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Parliament Hill Shooting- Toyota Tall Tales & Authorities Run Drills depicting similar "ISIS attacks"

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 1 hour 32 min ago
Today has been non stop coverage of this incident. Everywhere. TV. Radio.
The only way to get away is to avoid all media. Particularly twitter. I hear talk of all these hashtags.
Anyway.... this all started a couple of days back when news of the incident first broke.
If by some bizarre chance you managed to escape the non-stop coverage, everywhere.... you can start here
Shooting at Parliament Hill in Canada- One gunman killed- Multiple shooters reportedAs I expected the reports of  multiple shooters have disappeared. Right down the memory hole
Which is why those multiple reportings, including from law enforcement, had to be saved.
The presence of JTF-2? It's as if they were never there in Ottawa- Poof! Gone, just like that.

Yesterday, the very corrupt RCMP released the surveillance footage, unsurprisingly, no footage of the actual shooting was shown. Nothing that puts the shooter in close vicinity to the scene of the crime is shown. This is equivalent to, in my mind, the beheading videos, where no beheading is actually shown. You are just supposed to believe a beheading took place
RCMP releases Parliament Hill Surveillance footage MINUS War Memorial ShootingAnd the gun allegedly used in this incident? Seems a comical weapon of choice? If the perpetrator had intended to cause mass casualties? Which is what we are supposed to believe! Why would he use such a gun? We are supposed to believe he intended to harm the entire government. And by virtue of that threat to our representatives, we are supposed to believe he threatened us as a nation, entirely. At least we are supposed to believe all that?

-It is not semi-automatic; the lever must be racked between shots.
-The Winchester, once empty, must be painstakingly reloaded round-by-round, inserting the cartridges into a small port on the side of the receiver. The process takes an experienced shooter about 30 seconds -- an eternity in the kind of shootout that took place inside Centre Block.
We have been repeatedly informed, for two days now, that this was an ISIS inspired attack. But what does that really mean? I don't know? It's such a bizarre claim that today I notice the media is walking away from it!
 Readers here know that kind of belief just doesn't cut it for me. And when a story seems so preposterous to believe then I can't believe it- No matter how often the media catapults the propaganda-
If his attack was indeed "inspired by ISIS propaganda"... why was he so 'discriminating in his choice of targets'?

"First, he allowed the driver of a government car he hijacked to escape. A few seconds later, he exited the car at the front doors of Centre Block, only metres from a group of three individuals. Again, he did not open fire"Not bothering to fire on three easy targets at Centre Block ? Seems odd for an ISIS inspired rampaging "terrorist", doesn't it? Never mind all the people has passed by when ran from his car?Where did he get the gun? Where did he get the bullets? This homeless "no fixed address" individual with a lengthy criminal record.

 And, where did this person get the money to buy a used vehicle? He had $650.00 to purchase a used vehicle to drive unplated to Parliament Hill.  If the following tale is true? You read and decide for yourself. As for me, I am going to be straight with you all- I don't believe this account. Not at all.

The tale of a Toyota

The car owner’s daughter had posted an online ad for the vehicle Monday night, asking $700 for the  grey 1995 Toyota Corolla. Her father’s English is very poor so she took the calls.No mention of the site- Craig's list? Kijiji?
She received several inquiries from prospective buyers, including one from someone with a 613-area code phone number who identified himself as “Michael.”

The young woman, a University of Ottawa student who asked not be named, said Michael spoke unaccented English and told her he wanted to come see the vehicle, she said, but he didn’t have any way to get to their home in the Carlington area.“He said he really needed the car because he has problems getting around town and this was a good deal and he was interested in buying the car,” she said.

Zehaf-Bibeau said he could come by city bus from the Metcalfe Street are and told her he would arrive at 9 a.m. the next morning.But shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday,  she said, her father heard someone banging on the front door. The woman was sleeping as her father answered the door to a bearded man, with long hair. He said he was there to buy the car, she said. Her father asked him to wait a moment the went back into the house get dressed.See, now here is where I have the first problem? Dad's English is so poor, she places the ad and takes the calls- BUT Dad has no problem communicating with the purchaser, including the inevitable chatting during the test drive Seems Dad's English ain't so bad after all!
Together, they test drove the car. Zehaf-Bibeau agreed to buy it but offered $650 because the mileage was high.

They drove in the Toyota to the ServiceOntario office at the Westgate Mall on Carling Ave. to transfer the ownership. The office hadn’t opened so they waited in line in the mall. An argument with a man in line ensued.Keep in mind the daughter is not present during the test drive or at the Westgate mall. Therefore her account is hearsay.
“He was talking very loudly, causing commotion,” she said her father told her. “He was speaking very loudly, obnoxiously.”Hearsay
When the office opened an hour later, Zehaf-Bibeau continued to cause problems.

“The lady who works at the bureau told him, ‘Sir, this is an office. Please keep it down or take it outside.'”Hearsay
MTO staff would not agree to process the sale of the vehicle because Zehaf-Bibeau had only an out-of-province drivers license.Hearsay and utter nonsense- You don't need a drivers license to purchase a car in Ontario
 
Anyone can buy a car in Ontario with or with out a drivers license. You cannot register the car without insurance- but if you want to buy and car and sit it in your driveway you don't need a license.Not saying it happens or that is what people do. I'm just saying you can buy a car without a license.

FYI- Registering and insuring a vehicle in Ontario
“The lady said we can’t do this. We need two pieces of ID.”Hearsay- The daughter was not present

Zehaf-Bibeau asked if there was another office nearby and was referred by the clerk to the Ministry of Transportation offices on Walkley Road.

The two men drove across town to the Walkley location, off Bank Street south. Because of her father’s language problems, they didn’t speak much. But they must have spoke some? Because at this point in time these two men are together for a few hours?

 At the Walkley office, the clerk there also refused to process the transaction.Hearsay
Zehaf-Bibeau asked if he could have another piece of ID faxed. The clerk gave him a fax number.Hearsay
To arrange the fax, Zehaf-Bibeau tried to make a call on his cellphone but the call didn’t go through. He left briefly to buy a calling card and returned to use the payphone inside the MTO office.“While he was using the payphone, he was screaming again. He was just swearing, constantly saying, ‘Fuck, fuck, fuck,'” the woman said. “He was always fidgeting. He was just a weird guy.”Hearsay- the daughter was not present.
The MTO clerk said it would take an hour and a half to process the sale. The seller didn’t want to wait around that long so the clerk suggested he simply sign over the ownership card and remove the license plates, his daughter said.An hour and a half to process the sale? Never.

Then, the woman said, Zehaf-Bibeau asked her father to just let him use the car for one day.
“He was like, can I please just use the car for one day? Like, I really need to do something. Just leave the plates on because if you take them off I can’t really use the car. By tomorrow, I’ll bring the plates back,” she said Zehaf-Bibeau pleaded.Her father would not agree but Zehaf-Bibeau bought the car, anyway, paying $650 in cash. Her father signed over the ownership, removed his plates and left the car with Zehaf-Bibeau.That's the first sane, sensible, thing I have read from the daughter- The dad signed over the ownership, hopefully issued a receipt to the purchaser, and took his plates off the car.

According to a report in Montreal newspaper La Presse, Zehaf-Bibeau later took the Toyota to his aunt’s home in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, about a two-hour drive from Ottawa, where he spent the night. He drove back to Ottawa the next morning and launched his deadly attack.Even though the car had no license plates, it does not appear that Zehaf-Bibeau was ever stopped by police on the trip.

The vehicle had a printed order form for promotional calendars taped in the rear window that, from a distance, may have looked like a car dealer’s certificate.The daughter of the car vendor was driving her mother to a medical appointment on Wednesday when she heard the news of the shooting on the radio. She pulled up the story on her phone and saw a reference to a Toyota Corolla with no license plate, found between Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial.

Later, when she saw the man’s name and the photo of the vehicle, she realized it was her father’s old car.

On Wednesday, four RCMP officers came to their home and interviewed them both about their encounter with Zehaf-Bibeau. She gave the police the number from her cellphone.The entire accounting of Bibeau's car purchase and erratic behaviour is hearsay. It is not first hand information from a person who was actually present as the hours transpired- It would never stand in a court of law. It would be inadmissible.


I don't find this saga credible at all.


Additional interesting information can be found here:
Canadian authorities ran war game drills depicting ISIS attack scenariosAccording to Arsenault,
They [Canadian authorities] may have been surprised by the actual incidents but not by the concepts of them. Within the last month we know that the CSIS, the RCMP and the National Security Task Force … ran a scenario that’s akin to a war games exercise if you will where they actually imagined literally an attack in Quebec, followed by an attack in another city, followed by a tip that that ‘hey some foreign fighters are coming back from Syria.’ So they were imagining a worst case scenario. We’re seeing elements of that happening right now. … [Canadian authorities] may talk today in terms of being surprised but we know that this precise scenario has been keeping them up at night for awhile.What an amazing coincidence that Canadian intelligence ran a drill envisioning an attack first in Quebec, then another city.
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Ukraine mini-SITREP: very ominous developments (follow up)

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - 7 hours 19 min ago
This post is a short follow-up to the Ukraine mini-SITREP: very ominous developments post I did a couple of days ago.

Several of you have noticed what can only be called a declaration of war on Russia by one of the top figures of the AngloZionist international capital, George Soros who has declared that "Russia is an existential threat to Europe".  First, Khodorkovsky, now Soros - it is pretty clear who is gunning for Russia and how, and it is equally clear that what these financiers are really admitting by their bellicose statements is that Putin is an existential threat to them.  In the latter statement, they are actually 100% correct (proving one more time that those who say that Putin is an oligarchic puppet are just useful and manipulated idiots).

Nuland, Soros, Khodorkovsky, Hillary, Friedman and the list goes on and on and on.  The entire Neocon cabal is out for war and they are putting tremendous pressure on the rest of the planet to join.

The Europeans are, typically, showing less spine than a microwaved jellyfish: even though they fully know and understand that Uncle Sam is propping up a Nazi regime in Kiev and that the US policies are hurting them, they will do whatever the US tells them.  There is no European foreign policy to speak of.  All the Europeans can produce is a submissive "yessir! anything you say sir!".  One of the most pitiful expressions of this European submission to any order from the US, no matter how stupid, is this fairytale about a Russian submarine lurking inside the Swedish waters.

Not only is that a bad replay of the Swedish Cold War era paranoia following the Whiskey on the Rocks incident, in which a navigational error resulted in a Soviet Whiskey-class sub being beached on the rocks near Karlskrona.  While the Swedes of the Cold War could be excused for seeing Soviet subs as often as Scots see the Loch Ness Monster, to come up with the same nonsense in 2014 is plain embarrassing and shows that the Swedish military will also execute any other, no matter how evidently stupid.  This time around, the BBC claims that the first sign of a Russian sub was, I kid you not, a "radio conversation in Russian was reportedly detected on Thursday 16 October between the Stockholm archipelago and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, where Russia's Baltic fleet is based".  Apparently, there are people dumb enough to believe this kind of nonsense.

Seriously, funny as these "Swedish fairytales" are, we should not overlook the fact that the intention behind them is not funny at all: to create fear and possibly a pretext for a confrontation.

In the meantime, in Banderastan, things are getting worse and worse every day and the only thing holding back a full scale Ukie attack on Novorussia is the fear of further military defeats before the elections.  But short of a major change in dynamic, a Ukie attack will happen as soon as the elections are over.  One thing which could delay such an attack would be an anti-Poroshenko coup in Kiev.

Though this has not quite been reported that way, one thing which did come out of the Milan summit is that the Ukrainians have basically admitted that they have no money at all.  None.  Hence all the talks about the Europeans forking the money for the Russian gas.  Also, the cold season has begun and from now on its all just going to get worse and worse.

One more important item:

The deadline to post comments to Khazin has just passed.
I have to admit that even in my wildest dreams I could not have imagined such a huge number of questions.  Next, the Russian Saker Blog Team Leader and myself will have to decide on the number of questions we will forward to Mikhail Khazin  and what methodology to follow to select questions.  We might combine similar question into one.  I am not sure, but I will keep you posted. 

Kind regards,

The Saker
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Is the CIA Running a Defamation Campaign Against Putin?

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - 11 hours 11 min ago
Russia Insider interviews The Saker

The latest hot topic in the Russian media. Russian politicians are talking about it. Historical precedent and behavior of Western media suggests that they are.

A major topic in the Russian media is mystification with how Putin is portrayed in the Western media.

Wildly popular at home, and seen as a decent, modest, an admirable person, and Russians don't understand how there can be such a disconnect with Western impressions.

Recently, leading Russian commentators and politicians have been suggesting that this can only be explained by a deliberate campaign to defame Putin, by governments or other groups.

Yesterday, at a briefing to foreign journalists, Sergey Ivanov, Putin's chief of staff, arguably the 2nd most powerful man in Russia, spoke of an "information war" consisting of "personal attacks" on Putin.


The western media hit a new low...

The day before another member of Putin's inner circle, Vyasheslav Volodin, made similar remarks, telling foreign journalists "an attack on Putin is an attack on Russia."

The logic, they argue, is that by defaming the leader of a country, you weaken his power domestically by undermining popular support for him, and internationally, by rallying popular opinion to support policies against that country. The ultimate goal, they argue, is to weaken the country itself. They also talk about regime change.

They argue that if one looks at the facts, that there is evidence of ongoing character assassination which cannot be explained by a vague popular zeitgeist in the West, but is more likely the result of a dedicated effort to introduce this defamation into the news flow.


Newsweek has been one of the most virulent Putin-bashers for years

The issue of manipulation of news by intelligence services has been in the news recently with revelations that the CIA and German Secret Service (GSS) have long-running programs to influence how media executives and top journalists convey and interpret the news, including direct cash payments.

Here are some examples they point to:
  • Portraying him as a scheming dictator trying to rebuild a repressive empire.
  • Claiming he personally ordered the murder of a number of journalists, and personally ordered a KGB defector to be murdered with radiation poisoning.
  • Frequently citing unsubstantiated rumors he is having an affair with a famous gymnast.
  • Allegations that he has stashed away billions for his personal benefit, without providing evidence.
  • Recent article in newsweek claiming he leads a luxurious and lazy lifestyle, sleeping late.
  • Recent article in NYT focusing on a supposed personal arrogance.
  • Hillary Clinton mentioning in speech after speech that he is a bad guy, a bully, that one must confront him forcefully.
  • Frequently using pejoratives to describe his person - "a jerk and a thug" (Thomas Friedman this week in the NYT)
  • Mis-quoting him on his regret about the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • Articles about a supposed super-luxury villa built for him in southern Russia.
  • The over-the top headlines in the western media (they were worst of all in Germany) portraying him personally responsible for murdering the victims of MH17.
  • And soft stuff - magazine covers making him look sinister, monstrous, etc.
RI sat down with The Saker, a leading analyst of Russia in international affairs, and asked him what he thinks:
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So, is there any credence to this line of thinking, or is this conspiracy theorists running wild?

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the US is waging a major psyop war against Russia, although not a shooting war, for now, and that what we are seeing is a targeted campaign to discredit Putin and achieve "regime change" in Russia or, should that fail, at the very least "regime weakening" and "Russia weakening".

And the Economist has been the very worst of them all...

So this is a US government program?

Yes, Putin is absolutely hated by certain factions in the US government two main reasons:

1. He partially, but not fully, restored Russia's sovereignty which under Gorbachev and Yeltsin had been totally lost … Russia then was a US colony like Ukraine is today … and,

2. He dared to openly defy the USA and its civilizational model.

… a free and sovereign Russia is perceived by the US "deep state" as an existential threat which has to be crushed. … this is a full-scale political assault on Russia and Putin personally.

So what the Russians are saying, that the constant personal attacks against Putin in the global media are partly the result of deliberate efforts by US intelligence services, … basically, planted stories…

Yes, absolutely

It seems like “Operation Mockingbird” all over again… Are you aware of other instances aimed at Putin?

(Editors Note:
Operation Mockingbird was a CIA program started in the 1950s to influence the US media, which was gradually exposed by investigative journalists starting in the late 60s, culminating in sensational televised congressional hearings in 1975 which shocked the nation, forcing the program’s termination. Critics maintain that the same tactics have continued since, under different programs. Wikipedia)

Yes, of course. Since this defamation has very little traction with the Russian public … Putin's popularity is higher than ever before .., there is an organized campaign to convince them that Putin is "selling out" Novorussia, that he is a puppet of oligarchs who are making deals with Ukrainian oligarchs to back-stab the Novorussian resistance…

… So far, Putin's policies in the Ukraine have enjoyed very strong support from the Russian people who still oppose an overt military intervention…

… but if Kiev attacks Novorussia again - which appears very likely - and if such an attack is successful - which is less likely but always possible - then Putin will be blamed for having given the Ukrainians the time to regroup and reorganize. 


Warm and fuzzy...

So you are saying that if the Ukrainian military strengthens its position enough to deliver a serious blow to the East Ukrainians, the US can use this as a method to strike at Putin’s support base…

Yes, that’s right ... there are a lot of "fake patriots" in Russia and abroad who will reject any negotiated solution and who will present any compromise as a "betrayal". They are the "useful idiots" used by western special services to smear and undermine Putin.

Is it limited to government special ops, or are there other groups who might have an interest in doing this?

