From London’s Channel 4 News:
The man facing down Putin’s aggression as secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council is Andriy Parubiy. He oversees national security for the nation having previously served as security commandant during the anti-government protests in Kiev.
Parubiy was the founder of the Social National Party of Ukraine, a fascist party styled on Hitler’s Nazis, with membership restricted to ethnic Ukrainians.
From Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge:
The last time a leaked phone call out of Ukraine was released about a month ago ostensibly by the Russian NSA equivalent, one between US assistant sec state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, it was revealed that the real puppet masters behind the Maidan movement, and the true instigators of the Ukraine “revolution” were none other than the “developed” world superpowers, lead by the US. Also revealed were tensions between the US and EU strategies on how to overthrow the current government, culminating with the infamous “Fuck the EU.” Needless to say the US, which implicitly confirmed the recording, was angry at Russia and accused it of using dirty tricks.
That’s ironic, because when it comes to “dirty tricks” what is about to be presented, blows the top off anything Russia may or has done to date.
Earlier today an even more shocking recording has been “leaked” this time one between the always concerned about human rights EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet, in which it is revealed on tape that all those photos of horrifying deaths of Ukrainians by snipers during the last days of the Median stand off, were in fact caused not by Snipers controlled by Yanukovich, but that the snipers shot at both protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders!…
So first US orchestrates the Kiev overthrow, and now the new “leaders” of Ukraine are allegedly found to have fired against their own people – the same provocation they subsequently used to run Yanukovich out of the country and install a pro-Western puppet government. Of course, said pro-Western coalition has not been discreditated (sic) because Ms. Ashton has sternly refused to investigate, knowing quite well how horribly this would reflect on the new Ukraine “leadership” – a government which shot its own people to fabricate the pretext under which it rose to power.
From Ilargi at TAE:
The WaPo runs a long piece entitled Behind the West’s Miscalculations in Ukraine; the basic tenet is that the US left it to Europe to deal with Ukraine and Yanukovych, and the EU screwed up, so now John Kerry has to step in and they will never leave this kind of important project up the Europeans again.
And granted, the EU probably didn’t do a great job either, but A) who would believe Washington would leave a project of the geopolitical magnitude of Ukraine up to others, and B) the article doesn’t name Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland even once. While it’s very clear from recordings that she was pivotal in bringing “Yats” to power – she about hand-picked him – and keeping “Klitsch” out. If you’re the WaPo, and you run a long story on the “West’s Miscalculations in Ukraine”, but you neglect to mention the number one – public – US operative, then what does that say about Woodward and Bernstein’s legacy? For Peep’s sake, Nuland is walking in Kiev with Kerry on live TV as we speak, but you just ignore her in your article?…
Washington and Brussels would live to get a hold of the pipelines under Ukraine soil. And that they haven’t yet is certainly not for lack of trying. But they’re choking on their own hubris circus, and besides they should understand that Russia will never allow them control over those pipelines, because they keep the Russian economy alive.
Someday soon, we must discuss the high probability that Jeff Bezos is a neocon. That he is a neoliberal has already been well established.
From Nile Bowie at RT:
In order to maintain enough momentum to oust Yanukovich, Ukraine’s opposition leaders relied on allies in the radical camp such as fascist groups like Svoboda, Trizub, and the Right Sector. These organizations espouse ethnic hatred against Jews and Russians and promote neo-Nazi ideals. The foot soldiers of these movements laid the groundwork for the putsch by occupying the Maidan [Independence Square], storming government offices, and attacking riot police with Molotov cocktails, firearms, and other lethal weapons.
Members of these far-right groups have been integrated in so-called ‘self-defense forces’ that now patrol Kiev and other major cities, and have been seen wearing symbols that include the Celtic cross, which has replaced the swastika for many modern white-power groups, the wolf-hook SS insignia, and other occult symbols associated with the Third Reich. In his capacity as prime minister, Yatsenyuk has relinquished control of Ukraine’s national security forces to the heads of these radical organizations, who have openly used threatening and bigoted language to incite ethnic hostility, in addition to calls for Russians and Jews to be either destroyed or expelled from Ukraine.
