Monthly Archives: March 2014

Position of Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec on urgency to declare a free and sovereign state of Quebec

THE media is portraying the battle in the elections currently underway in Quebec as one between two parties of the rich, the Parti Quebecois and the Liberals, the central issue as one of borderless sovereignty and the alternative presented by smaller parties as “fringe,” if they are mentioned at all. The sovereignty of the nation of Quebec is an opportunity for the working class and the people to put on the agenda the renewal of the so-called democratic institutions to vest sovereign power in the people. To inform readers that there is a real alternative, we are providing information on the stand of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ), which is presenting 24 candidates in the April 7 Quebec elections in the following regions: the National Capital, Mauricie, Montérégie, Montréal and the Outaouais. Continue reading

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Flight MH370 mystery: How can a passenger plane go missing in the age of universal surveillance?

A Russian writer, Nadezhda Kevorkova*, offers some interesting analysis on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Malayasian airlines graphic(Russia Today, March 24) – Debris about 79 feet long has been spotted off the coast of Australia. Whether it belongs to missing Flight MH370 remains a mystery so far.

In the post-9/11 world, a jetliner with 239 people on board cannot simply “disappear,” not least because the American secret services have made universal surveillance the order of the day. And the longer the search continues, the more questions arise. Are the secret services indeed as powerful as they assure people?

CNN tried to allay the Americans’ concerns by showing them that the search area is way too vast and inviting them to lend a hand to the official investigation. But it didn’t work out.

No less than 26 countries, 43 ships, 58 planes, the FBI, Interpol, and special services are all looking for the missing Boeing – a situation which looks increasingly like a crime series. Continue reading

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Sighting. Good things come to those who bait

People fish in front of the Ukrainian warship Slavutych moored in Sevastopol harbour, on Saturday, March 21, 2014 | AFP Viktor Drachev

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Turkey downs Syria military jet ‘in airspace violation’

On March 23rd, CBC’s The National called it a “Syrian warplane.” In other words, aggressive, whose loss is of no concern. Turkey after all is under threat from besieged Syria. Oh yes, are Turkish and NATO fighter jets “peaceplanes”?

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says its armed forces have shot down a Syrian military jet which had violated its airspace. He warned such action by Syria merited a “heavy response.”

But Syria accused Turkey of “blatant aggression”, saying the MIG 23 had been over Syrian territory at the time.

NATO was silent. It seems there is one rule for a NATO country and another for all the rest. IF you are a NATO country you can attack any country you want to without consequences.

Really it is the modus operandi of provocation of the imperialist superpowers: “Come on, fire back and then NATO will invade your country.”

On October 9, 2012 NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a meeting of the military bloc’s defence ministers in Brussels: “We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.”

NATO has “all necessary plans” to intervene if and when it has the “proof” that Syria has attacked Turkey.

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Events: National tour of Cuban musician Gerardo Alfonso popularizes World Conference in Solidarity with Cuba

THE Canadian Network on Cuba is organizing a tour of outstanding Cuban composer and guitar player Gerardo Alfonso Morejón to promote the Third Meeting of World Solidarity with Cuba in Havana, October 27-29, 2014. Gerardo’s beautiful poetic songs will be heard from Halifax to Victoria, with stops in 11 cities from March 22 to April 13.  Continue reading

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Unrelenting persecution of Cuba

By RANDY ALONSO FALCÓN

100522-TorontoCubaSolidarity-13(Cubadebate) – THE central command of United States imperialism may not be focused on Cuba at the moment, with so many internal problems and international conflicts requiring attention, but the machinery already in place, designed to continually hound the country, remains at work.

The overstaffed Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) takes care of implementing this policy, supervising all financial and commercial transactions with Cuba. More people are assigned to this task than to the finances of Al Qaeda.