Yes, well here is something that most people in the west don’t appreciate… there is a major behind-the scenes struggle among Russian elites between what I call the "Eurasian Sovereignists" (basically, those who support Putin) and what I call the "Atlantic Integrationists" (those whom Putin refers to as the "5th column).

The western media talks about this as the struggle between Russian liberals and conservatives, reformers and reactionaries, right?

Well its sort of like that, but not exactly…

The former see Russia's future in the Russian North and East and want to turn Russia towards Asia, Latin America and the rest of the world, while the latter want Russia to become part of the "North Atlantic" power configuration.

The Atlantic Integrationists are now too weak to openly challenge Putin - whose real power base is his immense popular support - but they are quietly sabotaging his efforts to reform Russia while supporting anti-Putin campaigns.

Regarding the revelations of CIA activities in Germany, do you think this is going on in other countries, in the US?

I am sure that this is happening in most countries worldwide. The very nature of the modern corporate media is such that it makes journalists corrupt.

As the French philosopher Alain Soral says "nowadays a reporter is either unemployed or a prostitute". There are, of course, a few exceptions, but by and large this is true.

This is not to say that most journalists are on the take. In the West this is mostly done in a more subtle way - by making it clear which ideas do or do not pass the editorial control, by lavishly rewarding those journalists who 'get it' and by quietly turning away those who don't.

If a journalist or reporter commits the crime of "crimethink" he or she will be sidelined and soon out of work.

There is no real pluralism in the West where the boundaries of what can be said or not are very strictly fixed.

Ok, but is it like what has been revealed in Germany, …similar specific operational programs in France, the UK, Italy, Latin America, etc.

Yes, one has to assume so – it is in their interests to have them and there is no reason for them not to.

As for the CIA, it de-facto controls enough of the corporate media to "set the tone". As somebody who in the past used to read the Soviet press for a living, I can sincerely say that it was far more honest and more pluralistic than the press in the USA or EU today.

Joseph Goebbels or Edward Bernays could not have imagined the degree of sophistication of modern propaganda machines.

If the US is doing it, can't one assume other governments are too? Are the Russians doing it against western leaders?

I think that all governments try to do that kind of stuff. However, what makes the US so unique it a combination of truly phenomenal arrogance and multi-billion dollar budgets.

The US "deep state" owns the western corporate media which is by far the most powerful media on the planet. Most governments can only do that inside their own country ... to smear a political opponent or discredit a public figure, but they simply do not have the resources to mount an international strategic psyop campaign. This is something only the US can do.

So foreign governments are at a great disadvantage in this arena vis-a-vis the US?

Absolutely.

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Saker commentary: 

I want to add here a totally shameless plug for Russia Insider. Guys - keep an eye on what RI is doing. Not only has the editor and publisher, Charles Bausman, assembled a first-rate team of contributors (including several I consider as friends), but the format used by RI is an ideal complement to what I try to do here: whereas I tend to privilege long detailed analyses and a few shorter news items here and there, RI offers a steady stream of news items covering a very wide variety of related topics interspersed with always interesting opinion pieces.  Frankly, I consider this very good and very needed stuff, and a very effective way to debunk the lies of the Empire's main stream media.  Good guys, doing good things, in a good format.  In other words - I consider checking the RI site at least once a day a "must".

Kind regards to all,

The Saker
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RCMP releases Parliament Hill Surveillance footage MINUS War Memorial Shooting

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 14 hours 38 min ago
 The post has been updated with information on the weapon used- scroll down

Why did the RCMP exclude the  war memorial footage?
"Sensitivity for the deceased" is a bogus excuse. We have seen shooting footage aplenty in Canada.
Why did the RCMP exclude the footage from the war memorial?
Has anyone seen footage from the war memorial?



Just an FYI: The RCMP has a reputation for corruption- despite the silly and often promoted version of red coated men on their horses

UPDATE BEGINS:

The shooter was supposed to have shot the guard at the memorial at least 3 times, 2 at point blank range. Before allegedly "raising his arms in triumph"
Source

Four people were injured and one man died Wednesday, after a shooter — identified as 32-year-old Canadian Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — attacked the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. According to the Huffington Post, Zehaf-Bibeau, wearing black clothes and a scarf over his face, shot one of the Memorial’s guards several times at point-blank range before raising his hands “in triumph.”
The gun he used, seem to be an unusual choice of weapon for this situation- A shot gun commonly used for deer hunting?


The Winchester 94 most typically contains seven rounds, and must be racked between shots
The Winchester Model 94 is perhaps the most common and recognizable deer-hunting rifle in North America.   Advanced by the standards of 1894, it holds a maximum of eight rounds, but more normally seven, stored end-to-end in a tube under the barrel. It is not semi-automatic; the lever must be racked between shots.  Unlike more modern rifles that can be reloaded with a clip or magazine containing multiple rounds, the Winchester, once empty, must be painstakingly reloaded round-by-round, inserting the cartridges into a small port on the side of the receiver. The process takes an experienced shooter about 30 seconds -- an eternity in the kind of shootout that took place inside Centre Block.The RCMP confirmed yesterday that Zehaf-Bibeau fired three shots at the National War Memorial: two at Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and one at the other soldier in the honour guard.
Aha, so there were two guards at the memorial! I had noticed people were questioning the whereabouts of this other guard..... So, where was he? Who is he?

From the CBC article

If his attack was indeed "inspired by ISIS propaganda"... why was he so 'discriminating in his choice of targets'?

"First, he allowed the driver of a government car he hijacked to escape. A few seconds later, he exited the car at the front doors of Centre Block, only metres from a group of three individuals. Again, he did not open fire"Not bothering to fire on three easy targets at Centre Block ? Seems odd for an ISIS inspired rampaging "terrorist", doesn't it? Never mind all the people has passed by when ran from his car?

Strange. Really strange.


Quoting from CBC article directly- "If his attack was indeed inspired by ISIS propaganda, it seems unlikely that he would have been so discriminating in his choice of targets"

Claimed ISIS propaganda quoted- "If you can kill a disbelieving American or European … or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war … then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be," said al-Adnani.
"Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers."

In other words, the shooter was not and could not have been inspired by "ISIS propaganda" which called for indiscriminate killing of all disbelievers. Because he spared a number of disbelievers. Quite a number, in fact. 
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US planning to bomb Syrian infrastructure (oil pipelines) to halt jihadists' funding

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:35
The oil pipelines are Syrian infrastructure. And ISIS provides the pretext needed to destroy Syrian and Iraqi infrastructure.  I have discussed this very topic on a number of previous ocassions!

-The US is considering bombing pipelines in Syria
-The $2m-a-day (£1.24m) that the extremist group is believed to be making from the sale of fuel is one of the US' "principal concerns" and "air strikes are a viable option”,

The US 'believes' that ISIS is making money from the sale of fuel. Like believing in Santa Clause, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny.

Therefore- bomb Syrian infrastructure. 

-The American-led coalition has already carried out a limited number of air strikes on small-scale refineries.

Now bomb pipelines.
This is a war on Syria. This is the war on Syria.

I'm curious- the pipelines set to be bombed would these be the ones for the derogatorily named "arab pipeline". A pipeline that may be in the process of being rerouted to more acceptable nations.

The Arab pipeline was first mentioned in this post in 2011: Assad's "Four Seas Strategy" Damascus converges with China


Most recent mention of the pipeline was just a month back:  Remember " War against Iraq, Syria & Iran? " ISIS wants Saudi Arabia?
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Censorship at CBC- The mouthpiece for fascist Canada

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:20
Here are a bunch of comments, posted by myself,  that the CBC has not allowed to pass through regarding the incident on Parliament Hill yesterday-
CBC is Canada's national "broadcaster". Which means Canadian taxpayer dollars subsidize this outfit.  I laugh every time I read that or hear it said that this place is for Canadians...

What a farce. CBC is Canada's national tool of propaganda, indoctrination and war mongering.
It's the state's fear tool.
These comments have beem left to rot for hours now.
When I reposted them I included the header- My Canada is free of Censorship.
And those reposts have been left unmoderated /censored, also
There are a total of 9 comments that have been waiting for moderation for as long as two hours now
Do you think the mods at CBC are doing this intentionally to control the narrative in Canada?
Here are the comments:

This comment is awaiting moderation by the site administratorsAnother question is why, oh why is this being spun with the "terror' meme?
And why is the media building this incident up with such over the top hyperbole?
We had a crime committed- The alleged perp is dead. It's over!
However, we are getting a public relations campaign pushed on us all that is a hard sell tactic- that will be used to justify indebting and enslaving this nation to debt, death and destruction- Canadians better start thinking and stop allowing their buttons to be pushed!
  • 2 hours ago

 This comment is awaiting moderation by the site administrators@PhilipsSquare

You will continue to be disappointed with most Canadians because they are fear addicts and love to be terrorized by their own government

  • 2 hours ago

This comment is awaiting moderation by the site administrators.CBC- Censoring Because they Can
  • 1 hour ago
This comment is awaiting moderation by the site administratorsMy Canada is free of Censorship.
Two more questions
Why, oh why is this being spun with the "terror' meme?
And why is the media building this incident up with such over the top hyperbole?
We had a crime committed- The alleged perp is dead. It's over!
However, we are getting a public relations campaign pushed on us all that is a hard sell tactic- that will be used to justify indebting and enslaving this nation to debt, death and destruction- Canadians better start thinking and stop allowing their buttons to be pushed!
  • 1 hour ago
My Canada is free of Censorship

Recall Marc Lepine? Killed 14 women, and injured another 10
No one used the meme "terrorist" or "terror" for him. No over the top hyperbole
No us vs them. None of the usual spin promoting the global war agenda
The only difference past to present is the agenda being pushed by the government via the media
  • 1 hour ago
My Canada is free of Censorship

@CT2200

CBC and other war mongering media outlets can't allow to much of that free talk and free questioning.... can't control the narrative and as we saw yesterday- the narrative must be tightly controlled
  • 1 hour ago

Clearly my comments are not acceptable discourse in free Canada. Because, Canada isn't freedom loving. Or freedom believing. Or free.

Just an FYI- Almost 24 hours has passed and many of my comments still sit waiting for moderation
Not that it matters now, it's a day late and no one but the people here will ever read them even if the mods pass them through- Those questions and comments have been marginalized completely blocked from the mind of the Canadian public for no reason other then clearly they are not politically correct.
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Shooting at Parliament Hill in Canada- One gunman killed- Multiple shooters reported

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:03
This is way too convenient. Sorry. No offense intended.
This is a hard sell to push Canadians into the much lusted for, never ending, NATO war agenda
We have reports of shooters on the rooftops in Ottawa- This feels very "Maidan"
I would suspect the soldier standing guard outside was hit by sniper fire
Canada has very good snipers. Record holding snipers.

Shooter on roof of Parliament building reported
RT @OmarCBC: Police say shooter on roof of parliament and ask media to stay back. #ottnewsTweets from here
Police say the shooter is on roof of building at Metcalfe and Sparks 1 block from Parliament Hill #ottnews #cbcott pic.twitter.com/ZZiMUgj69H
— Jamie Long (@cbcjlong) October 22, 2014
RT @OmarCBC: Police say shooter on roof of parliament and ask media to stay back. #ottnews
— CBCOttawaMorning (@OttawaMorning) October 22, 201
Getting this all put here before it's gone. Scrubbed.
* Reduced to a lone gunman, radicalized in some way
* Expect this to be connected to the incident, yesterday in Montreal Ala Donald Rumsfeld- "go massive, sweep it all up" We have to get them before they get us will be pitched.
 I can smell the stench of a foul fear mongering campaign that is about to be foisted on Canadians from coast to coast

Soldier shot outside of Parliament, one gunman ‘killed,’ but ‘multiple shooters’ suspected A soldier was shot at the National War Memorial by an unknown assailant Wednesday morning and there are reports of 30 to 50 shots of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.

“Gunman at Parliament’s Centre Block has been shot and killed,” Conservative MP Bernard Trottier tweeted at 10:30 a.m. Tory MP Bob Zimmer also reported the same. Those reports are unconfirmed as police are still actively searching the area and say it is “not a secure scene” as there may be multiple shooters.
LIVE UPDATESTwo sources told The Canadian Press that Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons and 29-year RCMP veteran, shot a gunman. In video taken within Parliament, about a dozen gunshots can be heard within the halls. 

Whose shots are we hearing? 

There are certainly a great many armed persons in the video





Images of heavily armed men abound

Despite the shooting of the suspect, police and soldiers continued a chaotic hunt, leading to speculation there was more than one suspect.“As to the number of suspects, we don't know,” Const. Marc Soucy of Ottawa police said Tuesday morning.It was caucus day for the federal parties, so Members of Parliament and Senators were locked down in the hallways near the Commons
Which means no one was in chamber. No one was in the House of Commons.
So, if one was going to stage a psyop this was a good day and time.

*War memorial from afar- a shooting here can be spun as something sacrilegious

Parliament Hill attack: 1 gunman dead after soldier shot at National War MemorialPolice sources tell CBC there is more than 1 suspect. So far, we have one dead person, allegedly- The shooter. However, I don't see any images of the shooter's take down.More: One shooter dead, search is on for another shooter"Two sources told The Canadian Press that Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, shot an assailant" Was he in amongst all those men firing in the building, shown in the video, above? Unclear Update! : The soldier initially shot has died- Notice the headline? Soldier died standing guard at National War Memorial There isn't really anything to 'guard' at the War Memorial- It's a statue- And the soldier was likely there for the tourist photos- However: Oh, Canada we stand on guard for thee....
The Canadian Army had just resumed responsibility for guarding the Tomb on Monday, taking over from the Royal Canadian Navy as part of the National Sentry program. The Army is to be on duty at the monument in the days leading up to Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 11.
The National Sentry Program “reinforces the Canadian commitment to remember and honour Canadians who served in both World Wars, as well as those who have contributed to Canada’s long standing tradition of military excellence through to the present day,” reads a description of the program on the federal government’s website.
“The sentries reinforce public awareness that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is to be treated with dignity, tribute and respect.” Recall my comment earlier about the location of this shooting being spun as something sacrilegious?
The spun has begun-

UPDATE #2 

JTF-2 is clearly in Ottawa

There ex head is downplaying their participation- BUT. They are there.
Watch the video. Look at the vehicle. Appears to be a more military vehicle




JTF-2 is a special ops unit

JTF-2 could have easily provided the snipers. Could have been the multiple shooters that were reported by witnesses. JTF-2 was present at the G-20 in Toronto.

JTF-2 has been mentioned at this blog on previous occasions
Report from a G20 protest attendee. Video footage.Where was JTF2 G-20 What's it really about?JTF-2 Torturing prisoners in Afghanistan
Canada's Elite Secret Army

JTF2 is a hyper-secret, elite counter-terrorist and VIP security force of some 250 hand-picked volunteers who are super-fit and super-trained, whose identities are secret, whose budget is classified and who are our version of Britain's SAS and U.S. Special Forces.
JTF2 was created to carry out acts of terror- Sure they call it counter terror- but they create terror
That JTF-2 was present in Ottawa today, is very indicative of this being a 'counter terror' operation
Counter terrorism ops do include " Operations that include the offensive measures taken, allegedly, to prevent, deter, preempt, and respond to terrorism" And I would add, create the fear necessary to justify acts of war and government tyranny
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Ukraine mini-SITREP: very ominous developments

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:36
This short post is just to inform you of the latest developments in the war in the Ukraine.

Following the use of a tactical ballistic missile against Donetsk by the Ukies, Zakharchenko has declared that the ceasefire was basically over.

Strelkov has made an official appeal warning that according to this information the Ukies were massing troops in preparation for an attack.  According to Strelkov, the Ukie plan is for a very short and very rapid "push" towards Donestk and the Russian border to make any Novorussian state non-viable and thus to negotiate from a position of force.  True, Strelkov does have a record of exaggerating threats in order to minimize them, but this time there are some strong signs that his analysis is shared by the Russian military, and these signs are the most ominous signs of all.

Russian sources - including the excellent Colonel Cassad blog - report that the voentorg aid-spigot has been fully re-opened including for some major deliveries.  While, of course, I am very happy that the Novorussian resistance is getting much needed equipment (and specialists), this kind of full reopening of the voentorg also indicates to me that the Russian intelligence services have concluded that an attack is very likely, possibly very soon.

I have been following the situation in Banderastan pretty closely and I can only say that the cracks in the regime are visible all over the place.  Whether Poroshenko and his US master's really believe that an attack can succeed (I doubt it) or whether they really want to force Russia into openly intervening (which I see as almost inevitable), the fact is that starting a major war might well be the only way to save the Poroshenko regime which currently is in free fall.

It is quite possible that Strelkov's blunt warning and, even more so, the reopening of the voentorg will convince the Ukies that Russia is ready to intervene and that their attack will not be allowed to succeed.  What concerns me is that the Poroshenko regime (and his CIA patrons) might decide that even a defeat at the hand of the Russian military is preferable to the current death spiral: not only can a war save the regime, a Russian intervention would finally make the AngloZionist dream come true.  Putin will try his utmost to avoid falling into this trap, and that means that Russia will have to provide massive covert support and aid to Novorussia.  As for the Novorussians, they have to be strong enough to stop the initial assault.  If they succeed, then the offensive will be effectively dead. But Strelkov is right, if the Ukie break through the Novorussian lines, then Russia will have to intervene.

This is an extremely dangerous situation.

