Saturday, February 28, 2015

What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to? | Pepe Escobar

What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?

Pepe Escobar
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:51 CET

© Reuters/Ueslei MarcelinoWinston Churchill once said, "I feel lonely without a war." He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill's successor - the 'Empire of Chaos' - now faces the same quandary. Some wars - as in Ukraine, by proxy - are not going so well.

And the loss of empire increasingly manifests itself in myriad moves by selected players aiming towards a multipolar world.

So no wonder US 'Think Tankland' is going bonkers, releasing wacky CIA-tinted "forecasts"where Russia is bound to disintegrate, and China is turning into a communist dictatorship. So much (imperial) wishful thinking, so little time to prolong hegemony.

The acronym that all these "forecasts" dare not reveal is BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). BRICS is worse than the plague as far as the 'Masters of the Universe' that really control the current - rigged - world system are concerned. True, the BRICS are facing multiple problems. Brazil at the moment is totally paralyzed; a long, complex, self-defeating process, now coupled with intimations of regime change by local 'Empire of Chaos' minions. It will take time, but Brazil will rebound.

That leaves the "RIC" - Russia, India and China - in BRICS as the key drivers of change. For all their interlocking discrepancies, they all agree they don't need to challenge the hegemon directly while aiming for a new multipolar order.

The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) - a key alternative to the IMF enabling developing nations to get rid of the US dollar as a reserve currency - will be operative by the end of this year. The NDB will finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects not only in the BRICS nations but other developing nations. Forget about the Western-controlled World Bank, whose capital and lending capacity are never increased by the so-called Western "powers." The NDB will be an open institution. BRICS nations will keep 55 percent of the voting power, and outside their domain no country will be allowed more than 7 percent of votes. But crucially, developing nations may also become partners and receive loans.

Damn those communists

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech as he attends the VI BRICS Summit in Fortaleza July 15, 2014.A tripartite entente cordiale is also in the making. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in China next May - and 'Chindia' will certainly engage in a breakthrough concerning their bitter territorial disputes. As much as Delhi has a lot to benefit from China's massive capital investment and exports, Beijing wants to profit from India's vast market and technology savvy. In parallel, Beijing has already volunteered economic help to Russia - if Moscow asks for it - on top of their evolving strategic partnership.

The US "pivoting to Asia" - launched at the Pentagon - is all dressed up with no place to go. Bullying Southeast Asia, South Asia and, for that matter, East Asia as a whole into becoming mere 'Empire of Chaos' vassals - and on top of it confronting China - was always a non-starter. Not to mention believing in the fairy tale of a remilitarized Japan able to "contain" China.

Isolating the "communist dictatorship" won't fly. Just watch, for instance, the imminent high-speed rail link between Kunming, in Yunnan province, and Singapore, traversing a key chunk of a Southeast Asia which for Washington would never qualify to be more than a bunch of client states. The emerging 21st century Asia is all about interconnection; and the inexorable sun in this galaxy is China.

As China has embarked in an extremely complex tweaking of its economic development model, as I outlined here, China's monopoly of low-end manufacturing - its previous industrial base - is migrating across the developing world, especially around the Indian Ocean basin. Good news for the Global South - and that includes everyone from African nations such as Kenya and Tanzania to parts of Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Of course the 'Empire of Chaos', business-wise, won't be thrown out of Asia. But its days as an Asian hegemon, or a geopolitical Mob offering "protection", are over.

The Chinese remix of Go West, Young Man - in fact go everywhere - started as early as 1999. Of the top 10 biggest container ports in the world, no less than 7 are in China (the others are Singapore, Rotterdam, and Pusan in South Korea). As far as the 12th Chinese 5-year plan - whose last year is 2015 - is concerned, most of the goals of the seven technology areas China wanted to be in the leading positions have been achieved, and in some cases even superseded.

The Bank of China will increasingly let the yuan move more freely against the US dollar. It will be dumping a lot of US dollars every once in a while. The 20-year old US dollar peg will gradually fade. The biggest trading nation on the planet, and the second largest economy simply cannot be anchored to a single currency. And Beijing knows very well how a dollar peg magnifies any external shocks to the Chinese economy.

Sykes-Picot is us

A parallel process in Southwest Asia will also be developing; the dismantling of the nation-state in the Middle East - as in remixing the Sykes-Picot agreement of a hundred years ago. What a stark contrast to the return of the nation-state in Europe.

