Sanctimoneyous: Post-Brexit Britain Will Test-Drive a Conscience.

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Uncle Volodya says, “When mores are sufficient, laws are unnecessary; when mores are insufficient, laws are unenforceable.”

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people we personally dislike.”

Oscar Wilde, from “An Ideal Husband”

“I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”

William F. Buckley Jr.

“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded,
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed;
Everybody knows that the war is over,
Everybody knows the good guys lost:
Everybody knows the fight was fixed,
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows…”

Leonard Cohen, from “Everybody Knows”

I wonder if you were as flabbergasted as I was to discover the sole reason Britain has not cracked down before now on the flood of dirty money lapping its shores is because…are you ready? Because the rest of Europe is so corrupt, Britain had to pretend to be corrupt, too, or else it might not fit in!! I’m not even kidding; read it for yourself.

“Brexit will free the UK to intensify its crackdown on dirty money sloshing through the City of London because the authorities will no longer have to win the approval of the rest of the EU.”

The article is The Telegraph’s ‘Premium content’, and so you can’t see the rest of it without being a subscriber – but for my part, I’ve seen enough. If that isn’t the most goodie-goodie, self-serving teacher’s-pet bullshit I’ve ever heard, it would certainly be in the top five.

As I’ve queried elsewhere, if the rest of Europe is perfectly happy rooting in its corrupt sty, while Britain holds its nose and plays at being the bad-ass so that the European hoodlums will accept it, what draws foreign robber-barons to London with cash that they need laundered? Why don’t they just go to Paris or Berlin? Can they not sense how uncomfortable Britain is with money that was not honestly earned by the sweat of one’s brow? Dear God, it makes me want to scream.

Let’s just dispense with the notion that Honest-John Bull yearns to boot out the rotten Russian oligarchs because of a deep-seated aversion to dirty money, right now. In fact, Uncle Sam told Britain back in the spring that it was going to have to cut the Russian oligarchs loose if it wants to have continued access to the US market. And considering the arsehole Britain is making of itself in Europe, it doesn’t actually have a lot of other friends. What would happen to Britain without the coziness of the Special Friendship? Like The Eagles sang in “Already Gone”, it would have to eat its lunch all by itself.

“Sigal P. Mandelker, a top American Treasury official in London to meet with her counterparts, said British banks could face “consequences” if they continued to carry out significant transactions on behalf of the 24 influential Russians sanctioned by Washington on Friday. The list includes the industrialists Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg, along with Kirill Shamalov, who American officials have identified as President Vladimir V. Putin’s son-in-law.”

So I guess if Britain is going to have to bury its face in the pillow while Uncle Sam rides it from behind like a pile-driver, it might as well amuse itself – and everyone else – with the notion that showing the Russian rich the door to the cold outside was all its own idea. Yes; ‘course it was!

The welcome mat is still emphatically out for guys like Len Blavatnik, though, the richest man in Britain, with an estimated fortune of £15 billion. Because he’s from Odessa originally, and the last time I looked, that was in Ukraine. Even when it was prodding Britain to impose sanctions against certain Ukrainian oligarchs (never Poroshenko, of course, who is a ‘tycoon’, which is a different thing altogether), the USA made it clear that sanctioning Ukrainians was meant to pressure them to break with Viktor Yanukovich, not to punish them. Mr. Blavatnik had a spot of bother when he was accused of working through his connections with TNK-BP oil company in Russia to drive westerners – including Britons – out of Russia in a dispute between TNK-BP and BP. You would think critics’ attitude was a bit churlish, considering Mr. Blavatnik had just donated £75 million to Oxford University, the largest single donation in its history and one recognized publicly by the British Prime Minister. But Mr. Blavatnik knows how to spread money around; he is a patron not only of Oxford, but of the British Museum, the Tate Modern, the Royal Opera House, the National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art. He is a personal friend of Benjamin Netanyahu, and a generous supporter of both US political parties, although he leans heavily Republican. He could show up at a Royal Opera House performance of Anna Karenina with a human head in his lap and nobody would give it a second look.

Good thing they did not investigate far enough back to learn that Mr. Blavatnik outmaneuvered BP in an almost-identical riposte back in the late 90’s…except then he did it with the help of his Washington advisers.

Moreover, to secure the credit guarantees, Blavatnik and his Washington advisers have so far outmaneuvered a Goliath: BP-Amoco. The largest producer of oil and gas in the United States, the British-American giant is fighting to keep its interest in another rich Siberian field also coveted by Tyumen Oil. BP-Amoco contends that Tyumen’s takeover tactics there are unfair and could jeopardize its $571 million investment, one of the largest by a western company in Russia.

Well, enough of that; we’re not really here to talk about Mr. Blavatnik and his squeaky-clean money – we’re here to talk about the patently ridiculous announcement that Britain has an aversion to ‘dirty money’, and would have been much more a scourge of fiscal dishonesty if it had not been held back by its corrupt European partners.

The well-established facts suggest that Britain…how can I put this? A nice way to not be deliberately insulting would be to say that London’s financial centers do not discriminate against money based on its origins; there is no such thing as dirty money, or clean money, there is just money; how’s that? Or, to put it as the man who blew the whistle on the Naples crime syndicate, the Camorra – Robert Saviano – did back in 2016, “the UK is the most corrupt place on earth“. Not a lot of gray area there, I think you’ll agree.

“It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital.”

His assessment was backed by Transparency International, the outfit the UK worships whenever it is ripping on Russia for being an authoritarian hellhole ruled by an imp of Satan. The agency’s own UK head of advocacy and research had no argument with the allegation.

“It’s absolutely true that the UK is one of the leading financial centres for the laundering of corrupt money from overseas, whether through the property market, luxury goods or other sectors…The UK has been a prime location for stashing away illicitly gained wealth, as anti-money laundering systems are weak and sectors such as UK property represent a safe investment, as well as a place to hide corrupt money.”

All, all because the other European nations were mocking Britain for not being sufficiently corrupt, of course – what’s a country to do when its conscience says, “This is so wrong”, while the rest of the gang chants, “Scrub!! Scrub!! Launder that dirty money and pocket usurious profits, or you can’t be in the club!!” As if.

Oh, but wait! We don’t have complete agreement. The British Home Office – a term that, for me, always conjures an image of a crackling fire in a cozy fireplace, perhaps with a dog snoozing on the rug – said only this year that it was so darned proud that none other than, yes, Transparency International had ranked the UK the 8th least-corrupt country in the world!

How can those two realities co-exist?

Obviously, they cannot. I suggest the conundrum offers at least two considerations; one, the British Home Office has an obvious interest in refuting any talk about the UK being a festering swamp of corruption. Two, Transparency International cannot be relied upon to supply unbiased assessments so long as it is funded by, among others, the European Commission and the UK’s own Department of International Development. So you can consider their evaluations with the same gravitas you might accord a similar opinion expressed by the paper boy, or whoever cuts your hair – interesting, but not necessarily informed, and quite possibly influenced.

I’m sure most or all of you remember the “Panama Papers”; those who obtained the files gloated that the information revealed was going to be curtains for Putin, as it exposed his nefarious financial dealings that made him the richest person on earth. That turned out to be horseshit, as we have learned to expect – not because Putin would never do anything bad, but because of the ideological nutjobbery of those who make such promises, as if wishing really hard would make it true. Putin himself was not mentioned anywhere in the millions of documents, and attempts to link him to a few Russian accounts that were said to be those of ‘Putin’s cronies’ got no traction whatsoever.

However, the Mossack-Fonseca law firm’s stolen files did reveal some astonishing British connections, not least of which was the then-Prime-Minister of the UK’s father, who used an offshore account to evade British taxes. How do you guys feel about paying into his old-age pension now? But that was just a relatively-amusing diversion. This was the real money shot:

The Panama Papers leak – with 11.5 million documents the the largest leak in history so far – has implicated many of Britain’s biggest banks as well. HSBC, Coutts, and Rothschild were among the banks mentioned in the papers. Since the 1970s the Mossack Fonseca law firm set up over 3000 shell companies for the aforementioned banks. These shell companies allowed their clients to evade taxes, as well as allowing them to participate in criminal or corrupt activities.

Over 3000 shell companies set up, since the 1970’s, to allow HSBC, Coutts, and Rothschild – among others – to evade taxes and to engage in criminal or corrupt activities. Like money-laundering. Since the 1970’s, which mathematics bids me point out was at least 39 years ago. Kind of a long time to be striving for acceptance into the Corruption Club, don’t you think – what does a country have to do these days to receive its due acclaim?

Look; I don’t know who Britain thinks it’s fooling with that butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-my-mouth wide-eyed innocence. But chances are good that it is not the US Department of State from whom Britain takes its orders, couched as ‘helpful suggestions’. The hash the British government is making of Brexit, coupled with the US State Department’s focus on squeezing only Russian oligarchs out of the money trough, virtually guarantees the whole effort will rebound on Britain in the worst kind of consequences.

Meanwhile, the fatuous premise that Britain was only pretending to walk the walk so that the mean kids in the gang wouldn’t beat it up for its lunch money is somewhere south of insulting.

 

 

 

 

 

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1,103 thoughts on “Sanctimoneyous: Post-Brexit Britain Will Test-Drive a Conscience.

    1. His points are valid – the price of gas was unilaterally raised without any discussion with city council, hence the comment from the presenter about ‘animal capitalism’ and the wonderful benefits it brings to Ukraine, not to mention the sweet freedom. A new company, run by acquaintances (apparently) of Groysman was given the contract to supply heating to the city. The company’s officers (not located in Smila, but in Ivano-Frankivsk, second only to Lviv in its nationalist fervor) apparently didn’t like the size of the city’s outstanding bill, and refused to turn the heat on.

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  1. Apparently, three Ukrainian Navy vessels caused quite a stir just south of Kerch strait this morning. Two small patrol ships and one tugboat were ostensibly just going to pass through, enroute from Odessa to Mariupol, but instead of just following the route they went for some kind of bizarre circus antics, sailing in figure eights around a larger Russian coast guard ship and so on.

    Eventually, during these “maneuvers” the Ukrainian tug glanced one of the Russian coast guard vessels and while it didn’t cause any notable damage anywhere (a tug is typically surrounded by fenders anyway) the Ukrainians started yelling about this terrible thing, and as if on cue, it became international news and NATO-friendly media all over the place carried the story, calling it a case of “Russian aggression”…

    In response to this crap, Russia reinforced security at the bridge further north in the straits, even patrolling it with helicopters and jets, to show that they’re not in the mood of fucking about. The Ukrainians then calmed down, and are currently being escorted by a few Russian ships. The passage under the bridge has been temporarily blocked by Russia however, while they are figuring out what to do next.

    In my eyes, it’s a clear-cut provocation by Ukraine. The whole point was probably to prompt the Russians to close off the straits, I think, so that Ukraine could complain about that. Last week, the Ukrainians were at a NATO conference in Canada and shoehorned in some kind of “resolution” regarding the Kerch strait bridge, stressing its “illegal nature” and what not. At the same time, Ukraine is planning to submit a UN resolution condemning Russia’s alleged “militarization” of the Azov sea, as well.

    So, this ties in rather well with that.

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    1. Canada should STFU. It is routinely claiming the right to restrict ship traffic through the Arctic Archipelago even though it can only claim 7 nm territorial limits and there are passage ways in the Archipelago that are much wider than 14 nm. Like 50-100 nm. So if it is going to “help” Banderastan with its claims of free access, it must apply the same standard to itself.

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  2. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-25/massive-al-qaeda-gas-attack-government-held-aleppo-leaves-over-100-hospitalized

    So the Kerch Strait antics are a diversion from an actual chemical weapons attack on civilians by the “rebels” in Syria. No screeching about chemical weapons of mass destruction here.

    I am sure some NATzO smart ass will claim that there are not enough bodies for the “international community” to care. That would be natural since most media consumers do not have the education to know that chlorine-type gas attacks are not like VX attacks. BTW, Sarin is not that lethal either if dispersed. So the White Helmet jihadi theater with trotting out bodies of dozens from supposedly a chemical weapons “bomb” (that leaves a crater identical to a small surface explosive device as opposed to an actual impact crater with the mashed casing in it, chemical bombs do not get pulverized when they “detonate”) is actual evidence of fraud. But the “international community” will not even make a squeak in this case just like it ignores the starving millions in Yemen.

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    1. I don’t think those are related. More likely it’s just a Poroshenko’s plot to install martial law to avoid elections, evidently from his immediate actions.

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        1. Agreed; although the Hal Turner site says there is a full-on naval battle in progress between the Ukrainian Navy and the Russian Navy, there is actually nothing of the sort. There is great excitement that it may flash into a full-blown war in Europe, but that isn’t going to happen, either. Not now, anyway. Ukraine, properly speaking, doesn’t really have a Navy; they only have one major surface combatant that is seaworthy, if I remember correctly, and a hodgepodge of smaller gunboats – Ukraine’s ability to project power at sea is basically non-existent. Russia could squash Ukraine like a bug, both at sea and on land, and before President Porkchop throws his invincible millions into battle, he should bear in mind that although Ukraine is a special project for Washington and Brussels, it is not a member of NATO. American think-tankers have publicly urged Ukraine to blow up the Crimea Bridge, so Russia is right to guard it, and Ukraine is ignoring all norms of territorial waters in a childish attempt to play That Never Happened, as if Crimea still belonged to Ukraine. It does not, and there was nothing illegal about its return to Russia, which is plainly the will of its people who were never Ukrainians.

          Porky is just throwing his weight about, and while it might be considerable, it has little significance to NATO. The US warmongers would love to get something started, but the last thing most Americans want is a major war with a nuclear power that has already said “I’m done fucking around.”

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  3. The mighty Yukie fleet playing silly buggers:

    A Moskal ship of the line fleeing …

    Captain’s compliments to Lieutenants Svolochenko and Podonko: boarding parties at the ready!

    Aye aye Captain Porocyonko!

    Slava Ukraini!!!!

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  4. They shall not pass!

    And the Western rags and Banderite bloggers are saying that the Russians started it.

    Пока никто не знает почему – но один из патрульных катеров ВМФ России в проливе (рулевой был пьян, цвет буксира им не понравился, или матросы решили, что на буксире тайно везется атомная бомба для подрыва Керченского моста) со всей дури врезался в бок украинскому буксиру. В результате чего тот получил повреждения корпуса и двигателя.

    No one knows why yet – but one of the Russian Navy patrol boats in the strait (the helmsman was drunk or they didn’t like the colour of the tug or the sailors decided that an atomic bomb was secretly being transported to blow the Kerch Bridge up) foolishly rammed the Ukrainian tug, which, as a result, received damage to its hull and engine.

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    Drunken helmsman, because he is Russian, see, and so he must have been arse-holed and strumming out a tune on his balalaika to his dancing bear on deck when he saw the Yuki vessels approaching and, therefore, blew a fuse.