A recent communiqué from the Cuban embassy in the Dominican Republic reported that its account with the discount supermarket PriceSmart had been cancelled, as a result of the extraterritorial implications of the blockade. Continue reading

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Cuba will not be put up for sale

EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CONVENED

By MIGUEL FEBLES HERNÁNDEZ

The Mariel Special Development Zone is one of Cuba’s principal projects open to foreign investment | Jorge Luis González

The Mariel Special Development Zone is one of Cuba’s principal projects open to foreign investment | Jorge Luis González

CAMAGÜEY.— The certainty that modifications proposed in the new Foreign Investment Law in no way indicate the sale of the country, or a return to the past, was emphasized here by National Assembly deputies from the provinces of Camagüey, Las Tunas and Ciego de Ávila.

Before analyzing the legal document, the people’s representatives heard a detailed report on the policy to be approved, addressing its contents and the principal changes proposed, presented by Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, minister of Foreign Trade and Investment. Continue reading

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Ukraine: Crimea declares its independence and proclaims a sovereign state

Crimean people celebrate being accepted as part of the Russian Federation in Simferopol, the Republic of Crimea, March 18, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of Crimea signed a treaty on Tuesday accepting the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as part of Russian territory | Xinhua

Crimean people celebrate being accepted as part of the Russian Federation in Simferopol, the Republic of Crimea, March 18, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of Crimea signed a treaty on Tuesday accepting the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as part of Russian territory | Xinhua

TML Daily – IN A referendum held on Sunday, March 16, citizens of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

Despite western media hysteria that the non-Russian population of the Crimea – Crimean tartars and Ukrainian nationals, which constitute 41.7 per cent of the Crimean population – would either not vote or be bullied under military occupation, the election was said to be conducted with due respect for the expectations of a free election. Reports say that 83.1 per cent of eligible Crimean voters cast their ballot in the March 16th referendum. The final tally of the vote was 96.77 per cent in favour of joining the Russian Federation, and 2.51 per cent against. (According to official data, Russians constitute 58.32 per cent of the population of Crimea, 24.32 per cent are Ukrainians and 12.10 per cent are Crimean Tatars). Continue reading

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Ukraine: Strategic and geopolitical implications of Crimea’s decision

Prof Michel Chossudovsky explains the strategic and geopolitical significance of the referendum results. The union of Crimea with Russia redefines both the geography as well as the geopolitical chessboard in the Black Sea basin, Professor Chussudovsky writes. “It constitutes a major setback for US-NATO, whose longstanding objective has been to integrate Ukraine into NATO with a view to undermining Russia, while extending Western military presence in the Black Sea basin,” he adds. An excerpt of Professor Chussudovsky’s article follows.

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WITH the March 18, 2014 Treaty signed between Russia and Crimea, the Russian Federation will extend its control over the Black Sea as well over the Sea of Azov, the West coastline of which borders on Eastern Ukraine and the Donesk region. (see map below) Continue reading

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Ukraine: What is the trouble and who are the troublemakers?

By NATHAN J FREEMAN

TML Daily (March 21) – THE cunning of history has positioned Ukraine as the latest country in which post-Soviet Russia and U.S.-led imperialism confront each other. The U.S.-led camp, which includes the old European colonialism, is on a rampage. The Russian government has responded in a measured way, securing its naval assets in the Crimea and going so far as to take Crimea out of the clutches of the fascist coup that seized power in Kiev while putting the elected president, Alexander Yanukovych, to flight.

Students in Khrakov, Ukraine, lay flowers at monument to Second World War partisan fighters and the Soviet Red Army | Jaroslav the Wise National Law University

Students in Khrakov, Ukraine, lay flowers at monument to Second World War partisan fighters and the Soviet Red Army | Jaroslav the Wise National Law University

Beyond and underlying the intermonopoly contradictions (mainly over energy resources access and control[1]) that are at odds and in play at this time in that region, the longest-standing and most burning issue for the peoples of this region has surfaced once again: how can the equality and sovereign rights of nations and peoples, irrespective of their ethnic makeup, be established (and in some respects re-established) with a guarantee that is meaningful under current conditions? Continue reading

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Canada Post’s ‘crisis creation’ has been ongoing for years

by TONI MACAFEE*

Save our public post office.harper resignWITH the recent announcement by Canada Post of its five-year business plan, many people have been left wondering what is going on at the post office.

