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Appearances/Protests of War Criminals for January 2015.

Dick Cheney    1/26/15 Vero Beach FL

David Petraeus  1/17/15 Vero Beach FL

Karl Rove   1/16/15 Salt Lake City UT;    1/22/15 Concord CA;     1/27/15 Hollywood CA

Hitting a journalistic nadir: Cold-War-Style Propaganda Posing as News at the New York Times

By Dave Lindorff


As shameful a propagandist for Washington’s war machine as the New York Times has been over the years, sometimes I still cannot believe the brazenness of its abandonment of even a pretext of dispassionate journalistic standards. One of those moments came today, when I read the left-column page-one article by Jim Yardley and Jo Becker headlined “How Putin Forged a Pipeline Deal that Derailed.”

New TCBH! poem by Gary Lindorff: 'Grinding my Ax'

By Gary Lindorff

 

My ax is grinding
All by itself!
I can hear it giving itself to the grinding wheel
Every day when I wake up,
Most nights when I go to bed.
 
I am just grinding it.
 
What would I use it for?
To cut down my enemies to size?
To swing against the foundations of the NSA?
To destroy the diabolical machinery
That is excavating the tarsands in Alberta?
To obliterate all the missiles and missile silos...


The Challenge of the Islamic State and U.S. Policy

By Karl Meyer and Kathy Kelly

What to do about the political mess in the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State and related political movements?

Shortly after the end of World War II, the Western powers and the whole world began to recognize that the age of explicit colonial domination was over, and dozens of colonies were let go of and took political independence.

It is now past time for the United States and other world powers to recognize that the age of neo-colonial military, political and economic domination, especially in the Islamic Middle East, is decisively coming to a close.

Attempts to maintain it by military force have been disastrous for ordinary people trying to survive in the affected countries. There are powerful cultural currents and political forces in motion in the Middle East that simply will not tolerate military and political domination. There are thousands of people prepared to die rather than accept it.

U.S. policy will find no military fix for this reality.

Stopping Communism by military imposition of subservient government did not work in Vietnam, even with the presence of a half million U.S. troops at one period, the sacrifice of millions of Vietnamese lives, the direct death of about 58,000 U.S. soldiers, and hundreds of thousands of U.S. physical and mental casualties, still ongoing today.

Creating a stable, democratic, friendly government in Iraq has not worked even with the presence of at least a hundred thousand U.S. paid personnel at one period, the cost of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casualties and deaths, the loss of about 4,400 U.S. troops to direct death, and many more thousands to physical and mental casualties, ongoing today and for many more years to come. The U.S. military attack and occupation has led to fratricidal civil war, economic disaster and misery for millions of ordinary Iraqis trying to survive.

The results in Afghanistan are proving very similar: dysfunctional government, massive corruption, civil war, economic disruption, and misery for millions of ordinary people, at a cost of thousands of deaths, and uncounted thousands of Afghan, U.S., European, and allied casualties, that will continue to manifest symptoms for decades to come.

The U.S./European military intervention in the Libyan revolt left Libya in an unresolved condition of dysfunctional government and civil war.

The Western response to the rebellion in Syria, encouraging and fostering civil war, at the cost of death or misery for millions of Syrian refugees, has only made the situation worse for most Syrians.

We need to think, above all else, about the terrible costs of each of these military interventions for ordinary people trying to live, raise families and survive in each of these countries.

These awful failures of U.S. and European military intervention have led to immense cultural resentment among millions of serious and thoughtful people in Islamic countries of the Middle East. The evolution and emergence of the Islamic State and other militant movements is one challenging response to these realities of economic and political chaos.

Now the United States is engaging in another military intervention, bombing targets in areas of Islamic State control, and trying to persuade surrounding Arab states and Turkey to enter the fray by putting their troops at risk on the ground. The expectation that this will work out better than the interventions cited above seems to us another huge mistake, one that will be equally disastrous for ordinary people caught in the middle.

It is time for the U.S. and Europe to recognize that civil wars in the Middle East will be resolved by the emergence of the most powerful and best organized local movements, in spite of what the U.S. Government agencies, on the one hand, or worldwide humanitarian communities, on the other hand, might prefer.

They may also lead to the rearrangement of national boundaries in the Middle East that were arbitrarily set by European colonial powers a hundred years ago at the end of World War I. This has already occurred with Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and other eastern European countries.

What U.S. Policies Might Foster Political Stability and Economic Recovery in Areas of Conflict?

1) The U.S. should end its current provocative drive toward military alliances and missile deployments encircling the boundaries of Russia and China. The U.S. should accept pluralism of economic and political power in the contemporary world. Present policies are provoking a return to Cold War with Russia, and a tendency to begin a Cold War with China This is a lose/lose proposition for all countries involved.

2) By turning toward a reset of policy toward cooperating with Russia, China and other influential countries within the framework of the United Nations, the United States could foster international mediation and political pressure from a broad consensus of countries to resolve the civil wars in Syria and other countries by negotiation, devolution of power, and other political solutions. It might also reset its relationship toward friendly cooperation with Iran in the Middle East and resolve the threat of nuclear weapons proliferation in Iran, North Korea and any other potential nuclear weapons states. There is no essentially inherent reason why the U.S. needs to continue a hostile relationship with Iran.

3) The U.S. should offer reparations to ordinary people harmed by U.S. military interventions, and generous medical and economic aid and technical expertise wherever it may be helpful in other countries, and thus build a reservoir of international goodwill and positive influence.

4) It’s time to embrace a post-neo-colonial period of international cooperation through diplomatic institutions, international organizations, and non-governmental initiatives.

Join Witness Against Torture’s Annual Fast, Rally, and Direct Action to Close Guantánamo and End Torture


The WAT community will gather together in Washington D.C. from January 5th thru January 13th. You are invited to fast with us for a day, fast with us from Jan. 5-12, and to join us in Washington!

This January 11, 2015, the detention facility at Guantánamo will enter its fourteenth year of operation. Despite the recent release of some detained men, more than 100 remain imprisoned, including dozens who are cleared for transfer.  While we celebrate the freedom of those released, we cannot stand idly by waiting for executive action to determine the fate of those still in Guantánamo.

In Washington., we will use our creative energy to encourage citizens and government officials to see the humanity of the men in Guantánamo, to call for the closure of the prison, and to seek an end to torture.  The Senate report on CIA torture describes acts that shock the conscience. Our actions during the week will also call for the prosecution of those who authorized, designed, ordered, and carried out torture policies

Many of us will be fasting in solidarity with the men in Guantánamo as they continue to suffer the torture of indefinite detention, separation from their families, and force-feeding. We fast because of a mutual desire for freedom and justice that connects our lives to theirs.

How can you participate?

Join us for the duration of the fast: January 5th thru the 13th.

