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Monday, December 29, 2014

Just How Civilized Is the Western Civilization?

U.S. "mainstream media" continues to studiously ignore the fact that the civil war in Ukraine is the direct result of Obama's CIA financed and engineered coup in Kiev

U.S.-RUSSIA.ORG
By Edward Lozansky
09/20/2014

Those who have witnessed and especially those who in one degree or another helped bring about the momentous changes in USSR in the late 1980s and Russia in the early 1990s, remember only too well the overwhelming euphoria of those times. The dark years of totalitarian communism were receding into the past, and the peoples of Russia were ready, nay, eager to join the great family of the Western civilization led by the United States.

Twenty five years ago in April 1989 we brought a large group of Americans to Moscow to check out if Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost were for real or there were just a sinister KGB ruse to fool the naive West. The group included Members of Congress, exiled Soviet dissidents, foreign policy experts and scholars with strong anti-Soviet and anti-communist credentials while our host was Gorbachev’s right hand man Alexander Yakovlev who was told that we are coming to help the Russians understand the "values of the Western civilisation.”


These were then and still are now the buzz words. They meant human rights, the rule of law, democracy, freedoms, market economy, and so forth. Fresh from the yoke of communism, Russians were eager to embrace all these nice things, and confidently expected them to come with help primarily from the United States. 


Boy, how naïve we were. What actually came about was somewhat different. Russia’s economy crashed worse than in World War II. Millions lost their jobs, actually lost all means of earning a livelihood. The freedom of pursuing economic prosperity morphed into the freedom of banditry, bandit capitalism becoming a precise description of the prevailing order of things. Law and order crashed, too, as police turned into bands of racketeers and worse. Democracy, the rule of, for, and by the people, morphed into the rule of, for, and by a handful of oligarchs.


Homeless children in Moscow

All these ills, and others too numerous to recount here, were obvious to any unprejudiced mind, yet the West heartily approved of this state of affairs. It actually aided and abetted it, with ubiquitous Western advisors and IMF officials actually running the country. 

Well, some of those unprejudiced minds wondered – Why? Why this support for the oligarchy, this caricature of democracy? 

The answer was plainer than the proverbial pike: Russia was following in the footsteps of many an unfortunate land in the past, becoming a semi-colony run by the comprador class; it was turning into an adjunct of Western economy – a source of raw materials and a vast market for Western goods. It was just Russia’s fate – to be part of the Western civilization, but a very subordinate, auxiliary part, never destined to be a member of the golden billion.


Fast friends: Soviet and American officers finally link up at the Elbe River during WWII

Anyone who has studied Russia’s thousand-year history, its habit of rising, Phoenix-like, out of the ashes of countless invasions, subjugations, wars and revolutions, could have predicted that a reaction would inevitably set in against the tendency toward total ruin, subjugation, and disintegration. And it did set in. Enough members of the Russian elite realized that, unless they started formulating and looking after Russia’s own interests, there would soon be neither Russia nor the Russian elite. 

Time and again the Russians – not just the elite, but the masses, too – watched, amazed and shocked to see the methods used by the West to promote its values and most precious of them like freedom and democracy. 

In the last fifteen years alone there was the bombing of Belgrade and breakdown of Serbia; the ousting of a legally elected governments through "color” revolutions; assaults on Iraq, Libya, Syria; the "Arab Spring,” all leaving a bloody trail of hundreds of thousands dead, chaos, ruin, hatred and strife plus the rise of the new generation of terrorists which make Al-Qaida look like pretty moderate bunch. 

However, what happened to Ukraine - the country tied to Russia for centuries through family, religious and economic links dispel the last illusions among Russians about the West. 


Victoria Nuland with Petro Poroshenko

This week EU agreed to bring Russia into negotiation process about EU – Ukraine economic association and to delay until the year 2016 the trade deal with Ukraine. However, such delay and getting Russia involved was proposed by Putin and the former Ukrainian president Yanukovich in the first place but Brussels has unceremoniously rejected this approach.