The Saker
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Community "counter-Tsunami" response: fantastic!

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:20
Dear friends,

I just wanted to thank you all for the huge response you gave to my appeal yesterday.  Not only did donations come in as never before, you also gave me extremely valuable advice (in both public comments and private emails).  You have also pointed out some mistakes I have made in the past which I shall not repeat again.  

In the very near future, I will write up a response and a plan for the future which I think you will be very happy with. Right now I need to deal with more urgent matters - including some possibly very serious developments in the Ukraine - but I just wanted to thank you all: the miracle of "spontaneous self-organization of people" has happened again and our community - you - are nothing short of absolutely fantastic!!

Kindest regards and thanks to all,

The Saker
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Community brainstorming: I am swimming against a Tsunami

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:03
Dear friends,

As I mentioned yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that I need to share with you the problems which I and my blog are having and, frankly, to ask for your help.  I have been trying to avoid this, but several good friends have strongly urged me to do so and time has proven that they were right.

First, I will begin by a short "state of the community" mini-report so we can all see how far we have got and where we all are now.

Since 2007 this blog has been a "one-man show" where one anonymous dude shared his thoughts with an abstract (and very small but also very nice) Internet audience.  The war in the Ukraine changed all that.  From a blog which almost never even mentioned the Ukraine (I was focused mostly on the Middle-East) the Saker Blog rapidly became a 99% Ukraine-centered blog.  Along with that, an explosion in the number of readers happened: while for years I had maybe a couple of hundred visitors (on a good day), this spring it went from hundreds, to thousands, to tens of thousands to the absolute record of just under 70'000 in one day in August.  Then, it slowly tapered off back to a more reasonable 20'000-30'000 per day, depending on the events in the Ukraine: the worse the war, the more readers I got (-: which made me feel like a "war profiteer" :-).  The second huge change which suddenly happened was the the small community around this blog suddenly massively grew in size.  It all began when a wonderful French lady ("C" - encore merci pour tout!!) wrote to tell me that she thought my blog should be translated into French.  I replied "great - but I cannot do it myself".  She said that she would try to find somebody.

A few months later there are now six, soon to be seven (Latin American is almost ready!), independent Saker blogs - all tremendously successful, all with their own large readership and attached YouTube channels.  

Then there are the guest-author's SITREPS: Ukraine, Iraq, Nigeria, Transcarpathia Transnistria and Gagauzia, and Latin America.  Two of them come directly from a war zone and thus depend on the author's personal safety and access to communications.  All of them provide an insider look which is simply not to be found elsewhere.  I consider these SITREPs a fantastic asset to our community.

Furthermore, there are two more recent developments which I am delighted with and which deserve special mention here: Alexander Mercouris has agreed to post his (always excellent) FB commentaries on this blog and I am now a regular contributor to Russia Insider with whom the Saker community can now also collaborate on various issues.  In other words, our community is rapidly growing.  And what all this means is this:

We are making a real difference.  We have established a presence in a record time and the future prospects look nothing short of fantastic.  Furthermore, in this current war the information aspect is at least as important as bullets and guns.  In fact, the Empire spends a lot more on information warfare then on the military hardware actually used.  In other words, while a diverse community of like-minded people like ours has neither the goal or the means to beat the big heavyweights like the AngloZionist media or special services, we are big enough to make a difference and they cannot completely ignore us.  At the very least, we can serve to crash their propaganda about a consensus in their support.  Finally, we can be a people-to-people bridge between the people living under the AngloZionist Empire's rule and the those living in the (truly) "free world" lead by Russia.

I still have to pinch myself from time to time to check whether this is " really real", or this is just a dream (the regular contact I have with the wonderful people working on the other Saker blogs and that I now consider as friends, proves to me that, yes, this is real).

Finally, because of the very high risks of censorship and/or legal attack, I have agreed to move this blog to a new server in a safe(r) jurisdiction (Iceland) and on a privately owned server.  As you know, this important and necessary step has, so far, been less than a success (More about that further below) So let's turn to my problems now.

They can all be summarized in a simple expression: time and money.

The huge growth of this blog and the other independent Saker blogs and of our (now truly worldwide) community did not just happen "like that".  At each step of the way, I had to find the right people, discuss an immense array of issues and, of course, make mistakes and try to learn from them.  I had to cope with at least one major crisis which took a lot of energy to mediate and resolve and I had to deal with a lot of people who promised much but delivered nothing.  I am not complaining about this, but I want you to understand that it all entails a huge number of hours of work to organize and fix.  All the while while producing analyses of the civil war in the Ukraine and moderating one to several hundred comments each day (I had asked two friends to help me with that task, but one concluded that the philosophy of this blog did not make him feel comfortable while the second one simply dumped me with less than a week's notice).

As a result of all these developments, my daily workload for this blog has been exponentially going up throughout the spring, summer and fall.  At the same time, however, donations have been going down.  So let's talk about these donations (sigh, deep breath, plunging).

Those who have been here long enough know that the entire idea of donations came from readers who literally demanded that I create some kind of donation option.  I have to tell you that I have always been extremely uncomfortable and embarrassed taking about money (even writing this makes me feel absolutely terrible) but that I decided to give it try.  To my most absolute amazement, donations began coming in and even in amounts sufficient enough to make a difference in my family's budget.  In fact, without these donations we could not have made it through the summer without sinking further into debt (full disclosure: we have a house and 2 old cars, but no savings, no pension, and plenty of credit card debt).  Over the past couple of months, however, these donations have been steadily decreasing and, frankly, my family and I only pulled it through thanks to one individual from northern Europe who has been helping month after month and without whom I could never have maintained this blog.  Clearly, many supporters are suffering from "donor fatigue" or are also maxed out.

From the beginning of the existence of this blog I always have been reluctant to create categories of readers or to offer some products/services only to paying subscribers.  This is still something I don't want to do.  Still, I am told by friends that I should consider such an option.  In practical terms, we are talking about the possibility of writing a book about Russia based on some of the articles I have posted here and/or making a podcast.  Right now, I have way too much to do just to keep things running, but I could consider these options in the future, especially if my financial situation continues to deteriorate.  At this point in time, however, I cannot add any further activities or ventures to what I have to do every day, not unless I find a way to squeeze 36-48 hours of life into a 24 hour day.  Worse, if I have to take on these ventures just to make ends meet, I will have to dramatically decrease the time spent on this blog and this, right at the time when the Empire's war against Russia is heating up and the Ukraine is about to explode again.  This makes no sense to me.

By the way, I am often accused of being a "paid Putin agent".  Every time I read that I sigh in think "if only that was true...".  The reality is that Vladimir Vladimirovich has not contributed a single kopek to this blog (yet?), nor has any other Russian government, corporate or even private entity.  A few Russian readers have, but I can count them on the fingers of one hand.  Considering the absolutely dismal Russian performance in the current PR war against the western MSM propaganda machine, I am at loss for words to describe this apparent indifference.  I can only surmise that this the "not without honor, except in your own country, and in your own house" phenomenon at work.

If I had a magic wand, I would go back to doing what I think I do best and what most of you would probably want me to do: write analyses for this blog.  But in order to do that, I need to be honest with you and admit to you that I hit a kind of a "wall" and that I need your help.  If you value what you get on this blog then please help me work for this blog in conditions where I can at least preserve my mental health and focus on my writing rather than on my ballooning debt.  I am sorry to be so blunt about this, but at this point I have no other choice.

Then there is the issue of the new blog.

Fundamentally, I think that the decision to move the blog to Iceland is a sound one.  Furthermore, I personally like the new blog a lot, both the design, the visual appearance and the work on it as an author and administrator.  Simply put: WordPress is infinitely better than Blogger.  Furthermore, there is a real risk of being shut down here, on Blogger.  So I see no reasons to question the original idea.  The implementation is, however, a different business.  Here I personally responsible for a number of mistakes.  I will spare you all the technical details, but the bottom line is that for the time being the new blog needs to go back into testing and until it is fixed we all have to only use this blog here, on Blogger, for the foreseeable future.  The new blog will be back and, hopefully, the next time around it will be more solid than the first one.  But for the time being - Blogger is the only option.

The bottom line is this: I need your help.

First, if you have not contributed to this blog in the past, please do.  Right now less than 0.25% of the readers of this blog have sent a donation.  If you have, please consider contributing again or even increasing your contribution.

Second, please let me know what you think of the idea of creating "for purchase" products as opposed to keep everything for free.  Specifically, please let me know if you would be interested in purchasing a book and/or a podcast.  My own preference goes for the former, but you might think otherwise. 

Third, do you have any ideas about fund-raising/crowd-funding?  Are there any amongst you who are knowledgeable about this realm about which I know nothing?  Would any of you offer your time as a volunteer fund-raiser of some type?  What about this idea: can the community support my work by raising funds for me not by sending donations, but literally by creating some kind of fund-raising mechanism?  Seeking out donors amongst friends?  Organizing some kind of mailing list or dedicated website?  Write to Vladimir Vladimirovich and ask for his help (just kidding!)?  Seriously, if you cannot donate or are maxed out - can you help with your brain and, especially, your time?

In other words, while advice about what I could/should do is great, it would be even greater if some of you could actually take it upon themselves to help directly. Right now, I am so overworked that I stopped writing my thesis, stopped all my recreational activities and my daily reading is down to 15min a day max: I have 3 books in the pipeline to review for this blog, and I had only enough time to read 3/4 of the first one...

Fourth, please forgive me all the problems with the new server and the back and fourth between the old and new one.  For the time being, let's stay here and if suddenly I get shut down by Blogger - then go to any of the other Saker blogs (which are all safely hosted in Iceland) until the new blog is fixed.

Fifth and last, but most definitely not least - do you have any other suggestions or ideas? I really hope that this appeal to the community will generate one (or several) solutions. So far, what I call the "spontaneous self-organization of people" has been nothing short of miraculous for me and since the friend I mentioned yesterday did write "We can fix everything except you" I have decided to honestly lay out in front of "all of y'alls" (as they say in Florida) the stuff I am struggling with and which destroys my peace of mind.

Right now, I have the feeling that I am swimming against a Tsunami and I am losing the strength to do so very fast.  Please think about it all and if you can help, in any form, please do.

I would prefer if you posted your reactions/ideas/suggestions here, but feel free to also email me if you prefer.  I will probably not have the time to respond individually to most (or even any) of your comments/emails, but I will try as best I can.  And I will definitely read every single with the greatest attention.

For the rest of the week, I will probably post less as I will be working on many of these behind-the-scenes problems, but since I left you with two *truly* world-class articles to consider (Strelkov's reply to Khodorkovsky and the Glaziev - Khazin press conference) and since the "questions to Khazin" are still being collected until Friday, I trust that this is fair enough.  Of course, in case of critical developments I will set everything aside and keep you posted as best I can.

Okay, readers and friends, your turn now.  Please help in any way you can.

Thanks and kind regards to all,

The Saker
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ISIS Fighters Seize Weapons that were supposed to be for the Kurds of Kobane(i)

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:48
Big surprise!- Not!

I had saved some material yesterday for a post on this ridiculous air drop the US had undertaken. And in the unpublished post I mentioned this exact scenario
IS Fighters Seize Weapons Airdrop Meant for KurdsIslamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic State. The video appeared authentic and corresponded to The Associated Press' reporting of the event. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants had seized at least once cache, but may have seized more.This is not an accident. If this possibility occurred to me, yesterday, it surely occurred to all the planners who come up with these ideas. Which suggests to me, the weapons drop was for ISIS.
It's not an embarrassment. It's not a glitch. An error. Or an "F'up" It's a plan.
Deal with it!

Here is the information, below, I had saved yesterday. The information was going to be part of a bigger post being worked on, which will be called- Double Crossing Turkey
 American airdrops- weapons near Koban(e)IMy commentary to the story:
I tried to find a report that validated or ensured the arms had actually gone to Kurds. It seems the US has not been able to ascertain if the weapons went to the claimed recipients.

The news story is dated with yesterday's date

“One official said that while the results of the mission are still being assessed, it appeared that "the vast majority" of the supplies reached the intended Kurdish fighters”Commentary from yesterday....
Surely some of these weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS- NATo’s jihadis. And, some of these arms may have found their way to the hands of the PKK. Something Turkey isn’t jumping for joy over- But, since the US is arming the PKK, as well as ISIS, for their boots on the ground in Syria- Turkey can suck it up-
I have mentioned this exact scenario the Kurds, ISIS and other ne'er do wells are intentionally armed to fight Syria's army on more then one occasion.....

Just in case anyone reading here can't not recall these previous mentions?

 September 20/2014-"Boots on the ground" pour into Syria- PKK appeals for Kurds to fight with ISIS in Syria
  To conclude- The ISIS mercs, PKK terrorists and the Peshmerga are the boots on the ground for the impending airstrikes on Syria-   And they are moving into place! 
Which is highly suggestive airstrikes are coming sooner rather then later.....
August 28/2014 - ISIS = Smoke & Mirrors. Giving cover now for strikes on Syria
-The US will launch airstrikes into Syria.
-They are and have been laying the groundwork for sometime now.
- Creation of the petro state Kurdistan-
-Soften targets for an onslaught of Islamists, Kurds, Turks and whoever else they have holed up in Northern Iraq.The weapons drops were simply the arms for the boots on the ground. It's that clear and has been that obvious
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October Nigeria SITREP (Boko Haram)

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:47
by 'Fulan Nasrullah'

A few salient points on the so called Ceasefire:

1. There is no ceasefire between the trio of Jamaa'atu Ahlis-Sunnah ('Alal-Haqq) of Sheikh Bukar, Ansorul-Muslimiin Harakatul-Muhajiriin, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
These groups have been engaged in a heavy battles with the Cameroonians on their side of the Mandara Mountains, and they agreed to a temporary cessation of hostilities with Cameroon in several sectors along the border. Part of that agreement was the release of the Chinese an Cameroonian hostages held by Harakatul-Muhajiriin and Ansorul-Muslimiin.

2. This ceasefire between the insurgents and Cameroon was reached despite the objections of Khalid Al-Barnawi because the insurgents had suffered heavy losses in recent battles on the Cameroonian front.
Sources estimate as much as a thousand to fifteen hundred fighters died in a month of fighting in the Adamawa Mountains.

3. Cameroon agreed to this ceasefire because it too had suffered heavy losses in the fight against the insurgents, and it faced an escalation of the fighting and a spread of the conflict out of the border areas where the violence has been contained within to its southern population areas (the Afghanistan Scenario I.e suicide bombings, mass scale terror attacks on civilians in the country's hinterland etc).

4. Cameroon has no interest in wiping out Boko Haram as long as the insurgents remain contained across the border inside Nigeria.
The Cameroonians only view Boko Haram as a threat because the insurgents have been using their territory as a rear base area and have been recruiting Cameroonians in their thousands to fight in the war in Nigeria. This opens the door to such Cameroonian recruits returning home to launch their own jihad against Paul Biya and his regime.
So seeing an opportunity to move the fighting back into Nigeria and preserve the peace in its territory, Yaoundé jumped at it.

5. The Insurgents expansion campaigns were stalled because they underestimated the Cameroonian resolve to keep the fighting out of Cameroon and they ended up diverting resources from their territorial expansion campaigns to fighting the Cameroonians.

6. A ceasefire was asked for by the Nigerian Government and was rejected by all the factions except Shekau's faction.

7. The ceasefire agreement reached in N'Djadmena the Chadian capital between Jamaa'tu Ahlis-Sunnah of Shekau had no fixed operational limit attached to it.

8. The Nigerian negotiators asked for the Shekau Faction delegation to bear a message to Shekau that the Nigerian President was seeking to negotiate a permanent solution to this crisis with the insurgents. This same message was sent through Chadian and Cameroonian intelligence channels to the other three factions. ALL THE FACTIONS rejected the offer of comprehensive negotiations, with Shekau's Faction saying that Abubakar Shekau was only interested in a temporary ceasefire.

9. Contrary to Federal Government claims there was no agreement to release the Chibok girls as Shekau does not hold them. Shekau holds hundreds possibly thousands of women kidnapped by his foot soldiers across Yobe and Borno States, but he doesn't hold the Chibok girls and he holds no territory in that area at all. Rather Shekau's Faction promised to intercede with Ansorul-Muslimiin who are the ones holding the girls to secure their release..

The Federal Government has been trying to portray the ceasefire agreement it reached with Shekau's faction as a political victory. Boko Haram is not a monolithic entity rather it is an ideological movement with for factions only one of whom reached a ceasefire with the Government. Despite this so called ceasefire there was fighting <a href="http:// https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/169793-despite-ceasefire-claims-soldiers-kill-25-boko-haram-militants-in-damboa.html">around military positions in the areas close to Damboa Town</a> (Propaganda aside, insurgents still control Damboa). This fighting was between fighters of the other three factions and the Nigerian Army.

Will the ceasefire lead to a change on the ground? Not much. Most of the ground fighting in the really active war theatres of Southern Borno and Adamawa has been conducted by the other three factions, with Shekau's faction facing a difficult transition from a terrorist/guerrilla army to a conventional force in Yobe and Northern Borno. Not much fighting has taken place in the Shekau faction's area of operations recently.

With the other three factions rejecting any ceasefire negotiations there will definitely be more fighting in the Southern Borno-Adamawa axis as they are not bound by the ceasefire agreement between the Nigerian Government and Shekau. Although the rate at which the insurgents (the trio factions) launch attack would be reduced as they try to reap benefits from the temporary pause in their campaign in Cameroon.