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      1. Now that all three Ukrainian ships have been captured and that he stupidly risked his officers’ lives, Poroshenko may finally rest easy: Turchinov just announced the possibility of imposing Martial law which would cancel the Presidential elections (they won’t be until March 2019, so it seems a little early to declare that, but who knows).

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  5. According to the BBC the Russians have seized three Ukrainian navy ships. Two gunboats and a tug were fired upon wounding six. The article doesn’t make clear if their crews are in Russian custody.
    You should Google the BBC article since it has some continuing update links.

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        1. Probably wise – instantly returning them would have been quickly interpreted by the west as an admission they did nothing wrong. If they actually fired on Russian vessels in Russian waters, it was an act of war and cannot be taken lightly. Ukraine definitely does not want a war with Russia unless it can bring NATO in on its side. So it is up to NATO to weigh the probable costs of stepping in on behalf of a non-NATO country against a major nuclear power. Off the top of my head, I would say not a chance. They’d like to do it, don’t get me wrong, but won’t in the face of a Russia that appears resolute and unblinking. NATO is a dab hand at inventing reasons to bully countries that are weak and conciliatory, but knocking over Russia would be nothing like anything they’ve tried since World War II. There was nothing like the current interlinked global economy at that time, and it was a lot easier to take out a country without destabilizing everyone else, to say nothing of missiles that can now fly halfway around the world.

          I think Poroshenko is much more likely to get a stern talking-to about subverting the democratic process via an obvious provocation than an offer of military support, although the USA will probably huff and puff.

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          1. I do believe that there is at least one arrested Russian fishing boat and its Russian crew members in Mariupol. The vessel and its crew were arrested for allegedly illegally fishing in the Ukrainian territorial waters of the Sea of Azov.

            It should not be forgotten that that long spit known as the Arabat Spit, situated to the east of the Crimea shore is Ukraine territory, it being deemed part of the Ukraine Kherson oblast’.

            I think this is what the Pig was hinting at when he stated that a “first step” to solve the crisis was to return the arrested in the Kerch Strait Ukrainian vessels and their crews, his quid pro quo being the arrested Russian fishermen.

            I should also like to point out that the EU shitheads recently spoke of sending EU member state navy vessels to the Sea of Azov so as to ensure law and order was observed there, namely to back up the Yukie joke state, as did some goons in the UK as well. And the other day, that tosser Williamson, Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Defence, said that British armed forces are ready to back up the Ukraine over this Sea of Azov confrontation. So Williamson is ready for the UK to go to war with Russia as an ally of that foul pig and his bloody pastor and the rest of the filth in Banderastan?

            At its deepest, the Sea of Azov bed is a mere 7 metres below the surface, so send in USN carrier Gerald R. Ford, if you wish, Pindosi, or even your magnificent Zumwalt — not that it would be able to pass under the Crimea Bridge, and in any case, they would soon run aground in the inland sea.

            And don’t think the USA has not thought of sending in part of their mighty fleet because they firmly believe they have the right to go anywhere.

            How many of you, I wonder, are aware of the fact that although Hudson Bay is considered by Canada to be its internal sea, the USA has never accepted this. The Canadians make this claim about the bay on historical grounds, but some say it is an extension of the Arctic Ocean. This claim by the Canadians that Hudson Bay is an inland water is disputed by the United States, but no action to resolve this difference of opinion has been taken.

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        2. Latest in Russian press is that the Ukie commanders performed on camera for video interrogations, according to the rules of the genre, here is the link with the interrogations/confessions:

          https://vz.ru/news/2018/11/26/952451.html

          The first guy, with the shaved head, who claims to be just an “ordinary crew member” is said to be from Ukrainian SBU, as he gives his evidence to the camera he keeps playing with his fingers and thumbs, probably sending Morse code signals to NATO!

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  6. A commenter at MoA linked to the Hal Turner Radio Show blog – apparently there’s a comment there that mentions that the tugboat was carrying an SADM to be planted on the Crimea Bridge to destroy it.

    http://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/news/world-news/3487-now-naval-battle-shaping-up-between-ukraine-and-russia-at-kerch-straight-bridge

    But you have to ask, if the Russians knew the tugboat was indeed carrying such a device, why would they ram the tugboat?

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    1. I can’t find anything in the Russian media about that. That comenter mentions that it appeared briefly and was scrubbed from the media, but with all those telegram channels I follow I doubt they would miss it. The comment is probably fake therefore.

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    2. Modern explosives are not like nitro-glycerine. They require a detonator and will not explode by being dropped or hit with a sledge hammer. So some vibration from the ship collision would do exactly nothing to the device. The Banderites need to prime the charge (detonator) first.

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      1. An interesting comment posted by ‘t’ on MoA vis the ‘ramming’ video:

        https://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/11/russia-blocks-ukrainian-navy-from-militarizing-the-sea-of-azov.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef022ad3c27a72200b

        Regarding the so-called ramming, it would appear from watching the video that the tug was attempting to ram the Russian ship rather than the opposite as most are reporting.

        Observe the wake of the tug. White water indicates the amount of propeller power being applied. The tug first cuts power in front of the Russian ship, but not totally as there is still a small amount of churn in the wake. Possibly reverse power to turn the bow of the tug towards the Russian ship. The Russian ship appears to attempt to steer to the right of the tug. The tug then appears to apply power to advance towards the Russian ship. Seeing that collision is inevitable, the Russian ship then turns to the left to meet the tug bow-to-bow. This encounter would seem to be totally the fault of the Ukrainian tug and seems to have been a deliberate action to cause the collision.

        This interpretation would explain why the Russian ship would release the video to the world. In their opinion, the video would clearly show that the Russian ship was attacked by the tug.

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        1. Looking more carefully at the video, it’s difficult to tell, except that now watching the tug’s wake that it cuts it engines which means the Russian ship is now rapidly gaining on it, the camera panning left which may give a false impression. Either way, the tug was already close to being flanked by two larger, faster and more maneuverable vessels so the game was up one way or another, so on reflection it looks to me now that the comment above is not accurate though helpful in focusing on the tug’s wake. He had nowhere left to go and ramming a much larger ship would certainly mean much stronger charges would be filed – assuming the skipper is being reasonable…

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          1. What does the bridge conversation on the Russian vessel say? I believe the video was recorded from the Russian viewpoint, and I hear a lot of “Davaiy! Davaiy!!” which is not “Oh dear, we should turn away”. It’s ‘Let’s do it”.

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            1. Yes, it sounds like the blood was up after such a goose chase but it does look like hitting a suspect after he as given up. They could have handled it better. Not that I have any sympathy for the Ukies, obvs, as you can really reasonable expect them to try anything to wind up Russia.

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  7. Poroshenko seeks to impose martial law for 60 days.

    The provocation seems to have been purely to solve Poroshenkos election problems – that is truly disgusting – sending the sailors there for this purpose

    – is this a declaration of war with Russia? Seems not quite declaring war- but he is doing all the other things related to martial law
    – what happens after 60 days?
    – what happens to the elections ?
    – does poroshenko seek to subvert the democratic process?
    – what will the EU and the other western democracies say if he stays in power?
    – will the Ukrainian people some of whom have been with heat and hot water rally round the president and improve his terrible poll ratings ?

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    1. Порошенко обратился с требованием к властям России.

      «Я обращаюсь к руководству Российской Федерации с требованием немедленно освободить украинских военнослужащих, которые в нарушение международного права, грубо были задержаны и судьба которых неизвестна», — заявил Порошенко.

      Poroshenko has appealed to the Russian authorities.

      “I appeal to the leadership of the Russian Federation with the demand that Ukrainian military personnel, who, in violation of international law, have been roughly detained and whose fate is unknown, be immediately released”, Poroshenko said.

      There’s that thing called “International Law” again, something that the Exceptional Nation and its satraps love so well to bandy about — whenever it suits them to do so. Of course, cutting off water and power supplies to civilians is quite alright.

      The elections are already in question, because martial law (it must be confirmed by the Rada today) is to be imposed for 2 months. This is very convenient for a head of state whose popularity is rock-bottom and whose chances of being elected for a second presidential term are as slim as are the chances of finding a virgin in a whorehouse.

      By the way, Poroshenko has demanded that the sailors be urgently transferred along with the ships to the Ukrainian side as a first step in de-escalating the situation in the Sea of ​​Azov. He stressed that he was waiting for an answer to his appeal….

      There is something else that should give rise to Poroshenko becoming nervous: martial law automatically makes the Bloody Pastor and the head of the National Security and Defence Council number 2 in the Kiev Junta. And in the case of any incapacity that Poroshenko should suffer — including death from an overdose — Turchinov then becomes head of the regime.

      And Turchinov, in my opinion, is as mad as a hatter, a bent Holy Joe — and there’s nothing worse than a bible thumping wanker such as he is.

      source

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            1. Turchita is too busy to dance with fruit, he is practicing his Dr. Evil impersonation in the mirror.

              Wait, Breaking news: Turchita threatened to release hundreds of sharks into the Kerch Strait, with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads. Their purpose: to destroy The Bridge, natch. With frickin’ lasers!

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        1. This is probably the most worrying development of the Martial Law thing. Porky is a despicable opportunist but he seems to be a predictable and practical despicable opportunist. He will wind up the tension and provocation song and dance for his NATO/US/EU sponsors in order to start the flow of delicious $$$s. He does this with the knowledge that unless Russian servicemen are killed or other obvious red lines are crossed, engaging Ukraine in open war is of no benefit to Russia and it will not happen. Sure Russia will slap them around a little (ex these boats), but ultimately nothing of serious significance will take place. Porky will huff and puff and kneel for the nationalists all day as long as there is benefit to it and it keeps him in the feeding trough if you will, but he will not intentionally commit to a serious course of action that will ruin him and his largesse.

          Turchinov though, is a true believer. Or seems to be. And there is nothing more dangerous in a tense situaion that one who believes his own rhetoric. I can easily see Turchinov being one to turn the nationalist rhetoric into reality and go off on a crusade to cleanse the moskals or die trying.

          He is definitely the one to watch during the Martial Law saga.

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      1. What about international law in the case of the Nord, you hypocritical swine. Or is “law” something that applies only when it suits you, Porosyuk?

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      2. How can you say, “I appeal with the demand”? One is a request and the other is a direct order. Is he trying to be conciliatory and non-escalatory, and ballsy and macho all at the same time? Gosh, what a versatile politician! The people of Ukraine obviously do not realize what a treasure they have.

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        1. я обращаюсь к … sort of more exactly means “I turn to …”, “I submit to …”, “I address someone with …”, but the expression is often translated into English as “I appeal to”, which, in my opinion, sometimes does not sound right, and it certain;ly does not here, as “to appeal” sounds plaintive.

          One is not plaintive if one demands, and that bastard is not wringing his hands before the Russian authorities: he is demanding outright that they do something as a first step towards sorting this Kerch incident out.

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    1. Gosh! The UN General Assembly actually affirmed that Israel’s continued occupation of the Golan Heights is ‘a violation of international law’!! But the USA voted against the resolution. Does that mean the USA supports violations of international law, or that it believes it has the right to decide what does or does not constitute violations thereof? My vote is with option B. As others have pointed out, the USA loves to throw the weight of ‘international law’ about, often when there is no such backing and even more often without getting any more specific than just ‘international law’. The supposed annexation of Crimea is a natural example – the USA and Ukraine monotonously refer to the transfer of Crimea to the Russian Federation as such a violation, but do not specify what law was violated, instead bleating about the Budapest Memorandum. The latter is not international law, and more importantly, it assumed that conditions which prevailed at the time of signing would endure; no provision was made for a bloody coup right next door, and nobody would be fool enough to sign such an agreement as unconditional. Not to blame it all on the USA and Ukraine, either – the USA’s retinue of lickspittles who depend on it for trade and economic reasons are happy to parrot it as a ‘violation of international law’. That only shows you how easily an action the west routinely lauds as the very essence of democratic principles – a declaration of independence supported by a huge majority of the inhabitants – can be made to seem ‘a violation of international law’: simply refuse to recognize the decision as the will of the people, and characterize it as a forced decision made under duress. Because America says the Crimean referendum was not legal or proper, Crimea should have been forced against its will to remain a possession of Ukraine – the very and complete polar opposite of the USA’s customary prancing and whooping about ‘freedom’.

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  8. Oh, what a surprise!

    Al Beeb s’Allah GONAD (God’s Own News Agency Direct): Matthew Hedges: British academic pardoned by UAE
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46341310

    …The news he was being pardoned came in a press conference, during which the UAE showed a purported confession video from Mr Hedges saying he was a member of MI6.

    It is now known if he was speaking under duress or if other factors were at play….
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    It is of course unknown for the British Intelligence services to use persons who have grown up in interesting places for their purposes.

    In line with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, the UAE publicly refuses to play the western PR line, and quite rightly so. They’ve paid western countries huge amounts of money over the decades. One of you posted a tweet by Tusli Gabbard the other day about the USA being KSA ‘bitch’. This UAE story shows Dubai is reminding London of its position.

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    1. Just seen FM Jeremy Hunt on al-beeb s’allah simply repeat “We’ve seen no evidence presented to support the allegations” but curiously no denial that Hedges works for British Intelligence. How odd.

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      1. Al Beeb s’Allah GONAD (God’s Own News Agency Direct): The shifting power at the heart of the UK’s ‘spy’ row
        https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46322425

        By Dr Neil Quilliam Chatham House

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        The official ‘unofficial’. This article really is polishing a turd. Going from the UK being the senior partner to equal! I’m still laughing. Still, one or two interesting points made therein, not to mention the skillful navigation of avoiding any blame at all on the UK government’s side or addressing whether it is a public humiliation to be called out and a ‘alleged’ spy named. Dragging in the I-ranian case has absolutely no bearing on this story, so why bring it in? Filler, juxtaposition etc. etc.

        This kind of article is a very good example of how slippery the Brits can be with their words, deeds & ideas. Information management.

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        1. Nuggets of real analysis, though – the Gulf states observed with alarm the west’s dropping of Mubarek like a hot potato (after decades of propping him up in exchange for his loyalty to western dabbling in the region) when it appeared to observe the birth of a revolution which might sweep through the entire region. A clever operator with its hands on the levers in such a situation would have a great deal of influence in reshaping the entire region, and the ‘loyal’ Gulf states were by no means immune to the ‘Arab Spring’. At the same time, Russia’s steadfast defense of Syria at great risk to itself – and, indeed, at a cost of great damage to its relationship with the west – was favourably remarked by the same ‘loyal’ Gulf states. The Arabs are not stupid, and Washington’s shifting alliances (in which its admiring little brother, the UK, is almost inevitably implicated) have not passed unnoticed. Nor has Russia’s apparent disinterest in such opportunism.