What followed was the coup-d’etat blessed by EU and U.S. which led to the civil war, thousands of civilians killed and wounded, hundreds of thousands refugees and huge devastation and destruction of South-Eastern Ukraine. Now everyone, including the EU political nobodies admit that all this could have been avoided had they agreed to involve Russia in the process from the outset. The finally did but what horrible price the Ukrainians had to pay for the West’s incompetence at best or sinister ploy to weaken Russia’s geopolitically at worst.


When Ukrainian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk at a recent meeting in Brussels asked EU Commission President Barroso "so did we have a chance to prevent what happened with a different political strategy of the European Union or the West?” Barroso’s answer was "I am not here as a commentator.” So far we did not hear what Obama or Kerry have to say.


Victims of the war in Ukraine
Now comes the most disgraceful act by U.S. Congress when this distinguished body invites Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to address its joint session – the highest honor which could be bestowed on the foreign leader. Besides being directly responsible for all these tremendous sufferings of Ukrainian people the man is accused of being a "corrupt oligarch” by no one else but by the U.S. embassy officials in Kiev.


Still, the real values of the Western civilization are not obsolete, of course, as the people do not necessarily approve the actions of their leaders. For example, according to the latest polls only 13% of Americans approve the job done by Congress.



This is the good sign which shows that perhaps the Western civilization still has a chance to bring back the world’s respect and admiration but this could happen only if American political landscape changes dramatically and finds the strength to recover from the miserable foreign policy failures of Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.




Edward Lozansky
Edward Lozansky is president of the American University in Moscow, Professor of Moscow Sate and National Research Nuclear Universities.












Seasons Greetings From Russia To The American People

A wish for peace in 2015        

THE 5TH ESTATE
12/28/2014

The 5th Estate wishes to extend New Year greetings to our colleges and friends worldwide during this unprecedented time of turmoil.

We received the following greeting from Mr. Edward Lozansky, President of the American University in Moscow and our colleagues in Russia, and are profoundly humbled by their extended hand of friendship and expression of goodwill despite present circumstances.

May the world see renewed peace in 2015, and an end to the mayhem that now holds sway over it's diverse and unique peoples.  It is our wish for peace, prosperity and informed enlightenment to prevail.



Air Asia Disappearance : Rescuers Set To Resume Search For QZ8501

Australian pilot training in Indonesia takes shortcuts; high school graduates allowed into AU programs that admit serious problems with English language aquisition, performance yet continue to churn out pilots despite obvious shortfalls, risks while putting profits ahead of passenger safety; ASEAN pilots have been known to deliberately fly passenger jets into thunderheads to "train" in bad weather    

THE TELEGRAPH
By Tom Phillips, Singapore and Marie Dhumieres in Jakarta
12/29/2014

“Pilot training in Air Asia is continuous and very thorough. Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost,” - Air Asia Inflight Magazine

Rescuers in Indonesia and Singapore were preparing to resume their search in the early hours of Monday morning for any signs of Air Asia Flight QZ8501 - the third major aviation disaster to hit Malaysia this year - after it disappeared with 162 people on board.


Captain Irianto
The Air Asia flight set off from Indonesia, heading to Singapore, on Sunday morning. And in Surubaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, families of the passengers spent Sunday night in limbo as the search for the plane was hampered by the thunder storms lashing the Java Sea.

Nearly ten months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared off the coast of Malaysia, the efforts to find the Air Asia jet immediately summoned uncomfortably familiar feelings of mystery and tragedy.


Despite dropping off the radar at 6.17am on Sunday, near an Indonesian naval base and in an area busy with ships, rescue teams could find no trace of the plane after a full day of searching.

“This is my worst nightmare,” said Tony Fernandes, Air Asia’s chief executive, after the plane was officially declared missing.


Flight path of Flight QZ8501

The Airbus A320-200 vanished in bad weather, and appeared to be trying to avoid a storm by banking and climbing in altitude as it flew from Surubaya to Singapore. But the monsoon conditions did not challenge other planes in the vicinity and its sudden disappearance an hour after take-off, without triggering a distress signal, perplexed experts.

