Rhondda Records logo 1
 
Rhondda Records Home Page
 
 
Rhondda Records Daily Cartoon
having a laugh - WITH the Rhondda !
 
 
Richard Gould's Page
Move over Titch Gwilym and Micky Gee, Richard Gould IS the new Welsh virtuoso
 
 
Efran Kaye's Page
The master of music, Efran Kaye is here!
 
 
Peace Page
A Page from the Rhondda dedicated to Peace
 
 
Peace Events Page
Some activities you just might like to aid Peace
 
 
Penrhys, Rhondda Page
A page telling the story of a unique magical village - Penrhys, in the Rhondda !
 
 
Rhondda History Page
A page to help those who want to know the Rhonddas past
 
 
Your Health Page
A page to help your health - be positive !
 
 
Jobs in the Arts Page
News of opportunities in drama, music, dance in Wales
 
 
Quotations Page
Words said in truth or jest
 
 
Rhondda Records' Top Ten Books Page
Great Thinkers point the way forward
 
 
One Union
A Page to help unity among working people
 
 
Glynbyerful Male (voice) Choir's Very Own Page
a choir from all the Glyns of the Rhondda for nutters
 
 
FOLK REVOLUTION
A Page for those who DO care about true folk
 
 
Poetry and Literature in Wales Page
Poetry and Literature in Wales
 
 
Welsh Recipes Page
Food to honour from Wales' tradition for now
 
 
Siarad Gwmraeg?
Welsh language News
 
 
Discussion Page
Let's open up and share (communicate)
 
 
Rhondda Records' Shop
Stuff yew cun buy, frwm the Rhondda, innit
 
 
Poet's Page
music and opinion from Wales' wandering poet.
 
 
Business Support
courses, seminars, advice, trends, jobs, help business & economy.
 
 

Peace Page


REQUIEM
Poet and Efran Kaye's tribute
to everyone killed in wars.

Bless the large numbers of Ethiopians,
the many good people in Indonesia, and
the folks of Russia, Greece and Egypt,
who are now playing it.




After the above incident, the USS Donald Cook
chose to immediately - and at full speed - move
 towards a port in Romania... where 27 shocked
 crew members asked for their own dismissal.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Top Polish Military Advisor "Completely
Withdraws" His Support for Kiev

General Skrzypczak, former head of Poland's Armed
 Forces, no longer supports military assistance and
 political support for Kiev because of the Kiev-coup
 Parliament's decision to honour OUN-UPA, who are
 World War Two Ukrainian ultra nationalists, who
slaughtered tens of thousands of Poles.

This article originally appeared at The New Cold War

A top military adviser and former head of Poland’s
 armed forces tells Gazeta Prawna news in Poland
 that he has “completely withdrawn” his previous
 views favoring providing more military assistance
 and political support to the government of Ukraine.

General Waldemar Skrzypczak spoke to the paper
 briefly on April 16th. On April 17th, Gazeta Prawna
is publishing a feature interview with him.

His change of view is prompted by a law, passed
 by Ukraine's Parliament on April 9th, glorifying
 World War Two collaborators with Nazi Germany.

 It follows an address to the Verkhovna Rada on
 April the 9th, by the Polish President, Bronislaw
 Komorowski, in which he voiced strong support
for Ukraine, including its military ambition to
 put down the pro-autonomy movement in the
 east of Ukraine.

Skrzypczak tells Gazeta Prawna:

 “A few hours later, Ukraine's parliament passed a
 law glorifying the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).
At this point, I realized Ukraine does not consider
 the Polish people. I’m talking of what happened
 in Volhynia, the slaughter of 100,000 Poles by
 the UPA [in 1943 and 1944]…

“The UPA murdered my uncle, nailing him with
forks to the barn door. From what I know, he
 died 3 days later. Their savagery was beyond
 human imagination. Nazi Germany did not
come up with what those Ukrainians were
 doing(…)

“I wonder what future the president of Ukraine,
Mr Poroshenko, is building for Ukraine. On a
foundation of bloodthirsty nationalism? This
 is terrible.

“It has long been said that Ukrainians should
get rid of nationalism, because if they don't,
collaboration with Poland will be very hard,
 in fact, impossible.”

General Skrzypczak is no pacifist, or friend of
Russia. Born in 1956, he was the commander
 of Polish Land Forces from 2006 to 2009.

Since September 2011, he's an adviser at the
 Polish Ministry of National Defence. In June
 2012, he became deputy minister of defence,
 responsible for armament and modernisation.
 In an August 2012 interview, he outlined his
 plans for a continuing & vast modernization
 and expansion of Poland’s military.



 ________________________________




American Exceptional Hypocracy
by Michelle Semet.

 This article appeared in full at
 Letters from Globistan

According to the official narrative, Americans
 are the reluctant enforcers of human rights as
 Putin recklessly pushes for nuclear war. In this
 latest revision, France & Germany reprise their
 roles as spineless and unprincipled allies who
 won't defend Ukrainian democracy, because
 of Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

To make the case that Russia is lurching towards
 diplomatic belligerence, much hay has been made
 regarding the revision of Russia’s military doctrine:

“Although the revised Russian military doctrine
 in December 2014, is not new in its allowance
 of tactical nuclear weapons in the case of a
 conventional attack that “threatens the very
 existence” of the Russian state, given the
 strengthening of Russia’s narrative on its
own perceived encirclement by NATO,

such threats are potentially open to
more
dangerous interpretation.”   
Sarah Lain,

 IB Times.

Feckless allegations and paranoid speculations
 re Putin’s motives are published as unassailable
 fact in prestigious media outlets, casting Russia
as the mustachio-twirling nuclear villain of our
fevered imaginations:

“Others want nuclear weapons not to freeze the
 status quo, but to change it. Russia has started
 to wield nuclear threats as an offensive weapon
in its strategy of intimidation.

 Its military exercises routinely stage dummy
nuclear attacks on such capitals as Warsaw
 and Stockholm. Mr Putin’s speeches contain
 veiled nuclear threats. Dmitry Kiselev, one of
 the Kremlin’s mouthpieces, has declared with
 relish that Russian nuclear forces could turn
 America into “radioactive ash”.
       The Economist.

“No one wants to acknowledge the truth: We
 won’t sell even defensive weapons to Ukraine
 because Russia is a nuclear power, & because
 Russia keeps reminding us of that fact. Last
month, Russia's government declared it had
put nuclear-capable missiles near Kaliningrad
 city, in striking range of Warsaw, Stockholm,
 and possibly Berlin. To underline the point, they
 also put a few more missiles in Crimea.

 During the last NATO summit, Russia suddenly
 decided to get out its nuclear weapons and
 “practice” loading them. During its 2009 military
 exercises, Russia also “practiced” a nuclear
strike on Warsaw. Of course these are bluffs &
 threats, designed to make everyone nervous.
 But because there is a sliver of a chance that
 Putin is crazy enough to kill millions of people,
they work.”               
   Anne Applebaum, Slate.

Pot Calling Kettle As America’s
Standard Operating Procedure

Buried under all the Russia & Putin hysteria
 lies the raging institutional hypocrisy that
 masquerades as American exceptionalism.
 Though it’s undeniable (and completely
 understandable) that Russia would be
willing to use nuclear weapons in the
defense of her borders and sovereignty,
 it's the US that has “officially” reserved
 the prerogative of a nuclear first strike.
 As former Assistant Treasury Secretary
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts explains:

“I pointed out years ago that the Bush regime
 had changed US war doctrine such that the
role of nuclear weapons was no longer
retaliatory to be used in the event of nuclear
 a attack on the US.  It was elevated to a
first strike position.  It is now our war

doctrine that we can initiate a nuclear war
on somebody we don’t like, or who we think
might not agree with us, or who we think
might be prepared to go to war against us. 
This doctrine applies to countries that do
 not have nuclear weapons.”

Unfortunately for the vast majority who rely
on mainstream media for their information,
 this reality is relentlessly obfuscated with
 provocative rhetoric and a disingenuous
 projection:

“It’s a curious reversal of roles: In the 1980s,
 the Soviet leadership was terrified that a
cowboy in the White House - someone who
was so nutty he made jokes about signing
 “legislation that will outlaw Russia forever”
 - might just flip a switch and send a missile.

 Nowadays, it’s we who fear the madmen in
foreign capitals, while our own large nuclear
arsenal goes unmentioned - unacknowledged
 by a Western political class that is frankly
 embarrassed that it still exists.”   
 Anne Applebaum, Slate

Given the real motives & documented objectives
 of American foreign policy, it is exceedingly clear
 that Russia’s true crime, is her all-too-real ability
 to defend herself on the world stage. How can
 American leaders accuse Russia of shameless
 nuclear intimidation when they openly advocate
 for the exclusive right of preemptive nuclear war
–even against nations without nuclear weapons?


________________________________



STOP KAGAN & NULAND NOW
says Robert Parry


Robert Parry, the American investigative journalist
who broke many Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s
 for the Associated Press and Newsweek, speaks
out now about Robert Kagan & Victoria Nuland &
 their hold on Obama, whose foreign policy seems
 to be outsourced to these ideologue-opportunists,
whose companies depend on wars..

According to Parry, the couple’s latest project is
to sink Minsk-2 and lay the ground for further US
 military-industrial-complex profiteering at the EU's
 expense and of the US itself, and peace in Europe.


How to sink Minsk-2

In another overheard conversation — in Munich,
 Germany — Nuland mocked the peace agreement
 as “Merkel’s Moscow thing,” German newspaper
 Bild says, citing unnamed sources, likely from the
 German government which may have bugged the
 conference room in the luxurious Bayerischer Hof
 hotel and then leaked the details.

Picking up on Nuland’s contempt for Merkel,
another US official called the Minsk-2 deal
the Europeans’ “Moscow bullshit.”

Nuland suggested that Merkel and Hollande
cared only about the practical impact of the
 Ukraine war on Europe: “They’re afraid of
damage to their economy, counter-sanctions
 from Russia.”

According to the Bild story, Nuland also
 laid out a strategy for countering Merkel’s
diplomacy by using strident language to
frame the Ukraine crisis.

“We can fight against the Europeans, we
 can fight with rhetoric against them,”
Nuland reportedly said.

NATO Commander Air Force General Philip
 Breedlove was quoted as saying that sending
 more weapons to the Ukrainian government
 would “raise the battlefield cost for Putin.”

 Nuland interjected to US politicians present
 that “I’d strongly urge you to use the phrase
 ‘defensive systems’ that we would deliver to
oppose Putin’s ‘offensive systems.’”

Nuland sounded determined to sink the Merkel-
Hollande peace initiative even though it was
 arranged by two major US allies and blessed by
 President Obama.

And, this week, the deal seems indeed to have
been blown apart by Nuland’s hand-picked PM
 Yatsenyuk, who inserted a poison pill into the
 legislation to implement the Minsk-2
political settlement.

The Ukrainian parliament in Kiev added a
clause that, in effect, requires the rebels
 to first surrender and let the Ukrainian
 government organize elections before a
 federalized structure is determined.

 Minsk-2 had called for dialogue with the
 representatives of the rebellious eastern
 territories en route to elections and the
establishment of broad autonomy for
the region.

Instead, reflecting Nuland’s hard-line position,
 Kiev refused to talks with the rebel leaders,
 & insisted on establishing control over these
territories before the process can move
 forward.

If the legislation stands, the result will almost
surely be a resumption of war between military
 forces backed by nuclear-armed Russia and the
 United States, a very dangerous development
 for the world.


_________________________________



If Downtown New York City Was Hit
 by ONE Modern Nuclear Weapon

Or downtown Moscow for that matter. Today's
nukes are deadlier than ever. Russia & the US
 have 700 800-kiloton deployed warheads each.

This article originally appeared at OpEdNews

What would happen if just one 800-kiloton nuclear
warhead was detonated above midtown Manhattan?

The Russians are reputed to have 10 such weapons
 trained on the city. And we threaten their cities in a
like manner. This chilling account was delivered at
a recent Caldicott Foundation 'For A Nuclear Free
 Future' conference held at the New York Academy
 of Medicine.

It is the work of 3 distinguished authorities on
 the subject.

By Steven Starr, Lynn Eden and Theodore A. Postol

(Lynn Eden is a member of the Security Board
 of "Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists" and a
 Senior Research Scholar & Associate Director
 for Research, at Stanford University's Centre
 for International Security and Cooperation.)

(Physicist Theodore Postol is Professor of
Science, Technology, and National Security
Policy at MIT. His expertise is in ballistics.)

(Steven Starr is Director of the University
 of Missouri's Clinical Laboratory Science
Program.)


Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles are
 believed to carry a total of approximately 1,000
 strategic nuclear warheads that can hit the US
less than 30 minutes after being launched.

 Of this total, about 700 warheads are rated at
 800 kilotons; that is, each has the explosive
 power of 800,000 tons of TNT. What follows
 is a description of the consequences of the
 detonation of a single such warhead over
midtown Manhattan, in the heart of NYC.

The initial fireball. The warhead would probably
 be detonated slightly more than a mile above the
 city, to maximize the damage created by its blast
wave. Within a few tenths of millionths of a second
 after detonation, the centre of the warhead would
 reach a temperature of roughly 200 million degrees
 Fahrenheit (about 100 million degrees Celsius), or
about 4 to 5 times the temperature at the centre
 of the sun.

A ball of superheated air would form, initiallly
 expanding outward, at millions of miles per
hour.  It would act like a fast-moving piston
on the surrounding air, compressing it at the
edge of the fireball & creating a shockwave
of vast size and power.

After 1 second, the fireball would be roughly
a mile in diameter. It would have cooled from
 its initial temperature of many millions of
degrees to about 16,000 degrees Fahrenheit
-- roughly 4,000 degrees hotter than the
surface of the sun.

On a clear day with average weather conditions,
 the enormous heat and light from the fireball
would almost instantly ignite fires over a total
 area of about 100 square miles.

Hurricane of fire. Within seconds after detonation,
fires set within a few miles of the fireball would
 burn violently. These fires would force gigantic
 masses of heated air to rise, drawing cooler air
from surrounding areas toward the centre of the
 fire zone, from all directions.

As massive winds drove flames into areas
where fires hadn't yet fully developed, fires
 set by the detonation would begin to merge.
Within tens of minutes of the detonation, fires
from near and far would join & have formed a
single, gigantic fire. The energy released by
 this mass fire would be 15 to 50 times greater
 than the energy produced by the nuclear
detonation.

The mass fire, or firestorm, would quickly increase
 in intensity, heating enormous volumes of air that
would rise at speeds approaching 300 miles per hour.
This chimney effect would pull cool air from outside
 the fire zone towards the centre of the fire at speeds
 of hundreds of miles per hour. These superheated
ground winds of more than hurricane force, would
 further intensify the fire. At the edge of the fire zone,
the winds would be powerful enough to uproot trees
three feet in diameter and suck people from outside
 the fire into it.

The inrushing winds would drive the flames from
 burning buildings horizontally along the ground,
 filling city streets with flames and firebrands,
 breaking in doors and windows, and causing
 the fire to jump, sometimes hundreds of feet,
swallowing anything not already violently
 combusting.

These above-hurricane-force ground winds
would have average air temperatures well
above the boiling point of water. The
area
targeted would be transformed into a
 huge hurricane of fire, producing a lethal
 environment throughout the entire fire zone.

Ground zero: Midtown Manhattan. The fireball
 would vaporize the structures directly below it
and produce an immense blast wave and high-
speed winds, crushing even heavily built concrete
 structures within a couple miles of ground zero.
The blast would tear apart high-rise buildings and
expose their contents to the solar temperatures;
 it would spread fires by exposing ignitable
surfaces, releasing flammable materials, and
 dispersing burning materials.

At the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station,
 the Chrysler Building, and St. Patrick's Cathedral,
about a half to three quarters of a mile from ground
 zero, light from the fireball would melt asphalt in the
 streets, burn paint off walls, and melt metal surfaces
 within a half second of the detonation. Roughly one
 second later, the blast wave and 750-mile-per-hour
 winds would arrive, flattening buildings and tossing
 burning cars into the air like leaves in a windstorm.
 Throughout Midtown, the interiors of vehicles and
 buildings in line of sight of the fireball would
explode into flames.

Slightly more than a mile from ground zero are
the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Midtown East,
and Lenox Hill, as well as the United Nations;
at this distance, for a split second the fireball
would shine 10,000 times brighter than a
desert sun at noon. All combustible materials
illuminated by the fireball would spew fire and
black smoke.

Grass, vegetation, and leaves on trees would
explode into flames; the surface of the ground
 would explode into superheated dust. Any
flammable material inside buildings (paper,
curtains, upholstery) directly exposed to the
 fireball would burst into flame. The surfaces
of the bronze statues in front of the UN would
melt; marble surfaces exposed to the fireball
would crack, pop, and possibly evaporate.

At this distance from the fireball, it would take
 about four seconds for the blast wave to arrive.
As it passed over, the blast wave would engulf
all structures & crush them; it would generate
 ferocious winds of 400 to 500 miles per hour
that would persist for a few seconds.

The high winds would tear structural elements
 from buildings and cause them to disintegrate
 explosively into smaller pieces. Some of these
 pieces would become destructive projectiles,
causing further damage. The superheated,
dust-laden winds would be strong enough to
overturn trucks and buses.

Two miles from ground zero, the Metropolitan
 Museum of Art, with all its magnificent historical
 treasures, would be obliterated. Two and a half
miles from ground zero, in Lower Manhattan, the
 East Village, and Stuyvesant Town, the fireball
would appear 2,700 times brighter than a desert
 sun at noon. There, thermal radiation would melt
and warp aluminum surfaces, ignite the tires of
 autos, and turn exposed skin to charcoal, before
 blast waves arrived & ripped apart the buildings.

Three to nine miles from ground zero. Midtown is
 bordered by the relatively wide Hudson and East
 rivers, and fires would start simultaneously in
 large areas on both sides of these waterways
(that is, in Queens and Brooklyn as well as
Jersey City and West New York). Although the
 direction of the fiery winds in regions near the
 river would be modified by the water, the overall
 wind pattern from these huge neighboring fire
zones would be similar to that of a single mass
 fire, with its centre at Midtown, Manhattan.

Three miles from ground zero, in Union City, New
 Jersey, and Astoria, Queens, the fireball would be
 as bright as 1,900 suns and deliver more than five
 times the thermal energy deposited at the peri-
meter of the mass fire at Hiroshima. In Greenpoint,
Brooklyn & in the Civic Centre of Lower Manhattan,
clothes worn by people in the direct line of sight of
 the fireball would burst into flames or melt, and
uncovered skin would be charred, causing third-
degree and fourth-degree burns.

It would take 12 to 14 seconds for the blast wave
 to travel three miles after the fireball's initial flash
of light. At this distance, the blast wave would last
for about three seconds and be accompanied by
winds of 200 to 300 miles per hour. Residential
structures would be destroyed; high-rises would
 be at least heavily damaged.

Fires would rage everywhere within five miles of
 ground zero. At a distance of 5.35 miles from the
 detonation, the light flash from the fireball would
 deliver twice the thermal energy experienced at
 the edge of the mass fire at Hiroshima. In Jersey
 City and Cliffside Park & in Woodside in Queens,
 on Governors Island and in Harlem, the light and
heat to surfaces would approximate that created
 by 600 desert suns at noon.

Wind speed at this distance would be 70 to 100
miles per hour. Buildings of heavy construction
 would suffer little structural damage, but all
exterior windows would be shattered, and non-
supporting interior walls and doors would be
severely damaged or blown down. Black smoke
 would effuse from wood houses as the paint
 burned off surfaces and furnishings ignited.

6 to 7 miles from ground zero, from Moonachie,
New Jersey, to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, from
Yankee Stadium to Corona, Queens and Crown
Heights, Brooklyn, the fireball would appear
 300 times brighter than the desert sun at noon.
 Anyone in the direct light of the fireball would
suffer 3rd degree burns to their exposed skin.
The firestorm could engulf neighborhoods as
far as seven miles away from ground zero,
since these outlying areas would receive the
 same amount of heat as did the areas at the
 edge of the mass fire at Hiroshima.