We still have space available for those that wish to come to Washington D.C. for the entire time.   We have actions and activities planned for everyday of the week. Join us for this time of shared solidarity, mutual support and creative collective actions.

If you are wondering what to expect, click here to watch this video of our 2014 Fast

Join us for the weekend activities:  January 9th to the 13th:  

During the weekend, we have very special events and actions planned If you cannot make it for the duration, come for the weekend!  Activities include:

Saturday, January 10th 8pm: From Ferguson to Guantánamo: Institutionalized Brutality & Torture: A Panel Discussion. Location: First Trinity Lutheran Church

4th & E Street NW.  The discussion will feature activists and attorneys involved in the struggles against police violence, racial profiling, and US detention policies.

Sunday, January 11th 1pm: Interfaith Prayer Vigil (Sponsored by NRCAT and Interfaith Action for Human Rights) 1:30pm Rally to close Guantánamo at the White House followed by a march to the Department of Justice.Click here to read The Call to Action.

Monday, January 12th: Witness Against Torture’s Nonviolent Direct Action. TBD.

We shut down a Federal Court when the courts refused to allow the men from Guantánamo in. We held a memorial in the Capitol Rotunda for men who had died at Guantánamo. We shut down the United States Supreme Court calling for justice for men in Guantánamo. We have lined the sidewalk in front of the White House hundreds of times, in orange jumpsuits and black hoods. We took over the Museum of American History imploring “Make Guantánamo History!”

This year, as 132 men remain in Guantánamo,

as we enter the 14th year of the prisons existence,

as 64 men are cleared for release…

We are looking for 64 people to join us on January 12th.

Fast with us in your home community:

You are invited to join us from afar. Every year people join us in fasting and organizing actions in their home communities. During this time, we will stay connected with you through our daily updates and direct contact, as helpful.  If you are considering fasting with us from afar please let us know!

If you have any questions, please email us at witnesstorture@gmail.com

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Post any pictures of your local activities to ourflicker account and we will help spread the word.

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Talk Nation Radio: Jonathan Landay on War, Politics, and Media

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-jonathan-landay-on-war-politics-and-media

Jonathan Landay is a reporter for McClatchy. His reporting at Knight Ridder during the marketing of the 2003 invasion of Iraq was virtually the only skeptical reporting in the corporate press. He discusses current wars and politics.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Past Talk Nation Radio shows are all available free and complete at
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Ukraine/Russia News - Dec 30, 2014

 

Poroshenko: No military solution to Ukraine conflict, will meet the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on Jan. 15 - LA Times


Poroshenko warns of martial law “immediately” if rebels relaunch hostilities - irishtimes.com


Military operation in Donbas does not end until January 15: Poroshenko - TASS


Address of President Petro Poroshenko at the press conference of December 29, 2014 - Official web-site of President of Ukraine


Kiev, Donetsk Military Meet, No Agreements Reached: DPR Official - Sputnik International


Kiev, Donbas to Continue Prisoner Swaps Monday: Donetsk Ombudsman - Sputnik International

 

Ukrainian army repulsed terrorists’ attack on Donetsk airport, Three soldiers and 14 separatists were killed: Poroshenko - Censor.NET

 

VIDEO: Separatists continue shelling the Donetsk airport - Censor.NET

 

Separatists attacked Ukrainian army positions near Mariupol, one soldier killed: ATO headquarters - Censor.NET

 

Jewish Community To Create Jewish Defense Force In Mariupol - JP Updates

 

Russia’s body count is rising in Ukraine, despite army officials’ denials - Telegraph

 

VIDEO: UK media confirms that Russian troops fought and died in Ukraine - LiveLeak.com

 

How a Retired Russian Army Officer Sends ‘Volunteers’ to Fight in Ukraine - atlanticcouncil.org

 

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Ukraine adopts 'draconian' budget backed by IMF - Business Recorder


Cabinet to increase gas rates for population to market level in 2015, 20 million of Ukrainians will receive grants-in-aid - Censor.NET


Ukraine’s parliament adopts law imposing 5-10% import tax - TASS


Scuffle during protests outside Rada, calls for the government to refrain from austerity, excise duties and other taxes (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag


IMF mission to visit Ukraine from Jan 8 - Reuters

 

Putin, IMF Chief Discuss Russia's Efforts to Help Crisis-Hit Ukraine - Sputnik International

 

Ukraine ready to buy coal from Donbas: Poroshenko - TASS

 

Kiev Ready to Supply Electricity to Crimea if It Gets Enough From Russia - Sputnik International

 

Kiev has no plans to use blockade of Crimea as element of pressure in talks on Donbas - TASS

 

Kiev to Pay $3 Billion to Moscow in Arrears: Ukrainian Finance Ministry - Sputnik International

 

Nuclear reactor shutdown at Ukraine's biggest power station after 'electrical malfunction' - Daily Mail Online

 

Ukraine Separatist Leader Warns Against Using U.S. Nuclear Fuel - rferl.org

 

Self-proclaimed Luhansk republic nationalizing strategically important enterprises - TASS

 

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Russian Ruble Drops 7 Percent as Economy Shrinks - ABC News


China plays long game with ruble deal, Beijing bolsters global currency ambitions as Russia swaps challenges central role of U.S. dollar - Barron’s


VIDEO: Russia and China forge closer ties - Al Jazeera


Medvedev: Russia to Define Measures to Support Economy After Holidays - Sputnik International


4 Reasons Why Russia Isn't Doomed - Seeking Alpha

 

Apple Inc.'s Back in Russia: Here's Why It Left in the First Place - fool.com

 

West wants to end confrontation with Russia over Ukraine: EU foreign policy chief - RT News

 

Putin Shown Not ‘So Smart’ as Russia Economy Suffers, Obama Says - Bloomberg

 

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Full NPR Interview - NPR

 

Most Admired in U.S.: Obama, Clinton ... but Russian President Vladimir Putin also has his admirers too, he crashed the top 10 list - NBC News.com

 

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Don't Slink Away, Mark Udall;There's a Mountain to Climb

 

 


Udall Urged to Disclose Full Torture Report

 

 

Sen. Mark Udall has called for the full release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture. However, as a still-sitting member of Congress, he has a constitutional protection to read most of the still-secret report on the Senate floor — and a group of intelligence veterans urges him to do just that.

MEMORANDUM FOR: Senator Mark Udall

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Stopping Torture

We, the undersigned are veteran intelligence officers with a combined total of over 300 years of experience in intelligence work. We send you this open letter at what seems to be the last minute simply because we had been hoping we would not have to.

