for regime change.

Ukraine is Washington's newest victim. Other independent leaders await similar treatment.

Media scoundrels cheerlead lawlessness. They endorse Ukrainian fascists. They turn a blind eye to their extremism. Imperial priorities matter most.

A previous article discussed New York Times editors' support for Ukrainian coup plotters. They lied claiming Washington and EU partners aren't "promoting a government dominated by (ultra)nationalists."

They accused Putin of inventing "Western conspiracies behind all challenges to his will." 

They falsely claim Ukrainians "believe their future is with the values and practices of the West."

Tens of millions of Ukrainians feel otherwise. Expect many more to join them once events further take shape. 

Once they realize they were had. Once they taste IMF-mandated neoliberal harshness. Once freedoms they cherish end. Once reality replaces illusions.

Slawomir Sierakowski masquerades as a left-of-center political observer. His opinions reveal otherwise. 

Times editors gave him featured op-ed space. He took full advantage headlining "Has the West Already Lost Ukraine?"

He called toppling Yanukovych the right thing to do. EU membership "is an attractive economic arrangement" for Ukraine, he claimed.

It makes Ukraine low-hanging fruit for plunder. It assures the worst of neoliberal harshness. 

It includes mass layoffs, deregulation, deep social spending cuts, wage freezes or cuts, unrestricted free market access for EU corporations, corporate friendly tax cuts, marginalizing trade unionism, and harsh crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Sierakowski one-sidedly supports Western interests. At the same time, he bashed Putin.

He's concerned that Russia and China may "outbid" their Western counterparts. 

He ludicrously claimed "neither the European Union nor America can resort to the same type of brutality (these) nondemocratic regimes" employ.

He called Western power "soft." He turned a blind eye to its imperial ravaging.

"Thanks to Ukrainians," he said, "the new situation offers an opportunity to reverse the West's drift."

Washington and EU partners "must make clear to Russia that it will not abide further meddling in Kiev's political course," he said.

On the one hand, he turned a blind eye to neo-Nazis usurping power. On the other, he urged strong Western support for their lawlessness. 

Times editors shamelessly feature what no respectable counterparts would touch. Doing so is longstanding NYT practice.

Washington Post editors are neocon propagandists. New WaPo owner Jeff Bezos has CIA ties. He's in bed with the devil.

He has a disturbing history currying favor with national security officials. His CIA connection mocks free press reporting and opinion.

It shows in one-sided editorials. On February 24, WaPo editors headlined "Ukraine's next chapter," saying:

Ukraine's "corrupt president" is gone. So is "the immediate prospect of domination by Russia."

"Kiev is now controlled by pro-Western parties..." They'll join the EU, they say. Further trouble is possible.

Ukraine needs bailout help. Without it, sovereign debt default looms. In 2001, Argentina faced the same dilemma.

It made the right choice. In December, it halted all debt payments to domestic and foreign creditors. Earlier IMF debt bondage didn't help.

Nearly $100 billion in debt was restructured. It was done on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. Bondholders agreeing to terms took stiff haircuts.

They had no other choice. It was better than losing everything. In 2010, most holdouts capitulated on similar terms.

From 2003 - 2007, sustained economic growth followed. Debt restructuring and currency devaluation helped enormously.

Ukraine can benefit by adopting a similar policy. Not with pro-Western fascists in charge. 

Expect ordinary Ukrainians to bear the burden of debt bondage. IMF structural adjustment harshness will impoverish them more than already.

Don't expect WaPo editors to explain. They want Western interests served. They want popular ones sacrificed in the process.

They're concerned about a possible "split along geographic lines as Russian speakers in the east of the country, perhaps supported by Moscow, reject the new political order."

They want Western leaders telling Putin "not to obstruct Ukraine's change."

"What's not clear is whether" he'll agree, they said. First signs aren't encouraging, they believe.

"A foreign ministry statement Monday alleged that 'a course has been set to use dictatorial and sometimes terrorist methods to suppress dissenters in various regions."

WaPo editors disagree. They turned a blind eye to neo-Nazi extremism. Doing so shows support. Their scoundrel media counterparts do the same thing.

Wall Street Journal editors endorsed Ukrainian coup plotters. Bret Stephens is deputy editorial page editor. On February 24, he headlined "Ukraine vs. Homo Sovieticus."

The revolution was televised, he said. "Will it now be squandered," he asked?

On the one hand, he acknowledged the legitimacy of Yanukovych's 2010 electoral victory. He quoted international observers calling it an "impressive display of democracy."

On the other hand, he claimed his presidency was "brutal and venal." In other words, toppling him lawlessly was OK.

Stephens exchanged emails with Ukrainian friends, he said. "It was encouraging," he added.

One said: "Bringing back to power people who already were accused of corruption would be a betrayal to (dozens of) people who died."

Another said: "Maidan is not ready to compromise for what we were fighting (for) - freedom, responsibility for action and honesty."

One more added: "What I can say for sure (is that) Ukrainians started to identify themselves as a nation. And we don't want 'new' politicians...acting in the same way - corruption, nepotism, impunity."

According to Stephens, these voices are "authentic ones - the winning ones."

He'll maintain "faith with (his) brave and idealistic friends who risked their necks at the barricades."

He reflects virtually universal scoundrel media opinion. On the one hand, lawless coup plotting is ignored. Rule of law principles don't matter.

On the other, toppling a democratically elected independent government is OK as long as a subservient pro-Western one replaces it.

Other Western editors and commentators expressed similar views. Los Angeles Times contributor David Horsey headlined "Ukrainians steal their future back from Yanukovych and Putin."

Ukrainians "yearning to be free have spoken loud and clear," he said. Like other scoundrel media commentators, he ignored what readers most need to know - the truth.

Chicago Tribune editors said "(e)lected governments that trample freedom forfeit their legitimacy."

They endorsed Egypt's illegitimately toppling democratically elected Mohammed Morsi.

They wrongfully blame Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for US-manipulated street violence.

They blame Yanukovych the same way. They hold him responsible for fascist thug street rioting. Toppling him was OK, they believe.

Leaders they dislike "may be evicted by popular (or any other kind of) movements," they said.

"(O)nly people who deserve to be trusted with power" should have it, they added.

They ignored US police state lawlessness. They turned a blind eye to Obama and likeminded congressional members trampling on fundamental freedoms.

They're mindless of their intent to destroy them altogether. No nation causes more harm to more people than America. 

None abuse power more egregiously. None more reprehensibly ignore rule of law principles. None more imperil humanity's survival.

Don't expect Tribune editors to explain. Or their scoundrel media counterparts.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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