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          1. Witness the attempts of the Mayor of Smila, Alexey Tsybko, to speak українська мова [ukrajinśka mova — the Ukrainian language] whilst making his official declaration to the citizens under his tender, loving administrative care:

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      1. Naturally no conspiracy theorizing about dictatorship from the precious NATzO MSM. How the fuck is martial law supposed to do anything regarding the Kerch Strait? Martial Law will apply to Banderastan’s territory and last time I checked, Russian navy ships and other military assets were not going there.

        This is the most transparent stunt of convenience ever. It serves to keep the Ukr regime in power and to divert international attention away from the chemical weapons attack on Aleppo. You can dismiss the Aleppo link all you want, but Porosyuk could have staged the Kerch Strait farce at any time. Nothing special about the present time.

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  9. Rolling Stone: Why You Should Care About the Julian Assange Case
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/taibbi-julian-assange-case-wikileaks-758883/

    Forget Jim Acosta. If you’re worried about Trump’s assault on the press, news of a Wikileaks indictment is the real scare story

    By Matt Taibbi
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    The wrong kind of transparency. I do wonder what the point of detaining Assange is if he has a deadhand in place, i.e. if he disappears unfiltered wikileaks go global. It hasn’t happened yet even though he had his internet access cut off for months at the Ecuadorian embassy, which would mean that there is another human link in such a chain… to hunt…

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  10. No-thing about the gas incident in Aleppo in the headlines today. What further proof do you need to see that it depends on who is accused and who is the victim? The ‘impartiality’ of the Pork Pie News Network is yet again clearly on show.

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    1. The NATzO MSM is a transparent mouthpiece of the people who actually run this pack of hyenas. No, it is not the token politicians paraded on the TV and in the papers. NATzO has a kabuki theater “democracy” and the brazen bias and lying directly and through omission by the MSM just confirms it. But the average sheep is made to feel comfortable enough in the current order that any thought of rotten facade induces too much cognitive dissonance. It is easier to lap up the illusion than to be disturbed by the reality.

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  11. BTW, the retards composing the Kiev regime are under the impression that they can threaten the Kerch bridge. They should grow a few brains cells. Russia is already making it clear that it will use force to stop any incursion and Russia has vastly more resources than Pukeraine and its Scrooge NATzO patrons to defend the bridge. This includes installing underwater devices and above water anti-ship guns and missiles to handle all comers.

    We have had riots in Pukeraine over lack of heating. The country is swirling the toilet bowl and the regime is staging cheap provocation theater to keep itself in power. The sad thing is that so many Ukrainians are still drinking the Maidan koolaid since they can’t accept reality.

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    1. A truck bomb could do some damage and would seem the only credible threat to the bridge (albeit creating damage that could be repaired in weeks if not days). However, given the effectiveness of Russian anti-terror operations, this would seem an unlikely possibility.

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  12. Since a nation’s territorial Waters extend 12 miles beyond its coast, doesn’t that put the entirety of the Ketch strait in Russian territorial waters ??
    BTW… What happens where the 12 mile extensions of two nations overlap???

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    1. In such cases there is usually some sort of convention, as there is as regards the 20.7 mile wide Straits of Dover.

      This matter was brought up in Moon of Alabama:

      The usual anti-Russian subject in “western” political circles use the incident to demand more measures against Russia. Fronting the effort is the weapon industry lobbying group Atlantic Council:

      Anders Åslund, a resident senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, said: “NATO and the United States should send in naval ships in the Sea of Azov to guarantee that it stays open to international shipping.”

      Such action, Åslund said, “would be in full compliance with the UN Law of the Sea Convention of 1982 and the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits of 1936.”

      Anders Aslund is listed as member of the “U.S. & Canadian Cluster” of the secret influence operation by the British Foreign Office describe here two days ago. He is obviously unable to read a map, sea chart, or UN convention. The Ukrainian attempt to pass through the Kerch Strait without Russian consent is a breach of Article 7, 19 and 21 of the UN Law of the Sea Convention (pdf):

      Article 7: “Subject to this Convention, ships of all States, whether coastal or land-locked, enjoy the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea.”

      Article 19-1: “Passage is innocent so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State. Such passage shall take place in conformity with this Convention and with other rules of international law.”

      Article 21-4: “Foreign ships exercising the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea shall comply with all such [coastal state] laws and regulations and all generally accepted international regulations relating to the prevention of collisions at sea.”

      There will now be again a lot of noise in the media about the ‘nefarious Russians’ and new demands for even more useless sanctions. But the legal case is clear. It was the Ukrainian navy that willfully attempted to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov through Russian territorial waters without regard to the laws and regulations of the coastal state. Russia was within its full rights to prevent the passage and to seize the Ukrainian boats.

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      1. Dear God; Anders Aslund. Now he’s an expert in maritime law. Might as well, I guess; he’s a chrome-plated clusterfuck as an economist – good on you, Anders, to make a career change so late in life.

        Anders Aslund is a wooden-head whose sole useful function is to give the veneer of academia to agit-prop.

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        1. The Atlantic Council seems to attract many people who have quite sudden and dramatic mid-life career changes, for example that former women’s lingerie salesman turned investigative journalist Eliot Higgins.

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          1. Not that much of a stretch (!) to progress from nodding answers to

            “Does my bum look big in this?”

            and now

            “Does my bomb look big in this?”

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  13. FlightGlobal.com: Adria Airways tentatively orders 15 Superjets
    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/adria-airways-tentatively-orders-15-superjets-453902/

    Adria Airways has signed a letter of intent to lease 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100s which will be maintained through a proposed joint venture MRO operation based in Ljubljana.

    The Slovenian airline says the jets will be delivered from the beginning of 2019 under a long-term lease agreement…
    ####

    More at the link.

    The MRO bit is the most interesting (yet again no sale), though according to a recent piece published by Vedemosti, the hot sections of the SSJ’s engines (produced by France’s Safran) are regularly failing between 2-4,000 flight hours (sometimes after 1k/fh) when they should be lasting 7.5-8k flight hours:

    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3424107.html

    The relatively new short-assed SSJ-75 project looks a very good project.

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  14. Notice the timing of this release, from May of this year:

    SkyNudes: Royal Navy ship buzzed by 17 ‘hostile’ Russian jets off the coast of Crimea
    https://news.sky.com/story/royal-navy-ship-buzzed-by-17-hostile-russian-jets-off-the-coast-of-crimea-11564248

    The planes flew so close their electronics could have been scrambled by the British ship’s radar system and caused them to crash.
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    Lots of chest beating therein. The f-tards boasting they could have shot down Russian jets while sailing past the Crimea just goes to show how short sighted and militarily retarded they are. If they had lifted a finger they would have been on the bottom of the Black Sea off Russia’s coast, quite a long way from the UK’s coast…

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    1. “They may consider it [our presence in the Black Sea] to be escalatory, we certainly don’t,” said Lieutenant Commander James Smith. “But it depends on how you spin the narrative. The one thing the Russians are very good at is spinning a narrative.

      “We have to demonstrate and create our own as well. They can scream and shout all they want but we still have the right, as do all these units, to be where we are, operating how we are.”

      Britain, of course, is very good at everything, and would never stoop to ‘spinning a narrative’.

      And Russia, in whose region the NATO fleet was operating, has the right to be where it is, and operating as it does. Why is it only dangerous and reckless when the Russians do it? Why did the British have to launch their helicopter, to go look for a ‘spy ship’ which they ‘had on their radar’? They obviously knew where it was – was it necessary to go buzz it with a helicopter? Couldn’t the ship’s electronics have caused the helicopter to crash? Is HM government recommending that when the Royal Navy is operating in Russian regional waters, Russia should remain well clear? Is that the way the Royal Navy and the British military behave when Russian naval units transit the English Channel, which is an international waterway? Aren’t the Russians ‘skulking” in the neighbourhood, up to no good, and asking to be seen off the premises by British military forces?

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      1. I’ve got a question for you Mark, is it not bad form when skipping along someone else’s coastline to have your radar blaring at maximum strength? As for modern digital active scan radars, I though the whole point is that they are not just on/off systems, but can use different numbers of transmit/receive modules depending on the task at hand (and thereby much more efficient)? And doesn’t such large broadcasting directly tell the landlubbers that you are a big fat threat? Consequences consequences…

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        1. Well, no; it’s not necessarily bad form in the sense of rudeness, but it’s not good tactics. The opposite discipline to radar, the gathering of information via electronic pulses sent out to return with range, bearing, altitude and motion, is electronic warfare – the passive side of that house is ESM, or Electronic Support Measures, which gather in turn the information yielded from radar, to form a ‘fingerprint’; frequency, pulse repetition frequency (PRF), pulse width, scan type and scan rate. Analysis of this information yields identity of the radar emitter, which pares down the platforms it might be fitted on to type, class and sometimes individual units if the fit is rare. Combined with other intelligence – humint, or human intelligence, such as “HMS So-and-So left her berth in Portsmouth two weeks ago, and based on furthest-on circles of probability, could be about here”, it is narrowed further. The aim of the naval group might be to be overt from the word ‘go’, and to blast away on radar and communications without restriction, as its mission is to ‘show the flag’, but more often it is covert, and seeks to remain undetected for as long as possible. Meanwhile, it is vacuuming up information itself, whatever it can collect, and people are often more careless if they don’t know you are coming and don’t know exactly where you are. But sometimes it serves your purpose better to let everyone know, sometimes not. It depends on the purpose of your mission.

          I have seen some amazing tricks over the years, in the interests of remaining covert. A good trick usually originates with presenting an electronic situation which is frankly impossible, so it will be disregarded as equipment malfunction or, more likely, a weather anomaly. For instance, back in the early 80’s when the S-3 Viking was fairly new, the Carrier John F. Kennedy had one wheeled out to the bow, turned on its radar, and then shut down everything else on the ship, emitter-wise. The carrier then steamed at flank speed – which would be upward of 30 knots – all night long through the Indian Ocean, ending up far, far from her previous position completely undetected., using the radar of the S-3 for basic navigation and anti-collision. The radar operators picking it up would say, “I have a huge echo here, moving at a steady speed of 30-plus knots”. The EW types would say, “I have an APS-137 radar on that bearing”. The Viking could not possibly fly that slow, while the speed of the echo was too fast for most ships, so it was written off as a false contact. Surprise! But clever dodges like that will typically only work once. After that, the impossible has been proven possible.

          For ostentatious transits like the one we’re talking about, the west usually announces its presence under ‘freedom of the seas’, and consequently there is no sense in remaining covert. But you’re right – using the force’s most complex radar would not be advisable, so the officer who bragged about its massive power maybe causing the Russian planes to crash was probably just boasting. Such radars are frequency-agile over a broad range, but not necessarily any more powerful on any one frequency than another – their strength is that frequency agility makes them hard to jam, as they are active on a different frequency on a pulse-to-pulse basis. You would have to jam the entire frequency range, which means high power, which means size and weight, so probably a landbased facility. But Russia’s active side of Electronic Warfare, Electronic Counter-Measures (ECM) is highly developed and very advanced, so they may have an airborne jammer which can handle broad frequency agility. In any case, blasting away on the radar you will rely on in combat is just asking to have it intercepted and analyzed for weaknesses and loopholes.

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            1. The British general during the Crimean War up until his death from dysentery outside Sevastopol was so senile that he occasionally thought his army was still fighting the Frogs, who just happened to be his allies in the Crimea.

              Lord Raglan, the British commander in the Crimean War, was once standing on a hill with his allied commander, the French general Saint-Arnaud, when they saw Russian cavalry gallop by. His Lordship, his addled brain still leading him to believe that he was still fighting Napoleon, which he, in fact, had done so some 40 years previously, wheezed: “There they go, the damned French”.

              Having idiot commanders is, apparently, a well established British tradition.

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  15. Vesti News
    Published on 26 Nov 2018
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    On Monday, the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office announced the initiation of a new criminal case against William Browder, an international schemer and fraudster. Now Browder is suspected of organizing and leading a criminal community in Russia. For many years, Browder has been making unbelievable efforts to avoid going to Russian prison.

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    1. There; you see? The GRU could obviously learn a few lessons from Browder. If you want to rub someone out, don’t use a distinctive nerve agent that everyone will know came from Russia, you numbskulls. Try to make it something undetectable, but if you can’t manage that, at least make it something so general it might have come from anywhere. Then immediately announce that Browder did it.

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        1. Probably, but it’s awfully hard to mistake for an accidental death – gee, he must have walked into that wire and just kept on walking. However, people die every day from hit-and-run car accidents and frequently the killer is never caught. Particularly when he takes care to run someone over using a nondescript vehicle in a country where there are hundreds of thousands of the same type and colour, at a time when there are likely to be few or no observers. Hitting someone hard at speed with an automobile is orders of magnitude more likely to kill them than pissing about with some fancy nerve agent in a form it traditionally does not take, applied in a way where it might kill the target, might kill someone else, might kill nobody. Instead, you visually identify the target, there’s an almighty thump, and you’re away, probably with stolen license plates and with your features obscured by the windshield. People might speculate that you were rubbed out because of your political beliefs or because you were ‘a thorn in the side of so-and-so’, but hit-and-run accidents happen every day and there are many reasons such a driver might not stop, among which ‘because he was in league with Vladimir Putin’ is pretty far down the list, and ‘going to jail’ is at or near the top.

          The Mafia, to the best of my knowledge, never attempted to portray death by garotting as an accident.

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          1. To my knowledge, the Mafia (Sicilian, Calabrian, whoever) don’t portray killings as accidental: their murders, the methods by which they kill and even the ways in which they dispose of their victims are designed to communicate messages to their own people, potential victims (most of whom would also be part of the Mob) and sometimes even the police. I have seen some accounts of Mafia killings and noted that killers might leave “calling cards”, such as dollar bills stuffed into victims’ mouths or other body orifices, and these in themselves can say something about the killers’ identities, their reasons for killing the victim or their opinion of the victim.

            In this context, hit-n-run accidents occur too frequently and are too “anonymous” in nature to be the Mafia’s preferred method of murder. Intelligence agencies, maybe yes, because they need to dissociate themselves from murder incidents they carry out or approve; with crime gangs or crime families, their motives are different and they use murder to warn or intimidate other people.

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            1. And often the killings are “telegraphed” in adv by sending chrysanthemums to the target’s next of kin. According to the translator of Camilleri’s “Inspector Montalbano” novels, “goat-tying” – binding the ankles together and lashing them along the back to a noose so that the victims end up being throttled due to their own tiredness or cramping – is the classic Mafia method.

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  16. As the New deal unravels:

    :”The original “New Deal,” which included massive public works infrastructure projects, was introduced by Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s amid the Great Depression. Its purpose was to stave off a socialist revolution in America. It was a response to a militant upsurge of strikes and violent class battles, led by socialists who were inspired by the 1917 Russian Revolution that had occurred less than two decades before.