For years Canada Post has been successful, making profits in each of the last 17 out of 18 years; with the exception of 2011 – the year that Canada Post locked out its workers and then went to the Government to have them legislated back to work. It was also the year that Canada Post was forced to settle a $200 million, two decade-long, pay equity lawsuit with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). Continue reading

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CNN: Zakaria’s fantastic, expert economic advice

To a startling degree, when you see discussions about the economic policies of other countries in the US press, you’re reading fantasy stories about imaginary lands where peoples are rewarded or punishment according to their adherence to the free market faith, writes Jim Naureckas*, FAIR. Whether it is Venezuela, Cuba or Iran you can read articles about how the economy is in shambles. Every year. In fact, the economy of any country that stands up to the US happens to be in shambles. 

LatinMap-300x199(Jan. 14) – FAREED ZAKARIA presented what he called “another installment of ‘How to Ruin Your Economy in Five Easy Steps’” on his GPS show on CNN(1/12/14): “Last time, Venezuela ticked off all the boxes, but we found another country that is following the same sad path.”

That country was Argentina, which Zakaria criticized for following Venezuela’s lead in “attacking big business,” allowing “restrictions on global trade” and so forth – the basic neoliberal critique of developing economies. Zakaria ends with the moral: Continue reading

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Obama’s street coups

Ted Snider, Antiwar – (Feb. 25)RECENT COUPS and coup attempts have been so disguised that they are not even recognized as coups. Unlike the covert coups of earlier administrations, in places like Iran, Guatemala and Chile, the coups of the Obama administration are not seen to be coups and involve no tanks or guns. They are silently disguised as domestic current events.

One of the ways these coups have been disguised is as the expression of the public will through mass democratic expression in the streets. These coups cloak themselves as domestic, democratic movements that attempt to bring about a regime change in the streets that could not be accomplished in the polls. A mass minority protesting in the streets produces a cry heard more loudly around the world than a silent majority in a secret and sound proof polling booth. This regime change in disguise amplifies the minority in the street into a voice great enough to overturn the majority in the polls. Continue reading

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‘Digital diplomacy’: Harper government’s new weapon for subversion

By TONY SEED

AMIDST revelations about U.S.-led global espionage and cyber warfare and other wrongdoings coming to light during the past year, the Harper war government is expanding its own participation in social media and electronic subversion of foreign states trying an independent path of development and deemed hostile to the interests of the US and NATO bloc.

On February 7 Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visited the headquarters of Google and Twitter in Silicon Valley, California, where he mapped out how “digital diplomacy” will be added to the weapons of armed subversion such as covert operations, “aid,” and secret diplomacy that are already being used internationally by the Harper government against targeted countries.

“Digital diplomacy” is cyberwarfare. It is a new buzz word to go along with “direct diplomacy” and the “public diplomacy” embraced by the Obama Doctrine, the U.S. State Department and NATO to rationalize the creation of mechanisms whereby the United States gives itself the right to deal directly with citizens of various countries and NGOs that do its bidding and completely bypass sovereign governments.  Continue reading

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‘Digital diplomacy’: Harper’s new ambassador modernizes Canada’s hidden agenda in Venezuela

spyNew Canadian ambassador in Venezuela is a counter-insurgency specialist 

Amidst revelations about U.S.-led global espionage and cyber warfare and other wrongdoings coming to light during the past year, the Harper government is now using what it calls “digital diplomacy” to expand its own participation in anti-social media and electronic subversion of other states deemed hostile to the interests of the US empire and the NATO bloc.

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Caribbean states demand reparations from European powers for slave trade

Most of the Caribbean nations have adopted a single plan to solicit from former slaving nations an apology, more aid and damages for 300 years of slavery, which have hobbled their economies and public health

Sugar Plantation Slaves 1858 engraving of slaves in the British West Indies working the sugar cane Photo: Lordprice Collection/ Alamy

PHilip Sherwell, Daily Telegraph (March 11) – A coalition of Caribbean countries has unveiled its demands for reparations from Britain and other European nations for the enduring legacy of the slave trade.

