Wednesday, April 16, 2014

U.S. Airways Pornographic Tweet Sets Twitter On Fire

This on the same day airlines inform flyers they will pay out the nose for air travel this year

SUN SENTINEL
By Scott Kleinberg
04/15/2014

We apologize for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses. We’ve removed the tweet and are investigating.US Airways (@USAirways) April 14, 2014


Think of the most lewd, embarrassing, shocking and offensive pornographic photo, one you'd never want another person to know you've looked at. 
 
 
Now imagine working on social media for US Airways and sharing that photo with more than 420,000 people on Twitter in response to a customer complaint.

It happened Monday afternoon, and some are calling it the worst tweet ever shared by a brand in the history of Twitter. By Tuesday morning, the tweet @USAirways sent apologizing for the mishap was retweeted more than 13,000 times and had more than 10,000 favorites.


It's as bad as it sounds. The photo, which we won't show or link to because we can't, depicts a toy Boeing 777 jet and a naked woman in a very compromising position.

It started when Twitter user @ElleRafter complained about her plane sitting on the tarmac, resulting in a delay getting to her destination. US Airways sent its response in a tweet: "We welcome feedback, Elle. If your travel is complete, you can detail it here for review and follow-up." But the here, which was probably supposed to be a link to the company's customer service page ended up being a link to the obscene photo, which showed up in a big way on the Twitter feed.

It took US Airways a while to take the extremely NSFW tweet down, and a section on its Twitter page that shows recent photos kept the photo up even longer. 
 
 
U.S. Airways Risk Management springs into immediate damage control mode
 
The photo and subsequent tweets gave birth to several NSFW hashtags and made the company's gaffe the number one trending topic in the United States for several hours, despite it happening just as the Pulitizer Prizes were being announced.

US Airways issued a full apology, but Twitter is laughing at the apology almost as much as the original tweet.
 
 
"We apologize for the inappropriate image we recently shared in a Twitter response. Our investigation has determined that the image was initially posted to our Twitter feed by another user. We captured the tweet to flag it as inappropriate. Unfortunately the image was inadvertently included in a response to a customer. We immediately realized the error and removed our tweet. We deeply regret the mistake and we are currently reviewing our processes to prevent such errors in the future." 
 


The "initially posted to our Twitter feed by another user" is in reference to someone tweeting it earlier to @AmericanAir. US Airways and American Airlines are in the process of merging.

Until this incident, US Airways' biggest brush with Twitter fame came in 2009 when Flight 1549 landed safely in the Hudson River after it struck a flock of Canada Geese.




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U.S. Backs Ukraine’s ‘Measured’ Military Operation Against Protesters

Obama, CIA, "mainstream media" whores will be held responsible for Russian invasion of what is left of Ukraine; CNN war whore Amanpour hilariously accuses Russia of "propaganda war" against UN, NATO, EU; will burn along with other MSM war shills

PRESS TV
04/15/2014

The United States has backed the Ukrainian government's military operation against anti-Kiev protesters in the east of the country, describing it as "measured.”


On Tuesday, Ukrainian acting President Olexander Turchynov announced the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against the protesters after they seized buildings in about 10 towns and cities across the country’s eastern provinces. 
 
 
Russians will make short work of Ukrainian mob
The aim of the operation is to “protect Ukrainian citizens, to stop the terror, to stop the crime, to stop the attempts to tear our country apart,” Turchynov said.

In response, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the military action is not the preferred option, but that Kiev has to respond to “an untenable situation.”

Carney urged authorities in Kiev to take "all due caution," but said they had a "responsibility" to maintain law and order in the country. 
 


This comes as Russia says it is "deeply concerned" about reports of casualties in eastern Ukraine following the government’s military operation. Moscow has called on the international community to condemn Ukraine's approach in dealing with the unrest in the country’s east.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has accused his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of failing to offer a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
 
 
Ukrainian whores won't be smiling at hands of Russian troops
In a phone conversation on Monday, Obama said Russia’s actions in Ukraine were not conducive, according to a senior White House official. 
 
Obama told Putin that Kiev had made "real offers" to address concerns about the decentralization of powers to local governments in the country. 
 
 


"That is a matter for Ukrainians to decide," the official said. "We have always and will continue to support an inclusive process."

Putin rejected Western claims that Moscow is behind attacks on government buildings, saying they were "based on unfounded information," the Kremlin said in a statement issued on Monday. 
 