Send Me to Cuba to Report on U.S.-Cuba Relations

I hope to travel to Cuba in February with CodePink and to report on U.S.-Cuban relations. To do so I need to raise the funds fast to pay for the trip. If the funds come in, I'll go, and I'll publish what I report in various outlets as well as at http://davidswanson.org

Please chip in what you can here http://bit.ly/1JXNGqQ

Please spread the word whether you can personally help or not, on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks! Peace! Happier New Year Than the Last!

 

Sea Change In US-Cuba Relations Makes Waves Deep In Desert

By Linn Washington Jr.

 

Tinduf, Algeria -- News about the historic change of relations between the United States and Cuba triggered cheers across the five Sahrawi refugee camps located near this Sahara Desert city located 1,100-miles southwest of Algeria’s capital of Algiers on the Mediterranean Sea.

Renaming Afghan War, Renaming Murder

The U.S.-led NATO war on Afghanistan has lasted so long they've decided to rename it, declare the old war over, and announce a brand new war they're just sure you're going to love.

The war thus far has lasted as long as U.S. participation in World War II plus U.S. participation in World War I, plus the Korean War, plus the Spanish American War, plus the full length of the U.S. war on the Philippines, combined with the whole duration of the Mexican American War.

Now, some of those other wars accomplished things, I will admit -- such as stealing half of Mexico. What has Operation Freedom's Sentinel, formerly known as Operation Enduring Freedom, accomplished, other than enduring and enduring and enduring to the point where we're numb enough to completely overlook a new name as Orwellian as Freedom's Sentinel (what -- was "Liberty's Enslaver" already taken)?

Well, according to President Obama, over 13 years of bombing and occupying Afghanistan has made us safer. That seems like a claim someone should request some evidence for. The U.S. government has spent nearly a trillion dollars on this war, plus roughly 13 trillion dollars in standard military spending over 13 years, a rate of spending radically increased by using this war and related wars as the justification. Tens of billions of dollars could end starvation on earth, provide the globe with clean water, etc. We could have saved millions of lives and chose to kill thousands instead. The war has been a leading destroyer of the natural environment. We've tossed our civil liberties out the window in the name of "freedom." We've produced so many weapons they've had to be shuffled off to local police departments, with predictable results. A claim that something good has come and is coming and will continue to come for many future years from this war is worth looking into.

Don't look too closely. The CIA finds that a key component of the war (targeted drone murders -- "murders" is their word) is counterproductive. Before the great opponent of war Fred Branfman died this year he collected a long list of statements by members of the U.S. government and military stating the same thing. That murdering people with drones tends to enrage their friends and families, producing more enemies than you eliminate, may become easier to understand after reading a study that recently found that when the U.S. targets a person for murder, it kills 27 additional people along the way. General Stanley McChrystal said that when you kill an innocent person you create 10 enemies. I'm not a mathematician, but I think that comes to about 270 enemies created each time someone is put on the kill list, or 280 if the person is or is widely believed to be innocent (of what it's not exactly clear).

This war is counterproductive on its own terms. But what are those terms? Usually they are a declaration of vicious revenge and a condemnation of the rule of law -- albeit dressed up to sound like something more respectable. It's worth recalling here how this all began. The United States, for three years prior to September 11, 2001, had been asking the Taliban to turn over Osama bin Laden. The Taliban had asked for evidence of his guilt of any crimes and a commitment to try him in a neutral third country without the death penalty. This continued right into October, 2001. (See, for example "Bush Rejects Taliban Offer to Hand Bin Laden Over" in the Guardian, October 14, 2001.) The Taliban also warned the United States that bin Laden was planning an attack on U.S. soil (this according to the BBC). Former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik told the BBC that senior U.S. officials told him at a U.N.-sponsored summit in Berlin in July 2001 that the United States would take action against the Taliban in mid-October. He said it was doubtful that surrendering bin Laden would change those plans. When the United States attacked Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, the Taliban asked again to negotiate handing over bin Laden to a third country to be tried. The United States rejected the offer and continued a war on Afghanistan for many years, not halting it when bin Laden was believed to have left that country, and not even halting it after announcing bin Laden's death.

So, in opposition to the rule of law, the United States and its accomplices have conducted a record-long killing spree that could have been avoided with a trial in 2001 or by never having armed and trained bin Laden and his associates in the 1980s or by never having provoked the Soviet Union into invading or by never having launched the Cold War, etc.

If this war has not accomplished safety -- with polling around the globe finding the United States now viewed as the greatest threat to world peace -- has it accomplished something else? Maybe. Or maybe it still can -- especially if it is ended and prosecuted as a crime. What this war could still accomplish is the full removal of the distinction between war and what the CIA and the White House call what they're doing in their own reports and legal memos: murder.

A German newspaper has just published a NATO kill list -- a list similar to President Obama's -- of people targeted for murder. On the list are low-level fighters, and even non-fighting drug dealers. We really have replaced incarceration and the accompanying torture and law suits and moral crises and editorial hand-wringing with murder.

Why should murder be more acceptable than imprisonment and torture? Largely I think we're leaning on the vestiges of a long-dead tradition still alive as mythology. War -- which we absurdly imagine has always been and will always be -- didn't used to look like it does today. It did not used to be the case that 90 percent of the dead were non-combatants. We still talk about "battlefields," but they're used to actually be such things. Wars were arranged and planned for like sports matches. Ancient Greek armies could camp next to an enemy without fear of a surprise attack. Spaniards and Moors negotiated the dates for battles. California Indians used accurate arrows for hunting but arrows without feathers for ritual war. War's history is one of ritual and of respect for the "worthy opponent." George Washington could sneak up on the British, or Hessians, and kill them on Christmas night not because nobody had ever thought of crossing the Delaware before, but because that just wasn't what one did.

Well, now it is. Wars are fought in people's towns and villages and cities. Wars are murder on a massive scale. And the particular approach developed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the U.S. military and CIA has the potential advantage of looking like murder to most people. May that motivate us to end it. May we resolve not to let this go on another decade or another year or another month. May we not engage in the pretense of talking about a mass murder as having ended just because the mass murderer has given the crime a new name. Thus far it is only the dead who have seen an end to the war on Afghanistan.

Marketing Madness: Americans See Selves as Freedom’s Heroes as They Flock to Watch a Lousy Comedy

By Dave Lindorff


Is it just me or does anyone else think like me that this whole uproar over the supposed foreign “threat” to Americans’ freedom in the form of warnings against showing a low-brow Hollywood comedy, “The Interview” is a pathetic farce?


Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 28, 2014

 

Russia Revises Military Doctrine, Lists NATO Buildup As Major Threat - Sputnik International


NATO stronger military potential at Russian borders causes concerns: defense ministry - TASS


Complete text of the Russia's Military Doctrine (Russian) - news.kremlin.ru


NATO hits back at Kremlin assertion that it is a ′security threat′ - DW.DE


US Reviewing Russian Military Doctrine: White House - Sputnik International


Relations with EU to stay Russia's priority 'for years to come’: Moscow - RT News


Gorbachev: Putin saved Russia from disintegration - RT News


Russia’s New Military Doctrine Permits Retaliatory Nuclear Strike Only - Sputnik International


Nuclear submarines of Borei class to become guarantors of Russia’s security: deputy PM - TASS

 

Russian Missile Regiments to Receive Heavy 100-Ton Sarmat ICBMs: Source - Sputnik International

 

Russia Successfully Test Launches RS-24 Yars ICBM From Plesetsk: Ministry - Sputnik International

 

Russia’s future railway-based system Barguzin to carry 6 ballistic missiles: source - TASS

 

Russia’s new military doctrine allows creation of joint missile defense systems - TASS

 

Modern air defence missile systems S-300V4, Tor-M2U supplied to Ground Troops - TASS

 

VIDEO: $6+ Billion Dollar Russian 'Pentagon' Command and Control Centre Launched In Moscow - LiveLeak.com

 

Russia’s revised military doctrine lists foreign private military firms among threats - TASS

 

Russia's new military doctrine says use of protest moods typical for conflicts nowadays - TASS

 

Russian defense sector eyes change of focus to limit effect of sanctions - Russia Beyond The Headlines

 

Why Russian arms sales are on high octane - Russia & India Report

 

Russia Defense Ministry plans to send major expedition to Arctic in 2015 - TASS

 

Arctic Should Remain Zone Free of Military Activity: Russia’s NATO Envoy - Sputnik International

 

Russia called on to suspend arctic oil ambitions - Peak Oil News

 

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Ukraine and Rebels Exchange Hundreds of Prisoners - Reuters


VIDEO: Ukraine and Rebels Exchange Hundreds of Prisoners, New Round Of Swaps Expected - sky.com


Ukraine’s centre for POW release: аnother 490 people listed as prisoners of war in Donbass - TASS


Round of Minsk talks on Ukraine possible on Dec 28 or 29 - Russia Beyond The Headlines


POLL: Ukrainians Overwhelmingly Opposed to Giving Up Donbas - Window on Eurasia


POLL: Over 80% of Ukrainians believe that Russia and Ukraine are at war - Censor.NET


POLL: Signature of Ukraine-EU association deal seen as important event by only 8.3 percent of Ukrainians - kyivpost.com


POLL: Almost 80% of Ukrainian convinced that the level of corruption unchanged or increased - Ukrainian Crisis

 

POLL: More than 75% of Ukrainians disapprove govs austerity measures, lowering standard of living - abovetopsecret

 

POLL: More Ukrainians unhappy with quality of life - TASS

 

Self-proclaimed DPR republic nationalizes Ukrainian state companies - TASS

 

Russia to supply coal to Ukraine without prepayment - Ukrainian ministry - TASS

 

Moscow, Kiev Sign Agreement on Electricity Supply to Ukraine: Official - Sputnik International

 

Electricity Service to Crimea Cut Again - Interpreter_Mag

 

Ukraine Cuts Off Train and Bus Service to Crimea - The Moscow Times

 

Cutting Off Passenger Railway Service to Crimea Temporary Measure: Kiev - Sputnik International

 

Visa, MasterCard stop supporting bank cards in Crimea - Reuters

 

Ukraine Reports Russian Military Equipment Is In 'Aid Convoys' - Interpreter_Mag

 

Afghanistan against US plans to transfer mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles to Ukraine: Kabul official - RT News

 

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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 26, 2014

 

Ukraine’s NATO aspirations dangerous for Europe: Lavrov - TASS


Ukraine ascension to NATO would end Russia-NATO ties: Moscow - RT News


Russia to take retaliatory measures to NATO's eastward expansion - GlobalPost


Russia doing more than anyone else to help settle situation in Ukraine: Lavrov - TASS


Lavrov says coming back to logic of national unity is crucial for Ukrainians - TASS


Russian FM Lavrov urges major constitutional reform in Ukraine - RT 


Lavrov: Russia Recognizes Poroshenko's Commitment to Peace in Ukraine - Sputnik International


Russia Signals More Military To Belarus as Ukraine Briefly Cuts Power To Crimea - ibtimes.com

 

Russia puts new military comsat into orbit (VIDEO) - RT News

 

Russia Releases List of Russian Combatants Killed in Ukraine from Ukrainian Defense Ministry Source - Interpreter_Mag

 

Savchenko in her first interview from a Russian prison: I did not aim any mortar fire, especially at unarmed persons - UNIAN news

 

Nadiya Savchenko to continue her hunger strike indefinitely after appeal rejected - khpg.org

 

Russia's finance minister insists currency turmoil is over - Telegraph

 

Russia’s international reserves fall below $400 billion to 5-year low - TASS

 

Putin Aide Says Russian Inflation to Hit 11 Percent in 2014 - The Moscow Times

 

Putin Orders Vodka Price Cap Amid Economic Crisis - rferl.org

 

Sanctions-Struck Gazprom Sees Gas Production Hit Record Low, Sales to EU and Turkey Down 9 pct in 2014 - The Moscow Times

 

Gazprom Confirms Ukraine’s $1.65Bln Gas Debt Repayment - Sputnik International

 

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Ukraine Conflict Sides Agree to Swap Captives: Luhansk Leader - Sputnik International


Pullout of Heavy Artillery in Donbas to Begin on December 26: Kiev - Sputnik International


Contact Group for Ukraine to hold second round of talks in Minsk on Friday: media - TASS


Ukraine peace talks continue via online link, separatists say - EUROPE ONLINE


Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian disaster looms as food aid blocked by pro-Kyiv battalions - Amnesty International


Ukraine broadens powers of top security body, NSDC secretary is entitled to declare martial law or a state of emergency - Xinhua


Maximum resources are allocated for defense. The NSDC has recently decided to allocate 5% of GDP for the purposes of defense and security - Petro Poroshenko on Twitter

 

Seven persons injured during riot near Kharkov town hall, More than 200 people demand resignation of Mayor Gennady Kernes - TASS

 

Radical protesters throw ‘old regime’ official into dumpster in Kharkov (VIDEO) - RT News

 

VIDEO: In Kharkov the Right Sector beats a guy - LiveLeak.com

 

Railway bridge near Mariupol was blown up, practically cutting railway connection btw city and rest of Ukraine - Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter

 

Ukraine Expects IMF Decision on Multi-Billion Dollar Loan by Late January - The Moscow Times

 

Ukraine's parliament backs import tax rises amid budget crisis - Reuters

 

Ukraine resumes electricity supply to Crimea after brief blackout - APA

 

Ukraine Warns of More Power Cuts if Mild Weather Fades - VOA

 

VIDEO: Power Outage Throughout Crimea - YouTube

 