Nine miles from ground zero, in Hackensack,
Bayonne, and Englewood, New Jersey, as well
as in Richmond Hill, Queens, and Flatlands,
 Brooklyn, the fireball would be about 100 times
 brighter than the sun, bright enough to cause first-
 and second-degree burns to those in line of sight.
About 36 seconds after the fireball, the shockwave
 would arrive and knock out all the windows, along
 with many interior building walls and some doors.

No survivors. Within tens of minutes, everything
 within approximately 5-7 miles of Mid Manhattan
 would be engulfed by a gigantic firestorm. The
fire zone would cover a total area of 90 to 152
 square miles (230 to 389 square kilometers).
The firestorm would rage for three to six hours.
Air temperatures in the fire zone would likely
average 400 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (200
 to 260 Celsius).

After the fire burned out, the street pavement
would be so hot, that even tracked vehicles
 could not pass over it for days. Buried and
unburned material from collapsed buildings
throughout the fire zone, could burst into
flames when exposed to air -- months after
 the firestorm had ended.

Those who tried to escape through the streets
 would have been incinerated by the hurricane-
force winds filled with firebrands and flames.
 Even those able to find shelter in the lower-
level sub-basements of massive buildings
 would likely suffocate from fire-generated
 gases or be cooked alive as their shelters
 heated to oven-like conditions.

The fire would extinguish all life and destroy
 almost everything else. Tens of miles down-
wind of the area of immediate destruction,
 radioactive fallout would begin to arrive
within a few hours of the detonation.

But that, is another story.



____________________________________



Sixty-Six Years Ago on April 4th,
NATO Began its War Program

by Danielle Ryan

On April 4th, 1949, NATO consolidated itself
 into an alliance, whose only purpose, is to
 arm the world against Russia.

About three and a half months later, on July 26,
 Senator Bob Taft, the son of President W H Taft,
made a speech explaining why he voted against
its establishment.

It’s clear now, that he could foresee what those
 blinded by triumphalism & ideology couldn’t see.
 He was no apologist for communism or the USSR,
but he knew that a military pact against Russia
was a provocative act --- and one more likely to
lead to aggression and insecurity, than peace
and stability.

This is “not a peace program, it is a war program,”
 he said.

“…the treaty is a part of a much larger program by
 which we arm all these nations against Russia. A
 joint military program has already been made. It thus
 becomes an offensive and defensive military alliance
 against Russia. I believe our foreign policy should be
 aimed primarily at security and peace, and I believe
 such an alliance is more likely to produce war, than
 peace.”

“A third world war would be the greatest tragedy
 the world has ever suffered. Even if we won the war,
 we -- this time -- would probably suffer tremendous
 destruction, our economic system would be crippled,
 and we would lose our liberties and free system just
as the 2nd World War destroyed the free systems of
Europe. It might easily destroy civilization on this
 earth…”

Taft could see the Russian perspective clearly
-- without necessarily agreeing with it -- and he
 understood that it ought not be disregarded
 out of hand -- the de rigueur starting point in
 Washington today.

“If we undertake to arm all the nations around Russia
-- from Norway on the north, to Turkey on the south --
 and Russia sees itself ringed about gradually by so-
called defensive arms from Norway and Denmark to
Turkey and Greece, it may form a different opinion.
It may decide that the arming of western Europe,
regardless of its present purpose, looks to an
attack on Russia. Its view may be unreasonable,
and I think it is. But from the Russian standpoint
it may not seem unreasonable.”

“How would we feel if Russia undertook to arm
a country on our border; Mexico, for instance?”

Taft went on to argue that there would be only “one
 real hope” for peace in the world. It would be an
 “association of nations building itself to abide by a
 law governing nations and administered by a court
of legal justice”. Such a judicial finding “must not
be subject to veto by any nation”, he said.

3 years earlier, the United Nations had been
 founded. Taft regarded the young UN as an
 organisation looking in the right direction,
but one that was deeply flawed.

As his predictions on NATO turned out to be true
and justified, so too did his criticism of the United
 Nations. The UN veto power, held by five nations,
 has added to its ineffectiveness as a supposedly
 diplomatic and democratic organisation.

There may be some debate to be had about the
 legitimacy of a veto power --- but add to those
 criticisms Washington’s complete disregard for the
 UN Security Council, and you have an organisation
 which is essentially useless --- because one of its
members operates outside its bounds, at all times.

While the UN these days rarely serves anyone well,
NATO serves the interests of only 1 of its members.

Finally, on NATO, Taft said:

“… as set up, it is a step backward — a military
 alliance of the old type where we have to come to
 each others’ assistance, no matter who's to blame
and with ourselves, the judges of the law.“

66 years later and NATO still exists, as many
 have argued, for no good reason; to counteract
threats which are either imagined or which only
exist because NATO itself exists. Or worse, to
lend legitimacy to the geopolitical whims of its
 only beneficiary.


This article originally appeared at Journalitico


__________________________



Robert Parry: Ukraine's poison pill for Minsk-2

The Ukrainian government is doing everything
 possible to disrupt the Minsk-2 arrangements.

 Ukraine may thus expand the geography of the
 civil war in the Donbass, while the United States
and Russia may approach the line behind which
 nuclear war may start, Robert Parry, a journalist
known for his  investigative reports, believes.

According to him, recent legislative decisions
by the Verkhovna Rada, have now poisoned
 the Minsk-2 agreements.

With its "legislative" work, Kiev's parliament
 has ruined the peace initiatives by European
  politicians trying to stop the bloodshed in
eastern Ukraine.

 There's another round of the bloody conflict
in store for Donbass, he says, and Ukraine's
MPs will do nothing except accuse Russia
and President Putin, for the blood shed.

The civil war was expected to finally end,
if Kiev agreed to grant 'special status' to
the two breakaway regions of Ukraine.

 However, after the "fruitful" work by the
 US-backed parliament, the value of this
 "special status" has been reduced to nil,
Pravda.Ru says.

Kiev says the People's Republics of Donetsk
and Luhansk will have to hold new elections
-- under Kiev's control -- if they want "special
status" for themselves. The elections would
have to be conducted after full capitulation
by the militia forces, as elections would not
take account of any frontline between the
  two sides.

Vadim Karasyov, director of the independent
Institute of Global Strategies --- in Kiev:

 "Ukraine won't go along with any legalization
 of those so-called people's republics. We need
 them to be dismantled," the Christian Science
 Monitor reports.

The leaders of Donetsk and Luhansk republics
have protested the decision by Ukraine's Rada.
 They note that it is contrary to both the letter
 and spirit of the Minsk agreements:
 
"We agreed to "special status" for the territories
 of our republics and a renewed, united Ukraine,
 although all our people want full independence.

 "We took this step to stop the bloodshed and the
 fratricidal war. Now we can clearly see that the
 Ukrainian authorities need the peace talks only
to further prepare for a new phase of the war."

It remains to add that Kiev's MPs are unlikely
 to have taken such "poisonous" solutions --
without the support of American "hawks,"
such as Victoria Nuland.
 
Those hawks put pressure on Poroshenko,
 Merkel and Hollande, taking the world to
 the brink of a possible nuclear war,
Robert Parry writes.


______________________________



Russian Intelligence Saved
                 Yanukovych's Life, says Putin               
 
 Russian President Vladimir Putin says
he ordered the Russian intelligence

services to save ousted Ukrainian
president Viktor Yanukovych, as his
death
was an objective of the coup.

Putin says that, from the beginning,
the coup plan and the elimination of
Yanukovych in an attack, was clear.

"There were reasons to believe they would
 simply eliminate him", says the President,
 to explain an order he gave security forces
during the coup of February 22nd, in 2014.

The information received, indicated that
the coup leaders were prepared to not
just capture Yanukovich, but physically
 eliminate him, as this was simply more
 'convenient' for the coup, says Putin.

According to President Putin, subsequent
events detected by the Kremlin's security
services, only confirmed this.

Andrei Kondrashov's documentary, which
contains Putin's words, on Rossiya 1, has
created quite a stir in Russia and abroad.

Referring to the documentary 'Crimea.
Return
to the Motherland', the spokes-
person for the
Commissioner for
Foreign and Security Policy
of the EU,
Maja Kocijancic, criticizes Russia.


'We are aware of the shooting of this
film, but
what matters is that we have
condemned -- and
will condemn -- the
accession of Crimea and
Sevastopol"
she says.


_________________________


US Private Military Companies
Used for Arms
Supplies to Ukraine

CyberBerkut, Ukrainian hackers set up to fight neo-
fascism, nationalism and power abuse in Ukraine,
 has gained access to files on the mobile device of
 the Green Group PMC (private military company)
 official who recently visited Kiev as a member of
 a US military delegation. It made the materials
public on February 27th using its website
 (http://cyber-berkut.org/).

Green Group is a US private military company
 founded in 2007 with headquarters in Edmond,
 Oklahoma. It has a European branch in Tbilisi.

The company is licensed with the US Department
 of State and the State Department. CyberBerkut
 posted the documents to open access along with
 the Green Group advertisement. Two letters from
 Gregg Holmes, CEO of the PMC, to the Ukrainian
 Armed Forces' Chief of Staff, Muzhenko, became
 public domain. One of them, written in Ukrainian
 and dated February 15, 2015 (the Minsk deal was
 signed on February 12) is worth citing.

"As you know, the United States is in contact with
 NATO partners on lethal arms supplies to Ukraine.
 There has been no mutual understanding reached
 so far. As I am informed by my friends in the State
 Department and the Pentagon, the United States
 is going to increase pressure on European allies."

 "During recent consultations with the Ministry of
 Foreign Affairs of France the US State Department
 team insisted on expediting the procedures for
 delivering anti-tank systems and heavy weapons
 to Ukraine's military. The United States believes
 lethal arms will stop the advance of separatists
 in Ukraine and prevent them from approaching
 the administrative border of the Luhansk and
 Donetsk regions.

"According to US government estimates, the use
 of up-to-date weapons by Ukraine's military will
inevitably inflict heavy losses upon Russian
 volunteers fighting in the terrorists ranks. It
will
be impossible to hide the heavy casualties."

 "In its turn, this information will cause tension
 in Russia and spur the emergence of anti-war
 movements to organize mass protests against
 the current Russian government."

"No matter the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 always supports the White house initiatives, the
 Government of France is hardly happy with our
 proposals. President Francois Hollande is not
ready to drastically change his Ukraine policy
but the US State Department came up with a
bright idea. The weapons will be delivered to

“volunteers” fighting for Ukraine or operatives
 of Western private military companies, with
great experience of using the weapons and
 equipment. Green Group is ready at any time
 to provide Ukraine's military with volunteers
 -- in sufficient numbers."

"The US government believes France could
 at least make a financial contribution, with
money transferred from the French Foreign
Ministry to State Department accounts, to
hide
the real purpose it is allocated for."

"It's known that the Ukraine-U.S. Joint Commission
 is responsible for arms supplies. A document of the
 US European Command (Eucom) contains a proposal
 to deliver lethal arms to Ukraine allocating $75 mn
for the purpose."

"The package includes Javelin
anti-armor missiles,
different kinds of light weapons,
miscellaneous
equipment and individual protection
kits. $2
million is to be spent on the Maidan network."


Another Eucom document mentions ammunition,
including grenades. $45 million is to be allocated
 for the training of Ukraine’s military, first of all,
the special forces.

The arms will be transferred within the frame-
work of the Joint Multinational Training Group
– a program in accordance with the Ukraine
/U.S. Joint Commission.

Perhaps the purpose of the Green Group’s mission
 was to get acquainted with the Ukraine’s military
 requirements and observe the situation on spot.

 The documents show that the US assessments
are a bit different from what Ukraine asked for.
 The US offers to make it a much bigger deal. For
 instance, Green Group proposes to increase the
 number of robotic systems, and includes 9,000
 optical devices. Communication systems top
 the list, while Ukrainians give priority to drones.

According to the documents, Kiev started talks
 on weapons supplies, no later than mid-2014.

 The Ukraine-U.S. Joint Commission (its next
 session is slated for May or June 2015)...
serves as a cover.

 The US does not trust Ukrainians with making
 assessments of their needs. This mission will
be undertaken by private contractors. They
will also take part in combat actions and
work as consultants and trainers.

Green Group is not the only private military
company hired by the Pentagon and State
 Department to provide arms to Ukraine.

According to media, at least 3-4000 people
 employed by defense contractors, operate
in Ukraine. The decision is not taken at a
 political level but this doesn't prevent the
 organizers of military supplies from doing
their job.


______________________________________________________

'USA: Through Rough Ways to the Wars'
by Francis Boyle;
recommended reading:

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/
27-02-2015/129921-usa_rough_ways_wars-0/

_______________________________________________________


US president’s decision to prolong anti-Russian
 sanctions far-fetched - analysts

US President Barack Obama’s decision to prolong
the operation of anti-Russian sanctions on Ukraine
 for one year, by no means reflects the situation in
 Ukraine --- and their sole effect will be a further
worsening of bilateral relations, experts say.

Obama on Wednesday extended the operation
 of sanctions against Russia, imposed on March
 6th, 16th and 20th, 2014, to affect a number of
 Russian companies and individuals, former
 members of the ousted president, Viktor
 Yanukovich’s government, and leaders of
 Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

 The sanctions of December 19, 2014, taken
against the Crimean economy, will stay, too.

Obama claims that the situation in Ukraine
remains extraordinary and constitutes "an
unusual and extraordinary threat to the
national security and foreign policy of the
 United States."

President of the International Centre for
Geopolitical Analysis, Leonid Ivashov:

 "When he says that he has made a decision
 to prolong the anti-Russian sanctions on the
 excuse there is a threat to US foreign policy
Obama is right, in that the restoration of
peace to the east of Ukraine would run
counter to Washington’s strategic plans
for tearing Ukraine away from Russia.

" When they were steering the events in Kiev
 towards a change of power, US Department
 of State emissaries certainly pursued an aim
very different from the situation achieved,
where Normandy Quartet leaders would push
 Washington aside to achieve implementation
 of the peace accords concluded in Minsk on
February 12th."

"Obama’s decision to prolong anti-Russian
sanctions fully reflects the United States’
wish to keep the war in Ukraine going,
because this war is against Russia.

"Washington has no intention of letting the
 European Union leaders settle the situation
 in the east of Ukraine. Otherwise Obama’s
already unimpressive rating would sink to
 new lows," Ivashov believes.

"In reality the process of ceasefire & pull-
back of heavy armaments in the east of
Ukraine is continuing. Unlike the Ukrainian
armed forces, the Donetsk and Luhansk
militias have followed the Minsk accords
to the letter, for which, Moscow can take
some credit.

"It should be obvious to US and EU leaders
that the self-proclaimed republics are by
no means interested in an escalation of
violence: the economy is in ruins, there
are no jobs, and no funds are available
to pay wages and salaries.

 But the West avoids putting proper pressure
on Kiev, to make it comply with the Minsk
accords, while the US puts the blame for
this, on Russia, and extends
sanctions...
which is utterly dissonant with
the real
state of affairs," Ivashov says.


A deputy director of the Institute of US and
Canada Studies, Viktor Kremenyuk, remarks
that unlike the German and French leaders,
 the US president is in no mood to take a
milder line towards Moscow.

"Regrettably, the Obama-Putin mechanism
 does not work.

"It is deplorable that the US president  turned
 a deaf ear to a message about the possibility
 of easing the food embargo. President Vladimir
 Putin’s spokesperson said that Russia might
 resume importing farm produce from Europe
 and the United States, on the condition that
Western companies began investing in the
 construction of processing facilities.

 Regrettably, that constructive message
resulted in a prolongation of sanctions
 against Russia," Kremenyuk says.

"I believe the US president may reconsider
 his stance re the anti-Russian sanctions,
 if German Chancellor Angela Merkel and
Francois Hollande, as well as the heads of
the OSCE mission in Ukraine, provide certain
guarantees that hostilities in the east of the
country will not resume. None of them has
been able to assume such a responsibility
...so far," Kremenyuk ends.


_________________________



Nuclear War and Clashing Ukraine Narratives
By Robert Parry

America and Russia have two nearly opposite
 narratives on Ukraine, which is more an indictment
of the US news media, which feigns objectivity, but
 disseminates what amounts to propaganda. These
 divergent narratives are driving the world towards
 a possible nuclear crisis, writes Robert Parry.

The US government and mainstream media are
 swaggering to a possible nuclear confrontation
 with Russia over Ukraine, without any of the
seriousness that has informed this sort of
decision-making throughout the nuclear age.
 Instead, Official Washington seems possessed
 by a self-righteous goofiness that could be
the prelude to the end of life on this planet.

Nearly across the US political spectrum, there is
 a pugnacious “group think” which has changed
 what should have been a manageable political
dispute in Ukraine into some morality play where
US politicians and pundits blather on about how
 the nearly year-old coup regime in Kiev “shares
 our values” and how America must be prepared
 to defend this regime militarily.

Though I’m told that President Barack Obama
 personally recognizes how foolhardy this attitude
 is, he has made no significant move to head off
 the craziness and, indeed, has tolerated
provocative actions by his underlings, such as
 neocon Assistant Secretary of State Victoria
 Nuland’s scheming with coup plotters to over-
throw Ukraine’s elected President, Viktor
Yanukovych, last February.

Obama also has withheld from the American people
 intelligence information that undercuts some of the
 more extreme claims that his administration has
 made. For instance, I’m told that he has detailed
 intelligence reports on both the mysterious sniper
 attack that preceded the putsch nearly a year ago
 and the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines Flights
17 that deepened the crisis last summer. But he
 won’t release the findings.

More broadly over the last year, Obama’s behavior –
 ranging from his initial neglect of the Ukraine issue,
 as Nuland’s coup plotting unfolded, to his own
 participation in the tough talk, such as boasting
 during his State of the Union address that he had
 helped put the Russian economy “in tatters” –
 ranks as one of the most irresponsible
 performances by a US president.

Given the potential stakes of nuclear war, none
of the post-World War II presidents behaved as
 recklessly as Obama has, which now includes
 allowing administration officials to talk loosely
 about sending military support to an unstable
regime in Kiev that includes neo-Nazis who
have undertaken death-squad operations
against ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.

US Gen. Philip Breedlove,
NATO'S Commander,
declared last November that – on supplying
military support to Kiev's government –
“nothing at this time is off the table.”

 Breedlove is now pushing actively to send
lethal US military equipment to fend off an
offensive by ethnic Russians in the east.

I’m told the Russians fear that US officials
are contemplating placing Cruise missiles in
Ukraine, or otherwise introducing advanced
weaponry that Moscow regards as a direct
threat to its national security. Whether or not
 the Russians are being alarmist, these fears
 are affecting their own decision-making.

None of the nuclear-age presidents – not Harry
 Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy,
 Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford,
 Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush,
 Bill Clinton or even George W. Bush - would have
 engaged in such provocative actions on Russia’s
 borders, though some surely behaved aggressively
 in overthrowing governments and starting wars
 farther away.

Even Ronald Reagan, an aggressive Cold Warrior,
 kept his challenges to the Soviet Union in areas
 that were far less sensitive to its national security
 than Ukraine. He may have supported slaughtering
 leftists in Central America and Africa, or armed
 Islamic fundamentalists fighting a Soviet-backed
 government in Afghanistan, but he recognized the
 insanity of a military showdown with Moscow in
Eastern Europe.

After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, US
 presidents became more assertive, pushing
 NATO into the former Warsaw Pact nations
 and, under President Clinton, bombing a
Russian ally in Serbia, but that came at a
 time when Russia was essentially flat on
 its back, geopolitically.

Perhaps the triumphalism of that period is
still alive, especially among neocons who
 reject President Vladimir Putin’s reassertion
 of Russia’s national pride. These Washington
 hardliners still feel they can treat Moscow
 with disdain, ignoring the fact that Russia
 maintains a formidable nuclear arsenal and
 isn't willing to return to the supine position
 of the 1990s.