There have been rumblings that the remixed Sykes is Obama and the remixed Picot is Putin. Not really. It's the 'Empire of Chaos' that is actually acting as the new Sykes-Picot, directly and indirectly reconfiguring the "Greater Middle East." Former NATO capo Gen. Wesley Clark has recently "revealed" what everyone already knew; the ISIS/ISIL/Daesh fake Caliphate is financed by "close allies of the United States," as in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel. Compare that with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon admitting that ISIS "does not represent a threat to Israeli interests." Daesh does the unraveling of Sykes-Picot for the US.

The 'Empire of Chaos' actively sought the disintegration of Iraq, Syria and especially Libya. And now, leading the House of Saud, "our" bastard in charge King Salman is none other than the former, choice jihad recruiter for Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, the Afghan Salafist who was the brains behind both Osama bin Laden and alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.

This is classic 'Empire of Chaos' in motion (exceptionalists don't do nation building, just nation splintering). And there will be plenty of nasty, nation-shattering sequels, from the Central Asian stans to Xinjiang in China, not to mention festering, Ukraine, a.k.a Nulandistan.

Parts of Af-Pak could well turn into a branch of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh right on the borders of Russia, India, China, and Iran. From an 'Empire of Chaos' perspective, this potential bloodbath in the "Eurasian Balkans" - to quote eminent Russophobe Dr. Zbig "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski - is the famous "offer you can't refuse."

Russia and China, meanwhile, will keep betting on Eurasian integration; strengthening the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and their own internal coordination inside the BRICS; and using plenty of intel resources to go after The Caliph's goons.

And as much as the Obama administration may be desperate for a final nuclear deal with Iran, Russia and China got to Tehran first. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Tehran two weeks ago; stressing Iran is one of China's "foreign policy priorities" and of great "strategic importance." Sooner rather than later Iran will be a member of the SCO. China already does plenty of roaring trade with Iran, and so does Russia, selling weapons and building nuclear plants.


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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.And then there's the German question.

Germany now exports 50 percent of its GDP. It used to be only 24 percent in 1990. For the past 10 years, half of German growth depended on exports. Translation: this is a giant economy that badly needs global markets to keep expanding. An ailing EU, by definition, does not fit the bill.

German exports are changing their recipient address. Only 40 percent - and going down - now goes to the EU; the real growth is in Asia. So Germany, in practice, is moving away from the eurozone. That does not entail Germany breaking up the euro; that would be interpreted as a nasty betrayal of the much-lauded "European project."

What the trade picture unveils is the reason for Germany's hardball with Greece: either you surrender, completely, or you leave the euro. What Germany wants is to keep a partnership with France and dominate Eastern Europe as an economic satellite, relying on Poland. So expect Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy to face a German wall of intransigence. So much for European "integration," it works as long as Germany dictates all the rules.

The spanner in the works is that the double fiasco Greece + Ukraine has been exposing. Berlin as an extremely flawed European hegemon - and that's quite an understatement. Berlin suddenly woke up to the real, nightmarish possibility of a full blown, American-instigated war in Europe's eastern borderlands against Russia. No wonder Angela Merkel had to fly to Moscow in a hurry.

Moscow - diplomatically - was the winner. And Russia won again when Turkey - fed up with trying to join the EU and being constantly blocked by, who else, Germany and France - decided to pivot to Eurasia for good, ignoring NATO and amplifying relations with both Russia and China.

That happened in the framework of a major 'Pipelineistan' game-changer. After Moscow cleverly negotiated the realignment of South Stream towards Turk Stream, right up to the Greek border, Putin and Greek Prime Minister Tsipras also agreed to a pipeline extension from the Turkish border across Greece to southern Europe. So Gazprom will be firmly implanted not only in Turkey but also Greece, which in itself will become mightily strategic in European 'Pipelineistan'.

So Germany, sooner or later, must answer a categorical imperative - how to keep running massive trade surpluses while dumping their euro trade partners. The only possible answer is more trade with Russia, China and East Asia. It will take quite a while, and there will be many bumps on the road, but a Berlin-Moscow-Beijing trade/commercial axis - or the "RC" in BRICS meet Germany - is all but inevitable.

And no, you won't read that in any wacky US 'Think Tankland' "forecast."

Militia: "In all parts of the front there remains skirmishes"

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Militia: "In all parts of the front there remains skirmishes" 

Posted by militia: "In the DNR units of the APU continued shelling Donetsk Airport, militia positions in the Sands, and hitting eastern outskirts of the 'noise-north' Gorlovki. 