 
EU has forgotten lessons of WWII Russian capture of Berlin
Earlier, Putin's spokesman said Russia had received several requests for help from anti-Kiev protesters, who are seeking to follow in the footsteps of the Autonomous Republic of Crimean and force a referendum on joining the Russian Federation.

Tensions between Washington and Moscow further intensified following reports of a Russian fighter jet making repeated close-range passes near a US ship in the Black Sea over the weekend.

The Pentagon condemned the action, saying it was “provocative and unprofessional.”

GJH/ISH




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Washington Drives The World To War : CIA Intervention In Eastern Ukraine

Russian invasion of Ukraine will spell the end of Obama, Brennan, and their murdering CIA scum

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
04/15/2014

The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule. 

 
Washington’s plan to grab Ukraine overlooked that the Russian and Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine were not likely to go along with their insertion into the EU and NATO while submitting to the persecution of Russian speaking peoples. Washington has lost Crimea, from which Washington intended to eject Russia from its Black Sea naval base. Instead of admitting that its plan for grabbing Ukraine has gone amiss, Washington is unable to admit a mistake and, therefore, is pushing the crisis to more dangerous levels. 
 
 
If Ukraine dissolves into secession with the former Russian territories reverting to Russia, Washington will be embarrassed that the result of its coup in Kiev was to restore the Russian provinces of Ukraine to Russia. To avoid this embarrassment, Washington is pushing the crisis toward war.

The CIA director instructed Washington’s hand-picked stooge government in Kiev to apply to the United Nations for help in repelling “terrorists” who with alleged Russian help are allegedly attacking Ukraine. 
 
 
In Washington’s vocabulary, self-determination is a sign of Russian interference. As the UN is essentially a Washington-financed organization, Washington will get what it wants. 
 
 
Obama now using U.S. Navy personnel as bait for WWIII
The Russian government has made it completely clear weeks ago that the use of violence against protesters in eastern and southern Ukraine would compel the Russian government to send in the Russian army to protect Russians, just as Russia had to do in South Ossetia when Washington instructed its Georgian puppet ruler to attack Russian troops and Russian residents of South Ossetia. 
 

Washington knows that the Russian government cannot stand aside while one of Washington’s puppet states attacks Russians. Yet, Washington is pushing the crisis to war.
 
 
 
 
The danger for Russia is that the Russian government will rely on diplomacy, international organizations, international cooperation, and on the common sense and self-interest of German politicians and politicians in other of Washington’s European puppet states. 
 
 
Obama, CIA will abandon Merkel, NATO, EU
For Russia this could be a fatal mistake. There is no good will in Washington, only mendacity. 
 
Russian delay provides Washington with time to build up forces on Russia’s borders and in the Black Sea and to demonize Russia with propaganda and whip up the US population into a war frenzy. The latter is already occurring. 
 
Kerry has made it clear to Lavrov that Washington is not listening to Russia. As Washington pays well, Washington’s European puppets are also not listening to Russia. Money is more important to European politicians than humanity’s survival. 
 
 
Drooling doofus, U.S. traitor Kerry a laughing stock
In my opinion, Washington does not want the Ukraine matters settled in a diplomatic and reasonable way. 
 
It might be the case that Russia’s best move is immediately to occupy the Russian territories of Ukraine and re-absorb the territories into Russia from whence they came. 
 
This should be done before the US and its NATO puppets are prepared for war. It is more difficult for Washington to start a war when the objects of the war have already been lost. 
 
 
Russia will be demonized with endless propaganda from Washington whether or not Russia re-absorbs its traditional territories. 
 
 
Hollande will see French ship sent to bottom
If Russia allows these territories to be suppressed by Washington, the prestige and authority of the Russian government will collapse. Perhaps that is what Washington is counting on.

If Putin’s government stands aside while Russian Ukraine is suppressed, Putin’s prestige will plummet, and Washington will finish off the Russian government by putting into action its many hundreds of Washington-financed NGOs that the Russian government has so foolishly tolerated. Russia is riven with Washington’s Fifth columns. 
 


In my opinion, the Russian and Chinese governments have made serious strategic mistakes by remaining within the US dollar-based international payments system. The BRICS and any others with a brain should instantly desert the dollar system, which is a mechanism for US imperialism. The countries of the BRICS should immediately create their own separate payments system and their own exclusive communications/Internet system. 
 