In 2008, President George W. Bush – arguably
one of the most reckless presidents of the era
– backed away from a confrontation with Russia
when Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili,
 a neocon favorite, drew the Russians into a
border conflict over South Ossetia. Despite
 some war talk from the likes of Vice President
 Dick Cheney and Sen. John McCain,
President Bush showed relative restraint.

Imbalanced Narrative

But Obama has failed to rein in his administration’s
 war hawks and has done nothing to correct the
 biased narrative his State Department has fed
 to an equally irresponsible mainstream US news
 media. Since the Ukraine crisis began in fall of
 2013, the New York Times and other major US
 news outlets have provided only one side of the
 story, openly supporting the interests of pro-
European western Ukrainians, over the ethnic
Russian eastern Ukrainians.

The bias is so strong that the mainstream media
 has largely ignored the remarkable story of the
Kiev regime willfully dispatching Nazi storm
 troopers to kill ethnic Russians in the east,
 something that hasn’t happened in Europe
 since World War II.

For Western news organizations that are quick
 to note the slightest uptick in neo-Nazism in
Europe, there has been a willful blindness to
 Kiev’s premeditated use of what amount
to Nazi death squads undertaking house-to
-house killings in eastern Ukraine.
[See Consortiumnews.com’s
“Seeing No Neo-Nazi
Militias in Ukraine.”]

Russia's government has repeatedly protested
these death-squad operations and other crimes
 committed by the Kiev regime, but the US
 mainstream media is so in the tank for western
 Ukrainians that it has suppressed this aspect
of the crisis, typically burying references to
the neo-Nazi militias at the end of stories... or
dismissing accounts as “Russian propaganda.”

With this ugly reality hidden from the US public,
 Obama’s State Department has been able to
present a white-hat-vs.-black-hat narrative
to the crisis. So, while the Russians saw a
constitutionally elected government on their
 border overthrown by a US-backed coup last
February – and then human rights atrocities
 inflicted on ethnic Russians in east Ukraine
 – the American people heard only about
wonderful pro-American “reformers” in Kiev
and the evil pro-Russian “minions” trying to
 destroy “democracy” at Putin’s bidding.

This distorted American narrative represents
 one of the most unprofessional & dangerous
 performances in the history of modern US
 journalism, rivaling the false conventional
 wisdom about Iraq’s WMD --- except in this
case the media propaganda is aimed at a
country in Russia that really does have
 weapons of mass destruction.

The Russians also have noted the arrival of
 financially self-interested Americans, including
 Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden
 and Ukraine’s new Finance Minister Natalie
 Jaresko, reminding the Russians of American
 financial experts who descended on Moscow
with their “shock therapy” in the 1990s, with
 “reforms” that enriched a few well-connected
 oligarchs, but impoverished millions of
average Russians.

Ukraine’s Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko.

Jaresko, a former US diplomat who took Ukraine
 citizenship in December 2014 to become Finance
 Minister, had been in charge of a US-taxpayer-
financed $150 million Ukrainian investment fund
 involving substantial insider dealings, including
 paying a management firm that Jaresko created
 more than $1 million a year in fees, even as the
$150 million apparently dwindled to less than
$100 million.

Jaresko also has been involved in a two-year-long
 legal battle with her ex-husband to gag him from
 releasing information about apparent irregularities
 in the handling of the US money. Jaresko went
 into Chancery Court in Delaware to enforce a
 non-disclosure clause against her ex-husband,
 Ihor Figlus, and got a court order to silence him.

This week, when I contacted George Pazuniak,
Figlus’s lawyer about Jaresko’s aggressive
enforcement of the non-disclosure agreement,
 he told me that “at this point, it’s very difficult
 for me to say very much without having a
detrimental effect on my client.”

With Jaresko now hailed as a Ukrainian
 “reformer” who – in the words of New York
Times’ columnist Thomas L. Friedman –
 “shares our values,” one has to wonder why
 she has fought so hard to shut up her ex-
husband regarding possible revelations about
the improper handling of US taxpayer money.
 [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Ukraine’s
Made-in-USA Finance Minister.”]

More Interested Parties

The Russians also looked askance at the
 appointment of Estonian Jaanika Merilo as
the latest foreigner to be brought inside the
 Ukrainian government as a “reformer.”
 Merilo, a Jaresko associate, is being put in
charge of attracting foreign investments but
 her photo spreads look more like someone
 interested in some rather kinky partying.
(Photos show her dressed in skimpy tights
with a knife held provocatively)

The Russians are aware, too, of prominent
Americans encircling the potential plunder
 of Ukraine. For instance, Hunter Biden was
named to the board of directors of Burisma
 Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas firm.
Burisma is also a shadowy Cyprus-based
company linked to Privat Bank.

Privat Bank is controlled by thuggish billionaire
 oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky, who was appointed
 by Kiev's regime to be Dnipropetrovsk governor
  Oblast, in a south-central province of Ukraine.

Kolomoysky has helped finance the paramilitary
 forces killing ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.

And Burisma has been lining up well-connected
 lobbyists, some with ties to Secretary of State
John Kerry, including Kerry’s former Senate
chief of staff David Leiter, according to lobby
disclosures. As Time magazine reported,
“Leiter’s involvement in the firm, rounds out
a power-packed team of politically-connected
Americans that includes a second new board
member, Devon Archer, a Democratic bundler
and a former adviser to John Kerry’s 2004
presidential campaign. Both Archer and
Hunter Biden have worked as business
 partners with Kerry’s son-in-law, Christopher
 Heinz, founding partner of Rosemont Capital,
 a private-equity company.”
[See Consortiumnews.com’s
“The Whys Behind the Ukraine Crisis.”]

So, Russians have a decidedly different view
 of Ukraine's “reforms” than much of the US
 media does. But I’m told that Russians would
 be willing to tolerate these well-connected
 Americans enriching themselves in Ukraine,
 and even Ukraine expanding its economic
 relations with the European Union.

But Russians have drawn a red line at the
 prospect of an expansion of NATO forces
 into Ukraine, and the continued killing of
ethnic Russians at the hands of neo-Nazi
 death squads. Putin is demanding that
those paramilitary forces be disarmed.

Besides unleashing these right-wing militias
on the ethnic Russians, the Kiev government
 has moved to punish the people living in the
 eastern sectors by cutting off access to banks
 & other financial services. It also has become
 harder & more dangerous for ethnic Russians
 to cross into territory controlled by the Kiev
 authorities. Many are turned back and those
who do get through, face the risk of being
taken and killed by the neo-Nazi militias.

These conditions have left the people in the
Donetsk and Luhansk areas - the so-called
Donbass region bordering Russia - dependent
 on relief supplies from Russia. Meanwhile, the
Kiev regime - pumped up by the prospects of
 weapons from Washington, as well as more
 money - has toughened its tone, with vows
 to crush the eastern rebellion once & for all.

Russia’s Hardening Line

The worsening situation in the east and the fear
 of US military weapons arriving in the west have
 prompted a shift in Moscow’s view of Ukraine's
 crisis, including a readiness to resupply ethnic
 Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and even
provide military advisers.

These developments alarm European leaders who
 find themselves caught in the middle of a possible
 conflict between the United States and Russia.
 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French
 President Francois Hollande rushed to Kiev and
then Moscow this week, to discuss possible
ways
to defuse the crisis.

The hardening Russian position now seeks, in effect,
 a division of Ukraine into 2 autonomous zones, the
 east and the west with a central government that
 maintains the currency and handles other national
 concerns. But I’m told that Moscow might still
 accept the earlier idea of a federated Ukraine with
 greater self-governance by the different regions.

Putin also does not object to Ukraine building
closer economic ties to Europe and he offered
 a new referendum in Crimea, on whether the
 voters still want to secede from Ukraine and
 join Russia, said a source familiar with the
Kremlin’s thinking. But Putin’s red lines also
include no NATO expansion into Ukraine and
protection for ethnic Russians by disarming
the neo-Nazi militias, the source said.

If such an arrangement or something similar isn’t
 acceptable, and if the killing of ethnic Russians
 continues, the Kremlin would support a large-
scale military offensive from the east that would
 involve “taking Kiev,” according to the source.

A Russian escalation of that magnitude, would
 likely invite a vigorous US response, with leading
 American politicians and pundits sure to ratchet
 up demands for a military counterstrike against
Russia. If Obama were to acquiesce to such
 bellicosity – to avoid being called “weak” – the
 world could be pushed to the brink of nuclear war.

Who’s to Blame?

Though the State Department and the mainstream
 US media continue to put all the blame on Russia,
the fact that the Ukraine crisis has reached such
 a dangerous crossroads reveals how reckless the
 behavior of Official Washington has been over the
 past year.

Nuland and other US officials took an internal
Ukrainian disagreement over how quickly it
should expand ties to Europe – while seeking
 to retain its historic relations with Russia –
and turned that fairly pedestrian political
 dispute into a possible flashpoint for a
 nuclear war.

At no time, as this crisis has evolved over the
 past year, did anyone of significance in Official
 Washington, whether in government or media,
stop and contemplate whether this issue was
worth risking the end of life on the planet.
Instead, all the American people have been
 given is a steady diet of anti-Yanukovych
 and anti-Putin propaganda.

Though constitutionally elected, Yanukovych
 was depicted as a corrupt tyrant who had a
pricy sauna in his official mansion. Though
 Putin had just staged the Winter Olympics
 in Sochi, signaling his desire for Russia to
 integrate more with the West, he was
portrayed as either a new-age imperial
czar or the second coming of Hitler - if
not worse - because he occasionally
would ride on a horse while not wearing
a shirt.

Further, US news media refused to conduct
 a serious investigation into evidence that
Nuland and other US officials had helped
destabilize Yanukovych’s government,
 with the goal of achieving another neo-
con “regime change.”

Nuland, who personally urged on anti-Yanukovych
 protests in Kiev, discussed with US Ambassador
 to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, in early February 2014
 who should lead the new government – “Yats is
 the guy,” she said, referring to Arseniy Yatsenyuk
 – and how to “glue this thing.”

After weeks of mounting tensions & worsening
 violence, the coup occurred on Feb. 22, 2014,
when well-organized neo-Nazi and other right-
wing militias from western Ukraine, overran
 presidential buildings forcing officials to flee
for their lives. With Yanukovych ousted,
Yatsenyuk soon became Prime Minister.
 [See Consortiumnews.com’s
“When Is a Putsch a Putsch.”]

Many ethnic Russians in southern and eastern
 Ukraine, who'd strongly supported Yanukovych,
 refused to accept the US-backed order in Kiev.

 Crimean officials and voters moved to secede
 from Ukraine and rejoin Russia, a move that
Putin accepted because of Crimea’s historic
ties to Russia and his fear that Russia's naval
 base at Sevastopol might be handed to NATO.

The resistance spread to eastern Ukraine,
 where other ethnic Russians took up arms
against the coup regime in Kiev, which then
responded with what it calls an “anti-terrorist
 operation” against the east. To bolster the
weak Ukrainian army, Internal Affairs Minister
 Arsen Avakov dispatched neo-Nazi and other
 “volunteer” militias to spearhead the attacks.

After the deaths of more than 5,000 people, a
 shaky cease-fire was announced in September,
 but - amid complaints about neo-Nazi death
squads operating in government-controlled
areas and with life deteriorating in the rebel-
controlled towns and cities - ethnic Russians
 launched an offensive in January, using
 Russian-supplied weapons to expand their
control of territory.

In reaction, US pundits, including columnists
 and editors of the New York Times and the
 Washington Post, called for dispatching US
aid to the Kiev forces, including proposals for
 lethal weaponry to deter Putin’s “aggression.”
 Members of Congress and members of the
Obama administration have joined the chorus.

On Feb. 2, the New York Times reported “With
 Russian-backed separatists pressing their
attacks in Ukraine, NATO’s military commander,
Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, now supports providing
 defensive weapons and equipment to Kiev’s
 beleaguered forces, & an array of administration
 and military officials appear to be edging toward
that position, American officials said… President
 Obama has made no decisions on providing such
 lethal assistance.”

That same day, the lead Times editorial was entitled
 “Mr. Putin Resumes His War” and continued with the
 theme about “Russian aggression” and the need “to
 increase the cost” if Russia demands “a permanent
 rebel-held enclave.”

On Feb. 3, the Washington Post ran an editorial
 entitled “Help for Ukraine. Defensive weapons
could deter Russia in a way sanctions won’t.”
 The editorial concluded that Putin “will stop
only if the cost to his regime is sharply raised
 – and quickly.”

A new war fever gripped Washington and no one
 wanted to be viewed as “soft” or be denounced
 as a “Putin apologist.” Amid this combination of
 propaganda, confusion and tough-guy-ism – and
 lacking the tempering wisdom about war and
nuclear weapons that restrained earlier US
 presidents – a momentum lurched toward a
nuclear showdown over Ukraine that could
 put all life on earth in jeopardy.

By Robert Parry, consortiumnews.com



________________________________




KILLING RUSSIANS OK FOR OBAMA


Barack Obama wants to continue the program
 that George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and G.W. Bush,
 worked on before him, to surround Russia with
NATO missiles. The takeover of Ukraine, and the
 enlistment of the Arabic oil sheikhs in assisting
 further to turn the screws against Russia, are
key components in doing that: crushing Russia’s
 resistance to American domination.

Whereas, for FDR, the alliance with Sunni Islam
 was purely anti-communist, against the Soviet
Union, the US Presidents after 1980, were and
are, anti-Russian, and it's nothing whatsoever
 to do with ideology. The US aristocracy intend
 to dominate the aristocracy in every other
 nation, and Russia is the only militarily
powerful nation that is opposed to being
controlled by this global Empire.

Consequently, President Obama, who's an agent
 for America’s aristocracy, wants to cripple if not
 destroy, Russia. And this is why, in his National
 Security Strategy 2015, 17 of the 18 times he
used the term ‘aggression’... he applied it
against
Russia.

 Russia’s President Putin would have to be an
 idiot not to recognize that today’s United States
 (its aristocracy, not the American public, who
 are quite different) is extremely hostile.

Russia could be the bulwark that, along with the
 rest of Europe and America, could restrain Islamic
 extremism; but, since America’s aristocracy is
 primarily concerned with crushing Russia, Islamic
 terrorism will probably only continue to grow.

Furthermore, events such as 9/11 are necessary
 for the Arabic aristocrats, in order for them to
 keep their clerics with them and thereby
 control their own nation’s public.

So: the US ends up being allied with Islamic
 terrorists, while accusing Russia of backing
 ‘terrorists’ in the former Ukraine, whose only
 crime is, they don’t want to be slaughtered.

On 12 February 2015, was issued a “Statement
 by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on
 Ukraine,” which opened: “Ms. Christine Lagarde,
Managing Director of the International Monetary
Fund (IMF), statement today in Brussels, Belgium:

‘I am pleased to announce that the IMF team
working in Kiev has reached a staff-level
agreement with the Ukrainian government
 on a new economic reform program that
would be supported by an Extended Fund
 Facility of SDR 12.35 billion (about $17.5
 billion, €15.5 billion) from the IMF, as well
 as by additional resources from the
 international community.”

Violating even the IMF’s own prohibitions --
against pouring loans into a nation that’s at
war -- the IMF was here making clear that
they
were 100% behind Obama’s Ukrainian
proxy
war against Russia.


 This is where the money will come from to
 finance Ukraine’s acquisition of more weapons
 to exterminate or else drive out the residents in
 the area of Ukraine that had voted 90% for the
 democratically elected Ukrainian President that
 Obama overthrew.

It’s ongoing mass-murder on the installment
 plan, with the IMF providing most of the funds.

Because the loaned money is going to pay for
 the ethnic-cleansing campaign, it’s not going
 to the needs of the Ukrainian people. This is
extreme austerity, and it started immediately,
a day after the day, 26 February 2014, when
Arseniy Yatsenyuk became appointed to run
the country, as he had been selected to do
by Victoria Nuland of Obama’s State Dept.,
 22 days prior.

As Kommersant reported, on 6 March 2014:
“the strategy of the government was
approved in Parliament on 27 February and
 on 3 March the Ministry of Finance sent an
action plan for approval to the Ministry of
Economic Development. The document is
striking in its scale. … ‘Under the Knife’ go
social costs. Already in March, the payment
 of pensions will be reduced to only 50% of
 the designated pension amounts.” But an
 uproar held that up. However, now, it’s
being done.

On December 11th: “Cabinet wants to reduce
 schooling to 9 years [from 12 years], to reduce
 the cost of the budget the Finance Ministry
proposes to amend the legislation governing
 the humanitarian sphere, the sphere of public
administration, pensions, social security, the
work of the prosecution and the army.”

On December 19th: “Education Minister Sergey
 Kvit noted that the department, which he heads,
will never agree to such a proposal.”

On December 24th we read:
“Education Minister Sergei quits.”

Pensions are now set to be halved, even in
the greatly depreciated Ukrainian currency;
 & public schooling is to be reduced to only
 nine years. All of that IMF (and US and EU)
 money goes instead to pay to mass-murder
 the residents in Ukraine’s former Donbass
 region, an area in which the residents voted
 90% for Viktor Yanukovych, whom Obama
 overthrew, and where all of the residents
 are officially ’terrorists.’ The phrase for this
used to be a “free-fire zone.” Obama wants
 the residents exterminated, and the IMF
 and EU are going along with that.

The circuitous way in which Ukraine will be
buying its weapons, is designed to avoid
 triggering a declaration of war by Vladimir
 Putin, or else to make it non-obvious to the
 public why he would be justified in doing so.



(Selected in part from What’s Behind Ukraine’s
Secret
Weapons Deal with the United Arab
Emirates (UAE)?,
by Eric Zuesse.) 

      
Full article here:

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/

2015/02/26/what-behind-ukraine-secret-
weapons-deal
-with-united-arab-emirates-uae.html

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse,
is the
author, most recently, of:
'They’re Not Even Close:
The Democratic
vs. Republican Economic Records,

 1910-2010.'


___________________________



Kiev coup gets checkmated in Debaltseve

By JIM W. DEAN

The guns aren't yet silent on the Debaltseve salient,
 but the angels may be heading that way. The cruel
 waste of conscripted Ukrainian soldiers and South-
eastern Ukrainians may finally come to an end…
for a while. We will see if their families will seek
 revenge for their being used as cannon fodder
by Kiev’s nationalist thugs and the West in their
 pillaging of Ukraine.

 The good news is that the key parties to the Minsk
 agreement are calling it successful, indicating that
 Kiev and the West now view the fighting as a tar
 baby they want to get off their hands. Up until now
 they have shamelessly faked their interest in a
 political settlement while pouring arms and other
 support into Kiev to continue the fight for a
military
victory. As we say here in the South,
“They lied like
a rug.”

The tactical situation is still cloudy. In the 
Debaltseve cauldron the Republics state,
Kiev
could not give any order to retreat
as the
militias jammed communications.

Jamming is a standard modern tactic to
defeat coordinated action by enemy forces.

I spent the last few days watching as much
 Debaltseve video as I could find with English
 translations. I saw strong evidence of the
complete breakdown of command & control
by the Ukrainian Army, in the last week.

Surrendering PoWs describe orders to hold
 their positions, but most were down to two
days of rations and had not seen ammo
 resupplies in over a week.

The Ukrainian Army is also continuing the
 dishonor of abandoning their dead on the
 battlefield. Our Ukrainian sources tell us
 this is one of the ways they keep their
 public KIA numbers down and also avoid
 paying out benefits to the families.

 This is disgraceful conduct by their general
 staff, & one for which they should all be shot.


Western manipulations and deceptions

Western media have sadly played the role of
cheerleader during this whole conflict. And I
could say even worse… that they have been
 aiders and abettors to war crimes. When Kiev
 refused to turn over its air traffic control data
on the MH-17 shoot down, I remember the old
days when the press would have fried Kiev’s
livers in print, but the press says nothing and
 are dancing cowards one and all.