Note On My Absence.
I am unfortunately not always available these days to write as much as I want to. My time is limited and I am in an area where I am often cut off from internet facilities, thanks to the so called Counter Insurgency Campaign in North East Nigeria and I often have to rely on Cameroonian communications networks that are received over the border, to talk to the outside world.

FN.
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Top Putin advisors and experts discuss economy, sanctions & central bank

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:36
Dear friends,

There is no overstating the importance of the video and transcript I am posting today.  In a crucial moment of the confrontation between the AngloZionist Empire and Russia, two top Putin advisors - Sergei Glaziev and Mikhail Khazin - openly and very candidly discuss the "economic front" of this global war.  Both of these man are top level economists, both of them have a first hand and truly immense knowledge of the real state of affairs of the Russian state and Russian economy, and both have "Putin's ear" (they - not Dugin - are his close advisors).  Last but not least, Khazin and Glaziev are firmly in the "Eurasian Sovereignist" camp and are therefore hated by the "Atlantic Integrationist" 5th column.

One more thing: yesterday I published a manifesto by Strelkov whom I described as an "iconic symbol and spokesman for the "Eurasian Sovereignist" camp".  This is true as far as the Russian people are concerned.  But Strelkov has no access to the high spheres of power and he is not privy to the internal Kremlin politics.  Strelkov has the potential to play an important role because the real power base of Putin and the "Eurasian Sovereignists" is what we could call "the Russian street" - the people of Russia (in contrast to the real power base of the Atlantic Integrationists who are the Russian liberal money elites).  But Strelkov will never be part of any move to re-gain control of the Russian Central Bank or to change the interest rates charged to Russian businesses.  Khazin and, especially, Glaziev will.

My intention with these publications is to give you, my readers, a "behind the scenes" or "not for western audiences" kind of access and insight into the very real war taking place inside Russia.  At a time when so many putatively pro-Russian bloggers present a crude and primitive "shoulda coulda woulda" model with on one side heroic good guys and on the other villains and traitors I want you to be able to see the extreme complexity and intensity of the internal war taking place inside Russia for the future of Russia.  Once you do that, then the apparent zig-zags of Russian policies in Novorussia will begin to make sense to you and you will be able to distinguish real Russian patriots (those who struggle to free Russia from the AngloZionist domination) from the fake ones (those who always find a way to criticize the former ones but never do anything useful themselves).

Sorry for that long introduction, but I am so exited to finally be able to share these important documents with you that I wanted to explain why I consider them so important.

A few technical points now:

1)  There is a nasty little outfit out there trying to have this video removed from YouTube on "copyright grounds".  I urge you to download it as soon as you can.  Firefox users can do that with the "MP4 downloader", "DownloadHelper" and "DownThemAll" extensions.  Please feel free to repost it anywhere you want (RuTube maybe?)
2) By "popular demand" and because this is a most important document, I have made the full transcript available for download here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByibNV3SiUooUGFhejRCM2Q4bm5oWHVXTlpLY2dsazF4a2Vn/view?usp=sharing )

Okay, that's here.  On with the video now.  Enjoy!!

The Saker
(please make sure to press the 'cc' button on the lower right to see the English subs!)

Host:
Vladimir Anatolievich (V.A)

Guests:
Sergey Glazyev (S.G)
Khazin Mikhail Leonidovich (M.L)
Vladimir Yuryevich Levchenko (V.Y)

Credits: (A HUGE THANK YOU GUYS - YOU ALL REALLY ROCK!!)
English Transcription & Translation by:
VineyardSaker Video Team: Marina, GC, Katya, S, Gideon & Yulia
Editing & Production: Marina & Augmented Ether
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Either Praise the Police, or Shut Up

freedominourtime - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:48


"Don't just touch your chin -- bang it, man, bang it!"


Following Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia, members of the Persian elite were required to prostrate themselves before their new ruler. Polyperchon, one of Alexander’s generals, sternly rebuked one of the Persians whose self-abasement was seen as inadequate.

“Come on, don’t just touch the floor with your chin,” demanded Alexander’s arrogant underling. “Bang it, man! Bang it!”

Police union commissar Patrick J. Lynch displays more than a hint of that attitude in dealing with a public that at long last has become disgusted with routine and impenitent criminal corruption on the part of the state’s consecrated dispensers of violence.  

For Lynch – whose views are very commonplace in law enforcement – any attitude toward police other than abject, servile gratitude is unacceptable, and perhaps even criminal. This is true even of those who preface modulated discussion of unambiguous criminal misconduct with the familiar disclaimer: “Not all cops are bad.”

“Proclaiming that `not all cops are bad’ implies that rational people might somehow believe the opposite,” Lynch whined in a recent column for the New York Post. “It lends cop-haters a credibility they don’t deserve. And it minimizes the dedication and professionalism that police officers display, day in and day out, by implying that it’s the exception rather than the rule.” 
 Tax-feeders' mouthpiece: Lynch.
From Lynch’s perspective, sycophancy toward the licensed purveyors of violence is a civic obligation, and the public has a duty to sustain the pretense that every single police officer is a divinely commissioned instrument of justice and the distillate of valor.

Lynch demands that the public accept the proposition that “all cops put their lives on the line to protect all New Yorkers.” The NYPD formally repudiated that claim in its official reply to a lawsuit filed by the heroic Joseph Lozito, who was cut to ribbons while taking down crazed serial killer Maksim Gelman in a subway car as Officer Terrance Howell cowered behind a glass partition. 

Howell was hailed as a “hero,” and the NYPD deflected Lozito’s lawsuit by insisting that “under well-established law, the police … have no special duty” to protect an individual citizen. 

For cops, “officer safety” is always the prime directive. Lynch would contend that the public must embrace Howell as a hero because of his occupation – or, failing that, stifle any criticism of his behavior. Extolling him as a heroic exemplar is acceptable; describing him as an anomalous “bad apple” is not.

According to Lynch, police are victimized by an invidious double standard. After all, “when a patient dies on the operating table under dubious circumstances, elected officials don’t rush to reassure the public that not all surgeons are incompetent. If an airline pilot is caught drinking before take-off, TV talking heads don’t remind us that the majority of pilots are sober.”


Leaving aside the fact that the mechanisms of professional accountability for surgeons and pilots are much more demanding than those that exist in law enforcement, the most obvious problem with Lynch’s desperate analogy is that people in those professions are actually rendering a service to the public. Police have no enforceable duty to do likewise.

Doctors help their patients; pilots safely convey passengers to their chosen destinations. Private security personnel defend persons and property. For people in those professions, success is measured in terms of positive outcomes for paying customers, and failure is recognized as either unavoidable misfortune or culpable incompetence.

For police officers, by way of contrast, “success” results when those targeted in displays of government-sanctioned violence either submit or are subdued, often with lethal consequences – even when the recipient of that violence did nothing to warrant such treatment.

According to Lynch, the death of Eric Garner – who was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes -- at the hands of an NYPD thugscrum was a “success.” Once the officers had decided to abduct Garner, “failure” – meaning successful resistance by their victim – was no longer an option.

What should police do, Lynch complained in a recent press conference, “when we’re faced with a situation where the person being placed under arrest says, `I’m not going. I’m not being placed under arrest.’ What is it we should do? Walk away?”

If the arrestee wasn’t involved in an actual crime – and there’s no evidence that Garner had done anything other than embarrass plainclothes officers by breaking up a fight – then the inescapable answer is: Yes, the police should walk away.

“We don’t have that option,” Lynch asserts – which means that officers are entitled to “use necessary force to make that arrest.” In the case of Eric Garner, this included the use of an illegal chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo, which resulted in a criminal homicide.
“There is an attitude on our streets today that it is acceptable to resist arrest,” grouses Lynch. “That attitude is a direct result of a lack of respect for law enforcement.”


Actually, that attitude is in large measure a reflection of the ever-escalating lawlessness of the government employees represented by Lynch and his comrades. It may also reflect a growing appreciation for the fact that resisting unlawful arrest — while considered a crime, and prosecuted as if it were — is an ancient, venerable, and indispensable right of free people. Under the still-valid Supreme Court precedent John Black Elk v. U.S. (1900), a citizen has a legally recognized right to use lethal force to prevent the consummation of an unlawful arrest, and bystanders likewise have a right (and perhaps a moral duty) to intervene on behalf of the victim.

Like other agencies of its kind, the NYPD is well-stocked with the kind of privileged bullies who have mastered the art of simultaneously swaggering and simpering. Thus anonymous NYPD sources described anti-police graffiti to the New York Post as “a disturbing hate crime.”

Through video surveillance, the NYPD identified  36-year-old Rosella Best as the culprit. Best tagged police vehicles and a public school with graffiti expressing such eminently defensible (if grammatically awkward) sentiments as “NYPD pick on the harmless,” “NYPD pick on the innocent,” and — in a display of familiar but increasingly justified hyperbole — “NAZIS=NYPD.” (Assuming that Ms. Best used only “public” property as her canvas, it’s difficult to identify an actual victim in this case.)

 Best was charged with “criminal mischief as a hate crime.”  Under Article 485 of New York Penal Law, a “hate crime” must involve “violence, intimidation [or] destruction of property” inspired by animus toward people on the basis of “race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation.” 

Absent from that inventory is any mention of occupation as a “protected category,” which means that the NYPD must consider itself to be either a tribe, a cult, or perhaps even a sexual orientation, most likely one that fetishizes sadistic mistreatment of the helpless.

The statute also specifies that the offending act must be intended to “inflict on victims incalculable physical and emotional damage” and be intended to “intimidate and disrupt entire communities….” By filing a hate crimes charge against Ms. Best, the NYPD is certifying that its rank and file consists of people who are wounded and intimidated by public criticism. If the bold and valiant badasses of the NYPD must be protected from hurtful words, they’re obviously not the kind of people who “put their lives on the line to protect all New Yorkers,” as Patrick Lynch would have us pretend.

All police officers embody “selflessness and courage,” Lynch maintains – but there is one “nightmare” that burdens their waking thoughts and holds sleep in abeyance: Accountability.

“We have watched in disbelief as the worst nightmare a police officer can have comes true,” wailed retired Jersey City Police Officer Robert Cubby in a post at LawEnforcementToday.com, referring to the prospect of criminal charges against Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner.  “An NYPD officer applied what was falsely called a choke hold. Moments later, the perpetrator gasped for air and died in the hospital.”

These two developments, Cubby would have us pretend, were not necessarily related. It’s not that Garner’s government-employed assailants killed him; he just chose that particular moment to die.

Now that the death of Garner — who was not a “perpetrator” of any sort, once again, but rather a man who had just broken up a fight — has been ruled a homicide, the “career of those involved from the NYPD dangles from a thread,” moans Cubby. “The officers face the worst possible nightmare; loss of their career and being thrown in jail for a good portion of the rest of their lives.”

The same would be true of anybody else who fatally assaulted another human being without cause. Cubby and people of his ilk assume that police officers must be beyond accountability for such actions, and that the loss of their exalted station as dispensers of lethal force is a fate worse than death.

“While these officers now become defendants and have to, somehow, gather enough emotional strength to get through this horrible accusation [and] gather all their financial resources to defend themselves, stay out of jail and retain their jobs, it is time for the LEO family to support our NYPD brothers and sisters,” insists Cubby. He suggested that members of the state’s armed enforcement class display their solidarity with Garner’s killers through a “United We Stand with NYPD” social media campaign: Law enforcement officers and their friends were urged to change their Facebook profile picture to an upside-down NYPD flag. That green, white, and blue banner, which was adopted by the department in 1919, is draped over the coffins of officers who are killed in the line of duty.

After all, if a costumed tax-feeder can’t kill without consequence, what’s the point of living?

Cubby’s suggestion, it should be pointed out, was made before the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri last August – which led to protests, riots, and a Fallujah-grade crack-down by fully militarized “local” police. The well-publicized conduct of the police in Ferguson finally forced the public to confront what the police have become. This, in turn, helped propagate an epidemic of institutional self-pity within law enforcement, and Lt. Daniel Furseth of Wisconsin’s DeForest PD came down with a particularly severe case.

“Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man,” begins Furseth’s October 14 essay in American Police Beat Magazine. “I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.”


Furseth, like Lynch, is disillusioned not because of what their profession has become, but because of how it is perceived by an ungrateful public that is proving itself unworthy of their sanctified overseers. Furseth also seems deaf to the implications of his own overwrought, self-fixated rhetoric: If he stopped “caring” about the people he “serves,” shouldn’t he resign? Or is he admitting to being a state-licensed sociopath with permission to inflict violence on a public he now views with unfiltered scorn and unalloyed resentment?

“I stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good or `the police will take you away,’ embedding a fear from year one,” complains Furseth, offering a variation on Lynch’s complaint that even people who respect the police understand that they are agents of violence. He likewise condemns those who quite correctly describe the police as “just another tool used by government to generate `revenue.’”

In offering that particular complaint, Furseth reveals himself to be either incurably disingenuous, or a stranger to the concept of irony.

DeForest, Wisconsin is a town of about 9,000 people located not far from Madison, the state capital. It is roughly 91 percent white and has a crime rate less than one-third the national average – and a violent crime rate so low it doesn’t make the needle twitch. Revenue collection through traffic enforcement and OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) “saturation patrols” are the chief functions of that police department.

A "friendly show of force."
Furseth proudly describes himself as the creator of the Capital Area OWI Task Force, which regularly conducts patrols for the purpose of “pulling over drivers as often as possible in a friendly show of force,” in the oxymoron-infused language of a local news account.

The DeForest PD’s 2013 Annual Report smugly observes: “One individual stated the following on a social media site: `Dude, I refuse to drive into DeFo with anything remotely illegal in my car, it seems like there’s a cop on every street.’”

That’s a sensible precaution, given that the “friendly” people responsible for that state of affairs are not only doing everything possible to wring revenue from visitors, but are also obsessively monitoring social media.

“We represent a `Police State’ where `Jackbooted badge-wearing thugs’ randomly attack innocent people without cause or concern for constitutional rights,” laments Furseth. “We are Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Rodney King all rolled into one….”

Notably absent from his jeremiad is any acknowledgement, however qualified or tentative, that the perception he laments could possibly be justified. If he possesses so much as a particle of principled concern for the rights of innocent people, Furseth will reach beyond his privileged peer group and offer support to a local family who suffered horribly  “without cause or concern for constitutional rights” in a 3:00 a.m. no-knock SWAT assault.  


DeForest is about a half-hour from Madison, which is where the family of Bounkham Phonesavanh – more commonly known as “Baby Bou-Bou” --resides.  The 20-month-old child was nearly murdered by police in Georgia last May 28th during a 3:00 no-knock SWAT raid. Acting on the basis of purchased intelligence from a petty criminal, the raiders attacked the home without warning, hurling a flash-bang grenade into the living room. The infernal device exploded in Bou-Bou’s crib, blowing off his nose and ripping open his chest.

The Phonesavanh family was residing temporarily with an aunt in Georgia. The parents weren’t suspected of any criminal conduct – but this didn’t prevent the invaders from assaulting the father, leaving him with a permanent shoulder injury. No drugs or other evidence was found at the home, nor was the relative suspected of drug dealing. 

Just move on: Sheriff Terrell.
The tiny victim was still in a medically induced coma when Habersham County Sheriff Jerry Terrell officially exonerated the officers who had nearly murdered him: “I stand behind what our team did. There’s nothing to investigate, there’s nothing to look at.” Public outrage eventually led to a Grand Jury inquest, which did little more than ratify the sheriff’s claims
Following a six-day investigation, the Grand Jury declined to indict the law enforcement officers who participated in that atrocity.

The prologue to the grand jury’s “Presentment” is five pages of frothy self-justification and pious persiflage emphasizing the public-spiritedness of the panel and extending sympathy to both the victims and perpetrators of this atrocity.

“Nothing can be more difficult and heart-wrenching than injuries to one’s child,” the document asserts, before suggesting that inflictingsuch injuries can be just as traumatic to the exalted instruments of state coercion who nearly killed Bou-Bou: “[W]e wish to extend our sympathy also to the law enforcement officers involved… [W]hat has not been seen before by others and talked or written about, is that these individuals are suffering as well.”

That “suffering,” like the nearly fatal injuries to Bou-Bou, came after an investigation that was “hurried, sloppy, and unfortunately not in accordance with the best practices and procedures.” This wasn’t “criminal negligence,” mind you, but simply the regrettable result of “well-intentioned people getting in too big a hurry, and not slowing down and taking enough time to consider the possible consequences of their actions.”

This assessment might be appropriate in describing the distracted and inattentive cook who sets fire to a stove. Applying it to people who carried out an unjustified 3:00 a.m. military assault that left an infant fighting for his life is an obscenity.

The most abhorrent passage in this document comes on page 13, where “the parents and extended family” of the victim are cut in for a share of the blame, because they supposedly “had some degree of knowledge concerning family members involved in criminal activity that came in and out of the residence.” Bou-Bou’s parents had taken refuge with relatives in Georgia after their home in Wisconsin was burned down. They weren’t implicated in the alleged wrongdoing of their relative; they were simply desperate for a place to live.