“The area where it went missing includes a large expanse of sea and islands covered in deep vegetation on either side of its flight path,” said Alistair Rosenschein, a retired British Airways Boeing 747 pilot. “And it is not unusual for air crew to delay or simply miss radio transmissions because of flight deck workload, distractions or radio failure,” he added.




The overwhelming majority of those on board were Indonesian, but there were also a few South Koreans, Singaporeans, Malaysians, and one British passenger.

Choi Chi Man, born in Yorkshire and a graduate from the university of Essex, was travelling with his two-year-old daughter Zoe. He was said by friends to only be on the flight because four seats were not available on an earlier flight - which his wife and son boarded.


Families anxiously await news of missing relatives

On Sunday night his parents, who lived in Hull, were meeting with their second son before travelling together to the region.

Weeping relatives arrived at Changi airport in Singapore and at Surubaya’s airport throughout Sunday, desperately seeking news.


Louise Sidharta, a 25-year-old Indonesian, said her fiancé Alain, had been on the plane with his family.

“We had planned to marry in May next year,” she said. “We are not thinking negatively right now. We are only having positive thoughts.”


As some families braced themselves for bad news, others were breathing sighs of relief. There were 23 no-shows for Flight QZ8501, according to Air Asia, including three families with young children.

One family of five, including a ten-year-old boy, decided not to take the flight at the last minute because their grandfather had fallen ill.

In another stroke of serendipity, Ari Putro Cahyono told the Jakarta Post he had planned to take the flight with nine other family members but they missed their plane after mixing up the departure time. “I did not read the email notifying the change of the departure schedule,” he said.




As the search and rescue teams failed to locate the aircraft, Mr Fernandes flew to Surubaya to face crying relatives.

“Obviously this is a massive shock to us and we are devastated by what has happened. It’s unbelievable. We don’t know what’s happened yet,” said Mr Fernandes, who also owns Queens Park Rangers, the football club.

“Our concern right now is for the relatives and the next of kin. That’s something more important for us, for our crew’s families and passengers’ families, we will look after them. That’s our number one priority.” Mr Fernandes said the missing aircraft had “never had any problems whatsoever”.

“The aircraft had gone through all checks, it just had a check the end of November, it followed all procedures that were needed and it’s in good condition,” he said.

At least three Indonesian warships and five aircraft are combing the area for the plane, while Malaysia sent three boats and three aircraft and Singapore said it sent a C-130 plane.

Military teams were also conducting land searches, Indonesian authorities said, but by nightfall no trace of the plane had been found.

“We are mobilizing all personnel to find the plane. Our focus is to find it as soon as possible,” Jusuf Kalla, the vice president, told a press conference in Jakarta, admitting there was a “high possibility” an accident had taken place.

India and Australia offered to send military assets including helicopters, Hercules transport planes and vessels to assist with the search.

Flight 8501 was carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members when it took off from Surubaya’s Juanda International Airport on Sunday morning, according to an Air Asia’s flight manifest.

Those onboard were a mix of domestic helpers, business people and tourists, according to local reports. There were 137 adults and 18 children.

The incident caps an appalling year for southeast Asian airlines.

In March, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board. That plane has still not been found, instead becoming one of the greatest mysteries of modern aviation.

In July, a second Malaysia Airlines flight, MH17, came down over eastern Ukraine, with 298 people on board after apparently being struck by a missile fired by pro-Russia separatists.

Air Asia is also Malaysian-owned.

Air Asia faced criticisim in the wake of the disappearance of MH370 after an article in its inflight magazine claimed the company’s planes would “never get lost.”

“Pilot training in Air Asia is continuous and very thorough. Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost,” the article said.

The airline subsequently apologised and withdrew the magazine, claiming the article had been written long before the Malaysia Airlines disaster.