 
Kennedy wanted to dismantle the CIA
 

Russia and China have stupidly made these strategic mistakes, because reeling from communist failures and oppressions, they naively assumed that Washington was pure, that Washington was committed to its propagandistic self-description as the upholder of law, justice, mercy,and human rights.

In fact, Washington, the “exceptional, indispensable country,” is committed to its hegemony over the world. Russia, China, and Iran are in the way of Washington’s hegemony and are targeted for attack.

The attack on Russia is mounting.


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The UN As A Propaganda Nest For The NATO Information Vulture

Russia invasion of what is left of Ukraine will spell "final solution" for CIA/NATO/EU/UK corporate media whores as Putin cooks them a stew they will choke on

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Andrew Korybko
04/15/2014

Portions of the UN’s forthcoming human rights report on Crimea, to be released Tuesday, have been leaked to Foreign Policy magazine, and its findings are far from objective. Indicating yet another instance of institutional bias against the Russian Federation and its interests, Ivan Simonovic, the UN’s Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, has filled the so-called report with bias, misleading reporting, important omissions, one-sided analysis, and in some cases, outright false statements.
 
 
Considering his history of “biased, prejudiced and nonobjective assessment”, this should not come as a surprise, but it is surprising that such opinions are institutionalized into a nominally neutral organization’s reporting. 
 
A brief overview of the leaked document will prove that certain UN “representatives” are more emblematic of NATO’s information objectives than they are of objectivity. 


Foreign Policy’s exclusive report on the document begins by addressing supposed Russian “propaganda” activities in the run-up to the referendum. 
 
 
NATO a propaganda tool of Obama, EU, UK, IMF
Through selective omission, it neglects to mention that Russia has the right to broadcast its media to Ukraine and when Crimea was part of that country it was no exception. It may be that Simonovic has taken to the trend of calling any media coming from Russia “propaganda” because Russia’s “chief propagandist”, Dmitry Kiselyov, has been the first journalist to ever be sanctioned by the EU as punishment for exercising his right to free speech.
 
 
 
The report conveniently forgets to mention that Ukraine has banned select Russian media from broadcasting into the country, a move that set a precedent for Lithuania and Latvia’s later censorships.
 
The report then brazenly alleges that anti-reunification activists were “threatened, detained, and tortured”. Interestingly, this explosive claim has received scant, if any, mainstream exposure in Western media in the past. Had there been seriously believable grounds for this to have occurred, the US and Western media machines would have milked the false narrative as much as they could as soon as the allegations emerged. 
 
 
It is not improbable to imagine CNN dedicating a whole hour towards “investigating” (a.k.a. indoctrinating its audience about) this topic. Because none of this occurred and there is no substantial evidence besides heresay to corroborate this, it is very unprofessional for a UN official of all people to place such rumors into an official report.
 
 
Ludicrously, the document continues on to allege that “The presence of paramilitary and so called self-defense groups as well as soldiers in uniform with insignia, widely believed to be from the Russian Federation, was not conducive to an environment in which voters could freely exercise their right to hold opinions and the right to freedom of expression”. 
 
 
It then has the audacity to state that “it is widely assessed that Russian speakers have not been subject to threats in Crimea.” 
 
It smoothly glosses over the fact violent neo-Nazi groups are a serious threat to minorities in Ukraine, and that Pravy Sector has directly threatened the East and Crimea in the past, areas where the Russian minority predominantly resides. Their statements of intent to attack others that don’t agree with them are widely publicized on the internet.
 
 
UN disorganized mob useless as a fighting force
In this light, paramilitary and self-defense groups were an absolute necessity to prevent the radical nationalists from instigating an outbreak of violence. 
 
And how does this de-legitimize elections in any way from the West’s perspective? 
 
 
 
 
After all, it unilaterally recognized South Sudan’s independence and Afghanistan and Iraq’s elections under the exact same, if not more security-intense, circumstances. Despite Obama’s lie to the contrary, Kosovo’s citizens didn’t even have the opportunity to partake in a referendum, no matter how rigged it could have been without the participation of its native Serbian inhabitants. 
 
 
Americans paying for UN lunacy, empty propaganda
Focusing on how “The overall climate of uncertainty has led some people, predominantly Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians to leave Crimea” is journalistically irresponsible without providing any figures, whereas the Russian side can solidly point to over half a million Ukrainians seeking refuge within their country
 
 
Taken together with the threat that violent nationalists pose to the preservation of human rights for all Ukrainian citizens, it is absolutely false for the report to claim that “tensions have decreased, along with allegations of human rights violations” since the junta came to power. In fact and in proof, the opposite is true.