Bou-Bou’s parents, who moved back to Wisconsin in July, have been saddled with more than $1 million in medical bills. After initially promising to help defray those expenses, Habersham County officials — displaying the selective, self-serving fastidiousness for “law” that is so typical of  tyrants and bureaucrats — now insist that it would be “illegal” to do so.


Daniel Furseth is a neighbor to the Phonesevanh family. He ends his essay with a self-dramatizing flourish: “Yes, I stopped caring today. But tomorrow, I will put my uniform back on and I will care again.”

If the compass of his caring extends beyond his comrades in the coercive caste -- and there is videotaped evidence that he has a soft spot for small children -- Furseth really should extend his sympathies to the Phonesevanhs – perhaps by organizing a fundraising effort to help those innocent people pay the costs of restoring their mangled baby to health. 

By doing so, however, Furseth would acknowledge that decent people have abundant reason to look upon the police with fear and suspicion – and this is a concession he probably cannot bring himself to make.

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German intelligence report on MH17

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:41
by Alexander Mercouris

It seems the German intelligence agency the BND has provided a Bundestag committee with a report that once again attributes the MH17 shoot down to the NAF.

The report has not been published but for me the single most interesting thing in it is that it apparently finally demolishes the theory that MH17 was shot down by a BUK system secretly transferred to the NAF by the Russians. We are back it seems to the theory that the NAF shot down MH17 with a BUK missile system it captured from the Ukrainians.

There are a number of points to make here:

1. At the time when MH17 was shot down the western media were in full flood that the Russians were responsible. All sorts of stories circulated about how a BUK missile system was supposedly secretly smuggled by Russia across the border and supplied to the NAF, which the NAF then used to shoot MH17 down. These stories played a key role in influencing western public opinion against Russia. The Germans forced other EU states to impose sectoral sanctions on Russia on the grounds it was responsible for the tragedy because it was arming the NAF. The stories of a BUK missile system being secretly smuggled back and forth across the border (and films supposedly culled from social media supposedly showing it doing just that) undoubtedly played a part in giving credence to these claims. The BND has now admitted that the Russians were not involved in the shooting down of MH17 and that MH17 was not shot down by a BUK missile system smuggled by the Russians across the border. It turns out therefore that all those stores that gained so much attention and which did Russia's image so much harm were untrue. I wonder whether sectoral sanctions would have been imposed on Russia if it had been known then that those stories were untrue.

2. By saying that MH17 was shot down by the NAF using a captured BUK missile system, the BND is contradicting what the junta said at the time and is still saying. The junta still denies that any of its BUK systems have been captured by the NAF. By contrast the BND now admits that what the Russians were saying in July - that they did not transfer a BUK system to the NAF and that they were not involved in the shooting down of MH17 - was true.

3. The BND has also apparently admitted that the "evidence" the junta produced supposedly culled from social media was fabricated or falsified. This is important because it is the first western admission of the fact that the junta has lied. Up to now no western government or agency has ever called into question anything the junta has ever said. Of course if the junta falsified or fabricated evidence about MH17 it might have done so about other matters (eg. the Kiev snipers or the Odessa fire).

4. There were some reports before the MH17 tragedy that the NAF had indeed captured a BUK missile system. It is difficult to say how credible those reports were. As I have previously said, given that the capture of such a system would have been a considerable coup, one might have expected the NAF to make more of the fact by publishing photographs of the BUK system they had captured. That however never happened. Absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence but I would still like to see some convincing evidence that the NAF really did have a BUK missile system in its possession (and a crew able to operate it) before I accepted the fact. Uncorroborated claims denied then and since by the Ukrainians and made in the midst of an armed conflict when all sorts of exaggerated claims are made are not sufficient evidence and do not prove anything. In the absence of such evidence all I can do is note (1) that the NAF continues to deny that it had or was operating a BUK system when MH17 was shot down and (2) that no evidence exists or has been made public which refutes that denial. .

5. The media reports about the BND report say that the BND has shown such evidence to the Bundestag committee and that supposedly it includes satellite imagery. The evidence has not however been made public and again one has to ask why? It is scarcely believable that there is something so secret about the way this evidence was collected that prevents it from being made public. The Russians and the Chinese certainly know everything there is to know about how the western powers collect imagery and other intelligence from their satellites. It is not as if publishing this evidence is therefore going to compromise any intelligence source or capability. Why then the secrecy especially over an issue of such importance? Whether the western powers want to admit to the fact or not, their refusal to make their evidence public casts doubt on how much weight this evidence really has.

6. In the absence of publication of this evidence (which would allow it to be properly examined and tested) it remains impossible to accept any claims based on it. There have just been too many cases of western intelligence agencies assuring us on the basis of "evidence" kept secret of the truth of things that turned out to be false. Recent examples include the false claims made by all western intelligence agencies including the BND about Saddam Hussein's non-existent weapons of mass destruction, the wrong claims of massive Russian slush funds hidden away in Cyprus, which actually originated with the BND, and the denials last year made by all western intelligence agencies including the BND that the Syrian rebels have used sarin gas, which a UN report has since admitted they almost certainly have.

7. There is one point about MH17 I do however wish to make.

On balance and despite the fact that the body of one of the passengers was found wearing an oxygen mask, I still think the most likely explanation for the tragedy is that MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile. I realise others (eg, Petri Kohn) disagree. I am not technically qualified to decide the question.

I am however concerned that some people are trying to reduce this issue to a false binary of SU25=junta versus BUK=NAF. That is precisely what the BBC for example sought to do in a recent Panorama programme.

The attraction of insisting that MH17 was shot down by a SU25 is that in that case only the junta could have done it since no one says the NAF had an operational SU25 capable of shooting MH17 down. The danger of insisting that MH17 was shot down by an SU25 is that if it does turn out that MH17 was in fact actually shot down by a BUK missile, then some in the west will treat that as proof that it was the NAF that shot it down.

It is nothing of the sort. It cannot be said too strongly that as of now there is no proof that at the time when MH17 was shot down the NAF was in possession of either an operational SU25 aircraft or an operational BUK system, whereas there is conclusive proof that the junta was in possession of both. Until the BND or some other western intelligence makes evidence public that proves the contrary that remains the position.
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Major problems for me and this blog - community brainstorming tomorrow, okay?

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:36
Dear friends,

As many of you have noticed, the new blog was down, now it is back up, but with a older version which is missing at least two posts and many comments.  My fault, my bad.  Now I need to fix it.  I will.  Still,

To be honest, I am having major problems and, to be equally honest, I need you guys to help me.  I am too tired right now to go into all the details, and I am waiting to hear from my IT volunteers, but I will write up a major announcement tomorrow where I will do a "state of the community" overview, list the problems that I am having, and ask for both help and suggestions as to how to address these problems.

A good friend whom you know under a alias wrote to me tonight "Keep the Blogger site going and don't crack up over the new version. We can fix everything except you."  He also made a couple of very intelligent suggestions.  Okay, I will call upon you all to help out since, after all, this is as much your blog, space and community as it is mine.

"See you" all tomorrow, kind regards,

The Saker
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Igor Strelkov replies to Mikhail Khodorkovsky (UPDATED!)

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:42
Dear friends,

Today I am submitting to your attention two interesting documents. A speech by "ex-oligarch and mobster now turned democratic activist" Mikhail Khodorkovsky and a reply to that speech by Igor Strelkov.

Make no mistake, there is a war going on. True, it has not yet turned into a shooting war with armies on both sides unleashing their power, but this is a war nevertheless. This war opposes, on one hand, the 1% ruling elites of the AngloZionist Empire and their allies in Russia - we can call them the "5th column" or the "Atlantic Integrationists" - and on the other hand, the Russian "Eurasian Sovereignists" and their allies in the rest of the world, including the many supporters of a sovereign and independent Russia in the West. This war has many "fronts" including, of course, the one between in Novorussia and Banderastan, but there are many more. There is one in Syria, Iran and Iraq. There is another one right inside the EU. There is another front in Far East Asia, along the Taiwan Strait, and yet another one in Latin America. In the recent past, these fronts could also be found running across the Serbian Krajina in Croatia, the border between Israel and Lebanon and in Chechnia. In fact, this is the first truly a *planetary war* and there are "fronts" everywhere. Even the Muslim "umma" is deeply split between those who support (US backed) Saudi Wahabism and those who oppose it (lead by Iran).

Right now, the most important one of these fronts runs across the Donbass, but this can change tomorrow.

One of these fronts runs across the Russian society. Khodorkovsky is the iconic symbol and spokesman for the "Atlantic Integrationist" camp while Strelkov is the iconic symbol and spoksman for the "Eurasian Sovereignist" camp. Please read both of their manifestos and compare them - you will see that the differences between these two worldviews are not only deep, they are mutually irreconcilable.

A big "thank you!!" to "A" who translated the Strelkov manifesto for this blog.

I hope that you will enjoy this fascinating read.

Kind regards,

The Saker
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Mikhail KhodorkovskyKhodorkovsky’s Speech at the Freedom House Awards Dinner

The following is the prepared text of the speech delivered by Mikhail Khodorkovsky at the 2014 Freedom House Awards Dinner on October 1. The text was originally posted here.
 
The European choice, social justice and national mobilization

1. There is a legend about how nearly 200 years ago, the Russian political émigrés of that time asked the Russian court historian Karamzin for the news about what was happening in the Motherland. Karamzin thought for a moment and then replied with a single word: “Stealing”. Little has changed in Russia since those times. Except maybe that the stealing has become even more sophisticated. Everything gets stolen in Russian, but the main thing – and this is unique, I suppose – is that in Russia even time gets stolen.

2. A little over 10 years ago I flew away from the USA to Russia, in order to strike out 10 years from my life and the life of my family. These ten years were taken away from me. In exchange I received some unique life experience that allowed me to rethink if not everything, then certainly a very large part of what I had been living by and what I had believed in the previous decade. But there is no way to bring back the time.

3. But the worst thing that I discovered when I got out of prison was that those ten years had been stolen not only from me, they had been stolen from the entire country. Time had struck the Putin decade out of Russia’s life. Concealed behind a façade of outward prosperity is the fact that the country has stopped its development. Not only that, in most areas it has been flung back far into the distant past: politically, economically, psychologically. The profusion of goods in the stores and the abundance of money in people’s pockets should not fool anybody. The regime can not take credit for this; it is a function of the oil market.

4. But that is not all. It turns out that the regime has robbed not only Russia, . It is trying to throw the whole world back into the era of the cold war (if not a hot one), when disputes are resolved at the point of a gun, while one’s superiority is proven not by rates of economic growth, but by military aggression. Russia and the world have come to a very dangerous point, beyond which looms a Third World War.

The return to Europe

5. A return to the European values that lie at the foundation of the Euro-Atlantic civilization, – a mental and political return – is the starting point for the new political course that could help Russia work its way out of the historical snare it is now in. Russia has just two ways it can go – forward into the post-industrial era together with Europe, or back into the Middle Ages , and after that into outright non-existence.

6. All that my country has today, everything that it considers truly “its own”, everything that has allowed it to become a great power and that is now its “calling card”: space exploration, the nuclear shield, literature and art, the high level of education and science (which even thirty years of “timelessness” were incapable of destroying) – was created within the scope of the European cultural tradition, in interaction with European culture and within the milieu of European culture. All of the deeds of spiritual valor of the Russian people, all of the innumerable sacrifices they have brought to the altar of their independence, were performed within the fold of the Christian tradition, which was and remains European in its nature.

7. A break with the West, with its values and its knowledge, is a dangerous step, one that leads to Russia losing its true cultural identity. The “Eurasianism” that is being actively forced upon society as the new totalitarian ideology is nothing more than a verbose justification for militant ignorance and barbarism. In order to preserve Russia as a single, independent, and sovereign state, it is imperative to return it to that path of development which it had followed in achieving its glory.

8. European values (or Euro-Atlantic, as it is now the common practice to call them) are first and foremost values of a strong and just state with effective institutions and laws that work. Russia needs these no less than any other people in the world do. Russia needs a law-based state and an open economy not because this will please Western Europe and America, but so it can work together with the Euro-Atlantic world – and if necessary compete with it as well – on equal terms. Peter the Great did not build the Russian army based on European models just to make the Swedes happy.

9. Whoever wants to be strong must not allow himself to fall behind. Russia can not and shut itself off from progress with some sort of Chinese Wall (in the literal and the figurative sense of this word). Anti-Western hysteria is a manifestation of psychological insecurity and fear of competition on the part of those fringe elements who are today’s elite in Russia. Churchill once said that the reason there is no anti-semitism in England is because the English do not think they are any stupider than Jews. We have no reason to fear Europe, because we are no stupider than other Europeans.

10. To be together with Europe does not mean dissolving into Europe. Russia has both its own distinct cultural identity and its own particular national interests, which it has to know how to protect. Denying Russia a European choice under the pretext of protecting its national interests or using the European choice as an explanation for refusing to protect national interests are both equally unacceptable.

A return to fairness

11. Modern Russian society is structured unfairly. Whoever has the biggest fist in it has bigger rights as well. In Russia today might is right, but it should be the other way around – what is right has the might. Restoring the “balance of fairness” is a top-priority task for all of the forces that have the transformation of Russia into a modern and dynamically developing state as their objective. If a solution is not found for this strategic task, society is not going to put its support behind any economic, social, or political reform. Paraphrasing Engels, we can say: all previous reforms in post-communist Russia led to an increase in social injustice; now the task consists of eliminating or at least reducing this injustice.

12. A return to social justice in Russia is impossible without repairing the damage caused by an unjust privatization. Privatization was a painful historical task without which Russia’s further development would not have been possible. But the way it which it was accomplished led to the emergence of extremely severe social side effects. The point of the next stage of Russia’s history will consist of eliminating these “distortions”. Today, the power is de facto reconsidering the results of privatization in its own peculiar way, taking ownership out of the hands of some people merely to transfer it immediately into other, supposedly more “on our side”, hands. This is not what our people are waiting for. This is not going to lead anywhere except to even more stealing and corruption.

13. To begin with, restoring fairness will have to also address the question of subsoil use – the main source of the Russian people’s wealth, and as of today its only one. At the given stage of historical development, we need to acknowledge the fairness of a simple formula – the income from the exploitation of Russia’s subsoil needs to belong to the people of Russia. The subsoil can be in the private ownership of those who extract this income for society – specifically for society – and who are efficiently managing operations and growing them. But it can not remain at the disposal of nomenklatura rentiers, who pay themselves disproportionate “salaries” and are incapable of working efficiently.

14. It is imperative to bring back fairness in income distribution as a whole as well, restoring proportional taxation rates. . We have got to create the image of the “responsible taxpayer”, with all of his obligations, but also, needless to say, with rights as well. Only someone who pays taxes has the right to ask the state – what has it done for him with these taxes? A rentier-nation does not have such a right, and this is why the power is doing whatever it wants with the nation.

15. The vector of development of Russian liberalism, which is exclusively political today, needs to be rethought. Producing draft constitutions and plans for radical political and economic reforms is a futile exercise until society begins to feel that the liberal idea is a fair idea.

16. Society has enormous potential for self-organization when there is an idea around which a matrix can form. For Russia, such an idea can only be a socially oriented nation state. The only question is will this socially oriented nation state be liberal or fascist?

War – the ultimate unfairness

17. Fascism – this is war. Russia is already making real war. those who send heroes to die not in the name of national interests, not to defend the Fatherland, but in order to keep in power a small group of plutocrats who are trying in this way to prolong the life of a regime that has already outlived itself.

18. War has become the sole driver of the moribund regime. It is happening in the Ukraine, but this war is not for Ukraine’s or Russia’s sake, but for the sake of power. What got such a wildly enthusiastic reaction from the man in the street is going to bring innumerable trials and tribulations to the Russian people in the nearest foreseeable future already.

National mobilization

19. The ruling regime is turning Russia into a Chinese protectorate. This is not even a question of the annexation of Siberia,. Today it would be enough just for Siberia to be completely locked in on China, which for all intents and purposes is going to be sucking resources out of it for free, like from a colony.

20. Russia has gotten stuck on a dangerous historical track, getting out of which is very complicated. In order to simply stop, and all the more so to switch to some other track, is going to require mobilization of all of the energies of the Russian people. The task of true Russian patriots is not in promising the Russian people smooth sailing but in telling the truth. Only if they understand the scale of the threat and of the historical significance of the moment can the people be moved to perform heroic deeds. And without heroic deeds, Russia today can not be saved.

21. The heroic deed of the Russian people must consist of constructive labor, of inculcating discipline and moderation, and of developing the ability to work together and to help one another – in other words, of reviving all those moral skills that had helped Russian culture to develop and that have been lost to a large extent in recent years. In order to raise the people up to be able to perform this heroic deed, the pro-European minority needs to prove its moral soundness and its readiness to observe, not in word, but in deed, the principle of equality of all before the law. It is precisely this equality of all before a law that is the same for all, before an adversity that is the same for all, and for a common cause that is the same for all, that the true sense of liberalism consists of. If the people come to believe in this, then everything else will fall into place – the reforms, economic progress, and prosperity for Russia.

22. Russia has been wasting time these past ten years; now is when we must begin to make up this lost time.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky
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Igor StrelkovStrelkov's answer to Khodorkovsky
Forword by Colonel Cassad: After a long silence Strelkov speaks with program criticism of Khodorkovsky's manifesto. Transition to public dispute where Strelkov opposes to vision of the fluent oligarch broadcasting from the USA, his vision of Russia's future, considerably defines Strelkov's vision of the country's future. In general, Strelkov's answer to Khodorkovsky, reflect his views that the Crimean Spring is the beginning of "revolution from above" which is carried out by Putin. 
 