Ukraine Receives $380Mln Loan From World Bank for Power Grid Rehabilitation - Sputnik International

 

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New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17 Pointing The Finger At The Separatists Or The Ukrainian Army - rferl.org


Newly-Available Photos of MH17 Shoot-Down by Separatists, and Interview with Eyewitness by RTL Nieuws (PHOTO, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


Second MH17 BUK trail photo of MH17 shoot-down by separatists from July 17th (PHOTO) - Ukraine@war

 

Interview with eyewitness who made the photo of the BUK trail - Ukraine@war

 

Buk M2 TELAR Identifying Numbers Painted Over in Sudzha Videos (VIDEO, PHOTO) - bellingcat

 

Russian popular daily publishes eyewitness report on Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - TASS


Witness account of Ukraine military’s MH17 shootdown confirmed by lie detector: investigators - RT News

 

VIDEO: (English): Witness account of Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - YouTube

 

TRANSCRIPT (English): Witness account of Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - voltairenet.org

 

Donetsk Leader Zakharchenko Says Witnessed Downing of MH17 Plane by Ukrainian Jets - Sputnik International

 

VIDEO: (Ukrainian): 'I saw Malaysian Airlines MH17 with my own eyes’: Zakharchenko - YouTube

 

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I couldn't tell you about it and couldn't tell you why: ‘Gagged’ by the Government: a Police State Story

By Alfredo Lopez


For the past three months, I and other leaders of the organization May First/People Link have been under a federal subpoena to provide information we don't have. During that time, we have also been forbidden by a federal court "gag order" to tell anyone about that subpoena, although we had already announced it and commented on it before the order was sent. Finally, we were forbidden from telling anyone about the gag order itself.

Resolved: To Stop Imagining that Anything's Been Resolved

Things that humans are probably stuck with: eating, drinking, breathing, sex, love, friendship, anger, fear, joy, death, hope and change.

Things that some humans used to commonly claim humanity was permanently and inevitably stuck with (but have stopped thinking about in those terms, even if the thing is still around): monarchy, slavery, blood feuds, dueling, human sacrifice, cannibalism, corporal punishment, second-class status for women, bigotry toward GLBT, feudalism, Eric Cantor.

Things that humans illogically, baselessly, shortsightedly, and absurdly assume must always be with us, as if nothing had ever changed before: environmental destruction, war, mass-incarceration, capital punishment, police forces, religion, carnivorianism, extreme materialism, nuclear energy and weaponry, racism, poverty, plutocracy, capitalism, nationalism, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Senate, the CIA, guns, the NSA, Guantanamo prison, torture, Hillary Clinton.

The year 2014 will be remembered as yet another year in which we inched closer toward environmental and militarized catastrophe, but also perhaps as a year in which crisis and enlightenment combined to open a few more eyes to the full range of possibilities available.

How often have you heard things like "We can't end war, because there is evil in the world, but we can end unjust wars" or "Renewable energy is a nice idea but can't actually work (even though it works in other countries)" or "We need police -- we just need accountability when certain police officers perform badly" or "We could legalize drugs but we'd still need prisons or we'd all be raped and killed" or "If we don't kill murderers we'll have more murder (like all those countries that have abolished capital punishment and have less murder)" or "We need reforms but we can't survive without the CIA or something like it -- we can't just not spy on people" or "Ever-increasing environmental destruction is inevitable"?

That last one could be true if feedback loops have already taken the earth's climate to a point of no return. But it can't be true in terms of human behavior. Nor can any of the others. And I suspect a lot of people see my point and agree with me on it. But how many view all of the above sentences as ludicrous?

A serious argument could be made that a human utopia should be policed by a police force. But no serious argument can be made that a police force is an inevitable accompaniment of our species, a species that saw 99% of its existence unpoliced. Most people in the small number of places that are at war take no part in it. Nations go for centuries without war. Homo sapiens went most of our existence without war. Massive institutions cannot be inevitable. Hunger and love are the kind of things that are inevitable. We ought to start hearing assertions of inevitability for institutions as ridiculous nonsense. Doing so might be the most serious action we can take.

Of course reforming a criminal justice system a little bit is the proper first step whether you think another step can follow or not. But the direction of the step may vary if you have a different final destination in mind. There's a difference between ending a war in order to be better prepared for other wars, and ending a war because it kills people and exemplifies an institution that should be dismantled and eliminated. Both efforts can have the same short-term result, but only one has the potential to go further and help avoid the next war.

An argument -- I hesitate to call it serious -- could be made that pretty much everything is going well, and that nothing much should be altered. Not only can such an argument be made, but it is subtly and powerfully made by just about everything that is ever said on our televisions and in our newspapers. It does not, however, add up to any argument that everything must inevitably continue unchanged, that nothing can be slowly or rapidly made over into a different sort of world.

We need to resolve to realize that nothing has been resolved, history has not ended, questions of politics have not been settled -- and that they never will be, that the very idea is incoherent. And isn't that what makes life worth living?

Talk Nation Radio: Jonathan Newton on Ending Police Brutality

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Jonathan Newton is founder of the National Association Against Police Brutality ( http://naapb.org ). He discusses steps that can be taken to address the problem, including eliminating the conflict of interest involved in police investigations of themselves.

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Rot In the Big Apple: Bashing Critics of Brutality Betrays Efforts to Reform Police

By Linn Washington, Jr.


Last fall an apparently unbalanced survivalist steeped in anti-government paranoia murdered a Pennsylvania State Trooper and seriously wounded another Trooper during a sniper attack. Recently an apparently unbalanced man with a criminal past murdered two New York City policemen as they sat in their patrol car hours after he allegedly shot a former girl friend.

Iraq News - Dec 23, 2014

 

Kurds push offensive to retake Sinjar town from ISIS after breaking a siege of a mountain where Yazidis had been trapped for months - NPR


VIDEO: Iraq Kurd chief hails advances in Sinjar anti-jihadist battle - AFP


VIDEO: Kurds, Yazidis blast their way into Sinjar town - Reuters


VIDEO (Kurdish): Raw and longer version of the video above - YouTube


Mass grave of 70 Yazidis, including women and children corpses, found in Sinjar region - ekurd 


PKK, YPG forces play key role in freeing Sinjar - Kurdpress News Aganecy


US Coalition Destroys IS Targets Near Sinjar - VOA


Australian Super Hornets strikes helped turn back Isis fighters at Mount Sinjar - The Guardian

 

Iraqi Air Force, In Combat Debut, Assists Peshmerga, Coalition In Mission To Push ISIS Back From Mount Sinjar - ibtimes.com

 

Islamic State Once Again Blockades Iraq’s Baiji Oil Refinery - Latin American Herald Tribune

 

Iraqi army retake military airbase outside Tal Afar - Firstpost

 