The leaders of 15 states adopted a wide-ranging plan, including seeking a formal apology from former colonial powers, debt cancellation, greater development aid as well as unspecified financial damages for the persisting “psychological trauma” from the days of plantation slavery. Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Luis Nieves Falcón

Luis Nieves Falcón December 29, 1929 - March 10, 2014

Luis Nieves Falcón
December 29, 1929 – March 10, 2014

Tireless fighter for the dignity, rights and freedom of the Puerto Rican people

With profound sorrow, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) regrets to inform you that the beloved champion of the Puerto Rican people, the devoted anti-colonial patriot, Luis Nieves Falcón passed away in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on March 10 after a two-year battle with leukemia. Comrade Luis was also a very dear friend to CPC(M-L), its founder and leader Comrade Hardial Bains and its current leadership.

The passing of Comrade Luis represents a huge loss to the Puerto Rican people and all those fighting for independence and freedom from colonial domination around the world. The most beloved and fearless champion of the anti-colonial struggle, he had utter fidelity to the grand cause of the freedom of the Puerto Rican people, the liberation of their political prisoners from U.S. jails and the high road of civilization. Continue reading

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US monopoly interests behind Ukraine putsch

“Ukraine’s agriculture could be a real gold mine.” – U.S.-Ukraine Business Council

medium_financial_fraudBehind the U.S.-backed coup that ousted the democratically-elected president of Ukraine are the self-serving predatory interests of giant corporations – from Cargill to Chevron to Monsanto – and vulture capitalists which see the country as a potential “gold mine” of profits from the plunder of its rich agricultural and energy resources, as JP SOTTILE* documents in consortiumnews.com. This underlies the sharpness of the inter-imperialist contradictions over control of Ukraine as well as the crimes being carried out by the big powers of the U.S. and Europe against the Ukrainian people. Canadians should firmly reject this meddling in Ukraine’s affairs as they can no doubt extrapolate that the same process in the Ukraine is also being carried out by the imperialists in our country and elsewhere.**

(March 16) – ON JANUARY 12, a reported 50,000 “pro-Western” Ukrainians descended upon Kiev’s Independence Square to protest against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych. Stoked in part by an attack on opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko, the protest marked the beginning of the end of Yanukovych’s four year-long government.

That same day, the Financial Times reported a major deal for U.S. agribusiness titan Cargill. Continue reading

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Ukraine: The hysteria of the US monopoly media

Media-CulpaThe U.S. monopoly news media is reaching a new professional low point as it covers the Ukraine crisis by brazenly touting Official Washington’s propaganda themes, blatantly ignoring contrary facts and leading the American public into another geopolitical blind alley, writes former Newsweek correspondent Robert Parry*, editor of cosortiumnews.com.

By Robert Parry

(March 16) – AS THE UKRAINE CRISIS continues to deepen, the mainstream U.S. news media is sinking to new lows of propaganda and incompetence. Somehow, a violent neo-Nazi-spearheaded putsch overthrowing a democratically elected president was refashioned into a “legitimate” regime, then the “interim” government and now simply “Ukraine.”

The Washington Post’s screaming headline on Sunday is “Ukraine decries Russian ‘invasion,’” treating the coup regime in Kiev as if it speaks for the entire country when it clearly speaks for only a subset of the population, mostly from western Ukraine. The regime’s “legitimacy” comes not from a democratic election but from a coup that was quickly embraced by the U.S. government and the European Union. Continue reading

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Ukraine: John Kerry and NATO must calm down and back off

Jonathan Steele, The Guardian (March 5) – BOTH John Kerry’s threats to expel Russia from the G8 and the Ukrainian government’s plea for Nato aid mark a dangerous escalation of a crisis that can easily be contained if cool heads prevail. Hysteria seems to be the mood in Washington and Kiev, with the new Ukrainian prime minister claiming, “We are on the brink of disaster” as he calls up army reserves in response to Russian military movements in Crimea. Continue reading