    American capitalism could afford to make such concessions because of its economic dominance. The past forty years have been characterized by the continued decline of American capitalism on a world stage relative to its major rivals. The ruling class has responded to this crisis with a social counterrevolution to claw back all gains won by workers. This has been carried out under both Democratic and Republican administrations and with the assistance of the trade unions.

    Since the 2008 crash, first under Bush and Obama, and now Trump, the ruling elites have pursued a single-minded policy of enriching the wealthy, through free credit, corporate bailouts and tax cuts, while slashing spending on social services.

    To claim as does Ocasio-Cortez that American capitalism can provide a new “New Deal,” of a green or any other variety, is to promote an obvious political fiction.”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/23/cort-n23.html

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    1. The global looting margins have shrank to the point where the trickle down model no longer works. And US elites have no solution and are swirling the toilet bowl. Not as fast as Banderastan, but the same process. The US middle class will disappear and so will the US in any coherent form.

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    1. “The dispute over the waterway is fundamentally unresolvable because it hinges on different interpretations of who controls the territorial waters around the Crimean peninsula. Both sides tried to portray themselves as determined to protect the normal shipping that the other side was interfering with. Ukraine had previously sought and been granted permission for similar passages, according to official Russian accounts, but did not this time.

      But Ukraine wants to assert its continued sovereignty in areas which Russia considers its own, analysts said. Controlling passage from the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov is a key element in asserting Russia’s broader claim to Crimea.

      “Moscow clearly seeks to turn the Azov Sea into a Russian basin, and to use it to bring leverage to bear on Kiev,” wrote Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russian intelligence services at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, on Twitter. “It wants to demonstrate its capacity to act without having to worry about external constraint.”

      The two sides signed an agreement in 2003 to guarantee free passage through the strait, but in recent months have been harassing each other’s ships. The port of Mariupol and a couple others are important for the Ukrainian economy for exports of steel and grain, as well as for imports.”

      https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:OVmRXKMsy4sJ:https://www.uni-trier.de/fileadmin/fb5/prof/OEF008/Mitarbeitende/Valentin_Schatz/Ukraine_vs._Russia/_2003__Agreement_on_Cooperation_in_the_Use_of_the_Sea_of_Azov_and_the_Kerch_Strait.pdf+&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

      http://www.fao.org/fishery/shared/faolextrans.jsp?xp_FAOLEX=LEX-FAOC045795&xp_faoLexLang=E&xp_lang=en

      Yalensis…ME….any thoughts on this stuff..in English!!!

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        1. Not with the “t” pronounced as it should be when followed by a “soft sign” you can bet!

          I knew an English bloke here once, whose Russian wife’s name is Olga. She was always bollocking him in public for not pronouncing her name correctly.

          The “l” in “Olga” is followed by a “soft sign”, see, so the “l” sound has a sort of little “yi” sound tagged onto it.

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  17. From Saker:

    Ukrainian sailors confirm that they deliberately entered Russian waters

    Video made available by Russian FSB

    Transcript:

    First man:

    I am Andrey Dratch. I am a crew member of the ship “Nikopol” of the Ukrainian Naval Forces. On 23 (November) I received the task to follow an Odessa-Mariupol course through the Kerch Strait. Having followed this course to Mariupol through the Kerch Strait, we entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation, when the Coast Guard of the Russian Federation warned us that we were violating the legislation of the Russian Federation. We were repeatedly told to leave the territorial waters of the Russian Federation. While stopping in order to anchor, the Coast Guard warned us one more time that it was necessary to leave Russian Federation territorial waters and to leave the 12-mile zone and wait for further decisions concerning our passage through the Kerch Strait to the city of the Mariupol.

    Second man:

    I am Vladimir Vladimirovich Lesovoy, commander of military unit 1828. Since November 22, 2018, I have been part of the command structure of a group of ships of the Naval Forces of the Ukraine, I am in charge of the tug “Yana Kapa” and the vessels “Nikopol” and “Berdyansk”. I made a passage through the Kerch Strait. After having crossed the state borders of the Russian Federation, I visually observed vessels of the Border Service of the Russian Federation FSB and I knowingly ignored their radio requests to stop. At the time of the passage, small arms and machine guns with ammunition were on board. I was aware that the actions of the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait had a provocative character. I was following orders and planned to carry out the transfer of ships from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol.

    Third man:

    I am Sergey Andreevich Tsybizov. On Friday morning, we left Odessa at 08:00 and headed to Berdyansk through the Kerch Strait. When we approached the Kerch Strait, we entered the waters of Russia, after which we were given the command to stop and wait for further orders. Before fire was opened, two green flares could be seen. We continued to make headway on “Nikopol”, and then Russian ships contacted us. Our commander decided to stop the vessel. We were taken off the vessel and that is all.

    I have had the temerity to edit the translation that was presented to Saker — punctuation and some phrases. And in my edited version, I call the men who were interviewed “men” and did not use the term “guys”, which is used in the translation on Saker. 🙂

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    1. And the above linked Saker site has this interesting comment from a certain “White Whale“:

      Jake Morphonios’ today’s video “WAR ALERT – Russia & Ukraine Preparing for Full Scale Conflict”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucni4znC1IU, while providing a decent overview of the Kerch situation, brings to light one particularly interesting piece of information (watch the segment from ~20:15 to ~24:05):

      “… just nine days ago, on November 16, US Secretary of State (and former CIA Director) Mike Pompeo met in Washington DC with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, and they discussed mutual strategic interests regarding countering of Russia. Here is what the State Department put out after that meeting:

      [the original US government document is https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/11/287421.htm ; the quote is from the fourth paragraph, subtitled ‘Security and Countering Russian Aggression’]

      ‘…
      The two sides underscored the need to continue building Ukraine’s resilience in the face of Russian aggression, reaffirmed the importance of the Minsk agreements in ending Russia’s aggression, and highlighted the need to restore Ukrainian control over the Ukrainian territories temporarily occupied or controlled by Russia – Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

      Both sides decided that a robust UN-mandated international security force in the areas of Donbas controlled by Russia, including the Ukraine-Russia international border, would create the necessary security conditions for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

      The United States reiterated its commitment to Secretary Pompeo’s July 25 Declaration on the non-recognition of Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea.

      The United States condemned Russia’s aggressive actions against international shipping transiting the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports. Both sides underscored that Russia’s aggressive activities in the Sea of Azov have brought new security, economic, social, and environmental threats to the entire Azov-Black Sea region.

      The United States confirmed its commitment to maintain sanctions against Russia related to its aggression against Ukraine until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements and returns Crimea to Ukrainian control.
      …’


      Let’s summarise what this is: On November 16, the US State Department/CIA met with the Ukrainian State Department representative, and from that meeting they agreed that it should be the objective of both sides to bring about conditions that would justify a United Nations international military force being put on the border of Russia and used to fight against pro-Russian forces to take back Donetsk, to take back Crimea, and all Donbass area that revolted after the CIA puppet government was installed. And it is right there: they specifically talked about Russia being a threat in the Kerch Strait. And what do you know: nine days later, after this meeting, what happens? The Ukrainian military sends its ships into the Strait – knowing that it would result in a military reaction from Russia. And here we go…”

      Remember what happened after Condoleezza Rice had a little tête-à-tête with Sackofshit?

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        1. They keep using the same template because it once worked so well, which I think shows a complete disrespect for the adversary, who is supposed to be too dumb to know he is being played; incapable of learning. Can this really be the fruit of the west’s stubborn misunderstanding and underestimation of Russia? What’s the quote? “A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim”?

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      1. It should also be remembered that Saakashvili incorrectly interpreted that show of confidence as assurance that if he kicked off hostilities himself, the United States at least, if not all of NATO, would ride to the rescue before he got in too deep, and as a consequence the two breakaway regions would be brought back under Georgian control. Appearing later on television, Saakashvili’s voice was shaky and he was nearly in tears of rage, and he was not very subtle in blaming the west for letting him down. Subsequent analysis, which the war party derided as treason, was unambiguous that Georgia started the military exchange, and pretty much all they faulted Russia for was being too prepared (???) and for getting carried away in its pursuit of the fleeing Georgians.

        The United States continues to seek a provocation which will show Russia in its worst light, something that must appear to be unprovoked aggression by Russia. Responding to territorial incursions is not going to get it done, as there will not be broad public support for military force based on questionable circumstances. I would not say there is no danger, because there demonstrably is, but so long as Russia continues to respond as it has done so far, I think there is little risk of a broader war. At the same time, there is the same danger for Ukraine as there was for Georgia – that its nutheaded leader will overreach, and land himself in a situation whereby Russia must respond militarily, but in which the circumstances suggest Ukraine asked for it and there is not sufficient public support for a western intervention in Ukraine’s behalf.

        Many of the major ‘think tank’ magazines like The Economist are featuring stories which suggest alarm over the current division in the USA, which is more pronounced than it has ever been. The country is rent by internal problems, yet the climate is not one in which a major global war would be just what the doctor ordered, to unite Americans against a common foe and get them to put their shoulders to the wheel together. Instead – and this must baffle the agitators – indications are that it would be correctly observed as a manufactured distraction.

        Official America is primed for war, any big war – China, Russia, it doesn’t matter – as a means to make itself whole again and get things back on the rails where people do what the government tells them to do without comment or question. But the support just is not there, and the warmongers are a vocal minority. So long as Russia continues to box clever, the situation is likely to remain dangerous but not incendiary, while the danger is just as great for the provocateur.

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        1. Any group that thinks it will have some WWII conventional war in the nuclear missile era is a collection of lunatics. I wonder what sort of unity the US is going to get once its major cities get glassed. Nuclear war will escalate into a war of unprecedented obliteration.

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  18. СБУ признала, что ее сотрудники были на борту задержанных кораблей ВМС

    The Ukraine Security Service [SBU] has admitted that its operatives were on board the detained naval vessels
    11:16 27.11.2018 (updated: 12:10 27.11.2018)

    KIEV, Nov 27 — RIA Novosti. The head of the Ukraine Security Service, Vasily Gritsak, has confirmed that on board the navy vessels detained in the Black sea were intelligence officers.

    The department press service noted that the officers had been carrying out “counterintelligence support of the Ukrainian Navy unit.” At the same time, the SBU claims that pressure was being exerted on its detained operatives.

    “The Ukraine Security Council is undertaking, within the limits of its competence, all the necessary measures to free the Ukrainian prisoners and return them to their families”, the agency added.

    A day earlier, the FSB had said that the provocation by the Ukrainian ships had been coordinated by two SBU officers, who had been carrying out the direct instructions of the Kiev authorities.

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  19. A Simferopol court has already sent the first arrested Ukraine sailors to prison on remand until 25 January 2019, pending his trial as a result of his alleged violation of the state border of the Russian Federation.

    Let the howling and wailing from the West and Banderastan begin!

    Porky has been saying for several years that Russia is at war with the Ukraine.

    Very well, you foul pig: consider your stalwart sailors now detained on Russian territory to be prisoners of war.

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    1. Actually, they’re not being detained as prisoners of war. Apparently, Ukraine is demanding that they treated as such, but Russia’s position is that there is no ‘war’ ongoing between Russia and Ukraine, and therefore the Geneva Conventions do not apply and the sailors are not entitled to PW status. Instead, they can be arrested for illegal crossing of the state border. Of course, whether sailing through what Russia considers its territorial waters is a crime is debatable due to the ‘right of innocent passage’ allowed through such waters. Lawyers on both sides will no doubt construct arguments as to whether this was ‘innocent’ or not, while the Ukrainians will say that the waters are theirs and so there was no illegal entry onto Russian territory. Whose side people take will in most cases be decided by politics not law.

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      1. These 23 sailors – will I think be used to get back Russians taken by the Ukrainians like the captain of the ship Nord and other hostages

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          1. That depends which kind of crew this was — ordinary joes or specially-recruited fanatics.
            Some of them might be Nationalist fanatics who might even have believed it to be a suicide mission.
            Not sure, though, will have to wait and see.

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            1. If the crew happen to be ordinary sailors and Russia offers them asylum, I think they should accept without hesitation or second thoughts. If they return to Ukraine, they could be killed. Then Ukraine could say they had been badly treated or tortured, and were returned to the mother country in a state beyond saving. Of course, Banderite fanatics will refuse asylum, they’ll return to Ukraine and then they’ll wonder why they’re suspected of treachery for giving away “secrets” or accused of cowardice.

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          2. Well, the Banderites are already repeating over and over that the detained crew members are being put under pressure, adding that some of them have relatives in the Crimea.

            You know: confess to everything that we tell you to say or we’ll rape your grandma, beat up your granddad, eat your cousins etc.

            In other words, typically barbaric Russian behaviour as well authenticated in the West over and over.

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      2. Wasn’t there a law only very recently passed in the Ukraine, whereby anyone illegally crossiong the Ukraine frontier could be faced with a 5-year imprisonment? I’m sure this law was directed at Russians who enter the Crimea without having a visa. For quite a while now, they have been refusing entry into the Ukraine those who have “illegally” visited the Crimea: now, it seems, any Russian who has previously been to post-2014 Crimea may be arrested at Boryspil airport and be sent down for 5.

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      3. Agreed, although that position might be harder to defend considering the confessions of the Ukrainian sailors that they were following orders and knew there would most likely be a challenge. Just because the USA and its crony states do not recognize the Russian Federation’s territorial limits in this case does not make them unenforceable. The USA refuses to recognize – by official signature – the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), but does not arbitrarily disregard it and observes it in most cases. You can’t negate a law by refusal to recognize that it exists. In a way, Ukraine may have done itself a great disservice by forcing the issue into the spotlight, and Russian territorial limits may emerge with some de facto recognition. But Poroshenko was never a great strategist, something he shares with Klimkin and Pompeo.

        According to a lawyer, cited by Hromadske, the sailors will be tried in three groups; one now, another next week, and last the injured, who are now in hospital.

        https://nypost.com/2018/11/27/ukraine-we-have-spies-on-the-ships-that-russia-seized/amp/

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      4. Military vessels not in transit but staging provocations are by no means “innocent passage”. So international law does not cover Khuyiv’s harassment.

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  20. In a typically-British report on the ‘Battle of the Kerch Strait’, The Mirror simply repeats Ukraine’s claims no mater how manifestly stupid they are. According to Ukraine’s statement, a Russian vessel – characterized in the British press as a ‘warship’, although it is a Coast Guard vessel – rammed a Ukrainian tugboat in ‘a failed attempt to stop it’. So we must assume the brave tug carried on despite this naked aggression. Later in the same report, Ukraine “claims Russia attacked the vessels after they had retreated and headed back towards Odessa.”

    I see. So a Russian ‘warship’ rammed the tug to…prevent it from retreating as it had been ordered to do? I’m confused.

