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Pepe Escobar :: Crimea and Western 'values' #Media #US #EU #Journalism #Geo-politics #Russia #Putin

Pepe Escobar  :: Crimea and Western 'values' #Media #US #EU #Journalism #Geo-politics #Russia #Putin | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Every sane sentient being knows that Ukraine's "unity" is not worth a new hot or warm war. Or even the current Western-peddled Cold War-style hysteria. Especially when Russia, once again, fights fascism - as embodied by some of the key players now in power in Kiev, and the US and EU's response is to relentlessly demonize Russia.

Crimea - historically, culturally, sentimentally - is Russian, conquered by Catherine the Great from the Ottomans in 1783. Sevastopol was founded by Catherine. If a swing band would play



a version of I Left My Heart in Sevastopol, all hearts involved would be Russian.

Yet those eminent Western practitioners of state idolatry have ruled that the population of Crimea has no right to conduct a referendum to decide its future - be it rejoining Russia or remaining in Ukraine with a huge degree of autonomy, according to the 1992 constitution. The eminences could not possibly admit that does not suit their geopolitical power play.

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REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LIBYA RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA mde190122012en.pdf - Google Drive

REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LIBYA RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA mde190122012en.pdf - Google Drive | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Amnesty removed the report from their web site ... I kept a Copy of Amnesty PDF. Pls check and see what is Amnesty hidding from you. Ask @Amnesty why they removed the report. Ask @Amnesty why they want by hidding Libya reality? How far they go on Helping Torture as a HumanRight for Libya Rebels? How Torture can become a sport with @Amnesty help. 

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Democratizing Europe: Varoufakis launches new movement to save EU from ‘disintegration’

Democratizing Europe: Varoufakis launches new movement to save EU from ‘disintegration’ | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Democracy or disintegration are the EU’s only options, Greece’s ex-finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said before the official launch of a pan-European political movement he hopes will help tackle the nationalization of policies in the 28-member union.
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Thousands of protesters tear-gassed by Turkish police in Kurdish city

Thousands of protesters tear-gassed by Turkish police in Kurdish city | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Turkish police have fired tear gas at thousands of people protesting in the city of Diyarbakir. Citizens of the Kurdish-majority city had been demonstrating against the continuation of a crackdown on Kurdish activists by Turkish police.
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ISIS unbeatable in Libya without single, functional government – security expert

ISIS unbeatable in Libya without single, functional government – security expert | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Islamic State will not be defeated in Libya unless the country has a coherent government, a former national security advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron has warned.
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Summary executions, torture, makeshift courts in Syria: UN reveals horrific details

Summary executions, torture, makeshift courts in Syria: UN reveals horrific details | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Parties to the Syrian conflict, including anti-government armed groups, as well as Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State, have committed "serious violations" of the rights of detainees, including torture and killing, according to United Nations investigators.
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Mother knows best: Even Cameron’s mum opposes Tory austerity

Mother knows best: Even Cameron’s mum opposes Tory austerity | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Prime Minister David Cameron’s mother signed a petition to stop Tory cuts to local children’s services which were brought in as a result of her son’s austerity policies, it has emerged.
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Turkey main transit route of militants, lets Russian ISIS suspects move to 3rd countries –ambassador

Turkey main transit route of militants, lets Russian ISIS suspects move to 3rd countries –ambassador | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Russian citizens detained in Turkey on suspicion of terror-linked activities are usually deported to third countries, thus escaping prosecution, says Russia’s ambassador to Ankara. None of them have ever been charged in Turkey.
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London man sets himself on fire outside Kensington Palace

London man sets himself on fire outside Kensington Palace | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A man has died after setting himself on fire outside one of London’s Royal Palaces early on Tuesday morning, police have said.
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Michigan Senate Passes Bill Outlawing Oral and Anal Sex — Violators Will Face 15 Years in Prison

Michigan Senate Passes Bill Outlawing Oral and Anal Sex — Violators Will Face 15 Years in Prison | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
sodomy, oral sex, anal sex, michigan to ban sodomy
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DOSSIÊ KADAFI - O FILHO DO DESERTO

Quem foi o homem que usou o maior recurso natural de seu pais e reverteu em benefícios ao povo, tirou a Líbia da miséria, trouxe água à superfície do deserto...
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'Me or terrorists?' Furious Erdogan tells US to choose between Turkey and Syrian Kurds #WEStandByKurds

'Me or terrorists?' Furious Erdogan tells US to choose between Turkey and Syrian Kurds #WEStandByKurds | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Riled by a meeting between a US official and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the “terrorists.”