The Air Asia aircraft that went missing on Sunday was delivered to the company in 2008 and had clocked up 23,000 flight hours on 13,600 flights, Airbus, its manufacturer, said in a statement. The plane had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on November 16, Air Asia said.

Captain Irianto, the plane’s pilot, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, was an experienced professional with 6,100 hours of flying experience. “He is always helping people because he is a very caring person,” his nephew, Doni, was quoted as saying by Singapore’s Straits Times, adding that his uncle was a former Indonesian Air Force pilot. “If there is a sick relative who needed help and even money, my uncle would be there.”

Joko Bagus, who knows the pilot from a motorcycle club of which both men are members, said his friends had not given up.

“We ourselves have no idea what happened to the plane,” he said. “But our hope is that all is well, and the plane lost its way but nothing bad happened to it.” .

Ominously, Air Asia immediately changed the colour of its normally bright red webpage to a somber mix of grey and black.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board QZ8501,” read a statement posted by the company on Sunday night.

Profits Before Passenger Safety - Australia Flight Training Programs In Indonesia Admit Shortcuts


The Indonesia domestic airline Merpati Nusantara trains pilot cadets at the Australian Aviation College in Adelaide. These cadets are recent high school graduates with no prior training in the language of aviation and generally, minimal proficiency in English. 


For only eight weeks, cadets undertake ELT at the Indonesia Australia Language Foundation in Jakarta, during which they must acquire skills for pilot training and become familiar with the unique lexis of aviation. We  will show how pre-recorded pilot information was used as the raw material for developing a series of language laboratory tasks which effectively enabled cadets to comprehend and respond to the actual works tasks awaiting them.


In November 1991, the Indonesia Australia Language Foundation (IALF) was approached by the Australian Aviation College (AAC) with a proposal to conduct intensive pre-departure training for Merpati Nusantara airline pilot cadets. 

The AAC is the largest aviation training center in South Australia, with contacts for pilot training from several major Asian and Pacific airlines. Merpati had sent seven groups to the AAC prior to the IALF’s involvement. These groups had not received any specialist language training. All the pilot cadets were male, high school graduates, aged between 17 and 24, with little English training outside high school. Although none of the cadets had previous flying experience, they were all highly motivated.

The AAC had encountered serious difficulties with these initial groups of cadets, both in the classroom and the air. The instructors at the AAC were running over lecture time by 30% and flying time by a smaller amount. The lack of effective communication skills in English was identified by the AAC as a major contributor of these problems. The IALF received comments from AAC flying instructors about the cadets’ performance on the course in Adelaide. The comments focused on the cadets’ lack of communicative skills and inability to make decisions and form logical questions. Improved pronunciation and a knowledge of aviation lexis were identified as major language requirements. The IALF was thus presented with a fix-it task, so that Merpati cadets might be trained more efficiently at the AAC.

The IALF project initially involved eight separate classes of cadets taking eight weeks of intensive English language training at the IALF in Jakarta. 

The project entered the planning stage with the teaching staff fully aware of the short lead-in time and the generally low English proficiency levels of the participants.

In many respects, then, this project shared much in common with other development projects where resources of all kinds are low, expectations of all kinds are high, and budget and time constraints do not allow for the luxury of long-term intensive language training. 

While the characteristics of such projects may necessitate an urgency in the development of an appropriate syllabus and materials, it is nonetheless imperative that this development proceeds according to sound pedagogic practice, taking into account established theories of learning. If this does not happen, it is not possible to defend, articuflate or be guided by a research-based approach to English language instruction, or to ensure that learner potential is maximised.

AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.

AirAsia will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website, www.airasia.com.




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BREAKING : AIRLINER CARRYING 162 PASSENGERS MISSING OVER INDONESIA

Airbus A320 down in heavy weather, pilot had requested altered flight plan  

REUTERS
By Eveline Danubrata and Michael Taylor 
12/29/2014

Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from Indonesia's Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after pilots requested a change in course to avoid bad weather.