    The same article points out that while Ukraine is shocked; shocked! at the insinuation Poroshenko’s imposition of martial law might curtail civil and media rights and firmly asserts this will not be the case, one of the twelve clauses in the decree is ‘classified’ and was not revealed to the western press.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-russia-ukraine-crisis-kiev-13645871.amp

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    1. There was a story earlier (which I cannot find) from one of the more excitable British tabloids quoting Lord West* condemning the UK government’s decision to send a small RN hydrographic vessel to Crimea, demanding that the UK send a Type 45 air defense destroyer (like the Duncan that was sent in May and will soon feature in an upcoming Channel 5 4 part documantary Documentary ).

      I’m quite pleased with his reaction as it’s pretty good to have such a senior Brit throw such a public wobbly and look like the irrational nutter he is!

      I read that the S-400 system is deployed in Crimea. I wonder if it has a secret anti-ship/land capability? Sure, the missiles and warheads may not be large, but combined with speed…

      * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_West,_Baron_West_of_Spithead
      Lord West of Spithead

      Found a relevant article:

      https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/sending-royal-navy-survey-ship-to-ukraine-is-not-a-clever-idea-says-former-first-sea-lord-1-8720769

      Say, how does a Type 45 protect itself from a Shkval or whatever else that would come its way after provoking Russia?

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      1. No need to waste money on Shkvals. Just dust off a couple of Exocet type missiles. Argentina already demonstrated how effective they are.

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      2. This may give rise to an entirely new area of naval architecture – the mudbreaker. Such a vessel would travel ahead of a capital warship whose draft is far in excess of the 7-meter maximum depth of the Sea of Azov. It would have tremendously powerful engines, as many as 8 screws to generate incredible thrust ahead, and a massive plow attachment under the bow which could plow a channel through the bottom silt and allow the warship to follow. Needless to say, it will have to be very beamy itself, otherwise its own draft will restrict its operations, so it must run shallow except for the plow.

        Also needless to say for naval planners, warships intending to deploy to the Sea of Azov will have to carry significant reserves of fresh water, or have supplemental supplies airlifted in. Ships make fresh water from seawater using evaporators or, more recently, RODs (Reverse Osmosis Desalinators). Neither is equipped for dealing with the cloud of silt which the warship would have to remain in as it followed the mudbreaker. On the bright side, after several years of regular operations in the Sea of Azov, the whole bottom will have been removed to a more comfortable working depth. That’s unless they can get a can-do crowd of Ukrainians to dig it deeper. You’d think they would have thought of it before now, as long as Ukraine has bordered on it.

        Actually. what would be ideal for the Sea of Azov would be the USN Cyclone Class patrol boats. They’re very capable, fast, have a dinky little anti-air capability but could be fitted with something with considerably more keep-away, and draw less than 3 meters.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone-class_patrol_ship

        They’d need an AAW capability or they would be easy meat for helicopters.

        Pretty much all modern Surface-to-Air missiles have a Surface-to-Surface capability – there’s even a professional acronym for it: SASS, Surface-to-Air in the Surface-to-Surface mode. Typically, anti-air systems’ coverage gets a little flaky down at ground level, but the sea also offers few topographical differences, and the S-400’s coverage is advertised as all the way down to the ground. But if I were Captain of a slow-moving warship in a limited-maneuverability situation, there are a lot of purpose-built anti-ship missiles I would be a lot more worried about. The sea of Azov is only 110 miles across at its widest point, and all of it is within the coverage of SSM systems which could be landbased in Russia.

        http://www.softschools.com/facts/seas/sea_of_azov_facts/3510/

        Like this one, designed to be launched by aircraft, but its range suggests they would not even have to take off.

        https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-26/russia-shows-new-anti-ship-missiles-destroying-warships

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        1. Why need mudbreakers when the Sea of Azov is claimed by the Ukrainians to be theirs? The self-proclaimed mammoth hunters would be only too happy and proud to dig up all that silt with their own bare hands and stone tools.

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          1. It’s absolutely true that mammoth bones have been found in Ukraine, and the last hangers-on died on Wrangel Island, which must have been some sort of micro-climate.

            https://io9.gizmodo.com/5896262/the-last-mammoths-died-out-just-3600-years-agobut-they-should-have-survived

            However, most of the mammoths – excepting only that group – died out 10,000 years ago. Those who ‘fought mammoths’ were our common ancestors, not Ukrainians; the earliest mention of ‘Ukraine’ is the founding of Chernihiv, in 907.

            https://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/europe/ukraine/uatimeln.htm

            Kievan Rus, which brings a tear of nostalgia to the eyes of Ukrainian nationalists, is newer than that, reaching its peak in the 11th century, centuries after the mammoths but for the Wrangel Island holdouts were gone. There has never been any suggestion by anyone that Ukrainians originated on Wrangel Island.

            https://www.britannica.com/topic/Kievan-Rus

            Of course that stupid mammoths theory originated with a Right Sector moron, Yaroslav Babych. And of course it was liberal loon Peter Pomerantsev who uncritically recounted it just as if it made sense.

            https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/07/seeking-utopia-in-the-new-ukraine/374100/

            Interesting to read that article again now, and see how many of the starry-eyed dreams failed to materialize. Like, all of them. And the DNA haplogroup Babych claimed to worship – since it signified Ukrainian purity to him – is found in an average of 46.7% of Russian men. R1A1 is just a subgroup of R1A.

            http://www.khazaria.com/genetics/russians.html

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    1. Natural Gas World mostly agrees, although it cannot bring itself to approve of Russia’s diplomatic maneuvers. It does, though, lay out the geopolitical impact with a fairly even hand. First and foremost, Ukraine stands to lose no ,matter which way you look at it. And the west, overall, will have to manage declining influence, especially the United States.

      https://www.naturalgasworld.com/turkstream-who-profits-who-loses-out-ggp-66130?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Natural%20Gas%20World%20-%20Latest%20News&utm_content=Daily%20Natural%20Gas%20World%20-%20Latest%20News+CID_a2a4e7c72be771bbaf1f0022f85fe9bf&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=TurkStream%20Who%20profits%20who%20loses%20out%20GGP

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  21. “More details have since emerged about the stand-off on Sunday, suggesting that Ukraine consciously provoked some kind of response by Russia to use as a pretext for an escalation of the long-simmering military conflict.

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which fired at the ship on Sunday, released a transcript, according to which the Ukrainian vessels performed maneuvers in Russian territorial waters in the Azov Sea, staying in the waters for some 12 hours and refusing to leave upon the request of Russian authorities. The Ukrainian vessels, according to Russian officials, also entered waters that had been temporarily closed to navigation. In a statement, the FSB argued that the Russian warships were forced to open fire because the three Ukrainian ships had ignored “legal demands to stop” and were “performing dangerous maneuvers.” Footage released by the FSB shows one of the Ukrainian vessels ramming a Russian warship.”

    As usual the comments are spot on:

    “Jim Bergren • 6 hours ago
    The Russian Federation should have swept through the entire length of Ukraine, East to West when it became obvious that American fascist filth was about to take over the country! There will be a much higher price that the people and working classes of that area will now have to pay because of the shortsightedness of the Putin regime prior to 2014!”

    “Carolyn Zaremba • 18 hours ago
    Ukraine was the aggressor here. The perpetual demonization of Russia for the crimes of others is becoming dangerous. The U.S., which backed the coup that brought Poroshenko to power, is responsible for this. For the U.S. military, the Cold War never ended. It morphed into a war against the Russian Federation, and for the same reasons. The fact that a country the size of Russia covers such a large amount of the planet and is therefore unavailable to the U.S. to control, has never been accepted by the forces of imperialism.”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/27/azov-n27.html

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  22. Whom does this odious lump of faecal matter think he is kidding?

    «Это не игрушки»: Порошенко заявил об угрозе войны с Россией

    «Я хочу, чтобы никто не думал, что это игрушки. Страна находится под угрозой полномасштабной войны с Российской Федерацией», — заявил Порошенко, добавив, что именно поэтому было необходимо введение военного положения.

    “I want no one to think that we are playing games. The country is under threat of a full-scale war with the Russian Federation”, Poroshenko said, adding that this is precisely why martial law was necessary.

    So why declare martial law now after your having played your silly game in the Kerch Strait and not when, for example, your valorous “Cyborgs” where battling away toe-to-to with the “Russian invader” around Donetsk airport, or when your units of your heroic Ukraine army where engaged in a Kesselschlag at Debaltseve almost 3 years ago in January 2013?


    The encirclement and withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from Debaltseve and its surrounding areas

    You know, where, allegedly, Russian army tanks manned by Buryats entered the fray, having been sent there from Rostov-on-Don, and beat the the living shit out of your “heroes”.

    And in August of the previous year, a similar fate befell your heroic army at Ilovaisk, where, according to a Ukrainian war correspondent, “fatal decisions” had been made:

    The feat and the tragedy on the South Front and the breakthrough at Ilovaisk occupy a special place in the history of the Russian-Ukrainian war. A large-scale invasion of Russian troops showed up our strength and our weaknesses. The strength of spirit, the devotion to duty of the soldiers, officers and generals, who remained on the front line until the end, and the disadvantages of battle management, irresponsibility and incompetence of certain officials. Unfortunately, they are trying to turn the heroism and tragedy of Ilovaisk into a pre-election political drama, to play it up and to talk it down.

    A “large-scale invasion of Russian troops“, he writes, and describes the fighting as being part of the “Russian-Ukrainian war“.

    So why no declaration of martial law then, you bloated bastard?

    Why a declaration of martial now, after your speed boats and a tug had played silly buggers in a contested area of sovereignity?

    Enemy at the gates, arsehole?

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    1. Meanwhile, as I write at 08:19 (Moscow time), the city is bedecked with snow and the nighttime temperature was minus 10°C (14°F): maximum temperature today is forecast at minus 5 (23F) and more snow.

      I don’t know what the weather is like in Kiev at the moment: i shall just check….

      Well what do you know! Same as here, and minus 14°C (7°F) forecast for tomorrow night — and for many, no heating!!!

      Of course, Porky, there’ll be no protests on the streets about this matter — state of imminent war, don’t you know!

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      1. People will start freezing to death. I suppose the bodies will be disposed off quietly. The NATzO MSM will not cover any such “bad optics” as a matter of policy. But I hope that Ukrainians wake up and smell the stench of Nazis.

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  23. “We are not playing games”, said Poroshenko:


    “D1” — “Hit!”


    A hit, a very palpable hit!

    Опубликовано фото пробоины украинского катера после ЧП в Керченском проливе
    Дарья Муромова
    17:16 27.11.2018

    Photos published of a hole in a Ukrainian cutter following the Kerch Strait incident
    Daria Muromova
    17:16 27.11.2018

    What rotten shots, if, indeed, they meant to have given the Yukies a shot across the bows!

    Then again, maybe they didn’t.

    “Ukrainian Military Portal” has published in its Twitter pages a photo of the Ukraine Navy armoured cutter “Berdyansk”. The picture shows a hole in the superstructure, received during the events in the Kerch Strait.

    Unnamed experts argue that the photo shows the result of the boat having been hit by a 30-millimetre projectile from the AK-630 artillery system, which is designed to destroy air and sea targets. This installation is present on the Russian coast guard vessel “Izumrud”, which had, in fact, been forced to open fire on the Ukrainian vessel.

    The photos in the Yukie media and blogoshere is accompanied by shrieks of anguish about “Moskal” banditry, piracy, about the valiant Banderite crew being tortured by the the FSB, the “Katzaps” etc.

    In fact, the Banderastan sites where I first saw the photo are blocked here in the Evil Empire. I found a kosher Russian site 9above) which has published the photo.

    Here’s one of the Yukie sites I refer to:

    КОМАНДИР «БЕРДЯНСЬКУ» ВІДМОВИВСЯ ДАВАТИ «СВІДЧЕННЯ» ФСБ

    THE COMMANDER OF THE “BERDYANSK” HAS REFUSED TO “TESTIFY” TO THE FSB

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  24. And in this morning’s edition of Novaya gazeta, a frothing at the mouth editorial about the Kerch Strait incident:

    Первая кровь возможной зимней войны

    First blood in a possible winter war

    Oh don’t you just wish, arseholes!

    On Sunday, November 25, coast guard armed vessels of the Russian Federation FSB, with the support of the Black Sea Fleet, attacked and captured a couple of Ukrainian Navy boats, Nikopol and Berdyansk, which, accompanied by a tug and bound for Mariupol, had tried to enter the Sea of ​​Azov. According to a 2003 agreement, which Moscow continues to consider to be in force, the Sea of ​​Azov and the Kerch Strait are considered to be joint Ukrainian-Russian inland waters. Moscow claims that it has the right not to let foreign warships go there, and the Ukrainian Navy believes that they have the right to pass.

    Our government and state propaganda had to strain themselves pretty hard inventing suitable explanations for why Ukrainian boats had at first and for a long time not been allowed access into the Sea of ​​Azov, and then, and when they were eventually forced to turn back for Odessa (for small boats of the Gyurza-M type, this means 5 days at sea), the Russian military (border guards), in the absence of any external threat, opened fire and wounded three Ukrainian sailors (according to Ukrainian sources, 6 were wounded). Ukrainian boats and a tug with crews (either 23- or 24-man crews, according to different sources) were seized and taken to Kerch.

    Now don’t you folks in the freedom loving West go forget now that in Russia there is no free press and nobody … but nobody! … dare voice any criticism whatsoever about the tyrannical regime there and its criminal head of state. And that’s especially true for journalists, for if they dare to do so, Putin orders their deaths.

    Joint inland waters, eh?

    A 2003 agreement, you say?

    When the Crimea peninsula was an autonomous republic within the Ukraine?

    And since 2014, the Crimea has been part of Russia under its own citizens’ volition.

    So the waters that adjoin the Kerch strait are now Russian waters, for to the east of the strait is the Krasnodar region of the Russian Federation and to the west of the strait is the Crimea.

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    1. It’s actually fairly sophisticated propaganda; while it panders to the liberals and gets them all sweaty and earnest, it also sends the clear message that Russia will fight rather than endlessly negotiate, and those who would constantly push should be prepared for all that entails. The issue here is that Ukraine announced internally it was going to make the transit without seeking permission, because it would be remaining entirely within Ukrainian waters. Letting them carry on would be an implicit recognition that the contested waters were in fact Ukrainian. It is perfectly true that Ukrainian ships have previously transited the area, and continue to do so – but the requisite permission was obtained first, which often amounts to no more than a courtesy call.

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  25. “Maybe I won’t have the meeting [with Mr Putin]. Maybe I won’t even have the meeting. I don’t like that aggression. I don’t want that aggression at all…”

    Trump to Wasghington Post, according to the British Bullshit Corporation.

    Talking like a big soft, semi-literate kid with his “maybe I will” and his maybe I won’t.

    However, according to the spokesman for the President of Russia:

    Мы обратили внимание на это заявление. Также обратили внимание на вечернее заявление моей коллеги из Белого дома, которая говорила, что Трамп планирует провести ряд встреч, в том числе и с Путиным. Поэтому подготовка продолжается, встреча согласована.