It has still not terminated, collisions in the Mariupolkom direction continue. In all other sections of the fronts of the LC & DNI arise shootouts with the APU. The enemy tries to take advantage of our neutral positions. Militia items removed were almost all the artillery caliber of 120 mm. At one position remains mortars, tanks, armored combat vehicles, storage and heavy infantry weapons - that will not allow the enemy in case of attack break through the front. 

There was a fixed withdrawal of artillery of the APU - but only in small quantities. The parties continue to rotate troops. The enemy is concentrating troops on the main lines. Also recorded was that the enemy artillery accumulates in the direction of Donetsk. Republican forces there are on full alert and ready to withstand any blows". 


Saturday, February 28, 2015 antifa

When Poroshenko became president of Ukraine, German politicians pinned great hopes on him. Only a year on the sidelines of the German government reigns strong disappointment transmits the German TV station ARD.

Poroshenko failed to stabilize the situation in Ukraine, and it has not gone unnoticed in Germany.

ARD said that Berlin had high hopes for Poroshenko: become the President of Ukraine, he promised to resolve the conflict in the east of the country peacefully. "Now, ten months later, in Berlin reigns strong disappointment", - says the material ARD.
In addition, the ARD reported, citing sources in the government of Germany, during the talks in Minsk Poroshenko its Western allies left in the dark about the weakness of the Ukrainian army. Might imply ARD, Poroshenko himself was not aware of the real situation, which, however, does not create a favorable impression of him.

As a result, the Ukrainian military failed to "debaltsevskom boiler": the soldiers are demoralized, many lives lost needlessly. Poroshenko himself at the same time stated that "proud and happy, that is the supreme commander of the armed forces."
Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger in conversation with ARD noted that the weakness of the Ukrainian army came as a surprise not only for Kiev, but for many in the West. "We are dealing with a decaying and no longer able to fight the army" - summed it.

Another problem Poroshenko, as noted by ARD, steel volunteer battalions of the Ukrainian oligarchs: they "do not feel obliged to comply with the law and international agreements" and not subject to Kiev.
The conflict in the Donbass strengthened the position of the Ukrainian oligarchs, says Bundestag deputy from the party "green" Marieluise Beck. "If people like Kolomoiskiy protects Dnepropetrovsk own money, Poroshenko can not act in relation to such an oligarch with the anti-corruption initiative," - said Beck.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Luke Coffey: One can assume Russia loves frozen conflicts like Debaltseve

Time to acknowledge that the Ukraine ceasefire is dead

Ceasefire was destined to fail because there is so little trust between the warring parties.

24 Feb 2015 Russia-backed separatists search a road littered with destroyed Ukrainian army vehicles outside

Debaltseve, Ukraine [AP]
Luke Coffey

Luke Coffey is a research fellow specialising in transatlantic and Eurasian security at a Washington DC based think tank. He previously served as a special adviser to the British defence secretary and was a commissioned officer in the United States army.

He Offers This Propaganda in Al-Jazzera

Before the ink was even dry on the so-called Minsk II ceasefire agreement, Russian-backed separatists were attacking, killing, and wounding Ukrainian soldiers defending Debaltseve.

Debaltseve is an important town that serves as a key transport hub between Luhansk and Donetsk. Whoever controls it, also controls the Donbas region. In recent weeks the town has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance, in the same way that Donetsk airport once was.

Even though the town has been the scene of bloody fighting during the days leading up to the peace negotiations, the ceasefire agreement did not mention Debaltseve at all. This glaring omission was interpreted in different ways by different people. The Ukrainians thought the ceasefire included all of the contested areas in Luhansk and Donetsk, especially Debaltseve. The Russian-backed separatists believed that Debaltseve must have been exempted from the ceasefire agreement because it was not specifically mentioned.

Ukraine crisis tops UN Security Council agenda

After days of bloody fighting, Debaltseve was finally captured by the separatists. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukrainian military units defending Debaltseve were withdrawn in an "orderly and pre-planned manner" - or in other words they retreated.

Doomed from the beginning

One can assume that Debaltseve (and the Russian occupied Crimea Peninsula) was ignored in the ceasefire agreement because consensus could not be found on how it was to be addressed. Do not forget, the ceasefire was agreed after a marathon 18-hour session. French and German mediators were so hell-bent on getting a peace deal - any peace deal - to thwart the US drive to arm the Ukrainians that they were willing to ignore some of the more contentious issues like Debaltseve and Crimea. Kiev is now suffering dearly from this lazy and rushed approach to "peacemaking".