Rudaw source: ISIS governor of Mosul seriously wounded, not killed - Rudaw

 

Pentagon to deploy additional 1,300 military advisers to Iraq next month - Army Technology

 

Task force denies reports U.S. engaged in ground combat with Islamic State - The Tampa Tribune

 

Senator Pat Roberts sees progress against Islamic State in Iraq - The Kansas City Star

 

Czech Sends 5000 anti-tank missiles to Peshmerga Forces - BasNews

 

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Amnesty: ISIS has forced 'thousands' of kidnapped girls into sexual slavery - Daily Mail Online


REPORT: Escape from hell – Torture, sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity in Iraq - amnesty.org


VIDEO: Yazidi Women Recount Shocking Trauma of Sex-Slavery Under The Islamic State - BBC


VIDEO: Yazidi women bought and sold by ISIS - CNN


Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants - The Independent


Isis: Germany to open trauma centre for sex slave women raped by militants - ibtimes.co.uk


IS Militants Use Sex to Lure Recruits -VOA

 

Isis supporters 'offering cash to British girls as young as 14 to become jihadi brides in Syria' - The Independent

 

ARCHIVE: ISIS publishes manual telling fighters how to buy, sell and abuse captured women - Daily Mail Online

 

ARCHIVE: Text of the Islamic State (ISIS) manual entitled entitled 'Questions And Answers On Taking Captives And Slaves’ - memrijttm.org

 

ISIS reportedly ‘executes 100 deserters’ in Syria’s Raqqa - Al Arabiya News

 

ISIS arrests ‘extremists’ accused of plot against group - Al Arabiya News

 

ISIS Finds Man Guilty of Homosexuality – Executes By Hurling Off Roof (PHOTOS) - viral.buzz

 

ISIS release photos of a man having his hand amputated for theft - Daily Mail Online

 

Islamic State (ISIS) publishes penal code, releases list of “Qur’anic punishments” - jihadwatch.org

 

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The predictable start of vigilantism: Reverse Course on Police Militarization or Reap the Whirlwind

By Dave Lindorff

 

Let me make it clear from the outset of this article: I’m against violence and killing, and I’m certainly no advocate of killing police officers.

Why is Near Term Human Extinction Inevitable?

If you hadn’t previously heard the expression ‘near term human extinction’, you have now. And you will get used to hearing it soon unless you insulate yourself from reality with greater effectiveness than you are doing by reading this article.

Obama Tortured by Fear

 

 


Torture’s Time for Accountability

 

 

Editor Note: America’s reputation for cognitive dissonance is being tested by the Senate report documenting the U.S. government’s torture of detainees and the fact that nothing is happening to those responsible. Ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern says the nation must choose between crossing the Delaware or the Rubicon.

By Ray McGovern

I trust I was not alone in seeing irony in President Barack Obama’s public chiding of Sony on Friday for caving in to hacker demands to cancel distribution of its comedy “The Interview” – about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korea’s real-life leader Kim Jong-Un – after a retaliatory cyber attack blamed on North Korea.

Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 20, 2014

 

European leaders warn against too much economic pain on Russia - LA Times


France's Hollande Floats Prospect of Sanctions Relief for Russia, Risks EU Split - Bloomberg News


VIDEO: France’s Hollande Floats Rollback of Russian Sanctions - Bloomberg


German Foreign Minister Warns Against More Russia Sanctions - Atlantic Sentinel


Italian PM urges revision of attitude to Russia, opposes new sanctions - TASS


Sanctions Now Risk Being Too Painful for Russia, Denmark Says - Businessweek


Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law, concerned that the measure is not in line with with the European Union - Yahoo News


Statement by President Obama on the Ukraine Freedom Support Act - IIP Digital

 

Corker to Obama: Convince Europe to up sanctions on Russia - TheHill

 

Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU - US News

 

EU bans investment in Crimea, targets oil sector, cruises - Reuters

 

Russian experts: The lastest EU summit concerned not so much about the Ukrainian crisis as economic relations with Russia - TASS

 

Fresh US sanctions could do long-term damage to relations with Russia: Lavrov - AFP

 

Russia Reserves Adequate Response to Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Official - Sputnik International

 

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Europeans Face Export Losses as Sanctions Bite Russian Ruble - WSJ


Sanctions against Russia hurt both sides, $40 billion annual US-Russia trade is dwarfed by EU-Russia $460 billion - dailytimes.com


Western companies scramble to cope with Russian ruble drop - Reuters


Russia crisis hurts these Western brands the most - CNN


GM, Audi, Jaguar halt Russian sales amidst ruble's collapse - autoblog.com


Renault-Nissan boss warns of 'bloodbath' for car sales in Russia - Telegraph


Apple, IKEA, McDonald's Raise Prices In Russia Due To Ruble Falls - Business Insider


BASF, Gazprom Fall Victim to Sanctions as Asset Swap Ends - Bloomberg

 

VIDEO: Sanctions Against Russia Affecting Germany - YouTube

 

Russia Warships Update: France Still Won't Deliver Mistral Helicopter Carriers, Francois Hollande Says - ibtimes.com

 

EU asks Russia to go ahead with South Stream - TASS

 

Europe and Russia After South Stream - Stratfor

 

China Offers Enhanced Cooperation as Russia Struggles - Bloomberg

 

Ruble Advances as Cash Crunch From Higher Rates Supports Demand - Bloomberg

 

POLL: Vladimir Putin's popularity soars to 81% as Russia faces economic chill - ibtimes.co.uk

 

Putin: Russia military modernization to go ahead - Boston Herald

 

Russian nuclear forces to get more than 50 new missiles in 2015: Putin - TASS

 

Shoigu: In 2015 Russian AirForce & Naval Aviation will receive 126 new aircraft  88 helicopters. Navy to receive 2 submarines & 5 warships - Missilito on Twitter

 

3rd Russian Borei-class nuclear sub raises its colors (VIDEO) - RT News

 

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IMF, Ukraine fail to reach pact on next bailout tranche - Reuters


Ukraine’s Rating Cut by S&P to CCC as IMF Delay Raises Default Risk - Bloomberg


G7 Officials to Discuss Ukraine Funding Gap - WSJ


Russian Media: Western Nations Tired of Ukraine’s Financial Demands - Sputnik UK


POLL: Majority of EU Citizens Against Additional Financial Aid to Ukraine - Sputnik International


POLL: Ukrainians' Ratings of Their Lives, Country Hit New Low - gallup.com


Ukraine power units idled as coal reserves shrink - Reuters

 

Arms deliveries and military aid to Ukraine not discussed at EU meeting: Merkel - TASS

 

Former US Ambassador: Ukrainian claims on building one of Europe’s most powerful armies and reversing Crimea’s reunification with Russia could have dangerous consequences - Sputnik