    We have paid attention to this statement and also to the evening statement of my colleague from the White House, who said that Trump plans to hold a series of meetings, including with Putin. Therefore, preparations continue: a meeting has been agreed.

    source

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    1. I’m pretty sure they won’t be greatly upset if he doesn’t show up, in a ‘so there’ fit of pique. Yes, American presidents through the ages have blanched with shock on the subject of ‘aggression’, and Americans in general are a very aggression-averse people.

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/the-nine-most-warmongering-countries-in-the-world-revealed-10478988.html

      Oh, wait – will they be serving cheeseburgers in honour of his visit? If so, and he bails, then the Russians might be a teeny bit upset, because it would be hard to give that stuff away, and so it would be money wasted.

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        1. Come on – it’s Indonesia. Boeing alone is more powerful than Indonesia, never mind the US government seeking to protect one of its bellwether companies from litigation. Does anyone realistically think anyone is going to jail? You’re absolutely right, they’re lying – documentation from Boeing executives specifically states the procedure for countering the behaviour was not in the operations manual, and the great majority of the body of Boeing users, both domestic and international, seems to have been mostly unaware the software modification was even made, never mind how to deal with it. Boeing’s defense seems to be, “If you know how to fly a plane, you should know how to respond to this type of emergency”. That’s oversimplifying, of course, and I imagine the company’s legal maneuvering will be much more nuanced – if anyone even dares to sue, which is very much an open question – but I’m sure you get my drift.

          Boeing will rely heavily on the previous day’s flight, in which the very same error occurred, yet the plane did not crash and landed without incident. Never mind that the pilots had to fly the plane manually – they did something, and the crisis was averted. There’s more than enough material there to stall forever (no pun intended), until litigants either give up or run out of money. Boeing will be as unctuously sympathetic as it can be without actually admitting any responsibility, maybe Indonesia will get an unbelievable deal on some replacement aircraft, and the whole thing will blow over.

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          1. In the previous flight they turned off the MCAS, but also had the luxury of height (=time). How this was not passed on to all other Max pilots, let alone the plane was not tested in the air after the replacement of an important sensor is for Lion Air to answer.

            I’ve read elsewhere that there are four ways to cancel out the MCAS, drop the flaps; activate the electric trim by thumb toggle; the manual trim wheel by hand and; pull the plugs nearby to turn it off.

            That Boeing was cheap and lazy in allowing only a single sensor failure to lead to such behavior rather than at least two which would then switch off the MCAS if any differential was detected, is well.. But the FAA signed off on it too. In an Airbus, if the sensors don’t agree, it tells the pilots ‘Sorry, computer says ‘No’. It’s your turn to fly by hand now. Don’t do anything stupid.’

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            1. “If the pilots of Lion Air 610 did in fact confront an emergency with this type of anti-stall system, they would have had to take a rapid series of complex steps to understand what was happening and keep the jetliner flying properly. These steps were not in the manual, and the pilots had not been trained in them.”

              “If the pilots of Lion Air 610 did in fact confront an emergency with this type of anti-stall system, they would have had to take a rapid series of complex steps to understand what was happening and keep the jetliner flying properly. These steps were not in the manual, and the pilots had not been trained in them.”

              It appears as if things may not be as simple as simply placing the blame on a faulty or flawed MCAS/AOA system. It looks as if the precise technical nature of whatever fucked up is yet to be pinned down.

              More to the point from the viewpoints of a professional pilots’ publication:

              “As expected, the FAA followed up with an airworthiness directive, requiring pilots to become familiar with the procedure within the next three days.

              However, there has been no mention yet of Boeing addressing the actual technical issue that causes the problem in the first place.

              To be clear: There is a potentially serious technical issue with a specific type of aircraft, that appears to have caused (or at least contributed to) a recent fatal crash. Instructions have been issued to pilots regarding how to respond should the issue occur. Meanwhile, affected aircraft are still flying, and at the present there are no plans to ground them or even correct the actual technical issue.

              I’m not a pilot, so help me out here. What would be the possible justifications for not immediately grounding these planes? (Legitimate question.)
              The US government has ordered airlines to instruct pilots flying Boeing’s 737 MAX on how to handle the potentially deadly flaw that may have caused the Lion Air crash
              From the article:

              “This condition, if not addressed, could cause the flight crew to have difficulty controlling the airplane, and lead to excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with terrain.”

              In addition, the agency found that potentially deadly flaw may manifest itself again in other Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.”
              https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/southwest-airlines-rapid-rewards/1938073-southwest-uses-same-new-boeing-plane-indonesia-crash-6.html

              There is NOT consensus among American 737 pilots as to the exact cause of the deadly mishap:
              https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/35933/what-is-the-exact-meaning-of-attitude-does-it-include-translational-movement

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  26. Poroshenko goes maudlin in his attempts to tie the Battle of Kerch Strait into his Christmas wish-list of NATO coming to his aid and Germany blowing off Nord Stream II. Not satisfied with stealing Crimea and stirring up rebellion in the east, Putin wants all of Ukraine, because millions of freezing unemployed Ukrainians is just the sort of challenge he likes to take on, burdening the taxpayers who vote him into office – and keep him there – with the responsibility of looking after people who remained docile and hopeful while their leaders robbed them blind.

    https://in.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idINKCN1NY04R

    His constant agitation would probably be annoying if he seemed to be getting anywhere with it. But NATO – and especially Germany – seems to wish the Ukrainian problem would miraculously resolve itself, so that NATO could claim a glorious victory without actually having to do anything. For their part, the Germans made it pretty clear that stopping the progress of Nord Stream II and levying more sanctions against Russia is not on their radar. Merkel’s supposed insistence on some token gas transit through Ukraine continuing after Nord Stream II is built is not going to help Ukraine at all, because token amounts are not going to bring in the transit fees Ukraine is counting on, and they can’t simply jack them up – continued transit through Ukraine, as Putin agreed to, depends entirely on it being economically viable. It is not intended as a simple vehicle for Ukrainian enrichment. Likewise, Poroshenko and whoever succeeds him – likely Tymoshenko, if she doesn’t do something to blow it in the meantime – needs the capability to shut down transit to Europe more or less altogether for leverage. Once Nord Stream II is complete, Ukraine will never have that capability again. Which brings us back to “Putin wants my country”: Poroshenko wails that if Ukraine does not have transit responsibilities for Europe, then Putin will attack and seize it. The whole concept confuses me. Would it not be to Russia’s absolute benefit – assuming that was actually the case – for Russia to seize it now, or to have seized it years ago? Then Russia would not have to pay any transit fees, while Europe would not dare fight a destructive war in the same country that contained the pipelines which supply it with gas. Using similar reasoning, what would Russia want with Ukraine once it no longer needs to transit gas through it?

    Poroshenko’s real fear, and it is a sound one, is that Nord Stream II will render Ukraine irrelevant, and not even the western hawks will be able to gin up any interest in fighting over it. Once Ukraine is no longer ‘special’, revival of its economy will depend more on Europe’s pity than investor enthusiasm, and if it does not mend its ties with Russia it will collapse. At the same time, Russia will have replaced all the trade it used to conduct with Ukraine, and is itself more likely to respond from pity than from need. Simply put, Ukraine’s belief in the Eurodream was just another kick in the pants from the western social engineers and dabblers, promising the moon and confidently expecting it to materialize to take the side of the just and righteous.

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    1. Add another item to Porky’s Christmas List: Porky’s Admiral Igor Voronchenko theatened to stamp his little feet order Turkey to close the Bosporus Strait to Russian shipping. If the Russians still refuse to return his boats, then he will get really cross with them.

      One commenter to the piece noted: “It must be annoying to lose half one’s fleet in a single incident.”
      Another commenter ironized: “The khokhly are planning to write another letter to the Turkish sultan!”

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    1. That is a pretty good piece. I was unaware that Tymoshenko had brokered a deal for extraction rights, with the promise to remove the residents from the area, although others have alluded to such an arrangement set up by someone in Ukraine. Tymoshenko is an emotional drama queen, as witnessed by her occasional falling to her knees, screaming “People of Ukraine, forgive us!!!”. However, since she is almost a shoo-in for the win, perhaps we will see her ‘find a way to get those assholes’ and return Crimea to Ukrainian control. I’m pretty skeptical myself, but I suppose she can always find an excuse that will satisfy her masochist electorate – Poroshenko ran the army down to a state of near-incompetence with its dreary siege of Donbas, and it will take her a bit of time to whip it into shape to vanquish the katsaps, bla, bla, something like that. She’s always at her fiery best when she is out of power and does not have to substantiate any of her ridiculous boasts.

      One thing she will do for sure is continue to live well, while protesting any allusions to extravagance – what, this Mercedes? It’s not mine, Darling, it was lent to me by a friend. I live in a mansion? Please – I’m only looking after it while my winger is in France, whatever, you know the drill. Just like Poroshenko, who continuously wept for more money while living in an expensive pile that was a rival for disgraced Yanukovych’s Mezhyhirya. Maybe when he’s out, the masses will pour into his house and turn it into another pointless People’s Museum.

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    1. Apparently, the dirty pig made his NATO appeal statement during an interview with the German arswipe of a journal “Bild”.

      Bild is vulgar to the extreme and usually has an Evil Putin story in every issue.

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      1. Bild

        Wir brauchen sofort weitere Sanktionen gegen Putin

        We need further sanctions against Putin right now

        BILD: Herr Präsident, Sie waren bis gerade auf einer Armee-Basis und haben Truppen besucht. Russland sagt, dass Sie mit Ihrer Politik Wahlkampf machen wollen. Stimmt das?

        Petro Poroschenko: „Glauben Sie keine der Lügen, die Ihnen Putin erzählt. Das ist lächerlich! Erinnern Sie sich noch, wie er der Welt erzählt hat, dass es auf der Krim keine russischen Soldaten gibt? Erinnern Sie sich noch daran, dass es angeblich keine russischen Soldaten in der Ost-Ukraine gab? Oder an die Vergiftung seines ehemaligen Agenten in Salisbury? Putin erzählt der Welt Märchen, auch jetzt wieder.“

        BILD: Mr. President, you have just been at an army base and visited the troops. Russia says you want to run an election campaign based on your policies. Is that true?

        Petro Poroshenko: “Do not believe any of the lies that Putin tells you. That’s ridiculous! Have you already forgotten how he told the world that there were no Russian soldiers in the Crimea? Remember how there weren’t any alleged Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine? And the poisoning of his former agent in Salisbury? Putin told the world fairy tales, and is doing it again right now“.

        But you still haven’t answered the question, you obscene slob!

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        1. Hey, Pig Face! There were Russian soldiers in the Crimea from 1991, according to an agreement with your previous poxy, corrupt governments.

          Before that, there had been Soviet soldiers there from 1922, apart from 2 years of Nazi occupation 1942 -1944, with a helping hand from the erstwhile local slavers, the Crimea Tatars.

          Then before that, during the Russian civil war between the Bolsheviks and their political opponents, there was a brief hiatus when the forces of the “White” armies got themselves holed up in the peninsula.

          And before that, there had been soldiers and sailors of the Russian Empire in the Crimea since 1783, when the Ottoman Sultan ceded the Crimea and much of what is now the Ukraine Black Sea and Sea of Azov littoral to the wicked Russians.

          Oh yes! And from 1853 to 1856, there were also Btitish, French, Ottoman and Sardinian troops on the peninsula.

          They were uninvited: they were invaders.

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      2. “Ukraine says Russia is deliberately blockading Mariupol and another port, Berdyansk, preventing ships from getting through the Kerch Strait.”

        All one needs do is check up on marine traffic in Mariupol. There are 26 ships currently in port – including the American freighter ADAMAR – nearly half of which are foreign-flagged, and another 3 are expected to arrive today. I suppose Mariupol has been busier, but I’m not sure how much of that can be blamed on Russian blockades and how much on the parlous state of Ukraine’s economy.

        https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ports/766/Ukraine_port:MARIUPOL

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  27. It’s about time that an old trope is repeated by the usual Russophobic press, sic the Groaning Man is carrying a piece by Neuters that claims ‘Stigma means Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise’, also Moskva News Agency in the Moscow Times quoting the new WHO report.

    I suppose the real question is ‘will the epidemic take off before or after Russia collapses’? LOLZ.

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  28. Breaking news : Robert Mueller has indicted Trumps lawyer Michael Cohen for lying about some hotel deal Trump was involved in 2016. Blah blah

    This is well timed as Trump was preparing to fly to Argentina for the G2O where he was scheduled to meet VVP.

    Trump yet again had to defend himself as the Russiagate nonsense blows up again

    “…,In a tweet shortly after his comments outside the White House on Thursday, Trump announced that he had canceled his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Argentina summit.
    Trump said his decision was based on Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait of the Black Sea.”

    This is why trying to talk to the Americans in the current climate is a waste of time
    The Russiagate nonsense has polluted the political climate

    Before Helsinki. 13 Russians were indicted and the whole summit resulted in more sanctums on Russia.

    Poreshenko carried out his orders very well with his provocation. Still won’t save him as president

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    1. Well done making that connection; the ‘Russiagate’ issue is indeed manufactured nonsense, a dog-whistle to claim voters’ attention and to restrict Trump’s options. It apparently is ridiculously easy to subvert Trump’s plans for meetings, by the simple expedient of tossing out a couple of new chunks of red meat and getting the low-information voters stirred up again. Trump was probably also prompted to say his reasoning was based on Russia’s actions in the Kerch Strait – never miss a propaganda opportunity, and it contributes to the appearance that America is always ready to mend fences, but just as it extends the hand of friendship, Putin hocks a big loogie into it yet again.

      I personally do not think it makes a bit of difference anyway – two major factors assure that there would have been zero progress at any such meeting that might have occurred. One, Trump is an egotistical oaf whose appraisal of his own diplomatic skills is so far above their actual worth that the two are out of sight of one another. Two, the noise-machine operators would just have generated some more Russiagate excitement even in the vanishingly-unlikely event that Trump and Putin had reached some sort of minor accord. The whole of the Trump presidency is going to be a dead zone for Russia, like a radio broadcasting to receivers that are far out of range. More importantly, we cannot exclude the possibility that this government-within-a-government apparatus that currently pulls Trump’s strings will be so well-established before the next presidential election that it will survive a change in government, and will be able to successfully manipulate the next president as well. Or perhaps it has always been there, and the President of the United States has been nothing more than a talking figurehead throughout living memory. Whatever the case, it has never been as blatant and overt as it is now, and still the great majority of Americans seem incapable of seeing it.

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  29. J.F.C.

    OilPrice.com via Zerohedge: Natural Gas Prices Fall Below Zero In Texas
    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Gas-Prices/Natural-Gas-Prices-Fall-Below-Zero-In-Texas.html

    Surging U.S. oil production in the Permian basin has helped crash oil prices. But the Permian is also home to skyrocketing natural gas production, and output is growing so fast that drillers are trying to give it away for free. When they can’t, they just burn it off into the atmosphere.