So far the ceasefire appears to be benefiting everyone but the Ukrainians. Since the agreement went into effect last week dozens of Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and hundreds more have been wounded. The grad missiles continue to fly and Russian T-72BM tanks continue to roll. According to reports, the separatists violated the agreement 139 times in the first 24 hours alone - almost once every 10 minutes.

The deadline to remove "heavy weapons" - itself a terribly vague term - has come and gone with no action by either side. This provision in the ceasefire agreement was destined to fail because there is so little trust between the warring parties. Many prisoners who were supposed to be swapped under the agreement are still detained. Terms like "line of contact" and "security zones" are used throughout the ceasefire agreement; these are terms used to describe frozen conflicts, not terms to describe conflict resolution.

Whether it is in Georgia, Azerbaijan or eastern Ukraine, it is in Russia's interests to keep these conflicts frozen. Russia derives much of its regional influence through these frozen conflicts.

This ceasefire agreement has stalled the drive by some in the US to arm the Ukrainians. The agreement has also created a false sense of security in Kiev which has allowed the separatists to take the offensive against the Ukrainian military. As long as the separatists keep attaining victories, Vladimir Putin will continue to support them. This week it was Debaltseve. Next week it will be Mariupol.

Russia loves frozen conflicts

Moscow's abysmal track record at implementing ceasefires and peace deals means that nobody should expect that Russia will not use its influence to tame the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Six-and-a-half years later Russia is still in violation of the 2008 peace agreement signed to end the war against Georgia. Russia still has its troops based in areas where they are not supposed to be and Moscow still prevents international observers from crossing into South Ossetia and Abkhazia even though they patrol freely in the rest of Georgia.

Or look at Russia's involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Even though Russia, along with the US and France, form part of the so-called Minsk Group - created to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict - Moscow still remains the biggest weapons supplier to Armenia and Azerbaijan. How Russia is supposed to broker peace while selling billions of dollars in high-end weaponry is anyone's guess.

Whether it is in Georgia, Azerbaijan or eastern Ukraine, it is in Russia's interests to keep these conflicts frozen. Russia derives much of its regional influence through these frozen conflicts. Bringing these conflicts to a peaceful conclusion would only decrease Russia's influence in the region.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine is a reminder that implementing the ceasefire agreement is often far more difficult than signing a ceasefire agreement.

Ceasefires are messy, and it is wishful thinking to believe that local commanders on the ground would not interrupt the agreed text in a way that best suits their particular local situation. However, the scale of the fighting witnessed within hours and days of the agreement going into force has proven that Minsk II is dead and that Russia has no desire but to escalate the violence.

Russia knows that a Ukraine in perpetual conflict will be a Ukraine that never joins the Euro-Atlantic community. This is Russia's ultimate goal and Moscow will do whatever it takes to make it happen.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?

Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?
February 23, 2015

Exclusive: A year after a U.S.-backed coup ousted Ukraine’s elected president, the new powers in Kiev are itching for a “full-scale war” with Russia — and want the West’s backing even if it could provoke a nuclear conflict, a Strangelovian madness that the U.S. media ignores, writes Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry

A senior Ukrainian official is urging the West to risk a nuclear conflagration in support of a “full-scale war” with Russia that he says authorities in Kiev are now seeking, another sign of the extremism that pervades the year-old, U.S.-backed regime in Kiev.

During a recent visit to Canada, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told CBC Radiothat “Everybody is afraid of fighting with a nuclear state. We are not anymore, in Ukraine — we’ve lost so many people of ours, we’ve lost so much of our territory.”

Peter Sellers playing Dr. Strangelove as he struggles to control his right arm from making a Nazi salute.

Prystaiko added, “However dangerous it sounds, we have to stop [Russian President Vladimir Putin] somehow. For the sake of the Russian nation as well, not just for the Ukrainians and Europe.” The deputy foreign minister announced that Kiev is preparing for “full-scale war” against Russia and wants the West to supply lethal weapons and training so the fight can be taken to Russia.

“What we expect from the world is that the world will stiffen up in the spine a little,” Prystaiko said.

Yet, what is perhaps most remarkable about Prystaiko’s “Dr. Strangelove” moment is that it produced almost no reaction in the West. You have a senior Ukrainian official saying that the world should risk nuclear war over a civil conflict in Ukraine between its west, which favors closer ties to Europe, and its east, which wants to maintain its historic relationship with Russia.