Let’s get this straight: our neocon State Dept. used neo-Nazi storm troopers to depose the Ukranian kleptocracy in our imperial bid for oil and natural gas, while humiliating Obama and Putin for failing to attack Syria and Iran.
Suskind is gonna have a ball with this one.
From Mark Binker at WRAL:
RALEIGH, N.C. — For 12 state Senate candidates and 44 aspiring state House members, this year’s election began and all but ended Friday because they were the only ones who filed to run in their legislative districts.
More broadly, nearly half of all state Senate and House districts will be decided by the primary because only candidates from one party filed to run in each of the districts.
“This is where gerrymandering hurts people. They don’t get real choices,” said North Carolina State University political science professor Steve Greene, referring to the practice of drawing legislative districts to heavily favor one of the two major parties.
In one of the saddest moments in the history of Greensboro, the council of fools used lies, bribery and extortion to a approve a blank check agreement with the neoliberal stormtroopers, AKA the CFGG, to spend at least $30M on a downtown performing arts center.
The citizens were lied to about the cost and benefits, the arts community was bribed and the black community was blackmailed into supporting this unprecedented expenditure of public funds for a disgraceful monument to indifference which completely fails to address our city’s most basic needs.
On the very day when Trader Joe‘s said no thanks to Greensboro and the potholes around town got even larger, ass clown, Mike Barber, offered a litany of area employers who were about to greatly reduce the tax base through mergers and acquisitions. Even if the city were to find replacements for these large companies, the council of fools would inevitably give away the property taxes as incentives.
To be sure, the damage inflicted by the insane NC Legislature and the Greensboro council of fools is causing a veritable stampede of what little industry we had to virtually anywhere else. The approval of the IGMFUPAC is merely the latest in a series of suicidal decisions by the council of fools. Anybody who can leave Greensboro will do so at the first opportunity.
In the spectacle which passed for debate, Tony Wilkins heroically displayed his outrage, knowing full well he was powerless to stop it. Zack Matheny, by voting for the IGMFUPAC, effectively ended the charade that he is a conservative of any kind. He never had a shot at the NCD6 seat to be vacated by Howard Coble, so it really didn’t matter.
Saddest of all, were the affirmative votes from Yvonne Johnson and Jamal Fox, cowed by the prospect of continued funding for the ICRCM.
Mayor and country club queen, Nancy Vaughan, has effectively kept her campaign promise to finish what Robbie Perkins and Matt Brown started two years ago. It remains to be seen if she will suffer the same fate as Perkins in the next election. Given her performance to date, it is likely.
As of today, the race with Durham, a city built on wealth of which Greensboro enjoys merely a fraction, continues. We may bankrupt ourselves in the cause of keeping up with the Dukes.
I am reminded of a story about reps from the NC Dems coming to town a few years ago. They met with leaders of the black community and asked, given his abysmal record, why they continued to support then NC senator, Don Vaughan. They replied that even though he was a sellout, he was their sellout. Greensboro will never prosper until we rid ourselves of the sellouts.
Greensboro D5 city councilman, Tony Wilkins, jumps straight in Walker Sander‘s ass by asking what the open-ended costs of the GPAC would be.
Traffic cop and mayor, Nancy Vaughan calls his comments a gross mis-characterization.
Mike Barber is full of shit as usual. He says it’s been a long day. He says T-Dub is playing to an audience. Damn skippy, who isn’t?
Abuzuaiter bores right in on the $30M limited obligation bond mentioned at the bottom of the fact sheet as not being public approved.
Hoffman looks androgynously ridiculous as usual in Devo glasses.
Walker Sanders is hoarse and looks like he might have a heart attack.
The Godfather is explaining an offer we can’t refuse. Matt Brown‘s not the best choice to explain cost overruns.