PUTIN'S DECADE RETURNED TO RUSSIA HOPE FOR REVIVAL 
 
At the beginning of October in headquarters of the international human rights organization Freedom House in Washington, the former head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky made the speech convicting the Russian State and the President. The speech which formed the basis of the manifesto published afterwards. Having secured with support of global financial oligarchy, Khodorkovsky put forward some conceptual theses, using comparisons, analogy and association, familiar to the Russians, even sometimes copying methods of patriotic rhetoric. With enviable pathos and a claim for the status of an ultimate instance, the former oligarch tries to combine the incompatible. He "adds" liberal "values" alien to Russia and the Russian people to the concept of national pride and justice, close and native to the Russian heart, creating dangerous illusion of their organic compatibility. Khodorkovsky trying to accustoms active part of society to the future liberal transformations initiated by the world oligarchy and moreover – declares them, as only possible and useful. Unfortunately, it is simply impossible to ignore this combination of "warm with soft" and leave it without answer . Too dangerous speeches were heard from lips of the obvious enemy of Russia and attempt of implementation of the scenarios offered by him can be way too destructive. We have to give the, Russian, patriotic answer to the globalistic, liberal scenario imposed by Khodorkovsky under the guise of a new round of "reforms". After all it is not simply leisure reasonings of the rich and uncommon criminal who ran away from the Fatherland, it is the ideological program of new revolution in Russia – "road map" of the oligarchical revolt directed as always in the Russian history, against the Governor, the People and the Power. Well, we will sort out everything point by point.

Russian choice, social justice and national mobilization 
 
1. 100 years ago the last Russian Tsar-martyr Nicholas II wrote:" Around treason, cowardice and deception". He meant not the people at all, not "fools and roads", but the political, military and economic elite surrounding him during that period. Treason by elite ended up with the collapse of the greatest world power, the Russian Empire. 200 years ago the political elite under the leadership of the British envoy participated in regicide of the Emperor Pavel that led to Napoleon's invasion and 1812 Patriotic war subsequently. 400 years ago during the Time of Troubles, political elite of Russia swore to impostors and the Polish king, committed treason both to the Fatherland and Faith, while only revolt by the Russian militia saved both Russia and Orthodoxy during this period, having laid the foundation of a new Russian Tsars dynasty. Since then in Russia a little has changed. The Russian governors with a support on the Russian people bring their lifes on the Fatherland altar, and the fattened, corrupted comprador elites doesn't disdain in any ways to betray the Homeland, cowardly treason the Sovereign, to rob and subordinate the people for the sake of personal instant profit. Pacification always there came after long and painful years of a distemper – Russia which left behind crisis and bloody wars started developing progressively again. The history repeated itself 23 years ago (before our eyes) again: the "red empire" which really needed serious and extremely careful reforming was plundered instead, stolen and destroyed by rack of "repainted" high-ranking party officials, sold to recent "ideological enemies" and adjoined them unscrupulous nouveau riches. The history been accelerated … its rounds become shorter. And here again – the second time on our short century – the country which is hardly starting being restored after last "disorder" appears under the threat of a greedy scramble. Those to who were not allowed to plunder finally our distressful Homeland in the 90th, are eager for a revenge now.

2. 10 years of imprisonment for you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, is a real tragedy. After all, how much it would be possible to steal during this term! Your only task now is to make up for the lost time. Let's look past 10 years of your activity. Since 1991 before the arrest, you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, "from anything" ( without investing a ruble, but having appropriated for tens of billions of dollars of national property) created the huge financial and industrial empire, having become one of the richest people of the country. Thus, as well, as all oligarchs of that time, you generously "walked on corpses", didn't constrain yourself by any moral restrictions, plundered and ruined huge Soviet industrial heritage. Rolled in money and "elitism", without refusing to yourselves of anything. During the same years me and many of my friends and comrads were almost permanently at war for the Russian people and for Russia, against enemies of the Fatherland. At first in Transnistria, then in Bosnia, then in Chechnya. While we suffered a defeat after defeat because of treachery by so-called "new elite", receded, gritting the teeth, accompanied by contemptuous and full of hatred comments from so-called "democratic" mass media, you, Mr. Khodorkovsky and such likes didn't even remember needs of the country and its people. Therefore our experiences are essentially different. You learned to steal, plunder and lie and we – to protect Russia and the people. Even when anybody didn't demand it from us. The prison always changes people, occasionally – to the better. You, alas, didn't obtain due experience from that. After all, you didn't plead guilty absolutely to anything even after return to freedom. Moreover, you appeared immediately in the camp of enemies again, thus having confirmed that you was in prison for a good reason.

3. What are you talking about using word "stole" ? You, whose credo was "to steal, steal and steal"? Have you build or manufactured something in your life, that would be possible to steal personally from you? No. Because you weren't engaged in anything, except of theft, fraud and robbery, before the prison. From all your achievements, I am personally ready to recognize, as socially useful result only those "boots" which you "stitched" in prison. From the moral point of view, only this your work also is only worthy in all your, to put it mildly, rather dirty life of the highly professional thief and talented swindler. But worst of all that this work didn't do for you good at all and, judging by with whom you act nowadays, it didn't lead you to understanding of your own mistakes and crimes. When the real Patriots of Russia and the Russian people engaged in Novorossiya, you, having received pardon from the President Putin, immediately supported his enemies and enemies of Russia. You were on a Russophobic Maidan and gathered on the enemy territory all "color" of the Russian traitors on a forum to fight against the Russian Spring. You are saying that "Russia has ceased to grow"? It is direct result of your activity, your privatization, your comprador policy. Now your call is for cardinal reforms? With whom in alliance ?? With frank enemies of all Russian? Proceeding from patriotic motives?

4. Especially brightly your "patriotism", Mikhail Borisovich, is shown in repetition by you of a "horror movie" about Russia, as a "threat to Europe and the whole world". Once Goebbels, and long before him – Napoleon and the British lords Palmerston and Disraeli loudly (and it is much more talented manner) shouted about this "threat". After them Winston Churchill did so and the U.S. President Ronald Reagan who, without a moment's hesitation called the USSR "Empire of evil". Thus, Mikhail Borisovich, you went on quite blazed way. It seems, with full confidence that only you are "the smartest" and something knew about the history, while all Russian people are full blockheads and ignoramuses. Well, cowards too who are easy for deceiving and intimidating by a ghost of "The third world war" that they easy agree to refuse the Fatherland and the help to their brothers perishing in Novorossiya in exchange for "would be no war at all cost". But the main addressee of this address is not in Russia at all. It is some kind of "oath" to those who during all history of Russia dreamed to liquidate it. In my opinion, this is typical shulersky reception at which the player operating with marked cards, understanding takes place that him just about will expose, immediately accuses partners of deception. The Western world headed by global financial oligarchy which integral part you, Mikhail Borisovich, endeavor to present us, – being going to destroy or win neighbors, always and everywhere I started accusing future opponents, attributing it in accuracy own intentions. So it is possible to state: Russia really threatens with war. In hope that it will be frightened and capitulates, having allowed to disarm at first herself, and then finally to finish. What here to tell? The task of the real Russian patriots (but not frequenters Washington "Fried House") consists in preparing for reflection of aggression from the West because only in this case Russia will have an opportunity to prevent it and to defend the sovereignty.

Return to Russia 
 
5. Speaking about "the European values", you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, either don't understand or just pretend that you don't understand) that they have no relation to the real Values, traditional for Europe. They are revived today in Russia by the President Putin. And those "values" which are imposed by world financial oligarchy as "European", today are causing hundred thousand-strong protest actions in Europe. When last time, more than 20 years ago, the management of the USSR decided "to turn" to these so-called "values", the country was split, as a result, plundered and humiliated, and the Russian people suddenly appeared to be the largest divided nation in the world. From the moment of coming to power Putin started correcting catastrophe of the 90th: to subdue absolute power of oligarchy, to nationalize elite, to restore the destroyed economy. In process of establishment of an order the President found it possible to show mercy even to such a bastard, as you showed yourself to the world, Mr. Khodorkovsky, prior to the prison. But you didn't appreciated it. Probably, because you considered the favor rendered, as a manifestation of weakness. After all you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, of course, wouldn't bother yourself with such sentiment, isn't it? And now, having deceived the President by the false remorse, do you intend to take revenge for everything he did? That he relied on strengthening of the state and protection of national interests to the detriment of comprador elite? That he didn't allow to sell on cheap the largest stocks of natural resources to "Rotschilds", dooming Russia to the external management? That he punished you for openly stated intentions to discharge him from the power via unconstitutional way? From your words: being in prison, you "re-estimated a lot of things". But just having been released, you appeared on different sides of the front with the Russian people in war for the Russian World, in direct and rigid opposition on Donbass again. Your hatred to Putin brought you into a camp of enemies not only personally of the President, but into a camp of enemies of the Russian state and all Russian people. How can you dare to reproach Putin that he stood up to defense of the people of the Crimea and Novorossiya, didn't allow the Ukrainian nazis supported by the West to establish over the Crimea and Donbass a bloody dictatorship? After all Russians protecting themselves and their lifes. You accuse the victims that they allegedly have the nerve to defend themselves. The third world war is excluded while Russia is strong and rather powerful to guarantee, hence asymmetric, but strategic parity and while there are people in charge, who are not ready to trade off their country and the people for promises to be part of supranational financial elite. We will give worthy repulse to your persistent and not reclined during years of imprisonment, aspiration to sell something that doesn't belong to you. We also won't allow repeatedly just as was 23 years ago, to carry away ourselves through the false slogans.

6. Such things which you talking about, as "the European values and the euroatlantic civilization", not only has no relation to Russia, but directly contradicts our national history, psychology, destiny. Europe departed from its own Christian values long ago, having plunged into the abyss of the most vile defects, and eulogized "euroatlanticism" is no more than the geopolitical doctrine of USA global domination, directed against the people of the whole world still keeping own religion, the sovereignty and national traditions. Russia was twice affected already in recent times with leprosy of "the progressive European ideas" and was heavy injured by mad hobbies of its own elites and intellectuals,has two roads today : either to return to itself, anew to find the Faith, the tradition, the values, the sovereignty or be dissolved in the global West, get into slavery and to disappear as a civilization, having lost everything. I will emphasize again, what outstanding hypocrisy Mr. Khodorkovsky, you possess when you regret about lost art, literature, science, space and other achievements of imperial and Soviet "totalitarian past". Truly, "the wolf feel sorry for a horse – left tail and mane"! But even if we assume that something told by you is remotely true, I ask you to learn history a little: Russia received Christian Faith not from the Catholic West, but from the orthodox East – directly from East Roman Empire Byzantium, which remained the keeper of true Christianity throughout the whole millennium . However, how can you argue about Christian Faith?

7. Everything that Russia has today, was created by our people and our state in desperate fight for preservation of own originality, freedom and sovereignty. In fight against enemies both from the West, and from the East. Russia developed at first as the national state which grew to the great Empire because it was rather flexible in ability to perceive positive experience of neighbors. Nothing in it neither shameful nor superhonourable – because it is a way of all nations having the sane rulers, which are building and developing own state. Borrow doesn't mean to copy blindly. Enough is enough … to copy [to that extend]. Only Marxism imported exactly from Europe - what's a cost to the country! Every nation and very state is unique. As any grass field beautiful by different grasses and a scattering of various flowers, thus Mankind is beautiful in an inflorescence of the unique people, wrestling among themselves for "better place under the sun", but not reminding that "flat public lawn" into which "the euroatlantic universal men".

8. The euroatlantic values are "values of the strong and fair state"? Well done, Mikhail Borisovich! Now these values lead this greatest Europe, about which our home brew liberals so like to speak, to extinction of those people of Europe which follow them and which once created it. Is your so-called "justice" consists in it? However, you, for obvious reasons, don't care about historical destinies of any those Germans, French or Britons. As well as Russians, Bashkir, Tatars, Lezgians and so on. And "the strong state", so to think, means the USA? After all, no "strong" (that is rather sovereign and independent) states left over in Europe. The last sovereign state in Europe outside the former USSR which dared to defend interests of its citizens was Yugoslavia, has been crushed and subordinated 15 years ago. It was inclined to "the euroatlantic choice" by bombs and rockets, blockade and alien's mutiny. Now its turn of Belarus and Russia, isn't it? The Base in Ukraine was already created and the last breakthrough remains? The values spread by world financial oligarchy ("European", "euroatlantic", "universal", etc.) – these are values of the national states elimination and radical cancellation of anything that bears a faint resemblance of social justice. Here, Mr. Khodorkovsky, you are either ignorant or conscious liar. Well about "ignorance" I'm saying "for the sake of a witty remark", as I have no illusions concerning defects in your education. Liberalism which you defend, has as the ultimate goal total globalization, leveling of all people and religious communities under one consumer "comb" and the statement of the power of world financial oligarchy in process of abolition of all historically developed states (the project of the European Union – the first step in this direction). In the sphere of economic policy liberalism not only in practice, but in the theory rigidly denies social justice. Freedom of the market about which liberals go on, is incompatible with redistribution of profit as supporters of social justice insist. More Russia will be involved in globalization processes, the quicker will lose the sovereignty and opportunity to pursue social policy. Now on "mobilization". We, of course, need powerful national mobilization against aggression of the "evroatlantist" aimed at the accelerated and final plunder of Russia under the pretext of "integration into the world community" and "global economy". Mobilization both state and public. Because threat hung not only over the state sovereignty of Russia, but over cultural and moral identity of its people decomposed strenuously by propagandized and introduced "euroatlantic" defective – sodomy debauchery, pedophilia, murder of children and old men (abortions and euthanasia), drug addiction, terrorism, etc. brought by a "new humane world order".

9. "The one who wants to be strong, can't afford to be backward". This is absolutely correct thesis. For this reason the decision by the President Putin on full modernization of army by 2020 is absolutely adequate answer to Russophobic hysteria from the West. The Russian military, heads of defense industry complex, regional industrialists and businessmen have to replace by themselves comprador elite of 90th, the so-called "oligarchs", typical representative of whom you are, Mr. Khodorkovsky. Oligarchs are alien to Russia, their capitals and families are in the West though they made their capitals by exploiting the Russian people. They represent interests of global financial oligarchy, think in categories of ultra-liberalism and, in fact, consider themselves something like colonial administration. Therefore prefer to speak out their "revelations" by your "prophetical" lips from Washington DC.

10. Today is not Europe that matters, but Russia. Our way is a return to itself. It is necessary to return to Russia, to our history, to our culture, to our mission. This mission always was and remains in bearing Christ's light of belief, ideals of good and social justice to people of the world, to be "keepers" against the evil, as the Apostle Pavel told. We had very heavy past. Russia was shook all 20th century in fevers of bloody revolutions and destructive wars. But thanks to the passed heavy tests, Russia managed to save a lot of things which Europe lost almost irrevocably. If Europe wishes to return to own traditions and the Christian principles, its on the way with us, but not with the financial oligarchy of the USA bearing to people of the world a godless civilization of moral decay, ideological zombiing, spiritual and physical death.

Creation of fair society

11. "Modern Russian society is arranged unfairly", you are sayng. I completely agree with that. But I will repeat written above, it was made by you and such likes. Having used crisis of the USSR, you began to plunder and kill, appropriating national property. So you and your accomplices laid the foundation of "modern Russian society" where the most cynical and mean [social] layer, working on arrangement and instructions of transatlantic curators, got all levers of economic and partly the political power. Right after coming to power Putin started correcting the situation, but the injustice, which became in the 90th the principle, has a deep root. Therefore return to our society of social justice will be long and difficult process. But I believe that we will cope with it without councils of the fluent ex-oligarch who made a fortune plundering the national wealth, created by a hard work of generations of the Russian people.

12. While reading your criticism of privatization (by the way, quite reasonable), I was surprised by your cynicism: You and such likes, acquired the capitals during this criminal capture of public property, and now trying to accuse anyone, only not those who is actually guilty. Privatization, for what it was, is not a "distortion", but crime. As a result of it, the property was received not by ordinary people, but quick and unscrupulous minority. And largest "pieces" of property were acquired with direct support of the foreign financial capital going literally "on corpses". Who knows this better than you? Putin started establishing the correct proportions, giving to the state the most important strategic spheres of economy. Thereby he just tries to correct catastrophic consequences of criminal privatization. Without eradication of the oligarchy established just on criminal privatization there will be neither social justice, nor full development of private business.

13. Saying that natural resources has to belong to the people, you are completely right herein. I already said that sometimes (though it is rare) the prison corrects well. In this point, the shift is undoubtedly positive. This is exactly whats happened to you: assets of your energy companies, criminally created, were transferred under management of the state, thus its people. How otherwise is possible to make natural resources a national property if not through their nationalization and redistribution of provit, in favor of all citizens? It excludes a private ownership of large objects in hydrocarbon extraction. History of Yukos is an example of how natural resources comes back to the people. Efficiency of its use is another question.To start with, they should be taken away from you and such likes, then it should be used most effectively. It is hard to argue with that fact that use of a resource rent is far from ideal. The main thing is not to leave anything of natural resources in a private possession of oligarchy.