Amazingly, the report only tangentially mentions the infamous sniper shootings that came to define the climax of EuroMaidan, using a combination of inference and “hint-hint” to draw readers to the conclusion that it was Berkut that shot the rioters and their own men, not mercenaries under the employ of the West and the EuroMaidan’s leaders, as had later been revealed
 
 
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin also brought this up before the UN General Assembly, and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demanded an unbiased investigation into what really happened. 
 
 
 
This critical omission would be journalistic negligence by any media corporation, but having it in an official UN document, along with all of the other false and misleading “findings”, is purposeful propaganda aimed against the Russian Federation.

The UN is not supposed to be a propaganda outlet for anyone, owing to its supposedly neutral status as an objective entity, so one must wonder what could possibly be the reasoning behind such an unprofessional and biased report. 
 
 
Value added:  MSM will be destroyed during WWIII
To its credit, it does address the junta’s lustration obsession and Muzychko’s thuggish intimidation tactics, but such factual inclusions are too far and few between to counter the overwhelming anti-Russian narrative established within the document. 
 
The report’s obvious bias makes it look as though NATO’s anti-Russian informational interests have infiltrated the UN and that the military-political organization is using its agents of influence to further its agenda. 
 
 
 
In fact and in form, the UN is quickly mutating into a propaganda nest for the vicious NATO information vulture. Cloaked in the false stereotype of impartiality and neutrality, the UN is the perfect avenue for legitimizing NATO’s propaganda operations against resistant and defiant (R&D) states.


Andrew Korybko is the American Master’s Degree student at the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO).




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Those Who Don’t Lay Arms, Will Be Destroyed - Ukrainian Military Op Commander

Ukrainian "commanders" of disorganized mob hallucinating that Obama, NATO, EU, UK will come to their aid as Brennan promised during recent "visit" - will be overrun in hours by Russian Spetzsnaz forces poised to launch from border positions; CNN war whore Christine Amanpour continues non-stop anti-Russian propaganda fest; will be held personally responsible and accountable along with her CIA shilling corporate masters

RT
04/15/2014

A Ukrainian general leading the operation against protesters in the east of the country has warned that activists who refuse to lay down their arms will be “destroyed.” 
 
 
Putin's answer to CIA/NATO/EU/UK provocations
“They must be warned that if they do not lay down their arms, they will be destroyed,” General Vasily Krutov, first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) told reporters, as cited by AFP.

Krutov, recently appointed chief of the SBU’s Anti-Terrorist Center, added that activists were being supported by hundreds of soldiers from the Russian army's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU). 
 


The Kremlin said the allegations about Russia’s military presence in eastern Ukraine are “absurd.”

"These are absurd statements. There are no Russian troops there. The president and the foreign minister have spoken about it,” said Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday. 
 
 
Ukraine fiasco began with Obama/CIA engineered coup in Kiev
 
"We can only be startled by the fact that all these statements made by the Russian side are deliberately chosen not to be heard (by the West)," he added.

Kiev authorities launched a military operation against anti-government protesters in the East of the former Soviet republic.

According to activists, four people were killed and two others injured on Tuesday as troops seized an airfield in the city of Kramatorsk, which had earlier been controlled by protesters. 
 
 
CNN war slut, fraud "journalist" Christiane Amanpour shrieks for WWIII along with Fox News, CIA Al Jazeera, Euronews; all criminal media warmongers will be held personally responsible and accountable along with their criminal corporate masters when first Russian nuke impacts on U.S. soil

A source at Ukraine’s Defense Ministry told Interfax that there were no victims among the military as a result of the operation. 
 
 
CIA whore Ashton will see EU turned to ashes
Acting President Aleksandr Turchinov confirmed that Ukrainian special forces regained control over the facility.

Conflicting reports say that Ukrainian military – supported by armored vehicles and helicopters – have also entered the city of Slavyansk.

Earlier on Tuesday, Roman Sokolenko, from the People's Militia of Donbass, told RT that transport was not being allowed out of the eastern city while “tanks were approaching.” 
 
 
 
He said protesters were manning barricades in preparation for the possible storm. Activists were in good spirits and “ready to protect their land.”




