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Obama pretends to be a democrat, not a fascist

by ERIC ZUESSE

MARCH 3, 2015

A much-ignored huge news report from Reuters on Friday, February 27th, was headlined “Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia’s security concerns over Ukraine.”

China’s Ambassador to Belgium (which has the capital of the EU) said that the “nature and root cause” of the Ukrainian conflict is “the West,” and that “The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration.”

By “real security concerns,” he is clearly referring to NATO’s expansion right up to Russia’s border, and America’s surrounding Russia with U.S. military bases, now inceasingly including the most strategic of Russia’s bordering countries: Ukraine.

In other words, this diplomat says: “the West” has a “zero-sum” attitude toward Russia, instead of seeking to move forward with an approach in which neither side among the nuclear superpowers benefits at the other’s expense — the entire world moves forward together.

This is a direct criticism of Barack Obama, and of all of the pro-Obama, anti-Putin, EU leaders.

It’s also an implicit repudiation of Obama’s having repeatedly referred to the U.S. as “the one indispensable nation.” (Another example of that phrase is here.) Obama keeps saying: every other nation, except the U.S., is “dispensable.” He clearly thinks that Russia is.

That’s not merely an insult: it’s an act of provocation; it is virtually asking for a fight. And all for what? For whose nuclear char?

This criticism of the aggressive nationalist Obama does not come from China’s top leadership, but it would not have come at all if they had not approved of it in advance.

China thus now tells Obama: Stop it. Stop it in word, and in deed.

Implicitly, China is also telling Obama: China is not dispensable, either. In fact, the entire mentality, which Obama embodies, is not just callous and insulting; it’s dangerous.

Like President G.W. Bush, Obama is increasingly an embarassment to his country.

Shortly before Obama’s coup in Ukraine, Gallup International issued, on 30 December 2013, a poll of 65 countries, which found that:

“The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%) and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat.”

More details of that poll were reported here.

When the U.S. Government is hankering for a war with the only other nuclear superpower, such findings certainly make sense. And the 54% of Russians who cited the U.S. as the greatest threat to peace would probably be far higher today. But Gallup International didn’t publish any update on that poll-question, perhaps because the original financial backer (which was unnamed) wouldn’t fund it.

Already, the finding was bad enough. But Obama keeps calling the U.S. “the one indispensable nation in the world.” He keeps telling other nations: you are dispensable. He keeps rubbing it in — not the fact, but his own nationalism.

It reminds some people of Mussolini, and of Hitler. But Obama pretends to be a democrat, not a fascist.

Maybe he’s just a bigger liar than they were. Maybe that’s what he is so arrogant about: his terrific ability to deceive.

After all, he won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for it: for lying. For misrepresenting himself as being progressive, instead of regressive.

Well, now: anyone who doesn’t know the reality is deluded by propaganda — and it’s not coming from Russia, nor from China. It’s coming from their own nation’s ‘news’ media.

Which heads-of-state want to be publicly associated with a foreign leader like that, one who tells the given leader’s public: your nation is dispensable. Fools. Only fools.

Obama is encouraging other countries to oppose the United States.

Wow. He’s the black George W. Bush.

OBAMA BRAGS ABOUT POWER GRAB WHILE AMERICANS DEBATE COLOR OF A DRESS

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Americans more concerned about the color of a dress which went viral than they are about Internet takeover

by KIT DANIELS  FEBRUARY 27, 2015

While the Obama administration celebrates its latest power grab, the federal takeover of the Internet and the ATF’s unlawful ammo ban, Americans are debating the color of a woman’s dress which went viral over social media.

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to declare the Internet a “public utility,” opening the door for feds to regulate on-line speech, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced its plan to illegally ban M855 AR-15 ammunition, and Americans are outraged – because they couldn’t decide if a dress posted on Tumblr was black and blue or white and gold.

“This is very important guys,” Alison Lynch for Metro wrote. “Are you Team Blue and Black or Team White and Gold? You need to pick a side.”

“Kimye, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift already have.”

The news tracking web site Viral News Chart revealed that at the time of this writing, the top two “political” news articles in the past 12 hours were both about the dress, with the ammo ban coming in third.

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“This dress color war is the perfect way to end a wonderful day on the Internet,” The Verge reported Thursday, the day Obamanet was born.