Why should such a pedestrian dispute justify the possibility of vaporizing millions of human beings and conceivably ending life on the planet? Yet, instead of working out a plan for a federalized structure in Ukraine or even allowing people in the east to vote on whether they want to remain under the control of the Kiev regime, the world is supposed to risk nuclear annihilation.

But therein lies one of the under-reported stories of the Ukraine crisis: There is a madness to the Kiev regime that the West doesn’t want to recognize because to do so would upend the dominant narrative of “our” good guys vs. Russia’s bad guys. If we begin to notice that the right-wing regime in Kiev is crazy and brutal, we might also start questioning the “Russian aggression” mantra.

According to the Western “group think,” the post-coup Ukrainian government “shares our values” by favoring democracy and modernity, while the rebellious ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine are “Moscow’s minions” representing dark forces of backwardness and violence, personified by Russia’s “irrational” President Putin. In this view, the conflict is a clash between the forces of good and evil where there is no space for compromise.

Yet, there is a craziness to this “group think” that is highlighted by Prystaiko’s comments. Not only does the Kiev regime display a cavalier attitude about dragging the world into a nuclear catastrophe but it also has deployed armed neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists to wage a dirty war in the east that has involved torture and death-squad activities.

Not Since Adolf Hitler

No European government, since Adolf Hitler’s Germany, has seen fit to dispatch Nazi storm troopers to wage war on a domestic population, but the Kiev regime has and has done so knowingly. Yet, across the West’s media/political spectrum, there has been a studious effort to cover up this reality, even to the point of ignoring facts that have been well established.

The New York Times and the Washington Post have spearheaded this journalistic malfeasance by putting on blinders so as not to see Ukraine’s neo-Nazis, such as when describing the key role played by the Azov battalion in the war against ethnic Russians in the east.

On Feb. 20, in a report from Mariupol, the Post cited the Azov battalion’s importance in defending the port city against a possible rebel offensive. Correspondent Karoun Demirjian wrote:

“Petro Guk, the commander of the Azov battalion’s reinforcement operations in Mariupol, said in an interview that the battalion is ‘getting ready for’ street-to-street combat in the city. The Azov battalion, now a regiment in the Ukrainian army, is known as one of the fiercest fighting forces­ in the pro-Kiev operation.

“But … it has pulled away from the front lines on a scheduled rest-and-retraining rotation, Guk said, leaving the Ukrainian army — a less capable force, in his opinion — in its place. His advice to residents of Mariupol is to get ready for the worst.

“‘If it is your home, you should be ready to fight for it, and accept that if the fight is for your home, you must defend it,’ he said, when asked whether residents should prepare to leave. Some are ready to heed that call, as a matter of patriotic duty.”

The Post’s stirring words fit with the Western media’s insistent narrative and its refusal to include meaningful background about the Azov battalion, which is known for marching under Nazi banners, displaying the Swastika and painting SS symbols on its helmets.

The New York Times filed a similarly disingenuous article from Mariupol on Feb. 11, depicting the ethnic Russian rebels as barbarians at the gate with the Azov battalion defending civilization. Though providing much color and detail – and quoting an Azov leader prominently – the Times left out the salient and well-known fact that the Azov battalion is composed of neo-Nazis.

But this inconvenient truth – that neo-Nazis have been central to Kiev’s “self-defense forces” from last February’s coup to the present – would disrupt the desired propaganda message to American readers. So the New York Times just ignores the Nazism and refers to Azov as a “volunteer unit.”

Yet, this glaring omission is prima facie proof of journalistic bias. There’s no way that the editors of the Post and Times don’t know that the presence of neo-Nazis is newsworthy. Indeed, there’s a powerful irony in this portrayal of Nazis as the bulwark of Western civilization against the Russian hordes from the East. It was, after all, the Russians who broke the back of Nazism in World War II as Hitler sought to subjugate Europe and destroy Western civilization as we know it.

That the Nazis are now being depicted as defenders of Western ideals has to be the ultimate man-bites-dog story. But it goes essentially unreported in the New York Times and Washington Post as does the inconvenient presence of other Nazis holding prominent positions in the post-coup regime, including Andriy Parubiy, who was the military commander of the Maidan protests and served as the first national security chief of the Kiev regime. [See’s “Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass.”]

The Nazi Reality

Regarding the Azov battalion, the Post and Times have sought to bury the Nazi reality, but both have also acknowledged it in passing. For instance, on Aug. 10, 2014, a Times’ article mentioned the neo-Nazi nature of the Azov battalion in the last three paragraphs of a lengthy story on another topic.