 

Kiev, East Ukraine Republics Fail to Set Date of Next Reconciliation Talks - Sputnik International

 

Donetsk, Luhansk, Kiev Agree All-For-All Prisoner Swap as Priority - Sputnik International

 

Putin: Poroshenko Seeks Peace in Ukraine, but Many Others Want War - Sputnik International

 

Putin: Donbas Economic Blockade Futile, Counterproductive Path for Ukraine - Sputnik International

 

Lavrov: Bill renouncing Ukrainian neutral status plays into party of war hands - Russia Beyond The Headlines

 

Five Ukrainian government soldiers and five pro-Russian separatists killed in clashes - Bloomberg

 

Two Ukrainian Volunteer Fighters Killed In Ambush Near Staryi Aidar - Interpreter_Mag

 

Human Rights Watch: Ukraine Indiscriminate Rocket Attacks In Eastern Regions Require Better Investigation - Human Rights Watch

 

Ukraine's Azov Battalion Is Not Neo-Nazi, But Some Ppl In Battalion Are - Hromadske on Twitter

 

Russia transported T-64A tanks into Ukraine first half of december (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

 

Ukraine forms 'ministry of truth' to regulate the media - The Guardian

 

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Obama’s Trojan Horse: US Recognition of Cuba after 54 Years of Hostility and War Does't Mean an End to US Subversion

Obama’s Trojan Horse:

 

US Recognition of Cuba after 54 Years of Hostility and War Does't Mean an End to US  Subversion

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

DeSmogBlog recently revealed how Big Oil's lobbyists snuck expedited permitting for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on public lands into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, which passed in the U.S. House and Senate and now awaits President Barack Obama's signature.

A follow-up probe reveals that the public lands giveaway was not the only sweetheart deal the industry got out of the pork barrel bill. The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S.—cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained via fracking.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The section of the bill titled, "Alternative Fuel Automobiles" (on page 104) lays it out:

NDAA of 2015 Natural Gas Vehicles
Image Credit: U.S. Government Publishing Office 

No More Khirbet Khizehs

"Fields that would never be harvested, plantations that would never be irrigated, paths that would become desolate. A sense of destruction and worthlessness. An image of thistles and brambles everywhere, a desolate tawniness, a braying wilderness. And already from those fields accusing eyes peered out at you, that silent accusatory look as of a reproachful animal, staring and following you so there was no refuge." -- Yizhar Smilansky, Khirbet Khizeh

On the day in 2014 that I read the new English translation of Khirbet Khizeh, Tom Engelhardt published a blog post rewriting recent news articles on the U.S. Senate's torture report as a 2019 Senate report on drone murders. The 2019 "news" media in Tom's believable account is shocked -- shocked, I tell you -- by the rampant murder discovered to have been committed using missiles from drones of all things.

The point is that most of what's been discussed as news from the recent torture report, and certainly all of the fundamental moral points -- has been known -- or, more accurately, knowable for years. For the past several years, the U.S. establishment has been repeatedly "banning" torture. It has also been repeatedly discovering the same evidence of torture, over and over again. Leading torturers have gone on television to swear they'd do it all again, while radical activist groups have demanded "investigations."

The point is that at some point "truth and reconciliation" is lies and reconciliation -- the lies of pretending that the truth needed to be unearthed, that it was hidden for a time, that the crimes weren't committed in the broad daylight of television spotlights on a sweaty old man assuring us he was about to start working on the dark side.

Illustrated at right, from the iNakba app, are villages that were destroyed in 1948 to create Israel. Generations of Israelis have grown up not knowing, not wanting to know, pretending not to know, and knowing without confronting the Catastrophe. Israelis are discovering what happened, unburying the hidden truth, filming aging participants' distorted confessions, and hunting out the outlines of disappeared villages on GoogleEarth.

But what if the truth was always marching naked down the street with trumpets sounding?

In May 1949, Yizhar Smilansky published Khirbet Khizeh, a fictional account of the destruction of a fictional village much like many real ones. Smilansky knew or hoped that he was ahead of his time, so much so that he began the tale by framing it as a recollection from the distant future. The narrator, like the reader, was known by the author to be unable to see for years to come.

What would keep the book alive until that distant day?

Poetry.

It's not a Senate report. Khirbet Khizeh is a work of masterful insight and storytelling that grips you and compels you to enter the experience of its narrator and his companions, as they do what the author had done, as they imitate Nazis before all the ashes had fallen from the skies above the ovens in Europe.

This book was planted and grew. It's been taught in Israeli schools. It was a movie on Israeli television in 1978. And now, with a sense that perhaps sleepy eyes are stretching open at long last, the book has had itself translated into the language of the imperial homeland, English.

But how could poetry keep heresy alive?

Several ways, I think. Absolute failure to pay attention, for one. Think about how literature is taught in many U.S. schools, for example. The ability of people to hear the poetry without the meaning, for another. Think about people singing John Lennon's Imagine without having the slightest idea they've just proposed to abolish religions, nations, and private property, or how people throw around the phrase "peace on earth" in December. Perverse but predictable and perhaps predicted misinterpretation, for another. Think about how viewers of the propaganda film Zero Dark Thirty read accounts of torture, for example -- as a dirty job that needed doing for a greater cause.

It's a strain, to me at least, to read Khirbet Khizeh as a celebration of genocide or mass-eviction. And the book not only suffered but also benefitted from being ahead of its time. It pre-existed the mythologies and rhetorical defenses that grew up around the Catastrophe in the decades that followed. When the narrator makes a slight resistance to what he is engaged in, no reader can find anything but humanitarian motivation in his resistance. The idea that this soldier, questioning his fellow soldiers, is engaged in anti-Semitism would literally make no sense. He's revolted by the cruelty, no more no less -- cruelty that every adult and child has to have always known was part of any mass settlement of ancient lands in 1948.

When I was a child, in elementary school, I wrote a story about an eviction of a family from its house, complete with plenty of tear-jerking details. As a good American I wrote about British redcoats evicting patriotic U.S. revolutionaries. My teacher suggested to me that I had a talent for writing. But that wasn't writing. Had I written of the Native Americans, the Hawaiians, the Filipinos, the Vietnamese, of Diego Garcia or Vieques or the Marshall Islands or Thule or Okinawa or any of the many places about which silence was expected, that might have been writing.

Let us wish no more Khirbet Khizehs on the people of Palestine and many more Khirbet Khizehs on the world.

Putin Shot Down a Plane! Putin Shot Down a ... What? Never Mind

Search for "Malaysian Airlines Flight 17" on the New York Times website and you'll find a page promoting three articles from July, two hyping the idea that Russia did it and one just focused on the horror of it.