There was no distress call issued by Flight QZ8501, operated by Indonesian AirAsia, 49 percent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia (AIRA.KL), which has had no crashes since it started flying in 2002.

Singapore said it would send two planes to join the search for the missing Airbus (AIR.PA) A320-200 early on Monday, while the United States, Malaysia, Britain, South Korea, Australia andIndia offered help, from planes and navy boats to experts and investigators.


"We are deeply shocked and saddened by this incident," said Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia. "We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to the fullest extent to determine the cause of this incident."

On board were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans and one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain, plus a French pilot.


Anxious relatives await news of their loved ones

The pilot "was requesting deviation due to en-route weather before communication with the aircraft was lost", the airline said.

The pilots were experienced and the plane last underwent maintenance in mid-November, it said. The aircraft had accumulated about 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights, according to Airbus.

The flight QZ8501 fell out of contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 6:17 a.m. (6.17 p.m. ET Saturday). It was roughly halfway between Surabaya and Singapore when it went missing in bad weather, somewhere from Tanjung Pandan on Indonesia's Belitung island to Pontianak, in West Kalimantan, Borneo. Malaysia AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes went to Surabaya to update dozens of relatives of passengers who waited anxiously. The carrier swapped its distinctive bright red logo for a grey background on its website and social media accounts.




"This is my worst nightmare," Fernandes said on Twitter. "But there's no stopping", he said of the search.

The incident caps a disastrous year for Malaysia-affiliated airlines. Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went missing on March 8 on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board and has not been found. On July 17, the same airline's Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

PRAYING FOR PASSENGERS

Indonesia President Joko Widodo urged his people to pray for the safety of the passengers and crew. During his Sunday address at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis said those on board were in his prayers. The head of Indonesia's transport safety committee expressed hope of locating QZ8501 quickly and said it was too soon to detect the so-called electronic pings from its black box recorder. "We are using our capacity to search on sea and land," Tatang Kurniadi told a news conference in Jakarta.


Australian airline consultant and former airbus pilot confirms on CNN that airlines purposely fly into bad weather in order to train pilots in adverse weather flying - with planes full of unwitting passengers

"Until now, we have not found out how the plane fell or what kind of emergency it was." There was bad weather over Belitung at the time and the aircraft had been flying at 32,000 feet before asking to fly at 38,000 feet to avoid clouds. Malaysia was sending vessels and a C130 aircraft while Singapore had also sent a C130. Australia had a P3 Orion aircraft on standby and India offered three navy boats.

Louise Sidharta was at Singapore's Changi Airport waiting for her fiancée to return from a family holiday. "It was supposed to be their last vacation before we got married," she said. A man named Purnomo told TVOne in Surabaya of his lucky escape. "I should have been on the flight ... but this morning I had an emergency. I had my passport in hand."

Like all affiliates of AirAsia, which include Thailand, the Philippines and India, IndonesiaAirAsia operates Airbus jets, of which it has 30 of the A320 model.

AirAsia has ordered several hundred jets from the European planemaker, making it one of its most important customers. The missing plane has been in service for just over six years, according to airfleets.net.

Indonesian officials from the civil aviation authority and transport safety committee, which are responsible for crash investgiations, arrived in Surabaya on Sunday. A transport ministry official said Indonesia would handle the probe.

"The aircraft was registered in Indonesia and it looks to be missing over Indonesian territory, so we will lead the investigation," said the official, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to media."We have the expertise to do this."

Additional reporting Gayatri Suroyo in SURABAYA, Chris Nusatya, Cindy Silviana and Kanupriya Kapoor in JAKARTA, Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Praveen Menon in KUALA LUMPUR, Siva Govindasamy, Saeed Hassan, Rujun Shen and Anshuman Daga in SINGAPORE, Sanjeev Miglani in NEW DELHI, Tim Hepner in PARIS, Alwyn Scott in NEW YORK and Philip Pullella in ROME; Writing by Martin Petty.



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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.

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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.

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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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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

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