    Unlike in the Marcellus shale, where natural gas is the main target, drilling in the Permian is focused entirely on crude oil. Natural gas is a nice bonus that comes along with the oil. But the drilling frenzy in West Texas and New Mexico has resulted in a glut of this associated natural gas. There is a pipeline bottleneck for crude oil, but there is also a shortage of pipeline space for natural gas….
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    More at the link.

    Always the battles, not the wars.

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    1. Although I think the USA deliberately exaggerates its production figures, it frankly does not matter to its must-control-Europe ambitions if it floats on a lake of gas; not so long as it cannot get it to market at a competitive price. Added to that, anyone who does not yet realize the United States will leverage its status as a supplier – ‘weaponize’ it, if you will – in order to exert influence on policymaking is a dolt.

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  30. Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

    Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire
    Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.

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  31. Independent: Something has to change with Russia and Ukraine – not everything you’ve heard about the Sea of Azov incident is true
    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/russia-ukraine-crisis-sea-of-azov-black-sea-putin-poroshenko-trump-a8659746.html

    If existing arrangements for shared navigation in the Sea of Azov break down, Ukraine’s fears of losing this outlet to the Black Sea could prove to be well-founded

    Mary Dejevsky
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    Plenty more at the link.

    Don’t be thrown off by her opening paragraph.

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    1. She writes crap and repeats herself over and over again about the Russian “annexation” of the Crmea, which conjures up images of poor Crimeans under the heel of the Kremlin boot — you know the score: as Dave Cameron said, “At the point of a Kalashnikov” was the referendum held.

      Course it was, Dave!

      And with such shite she earns her daily bread …

      As the first commenter points out:

      The writer seems ignorant of the agreement between Ukraine & Russia concerning passage of shipping through the Kerch Strait. All ships must have a Russian pilot on board. All military vessels must be inspected. Ukraine broke these rules and was stopped by Russian coast guard vessels. When the Ukrainians refused to stop, the Russians fired on them. Ukraine is at fault, according the signed agreement.

      As for Ukraine’s democracy (forget the neo-Nazis), economic collapse and blockade of Crimea, all that shows how little the writer understands the situation. She can be disregarded without loss.

      But she does understand the situation.

      That’s why she wrote her article, to confuse readers.

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        1. Crumbs! And there was me feeling grateful! I must be desperate for a few nice words from anyone west of Russia. The whole landscape is so tilted than anything not totally rabidly Russophobe seems reasonable

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        1. Apparently no shoot down of an aircraft but missiles apparently intercepted, The various stories seem to be converging on all missiles destroyed but no aircraft brought down. Israel refused to comment on the stories but did deny an aircraft was lost which suggests Israel staged the [failed] attack.

          None of the stores indicated the S-300 was involved in the action. However, recently deployed antiaircraft systems such as jammers and integrated radar systems may have been used.

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          1. A very nice performance by a country that was nearly rubbed off the map three years ago. The fear of the “old” S-300 systems from the Israelis and their allies is palpable. The S-400 is another level higher and sends Washington into a panic (e.g. the hysteria over the sale to Turkey).

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            1. Yes, the obsolescence of the West’s favorite diplomatic tools (cruise missile attacks) is creating a panic but not a corresponding reduction in hubris. It will take a nightstick to the side of the head to do that.

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              1. Yes, that’s a good point – the west used to keep cruise missile attacks in their back pocket as a kind of magic juju, because only the USA and UK could do it. But then suddenly Russia could do it as well, and shortly after that Russia could do it, plus Russian anti-air systems could largely prevent western cruise missiles from reaching their targets.

                No wonder they hate Putin. He cocked up a perfectly good monopoly.

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  32. Latest news on Ukrainian sailors, they have been transported to Moscow.
    News is a bit confusing, it seems like the prisoners were slated to be housed in the Lefortovo prison, except that the latter is closed for repairs, or something like that.
    One of the detained sailors has hired an attorney, named Djemil Temishev, a Tatar who works out of Simferopol. Temishev says he has not yet been able to have a meeting with his client.

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    1. I saw that too. Read it and WTF? Some bloke who was an FBI/CIA informant suggested it to Cohen, ergo your usual FBI sting operation which is designed to encourage criminal activity and the jailing of suitable targets, something that they have quite a regular habit over in the US, not to mention their other habit of fabricating their source of evidence (from the NSA) and hiding it from the discovery process in front of a judge.

      Note that is is ‘reported’ by Buttfeed, the bottom of the barrel pater of branch of scum sucking Buttfeed UK who were the only ones to publish the FOS ‘Steel Dossier’. Quite the go to outlet, for…. outlet. When something is so bad that even the traditional lying press won’t touch it, Buttfeed is more than obliging. How convenient.

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      1. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Felix Sater–The Rosetta Stone for the FBI/CIA Conspiracy Against Trump? by Larry Johnson
        https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/11/felix-sater-may-be-the-rosetta-stone-to-unlocking-the-conspiracy-between-the-fbi-and-the-cia-to-destroy-the-candidacy-and-la.html

        Felix Sater may be the Rosetta Stone to unlocking the conspiracy between the FBI and the CIA to destroy the candidacy and, later, the Presidency of Donald Trump. I write this after reading the latest indictment of Michael Cohen, who entered a plea agreement and confessed to lying about a real estate deal in Russia. It turns out that Felix Sater figured prominently in this deal.

        Sater is not named in the charging statement filed by the Special Prosecutor but Felix Sater matches the description of “Individual 2.” The charging statement clearly shows that Sater played a key role in trying to promote contacts with the Russians, including Vladimir Putin:..
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        Plenty more at the link.

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  33. 08:00 Moscow time as I write.

    Minus 13°C (8°F) in Moscow and minus 7°C (20°F) in Kiev as I write. Heavy snow forecast for Kiev tomorrow.

    I bet Porky and his brood are warm and cosy, though.

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    1. I should worry?

      And the Banderite madness continues:

      Russian men are denied entry to Ukraine
      30 November 2018, 10:42

      The Ukraine has introduced restrictions on the entry of male Russian citizens from the age of 16 to 60, so that Russia does not form in the Ukraine units of “private” armies, which, in reality, are representatives of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, in order to prevent Russians from implementing in the Ukraine the operations that which they had planned in 2014.

      Source: Российским мужчинам запретили въезд на Украину
      30 ноября 2018, 10:42

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        1. I guess Ukraine learned nothing from its last nationalist orgasm, when it banned the Russian Eurovision entrant just because of her nationality despite European disapproval of the action. Ukraine continues to portray Russia as a virulent enemy with whom it is constantly on the brink of war. Yet it expects to be able to wander around the Sea of Azov at its pleasure, without any requirement to announce its intentions.

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        2. Polunin is a wonderful dancer. He recently came under fire in Ukraine for his Putin tatoo, and his life would probably be under threat, hence he made a wise move in gaining Russian citizenship.
          Only 2 things bother me:
          (1) I really believe that people who get a lot of tattoos have some mental issues, but that’s just my personal opinion. I think tattoos are degenerate and disgusting, again, that’s my personal opinion.
          (2) Famous people are given Russian citizenship, but there is a whole queue out there of ordinary people from the Ukraine who are desperately trying to get Russian citizenship, and they are getting the runaround, with the red tape and the bureaucracy… I am reading about such cases every day in the Russian press. Something needs to be done to expedite citizenship for Russian-speaking Ukrainians who are trying to flee from that horror show. As always, Russian bureaucracy is a bear — we all heard the horror stories from our own favorite son, Moscow Exile — and yet celebrities are sent to the front of the queue. Is that fair? Ballet stars are wonderful, but ordinary people, especially productive working people should come first, again, that’s my personal opinion.

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          1. It’s not fair that celebrities get to queue-jump, but in fairness, celebrities are probably easier to vet for background, considering so much of their lives is public. While I have a great deal of sympathy for regular Ukrainians who are just trying to get the hell out of there, Russia must go slow in granting Ukrainians Russian citizenship – if the process is expedited, the USA/SBU collaboration will be slipping operatives through the system who will be tasked with disruptive exercises and possibly even terrorist acts once they are embedded in Russia.

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      1. Oh dear. Did no-one tell him that Russian women kick serious butt? Or is is such a sexist mysogynist pig that it never occurred to him? Blatant discrimination I tell you.

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    1. This was an amazingly excellent piece by the Saker, I had not come to expect from him anything this good. Even the title is good: “Uber-loser Poroshenko goes full Saakashvili” – that’s a palpable hit.
      And right out of the gate, I learned a new cool word in English: “salvific” ! From there on Saker’s analysis is totally spot-on. But best of all, this picture and caption, it is priceless:

      Can Russia be defeated?
      “First the Popes tried, then Napoleon, then Hitler and now these two geniuses.” Uber-LOL!

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  34. Hey, Trump!

    You do know that half the Yukie fleet is now impounded in Kerch, don’t you?

    That’s Kerch on the Crimea peninsula, which, if I am not mistaken, you rightly said is in RUSSIA!


    Greetings from Hero City Kerch!

    During the time of the German occupation of the Crimea, the city of Kerch was occupied twice by the invader, the front line having passed right throught the city 4 times before it was finally liberated by the Red Army from the fascist occupiers and their Crimea Tatar Freiwilliger “auxiliaries”, who had enthusiastically joined in with their fascist accomplices to murder Slav Untermenschen civilians.

    As a result of the fighting around Kerch during the war, 16, 000 Soviet civilians died.

    1944.

    Get it?

    Remember that Crimea Tatar singer wailing a song called “1944”, which won the Eurovision song contest the other year?

    Kerch was liberated on April 11, 1944 — exactly 5 years before I was born. That’s how I remember the date. My family and I holidayed up the coast by the Sea of Azov in 2007. Never heard any Ukrainian spoken there. And when we visited Kerch, we went here:

    That’s the “Obelisk to Glory” on the Mitridat Hill, which is dedicated to those who fell in liberating the Crimea. It is the first Great Patriotic War memorial to have been erected in the former Soviet Union.

    And every year, on April 11 they celebrate on Mitridat hill the liberation of the Crimea.


    Mitridat Hill, Kerch, April 11, 2011

    I wonder how many of those pictured above were on the Maidan in 2014?

    And I wonder if the Crimea had not been “annexed” by those beastly Russians, would they still be celebrating every April 11 the liberation of the peninsula from the Hitlerites ?

    My son Vova was in Kerch in 2016. He was there with his pal, who is from the Crimea. They stayed at his pal’s grandma’s. My son’s Crimean friend moved to Moscow with his parents 3 years ago, but all his relatives still live on the peninsula, in Simferopol and Sevastopol.

    My son’s Crimean pal and his family speak Russian: they are Russians, after all, but Crimeans born and bred.

    Trump, you are full of shit and know fuck all.

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  35. Arsehole Poroshenko opens his stupid arsehole gob again:

    “У меня две плохие новости для Путина. Первая: российский президент никогда не будет решать, кто будет президентом Украины. Это решение примет украинский народ. Вторая: если из-за закона о военном положении мы отменим выборы, в данной ситуации выиграет только один человек. Знаете кто это? Это Путин.”

    I have two pieces of bad news for Putin. The first is that the Russian president will never decide who shall be the president of the Ukraine: this decision will be taken by the people of the Ukraine. The second is that if we cancel the elections because of martial law, in that event only one person will lose out. Do you know who? It’s Putin.”

    Source: Порошенко сделал очередное заявление в адрес Путина, передав ему две “плохие новости”

    Poroshenko has addressed Putin with another statement, in which he has given him two pieces of “bad news”.

    Meanwhile, back in Banderastan, one of the wealthiest men there, if not the wealthiest, clearly believes that the freezing populace of that failed state bear solace in the fact that they can choose who their president shall be and not the head of a foreign state, and at the same time suffer with dignity a winter without central heating, because that’s what the “Revolution of Dignity” was all about, wasn’t it?

    Wasn’t it, Lady Ashton, former Polish Foreign Minister Sikorskiy, Assistant US Secretary of State Nuland, former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Pyatt and all the rest of you (including you, McCain — wherever your black soul may be — if indeed there be such a thing that exists after death) who graced the Maidan with your presence?

    For his part, Putin hardly ever mentions Poroshenko’s name — not in public, at any rate.

    Must be scared of him.

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    1. He doesn’t mention who would gain from the elections being canceled. Only that supporting such a move would be patriotic, because it would make Putin clench his tiny fists in rage. And is the west buying this blatant attempt to use a staged provocation to extend Poroshenko’s tenure, and thwart democracy? You know it is. In the same breath he announces that only the people of Ukraine will get to choose their president, but that they will not be allowed to choose one because canceling elections will be one in the eye for Putin.

      I guess he likes this President gig after all.

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        1. He couldn’t speak Ukrainian when he got Ukrainian citizenship and was appointed Governor of Odessa Oblast.

          The only thing that will stop Misha from getting the job is not having US citizenship.

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    1. Erm, unless Mission Central anticipate stationing mercenaries in all parts of Ukraine, and not just those oblasts under martial law, shouldn’t they be hiring Russian-speaking interpreters and translators instead?

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    2. As a Cunning Linguist myself (well, not a practicing Linguist, but at least somebody with a valid degree in the subject), I hereby object to the job title “Ukrainian Linguist”.
      The implication is that anybody who speaks (or reads) a given language, is thereby considered a “Linguist”. By that definition, my next-door neighbor (who is an African-American cab driver) is also an “English Linguist” since he speaks English fluently.
      In reality, an actual Linguist is a person with a degree in Linguistics. Which is a science, requiring many years of university study to master. In theory, a person can be a PhD Linguist in a language they don’t even speak that well. By the same token, a person can speak a language fluently and know nothing about it, not even be able to answer the simplest questions about its phonology or morphology.

      Arggggggg! Why don’t people get this? Why are people so STUPID????? This really boils my grits…

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      1. P.S. – putting aside my personal bête noire about the Science of Linguistics, I absolutely agree with the sentiment that this LinkedIn ad was just following “PC” protocol in assuming that the hired spies and assassins needed to know Ukrainian. Realistically, they would be much better off knowing Russian, just tryin to be helpful here to the diversionaries…

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  36. Euractiv: Chizhov: The Ukraine conflict is not in Russia’s interest
    https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/interview/chizhov-the-ukraine-conflict-is-not-in-russias-interest/

    In an exclusive interview, the long-serving Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, provided insights into his country’s position on the Azov Sea situation, which led to the cancelling of a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 in Argentina.

    Vladimir Chizhov is a career diplomat. Before being appointed Ambassador to the EU in 2005, he was Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    He spoke to EURACTIV’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev on Thursday (29 November).