14. Proportional tax scale is absolutely correct way. It is also the movement towards social justice. But only not for you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, grown rich on a robbery of the people and taken fortune abroad, to argue on it. In what country did you pay taxes? In Switzerland, in England, in the USA? Why dob't you return to the people stolen, begin with yourself, pay taxes in Russia. Or for this purpose you should become a president at first? One similar oligarch quite recently assured electorate of the neighboring country in the same oath. His name is Petro Poroshenko. He swore give to the people of Ukraine everything sewed by his back-breaking toil ! But he isn't in a hurry. So begin with yourself! Show to the world an image of "the responsible taxpayer"! Then, perhaps, somebody (strongly naive) will also believe you.

15. Liberalism as you understand it, Mr. Khodorkovsky, is absolute delusion. This flase doctrine which is completely ignoring God, spirit, culture, mankind, society and regarding an individual, his material private interests and the sphere of finance, as of paramount importance. Liberalism, understood in such manner, is absolutely incompatible with original freedom: how can be a person free, if society in which he lives, is a slavery of interest rate, a debt bondage of the international financial oligarchy and its local supervisors? If all human life is subordinated to search and enhancement of material benefits and the bank account statement is a criterion only? Today liberalism is totalitarian ideology on which distribution the USA build the world hegemony. It is unacceptable for Russia in no shape or form – neither in political, nor in economic, in legal. This is most important: for you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, liberalism is the ultimate truth and national development and social justice is good for populism. But in Russia liberalism is doomed, it is acceptable neither by right, nor left. It is the colonial ideology going against our Russian identity. Trying to destroy this identity for the sake of a celebration of liberal ideology you are destroying Russia too. I thought, it is your ultimate goal.

16. Socially oriented, based on Christian values state is the purpose, a reference point and strategy of the real Russian patriots. In achievement of this purpose "right" and "left", supporters of a monarchy and socialism can unite absolutely freely. And of course, such state has to be based on a firm observance of precepts of law. But what is your relations to this? After all, you need to tempt the people and they are now inclined to listen to slogans of creation "the socially oriented national state" (without understanding how to build the "national" state on a place of the centuries-old Russian Empire in which hundreds of nations lived peacefully and developed). You throw this bone to us, the Russian people. But Russians are not any longer the trustful herd, which for the past century twice "pecked" on promises of "milk and honey" and as a result spilled oceans of the blood. Sincerely I hope that we learned something and we will manage to distinguish truth from the fake wrapped in a beautiful wrapper. The socially oriented national state is anything, but you, oligarchs, footmen of Rotschilds. Leave it, Mr. Khodorkovsky, national and social issues: these concepts demands clean hands and the faultless biography.

War is the tragedy which sometimes impossible to avoid 
 
17. The USA and the American hegemony is a war. We see it in Libya, in Syria, in Iraq, and Afghanistan, in Ukraine. Everywhere, USA helps to carry out "color revolutions", fascists, extremists, fundamentalists come to the power. To be the supporter of the USA, the West and NATO – means to be the fascist helper, the lawyer of war. This war is waged against the whole Mankind, which is not interested to live by the American rules and to serve obediently and servilely interests of world financial oligarchy.

18. This war is waged against Russia, against Ukraine. Those heroes who get up in defense of the Russian World who fights in Novorossiya, didn't want this war. They wanted the peace. But peace can't be at the price of freedom and dignity. In the conditions of the neo-Nazi junta brought to power in Kiev by your masters, Mr. Khodorkovsky and supported by you personally, life is not a life, but peace is not the peace. Russians in both, Crimea and Novorossiya get up for freedom and justice, for the rights of national development, for the language and culture. It was war against war. Your appeals to peace isn't simple hypocrisy, this is treachery. However, as all the rest is. We are simply on different sides of the frontline, and your words for me who took active part in military operations in Novorossiya sound like appeals from other side: "Russian, give up! There will be a peace! You were deceived!" In reply to such call during combat conditions there is one answer. Guess, what? Problem of Russia today is not that a war is (as you say) allegedly "driver". On the contrary, Putin did everything possible and does everything possible to avoid "big" war (the small one USA is already launched by the hands of Kiev and goes on, claiming human lives daily). To reproach the authorities of Russia that she doesn't leave the Russian World to the mercy of fate, blasphemously. Defending this thesis, you find support of the westernized comprador elite which is regularly gathering for anti-Russians "Marches for the peace". However, you should say goodbye forever to those who stood on the side of historical Russia and social justice and this is a vast majority of people. You are on other side of Crimea and Novorossiya, which now, more than ever, rally the Russians, supporting unconditionally decisive steps of Putin in this direction.

National mobilization 

19. Acting authorities brought Russia to the threshold of decisive breakthrough towards independence, power and freedom which is capable to bring her out from zone of direct influence by the American hegemony. Unfortunately, at my private judgment, the specified breakthrough obviously it is slow down (suspected, by your secret and obvious adherents who still have huge influence, thanks to the stolen riches and high internal political influence, bought with that). Hesitations regarding the need to move forward are visible also. But people of the country are quite ready to it and it frightens you. The hysterics concerning threat of "the Chinese protectorate" also occurs from here. "The Chinese threat" is in the theory, so far. But open protectorate of the USA established over Russia as a result of Gorbachev and Yeltsin treason is a fact of life. The main threat to the sovereignty of Russia is an aggressive impact of the world financial oligarchy frightened by possibility of losing Russia from a slop trough of "colonial economy". And in its fifth column, where you are one of ideologists.

20. The world financial oligarchy desperately and frenzy struggles against revival of Russia. If Russia withstands, it has a future; she will return to history and will win. But if the sales agent of world financial oligarchy hating all Russian (such as you), comes to the power in Russia, we will fail in a chasm in comparison with gangster era of 90th would seem as a children's game . Disintegration of the country with all that implies in the form of wars, general poverty, hunger, epidemics and large-scale technogenic catastrophes, here that waits for us in this box. How it happens, so far on much smaller scale, I had to observe personally more than once and not two. Quite recently – in Ukraine, where "cherries" are still ahead. After all, Mr. Khodorkovsky, you want to help the West to destroy again that Putin in the 2000th started restoring. But you won't be able to manage it because we are Russians, God is with us! World financial oligarchy, priests of Mammon, having put itself to the place of God and on its own behalf operating destinies of the world, overplayed itself. The American hegemony falls, as a colossus on clay feet. The West falls: its indigenous people dies out; European countries in 20 years will become Muslim; the Christian culture is tired out on the periphery of public life; China officially became the largest economy of the world; The USA aren't able to pay its huge national debt; they are shaken by disorders on the racial and social soil, in an agony the West sows on the world only chaos and destructions, blood and sufferings. We have to go in other direction, towards revival of Great Russia against all threats and calls. The enormous turn is already made in this regard- Putin assembled Crimea back to Russia and nobody will be able to take it away from us!

21. You started talking about the Russian exploits, but reduced it to moderation and labor. Probably, you believe that future happiness of the Russian people is in a slave labor for a skilly bowl for the benefit of world financial oligarchy which you represent. And for the low-standard "shows" offered in addition to a skilly, which guarantee returning the person to a condition of the an animal, following the simplest instincts. Well, then "only over our dead bodies"! The Russian people have absolutely other horizons and the purposes, than dumb submission to the corrupted western elites. Here I will distract from your theses and I will briefly formulate our Russian answer which is expressed by a simple formula "For Faith, the Tsar and Fatherland". For these sacred concepts the Russian people from time immemorial went to die, perfectly understanding that battling for them is a battle for themselves and for the future. Today it means quite concrete loyalty: to the Russian Orthodox Church, to the Russian state and Supreme Commander V. V. Putin.

22. Last fifteen years Russia prepared itself for breakthrough in the great Russian future. Now its time to make it.

Igor Strelkov 
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UPDATE: please find below an edited and corrected version of the Strelkov manifesto (thanks to K.H. for his work!!)
PUTIN'S DECADE RETURNED TO RUSSIA HOPE FOR REVIVAL

In early October, at the Washington headquarters of the international human rights organization, Freedom House, the former head of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, delivered a speech, that indicted the Russian State and the President. The speech which would later form the basis of a manifesto, as espoused by Khodorkovsky was later published. Having gained the support of the global financial elites, the oligarchs, Khodorkovsky put forward his thesis using analogies, associations and even patriotic rhetoric, all quite familiar to the Russian people. With enviable pathos the former oligarch attempted to conflate the incompatible. He sought to associate “liberal values,” a concept alien to Russia and the Russian people, and the concept of national pride and justice, which speaks to the heart of the Russian people. In doing this he created a dangerous illusion of their organic compatibility. Khodorkovsky attempted to acclimate Russian society to a proposed future liberal transformation initiated by the world’s financial elites, who he deemed both necessary and useful. Unfortunately, it is impossible to ignore this unlikely combination of “hot and cold” and leave it unanswered. Two dangerous speeches were given by an all too obvious enemy of Russia, as any attempt to implement the scenarios offered by him would be far too destructive. It is necessary to give a rebuttal, a patriotic Russian response, to the globalist’s liberal agenda as outlined by Khodorkovsky, which he dresses in sheep’s clothing. These are not merely the leisurely ramblings of a rich, convicted criminal, who fled from the Fatherland, it is the ideological underpinnings of a new revolution to be waged against Russia— a “road map” for an oligarchic revolt, which is a constant in Russian history.

Well, we will sort out everything point by point.

Russian choice, social justice and national mobilization

1. One hundred years ago the last Russian Tsar, martyr Nicholas II wrote “Around treason, cowardice and deception.” He was not referring to the people, not “fools and roads,” but instead the political, military and economic elite, that surrounded him during that period.Treason by the elites led to the collapse of the greatest world power, the Russian Empire, during this time. Two hundred years ago the political elite under the leadership of the British envoy participated in the regicide of the Emperor Pavel, which led to Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion and then subsequently to the 1812 Patriotic War. Four hundred year ago during the Time of Troubles, the political elite of Russia swore an oath to impostors and the Polish King and committed treason to the Fatherland and Faith. Only a revolt by the Russian militia saved Russia and religious orthodoxy during this period, which laid the foundation for a new dynasty of Russian Tsars. Since that time, little has changed in Russia. The Russian governors with support of the Russian people have given their lives at the altar of the Fatherland, while the fattened, corrupted financial elites looks for every opportunity to cowardly betray, foment treason, while robbing and subordinating the Russian people for the sake of personal profit. After long and painful years of distemper, there would be pacification. Russia would once again move forward, embracing progress and leaving behind crises and bloody wars. The twenty-three years ago (before our eyes) the “red empire,” which desperately sought serious and much needed reform was, instead, plundered and destroyed by traitorous high-ranking party officials, who were joined by nouveau rich opportunists. For the second time in the past 100 years, as the traitorous cycles become shorter and shorter, a new threat appears, brought by those who during the 1990s were not allow to fully plunder the Russian State and, it appears, that they are eager for revenge.

2. Mr. Khodorkovsky’s your ten years of imprisonment was a real tragedy. How much you are able to steal this time, as you seek to make up for lost time is anyone’s guess. Let’s look back at the past ten years of your activity. In 1991 before your arrest, you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, (without investing a single ruble appropriated tens of billions of dollars of state property) created a huge financial and industrial empire and became one of the richest people in the country. You, like all the oligarchs of that time “walked on corpses,” plundered and ruined Soviet industrial heritage free of moral restrictions. You rolled in money and elitism, refusing yourself nothing at all. During this same time my friends, comrades and I were almost permanently at war for the Russian people and for Russia against enemies of the Fatherland. At first we fought in Transnistria, the in Bosnia and the in Chechnya. We suffered defeat after defeat, because of the treachery of the so-called “new elite and from the contemptuous and hate-filled lies of the so-called “democratic” mass media. You, Mr. Khodorkovsky, and those like you didn’t care for the needs of the country or its people. Therefore our experiences are quite different. You learned to steal, plunder and lie, while we fought to protect Russia and the Russian people, when on one even demanded it of us. Prison always changes people and occasionally, for the better. You, alas, didn’t have that positive experience. After all, you didn’t please absolute guilt to anything, even after your release. Moreover, you appeared immediately in the camp of our enemies, which has confirmed, that you were in prison for a good reason.

3. What do you mean when you use the word “stole?” You, whose credo it was “to steal, steal and steal!” Have you built or manufactured something in your life, that it would be possible to steal from you? No. Because you were not engaged in anything other than theft, fraud and robbery before you landed in prison. From all of your achievements, I am personally ready to recognize one as socially useful and those are the “boots,” that you “stitched” while in prison. From a moral point of view, only is this work performed by you is worthy, as opposed to your dirty life as a professional thief and talented swindler. But worst, judging with whom you now associate, you’ve learned nothing from your mistakes and your crimes. While the real Patriots of Russia and the Russian People are engaged in Novorossiya, you, having received a pardon from President Putin, immediately give support to his enemies and the enemies of Russia. You are on a Russophobic Maidan and have gathered together, on enemy territory, all the traitors in a forum to fight against the Russian Spring. You say that Russia has ceased to grow? It is a direct result of your activity, your privatization, your financial policies. Now you call for cardinal reforms in an alliance with enemies of Russia? And you consider this patriotic motives?

4. Especially bright is your “patriotism” Mikhail Borisovich, as shown by your “horror movie” repetition of Russia as a “threat to Europe and the whole world.” Once Goebbels, and long before him Napoleon, the British Lords Palmerston and Disraeli loudly (and in a much more talented manner) shouted about this “Russian threat.” After them Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, who without a moment’s hesitation called the USSR, “The Evil Empire.” Thus, Mikhail Borisovich, you went on and fired away, as though with full confidence, that you were “smarter” and more learned about history, while all Russians were full blockheads and ignoramuses. Well, cowards are easy to deceive and intimidate with the ghost threat of a “Third World War,” who then refuse to help the Fatherland and their brothers perishing in Novorossiya. The main addressee of this response is not in Russia at all. It is some kind of “oath” undertaken by those, who during all of Russia’s history dreamed to have it liquidated? In my opinion, this is typical shulersky reception, at which the player operating the marked cards, hands the marked cards to a partner and then immediately accuses the partner of deception. The Western world headed b the global financial elite, oligarchs, which you are an integral part of, Mikhail Borisovich, endeavor to present us as about to destroy or win neighbors everywhere and always. So, is it Russia that really threatens war, in hopes that it will be frightened and that it will then capitulate, after first disarming? The task of the real Russian patriot (but not frequenters of Washington’s “Fried House”) consists of being prepared for aggression from the West, because only Russia has the ability to prevent war and defend its sovereignty.

Return to Russia

5. Speaking about “European Values,” you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, either didn’t understand or just pretended that you didn’t understand, that they have no relation to the real values, traditional for Europe. They are revived today in Russia by President Putin. And those “European Values,” that are imposed by the world financial oligarchy are today causing hundred thousand-strong protest actions across Europe. The last time, now more than twenty years ago, the management of the USSR decided to “adopt” these so-called “values,” the country was plundered, humiliated and the Russian People suddenly appeared to be the largest divided nation in the world. From the moment Putin came to power, he immediately started correcting the catastrophe of the ‘90s and he began to subdue the absolute power of the oligarchy, by nationalizing industries and restoring what was a destroyed economy. In the process of establishing order President Putin found it possible to even show, such a bastard as you, mercy and you didn’t appreciate it. Probably because you considered his treatment of you a manifestation of weakness. After all you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, couldn’t bother yourself with such sentiment. And now having deceived the President by false remorse, you intend to take your revenge? Why? Because he relied on strengthening of the state and protection of national interests to the detriment of the financial elites? Because he didn’t allow the sale of the countries natural resources for pennies to the “Rothchilds,” dooming Russia to external management? Because he punished you for openly stating you intentions to discharge him from power in an unconstitutional way? From your words, with regard to being in prison, you “re-estimated a lot of things.” But just having been released, you now appear on a different side of the front, in direct and rigid opposition to the Donbass struggle and against the Russian State and the Russian People. How can you dare reproach Putin, when he stood up to defend the people of the Crimea and Novorossiya against the Ukrainian nazis supported by the West, who sought to impose a bloody dictatorship. You accuse the victims, who have actually summoned the courage to defend themselves. The third world war is entirely avoidable, while Russia remains strong and powerful enough to guarantee strategic parity, as long as there are people in charge, who are not ready to trade away their country and their people for promises from the global financial elite. We will repulse your efforts to sell that which does not belong to you. We will also not allow a repeat of what happened twenty-three years ago and allow ourselves to be carried away by false slogans.

6. The things that you speak of such as “European Values” and “Euroatlantic Civilization” have no relation to Russia and directly contradicts our national history, psychology and destiny. Europe departed from its own Christian values long ago, having plunged into the abyss of the most vile defects, while eulogizing “Euroatlanticism,” which is little more than the geopolitical doctrine of the global dominations by the USA directed against the people of the world, who still keep hold of their religious values, sovereignty and national traditions. Russia was twice affected recently with the leprosy of “progressive European ideal” and was heavily injured by mad hobbies of its own elite and intellectuals. Today Russia has two roads: either return to itself anew and find the faith, the tradition, the values, its sovereignty or be dissolved into the West as its slave and disappear as a civilization, having lost everything. I will emphasize again, what outstanding hypocrisy Mr. Khodorkovsky, you posses when you regret lost art, literature, science, space and other achievements of imperial and Soviet “totalitarian past.” Truly, “the wolf feels sorry for a horse—left tail and mane.” But even if we assume that something said by you is remotely true, I ask you to lear a little history: Russia received the Christian Faith not from the Catholic West, but from the Orthodox East— directly from the East Roman Empire Byzantium, which remained the keeper of true Christianity throughout the entire millennium. However, how can you argue about the Christian Faith?