As NATO made claim after claim of a pending
 Russian invasion, none of which happened, I
 remember a time when print media cartoonists
 would have made NAT0 a laughing stock.

General Breedlove would have been given a
 Pinocchio nose, and Kiev’s military PR spokes-
person would have played “Baghdad Bob” of
Persian Gulf War I, who gave Saddam’s daily
 press briefings on how Coalition Forces were
being destroyed by Iraq’s Republican Guard.


If you think about it for a moment, you probably
won’t remember seeing any Western news
analysis on what the point was, for Kiev to
 push into the Debaltseve pocket, even while
 the EU and US were supposedly urging
Poroshenko to start negotiations - which
we now see were a cruel hoax.

Any in-depth discussion of the strategy would have
 revealed the obvious attempt for a military victory…
 with two main purposes. Firstly, Debaltseve is the
 main industrial transportation hub for both the
 Donetsk and Lugansk industrial regions, and the
 railhead for moving coal out to the rest of Ukraine.
 To its west is Gorlikva (also Horlikva), which is
 the junction for the region’s water mains.

With Kiev in control of those 2 hubs, it would have
 had a stranglehold on both Republics’ economies,
 literally making them unviable. The Debaltseve
 pocket was also a launching pad for using those
 transportation lines needed to sustain a push all
 the way south to prevent the two Republics from
 supporting each other, and to cut Donetsk off
from the Russian border.


NATO advances as EU economy wanes

While this military victory was being pursued by Kiev,
 EU and NATO countries were shipping arms and non-
lethal supplies into the military effort. But they were
 also steadily advancing NATO bases closer to the
 Russian border -- a serious security concern for
 Moscow. And as additional cover for this obvious
 aggression, the world public was treated like we
 were all idiots, who would believe the constant
mantra of “It’s all the Russians’ fault.”

The Financial Times has validated my long stream of
 articles on the financial black hole Ukraine has been
pushed into by the vultures in the West. Industrial
production is down over 20% from last year, which
 already had been struggling. And their economy
 shrank 15% in the last quarter, with an outlook
 of getting worse.

Sure, there has to be a rebuilding boom in the SE,
 the area that has taken all of the war carnage --
the rest of the country not even having a broken
 window -- a strange civil war there. But unlike
the US that can just print money, or have the
Federal Reserve create billion-dollar bank
 deposits out of thin air, Ukraine’s currency
 is down the tubes. Their gold has been
 shipped off to some undisclosed place,
and their cost of living increases under
 the IMF austerity plan, will impoverish
them for the next generation.

They will never be able to repay the loans
-- so their national assets will be sold off.
Ukrainian assets will be bought for fire
sale prices, and it will become the “go
 to” place for White slave labour with
good skills and education.


Austerity – the new indentured servitude

Welcome to the New World Order. German Intel
 tells us the civil war’s body pile is already 50,000
 people high, all in one year’s work. By contrast,
 America took the whole Vietnam War to kill that
 many of our own troops. And we hear calls for
 another Coalition war on Libya “to fix things” in
that country. The Western war on terror is the
 Frankenstein I always said it would be… and
 it’s not finished yet.

The Ukraine internet abounds with talk of a second
 Maidan revolution in the works. The Right Sector
 thugs have gained a lot of combat experience, plus
 some added extras, like nailing kids to fences and
 dragging mothers down the road behind APCs.

The West will wear eternal shame for what it has
done to Ukraine. Sure, it was a corrupt country

when this started, but it is worse now. So that
shows the West has really attacked & pillaged
 the country with a time-delay economic bomb
--- which will go off when all of these loans
 eventually boomerang back onto Europeans
 in the form of more austerity --- some day.

Nikita Khrushchev, who's a hard guy to quote,
 does have one that perfectly fits the Ukraine
 situation. “Support by the United States rulers
 is rather in the nature of the support that the
 rope gives to a hanged man.”





100% CERTAIN 9/11 WAS MOSSAD OPERATION

Most US people polled believe that 9/11 was
an "inside job",
but what would they feel if they
found out that it was
designed by Zionists, who
deliberately killed thousands
of innocent US
citizens to drive the US into wars on Muslims?


They'd be angry, right?



Fernando Imposimato, President of the Italian Supreme
Court, calls for a criminal investigation of 9/11, comparing
the attack to false flag incidents carried out by the CIA
in Italy: Operation Gladio.

 

"The 9/11 attacks were a global state terror operation
that was permitted by the US
administration, which
had foreknowledge of the operation, yet
remained
intentionally unresponsive in order to make war
against
Afghanistan and Iraq," Imposimato declares
in a letter published by
the Journal of 9/11 Studies.

 Ferdinando Imposimato is the Honorary President
of the Supreme Court of Italy and a former Senator
who served on the Anti-Mafia Commission in three
administrations. He is the author or co-author of 7
books on international terrorism, state corruption,
and related matters, and a Grand Officer of the
Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy.

As a former state prosecutor, Imposimato has
extensive experience in investigating high-
profile crimes, including the kidnapping and
assassination of Italian Prime Minster Aldo
Moro & the attempted assassination of Pope
John Paul II. He also worked on the Anti-
Mafia commission as a Senator, giving him a
wealth of knowledge on the inner workings
of organized crime syndicates.

 

Imposimato points to several facts contradicting
the official 9/11 story, including the free-fall
collapse of WTC Building 7, the report that the
CIA met with Osama Bin Laden in a Dubai hospital
in July 2001, and the overwhelming evidence of
insider trading before 9/11 that didn't lead to any
criminal charges, reports digitaljournal.com

The following is an excerpt from Imposimato’s letter
published by the Journal of 9/11 Studies on Sunday:

 

The reports of the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST), November 20, 2005, set
forth the following conclusions:

The airplanes that struck each of the Twin Towers
caused a breach as well as an explosion evidenced
by a giant fireball. The remaining jet fuel flowed onto
the lower floors, sustaining the fires. The heat from
the fires deformed the building structures and both
towers collapsed completely from top to bottom.

Very little that was of any size remained after these
events except steel as well as aluminum fragments
and the pulverized dust from the concrete floors.

 

The World Trade Center 7 also collapsed–in a way that
was inconsistent with the common experience of
engineers. All three buildings collapsed completely,
but Building 7 was not hit by a plane. WTC7’s collapse
violated common experience and was unprecedented.

 

The NIST report does not analyze the actual nature of the
collapses.  According to experts at the Toronto Hearings
(Sept. 8-11, 2011), the collapses had features that indicate
controlled explosions. I agree with architect Richard Gage
  & engineer Jon Cole both highly experienced professionals
[from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth – now
numbering 1,700 strong], who have arrived at their
conclusions through reliable tests, scientific proof,
and the visual testimony of people above suspicion,
including firefighters and victims.

The authoritative theologian David Ray Griffin has
described very precisely why the hypothesis of
controlled demolition should be considered.
Various witnesses heard bursts of explosions.

 

According to NIST the collapse of Building 7 was
due to fires provoked by the collapse of the twin
towers. Chemist and independent researcher Kevin
Ryan, however, has demonstrated that NIST gave
contradictory versions of the collapse of Building 7.

In a preliminary report NIST declared that WTC7
was destroyed because of fires provoked by diesel
fuel stored in the building, while in a second report
this fuel was no longer considered the cause of the
building’s collapse. Additional comments on the NIST
version of events have been made by David Chandler,
another expert witness at the Journal of 9/11 Studies
Letters, September 2012 Toronto Hearings.

Despite NIST’s claim of 3 distinct phases of collapse,
 Chandler pointed out that many available videos show
that for about two and a half seconds the acceleration
of the building cannot be distinguished from freefall.
NIST has been obliged to agree with this empirical fact
as pointed out by Chandler; now understood by everyone.

 

The only possibility for achieving justice is to submit the
best evidence concerning the involvement of specific
individuals in 9/11 to the Prosecutor of the International
Criminal Court and ask him to investigate according to
the articles 12, 13, 15 and 17, letters a and b, of the
Statute of the ICC, recalling the preamble of the Statute:

 

“Recognizing that such grave crimes threaten the
peace, security and the well being of the world,”

 

“Affirming that the most serious crimes of concern to
the international community as a whole must not go
unpunished and that their effective prosecution must
be ensured by taking measures at the national level
and by enhancing international cooperation, ”

 

“Determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators
of these
crimes and thus to contribute to the prosecution
of such crimes,
recalling that it is the duty of every state
to exercise its jurisdiction over
those responsible for
international crimes.
"  reports infowars.com.

More and more people from all walks of life and all
professions seem
to be questioning the “official”
narrative of what happened on 9/11.
Those who
are questioning the events of 9/11 may be moving
under
the radar of the corporate media from being
labeled “conspiracy
theorists” to legitimate
investigators with legitimate questions and
concerns, reports examiner.com

 

Theorists believe that the World Trade Center
buildings were
demolished by bombs, phone
calls from the planes were made up,
and the
former President George W. Bush secretly
profited from
the attacks, reports
newsone.com

 

The World Trade Center collapse appeared similar to a
controlled
demolition. Many speculate that the towers
were in fact blown down
with explosives placed in
selected locations. Some witnesses heard
explosions
inside the building as they attempted to escape. Many

architects & scientists maintain that plane fuel couldn't
produce
enough heat to melt the steel frame of the
buildings that collapsed,
reports
newsone.com



little girl frightens USA


WESTERN MEDIA LIES LEAD TO WAR

Article by Finian Cunningham.


100 years ago, the assassination of Archduke
Franz Ferdinand and his wife in the
Bosnian
city of Sarajevo, was the fatal spark that

 ignited a geopolitical powder keg in Europe.

Within a month, all the major powers of Europe
 would be embroiled in the First World War, which
 also dragged in Russia and the US. The war would
 last for nearly five years and resulted in at least
 20 million deaths.

That catastrophe has perplexing resonances
with
today. One incident set off a conflagration
 back then, because it came amid simmering
rivalries among imperial powers. Another
resonance is how historians recount that, in
 the run-up to the First World War few believed
 that a war in "modern, civilized" Europe was
likely, because of the belief that diplomacy
 would prevail.

Today, we see a similar reckless goading by
 imperial powers across Europe. The US and
 its European NATO allies are embarked on a
25-year expansion towards Russia's heartland.

 The dynamic of encroachment has only sped up,
not lessened. This expansion is provocative,
 aggressive and duplicitous, because it not only
 presents a military threat to Russia, it also flies
 in the face of past commitments by the US-led
 NATO alliance not to do so, such as in the 1997
 Founding Act, signed with Moscow.

Russia has every right to feel threatened by ever-
encroaching ballistic missile systems on its borders
 that could be used in a pre-emptive nuclear strike
 by the US and its allies. That concern is heightened
 ever since Washington invoked a "first strike
 doctrine" under President George W Bush,
which Obama still retains.

Yet, provocatively, Washington dismisses Russian
 President Vladimir Putin's concerns about NATO
 expansion, as if they are the deliriums of a Soviet
 revanchist.

The complacency of the present time towards
 the dangers of war, has disturbing echoes of
the past - on the eve of World War I. A major
factor in the present complacency is that the
 Western mainstream media are failing, woefully,
 to properly report on the gravity of the situation
 in Ukraine, and just how provocative that
 parlous situation is to Russia's vital interests.

This week saw the signing of a trade pact between
 the European Union and Petro Poroshenko, the
 declared president of Ukraine. The Western media
 have hailed it in glowing terms as "a landmark event"
 and a positive outcome of democracy in the former
 Soviet Republic. That blithe assessment invites
 dangerous ignorance and complacency.

The truth is that the signing of the EU trade pact is
 the outcome of an illegal regime-change operation in
 Ukraine fomented by Washington and its NATO allies.

 That regime change involved CIA-backed mass
 murder of civilians (the February 20 sniper shootings
 in Kiev's Maidan Square) and the overthrow of an
 elected government.

Since the illegal coup against President Viktor
Yanukovych, the Western-backed Kiev regime has
 been waging war on ethnic Russian populations
 in the east and south of the country, who refuse
 to recognize the regime as legitimate.

 Poroshenko, the billionaire oligarch who is now
 signing over the sovereign affairs of Ukraine to
 the US, NATO and the EU, was elected president
 in a farcical vote last month, where only 45% of
the electorate turned out and large sections of
the east and south did not even cast a ballot
amid a murderous "anti-terror" crackdown by
 Kiev troops and paramilitaries.

The campaign of terror by the Kiev forces against
 pro-Russian civilians was launched at the end of
 April, days after CIA chief John Brennan made a
 secret visit to the Kiev regime. Brennan briefed
the Kiev leadership, including the so-called Prime
 Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who only last week
used Nazi language to vow that his military forces
 would "cleanse sub-humans" from the country -
 referring to the ethnic Russian populations and
the self-defence militias they have set up in the
 Donetz and Lugansk regions.

The impostor-President Poroshenko may have
 declared a ceasefire over the past week, but
 the hostilities against civilian centres continue
 unabated. Crimes against humanity include the
 bombing of homes, churches, schools & hospitals,
 the use of White Phosphorus incendiary bombs
 and exploding bullets, as well as the shelling of
 electricity and water supplies.

Western media have largely ignored these violations
 by the "new democratic Ukrainian government", or at
 best have reported them as "unverified" or merely as
 "breaches of the ceasefire by both sides".

Western governments and media have gone into
 denial mode, refusing to acknowledge what even
the United Nations this week confirms as a massive
 displacement of over 150,000 people from eastern
 Ukraine.  Why are such numbers fleeing, if the
 violence is not also massive?

Another example of the Western cover-up over state
 terrorism in Ukraine, is the recent killing of three
journalists. Earlier this month, Russian journalist Igor
 Kornelyuk and his colleague Anton Voloshin were
 killed near Lugansk when they were hit with a mortar
 shell. Survivors of the attack said it was deliberate
 targeting by Kiev troops. Previously, Italian journalist
 Andrea Rochelli was slain near Slavyansk in another
 incident that bore the hallmarks of shoot-to-kill.

In the past week, by contrast, there was an
 outpouring of condemnation from Washington and
 other Western governments, as well as widespread
 media coverage, of the jailing of three Al Jazeera
 journalists in Egypt. Those sentences were no
 doubt a gross miscarriage of justice. But what
 about the taking of journalists' lives in Ukraine?
 Where is the Western condemnations and 
media coverage?

Western-backed regime change and genocidal
 repression in Ukraine, is a collision course of
 extreme provocation towards Russia and its
 vital interests. Yet it is presented to the
 Western public as if it is a "good news" story
 about democratic European enlargement,
 which, perversely, is being spoiled by Russian
 "interference".

This is a powder-keg situation in Europe, led
 by US geopolitics and its European henchmen,
 and which is wrapped up in an explosive shell
 of ignorance, by a lying Western media.

The repetition of history is not inevitable.
But the chances are increased when people
are kept in the dark about the underlying
causes of war and conflict.



China Russia reach deal

Petko Ganchev, wrote this article for Pravda.Ru.

Today it is absolutely clear that there is
a multipurpose strategic operation being
 conducted on the territory of the former
 Soviet Union. Ukraine plays a key role in
 the operation. Why Ukraine?

It's an open secret - the West has always
wanted to master the vast territories of
Russia and Eurasia, the axial space of the
Earth, with its enormous natural resources.

 To achieve this goal, there was the outer belt
 (Turkey, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan) built
 around Russia-Eurasia after World War Two.
 The inner belt (Georgia, Moldova, Lithuania,
 Latvia, Estonia) was built after the
 collapse of the USSR.

Successively, after the Cold War, almost all
East European countries - Soviet satellites -
were admitted to NATO under the condition
of their membership in the European Union.

 But the West didn't get closer to Russia's
western borders. There were 2 Russia-
friendly countries left - historically,
culturally and economically - Belarus
 and Ukraine.

Belarus is closely tied to Russia ethnically,
culturally and economically. Ukraine, with
its failed state organization was a weak link.

The reason for that is that the regions from
which Ukraine was created after World War
 II (1945), were formed by areas with very
different religious and value systems.

In his famous book "The Clash of Civilizations
and the Remaking of World Order" by Samuel P.
 Huntington, the author described Ukraine as
one of civilizational "splits," where one can
expect clashes, i.e. wars.

That's why Ukraine was chosen by the US
 as the key to implement a multi-purpose
 strategic operation.

 In the Middle East, the US has always used
 monarchies from the Middle Ages as allies -
 Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In Ukraine, the most
loyal ally of the United States was Poland.
 
The country was used to train "Right Sector"
 fighters and other figures from anti-Russian
 ultranationalist structures.

What are the main objectives and directions of
 this geo-strategic operation, the implementation
 of which began immediately after the US was
 forced to freeze its activities on Syria and Iran?

First and foremost, the goal is to strike a blow on
 Russia as the most active US geopolitical rival in
 the new millennium. When Ukraine leaves Russia's
 orbit, the US will implement several geostrategic
 objectives:

- to move air defense systems and other NATO
 systems closer to Russian borders: neutralizing
 its defense, including its nuclear capability;

- to undermine the Russian economy by cutting
 relations with the economy of Ukraine (Poroshenko
 has already ordered, following instructions from the
 US, to cease cooperation with the Russian defense
 industry);

- to burden the budget of the Russian Federation with
 bigger spending to maintain refugees from Ukraine
 and substitute imports from Ukraine;

- to close Russia's gas and oil pipelines to the EU
 to thus block the inflow of foreign currency into
the Russian economy;

- to prevent creation of the Customs Union
 and the Eurasian Economic Union;

- to destabilize the political system in Russia,
 accusing its leadership of what is happening
 in Ukraine;

- to stop or minimize economic cooperation
 between Russia and the EU;

- to sow distrust between Russia and other BRICS
 countries - Brazil, India, China, South Africa.

Secondly, the U.S. plans to strike a blow on the
European Union, which, along with China, acts
 as a major competitor in the economic sphere.
The EU needs to be reminded of its secondary role.

The United States seeks to confirm the assessment
 of Russophobe Brzezinski in his book "The Grand
 Chessboard" (1997), according to which the EU
was a "U.S. protectorate."

 For the U.S. it is vitally important to strengthen the
 economic dependence of the EU in light of their
 signing the "Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement"
 to turn the EU towards the consumption of US
shale gas. In this regard, the EU is the most
developed market.

To achieve this, Ukrainian company Naftogaz (the
 largest company in Ukraine) became  the property
 of a new consortium, whose leadership includes
the son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and
former Polish President Kwasniewski.

At the same time, Chevron is preparing shale gas
 production in south-eastern Ukraine - in the areas
 of the towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk.

Chervon, directly or indirectly, through the European
 Commission, put pressure on Bulgaria, forcing the
 country to abandon the South Stream project.

 At the same time, the U.S. continues to put pressure
 on France, to make the country freeze the sale of
two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia. France's
 largest bank PNB faces a fine of $10 billion for
 violating the financial embargo that the U.S. put
on Cuba, Sudan and Nicaragua.

 At the same time, the United States, with its
national debt of 17 trillion dollars and GDP of
14 trillion, prepares to grant NATO's Eastern
 European members $1 billion for new weapons.

Fortunately, on the "grand chessboard" of world
 civilization, the U.S. does not play against virtual
 opponents. The geo-strategy of the United States
 does not unfold like the Desert Storm Operation in
2 003. Today, the US is playing against experienced
 players.

 Russia is rising after the disgrace of the Yeltsin era,
 and the EU becomes increasingly aware of the fact
 that the only chance to survive is hidden in the
 slogan "More Europe for Europeans!"

The last elections to the European Parliament have
 confirmed the trend. Hitherto, with so many large-
scale geopolitical operations after World War II
 (Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.),
 the US has not been able to boast considerable
 achievements.

Through all those wars, as George Friedman says
 in his book "The Next 100 Years," America has
 stimulated the growth of the national economy.