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Employee Pensions Under Attack In The U.S.

Obama enables corporate criminals in continuing middle-class economic genocide as they move in for the kill

WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE
By Andre Damon
04/15/2014

The American financial elite has launched a sweeping nationwide assault on the pension benefits of US workers in both the public and private sectors. 
 
 
Following the example of the city of Detroit, municipalities and states throughout the country, including Illinois, California, and Pennsylvania, have sought to slash government workers’ legally protected pension benefits on the grounds that there is no money to pay for the “generous” retirement benefits that are owed to workers for decades of labor.

Now, private sector pensions, already decimated in the wave of corporate bankruptcies and buyouts that took place in the 1980s, are coming under renewed attack. 
 
 
In particular, multi-employer pension funds, once considered more secure than those operated by single employers, are being targeted for cutbacks.

The New York Times reported Saturday, “Labor officials, business groups, members of Congress and others have been quietly discussing a proposal to extend multiemployer plans’ life spans by letting them roll back even retirees’ pensions.” 
 
 
Social Security, private pensions need to be irrevocably secured
Private employee pension funds have been over the course of decades starved of contributions by the corporations that are legally obliged to finance them. This is true not only of standard single-employer pension funds, but also larger, union-affiliated multi-employer funds, which provide retirement benefits for some 10 million Americans. 
 
 

The Times noted that one major pension plan, the Teamsters’ Central States plan, pays out $2.8 billion per year in retirement funds, but only takes in about $700 million from corporations. The plan’s director said he expects the plan to run out of money in 10 to 15 years.

The multi-employer arm of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the government agency that insures private pensions, is expected to run out of funds within seven years, according to a report issued in February by the Congressional Budget Office. 
 
 


Last year, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation posted a record deficit of $35.7 billion. “Within the next 10 years, more and more plans are going to run out of money,” said Joshua Gotbaum, director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp, in a November report.

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act, enacted in 1974, forbids companies from cutting their employees’ pension obligations for work they have already performed. But a subsequent 2006 law, signed by George W. Bush, allowed under-funded multi-employer pensions to stop paying some benefits, such as disability, death benefits, and early retirement. 
 
 
The PBGC was conceived as self-financing, with insurance payouts to be covered by premiums paid by corporations. 
 
But these premiums have been steadily dwindling, as successive administrations from both parties have introduced loopholes to allow companies to reduce their contributions.


The Times noted that the PBGC multi-employer fund “now has premiums of about $110 million a year to work with. All it would take is the failure of one big plan to wipe out the whole program.”

Defined benefit pensions now cover only 18 percent of private-sector workers, down from 35 percent in the 1990s, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These pension plans have largely been replaced by completely inadequate defined-contribution 401(k) plans. The bureau of labor statistics found that the median households aged 55–64 with a retirement savings account had just $100,000 to retire, or about twice the yearly household income for older households. 
 
 
 

The calls to slash private pensions are coupled with renewed attacks on public sector retirement benefits. Last week, the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates reported that public pensions in the United States have only $3 trillion in assets to cover some $10 trillion in scheduled payments over the coming decades. According to the report, 85 percent of public pensions will run out of funds within three decades. 
 
 
Fox News pushes Social Security privatization
These funds are insolvent because they have been looted by state and local officials to cover the billions of dollars in local tax cuts and incentives that have been handed out to big business over the course of the past several decades. 
 
Now, the Democratic and Republican politicians who have starved the pension funds are calling for workers’ pensions to be slashed to keep the funds solvent. 
 
 

In Detroit, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has proposed to slash city workers’ pensions by 26 percent—or 34 percent if workers do not vote in favor of the deal. These pension cuts, coupled with equally draconian cuts to their dental, vision, and health insurance coverage, will effectively reduce their incomes by more than 50 percent. 10 percent of Detroit city retirees already live below the poverty line, and pension officials have said that the cuts will force at least another 20 percent into poverty. 
 
 
 
 
On April 8, the Illinois legislature voted in favor of a law proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will slash pensions for 57,000 city laborers and municipal employees. The law eliminates the workers’ cost-of-living increases, meaning that, as years go by, their pensions will be whittled down enormously.

A group of California Democrats, led by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, is campaigning for the implementation of a constitutional amendment to remove the state’s protections on public employee pensions. With the proposed amendment, cities, counties, and other government entities could lower cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. In addition, they could increase the retirement age or demand larger pension contributions from current employees. 
 