    …This has been the usual procedure throughout the existence of the Kerch-Yenikale canal. Because the entry into the Azov Sea is not a wide door open. More than 80% of the Kerch Strait has a depth of less than one metre. And the narrow canal is maintained artificially by digging it at least twice a year. This was done during the 60 years when Crimea was part of Ukraine, this continued after Crimea was reunited with Russia.

    This has never been a free passage. So any reference to newly created obstacles because there is only one gate in the new bridge, which allows ships to proceed, is either ignorance, or blatant lie…

    There is a treaty between Russia and Ukraine of 2003 for having the Azov Sea under joint sovereignty, so it’s not part of the world ocean and is not covered by the International Law of the Sea. Doesn’t this mean that the two countries have joint access to this sea?

    They do, as do merchant vessels of other countries. It’s not a water basin that is cordoned off. There are commercial ports belonging to both countries. What Russia has been accused of, long before this latest incident happened, what we have been hearing for several months already were expressions of concern over alleged militarisation of the Azov Sea by Russia. Which is ridiculous. We know that no substantial evidence has been presented. The only references have been to sources in Kiev….

    But are they only escorted or also checked?

    Escorted of course, and some security checks, yes. Since the construction of the Kerch bridge the security checks have been increased, for obvious reasons, because there are people, including politicians in Ukraine, who promise to blow it up, and these promises keep coming on a regular basis…
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    Chizov is on pretty good form here. Notice how Gotev seems to be (unsurprisingly) ignorant of quite a few basic facts such as direct threats by senior government UkroNazis to blow up the bridge. No surprise really.

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  37. “As a result of this week’s events, Ukraine and Russia are now on the brink of a major war that could quickly draw in the imperialist powers. Time magazine wrote that the Azov Sea crisis had the potential of becoming a second Gulf of Tonkin crisis, which became the pretext in 1964 for the direct involvement of the US military in Vietnam.

    On Wednesday, Russia announced that it would deploy another S-400 surface-to-air missile system to Crimea. Russian media have warned of a “major war” that would cost thousands of lives on both sides.

    The Azov Sea crisis fully confirms the warning made by the International Committee of the Fourth International in 1991 that the dissolution of the Soviet Union would open up a new historical period of imperialist wars. The undermining of Russia’s influence in the Black Sea region, which has historically been of major geostrategic significance to Russia as a water gateway to the Mediterranean and the energy-rich Middle East, has been a central component of US imperialism’s efforts to bring all the resources of the vast landmass previously covered by the USSR under its direct control.

    If in 1991 Turkey was the only NATO member-state bordering the Black Sea, today all states bordering the Black Sea except for Russia itself are either NATO members or have right-wing, anti-Russian and pro-US regimes that were installed by imperialist-orchestrated “color revolutions” (Ukraine and Georgia).”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/29/pers-n29.html

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    1. Personally, I am not worried about this latest incident. The reason is that the West can whip up a phony pretext to justify any action up to total war as easy as blinking. No need to have a clumsy and stupid act by Ukraine to accomplish the foregoing.

      The Skipal matter is a typical stunt that seems to be intended just to keep the BS pot simmering and keeping sanctions in effect. Gay rights, Pussy Riot, Navalny, etc all fall in the same category.

      The Kerch incident was a stunt by a buffoon politician who is rapidly losing usefulness to the West. That buffoon is fully expendable and the crisis he created will be exploited by the West to the degree it keeps that BS pot simmering. I don’t see potential for further escalation. Of course, I may be wrong or it may be that Russia will decide, for its own reasons, to escalate the matter. Their reaction to the Israeli stunt that resulted in the shoot down of the Russian spy plane in Syria is an example. So a strengthening of Russia’s military in the region may occur and perhaps they will demonstrate the Khinzal missile in a very public way.

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  38. Latest news on the captured Ukrainian sailors, 21 of the 24 are being held in Lefotovo Prison in Moscow. Presumably the other 3 are the wounded ones, who are presumably being treated in a hospital somewhere.

    Lawyers of the detained say their clients have private cells in Lefortovo, since they are “on quarantine” (????) , that they are feeling okay and have no complaints about their treatment.

    Not sure what they mean by “quarantine” since we are not talking about the plague here. Possibly this is just the official term for “solitary confinement”. My educated guess: Russian police want them separated, so that the interrogators can work them over privately and find out what really happened.

    Saker’s “suicide by cop” theory is actually looking better and better. The theory is, that the officers would not have left all those incriminating documents on board the boats, unless their comissars believed that the Russians would simply blow up the ships leaving nary a trace.

    But the Russians would never do that, as Zakharova explained. Not to people they still regard as family.

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    1. Russian police are following standard procedure to keep these men separated, as they may be required to give testimony in court. There is then no possibility of their influencing one another or being told what to say by a ringleader. Their access to news media is probably also being restricted for the same reason, and this includes pro-Russian news media as well as pro-Ukrainian news media; if they go to trial, the court needs to know exactly from them what they were ordered to do.

      They also need to be kept apart from other prisoners who might attack them.

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      1. I imagine they want to be able to control all access to them. Russia hopefully learned a lesson from Magnitsky, in which their star witness died in prison and Russia was blamed for murdering him.

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      1. Danish, as a matter of fact: the Greek connection is through his Danish prince grandfather or whatever having been offered the Greek throne, which offer he accepted, of couse.

        The British monarch’s consort is a great-grandson of Christian IX of Denmark, and as such belongs in the male line to the Danish House of Glücksburg, which mob has a full monty that runs as follows: Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

        Furthermore, the House of Glücksburg is the Danish-German cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg, which seems to have had the monarchy business in its pocket for several centuries now, so if one needs a king or a prince, one needs only give the Glücksburg mob a bell and they would be more than willing to help.

        They do all this “service” thing for the public good, of course.

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    1. It was an unessecary over the top meeting.

      By all means meet him as they have OPEC issues to discuss – but why the stupid handshake?

      Saudi Arabia is America problem – but by his actions VVP made it seem as if he approves of the conduct of this psycho prince.

      All the headlines are about two bloody killers – this is bad PR.

      I really think he has been in power too long and has lost the plot.

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      1. All the western headlines are about two bloody killers. Does Russia ever get any good PR from English-speaking western outlets? Would it be likely to win applause if Putin punched bin Salman in the head? Saudi Arabia remains a treasured American ally, and Washington cannot wait for this Khashoggi thing to blow over so the two can get back to nuzzling one another affectionately. Bin Salman will not be Saudi leader forever, and Russia may want good relations with it later, or perhaps just to mess up American plans.

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      2. “psycho prince”..I happen to think that Saakashvili, Grybauskaite, Turchynov, Linkevicius, the entire EU leadership, Trump, Obama’s Russia policy team, Biden, entire Polish top leadership and others significantly fit the profile of nutjob psychopath alot more than the Saudi Prince. Exacerbated by the fact their stupidity comes despite living in far more genteel parts of the world than the Middle East
        The Saudi and Iran argument makes plenty more sense then the wests stalking compaign against Russia

        Putin maybe, might be satisfied with how the Saudi’s are behaving in Syria, where Assad is very much secure
        Yemen is different, but maybe Russia just doesn’t have an opinion on who is right and who is wrong- it was never a Soviet linked country such as Iraq or Syria

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        1. The British government collectively and its individual members are more deserving of the label “psychopath” than the Saudi Crown Prince. Recall that under Theresa May’s watch as British Home Secretary, Libyan extremists were allowed to enter Britain and settle in Manchester – perhaps on the condition that they continue to perform dirty work for MI6 overseas in Libya and Syria. Who knows how many other people of dubious background have also been allowed to live in Britain during May’s time as Home Secretary (and during Amber Rudd and Sajid Javid’s turns as HS) and work as MI5 and MI6 assets?

          There is also the continuing saga of the Skripals who have now been held incommunicado by the British government for eight months already. For all that we know, one or both of them may be dead or have been spirited out of the UK and their wish to return to Russia denied.

          The Russians recognise Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and his government as the official government of Yemen. Hadi is currently living in Riyadh.

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  39. @ James lake
    Agreed.
    If VVP was attempting some subtle machiavellian manipulation of the optics of how HE is viewed by the international community…. iMO…
    It didn’t work.

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  40. Ukr child labour digging pointless trenches against the mythical Moskal hordes about to invade.

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    1. It’s marvelous, the way Ukraine gets more and more like the Third Reich every day, while the west studiously affects not to notice and promises ‘full support’ no matter what foam comes out of Ukraine’s mouth. What’s Ukrainian for ‘Hitlerjugend’?

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  41. Many little Banderite snots were doing this not so long ago:

    However, those little shits above are very likely in Lemberg or Stanislavshchyna, aka Lvov (Lviv) and Ivano-Frankivsk respectively, and a long, long way from the Russian frontier, whereas those poor buggers digging trenches and tank traps etc above are very likely Russophones and are most definitely in east Ukraine.

    They’re shouting “Moskals to the gallows!” above, by the way.

    You know the score: like they used to do in Alabama etc. to those whom they considered to be subhuman, as do those little pieces of shit above consider all Russians — men, women, babes in arms …

    Oh what delightful busy little bees above — preparing to burn people alive!

    Well, not real people! Not for them, anyway.

    Now mind you folks don’t go thinking that there are Nazis in the Ukraine!

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      1. Though the Koloshi (the Russian name for the Tlingit, based on the Aleut name for the Tlingit) initially welcomed the newcomers, their animosity toward the Russians grew in relatively short order. The Kiks.ádi objected to the Russian traders’ custom of taking native women as their wives, and were constantly taunted by other Tlingit clans who looked upon the “Sitkas” as the outsiders’ kalga, or slaves. The Kiks.ádi came to realize that the Russians’ continued presence demanded their allegiance to the Tsar, and that they therefore were expected to provide free labor to the Company. Competition between the two groups for the island’s resources would escalate as well.

        This highlights another feature of Russian history: Wherever Russians go, they inter-marry with the locals, however different the cultures. Horny bastards! This is why “Russian” DNA is such a patchwork.

        Russian adventures in Alaska also jibes with the writings of Giles Fletcher the Elder, an English diplomat who visited Russia in 1588. Fletcher wrote that whenever the Russian army conquered some new settlement in Siberia, they forced the local indigenous peoples to declare their allegiance to the Tsar and start paying taxes. The up side to this was that the locals were now Russian “citizens” and “subjects” of the Empire, so presumably they had the rights (such as they were) as well as the duties. Hurrah!

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    1. That’s an interesting slice of history. The fur traders Shelikhov and Golikov tried to get more support from the government of Catherine II. She supported their actions, but declined to grant them a monopoly. Here is an additional link:
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelikhov-Golikov_Company

      Shelikhov departed for Irkutsk on 22 May 1786, intending to inform the Imperial Government of his commercial activities. Both he and his partner Golikov sought a monopoly amongst Russian fur traders in North America from Empress Catherine II. It was argued that only a single consolidated Russian company could be effective against British and American entrepreneurs active in the region.[5] Government subsidies were petitioned for as well, hoped to bolster the operational capacity of the company.[6] Additionally, soldiers of the Russian Imperial Army were requested to be stationed at company outposts.[6]
      Ivan V. Yakoby, the Governor-General of Irkutsk, forwarded the requests from the merchants. The official noted that because “those charged with collecting the iasak had often misused their powers”, many Alaskan Natives “shunned any allegiance and had attempted to take vengeance on the Russians in any way they could.”[7] and advised the iasak be made voluntary for the indigenous of the New World. The College of Commerce supporting giving Golikov and Shelikhov “a noninterest-bearing loan of 200,000 rubles, to be repaid in installments over twenty years…” as the financial advisors felt the Imperial Government could draw profits by “collecting 10 percent duties for imported and exported goods.”[8] The Empress gave gifts to two men, pleased of the “new lands and peoples” discovered by the merchants.[5] Despite the support of government officials, Catherine refused to stray from her laissez-faire economic policies and declined granting a monopoly to the Irkutsk entrepreneurs.

      During that same period, the Russian government was crushing “its own people” internally and turning the screws of serfdom, which was a form of mass slavery. It differed from American slavery in that it was purely class-based and not a combination of class and racial caste, as in America. For this reason, I maintain, ethnic racism never really took root in Russia, and “racism” per se as an ideology is foreign to Russian. Not that Russians are morally superior or that it couldn’t have happened, it’s just that history didn’t go that way.

      What Shelikhov-Golikov were trying to do, apparently, was ape the successes of English colonialism, with their government-supported private monopolies such as the East India Company.
      If Russia had continued along this path, with economic colonization of indigenous American peoples, maybe it could have become a major colonial power, like England and the European countries, who got wealthy on the banks of various indigenous peoples throughout the world. And then maybe modern Russians would have a more colonial mentality like their West European counterparts. But, again, history didn’t go that way, thank goodness.

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  42. “In general, around the Ukraine, along the border … there are ground forces amounting to more than 80 thousand troops in total, about 1.4 thousand artillery systems and rocket artillery, 900 tanks, 2.3 thousand armoured combat vehicles, more than 500 aircraft and 300 helicopters” —Porky, announcing the stiffening up of the Russian military presence along the Uraine frontier.

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    And he added that in the Black, Sea, the Sea of Azov, and the Mediterranean Sea, 80 Russian ships and 8 submarines were operating.

    Poroshenko did not specify where he got this information.

    He also expressed the view that Russian “aggression” is directed not only towards the Ukraine, but to the whole world.

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    1. As usual, he is hitting up others for money. A few days ago the EU gave him 500 million euros for cancelling democracy and establishing martial law.

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  43. Ha HA!!!! That Poroshenko is such a card, he should have done stand-up; ‘along the Ukraine border’ is inside Russia. What a tool – here he is again: “This is the tank base just 18km from our border, this was happening in September, October and now. This is the same warehouse where they have their ammunition, the same where they have multi-rocket launch systems, we should be prepared to protect my country.”

    This is 18 km (if his figures are correct) inside Russia. As if Russia has no right to deploy military forces inside its own state, when the state that borders on it avows hatred of it and the opinion that all its citizens should be put to death.

    https://www.inquisitr.com/5187093/ukraines-president-asking-for-help-against-russia/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+google%2FyDYq+%28The+Inquisitr+-+News%29

    Porky has gone to the well too often with his histrionics, is my opinion. There is zero enthusiasm among the western electorate in general for an interventionist military action on Ukraine’s behalf, although the press and western leaders try to maintain an atmosphere of gung-ho readiness to ‘support Ukraine’. This completely disregards the imperative that the west actually needs another major war in order to rescue its ailing and debt-ridden economy.

    I was also vastly amused to see the Kremlin response to Trump’s announcement that he would not meet with Putin owing to Russia’s high-handed action in the Kerch Strait;

    “The Kremlin responded to Trump’s cancellation by saying this would give President Putin time for more “useful meetings.”

    There is no use in Russia pursuing any serious diplomatic exchanges with the west, because it is entirely fixated on Russia as the bogeyman under the bed who is responsible for everything that stands in the way of western happiness. But it must still be fun to troll them a little.

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