A delegation featuring Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition it leads against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), met the YPG over the last weekend in January. The YPG took full control of Kobane late last June, in what was a powerful symbol of Kurdish resistance.

"He [Brett McGurk] visits Kobane at the time of the Geneva talks and is awarded a plaque by a so-called YPG general?" Erdogan told reporters on his plane while returning from a trip to Latin America and Senegal, the Beser Haber newspaper reported.

"How can we trust [you]?" Erdogan said.

"Is it me who is your partner, or the terrorists in Kobane?" the Turkish president said, adding that both the PYD and the YPG are "terrorist organizations." Ankara considers them to be part of the PKK, banned in Turkey as a terrorist group.

According to US officials, the trip appeared to be the first of its kind to northern Syria since 2013. It took place after the YPG's political wing, Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD), was excluded from new peace talks in Geneva. Ankara had threatened to boycott the talks if the PYD were invited.

The conflict between the Turkish government and Kurdish insurgent groups demanding greater autonomy for the large ethnic group has been continuing for decades. With several failed ceasefires between the sides, Ankara has been blamed by a number of human rights groups for putting civilian lives at risk in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

In August, Ankara launched a ground operation to crack down on Kurdish fighters linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The violence ended a two-year truce with Kurdish militants fighting a guerrilla war for independence.

"Turks have a phobia of Kurds because they are scared of their Turkish Kurds, some 20 million of them living in Turkey,” Abd Salam Ali, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party's representative to Russia, told RIA Novosti, adding that “Kurds have interfered with Erdogan's plans in Turkey.”

"Islamic State has military bases in Turkey, and is using it as a corridor. Turkey currently plays a role similar to the one Pakistan played in the 1980s. When the Soviet forces were stationed in Afghanistan, jihadists arrived there through Pakistan, along with the money and arms," Abd Salam Ali noted.
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#Ukraine - La curiosité journalistique devient fatale même en #France - #medias #censure #PaulMoreira #atlantisme

 

#Ukraine - La curiosité journalistique devient fatale même en #France - #medias #censure #PaulMoreira #atlantisme

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Ajoutée le 4 févr. 2016

Il y a quelques jours nous avons eu la surprise de voir Canal+ diffuser un reportage sur l'Ukraine réalisé par Paul Moreira:
"Ukraine - Les masques de la révolution".
Nous fûmes tout d'abord agréablement surpris de constater enfin une volonté d'objectivité dans un reportage de TV mainstream. Nous trouvons certes le film encore trop indulgent envers Kiev et ses soutiens européens (ne montrant pas le pire!), tout en faisant passer quelques allusions sur certaines responsabilités de la Russie que nous ne reconnaissons pas. Mais là étaient probablement les conditions pour qu"il puisse être diffusé. Et ce fut déjà un sacré défi !

Les jours qui ont suivi, la consolation a fait place au dégoût devant la réaction de la traditionnelle bande d'antirusses pro-révolutionnaires obsessionnels qui tient en main la majorité des rédactions de la presse bien pensante (le trio gagnant: Libé, L'express, L'Obs). Paul Moreira va soudain s'apercevoir à quel point les chiens enragés (de garde) veillent sur nos consciences, eux les "vrais journalistes" qui n'ont pas mis un pied là-bas et recopient la dictée de leurs petits copains de Kiev et des activistes enragés "d'Euromaïdan France"."