 
Obama, corporate criminal future vision for American retirees
Last month, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, a Republican, announced plans to cut pensions for hundreds of thousands of state employees and teachers covered by the state’s pension system. The proposal would switch new workers to a 401(k)-style retirement plan, while even further underfunding existing pension plans. “The only question is whether we will do it now, when it’s still a manageable problem, or let others do it later,” said Corbett.


Even as retirement benefits are being slashed, on the grounds that there is supposedly no money to pay for them, the super-rich are doing better than ever. Last week, Equilar, the executive compensation research firm, reported that the 100 top-earning corporate CEOs had their median pay increase by 9 percent in 2013, to $13.9 million.




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"Anti - Terrorist Operation" Under Way In East Ukraine

CIA fascists cross the military line at urging of master Brennan; Russian forces on heightened state of alert on border - CNN, Fux News, Euronews shriek hysterically for WWIII

THE IRISH TIMES
04/16/2014

After days of failing to enforce its own ultimatums, the Ukrainian government says a military operation is underway this evening to confront pro-Russian militants in the east of the country. 
 
 
Acting president Oleksandr Turchynov says Krematorsk airport in eastern Ukraine is retaken from pro-Russian militants, according to Interfax.

Heavy gunfire has been heard at the airport and the mayor of Kramatorsk said Ukrainian troops have now occupied the military airport and are blocking its entrance.
 

The country’s acting president earlier announced an “anti-terrorist operation” to root out the separatists .

The first indication that the operation represented more than just words this time was a modest Ukrainian military checkpoint established on a road north of the town of Slovyansk, which has been controlled by militants since Saturday. 
 
 
CIA fascist blowhard Turchynov dooms Ukraine, EU, UK
Witnesses said a dozen armored personnel carriers parked on the road flew Ukrainian flags about 40 kilometers north of the town. 
 
There were no credible reports of confrontations with the well-armed and apparently Russian-backed forces in the town.

“On Tuesday morning, in the north of Donetsk region, an anti-terrorist operation began,” said the Ukrainian speaker of parliament and acting president, Mr Turchynov.  

 
Russian Spetsnaz troops ready to roll over Ukraine border
 
“It will be carried out in stages, and responsibly and in a balanced manner. The goal is the defense of citizens of Ukraine.” 
 
 
EU may finally go up in flames taking down Nazis Merkel, Ashton
Mr Turchynov, who has asserted in recent days that Russian soldiers have joined the Ukrainian militants who have seized police stations and the entire town of Slovyansk, said the country was confronting a “colossal danger” but offered the assurance that “there will be no civil war.” 
 


In a nod to the wide backing for pro-Russian groups in parts of the east, Mr Turchynov said that, “along with the Russian special forces and the terrorists there are hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens in the Donbass who were tricked by Russian propaganda.” The Donbass is a coal-mining region that includes the city of Donetsk.
 
 
Warmonger Kerry finally wakes up, has "Oh Shit" moment
Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev warned of the risk of bloodshed in Ukraine’s eastern provinces. The Ukrainian troops were not moving by early afternoon today. 
 
Ahead of them in Slovyansk, scores of armed men maintained their hold on the police and domestic security service building and the City Hall. 
 
They have barricaded the roads and, locals say, placed snipers on roofs. 
 


And yet the town remained crowded with people milling about the streets and standing at protests in front of barricades, illustrating that an overly assertive Ukrainian military response could quickly lead to heavy civilian casualties and play into Moscow’s narrative that Russian-speakers are in need of protection. 
 
 
Fox News O'Reilly shrieks for NATO to attack
An initial deadline set by Mr Turchynov to start a “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” in the east passed without any clear police or military intervention yesterday. 
 
The passive approach risked encouraging the pro-Russian groups to go further, and yesterday militants seized another government building in the Donetsk region, bringing to at least nine the number of eastern towns now swept up.


In a sign of the heightened tension, Ukraine seemed to teeter toward a run on bank deposits yesterday. The central bank was compelled to raise one of its key interest rates from 6.5 percent to 9.5 percent to slow the rapid slide of the national currency, the hryvnia, as people withdrew deposits and converted savings into hard currency. The sliding currency also accelerated inflation by increasing the costs of imported goods, exacerbating the difficulties faced by residents in the east, who complain that the new government is mismanaging the economy.


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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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