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Establishment forces are standing as one to oppose Scottish independence and sovereignty

Scottish Independence – A Workers’ Weekly Commentary

FEBRUARY saw the campaign over Scottish independence hotting up. A conspicuous feature of the lead-up to the September referendum is how a concerted effort is being made from all quarters to ensure a defeat for the “Yes” campaign. The three big parties stand together as one over the issue, while both the EU and US are making interventions in an attempt to bolster the “No” campaign. Continue reading

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Flashback: The technique of a coup d’état – Ukraine 2004

By JOHN LAUGHLAND (Excerpt) *

IN THE CASE OF UKRAINE, we observe the same combination of work by Western-backed non-governmental organisations, the media and the secret services. The non-governmental organisations played a huge role in de-legitimising the elections before they occurred. Allegations of widespread fraud were constantly repeated. In other words, the street protests which broke out after the second round, which Yanukovich won, were based on allegations which had been flying around before the beginning of the first round. The main NGO behind these allegations, the Committee of Ukrainian Voters, receives not one penny from Ukrainian voters, being instead fully funded by Western governments. Its office was decorated with pictures of Madeleine Albright and indeed the National Democratic Institute was one of its main affiliates. It pumped out constant propaganda against Yanukovich. Continue reading

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US study documented nearly 1,000 lies from Iraq war propaganda campaign

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Alex Lantier, wsws.org (26 January 2008) – THE systematic propaganda campaign waged by the Bush administration with the full collaboration of the mass media to drag the American people into a war of aggression has been newly documented by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI). The Washington-based, non-profit public policy journalism organization this week released a large database of the lies top government officials used to terrorize the US public into accepting the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

By the CPI’s count, the 380,000-word searchable database (available to the public at http://www.publicintegrity.org/WarCard/) contains at least 935 demonstrably false statements made on 532 separate occasions by the following officials: President George W. Bush, Vice-President Richard Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan. Continue reading

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Ukraine and NATO: the authorities v gangsters

Ukrainians protest “visit” of USS Vella Gulf, a Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser, at the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in January 2012. Their slogans included “Yankee, go home!” and “No to NATO!” The protesters also burned a U.S. flag featuring Nazi swastika instead of stars. Yevhen Dubovik, a protest organizer, said the visit of a ship with offensive weapons was illegal because it had not been authorized by Ukraine’s parliament.

Ukrainians including veterans protest “visit” of USS Vella Gulf, a Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser, at the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in January 2012. Their slogans included “Yankee, go home!” and “No to NATO!” The protesters also burned a U.S. flag featuring Nazi swastika instead of stars. Yevhen Dubovik, a protest organizer, said the visit of a ship with offensive weapons was illegal because it had not been authorized by Ukraine’s parliament.

Following the overthrow of the government by an armed coup d’état, the goal of turning Ukraine into NATO territory complete with US military bases tops the agenda under the anti-Russian flag. This has been a consistent thrust of all governments since 1999, of both Yushchenko and Yanukovych, in the context of broad resistance by the people of Ukraine to the imperialist project.

In July 2008, anti-NATO protestors moved ten boats into positions blocking the exits from the port of Odessa, preventing NATO ships from participating in the Sea Breeze 2008 exercise. According to their statement, “The NATO drill in Odessa is being accompanied by numerous protests by local residents. This demonstrates the public mood in Ukraine over the government’s course toward early admission to the alliance.” A branch of the Ukrainian Communist Party in Donetsk said over 1,000 people had taken part in anti-NATO rallies in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine. In 2006, protests forced U.S. Marine reservists who came to prepare for the exercises to leave without carrying out their mission.