The Obama administration’s takeover of the Internet is particularly concerning because the FCC consulted with self-described socialist activists to develop its “Net Neutrality” program, which was largely funded by billionaire George Soros, a Nazi collaborator who is also responsible for the current war in Ukraine.

“We need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimize it, and perhaps even eliminate it,” wrote Dr. Robert McChesney of the University of Illinois, whose work influenced the FCC. “The fight against hyper-commercialism becomes especially pronounced in the era of digital communications.”
Equally concerning is the ATF’s attempt to ban M855 AR-15 ammunition by declaring it “armor piercing” because according to federal law, 18 U.S.C. 921 (a)(17)(B), a bullet classified as “armor piercing” must have an entirely metal core or have a jacket weighing more than 25% of its weight, which wouldn’t include M855 rounds because their bullets are partly lead.

“While M855 has carried the exemption from a 1986 prohibition on manufacture, importation and sale, (but not possession) of ‘armor piercing’ rounds, it’s clear from the definition that it should have never needed to be ‘exempted,’” Bryan Black of Itstactical.com revealed.

But while federal agencies publicly disregard the law, Americans are only concerned with trivial things which have no lasting effects on their lives.

Gazprom to consider separating Donbass gas supplies from Ukraine

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Gazprom is ready to separate gas supplies to Ukraine and Donbass, said company spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov, as an energy standoff between Moscow and Kiev escalates.

“We continue active correspondence with Naftogaz, which yesterday confirmed the remaining amount of paid-for gas in its letter – 206 million cubic meters as of yesterday,” he said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel.

“At the moment we are ready to take gas supply to Donbass out of the discussion. We are ready to deliver the volume required by Naftogaz at the specific entry points,” added Kupriyanov.

At current supply levels the prepayment will be enough until the end of the week, and if Kiev doesn’t provide advance payment for March, Gazprom won’t be able to continue supplying Ukraine with gas.

“Therefore, the main issue for Naftogaz now is to find money for a new prepayment,” he said. “We will act according to the contract. If the money does not arrive on time, the gas won’t be delivered.”

The comment comes as the deadline for Ukraine’s gas prepayment looms, with President Putin and Gazprom head Aleksey Miller warning Russian deliveries to Kiev could be cut by Saturday.

On Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin called for Ukraine to decide whether it considers Donbass part of its territory and take responsibility for the situation, as cutting off energy supplies to the war zone “smells like genocide.”

On February 19 Ukraine suspended gas supply to Donbass saying the reason was the damage of the pipeline. After that Russia began separate gas deliveries to Donbass saying that a delay in prepayment by Ukraine may threaten further supplies of Russian gas to the country.

Putin: Gas supplies to Europe could suffer in 3-4 days if Kiev doesn’t pay

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Russia will cut off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev fails to pay in “three or four days,” President Vladimir Putin said, adding that this “will create a problem” for gas transit to Europe.

“Gazprom has been fully complying with its obligations under the Ukraine gas supply contract and will continue doing that,” Putin told reporters after talks with the president of Cyprus on Wednesday. “The advance payment for gas supply made by the Ukrainian side will be in place for another three to four days. If there is no further prepayment, Gazprom will suspend supplies under the contract and its supplement. Of course, this could create a certain problem for [gas] transit to Europe to our European partners.”

However, Putin expressed the hope that it would not come to that, stressing that “it depends on the financial discipline of our Ukrainian partners.”N

He noted that Russia’s ministers and the CEO of Gazprom have “actively” reminded Ukraine of the looming deadline.

On Tuesday, Gazprom’s CEO Aleksey Miller reminded Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz of the gas prepayment. Miller said that Ukraine had not paid for March deliveries and warned that Kiev was risking an early termination of the advance settlement and a supply cutoff.

“It takes about two days to get payment from Naftogaz deposited to a Gazprom account. That’s why a delivery to Ukraine of 114 million cubic meters will lead to a complete termination of Russian gas supplies as early as in two days, which creates serious risks for the transit to Europe,” Miller said.

Putin said that Gazprom had breached no contract terms of gas supplies to border points to eastern parts of Ukraine.

“It has become known to us that Kiev suspended gas supplies [to Lugansk and Donetsk regions] referring to the alleged damage to gas pipelines,” Putin said.