Little Zack Matheny‘s gonna put the cost overruns on the contractors. Good luck with that.
Wilkins is a bully for the GCGOP, Zack. Get used to it.
Sanders has a cold, but is fortunately able to breathe through his ears. You can imagine he frequently gets a stuffy nose.
Hightower, the paralegal, is doing math. God help us.
Brown speaking to Hightower: epic wasted time.
Hightower needs a MWBE participation rate far above 20%. Hilarious.
Sanders on the art stabilization fund, which the users will pay $247K per year to make sure there’s actually someone local to use the IGMFUPAC.
Hoffman says arts bring $120M per year and 4000 jobs to Greensboro.
Dorothy is lost and the Wizard explains the user fee for the art stabilization fund.
The Scarecrow chimes in with more cheerleading.
Dorothy is still lost.
The Scarecrow is going to see Alice in Chains.
Abuzuaiter calls Sanders a liar. She should know one.
What you’re seeing is liberals and conservatives attacking neoliberals.
The Wizard says DPAC charges $8 per ticket in user fees.
Walker’s tongue is swelling. I’m not sure he can make it.
Some guy from Denton is up as public speaker. Incomprehensible as usual.
Hartzman‘s up. McCarthyism, but he said a lot, so some of it is bound to be true.
Some guy speaking. The Wizard says Walker has to raise more money if the donors welch. Otherwise, the bank would become an ownership partner.
The Scarecrow admits there are some things he doesn’t know.
He says the WMA is a money pit.
Matheny says give the speaker more time as only three speakers are against the IGMFUPAC.
Matheny says construction costs have risen.
Bill Knight‘s up. He’s used to having five minutes.
The DPAC is totally private funded. He urges us to do the same.
The Wizard says Durham doesn’t have a coliseum.
The Wizard says the community will get 1/3 of the programming. Matt Brown will be booking hockey games and tractor pulls for the rest.
Tom Philion is Hartzman’s neighbor, which means he’s my neighbor.
The local arts community is highly undercapitalized.
Some guy says we have a good agreement.
Some woman cares for our community.
Dorothy’s up. The Scarecrow doesn’t have a crystal ball.
The Wizard says worst case scenario is a $350K cost overrun.
The WMA needs new curtains.
The Scarecrow says if the IGMFUPAC costs too much, they can unload it on the CFGG.
Hoffman can’t speak for a future council.
Marikay is for the arts. She likes term limits.
She’s asking about the loans. Ouch.
She wants to see board meeting minutes. The Wizard says she’ll have them.
Where the hell did Terry Wood come from?
T-Dub at the plate. He’s chasing the money with Westmoreland.
He wants to delay the vote until his questions are never answered.
Matheny says 275K citizens didn’t speak to oppose it.
He says we’re spending a lot of money now. He says Durham is too.
Durham has a baseball stadium.
He says our agreement is better. Matheny says he is foolish.
Durham has lines of people.
Toto loves the Wizard, but he’s afraid of flying monkeys.
The mayor is up. She’s beating T-Dub with the aquatic center.
She says downtown restaurant and retail are fragile.
We have good prospects for hospitality growth. Whoopee!
We’re spending $6M on libraries and $15M on parks per year.
The $350K worst case scenario cost overrun is bullshit.
Yvonne Johnson says kids need libraries and parks. We need the IGMFUPAC to keep kids here.
She cares deeply about poor people, but she’s a house negro.
Matt Brown taught poor kids to swim.
She wants our kids to experience default.
The Scarecrow says they are working hard.
He says all the businesses are leaving town because we don’t have a IGMFUPAC.
Jamal Fox is for it.
Hoffman says we’ve turned a corner. They’ve worked very hard.
Abuzuaiter wants the emails of the non-profit made public. The Scarecrow disagrees.
It passes 6-3. Not even close.
Hightower, Abuzuaiter and Wilkins voted no.