America was gradually and steadily evolving from
 a manufacturing economy to the economy of a
 military-industrial complex. In history, such a
 condition has always heralded the end of any
empire.



working toward very cold war



US "A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE"

The US government is a “criminal enterprise”
 with a foreign policy that places the well-
being of Israel ahead of America’s, a political
commentator in San Antonio, Texas says.

“This is a criminal enterprise that has the support
 of both of the major political parties in the United
 States,” Mark Dankof, a broadcaster and former
US Senate candidate, says.

This criminal enterprise “principally involves
 conducting a foreign policy firstly for Israel,
 secondly for the international central banks
and thirdly for the oil and natural gas
 consortiums,” Dankof says.

There is no difference between the policies
 of the Obama and Bush administrations, he
 notes. Both “are supporting the criminal
 policies of Benjamin Netanyahu,” he adds.

Dankof dismisses as a deception the recent
 remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry
 that the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq was a
 serious mistake:

“This is an attempt to absolve John Kerry and
 Barack Obama of the responsibility for all the
 criminal policies that they have carried out.”

In an interview with Chinese news agency Geo
 News, Kerry acknowledged that many problems
 in the Middle East, have their roots in that war.

George W. Bush, ordered the invasion of Iraq
under a pretext --- that former Iraqi dictator,
 Saddam Hussein, possessed weapons of
 mass destruction.

 In October 2004, a CIA report revealed
 that Saddam Hussein did not possess any
weapons of mass destruction at the time
 of the invasion.

In a survey out on Wednesday 2nd June,
by
Quinnipiac University Polling Institute,

33% of registered voters name Obama
as the worst president since 1945.

 28% choose his predecessor, George
W.
Bush, as the worst.






By Jim Jones

For many, myself included I suppose, the tragic
 events unfolding in Ukraine have been riveting
over the last couple of months. No need here to
 go into the sordid history of Coloured Revolutions
 and the CIA/NATO role in them; most reading this
 medium as opposed to CNN/SKY/VOA, are informed
 people and are aware of the manoeuvrings of the
 West and the associated puppet states in trying
to
embroil Russia in a war it doesn't want and in
extending NATO frontiers to the heart of Russia.

Missile strikes from Ukraine, for example, would be
 in Moscow in 10 minutes, leaving no reaction time
 and fits neatly within the new US policy of a "first
 Strike" nuclear capability. [As opposed to the
retaliatory strike doctrine of the last 40 years].

We all know what happened in 1961, when
 Khrushchev put Soviet Missiles into Cuba after
the US put missiles into Turkey. The US wasn't
very impressed at all. What is not well known
is
that Kennedy asked Khrushchev to "cut him
some
slack" and withdraw the missiles without
reference
to the US' withdrawal of its missiles
from Turkey!


 The US had upped the rhetoric so much, that it
 couldn't be seen to lose face in the public arena
 - condescendingly, Khrushchev accommodated.

Hold that thought of "face saving" as we explore
 the current Ukraine Crisis.

The US/NATO pushed the EU to pressure the Ukraine
 to join the EU and swing to the West. They almost
succeeded 4 years ago with their Orange Revolution.

 But Russia had learnt a thing or two about the
 Coloured Revolutions and mounted a successful
 and embarrassing reversal of the revolution and
 installed their own man in Ukraine who was leading
 Ukraine back along the Russian brotherhood line.

Four years later, after over $5 billion in NGO funding
and
a huge amount of State Department scheming
and
CIA covert action, the US finally got a chance
 to redress the "egg on face incident" that the
Russians had made for them.

The US played a "background role" in this - preferring
 to have the EU seen as the driving force behind the
 Maidan. However, leaked phone calls, like that made
 to Cabinet Minister Ashton, which clearly identified
the role of paid mercenaries in killing both Police &
 protesters, and later, Viktoria Nuland [US State Dept]
hand-picking who will be in the Ukraine
government
and saying the EU can go get fucked -
did nothing to
endear the US to the EU -- it came
hard on the heels
of revelations of extensive phone
tapping of EU
leaders' phones etc. by the US.


Then we have the unsavoury influence of the Right
 Sektor in Ukraine being pushed, funded and trained
 by NATO and the US's Kerry, Nuland, John McCain,
 Mark Twain and all, were seen in public endorsing
 the very Right Sektor extremists that the German
 government was in the process of declaring as
criminals!

Europe could see itself being plunged back 70 years
 with the rise of neo Nazi's, not just in Germany - but
 across Europe. [Remember Anders Behring Breivik
 and his mass killings in Norway: an ultra nationalist].

Europe also asked the question, what is the US going
 to lose over this? If Russia turns off the gas, Europe
 freezes: the economy of Europe goes down the toilet!

Already Germany is losing billions of Euros in trade
 with Russia, France has several military deals with
 Russia, the supply of Mistral Class ships for one,
 and Putin has promised follow-ons from that. Italy
 is supplying armour vehicles, many EU nations
trade with Russia - so, US, what sanctions are
going
to hurt you, the EU asks?

Germany has a growing discord there over the
70
year occupation of Germany by US forces -
we
see demonstrations - Yankees go home!
Europe
is realising that the US cares, not for
them, but
only for US and US businesses.

Against this background, we are witnessing the
 separation of the US/EU and a drawing closer of
 EU/Russia on common grounds & shared interests.

I was appalled: driven to tears by the criminal
acts
of the Kyiv Junta's ex facto war crimes/
crimes
against humanity. The shelling and
bombing of
civilians [non-combatants the
Junta declares
are Terrorists]. The targeting
and destructionof
schools, kindergartens and
hospitals - with the
murder of 25 wounded in
the hospital - shot by
Junta troops!

Destruction of the means of
support of life
  - with water supplies destroyed,
electrical
installations and sanitary plants
destroyed
by shelling. The shooting of women
and
children leaving the region for shelter in

 Crimea, by bus. The execution style killing
of
civilians in a town by Junta forces, who
lined
the people up and shot them in the
back of
their heads. The use of chemical
weapons
against civilians - chlorine gas
[where is
Obama's Red Line on this?]. The
targeting of
TV reporters in the area trying
to objectively
record events. I'm sure that
I have missed some
others.

 I cried out from the depths of despair for justice
-
surely Russia would intervene; surely Russia
would protect it's people like it has said it would?

And all along, that is exactly what the US has been
 saying too - telling the Ukrainian Junta to commit
 further acts and atrocities against the people who
 simply want true democracy in the East.

To help them in this, they even get them to
demonise and degrade the people there.
 Junta leaders have called the Russians in
 the East, "sub-human" - those of you as old
 as I am, will have heard that phrase before.

They are called parasites and vermin by the
 new Choco King Junta leader Poroshenko.
 Such a debasing of the population makes it
 more acceptable to murder them and commit
 atrocities against a subhuman species - not
 much higher than animals really, are they?

The provocation of Russia in this regard has been
 carefully stage managed by the US, intent as always
 to let it appear as the EU 's doing, while all the time
 ensuring that their people are the ones pulling the
 strings in Kiev - the CIA/FBI and State Department
are up
to their proverbial balls in Kiev's business.

 Don't see the EU featuring though. The US has
 pushed the warmonger Russian story all through
 Europe - putting the fear of the bogyman into all
ex Soviet states, and determined to show them
all how much they need NATO's protection.
 [In truth, the world needs to be protected from
 the US].

However, Russia has consistently demonstrated
 restraint and maturity in handling the world crisis.

 Since the failed US--led revolution in Georgia,
Russia has been seen to be taking the moral
 high ground from the US and their consistent
 lies [WMD et.al].

The lies over Georgia were exposed and eventually
 the EU came out & confirmed that Georgia started
 the war. Reluctantly, the Western media has had
to
admit to "errors" in reporting - all of which have
 favoured the Russian position. Remember the
 incredible piece of statesmanship from Russia
 in pulling the war rug out from under the US's
feet
over Syrian Chemical weapons?!

Russia has quietly been cementing relationships
 in Europe - building "partnerships' with European
 countries, and is doing so in accordance with
 international law and through responsible,
mature actions.

 
All of this has been driving a wedge between the
 US and the EU. This hasn't gone unnoticed - the
 US cannot accept that they are not in the driving
 seat of a single seater any more. Goading and
 provoking Russia into attacking the Ukraine is
how they will demonstrate that the Russia of
 today is what they told everyone that the
USSR of old, was.

Putin has been smarter than they realised.

 Reuters reported on July 1st:

Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist
 bases in the eastern regions with air and artillery
strikes on Tuesday, after President Poroshenko
 announced he would not renew a ceasefire, but
 go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of "parasites".

His decision quickly drew fire from Russian President
 Vladimir Putin who said Poroshenko had disregarded
 the advice of himself & German and French leaders.
 Putin said Poroshenko would now have to bear full
 responsibility for veering off the road to peace.

Poroshenko, who accuses Russia of fanning the
 conflict and allowing fighters and equipment to
 cross the border to support the rebels, then
turned
his back on another renewal of a 10-
day
unilateral ceasefire after the phone talks
 involving Putin, German Chancellor Angela
 Merkel, and President Francois Hollande.

The important thing here is that Putin obtained
 consensus from France and Germany in a four-
way dialogue. This consensus was broken by
 Poroshenko, under pressure from US handlers.

 The facts are obvious. What it also shows, is
that
once again the US has marginalised the
EU and
shown scant regard for the EU position.

This now opens the door for Russia to reiterate its
 threat; "Putin said Moscow will continue to defend
 the interests of ethnic Russians abroad - up to 3
 million of whom live in the east of Ukraine, which
 has been in separatist ferment since April."

By obtaining consensus to a path of peace, and
 seeing it broken, Moscow now has the mandate
 to use force... IF it wants to.

The question is, does Russia want or need to?
That famous General of Guerrilla warfare, Vo

 Nguyen Giap [Incidentally, his book Peoples War,
 People's Army is worth reading] said, "we do not
 want to defeat the enemy, we simply want him to
leave our country!". In this regard, the Ukrainian
Junta cannot win the war in Novorussiya.

Firstly, they have completely lost the battle for
the hearts and minds of the people --- through
the
brutal atrocities they have committed.

 Their transparent attempt at a Kosovo type ethnic
 cleansing, has been seen for what it is and has
 made people more determined to "hold their
ground". Their brutality has now created a
 generational animosity, which will not be
 resolved in our life-time.

Secondly, militarily they can't succeed - every day,
Novorussiya is gaining in strength and skills. The
 skill level of Novorussiya's troops is much higher
 than those of the basic conscripted Junta forces
 and they're much more motivated than the Junta
 forces - they are fighting for their existence and
 homeland. Conventional military doctrine states
that we require a 10 to 1 advantage to press a
 successful attack against a defending enemy.

 1,000 to 1 is not enough to succeed in a Guerrilla
 war scenario. Look at the hiding the Yanks got in
 Vietnam and they poured hundreds of thousands
of troops into there, used the might of total air
superiority and naval bombardment etc, and still
 got their arses kicked. Ask them how many they
 and NATO had in Afghanistan fighting "towel
 heads"? [and still lost].

The Ukrainian Army has about 30,000 troops
 committed against 10,000 in the Novorussiya
 Army, and many Junta forces are actually
 surrendering without a fight, handing over
their
gear, getting on a bus and going home
with mum
who came to collect their sons.

Also, the Junta
is bankrupt. They can't even
feed their army;
people are deserting and
walking home,
because of no food or pay.

To save face: that wonderful US terminology
again; I see it is proposed that Novorussiya
become a Russian protectorate! The US is
 looking to stem the Junta's haemorrhaging.

All Russia needs to do, is open a humanitarian
 corridor into Novorussiya and maintain/police it
 and supply Novorussiya with what war materiel
 they ask for. And it can do all that with the tacit
 approval of Europe - the US having gone a bridge
 too far in Ukraine. Russia can allow the Junta to
 bleed to death here and like Georgia before; the
 US will be powerless to stop it.

The US has had it's last Tango in Europe.

Jim Jones







Urgent appeal: Message from Slavyansk

Igor Strelkov makes an urgent appeal to the
 international community as western-backed
 Ukrainian forces slaughter Russian-speaking
 citizens, strafing women and children with
 military hardware.

 Washington, Paris and London look on and
continue to support the Ukrainian government.
 A massacre is taking place, the west is
dancing
with the Devil.



Urgent Appeal by Igor Strelkov, July 4, 2014

Good day.

I would like to make a short statement with respect
 to what is happening around Slavyansk. With respect
 to what is happening here. And, well, to make an
 appeal, if you will.

Yesterday, the enemy completely surrounded
 Nikolayevka. The enemy shelled the city in the
 fiercest possible way, using all types of weapons.
 Using heavy MLRS systems, howitzers, mortars,
 tanks, APCs. The destruction is enormous.
 It is simply impossible to determine the numbers of
 casualties, because nothing works in the city now.

Our units that are in Nikolayevka at this moment
 continue the battle in complete encirclement.
We have no communications with them.

Nikolayevka has been completely cut off from
 Slavyansk. At this very moment, a large enemy
 column of armoured vehicles is moving toward
 Semyonovka from the south, along the Kharkov-
Rostov highway. At the same time, the enemy
 is continuing uninterrupted artillery shelling of
 the city and of Semyonovka.

 Yesterday, the Nikolayevka Thermal Power
Plant was destroyed to the ground and set
 on fire.

To put it bluntly, we are dealing here with
 unconcealed genocide. In other words, to break
 the resistance of the Militia, the enemy is using
all the available types of weaponry against the
 civilian population.

Naturally, seeing the destruction and the death
 of the civilian population, militiamen are starting
 to lose the will to continue fighting.

I would like to say to you that, in Slavyansk, there
 is not one Chechen, not one mercenary. There is
 not a single person here who did not come of their
 own good will. If, before, 90% of the fighters were
 local, now the ratio is 95%.

 Out of the entire garrison, there are maybe several
dozen people who came from Russia. The majority,
 the overwhelming majority are citizens of Ukraine.
Among them, the overwhelming majority are
 Donbass residents.

 These are people who consciously took up arms to
 defend their homes, their families, their Motherland.
 To defend their language and their culture. To defend
 Russia. Because these people never separated from
 her. They consider themselves Russian. They want
to live in Russia.

This right was taken from them a long time ago.
And now, when they tried to restore this right,
 Russia does not want to help them reunite with
their people, with their big Russian family.

It is difficult to understand and accept, that,
over three months (it will soon be three months
 since we arrived in Slavyansk to help the local
 population defend their rights), that, over these
 three months, no real help has arrived.

I do not claim that Russia does not help. A
 huge stream of humanitarian cargo, equipment,
uniforms, comes to us through private channels.
 But, that, which we desperately need, does not,
 at this time, arrive.

Please understand, that even if we get two tanks,
 four, even ten tanks, five-six artillery pieces, even
 if a plane flies here once, this will have no impact
 whatsoever. Over the course of the ceasefire,
 the Ukrainian army performed a full mobilization
and concentration of forces.

Over sixty heavy artillery pieces are pointed a
t Semyonovka and at Slavyansk at this time.
 At Kramatorsk. Two dozen MLRS systems,
 including Grad, Uragan and Smerch Heavy
 mortars. All of them are pointed here.

The enemy has so much ammunition - I did not
see so much in Chechnya. In our time, we did
 not have so many shells. And the entire set of
 this artillery is shelling us without a stop. The
supply columns are coming in continuously.
 They are transferring in more equipment.

Kharkov diligently repairs a dozen and a half
 armoured vehicles a day. We hit one or two
 armoured vehicles a day. No more than that.
 The enemy is able to grow its forces faster
 than it expends them. Not just faster -
 much faster.

If Russia is not able to secure an immediate
 termination of fire and the execution of a truce,
or if it does not step in with its armed forces to
 protect us, to protect the Russian people that
 reside here, who are a part of the Russian nation,
 we will be exterminated.

We will be exterminated in the course of a week,
 two weeks at most. And Slavyansk will be the
 first to be exterminated, together with its still-
numerous population. Over thirty thousand
 civilians are still left here.

I am being asked to take on the responsibility
 for their death. And for the death of the Militia
 brigade under my command. We are ready to
 fight. We are ready to die. But we do not want
to die senselessly, burying beneath the ruins
of the city of those people who believed in us.

Some believe that I am panicking, that I
am nervous. Yes, I am nervous. Every day,
my soldiers are dying. The hospitals are
 overflowing with wounded. It is very
difficult to see children without legs,
 torn apart by exploding shells.

We will continue to fight. But we
 desperately need help.



civilians being murdered by Kiev coup forces


Washington's War Crimes Spread from
 Africa and the Middle East to Ukraine

By Paul Craig Roberts


A person might think that revulsion in "the world
 community" against Washington's wanton slaughter
 of civilians in eight countries would have led to War
Crimes Tribunal warrants issued for the arrest of
presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama & many officials
 in their regimes.  But the vocal part of "the world
 community"-- the West -- has become inured to
 Washington's crimes against humanity and
doesn't bother to protest.  Indeed, many of
these governments are complicit in the US's
 crimes, and there could just as well be arrest
 warrants for members of European governments.

The one exception is Russia. The Ministry of Foreign
 Affairs of the Russian Federation has published a
 White Book on violations of human rights and the
 rule of law in Ukraine.  Propagandized Americans
 think that all the violations in Ukraine are made
by Russians.  The White Book carefully and
 accurately documents reported violations that
 occurred in Ukraine for four months from
 December 2013 through March 2014.

The White Book is available here:

http://www.mid.ru/bdomp/ns-dgpch.nsf
/03c344d01162d351442579510044415b
/38fa8597760acc2144257ccf002beeb8/
$FILE/White%20Book.pdf


  You will not hear much or anything about it from
the
presstitute US media, & it's unlikely to receive
 much coverage in Europe. The facts are so greatly
 at odds with the West's position, that the White
 Book is a huge embarrassment to the West.

The slaughter of Ukrainians on Washington's orders
 by Washington's stooge government in Kiev, has
 worsened considerably in the past three months,
 producing more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees
 fleeing into Russia for protection from strikes
 against civilian housing, from the air, artillery,
 and tanks. 

Every effort by Russia's government to involve
 Washington, the European Union, and Kiev in
 negotiations to find a peaceful settlement,
has failed.


Washington is not interested in a settlement.
 Disturbed by its NATO vassals' dependence
 on Russian energy and the growing economic
 relationships between Russia and Europe,
 Washington is at work through its Kiev proxy
 murdering citizens in eastern and southern
parts of present-day Ukraine that once were
 part of Russia.

 Washington has declared these civilians to be
 "terrorists" and is trying to force Russia to
 intervene militarily in order to protect them.

  Russia's protective intervention would then
 be denounced by Washington as "invasion
 and annexation."  Washington would use
this propaganda, which would blare from the
 Western media, to pressure Europe to support
Washington's sanctions against Russia. The
 sanctions would then effectively destroy the
existing economic relationships between
 Russia and Europe.

Washington hasn't had success in imposing
 sanctions, because, although Washington's
 European vassals, such as Merkel, are willing,
 business interests in Germany, France, and
 Italy stand opposed.

 Washington is hoping that by forcing Russia
 to act, Washington can sufficiently demonize
Russia and silence the European business
 interests  with propaganda.

To counter Washington's ploy, Putin had Russia's
 Duma rescind his authority to send Russian forces
 into Ukraine.  Unlike US' presidents Clinton, Bush,
 and Obama, Putin does not claim the authority to
use military forces without permission from the
 legislature.

Washington's response to Putin's stand down is
 to increase the slaughter of civilians, all the while
 denying that any such slaughter is occurring.

  Washington is determined not to acknowledge
 the existence of the slaughter for which it is
 responsible, although everyone knows that
 Kiev would not dare to take on Russia
 without Washington's backing.

Putin's bet is that European business interests
 will prevail over Washington's European lap dogs.

 This is a hopeful and optimistic bet, but Washington
 is already at work to threaten and undermine the
 resistance of European business interests. Using
 concocted charges, Washington has stolen $9
billion
from France's biggest bank --- for doing
business with
countries disapproved of by
Washington.