“At the same time, Gazprom is fulfilling the contract signed back in 2009 and an addendum to it made in October last year. In full compliance with this contract, it supplies gas to Ukraine under advance payments made for the volumes, which Ukraine needs.”

Putin indicated that these contracts also stipulated border points. “Gazprom is not breaching any provisions,” he added.

“As for the damage to the gas pipeline, I don’t know for certain, but I know that these regions are home to about 4.5 million people. Just imagine that these people may be left without gas supply during the winter period. In addition to the hunger, there as is already stated by the OSCE and the humanitarian disaster, just imagine these people may also be left without gas supply,” Putin said.

He accused some Ukrainian officials of failing to understand the humanitarian issues in Ukraine’s eastern regions.

Citing the OSCE report of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in southeastern Ukraine as well as famine, President Putin said Kiev’s recent decision to switch off gas for those regions “smells like genocide.”

Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz suspended gas supplies to eastern regions on February 19, citing damage to a pipeline. Under the gas deal between Moscow and Kiev, Gazprom promptly launched gas supplies to Ukraine’s southeast through border gas metering stations supplying 12 million cubic meters a day.

Kiev said it restored the damage in several hours and restarted gas supplies. Naztogas has refused to pay Gazprom for the gas supplied to eastern regions from February 19. The same day, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the country’s energy minister and the head of Gazprom to prepare proposals on fuel deliveries to Ukraine’s southeast regions.

Naftogaz has also accused Russia of breaking the agreement to deliver 114 million of cubic meters of natural gas to Ukraine by delivering only 47 million cubic meters.

According to Naftogas, since February 22 Gazprom has been fulfilling only 40 percent of its requests for pre-paid gas, yet the Ukrainian company plans to get 206 million cubic meters of pre-paid gas by the end of February, RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday.

BRITAIN TO SEND MILITARY ADVISERS TO UKRAINE, ANNOUNCES CAMERON

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By Patrick Wintour – Political editor

Britain was pulled closer towards a renewed cold war with Russia when David Cameron announced UK military trainers are to be deployed to help Ukraine forces stave off further Russian backed incursions into its sovereign territory.

The decision – announced on Tuesday but under consideration by the UK national security council since before Christmas – represents the first deployment of British troops to the country since the near civil war in eastern Ukraine began more than a year ago.

Downing Street said the deployment was not just a practical bilateral response to a request for support, but a signal to the Russians that Britain will not countenance further large scale annexations of towns in Ukraine.

The prime minister said Britain would be “the strongest pole in the tent”, and argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russian-backed militias in eastern Ukraine failed to observe the provisions of a ceasefire agreement reached this month with the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko.

Downing Street said some personnel would be leaving this week as part of the training mission. Initially 30 trainers will be despatched to Kiev with 25 providing advice on medical training, logistics, intelligence analysis and infantry training. A bigger programme of infantry training is expected to follow soon after taking the total number of trainers to 75.
They will not be sent to the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.

Personnel involved in the training elements could spend one or two months in the country, with a command and control deployment lasting up to six months. Britain has previously offered some ad hoc military training inside Ukraine but that was before the conflict sent relations between the EU and Russia into the deep freeze.

The US already has some military training underway.

Cameron’s decision, made to a Commons committee of MPs, is bound to worsen Anglo-Russian relations , but the prime minister, who has been accused of losing influence in Europe and sleepwalking into the conflict over Ukraine, insisted he did not see a military solution to the crisis. He also said he did not support at this stage sending lethal equipment to Kiev, an issue that is still under consideration in Washington.

Cameron said Europe listened to British expertise on how to implement sanctions, and said the level of sanctions “might become materially different” in the future. He held out the possibility of excluding Russia from the Belgian-based international Swift banking payments system, saying there was a logic to such a move if Moscow continued trying to “dismember” Ukraine.

Swift is a secure messaging system used by more than 10,500 banks for international money transfers. If deprived of access to the system, Russian banks and their customers couldn’t readily send or receive money across the country’s borders, which could potentially disrupt trade, investment, and millions of routine financial transactions

Cameron said: “I think what we should be putting in to place is a sense that if there is another Debaltseve (a strategic Ukrainian railway town seized by pro-Russia forces this month) then that will trigger a round of sanctions that will be materially different to what we have seen so far,” he said.