Via Juan Carlos Hernandez
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NATO & European leaders whip up hysteria over ‘myth’ of nuclear threat from Russia – Lavrov

NATO & European leaders whip up hysteria over ‘myth’ of nuclear threat from Russia – Lavrov | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The 28-member trans-Atlantic military block, along with a number of European countries, is intentionally hyping up the “myth” that Russia allegedly poses a so-called “threat” to Sweden and the Baltic states, Russia’s Foreign Minister said.
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MSF reveals 3 killed, 6 wounded in airstrike on hospital in southern Syria

MSF reveals 3 killed, 6 wounded in airstrike on hospital in southern Syria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
At least three people were killed and six wounded when an airstrike in southern Syria hit a Médecins Sans Frontières–supported hospital in the city of Daraa last Friday, the organization has revealed in a statement.
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Bosnian Serb military commander dies in Hague tribunal’s jail

Bosnian Serb military commander dies in Hague tribunal’s jail | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
General Zdravko Tolimir, one of the top commanders in the Army of Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War, has died in The Hague detention center. He had been sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for “war crimes against Bosnian Muslim population.”
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Erdogan threatened to ‘open doors to Greece and Bulgaria’ and flood EU with migrants – report

Erdogan threatened to ‘open doors to Greece and Bulgaria’ and flood EU with migrants – report | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “put refugees on buses” and flood Europe with migrants if EU leaders did not offer him enough cash to help curb the influx of asylum seekers, a leaked record of a high-level meeting claims.
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Ban Ki-moon Condemns Russian Strikes, UN Investigator Disagrees. Eric Draitser inside

Eric Draitser of http://StopImperialism.org provides his commentary (Feb. 8, 2016) on the comments by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in which he blasted Ru...
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Moscow shared #MH17 radar images, Dutch probe ignored evidence, Russia tells victims’ relatives

Moscow shared #MH17 radar images, Dutch probe ignored evidence, Russia tells victims’ relatives | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Moscow provided the Netherlands with radar and other data on the MH17 crash but it has all been ignored, a Russian aviation official said, responding to the relatives of Dutch victims who recently wrote to President Vladimir Putin.
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UN initiative to protect schools in war zones vetoed by Britain #shame #UK

UN initiative to protect schools in war zones vetoed by Britain #shame #UK | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Britain has refused to sign up to a UN agreement on protecting schools in wartime, which has been signed by 51 states, despite the fact it was drawn up by a former UK military officer.
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Not so 'infertile' after all: Pope backtracked on Europe comments after 'angry' Merkel call

Not so 'infertile' after all: Pope backtracked on Europe comments after 'angry' Merkel call | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Pope apparently doesn’t think that Europe is “a barren woman” after all. In a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after his 2014 European parliament speech, Pope Francis told her the continent wasn’t that ‘infertile,’ an Italian newspaper has reported.
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Blog do Alok: Por que Kerry culpa a 'oposição' pelo continuado bombardeio na Síria

Blog do Alok: Por que Kerry culpa a 'oposição' pelo continuado bombardeio na Síria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Segundo essa matéria de Middle East Eye, o secretário de Estado dos EUA culpou a 'oposição' pelo continuado bombardeio na Síria:

O secretário de Estado dos EUA John Kerry disse a assessores sírios, horas depois de as conversações de paz de Genebra terem fracassado, que o país deve esperar mais três meses de bombardeio, que "dizimará" a 'oposição'.

Durante conversa à margem da conferência dessa semana de doadores que sustentam a ''oposição'' síria, em Londres, fontes dizem que Kerry culpou a 'oposição' síria por abandonar as conversações e preparar o caminho para uma ofensiva conjunta de Rússia e do governo sírio contra Aleppo.

"Ele disse 'Não ponham a culpa em mim – culpem lá a oposição de vocês mesmos'" – disse a Middle East Eye uma assessora, que pediu para não ser identificada, temendo represálias contra a organização que representa.

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"[O secretário Kerry] disse, basicamente, que a oposição não quis negociar e não quis o cessar-fogo e que todos saíram da sala" – disse outra fonte ao MEE em conversa separada e também sob a condição de que seu nome não fosse divulgado.

"'Querem que eu faça o quê? Que declare guerra à Rússia? É isso que vocês querem?" – a primeira assessora disse que Kerry lhe teria perguntado.