The extent of the anti-NATO resistance amongst Ukrainians was so broad that it could not be dismissed as something “ethnic” or “communistic.” Continue reading

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US begins navy drills in Black Sea near Crimea

During the Sochi Winter Olympics last month, TV coverage highlighted Russian warships and even a nuclear submarines stationed just off the coast of the resort city for security, but the passage of two U.S. warships – the USS Mount Whitney, the sophisticated command or flag ship of the US Sixth Fleet and the guided missile frigate USS Taylor with 600 U.S. Marines onboard – into the Black Sea was never mentioned. The US has for several years been staging, in conjunction with its NATO allies including Canada, annual large-scale naval war games called Sea Breeze. They are conducted in the Crimea dangerously close to where the Russian Black Sea fleet is stationed at Sevastopol. The objective: to convert the Black Sea into an American lake. However, if the latest exercise is something ordinary – Washington says that they are a regularly scheduled exercise – then why the extraordinary armament, i.e., guided missiles in the Black Sea?  Continue reading

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US Special Forces unconventional warfare operations: Overthrowing governments, sabotage, subversion, intelligence and abduction, FM 3-05.201, Apr 2003

For your information: Wikileaks release on January 27, 2009

Excerpt from the recent speech by Raúl Castro Ruz to the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC) on Feb. 22:

Before closing, I must address the events which are taking place in the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. We have strongly condemned the violent incidents unleashed by fascist groups, which have led to deaths, tens of injuries, attacks on public institutions and destruction. We know, from our own experience, who is behind them, who finances them and supports these brutal efforts to overthrow the constitutional Venezuelan government.

These events confirm that wherever there might be a government which is not convenient to the interests of ruling circles in the United States, or among some of its European allies, it becomes the target of subversive campaigns. They now use new subtle, occult methods to undermine, without renouncing violence, to disturb the peace and internal order, and prevent governments from concentrating on the struggle for economic and social development, if they are not able to overthrow them.

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Sighting. This is Palestine

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Ukraine: Neo-nazi, fifth column military organization involved in Euromaidan sniper shootings

NATO-swastikaFascist groups unleashed violence in the Ukraine, which led to deaths, tens of injuries, attacks on public institutions and destruction, and the current warmongering threats against the Crimea and Russia, in order to overthrow a sovereign government. The putschists of the Maiden in Kiev – financed and heroized as “courageous activists” by Harper, Baird and their ilk – are neo-Nazis and a fifth column of NATO Gladio terrorist network, set in motion by the USA, which pulled the trigger on the February 21st political compromise organized by the EU, writes F. WILLIAM ENGDAHL*

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Gladio: NATO’s terror network and the ‘strategy of tension’

The Ukraine putsch in Kiev on February 23 reportedly involves the NATO Gladio, an international network of secret cells of the NATO member states to combat the worker’s movement and communism in Western Europe. It originated with the famous directive of Churchill to “fan the flames” of the partisan warfare during World War II through the SOE (Special Operations Executive); by this it was understood to penetrate and subvert the anti-fascist resistance movement, and make it a tool of the Anglo-American forces, as in Greece. The post-war Gladio network had its own intelligence structure, its own secret military training, a network of illegal arms and PSYOPS service. These actions were part of U.S. military theory called the “strategy of tension,” and were particularly used in Italy in the 70s. The Gladio network was nothing more nor less than an organized terrorist network within NATO countries. In parallel, the CIA supervised the organization of the Operation Condor in Latin America beginning in 1975. – TS

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Ukraine: US demagoguery versus Russia

U.S. bases in the Middle East. White stars in red circles denote bases. NATO bases are not shown. (lewrockwell.com)

U.S. bases in the Middle East. White stars in red circles denote bases. NATO bases are not shown. (lewrockwell.com)

US is outraged that Russia is using fake excuses to (possibly) invade Ukraine.

US used a variety of fake excuses to invade Iraq, Afghanistan, and a whole bunch of other countries where it is waging covert wars.

US is outraged that the Russia is planning uncredible referendum in the Crimea to legitimize its rule.

US conducted a whole bunch of bogus referenda in Iraq and Afghanistan to legitimize its occupation there. Continue reading

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