 This was Washington's warning to European
 business to comply with Washington's sanctions.
Washington even told France that the fine
would be rescinded or reduced if France broke
 its contract with Russia to supply 2 helicopter
 carriers.  Other such moves against European
 businesses are in the works. The purpose is
to intimidate European businesses from
 opposing sanctions against Russia.

Washington's arrogance that Washington
can decide with whom a French bank can
do business is astonishing.  It is even more
astonishing that France and the bank would
 accept such arrogance and infringements
of
France's sovereignty.

 France's acceptance of Washington's hegemony
 shows that one risk in Putin's bet is that the bet
 assumes that European business interests can
 prevail over Washington's strategic interests. 

Another risk in Putin's bet is that by standing down
 and tolerating Washington's slaughter of civilians,
 Putin is becoming complicit in Washington's crimes
 against humanity. The longer the slaughter goes on,
 the more complicit Russia's government becomes.

 Moreover, the passage of time allows Kiev to
 increase its forces and NATO to supply these
 forces with more deadly weapons. A Russian
 intervention, which previously would have met
 with easy success, becomes more costly and
more drawn out as Kiev's forces increase.

Washington's puppet in Kiev makes it clear
--- that he is not going to accommodate any
Russian interests or any opposition of the
Ukraine's
provinces, to the radical anti-
Russian policies
of Washington's stooge
government.


 As Washington acknowledges no responsibility
 whatsoever for the situation, how long can Putin
 wait for Merkel or Hollande to break ranks with
 Washington?

Putin's alternative is to come to the defense of the
 Ukrainians who are being attacked. Putin could
 accept the requests of the rebellious provinces
 to rejoin Russia, as he did with Crimea,  declare
  Washington's stooge, Petro Poroshenko, to be a
war criminal and issue a warrant for his arrest,
and send in the Russian military to face down
 the forces sent by Kiev.

Outside the West, this would establish Putin as
 a defender of human rights. Inside the West, it
would make it completely clear to Washington's
 European vassals that the consequence of their
 alignment with Washington is that they will be
drawn into a war with Russia and, likely, also
with China.  Europeans have nothing to gain
 from these wars.

Sooner than later Putin needs to realize that
 his reasonableness is not reciprocated by
 Washington. Washington is taking advantage
 of Putin's reasonableness, and Washington
is pushing Russia harder. 

Putin has done what he can to avoid conflict.
 Now he needs to do the right thing, as he did
 in Georgia and Crimea.

Paul Craig Roberts



Donetsk residents call on Russia


Guilt by insinuation: How
American propaganda works

By Paul Craig Roberts

Why hasn't Washington joined Russian President
 Putin in calling for an objective, non-politicized
 international investigation by experts of the
 case of the Malaysian jetliner? 

The Russian government continues to release facts,
 including satellite photos showing the presence of
 Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missiles in locations from
 which the airliner could have been brought down by
 the missile system, and documentation that a
 Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet rapidly approached the
 Malaysian airliner prior to its downing.

The head of the Operations Directorate of Russian
 military headquarters said at a Moscow press
 conference on July 21st, that the presence of the
 Ukrainian military jet is confirmed by the Rostov
 monitoring centre.

The Russian Defense Ministry pointed out that, at
the moment of destruction of MH-17 an American
 satellite was flying over the area. The Russian
 government urges Washington to make available
 the photos and data captured by the satellite.

President Putin has repeatedly stressed that
the investigation of MH-17, requires "a fully
 representative group of experts to be
working at the site under the guidance of
 the International Civil Aviation Organization
 (ICAO)."

  Putin's call for an independent expert examination
 by ICAO does not sound like a person with anything
 to hide.

Turning to Washington Putin stated: "In the
 meantime, no one (not even the "exceptional
 nation") has the right to use this tragedy to
 achieve their narrowly selfish political goals." 

Putin reminded Washington: "We repeatedly
 called upon all conflicting sides to stop the
 bloodshed immediately and to sit down at
 the negotiating table. I can say with
 confidence that if military operations
 were not resumed [by Kiev] on June 28
 in eastern Ukraine, this tragedy would
not have happened."

What is the American response?

Lies and insinuations.

On July 20, the US Secretary of State, John
Kerry confirmed that pro-Russian separatists
were involved in the downing of the Malaysian
airliner and said that it was "pretty clear" that
 Russia was involved. Here are Kerry's words:

 "It's pretty clear that this is a system that
was transferred from Russia into the hands
 of separatists. We know with confidence,
with confidence, that the Ukrainians did not
 have such a system anywhere near the
vicinity at that point and time, so it obviously
 points a very clear finger at the separatists."

Kerry's statement is just another of the endless
 lies told by US secretaries of state in the 21st
 century.  Who can forget Colin Powell's package
of lies delivered to the UN about Saddam
Hussein's "weapons of mass destruction"
or Kerry's lie repeated endlessly that Assad
"used chemical weapons against his own
people" or the endless lies about "Iranian
 nukes"?

Remember that Kerry on a number of occasions
 stated that the US had proof that Assad crossed
 the "red line" by using chemical weapons.

 However, Kerry was never able to back up
 his statements with evidence.  The US had
 no evidence to give the UK prime minister,
whose efforts to have Parliament approve
Britain's participation with Washington in a
 military attack on Syria were voted down.
 Parliament told the prime minister, "no
evidence, no war."

Again here is Kerry declaring "confidence"
 in statements that are directly contradicted
 by the Russian satellite photos and endless
 eye witnesses on the ground. 

Why doesn't Washington release its photos
 from its satellite?

The answer is for the same reason that the USA
 will not release all the videos it confiscated and
 that it claims prove that a hijacked 9/11 airliner
hit the Pentagon.  The videos do not support
 Washington's claim, and the US satellite
photos do not support Kerry's claim.

The UN weapons inspectors on the ground in
Iraq, reported that Iraq had no weapons of
mass destruction.  However, the fact did not
 support Washington's propaganda and was
 ignored. Washington started a highly
destructive war, based on nothing but
Washington's intentional lie.

The International Atomic Energy Commission's
 inspectors on the ground in Iran and all 16 US
 intelligence agencies reported that Iran had
no nuclear weapons program. However, the
fact
was inconsistent with Washington's
agenda
and was ignored by both the US
government
and the presstitute media.

We are witnessing the same thing right
now with the assertions, in the absence
 of evidence, that Russia is responsible
 for the downing of the Malaysian airliner.

Not every member of the US government
is as reckless as Kerry and John McCain.
In place of direct lies, many US officials
 use insinuations.

US Senator Diane Feinstein is the perfect
 example.  Interviewed on the presstitute
 TV station CNN, Feinstein said: "The issue
 is where is Putin?  I would say, 'Putin, you
 have to man up. You should talk to the
 world. You should say, if this is a mistake,
 which I hope it was, say it.'"

Putin has been talking to the world non-
stop,
calling for an expert non-politicized
investigation,
and Feinstein is asking Putin
why he is hiding
behind silence.  We know
you did it, Feinstein
insinuates, so just tell
us whether you meant
to, or whether it
was an accident.


The way the entire Western news cycle was
 orchestrated with blame instantly placed on
Russia, long in advance of real information

 suggests that the downing of the airliner
was
a Washington operation.  It is, of course,
 possible that the well-trained presstitute media
 needed no orchestration from Washington, in
 order to lay the blame on Russia.  On the other
 hand, some of the news performances seem too
 scripted not to have been prepared in advance. 

We also have the advanced preparation of the
 youtube video that purports to show a Russian
 general and Ukrainian separatists discussing
 having mistakenly downed a civilian airliner.

 As I pointed out earlier, the video is twice damned.
  It was ready in advance, and, by implicating the
 Russian military, it overlooked that the Russian
 military can tell the difference between a civilian
 airliner and a military airplane. The existence of
 the video itself, implies that there was a plot to
 down the airliner and blame Russia.

I've seen reports that the Russian anti-aircraft
 missile system, as a safety device, is capable
 of contacting aircraft transponders in order to
 verify the type of aircraft.  If the reports are
correct and if the transponders from MH-17
 are found, they might record the contact.

I have seen reports that Ukrainian air control
 changed the route of MH-17 and directed it to
 fly over the conflict area.  The transponders
 should also indicate whether this is correct.

  If so, there clearly is at least circumstantial
 evidence, that this was anintentional act on
 the part of Kiev, an act which would have
 required Washington's blessing.

There are other reports that there's a divergence
 between the Ukrainian military and the unofficial
 militias, formed by the right-wing Ukrainian
 extremists who apparently were the first to attack
 the separatists.  It is possible that Washington
 used extremists to plot the airliner's destruction
 in order to blame Russia and use the accusations
 to pressure the EU to go along with Washington's
 unilateral sanctions against Russia. We do know
that Washington is desperate to break up the
 growing economic and political ties between
 Russia and Europe. 

If it was a plot to down an airliner, any safety device
 on the missile system could have been turned off,
so as to give no warning, or leave any telltale sign.
  That could be the reason a Ukrainian fighter was
 sent to inspect the airliner.  Possibly the real
 target was Putin's airliner -- and incompetence in
 implementing the plot, resulted in the destruction
of a civilian airliner.

As there are a number of possible explanations,
let's keep open minds and resist Washington's
 propaganda --- until facts and evidence are in.

 At the very least, Washington is guilty of using
 the incident to blame Russia in advance of the
 evidence. All Washington has shown us so far
 is accusations and insinuations.  If that is all
 Washington continues to show us, we will
know where the blame resides.

In the meantime, remember the story of the boy
 who cried "wolf!"  He lied so many times that
 when the wolf did come, no one believed him.
 Will this be Washington's ultimate fate?

Instead of declaring war on Iraq, Afghanistan,
 Libya, Somalia, and Syria, why did Washington
 hide behind lies?  If Washington wants war with
 Iran, Russia, and China, why not simply declare
 war? 

The reason that the US Constitution requires war
 to begin with a declaration of war by Congress, is
 to prevent the executive branch orchestrating
any wars, in order to further 'hidden agendas'.

 By abdicating its constitutional responsibility, the
 US Congress is complicit in the executive branch's
 war crimes.  By approving Israel's premeditated
 murder of Palestinians, the US government is
 complicit in Israel's war crimes.

Ask yourself this question: Would the world be
 a safer place, with less death, destruction and
 displaced peoples, and more truth and justice,
 if the United States and Israel did not exist? 

Paul Craig Roberts



__________________________________________




Does Russia have a future?
By Paul Craig Roberts

The Russian government has finally realized that
 it has no Western “partners,” and is complaining
 bitterly about the propagandistic lies and
 disinformation issued without any evidence
 whatsoever against the Russian government
 by Washington, its European vassals, and
press-titute media.

Perhaps the Russian government thought
that only Iraq, Libya, Syria, China, and Edward
 Snowden would be subjected to Washington’s
lies and demonization.

It was obvious enough that Russia would be next.

The Russian government and Europe need to look
 beyond Washington’s propaganda, because the
 reality is much worse.

NATO commander General Breedlove and Senate
 bill 2277 clearly indicate that Washington is
 organizing itself and Europe for war on Russia.

Europe is reluctant to agree with Washington to
 put Ukraine in NATO. Europeans understand that
 if Washington or its stooges in Kiev cause a war
with Russia, Europe will be the first casualty.

Washington finds its vassals’ noncompliance
 tiresome. Remember Assistant Secretary of
State Victoria Nuland’s “fuck the EU.” And
 that is just what Washington is about to do.

The US Senate’s Russian Aggression Prevention
 Act, about which I reported in my previous column,
does even more mischief than I reported. If the bill
 passes, which it likely will, Washington becomes
empowered to bypass NATO and to grant the status
 of “allied nation” to Ukraine independently of NATO
 membership. By so doing, Washington can send
 troops to Ukraine and thereby commit NATO to a
war with Russia.

Notice how quickly Washington escalated the
 orchestrated Ukrainian “crisis”  -  without any
 evidence - into “Russian aggression.” Overnight
 we have the NATO commander and US senators
 taking actions against “Russian aggression”, of
which no one has seen any evidence.

With Iraq, Libya, and Syria, Washington learned
 that Washington could act on the basis of bald-
faced lies. No one, not Great Britain, not France,
not Germany, not Italy, not the Netherlands, not
 Canada, not Australia, not Mexico, not New
Zealand, not Israel, nor Japan, nor S. Korea,
nor Taiwan, nor (substitute your selection)
stepped forward to hold the US accountable
 for its blatant lies and war crimes.

The UN even accepted the package of blatant
and obviously transparent lies that Colin Powell
 delivered to the UN. Everything Powell said had
 already been refuted by the UN’s own weapons
 inspectors. Yet the UN pussies gave a go-ahead
 for that devastating war.

The only conclusion is that all the whores were
paid off. Whores can always count on Washington
 paying them off. For money, the whores are selling
 out civilization to Washington’s war, which likely
will be nuclear and terminate life on earth. The
 whores’ money will incinerate with them.

It's hardly surprising that Washington now targets
 Russia. The world has given Washington carte
 blanche to do as it pleases. We have now had three
 administrations of US war criminals welcomed and
 honored wherever the war criminals go. The other
governments in the world continue to desire
 invitations to the White House as indications of
their worth. To be received by war criminals has
 become the highest honor.

Even the president of China comes to Washington
 to receive acceptance by the Evil Empire.

The world did not notice Washington’s war crimes
 against Serbia and didn’t puke when Washington
 then put the Serbian president, who had tried to
 prevent his country from being torn apart by
 Washington, on trial as a war criminal.

The world has made no effort to hold Washington
 responsible for its destruction of Iraq, Afghanistan,
 Libya, and now Syria and Gaza. The world has not
 demanded that Washington stop murdering people
 in Pakistan and Yemen, countries with which
 Washington is not at war. The world looks the other
 way as Washington creates the US Africa Command.
The world looks the other way as Washington sends
 deadly weapons to Israel, with which to murder
 women and children in the Gaza Ghetto. Washington
 passes Senate and House Resolutions cheering on
 the Israeli murder of Palestinians.

Washington is accustomed to its free pass,
granted by the world, to murder and to lie,
and now is using it against Russia.

President Putin’s bet, that by responding to
Washington’s aggression in Ukraine, in an

 unprovocative and reasonable manner, this
would
demonstrate to Europe, that Russia
was not the
source of the problem --- has
not paid off.


European countries are captive nations. They
are incapable of thinking & acting for themselves.
 They bend to Washington’s will. Essentially, Europe
 is a nonentity that follows Washington’s orders.

If the Russian government hopes to prevent war
with Washington, which is likely to be the final
war for life on earth, the Russian government
needs to act now and end the problem in Ukraine
 by accepting the separatist provinces’ request
to
be reunited with Russia. Once S.2277 passes,
 Russia cannot retrieve the situation without
 confronting militarily the US, because Ukraine
will have been declared an American ally.

Putin’s bet was reasonable and responsible,
 but Europe has failed him. If Putin does not
use Russian power to bring an end to the
problem with which the US has presented
him in Ukraine, while he still can, the US’s
 next step will be to unleash its hundreds of
NGOs inside Russia to denounce Putin as a
traitor for abandoning Russian populations
 in the former Russian provinces that Soviet
 leaders thoughtlessly attached to Ukraine.

The problem with being a leader is that you
inherit festering problems left by previous
 leaders. Putin has the problems bequeathed
by Yeltsin. Yeltsin was a disaster for Russia.
 Yeltsin was Washington’s puppet. It is not
certain that Russia will survive Yeltsin’s
mistakes.

If Washington has its way, Russia will survive
 only as an American puppet state.

In a previous column I described the article in
 Foreign Affairs, journal of the Washington foreign
 policy community, that makes a case that the US
 has such strategic advantage over Russia at this
 time that a “window of opportunity” exists for the
US to erase Russia as a restraint on US hegemony
--- with a preemptive nuclear attack.

It's almost certain that Obama is being told how
 President John F. Kennedy had this window of
 opportunity and did not use it, and that Obama
must not let the opportunity pass a second time.

As Steven Starr explained in a guest column,
there are no winners of nuclear war. Even if the
 US escapes retaliatory strikes, everyone will
die, regardless.

The view in Washington of the neoconservatives
who control the Obama regime, is that a nuclear
war is winnable. No expert opinion supports
 their assumption, but the neocons, not the
experts, are in power.

The American people are out to lunch. They have
 no comprehension of their likely fate. Americans
 are an uninformed people distracted by their
 mounting personal and financial problems.
 If Europeans are aware, they have decided to
live for the moment, on Washington’s money.

What life is faced with is a drive for hegemony
on the part of Washington --- and ignorant
unconcern on the part of the rest of the world.

Americans worked into a lather about Washington’s
 unfunded liabilities, and the viability of their future
 Social Security pension, won’t be alive to collect it.


______________________________________________



World doomed by Western insouciance
By Paul Craig Roberts

European governments and the Western media
 have put the world at risk by enabling the US’s
 propaganda and aggression against Russia.

Washington has succeeded in using transparent
 lies to demonize Russia as a dangerous aggressive
 country led by a new Hitler or a new Stalin, just as
 Washington sought to vilify Assad in Syria, Chavez
in Venezuela, and, of course, Iran.

The real demons – Clinton, Bush, Obama – are “the
 exceptional and indispensable people” above the
 reach of demonization. Their horrific real crimes
go unnoticed, while fictitious crimes are attributed
 to other people and countries.

The reason that Washington demonizes a leader and
 a country is to permit the creation of circumstances
 that Washington can use to act with force against
 a leader and a country.

Washington’s incessant lies alleging “Russian
 aggression” have created Russian aggression out
 of thin air. John Kerry and the State Department’s
 Marie Harf issue new lies daily, but never any
 supporting evidence. With the stage set, the US
 Senate, the NATO commander and the Chairman
 of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff are busy at work
 energizing the wheels of war.

Senate bill 2277 provides for beefing up forces on
 Russia’s borders and for elevating Ukraine’s status
 to “ally of the US” so that US troops can assist the
 war against “terrorists” in Ukraine.  

NATO commander Breedlove is preparing his plans
 for stockpiling war material on Russia’s borders so
 that US/NATO troops can more quickly strike Russia.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General
Martin Dempsey, is at work preparing American
 opinion for the upcoming war.

On July 24, Dempsey told Aspen Security Forum,
 a high level group where US opinion is formed,
that
Putin’s aggression in Ukraine is comparable
to
Stalin’s invasion of Poland in 1939 and that
the
Russian threat was not limited to Ukraine
or
Eastern Europe, but was global.

The intellects in the Aspen Forum did not break
 out laughing, when Dempsey told them that
Russia’s (alleged but unproven) involvement in
 Ukraine was the first time since 1939 that a
country made a conscious decision to use its
military force inside another sovereign nation
 to achieve its objectives.

 No one asked Dempsey what Washington has
been doing during the last three presidential
 regimes: Clinton in Serbia, Bush and Obama in
 Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan and
Yemen,
Obama in Libya and Syria.


Here are Dempsey’s words: “You’ve got a Russian
 government that has made a conscious decision to
 use its military force inside another sovereign nation
 to achieve its objectives. It’s the first time since
 1939 or so that that’s been the case. They clearly
 are on a path to assert themselves differently not
 just in Eastern Europe, but Europe in the main,
and towards the United States.”

Washington’s view that the world is its oyster is
so
ingrained that neither Dempsey nor his upper
 echelon audience at the Aspen Forum noticed the
 absurdity of his statement. Washington and the
 brainwashed US population take if for granted that
 the “exceptional, indispensable nation” isn't limited
 in its actions by the sovereignty of other countries.

Washington takes for granted that US law prevails
 in other countries over the countries’ own laws –
just ask France or Switzerland, that Washington
 can tell foreign financial institutions and
 corporations with whom they can do business
and with whom they cannot – just ask every
country and company prevented from doing
business with Iran, that Washington can invade
 any country whose leader Washington can
demonize & overthrow – just ask Iraq, Honduras,
 Libya, Serbia, and so forth, and that Washington
 can conduct military operations against peoples
 in foreign countries, such as Pakistan and Yemen,
 with which Washington is not at war.