Below that you'll find 109 articles arranged from newest to oldest. The newest is from December 10th and consists of 4 sentences that convey little. The next is from November and all about an inappropriate tweet. The next half dozen take us back through September and we're little the wiser for it.

Yet the world outside of the U.S. media is full of evidence suggesting that Russia did not do it.

The silence is deafening. Dutch plans to produce a dubious report by next summer are being outpaced by steps toward war.

Here's a petition that concerned people are signing:

Call For Independent Inquiry of the Airplane Crash in Ukraine and its Catastrophic Aftermath

To: All the heads of states of NATO countries, and of Russia and the Ukraine, to Ban-ki Moon and the heads of states of countries on the UN Security Council

With the U.S. and Russia in possession of over 15,000 of the world’s 16,400 nuclear weapons, humanity can ill-afford to stand by and permit these conflicting views of history and opposing assessments of the facts on the ground to lead to a 21st Century military confrontation between the great powers and their allies.  While sadly acknowledging the trauma suffered by the countries of Eastern Europe from years of Soviet occupation, and understanding their desire for the protection of the NATO military alliance, we the signers of this global call to action also note that the Russian people lost 20 million people during WWII to the Nazi onslaught and are understandably wary of NATO expansion to their borders in a hostile environment.   Russia has lost the protection of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which the US abandoned in 2001, and warily observes missile bases metastasizing ever closer to its borders in new NATO member states, while the US rejects repeated Russian efforts for negotiations on a treaty to ban weapons in space, or Russia’s prior application for membership in NATO. 

For these reasons, we the peoples, as members of Civil Society, Non-Governmental Organizations, and global citizens, committed to peace and nuclear disarmament, demand that an independent international inquiry be commissioned to review events in Ukraine leading up to the Malaysian jet crash and of the procedures being used to review the catastrophic aftermath.  The inquiry should factually determine the cause of the accident and hold responsible parties accountable to the families of the victims and the citizens of the world who fervently desire peace and a peaceful settlement of any existing conflicts.  It should include a fair and balanced presentation of what led to the deterioration of U.S. –Russian relations and the new hostile and polarized posture that the U.S. and Russia with their allies find themselves in today.

The UN Security Council, with US and Russian agreement, has already passed Resolution 2166 addressing the Malaysian jet crash, demanding accountability, full access to the site and a halt to military activity which has been painfully disregarded at various times since the incident.   One of the provisions of SC Res 2166 notes that the Council “[s]upports efforts to establish a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines.”  Further, the 1909 revised Convention on the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes adopted at the 1899 Hague International Peace Conference has been used successfully to resolve issues between states so that war was avoided in the past.  Both Russia and Ukraine are parties to the Convention. 

Regardless of the forum where the evidence is gathered and fairly evaluated, we the undersigned urge that the facts be known as to how we got to this unfortunate state of affairs on our planet today and what might be the solutions.  We urge Russia and Ukraine as well as their allies and partners to engage in diplomacy and negotiations, not war and hostile alienating actions.   The world can little afford the trillions of dollars in military spending and trillions and trillions of brain cells wasted on war when our very Earth is under stress and needs the critical attention of our best minds and thinking and the abundance of resources mindlessly diverted to war to be made available for the challenge confronting us to create a livable future for life on earth.

Why is this important?

It’s important because there is so much misinformation and disinformation in the media that we are careening towards a new cold war with Russia over this.

Initial Signatories for petition:
(Organizations for Identification Only)

Hon. Douglas Roche, OC, Canada
David Swanson, co-founder, World Beyond War
Bruce Gagnon,  Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space
Alice Slater, JD, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NY
Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of Illinois College of Law
Natasha Mayers, Union of Maine Visual Artists
David Hartsough, co-founder, World Beyond War
Larry Dansinger, Resources for Organizing and Social Change
Ellen Judd, Project Peacemakers
Coleen Rowley, Women Against Military Madness
Medea Benjamin, Code Pink
Brian Noyes Pulling, M. Div.
Anni Cooper, Peaceworks
Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance
Leah Bolger, CDR, USN (Ret), Veterans for Peace
Raymond McGovern, former CIA analyst, VA
Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance
Gloria McMillan, Tucson Balkan Peace Support Group
Ellen E. Barfield, Veterans for Peace
Cecile Pineda, author. Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step
Jill McManus
Steve Leeper, Visiting professor, Hiroshima Jogakuin University,Nagasaki University
Kyoto University of Art and Design
William H. Slavick, Pax Christi Maine
Helen Caldicott, Helen Caldicott Foundation
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Brigadier Vijai K Nair, VSM [Retd] Ph.D. , Magoo Strategic Infotech Pvt Ltd
Kevin Martin,  Peace Action
Carol Reilly Urner, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Ann E. Ruthsdottir
Kay Cumbow
Steven Starr, Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Tiffany Tool,  Peaceworkers
Sukla Sen, Committee for Communal Amnity, Mumbai India
Joan Russow, PhD, Coordinator, Global Compliance Research Project
Rob Mulford, Veterans for Peace, North Star Chapter, Alaska
Jacqueline Cabasso,  Western States Legal Foundation, United for Peace and Justice
Ingeborg Breines, Co-president International Peace Bureau
Judith LeBlanc, Peace Action
Felicity Ruby
Jerry  Stein,  The Peace Farm, Amarillo , Texas
Michael Andregg, professor, St. Paul, Minnesota
Elizabeth Murray,  Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East, National Intelligence Council, ret.: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Washington
Robert Shetterly, artist,  “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” Maine
Katharine Gun, United Kingdom
Dave Webb, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, UK
Amber Garland, St. Paul, Minnesota
John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus
Beverly Bailey, Richfield, Minnesota
Joseph Gerson,  Convener, Working Group for Peace & Demiitarization in Asia and the Pacific
Stephen McKeown, Richfield, Minnesota
Dominique Lalanne,  France
Bill Rood, Rochester, Minnesota
Tom Klammer, radio host, Kansas City, Missouri
Barbara Vaile, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mali Lightfoot, Helen Caldicott Foundation
Tony Henderson, spokesperson for universal humanism, Hong Kong
Darlene M. Coffman, Rochester, Minnesota
Sister Gladys Schmitz, Mankato, Minnesota
Edward Loomis, NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)
J. Kirk Wiebe, NSA Senior Analyst (ret.), MD
William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)
Jill Stein, Green Party 2012 Presidential nominee
Cheri Honkala, Green Shadow Cabinet
Ed Asner
Norman Solomon, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Agneta Norberg, Sweden
Rick Rosoff, Stop NATO
Kathleen Sullivan, Hibakusha Stories
Michael Eisenscher, US Labor Against the War
Clare Coss, playwright
Jean-Marie Matagne, President, Action des Citoyens pour le Désarmement Nucléaire (France)
Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg, United for Peace and Justice

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