7.Everything that Russia has today was created by our people and our state in a desperate fight for preservation of our own originality, freedom and sovereignty. In the fight against enemies from the West and from the East. Russia developed first as the nation state, which grew to the great Empire because it was rather flexible in its ability to understand positive relationships with its neighbors. Nothing in it either shameful or superhonourable — because it was the way of all nations, that had sane ruler, which were building and developing their own state. Borrow doesn’t mean to copy blindly. Enough is enough. To copy [to that extent]. Marxism imported exactly from Europe, but what a cost to the country! Every nation and every state is unique. As is the unique beauty of any grass field, made up of different grasses and a scattering of flowers. Thus mankind is beautiful in an inflorescence of the unique people, wrestling among themselves for a “better place under the sun” and not that “flat public lawn” of the ?Euroatlantic.”

8. Are the Euroatlantic values the “values of the strong and fair state?” Well done, Mikhail Borisovich! Now these values, about which our home brew liberals so like to speak, have lead this greatest Europe’s people to extinction or, at least, those who follow them. Does your so-called “justice” exist there? However, for obvious reasons, you don’t care about the historical destinies of any Germans, French, Britons. As well as Russians, Bashkir, Tatars, Lezgians and so on. And the “strong state” means the USA? After all, there is no “strong” (that is rather sovereign and independent) states left in Europe. The last sovereign state in Europe outside of the former USSR, which dared to defend the interests of its citizens was Yugoslavia, which was crushed and subordinated fifteen years ago. It was inclined to the “Euroatlantic Choice” by bombs and rockets, a blockade and an internal alien mutiny. Now it’s Belarus and Russia’s turn isn’t it? The base in Ukraine has already been created and the last breakthrough remains? The values spread by world financial oligarchy (“European,” “Euroatlantic,” “Universal,” etc.) these are the values of the elimination and radical cancellation of nation states, that show any signs of social justice [or national sovereignty]. Here Mr. Khodorkovsky, you are either ignorant or a conscious liar. Well, about “ignorance” I’m saying “for the sake of a witty remark,” as I have no illusions concerning the defects of your education. Liberalism, which you defend, has as its ultimate goal total globalization and the leveling of all peoples and religious communities under one consumer thumb. And the global financial oligarchy is in the process of abolishing all historically developed states (the project of the European Union— the first step in this direction). Freedom of the market about which liberals go on, is incompatible with the redistribution of profit as supporters of social justice insists. The more Russia becomes involved in the globalization processes, the sooner Russia will lose the sovereignty and opportunity to pursue social policy. Now on “mobilization,” we, of course, need powerful national mobilization against the aggression of the “Euroatlantists,” which is aimed at the accelerated and final plunder of Russia under the pretext of “integration into the world community” and “global economy.” Mobilization both state and public should be undertaken. The threat hangs not only over the state sovereignty of Russia, but over the cultural and moral identity of its people, who are strenuously attacked by propaganda—sodomy, debauchery, pedophillia, murder of children and old men (abortions and euthanasia) drug addiction, terrorism, etc., as introduced by “Euroatlantists” as a “new humane world order.”

9. “The one who wants to be strong can’t afford to be backward.” This is an absolutely correct thesis. For this reason the decision by President Putin on full modernization of the army by 2020 is absolutely adequate to answer the Russophobic hysteria from the West. The Russian military, heads of the defense industry complex, regional industrialist and businessmen have to replace by themselves the financial elite of the ‘90s, the so-called “oligarchs,” who are typical representatives of who you are, Mr. Khodorkovsky. Oligarchs are alien [expatriates] to Russia, their capitals and families are in the West though they made their capital by exploiting the Russian people. They represent the interest of the global financial oligarchy, think in terms of ultra-liberalism and, in fact, consider themselves something like a colonial administration. Therefore they prefer to present their “revelations” by your “prophetical” lips from Washington DC.

10. Today it is not Europe that matters, but Russia. Our way is a return to self. it is necessary to return to Russia, to our history, to our culture, to our mission. This mission always was and remains in bearing Christ’s light of belief, ideals of good and social justice to people of the world and to be “keepers” against the evil, as the Apostle Pavel told. We have had a very difficult past. Russia was shook during the 20th century in fevers of bloody revolutions and destructive wars, but we are thankful to have passed these difficult tests. Russia managed to save a lot of things which Europe has lost almost irrevocably. If Europe wishes to return to its own traditions and the Christian principles, it will find that way with us and not with the financial oligarchy of the USA bringing to the people of the world a godless civilization of moral decay, ideological zombism, spiritual and physical death.

Creation of fair society

11. “Modern Russian society is arranged unfairly,” you say. I completely agree with that. But I will repeat what I’ve stated above, it was made that way by the likes of you. Having used the crisis of the USSR, you began to plunder, national property, and kill. So you and your accomplices laid the foundation for “Modern Russian society” where the most cynical and mean [social] layer, working under the direction of the transatlantic curators, got all levers of economic power, with partial political power. Right after coming to power President Putin started correcting the situation, but the injustice of the ‘90s has deep roots. Therefor the return to our society of social justice will be a long and difficult process. I believe that we will cope with it without council from the fluent ex-oligarch, who made a fortune plundering the national wealth, which was created by the hard work of the Russian People.

12. Reading your criticism of privatization (by the way, quite reasonable), i was surprised by your cynicism: You and your like, acquired the capital during this criminal capture of public property and are now trying to accuse anyone other than those who are actually guilty. Privatization, for what it is, was not a “distortion” but a crime. As a result, the property was received not by ordinary people, but a quick and unscrupulous minority. And the largest “pieces” of the property were acquired with the direct support of foreign financial capital walking literally “on corpses.” Who knows this better than you? Putin started establishing the correct proportions, giving to the state the most important strategic spheres of the economy. Thereby he tried to correct the catastrophic consequences of criminal privatization. Without the eradication of the oligarchy, established on criminal privatization, there will neither be social justice nor full development of private business.

13. Saying that natural resources have to belong to the people, you are completely right. I have already said that sometimes (though it is rare) the prison corrects well. In this point, the shift is undoubtedly positive. This is exactly what happened to you: asses of your energy companies, criminally created, were transferred to the state, for management, and its people. How otherwise is it possible to make natural resources a national priority, if not through their nationalization and the redistribution of profit to all citizens? It excludes a private ownership of large projects in hydrocarbon extraction. The history of Yukos is an example of how natural resources come back to the people. Efficiency of its use is another question. To start, natural resources should be taken away from you and all like you, then it should be used most efficiently. It is hard to argue with the fact that use of a resource is far from ideal. The main thing is not to leave any natural resources in possession of private oligarchs.

14. Proportional tax scale is absolutely correct. It is also a movement towards social justice. But only not for you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, who has grown rich on robbing the people and have taken you fortune abroad, to argue on it. In what country did you last pay taxes? In Switzerland, England, the USA? Why don’t you return the people’s money and begin with yourself, by paying taxes in Russia. Or for this purpose you should become a president at first. One similar oligarch quite recently assured the electorate of the neighboring country with the same oath. His name is Petro Poroshenko. He swore to give the people of Ukraine everything he had sown with his own back-breaking labor. But he isn’t in a hurry. So begin with yourself! Show the world an image of the “responsible taxpayer,” then perhaps, somebody (strongly naive) will also believe you.

15. Liberalism as you understand it, Mr. Khodorkovsky, is an absolute delusion. This doctrine which completely ignores God, spirit, culture, mankind, society and regards an individual’s private material interests and finances, as of paramount importance, is false. Liberalism, understood in such manner, is absolutely incompatible with original freedom: how can be a person free, if society in which he lives, is slave to interest rates, debt bondage to the international financial oligarchy and its local supervisors? Should all human life be subordinated to the search and enhancement of material benefits with one’s bank account statement as the sole criterion? Today liberalism, on which the USA has built its world hegemony, has replaced the totalitarian ideology, is unacceptable for Russia in every shape or form – whether political, economic or legal. This is most important: for you, Mr. Khodorkovsky, liberalism is the ultimate truth and national development and social justice is good for populism. But in Russia liberalism is doomed, it is acceptable neither by the right, nor left. It is colonial ideology going against our Russian identity. Trying to destroy this identity for the sake of a celebration of liberal ideology would destroy Russia, though this is your ultimate goal.

16. Socially oriented and based on Christian values, the Russian state is the purpose, a point of reference and the strategy of real Russian patriots. To achieve this purpose "right" and "left", supporters of a monarchy and socialism can unite absolutely and freely. And, of course, such state has to be based on a firm observance of the precepts of law. But what is your relations to this? After all, you need to tempt the people so that they are inclined to listen to slogans on the creation of a "socially oriented national state" (without understanding how to build the "national" state on a place of the centuries-old Russian Empire in which hundreds of nations lived peacefully and developed). You throw this bone to us, the Russian people. But Russians are no longer the trustful herd, which for the past century twice "pecked" on promises of "milk and honey" and as a result spilled oceans of the blood. Sincerely I hope that we’ve learned something and that we will manage to distinguish truth from lies wrapped in a beautiful wrapper. The socially oriented national state will not be composed of oligarchs, who are the footmen of Rotschilds. Mr. Khodorkovsky, national and social issues: these concepts demands clean hands and a faultless biography.

War is the tragedy which sometimes impossible to avoid

17. The US hegemony means war. We see it in Libya, in Syria, in Iraq, and Afghanistan, in Ukraine. Everywhere, US helps to carry out "color revolutions," where fascists, extremists, fundamentalists come to the power. To be the supporter of the USA, the West and NATO – means to be a fascist helper, the lawyer of war. This war is waged against the whole of Mankind, which is no longer interested in living by American rules and serving obediently the world financial oligarchy.

18. This war is waged against Russia, against Ukraine. Those heroes who have gotten up in defense of the Russian World, who fight in Novorossiya, didn't want this war. They wanted the peace. But peace can't be at the price of freedom and dignity. In the conditions of the neo-Nazi junta brought to power in Kiev by your masters, Mr. Khodorkovsky and supported by you personally, a life is not a life and peace is not the peace. Russians in both, Crimea and Novorossiya stand up for freedom and justice, for the rights of national development, for their language and culture. It was war against war. Your appeals to peace isn't simple hypocrisy, it is treachery, like everything else with you. We are simply on different sides of the frontline, and your words for me who took active part in military operations in Novorossiya sound like appeals from other side: "Russian, give up! There will be a peace! You were deceived!" In reply to such calls during combat conditions there is one answer. Guess, what? Problem of Russia today is not that a war is (as you say) allegedly being driven by Russia. On the contrary, Putin did everything possible and does everything possible to avoid "big" war (the small one USA is already launched by the hands of Kiev and goes on, claiming human lives daily). To reproach the authorities of Russia that she doesn't leave the Russian World to the mercy of fate, is blasphemously. Defending this thesis, you find support from the westernized financial elite which regularly gathers for anti-Russians "Marches for the peace". However, you should say goodbye forever to those who stood on the side of historical Russia and social justice and this is a vast majority of people. You are on other side of Crimea and Novorossiya, which now, more than ever, rally the Russians, supporting unconditionally decisive steps of Putin in this direction.

National mobilization

19. Acting authorities brought Russia to the threshold of a decisive breakthrough for independence, power and freedom, which will bring her out of the zone of direct influence of American hegemony. Unfortunately, in my private judgment, the specified breakthrough has obviously been slowed down (I suspect, by your secret and obvious adherents who still have huge influence, thanks to the stolen riches and high internal political influence, bought with that). Hesitations regarding the need to move forward are visible also. But people of the country are quite ready for it and it frightens you. The hysterics concerning the threat of "the Chinese protectorate" also occurs from here. "The Chinese threat" is in the theory, so far. But the protectorate established by the USA over Russia, as a result of Gorbachev and Yeltsin’s treason is a fact of life. The main threat to the sovereignty of Russia now is an aggressive move by the world financial oligarchy and Russia’s fifth column, who are frightened at the possibility of losing Russia from the slop trough of the "colonial economy.”

20. The world financial oligarchy desperately and frenziedly fights against the revival of Russia. If Russia withstands this fight, it has a future; she will return to history and will win. But if the sales agent of world financial oligarchs, who hates all Russians (such as you), comes to the power in Russia, we will fall in to a chasm and in comparison to the gangster era of ‘90s, that will seem like a children's game. Disintegration of the country with all that implies in the form of wars, general poverty, hunger, epidemics and large-scale technogenic catastrophes, is what awaits us. Now it happens, on much smaller scale, I had to observe personally more than once. Quite recently – in Ukraine, where "cherries" are still ahead. After all, Mr. Khodorkovsky, you want to help the West to destroy again what Putin in the 2000th started restoring. But you won't be able to manage it because we are Russians, God is with us! World financial oligarchy, priests of Mammon, having put themselves in the place of God and on its own behalf, overplayed itself. The American hegemony falls, as a colossus on clay feet. The West falls: its indigenous people die out; European countries in 20 years will become Muslim; the Christian culture is tired out on the periphery of public life; China officially became the largest economy in the world; The USA isn’t able to pay its huge national debt; they are shaken by social and racial disorders on their soil, The West is in an agony and sows on the world stage only chaos and destructions, blood and sufferings. We have to go in another direction, towards revival of Great Russia against all threats and calls. The enormous turn is already made in this regard- Putin brought Crimea back to Russia and nobody will be able to take it away from us!

21. You started talking about the Russian exploits, but reduced it to modernization and labor. Probably, you believe that the future happiness of the Russian people is as slave labor for the benefit of world financial oligarchy which you represent. And for low-standard "shows,” which guarantee returning the person to a condition of the an animal, following the simplest instincts. Well, then "only over our dead bodies!" The Russian people have absolutely other horizons and purposes, and not dumb submission to the corrupted western elites. Here I will distract from your theses and I will briefly formulate our Russian answer which is expressed by a simple formula "For Faith, the Tsar and Fatherland". For these sacred concepts the Russian people from time immemorial went to die, perfectly understanding that battling for them is a battle for themselves and for the future. Today it means quite concrete loyalty: to the Russian Orthodox Church, to the Russian state and Supreme Commander V. V. Putin.

22. Last fifteen years Russia prepared itself for the breakthrough in the great Russian future. Now it is time to make it happen.

Igor Strelkov
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New Blog down

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:21
Dear friends,

The new blog is down (good thing I kept this one open).  As soon as I find out what is going on, I will let you know.  In the meantime, the big news is that following today's ballistic missile strike on Donetsk, Zakharchenko has declared the ceasefire over.

I apologize for all the problems with the new blog. 

The Saker
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Kiev Missile(s) Fire on Chemical Plant in Donetsk ? Ceasefire breach

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:14


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“I was approaching my apartment building, when I heard a strong explosion,” another local resident, Irina, told RT. “Thing is that for the past two weeks there has been non-stop shelling day and night – we are used to that. But today there was that was such a strong blast that I have not heard before. I even sat down on the ground, probably, because of the blast power and from fright.”

 RT

A huge blast has rocked a chemical factory in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the city council says on its website. The blast wave reportedly shattered windows in houses in a radius of several kilometers.
The explosion reportedly took place at 12:10pm local time.
#UKRAINE: Blast rocks chemical plant in #Donetsk, militia claims Kiev fired tactical missile http://t.co/4OCCdwf4zb pic.twitter.com/4sidy4qqso
— RT (@RT_com) October 20, 2014 Local militia has said that the plant was targeted by a tactical Tochka-U missile (SS-21 Scarab).RT’s team in Donetsk is trying to verify this information.


When RT’s team arrived at the scene, they found a crater “about 10 meters (33 feet) deep,” he said.
“We were caught up in sniper fire – there were at least three snipers working at the time,” RT’s reporter said. “We had to sit in that crater for about 15 minutes until it was safe for us to leave.”

crater found by RT team


It appears Kiev broke the ceasefire in a very big way!!!
Likely that explains the lack of media coverage thus far.

 According to the RT reporter Kiev has been quiet on the attack- Perhaps they have to concoct an official conspiracy?

The Independent



A huge explosion has rocked the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, smashing windows over a radius of several kilometres and sending a vast mushroom cloud up into the sky. The blast occurred at a rubber processing factory full of chemicals, with numerous videos taken in the aftermath of the initial explosion showing further, smaller bursts of flame.The plant lies in a rebel-controlled area on the outskirts of the city Not much in the way of western media coverage...... Like I said, maybe Kiev has to get it's official conspiracy in order. Or wait until the State Department gives 'instructs' them on how to spin this.

 EuroNews

Kuwait Media- Check this headline out?-Ukraine hits Donetsk with ballistic missiles - Russian TV alleges

Russian media doesn't allege anything- They are reporting what has been told to them
"Local militia has said that the plant was targeted by a tactical Tochka-U missile (SS-21 Scarab).RT’s team in Donetsk is trying to verify this information." Looked and sounded like one hell of an explosion with a huge crater produced.
A lack of western mainstream media news articles is very noticeable
Are they, the lying corporate warmongering media, waiting for their talking points before reporting on this? It will be interesting to read how this is reported on.


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