O patético porta-voz do Departamento do Estado alegou que a matéria publicada estaria errada:

John Kirby Verified account @statedeptspox@Charles_Lister Story está errada. @JohnKerry não culpou a oposição pelo colapso das conversações, não tem comentários sobre o regime e não acenou na direção de Assad.

Mas o que se lê aqui me leva a crer que a matéria que mostra Kerry vergastando a 'oposição' está certa, pelo menos em parte:

U.S. Embassy Syria @USEmbassySyria#SecKerry sobre bombardeamento de civis na #Síria: Isso tem de parar. Mas não vai parar se as pessoas levantam-se da mesa de negociações ou não se empenham

Quer dizer: o porta-voz do Departamento de Estado nega que os EUA culpem a 'oposição'; e outra parte do Departamento de Estado culpa precisamente a 'oposição': "não vai parar se as pessoas levantam-se da mesa de negociação e não se empenham". Kerry está visivelmente incomodado por o grupo saudita de 'oposição' ter fugido das conversações da ONU em Viena. Mas a culpa é dos "aliados" que os EUA arranjaram.
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An Exasperated John Kerry Throws In Towel On Syria: ‘What Do You Want Me To Do, Go To War With The Russians?!’

An Exasperated John Kerry Throws In Towel On Syria: ‘What Do You Want Me To Do, Go To War With The Russians?!’ | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city - Syria's largest before the war - could soon fall.”

Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “...could soon be liberated.”

While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

In any event, Russia and Iran have encircled Aleppo and once it “falls” (to quote Reuters) that’s pretty much it for the opposition. Or at least for the “moderate” opposition. And the Saudis and Turks know it.

So does John Kerry, who is desperate to restart stalled peace negotiations in Geneva. The problem for the US and its regional allies is simple: if Russia and Iran wipe out the opposition on the battlefield, there’s no need for peace talks. The Assad government will have been restored and that will be that. ISIS will still be operating in the east, but that’s a problem Moscow and Tehran will solve in short order once the country’s major urban centers are secured.

As we noted on Saturday, Riyadh and Ankara are extremely concerned that the five-year-old effort to oust Assad is about to collapse and indeed, the ground troop trial balloons have already been floated both in Saudi Arabia and in Turkey. For their part, the Russians and the Iranians have indicated their willingness to discuss a ceasefire but according to John Kerry himself, the opposition is now unwilling to come to the table.

“Don’t blame me – go and blame your opposition,’” an exasperated Kerry told aid workers on the sidelines of the Syria donor conference in London this week.
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'Far-left' activists smash luxury cars in Berlin police protest

'Far-left' activists smash luxury cars in Berlin police protest | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Dozens of activists claiming to be from Social Democratic People’s Bicycle Commando Germany trashed or torched nearly 50 luxury cars and storefronts in Berlin this weekend in response to growing gentrification and living costs.
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Chelsea Manning letters: ‘I’ve been stored away all this time without a voice’

Chelsea Manning letters: ‘I’ve been stored away all this time without a voice’ | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
American whistleblower and free speech advocate Chelsea Manning, who leaked 750,000 classified US military files to WikiLeaks, has spoken out about her experience of incarceration in a secure military prison.

Despite the restrictions on her freedoms, Manning has become a passionate free speech campaigner, taking opportunities to communicate from prison whenever she can.

In a tranche of letters sent to Amnesty International UK, she reveals snippets of her past, her life in prison and the perilous path that led her there. Amnesty, which has supported Manning since her arrest, has presented her account in podcast form using the voice of an actress.
Early life

Manning, who was previously known as Private Bradley Manning, was serving in the US Army in Iraq in 2009 as a military analyst. Troubled by the actions of US forces and their allies, she made a decision to leak a large amount of classified US military files.

The leak, which her supporters say was in the public interest, led to her incarceration, isolation, and the loss of decades of her freedom. She is now locked up in a secure military prison in the US serving a 35-year sentence.

Speaking to Amnesty, Manning recounted her early life in an insular town in Oklahoma as being rough. She said both of her parents were heavy drinkers and were prone to erratic and abusive behavior. Her father traveled a lot, so much of her childhood was spent with her sister and her mother.
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