He also pointed to a new tripwire saying: “People will be looking at Mariupol as the next potential flashpoint, and if that were to happen I think the argument for further action would be overwhelming. I think that would be the view of countries like Poland, the Baltic states and many others.” Mariupol, a huge steel town, is coming closer to the frontline.

After a ceasefire deal struck in Minsk on 15 February, fighting in eastern Ukraine has decreased in intensity but shows little sign of easing in some key areas.

Pro-Russia rebels said on Tuesday they had started pulling heavy weaponry back from the frontline in accordance with the putative peace plan, which aims to create a buffer zone between the two sides’ artillery.

But the claims were rejected as “mere empty words” by the Kiev military, which accused the separatists of “making use of the ceasefire period” to build up ammunition, Reuters reported.

It said one of its soldiers had been killed and seven wounded in the previous 24 hours, and reiterated that it would not start pulling back weapons until shooting stopped.

Dismissing suggestions Britain had been an onlooker in the crisis, he told MPs Britain “should not feel precious” about whether the UK was in the room in every negotiation over Ukraine. In recent weeks German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French president, François Hollande, have been in direct talks with Vladimir Putin to try to broker a ceasefire, reinforcing the impression that a Franco-German motor is at the heart of EU foreign policy.

Cameron said there would be “deeply damaging” consequences for all of Europe if the EU failed to stand up to Putin on Ukraine, predicting that the Russian president could turn against the Baltic states or Moldova if he was not reined in now.

He suggested it would be “miraculous” if the terms of the 12 February ceasefire agreement brokered in Minsk by Merkel and Hollande were met in full.

He said there was no doubt about Russian support for the rebels. “What we are seeing is Russian-backed aggression, often these are Russian troops, they are Russian tanks, they are Russian Grad missiles. You can’t buy these things on eBay, they are coming from Russia, people shouldn’t be in any doubt about that.

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“We have got the intelligence, we have got the pictures and the world knows that. Sometimes people don’t want to see that but that is the fact.”

He added: “If there was major further incursion by Russian-backed forces and effectively Russian forces into Ukraine, we should be clear about what that is. That is trying to dismember a democracy, a member of the United Nations, a sovereign state on the continent of Europe, and it’s not acceptable.”

Although the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, had earlier highlighted Russian air incursions along the Channel, Cameron produced figures to play down suggestions that the Russians were stepping up pressure on the UK.

He argued that “because a couple of Russian planes fly around the Channel we shouldn’t talk ourselves into a situation where we think somehow we cannot defend ourselves. We absolutely can.”

No Deal: Gazprom Refuses to Supply Gas Until Ukraine Actually Pays For It

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 11.40.17 AMGazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Tuesday that Ukraine’s request for 114 million cubic meters of gas to be delivered in two days would lead to full shutdown of fuel deliveries if the payment is not received

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Ukraine’s tardiness in making its prepayment for Russian gas deliveries could lead to a full shutdown within two days and threaten the transit delivery of fuel to European consumers, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Tuesday.”Ukraine has not made its gas prepayment on time. As of today, there is only 219 million cubic meters of gas paid for. It takes about two days for [Ukraine’s] Naftogaz to transfer funds to [Russia’s] Gazprom,” Miller said.

Miller said that Ukraine’s request for 114 million cubic meters of gas to be delivered in two days would lead to a full shutdown of fuel deliveries if payment is not received.”Therefore, the delivery of gas to Ukraine in the volume of 114 million cubic meters of gas in the next two days already would bring the delivery of Russian gas to Ukraine to a full stop, which will create serious risks for transit gas to Europe,” Miller added.

On Monday, Ukraine’s state energy company Naftogaz accused Gazprom of failing to deliver the gas for which Kiev has paid in advance. According to a statement by the company’s press service, Gazprom has supplied only 47 million cubic meters of the requested 114 million cubic meters of gas.

The issue of gas supplies is among the most acute in Russian-Ukrainian relations. In the summer of 2014, Russia’s Gazprom has cut off gas deliveries to Ukraine due to Kiev’s massive debt that at the time surpassed $5 billion. Gas deliveries resumed in December, after months of negotiations mediated by the European Union.

The so-called winter package stipulated that Ukraine repay $3.1 billion of its gas debt before the end of 2014 and pay in advance for future gas supplies. It also included a temporary discount of $100 per 1,000 cubic meters, granted by Russia to Ukraine, that expires on April 1, 2015.

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