All of this is possible, because Washington has
 claimed the title from Israel of being “God’s Chosen
 People.” Of course, Israel’s loss of the title has not
 stopped Israel from acting in the same way.

Washington has put in motion the wheels of war.
Once the wheels of war begin to turn, momentum
 carries them forward. The foolish, indeed utterly
 stupid, governments and media in Europe seem
 unaware of Washington’s orchestration of their
 future or lack thereof, or they are indifferent to it.

 They are dooming themselves and all of humanity
 by their insouciance.

Readers who cannot tolerate problems without
 solutions always request solutions. OK, here is
 the solution:

The only possibility of avoiding war is that Putin
take his case to the UN. If Washington can send
 Colin Powell to the UN unarmed with any truth to
 make Washington’s case for war against Iraq,
Putin should be able to take his case to the UN
 against Washington’s war against Russia.

The case that the emperor has no clothes is
 an easy one to make.

Unlike Washington, Putin is willing to share the
 evidence that Russia has about who is doing
what in Ukraine. It is a simple matter to establish
 that Washington organized a coup that overthrew
 an elected government, supports violence against
 those who object to the coup, and has turned a
deaf ear to Russia’s repeated pleas for Kiev and
 the separatists to negotiate their differences.

Putin should make it clear to the world that
 Washington continues with provocative military
 steps against Russia, with force buildups on
Russia’s borders and calls for more buildups,
with S.2277 which reads like a US preparation
 for war, with provocative actions & accusations
by top US generals and government officials
 against Russia, and with efforts to isolate Russia
 and to inflict economic and political injury
 on Russia.

Putin should make it clear to the world that there
 is a limit to provocations that Russia can accept
and that Russia believes that Russia is
in danger
of a preemptive nuclear attack by
Washington.


 Putin can describe Washington’s withdrawal from
 the ABM treaty, the construction of ABM bases on
 Russia’s borders, and the announced change in
 Washington’s war doctrine that elevates US nuclear
 forces from a retaliatory role to a preemptive first
 strike role. These actions are clearly directed at
 Russia (and China–wake up China! You are next!).

Putin must state clearly that the likely consequence
 of the world continuing to enable Washington’s lies
 & aggression will be not merely another disastrous
 war, but the termination of life.

The governments of the world, especially
 Washington’s vassals in Europe, Canada,
Australia, and Japan, need to be told that it
is
their responsibility to stop their enabling
of
Washington’s aggression or to accept
their
responsibility for World War III.


At least we could all have the enjoyment of
watching the arrogant Samantha Powers and
 the craven British lapdog rise and walk out of
 the UN proceedings. There is no doubt what-
soever that Washington is unable to answer
 the charges.

Here again is the Wolfowitz Doctrine that controls
US foreign policy and that condemns Planet Earth
 to death:

“Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence
of a new rival, either on the territory of the former
 Soviet Union or elsewhere, that posses a threat on
 the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.

 “This is a dominant consideration underlying the
new regional defense strategy and requires that
 we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from
 dominating a region whose resources would,
 under consolidated control, be sufficient to
 generate global power.”

A hostile power is defined as any country that
 is not a Washington vassal.

The Wolfowitz Doctrine commits the United States,
 its peoples, Washington’s gullible EU allies and
 those peoples, to war with Russia and China.

The destruction of the world is what the idiot EU
 governments and the presstitute Western media
 are fostering by their enablement of Washington’s
 lies and aggression.


___________________________________



WHY RUSSIA REFUSES WAR


Two thirds of Russians say in the latest
poll that they are against sending troops
to Ukraine, despite the latest US' moves.



WHY EU LEADERS ARE FOLLOWING
US SANCTIONS TO HURT RUSSIA


 The European Union is expanding anti-Russian
 sanctions against its own interests under tough
 pressure from the US in favour of the American
 military-industrial complex, say experts.

“This week, the EU is to expand and toughen
anti-Russian measures. This is obviously an
 operation staged by Washington that is using
 the Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine with
 most of its passengers being Europeans, as
an excuse to defeat Russia,” says the director
 of the strategic analysis & developments dept,
 at the sanctioned Vnesheconombank, Vladimir
 Andrianov.

“The unprecedented propaganda campaign
 on Russia has turned the Old World's public
against Russia, to such an extent that its
politicians are afraid of looking indecisive
and losing voters' support, to blindly take
 their cue from the US”

“The EU has no chance to withstand US pressure
 over anti-Russian measures,” the expert explains:
 “Washington overtly interferes with Russian-EU gas
 supply talks & blackmails France over its contract
 on helicopter carrier Mistral supplies to Russia.

“The US is flagrantly pursuing its own policy in
Europe
and is appointing its own people to
key posts in the EU.”


“EU countries have a deficit of strong leaders
 now, and European governments are weak.
Meanwhile,
the EU's bureaucratic machine is
proving to be incompetent
on issues of global
politics and economics and
totally dependent
on the US will,” Andrianov says.


 “The fact that even German Chancellor Angela
 Merkel suddenly switched tactics after several
 months of a moderate approach shows the EU
 leaders’ dependence on the US.

 “Washington keeps files on all prominent politicians.
 It certainly has blackmail evidence against Merkel.
 It’s no coincidence that her cellphone was bugged
by US special services. For this reason, the German
 chancellor yielded to pressure from Washington.”

“All US foreign policy starting from Vietnam, has
been tailored to its military's needs. Amid global
 competition, the US - as the world’s gendarme -
 cannot bear the thought that Russia remains the
only major geopolitical opponent which it can't
control,” the expert says.

Washington aims to arm the Ukrainian army with
 modern weapons and equipment, and pull Russia
 into a confrontation with Ukraine,  Mr Andrianov
believes.

“For this purpose, the US Congress plans to
 recognise Ukraine as a major non-NATO ally
 and provide it with direct military aid.

 “The S.2277 - Russian Aggression Prevention Act
 of 2014 - has passed two readings in the US.
These moves are clearly designed to serve the
 interests of the US military-industrial complex
 in order to kindle the fire in Europe and line US
 pockets on weapon supplies to the crisis zone,”
Andrianov says.

“The scenario of pulling Russia into armed conflict
 with Ukraine is so dangerous that it's unacceptable,”
the dean of the Higher School of Economics Faculty
 for World Economy and International Affairs, Sergey
 Karaganov says.

 “But the EU sanctions already announced, and
those on the table, mean that the large-scale
US's anti-Russian campaign, caused by the
Boeing's downing in Ukraine, is bearing fruit.”

“US pressure for the EU to adopt anti-Russian
 sanctions aims at splitting Europe, weakening
 Germany and inflicting as much grave damage
 as possible on Russia, to deprive the country
of its power in the world,” the expert says.

“Europe is blindly obeying the US by imposing
 anti-Russian sanctions, because EU welfare
directly relies on the US in financial terms,
the
Deputy Director of Russia's Academy of
Sciences
Institute for the USA and Canadian
Studies, Major
General Pavel Zolotarev says.

“In terms of its security policy, the EU is peace-
ful under the US umbrella. Washington bears the
 lion’s share of NATO spending, enabling the EU
 countries to reduce defense spending to 2% of
their gross domestic product.”

“EU countries lay out 6-7 times more for education
 and healthcare than defense,” the analyst adds.

 “Russia cannot afford such a budget distribution,
 while EU countries can, thanks to the US. Hence
 their obedience to Washington.”





The graphic video above shows
fascism in the centre of Europe.

Our media says the US-backed
coup in Ukraine, is a people's 
revolution: we say it's fascism.

______________________________



LATEST NEWS ON SUNDAY
  
 
Iraqi forces recapture largest oil
refinery in Salahudin province

Iraqi security forces Saturday retake control
of the oil refinery in Salahudin province, after
heavy clashes with IS militants, a provincial
 official says.

"The troops backed by allied Shiite and Sunni
militias have completely liberated the vast oil
 refinery of Baiji --- after they drove out the IS
 militants," Jasim Jbara, head of the security
 committee of Salahudin provincial council,
tells Xinhua by telephone.

Security forces also started clearing and
defusing landmines and roadside bombs
planted by IS before withdrawing from
the
refinery, Jbara says.

Security forces also freed the eastern and
 central parts of the nearby town of Baiji, 200
 kms north of Baghdad, after pushing back IS
 militants who are still fighting in the west of
 the town, Jbara adds.

The battles are part of a large-scale operation
 launched Wednesday, to retake areas seized
 by IS in Salahudin, after it captured the huge
 oil facility on Tuesday.

______________________________

Political terror rises in Ukraine: Russian diplomat

A Russian diplomat warns that a dangerous wave
 of political terror is rising in Ukraine and he urges
 the West not to continue turning a blind eye to the
 practice of human rights infringements by Kiev.

"The United States and the European Union, which
 pursue their narrow political interests, should stop
 freeing the Kiev authorities from blame, and force
 them to meet their human rights commitments,"
 Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's
 ombudsperson for human rights, democracy and
 the rule of law, says to the media.

Dolgov comments on several political killings
 in Ukraine, including the contract killing of a
Ukrainian journalist, Oles Buzina.

"He (Buzina) was an open and honest person
 and a true patriot of his country," he says.

"A dangerous wave of political terror is rising
 in Ukraine - accompanied by a speedy media
 campaign to defame all who dare to express
 different opinions to the authorities," he says.

"If continued, the political terror may further split
 the country...and in turn may result in nothing but
a deepening destabilization of the situation... in a
fragile Ukraine," he says.

Buzina, 45, was shot dead Thursday, by unknown
 gunmen near his house in central Kiev. He worked
 as editor-in-chief at Ukraine's Segodnya paper, up
to March this year and was known to be a critic of
the current government.

Ten Ukrainian journalists & MPs have so far
been murdered in April, and all ten had been
placed on a list of 'enemies of the state', by
an extremist website linked to top officials.

______________________________


Ukraine ceasefire violations blamed
 on ‘unidentified third party’ – OSCE

The fragile truce in eastern Ukraine has, on several
 occasions, been violated by an “unidentified third
 party,” the OSCE mission states in its daily report,
 citing officers of the joint coordination centre who
 are trying to organize a ceasefire.


______________________________



US military instructors in Ukraine
undermine Minsk peace deal – Moscow

Despite voicing its support for settlement of
 the Ukraine crisis, the US is actually working
 to undermine the Minsk peace deal, Russia’s
 Foreign Ministry says, about the deployment
 of American military instructors to Ukraine.


_________________________________



Israeli troops clash with Palestinians
on Prisoners Day

A series of violent clashes broke out on Friday
when Israeli forces attacked separate groups
 of Palestinians protesting across the occupied
 territories, opening fire to disperse the crowds.

Fierce clashes erupted between Israeli forces &
 Palestinian protesters as people in the occupied
 territories & the besieged Gaza Strip poured onto
the streets to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day.

At least 60 people were injured in Bil’in village, in
 the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate in central
West bank, after inhaling teargas fired by the IDF.

"We will not leave our prisoners in jail alone," rally
 organizer Abdullah Abu Rahma said in Bil’in, adding,
 "We will defend their right to be released, because
 the majority of them have been arrested illegally
by Israeli forces."

Witnesses and local residents say at least one
 protester was shot in the head in Kafr Qaddum
 village, near the north West Bank city of Qalqilya.
 Israeli troops also used rubber-coated bullets &
water canon to disperse Palestinians there.

A series of scuffles and clashes were reported
 in Bethlehem.

In al-Quds (Jerusalem), Palestinians marched on
 al-Aqsa Mosque compound, shouting out slogans
 against Israel’s detention policy. 

Prisoners Day is marked every year in solidarity
 with thousands of Palestinians in Israeli jails.

Israeli forces have arrested 800,000 Palestinians
 since 1967. Today, there are 6,500+ Palestinians
 in Israeli jails, many of them women, minors and
 chronically ill prisoners.

 "Defense for Children International" says,
 at least 182 of the prisoners are children.

Israeli forces routinely abduct Palestinians in
 the occupied West Bank and put them behind
bars on its 'administrative detention' policy.

Administrative detention is imprisonment with-
out trial, or charge, letting Israel incarcerate
 Palestinians for up to six months... Detention
orders can be renewed for indefinite periods.

Human rights groups repeatedly denounce
 imprisonment without any charge or trial.

On March 22nd, the Hossam Association of
 Palestinian Prisoners & Ex-Prisoners, said
 Palestinians in Israeli jails, are prone to a
growing risk of cancer, due to high levels

of radiation inside prisons.

A number of Palestinians are also being held
 in prisons near the Dimona nuclear reactor,
also at its toxic waste dumps, in the Negev
Desert, the rights body added.

The advocacy group says Palestinian prisoners
 continue to face a wide range of human rights
 violations in Israeli jails and detention centres.


_________________________________


Egyptians hold nationwide protests
 against military rule

Egyptian people held fresh anti-government
 protest rallies across the country -- calling
for reinstatement of the former president,
Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the
army in 2013 -- Press TV reports.

On Friday, outraged demonstrators formed human
 chains in the capital, Cairo, as well as other cities,
 such as Alexandria, Giza, the Nile Delta provinces
 of Sharqiya, Dakahlia, Beheira and Kafr el-Sheikh,
 as well as the Upper Egypt provinces of Fayoum,
Bani-Suef and Minya.

The protests were called by Egypt’s Anti-Coup
Alliance, led by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood
movement.

The alliance calls for one week of protests
 against the military-backed government in
Cairo under the slogan “Our steadfastness
is the path to victory.”

The protesters denounce Cairo’s ongoing crack-
down on dissidents, & what they are calling the
 'devastating military operations' in the restive
 Sinai Peninsula, plus the government’s corrupt
 economic policies and the deteriorating living
 conditions in the North African state.

Nour al-Din Kamal, an activist, tells Press TV
that he believes the regime in Cairo is “the
 most repressive” the country has witnessed
 in more than six decades, and even “worse”
 than that of the ousted longtime dictator,
 Hosni Mubarak.

Ayman al-Kady, an engineer, said to Press TV:
 “Sinai is being lost in the midst of the suffering
of forcefully deported families who are caught
 in the middle between the army and terrorist
groups, as is unity amongst Egyptians.”

Many protesters also express regret over what
they call a shrinking Egyptian role in the region
 due to its financial dependence on oil-rich Arab
 states, such as Saudi Arabia.

“It's only a matter of time before the middle class
 in Egypt disappears, due to government policies
which only favor the rich,” says Abdel-Rahman
 Mahmoud, a protester.

Some gatherings in different cities turned violent
 as security guards dispersed the demonstrators.

In Alexandria city, security guards stormed the
 mosque in Raml neighborhood, arresting over
 a dozen people who were to join a protest rally
 after Friday Prayers.

Riot police also attacked demonstrators in
 Alexandria’s el-Safira neighborhood shooting
birdshot and tear gas. Several people were
wounded and others arrested.

Four people were detained in the volatile
 neighborhood of Matariya, in Cairo, after
police tried to break up a protest rally.

Security forces also dispersed a peaceful
 protest in the Nasser neighbourhood of
Bani Suef south of Cairo &
gaoled several.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected
president, was ousted in July 2013, in a
military coup, led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
the country’s current president and then,
its army commander.

Since, Egypt has been the scene of mass anti-
government protests, with continuous clashes
 between security forces and the supporters of
 the ousted leader.

The new rulers have come under pressure from
 human rights groups over their harsh crackdown
on Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters.

The movement is also
now blacklisted as a
 terrorist organization, by a military-backed
 government in Cairo.

Rights groups say the army crackdown on
 pro-Morsi demonstrations, has killed over
1,400 people & led to the arrest of 22,000,
 including 200 people sentenced to death,
 in mass trials.

Morsi and his aides are currently on trial
 facing several charges & could face the
 death penalty if convicted.


_______________________________



Egypt’s Sisi: No Ground Troops Deployed in Yemen
 
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, on Friday,
implies that Egypt has not sent ground troops to
fight in the Saudi-US-led aggression on Yemen.


__________________________________



Egyptian Commander Says Army Won’t
 Fight in Yemen, Saudis Fell into US Trap

The commander of Egypt's forces in the Gulf war,
 Major General Mohammad Ali Bilal, says that his
 troops will fight outside Egypt only to defend its
national security, in an indirect response to the
 claims that Cairo would join a possible ground
invasion in Yemen. 

The Egyptian commander notes that geographical
features in Yemen, and the nature of the Yemeni
people makes any foreign intervention impossible.

Bilal wonders about the role that the US military
 is playing in Yemen, as it was reported that US
 troops saved 2 Saudi pilots in Aden on the 2nd
 day of the Saudi aggression, hinting at the US
role in entrapping Saudi Arabia in the war.

He also stresses that, although Egypt's
 official stance isn't publicly announced,
 Egypt supports a political solution... in
both Yemen and Syria.



_______________________________



IS Terrorists Withdraw from Yarmouk
Camp, in Southern Damascus

Well-informed sources tell Al-Manar news that IS
 terrorists have withdrawn from Yarmouk refugee
camp, in southern Damascus, and moved to the
 area of al-Hajar al-Aswad.

IS's withdrawal followed fierce clashes with its
opponents in the camp over the last few weeks.

IS stormed the camp on April 1st, apparently in
 tandem with rivals from the al-Qaeda-linked al-
Nusra Front, even though the two groups have
 fought bloody battles against each other, in
other parts of Syria.



____________________________




US Military Trainers in Ukraine may
 Destabilize Situation: Kremlin

The Kremlin says on Friday that the arrival of
about 300 US paratroopers in Ukraine to train
 Kiev's National Guard, could destabilize the
 situation in the east of the country.

"The participation of instructors or specialists
from "third countries" on Ukrainian territory,
 where the domestic Ukrainian conflict is still
 unresolved, could destabilize the situation,"
Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, tells
 reporters in Moscow during a conference call.

He's referring to the arrival of US paratroopers
 in western Ukraine this week -- to begin a six-
month training rotation with three battalions.

The training mission, first announced in August
 last year, was due to start in March, but it was
put on hold until further progress was made in
implementing a Minsk deal, agreed in February.

Ukraine has repeatedly cried for international help
 to boost its military capabilities. Western countries
 have so far declined its requests to supply weapons,
 while offering non-lethal military aid and training.


________________________________



US assassinated first Pakistani PM:
State Department documents

The US assassinated Pakistan’s first PM, Nawabzada
Liaquat Ali Khan, over
sixty years ago, according to
US
State Department documents.


Quoting the declassified documents, Pakistan Today
reports on Friday, how Khan was murdered
because
he refused to use his office to secure
oil contracts
in Iran --- for US corporations.


The report quotes Khan as saying he wouldn't use
his friendship with Tehran officials for dishonest
purposes, and neither would he interfere in Iran's
personal affairs.


Khan also called on Washington to vacate its air
bases in Pakistan, which the US
was abusing to
  damage the Soviet Union's interests, which
led
the then US President Harry S. Truman, to make
threats to
the PM, about 'dire consequences'.

According to the documents, the CIA then began
 to search for an assassin to kill Khan, but could
 not find a suitable assassin in Pakistan itself...
so they turned
to Afghanistan, to assist them.

The Afghan government of King Mohammed Zahir
 Shah finally found a man, Syed Akbar, to do it and
 also arranged for him to be killed afterwards.

Akbar fired two shots at Khan as he started his
 speech at Company Bagh (Company Garden),
 in Rawalpindi, on October 16th, in 1951. 

Khan was shot in the chest and rushed to a
local hospital and given a blood transfusion,
but the 56-year-old succumbed to his injuries.
The assassin was also immediately shot dead.

The bullets used to assassinate Khan, one of
 the founding fathers of modern Pakistan, were
used by high-ranking US military officers, and
 were not usually available on the market, the
 report concludes.

The report comes out directly after Pakistan's
Parliament
votes, overwhelmingly, to not join
the US/Saudi war on Yemen.