“The fighting for Donetsk has taken on a lethal pattern: The regular army bombards separatist positions from afar, followed by chaotic, violent assaults by some of the half-dozen or so paramilitary groups surrounding Donetsk who are willing to plunge into urban combat,” the Times reported.

“Officials in Kiev say the militias and the army coordinate their actions, but the militias, which count about 7,000 fighters, are angry and, at times, uncontrollable. One known as Azov, which took over the village of Marinka, flies a neo-Nazi symbol resembling a Swastika as its flag.” [See’s “NYT Whites Out Ukraine’s Brownshirts.”]

Similarly, the Post published a lead story last Sept. 12 describing the Azov battalion in flattering terms, saving for the last three paragraphs the problematic reality that the fighters are fond of displaying the Swastika:

“In one room, a recruit had emblazoned a swastika above his bed. But Kirt [a platoon leader] … dismissed questions of ideology, saying that the volunteers — many of them still teenagers — embrace symbols and espouse extremist notions as part of some kind of ‘romantic’ idea.”

Other news organizations have been more forthright about this Nazi reality. For instance, the conservative London Telegraph published an article by correspondent Tom Parfitt, who wrote: “Kiev’s use of volunteer paramilitaries to stamp out the Russian-backed Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’… should send a shiver down Europe’s spine.

“Recently formed battalions such as Donbas, Dnipro and Azov, with several thousand men under their command, are officially under the control of the interior ministry but their financing is murky, their training inadequate and their ideology often alarming. The Azov men use the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel (Wolf’s Hook) symbol on their banner and members of the battalion are openly white supremacists, or anti-Semites.”

Based on interviews with militia members, the Telegraph reported that some of the fighters doubted the Holocaust, expressed admiration for Hitler and acknowledged that they are indeed Nazis.

Andriy Biletsky, the Azov commander, “is also head of an extremist Ukrainian group called the Social National Assembly,” according to the Telegraph article which quoted a commentary by Biletsky as declaring: “The historic mission of our nation in this critical moment is to lead the White Races of the world in a final crusade for their survival. A crusade against the Semite-led Untermenschen.”

The Telegraph questioned Ukrainian authorities in Kiev who acknowledged that they were aware of the extremist ideologies of some militias but insisted that the higher priority was having troops who were strongly motivated to fight.

Azov fighters even emblazon the Swastika and the SS insignia on their helmets. NBC Newsreported: “Germans were confronted with images of their country’s dark past … when German public broadcaster ZDF showed video of Ukrainian soldiers with Nazi symbols on their helmets in its evening newscast.”

But it’s now clear that far-right extremism is not limited to the militias sent to kill ethnic Russians in the east or to the presence of a few neo-Nazi officials who were rewarded for their roles in last February’s coup. The fanaticism is present at the center of the Kiev regime, including its deputy foreign minister who speaks casually about a “full-scale war” with nuclear-armed Russia.

In a “normal world,” U.S. and European journalists would explain to their readers how insane all this is; how a dispute over the pace for implementing a European association agreement while also maintaining some economic ties with Russia should have been worked out within the Ukrainian political system, that it was not grounds for a U.S.-backed “regime change” last February, let alone a civil war, and surely not nuclear war.

But these are clearly not normal times. To a degree that I have not seen in my 37 years covering Washington, there is a totalitarian quality to the West’s current “group think” about Ukraine with virtually no one who “matters” deviating from the black-and-white depiction of good guys in Kiev vs. bad guys in Donetsk and Moscow.

Everyone is expected to march in lockstep behind this conventional wisdom while ignoring the madness of the Kiev regime and the dangers to the planet’s future.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and You also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.

Kiev's Departure from Minsk arrangements finishes the Economy of Ukraine

Published February 23, 2015 

Kiev departure from Minsk Arrangements Finishes the economy of Ukraine 

Ukrainian Military statement That They Will not withdraw from the Conflict zone Their Heavy weapons, is not completely subside shooting CAME Close Economic Situation in the Country to Default, writes American edition. 

On Monday, the hryvnia has fallen by 10% against the US dollar, and this is another painful blow to the rapidly collapsing Ukrainian economy. In February, the rate of national currency fell by 46%, and for the year - by 71%. The combination of military and financial failure is increasingly threatened by pro-Western regime of Kiev, according to the newspaper.

"Debaltseve" #Pictorial posted by #el_murid

"Debaltseve" #Pictorial posted by el_murid .