____________________________



Russia to insist on creating nuclear weapon
free zone in Middle East at NPT Conference
 
TASS - Russia will insist on establishing a nuclear
 weapon free zone in the Middle East, at the NPT
(Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference in
New York, the head of the Department for non-
proliferation and weapons control at the Russian
 Foreign Ministry, Mikhail Ulyanov, says on Friday.

"For us, a task will be to overcome a stalemate
 in creating the nuclear weapon free zone in the
 Middle East," Ulyanov says. "This follows from
 our status as one of the NPT depository states,"
 he adds.

Ulyanov calls the atmosphere ahead of the NPT
 Review Conference 'unhealthy', saying there
 are 'considerable imbalances'.

"The atmosphere there is unhealthy: there are
 complaints about the implementation of the
 Treaty [NPT]," he says.

According to Ulyanov, a final document is
expected to be adopted at the conference.

"Everyone expects a final document. It will
be a tragedy, for us, if one is not adopted,"
 Ulyanov says.

The NPT Review Conference takes place in
New York, on April the 27th to May the 22nd.


 ________________________



Ukraine's State News Agency
 Hopes for New World War
 
An article in Ukraine's national news agency
 claims the US is ready to start a world war.

Ukraine's state news agency, Ukrinform, says
the House of Representatives vote on sending
 lethal aid to Kiev means that the US is ready
 to begin what it calls, a "4th World War:"

"We'll get Javelins & other killer hardware. We'll
be taught by the best American instructors and
there will be NATO ships in the Black Sea. But
that's not all. Sooner or later, regular American
forces will appear on Ukrainian territory & will
fight regular Russian forces."

Citing Samuel Huntington's book, "The Clash
of Civilizations," Ukraine's news agency article
 says the tensions between Russia and Ukraine
 are civilizational because Ukraine's Kiev-based
  Orthodox Church supported the Kiev protests
which led to the 2014 coup, as well as the
 idea of a war against Russia.

According to the agency, American "hawks"
 also want this war against Russia, although
 apparently increasingly fighting from their
distant command centres.

"But they will teach us many things. And we
 will be able to have a large-scale war," the
 publication adds.

The publication hopes that a full-scale war will
 begin after Barack Obama leaves office and is
 replaced by a "decisive Republican."


___________________________________



Kiev MP hopes the US Bombs Donbas Next

Poroshenko Bloc MP Vadim Denisenko tells
 Ukraine's Channel 5 this week that he hopes
that NATO's next step in the Ukraine conflict
will be bombing Donbas within "months".

Poroshenko Bloc MP, Vadim Denisenko, on
Roman Chaika's Channel 5 program 'Ukraina
Ponad Use' ('Ukraine Above All') on Tuesday,
when Chaika posed the question, "what may
 be preventing NATO from carrying out air-
strikes?" given NATO's post-war policy of
military interventionism, replied by saying:

"[NATO] is very slow in acting. Recall the
situation six months ago; nobody even
spoke about the provision of weapons.
Now in the near future as I understand it,
weapons will be sent to Ukraine; every-
thing is being set up for their delivery."

"And then, the next step will obviously be
airstrikes. But this will take an additional
 three to four months. Unfortunately, they
 are very slow in their decision-making."

Denisenko added that, in his view, "there
 is no possibility for a political compromise
 on the matter of solving the conflict in
eastern Ukraine," and that, in the light of
the circumstances, "all that's left to do
is to formally declare war."

For this, Ukraine will need to be provided
 with "as many arms and instructors as
 possible" by NATO. This "is the main thing
 we must achieve today," Denisenko said.

The MP said that the IMF had "given Ukraine
 their word" that -- during military hostilities --
financial assistance would be provided to
 Ukraine.

"We must also create an economic blockade
 of the occupied territories. Responsibility for
 provision of the civilian population lies on the
 shoulders of the state-occupier. We must say
 honestly: we will not pay pensioners from the
DPR & LPR, we won't pay for their electricity.
If the political will exists, this can be solved
in a month's time."

Putin noted on Tuesday that the West is already
 supplying Kiev with weapons. "According to our
 information, arms are already being delivered,"
he
told the press after talks with Hungarian PM
 Viktor Orban. Putin added that while weapons
 provision would result in more military & civilian
 casualties, they would not change the balance
of forces.


 "The result will remain the same as it is today,"
Putin noted. The president explained how "this
 is inevitable -- as the vast majority of Ukraine's
 armed forces personnel, in my opinion, has no
 desire to participate in any fratricidal war, far
from their own homes, while Donbas' militia
have the great motivation of protecting their
 families."


_____________________________



Australia plans powers for guards
 to ‘beat asylum seekers to death’

Fresh powers recommended for Australia’s
 immigration detention centre guards would
 allow them to “beat asylum seekers to death,”
 a former Victorian supreme court judge says.

Testifying before a Thursday Senate hearing on
 proposed amendments to 2015's migration bill,
 Stephen Charles SC stresses how amendment I
 --- which maintains "good order" at immigration
 detention facilities, would greatly expand the
 officers’ powers at detention facilities in ways
 that would “inevitably encourage violence by
 guards against asylum seekers,” the Guardian
 newspaper reports.

“These amendments to the Migration Act will
in effect authorize guards to beat any asylum
 seekers to death on the basis that they could
reasonably believe it is necessary to do so,”
he explains.

According to the report, new powers suggested
 for the prison guards - which may include private
 contractors - would allow them to use “reasonable
 force against any person” if the guards believe it's
 necessary to protect the life, health or safety of
 people, or to maintain order, or security.

Such authority potentially allow officers with little
 training, a greater level of immunity than granted
 to state or federal police officers, the report adds.

Charles, who sat on Victoria's court of appeal,
 until 2006, further emphasizes that standards
 recommended in the bill, will offer a similar test
to that considered in the US, & “draws parallels
 with the recent shooting of Walter Scott, by the
 police officer, Michael Slager,” the report adds.

“Time and again police in the United States have
 been acquitted in circumstances such as these,”
 Charles is quoted as saying.

In February, Australians held candlelit vigils to
 commemorate the beating to death of a 23-year-
old Iranian man, Reza Barati, while he was held
at Australia’s Manus Island detention centre, in
 Papua New Guinea. He was reportedly killed by
 guards during three days of attacks by locals,
 and rioting, that he was not even involved in.

After surging violence at Australian detention
 centres the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture,
 Juan Mendez, examined Australia's asylum
seeker policies.

 He found violations of the convention against
torture & other cruel, inhumane or degrading
 treatment or punishment --- agreed 30 years
 ago at the UN Human Rights Council.

“The Government always assures Australian
people that it complies with its international
 human rights obligations. But here we have
 the United Nations once again, in very clear
 terms, telling the government --- Australia’s
asylum seeker policies are in breach of the
 international law,” says a press release by
 Australia’s Human Rights Law Centre.


___________________________



Iraq army recaptures Ramadi from IS terrorists

Iraqi forces have taken full control of the west-
ern
city of Ramadi from IS, in what is seen as
a major blow to the Takfiri terrorists, says the
Press TV news service
.

A spokesperson for Joint Operation Command
on
Thursday, announces the full liberation of
Ramadi --
provincial capital of Anbar province.

General Sa’ad Ma’an says Iraq's forces have
 driven the terrorists out of Ramadi, and it is
 under the full control of government forces. 

However, fierce clashes continue on the out-
skirts, where IS Takfiris seized some villages
earlier in the day, including Abukhalifa, Sofia,
and Sor, plus the two nearby districts of Bu
Mahalat and Bu Sowda, Press TV states.


Iraq's army vows no pause in the operation -
 and is poised to force terrorists out of nearby
 villages, to secure army positions in the city.

Press TV correspondent Rahshan Saglam says
 Iraqi forces have
also secured a road between
 Sijariah and Sofia which strategically connects
 Anbar province and the Jordanian and Syrian
 borders. The road was used by ISIL militants
to get reinforcements from Takfiris in Syria.

At least six Iraqi security forces and civilians
 were killed in Thursday’s battles, and dozens
 wounded.

The Ramadi victory, Press TV reports, follows
one in Tikrit:
and Iraq now looks ahead to an
offensive
to retake Mosul, a stronghold for IS
in northern Iraq.


Sputnik, however, reports an Iraqi intelligence
official saying the terrorists are preparing to
 launch another attack from the western side
 of the city, adding that the situation is critical.

US air strikes and Iraqi ground forces rushed
 to the city, are currently staving off terrorist
 counter-moves, says Sputnik.


__________________________________



Latest Saudi air raids claim
 20 lives in Yemen’s Amran
 
At least twenty people have been killed
 in the latest Saudi air raids on Yemen’s
 Amran province.

According to al-Massira television, dozens
 were injured during the Wednesday night
raid on the Houthi region in the western
central Amran province.

Earlier on Wednesday, fighter jets bombed
a school in the Malahidh region, close to
 the Saudi-Yemeni border, killing 8 civilians,
 including a mother and her three children. 

Saudi Arabia began its military aggression
 against Yemen on March 26, without a UN
 mandate, in a bid to restore power to Abd
 Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a close ally
of Riyadh.

According to sources in the Yemeni Army,
around 2,600 people have been killed in
 the Saudi aggression in the past 3 weeks.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is
 rapidly deteriorating. Many international
aid organizations have sought clearance
 for medical and humanitarian supplies
 by air and sea, to the civilians in need.


____________________________


Russia’s Northern Fleet says no
 naval exercises in English Channel

RT- Russia’s Northern Fleet denies it was
 holding exercises in the English Channel,
-- but only passing through the waterway --
 on course to the North Atlantic, to hold
 its drills, Sputnik reports.

'The fleet is now on course through the
Channel, but its exercises will be held
 in the north Atlantic' the Northern Fleet
 press service's head, Captain 1st-Rank,
Vadim Serga, tells RIA Novosti.

 The fleet announced completing a range
 of anti-air & anti-ship defense exercises,
while crossing the Bay of Biscay, off the
western French & north Spanish coasts.


_________________________



BBC --- In Your Face!

The Newsweek article “What Sanctions?
 The Russian Economy Is Growing Again,”
outlines how recent events after Western
attacks on Russia, including sanctions;
runs on the Ruble; engineered oil price
drops; have all resulted in an outcome
for Russia's economy, that Newsweek
admits is "not exactly what the West
was hoping for."

 Against what seemed to be insurmountable
 economic odds, the Ruble has rebounded &
 the stockmarket has outperformed most of
its competitors. Russia's foreign exchange
 reserves are up, and Russia's government
revenue has exceeded all expectations.

While crude oil and energy prices were meant
to hit Russia companies hard, they've instead
 empowered Russia industries to some of their
 highest profits in recent history. This, & other
 “unexpected” stimuli, as a secondary result of
 the West's sanctions, spells 'policy disaster
max', for Washington, London, and Brussels.

The meat of this story from Newsweek can
be found in the MICEX index, as well as on
the micro level, with companies like steel-
maker Severstal.

On the same day the BBC’s headline read:
 “Russians reel from economic crisis,” this,
 from a diplomatic correspondent & award
 winning 'Russia expert', Bridget Kendall.

She’s clearly not looked at the economic
 data. Her article speaks of shut factories
and shop owners in distress, when this,
 is simply not the case.


_________________________________



UN sanctions Houthis in Yemen, ignores
Russia call for all-inclusive arms embargo

The UN Security Council imposes an arms
 embargo against Houthis in Yemen and
 blacklists the son of Yemen's former
president, and a Houthi leader.

14 members of the Security Council voted
yes, and Russia was the only abstention.

The Russian representative says not all
 Moscow’s proposals were included in the
 final text, drafted by Jordan and the Gulf
Arab states.

"The co-sponsors refused to include all
requirements insisted upon by Russia
that addressed all sides to the conflict
 to swiftly halt fire & begin peace talks,"
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin
 told the council after the vote.

Jordan's draft resolution was debated
alongside a separate Russian draft,
calling for an “humanitarian pause”
 in airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition.

An all-inclusive arms embargo on all
parties in the Yemeni conflict, put
 earlier by Russia as an amendment
to the Arab draft, was rejected.

"We insisted that the arms embargo
needs to be comprehensive; it's well
known Yemen's awash in weapons.
The adopted resolution should not be
 used for a further escalation of armed
conflict," Churkin says.

Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies
 have been bombing the Houthi rebels
since March 25, with 1,000 people+
 killed since the start of the conflict.

The resolution also urges all “Member
States, particularly those neighboring

 Yemen, to inspect.. all cargo to Yemen”
 if they've reasonable grounds to believe
 it contains weapons.

The document demands all Yemen parties
 stop fighting - especially the Houthis - who
 are called upon to withdraw from Sanaa
 and other areas they have seized.

It blames ex-President Saleh for "de-
stabilizing acts" in Yemen, including
 supporting the Houthi uprising.

Following the arms embargo vote, the US
 Treasury Department announced unilateral
sanctions against Yemeni rebel leader al-
Houthi and the former head of Yemen's
 Republican Guard, Ahmed Saleh.

Yemen's Houthi-led Supreme Revolutionary
 Committee condemns the Security Council
resolution, saying that their move supports
 “aggression.”

The governing body says it “calls on the
 masses of the Yemeni people to rally &
 protest on Thursday, to condemn the
Security Council resolution in support
 of the aggression,” local TV reports.


__________________________


Normandy 4 backs withdrawal of tanks &
small artillery from Ukraine ceasefire line

Foreign ministers of the Normandy Four group
reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine's peace
 accords, discussing both existing progress &
 other steps needed to ensure a long-standing
 ceasefire.

The ministers urge the contact group to create
 4 working blocs to better observe implement-
ation of the deal, Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov
 tells journalists after the meeting.

 Particular attention and time was spent on
 discussing creation of the working groups,
 Larov says. According to the minister, they
 will focus on “specific areas of settlement,”
that include “military & security questions,
 questions re the economic reconstruction
 of Donbass, humanitarian questions, and
 questions on political reform.”

An OSCE initiative calling for more types of
 arms to be withdrawn from the demarcation
 line -- in particular weapons with a “caliber
 less than 100 mm” --- as well as tanks, was
also supported by the Normandy Four,
Lavrov adds.

“We call on all sides to stop fighting and
demonstrate their commitment to fully
 implementing the ceasefire & conclude
 the withdrawal of heavy weapons. We
furthermore, call for the withdrawal of
mortars and heavy weapons below
100mm as well as all types of tanks,”
 the ministers say, in a joint statement.

Lavrov points out that all his colleagues
 support the Minsk deal and declare the
 necessity for a “complete” ceasefire in
 eastern Ukraine, in addition to a with-
drawal of more heavy weapons.

“We have also highlighted the need for
 the Minsk agreement to be observed
in its full capacity: not only its military
aspect, but also its political, economic
 and humanitarian [aspects],” he adds.

Lavrov denounces Kiev’s ongoing economic
blockade of the Donbass Region, where the
central authorities refuse to pay pensions
 and provide social benefits, as “wrong” &
 “harmful” to the Minsk accords.

Recent laws adopted by Ukraine, particularly
 the so-called “Decommunization package” &
a bill that glorifies Ukrainian nationalists who
have been accused of links to Nazi Germany,
have “ruinous” implications for the peace
process, Lavrov adds.

Russia’s top diplomat says he remains
hopeful that the Normandy Four format
discussions will keep making progress,
& will soon bear a “concrete result.”

German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter
Steinmeier, meanwhile, tells reporters
 there is “no alternative” to the Minsk
 ceasefire agreement in solving the
 Ukrainian crisis:

 “Nothing is easy in the Ukraine crisis,
 this is not new. During the talks today,
 the differences of opinion between Kiev
 and Moscow also became clear, once
again,” Steinmeier adds.

The Special Representative of the OSCE
Chair-in-Office, Ambassador Tagliavini,
 & the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special
 Monitoring Mission, Ambassador Apakan,
were part of a larger meeting on Monday
night.

Both were commended for their activities
 & urged to “finalize operational concepts
 on working groups within the Trilateral
 Contact Group --- as soon as possible,”
says the ministers’ statement.

The OSCE has been monitoring implementation
 of the ceasefire with a special mission placed
 in eastern Ukraine. On Sunday, OSCE monitors
 reported “renewed fighting” by Shirokyno near
 to the front line. The mission said that it heard
a tank round being fired “from government-
controlled territory.”

It added that mission monitors in Mariupol
 heard “intermittent to heavy mortar fire” in
 the area, and “saw flashes indicative of
such fire, from that area.”

Since the start of Kiev’s military operation
 a year ago, over 6,100 people have died,
 and nearly 15,500 injured, according to a
report released by the UN Office for the
 Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA) on Monday.


___________________________________



Wanna Start WWIII? Nuclear Courier
Commander Threatens to Kill Colleagues

Federal government auditing of a nuclear
courier squad* in Tennessee, found some
 disturbing information about an official
 in charge of highly sensitive - and
 dangerous - work.

*A nuclear courier squad oversees locations
 where the uranium portions of H bombs are
 made, stored & occasionally moved to other
 federal sites --- and the audit found that the
 unit’s commander has shown incidents of
"hostility or aggression toward fellow
workers" and has at times exhibited
 "uncontrolled anger."

The Department of Energy report also found
 that the commander – unnamed  – allegedly
 threatened to kill one of his co-workers 2
 years ago and senior officials didn’t know
 about it until a few months ago.

The DOE audit goes on to mention that the
 commander has been involved in "physical
or verbal altercations" and the misconduct
 had been going on for as long as a decade,
 but wasn’t reported to his superiors. 

And it wasn’t just him. Others working
 at the Oak Ridge, Tennessee facility
 engaged in "unsuitable, reportable,
 behaviour."

The audit report was not made public
until a recent Freedom of Information
 Act request was filed by Greenwire --
a trade publication that specializes
 in covering energy issues.

The commander is under 'administrative
 leave', while an investigation continues.


_________________________



Extremists resort to sexual violence
 as war tactic: UN

A new UN report reveals that rape and
sexual attacks, have turned into a war
tactic in the hands of Takfiri terrorist
 groups, such as IS & Boko Haram.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says
in the UN’s annual report, that 2014 saw
 “harrowing accounts of rape, sexual
slavery & forced marriage being used
 by extremist groups, including as a
 tactic of terror.”

Sexual assaults in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria,
 do not occur incidentally, but they are:-
 “integrally linked to strategic objectives,
 ideology and funding of extremist groups.”

The UN report lists the IS and Boko Haram
 Takfiri terrorists along with 11 other groups
 as the parties resorting to sexual violence.

Boko Haram, which controls part of north-
eastern Nigeria, has recently declared its
allegiance to the IS Takfiri group, which
 is perpetrating heinous crimes against
 humanity, in areas under its control,
 in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

___________________________


Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters seize
 airdropped Saudi weapons

Members of Yemen’s Popular Committees
 - together with Houthi Ansarullah fighters
 have seized a consignment of arms and
 munitions Saudi military aircraft dropped
 to allied militants, in the southwestern
province of Lahij.

Local sources, requesting anonymity, say
 Saudi jets airdropped the weapons close
 to al-Anad military airbase on Monday, in
 the hope they'd be collected by forces
 loyal to Yemen’s fugitive president Hadi,
 Yemen-based Arabic-language Khabar
 news agency reports.

The ammunition fell into the hands of
Popular Committees fighters, as well
 as Ansarullah revolutionaries, the
sources add.

Saudi warplanes repeatedly drop arms
and other supplies, to units aiding the
military campaign against Yemen.  

On April 3, Saudi aircraft airdropped a
number of wooden boxes - containing
 various firearms and ammunition in
 Aden, 260 miles south of Sana’a.

An unnamed local army official said
 at the time that militants had gained
 access to the munitions, noting that
sophisticated communications aids
& combat medical kits were among
 the items airdropped.

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign on Yemen
 started March 26, with no UN mandate.

The spokesperson for Yemen's army &
 Popular Committees says Saudi Arabia
 is leveling Yemen’s infrastructure, to
 the ground.

Col. Sharaf Luqman says, in Sana’a, that
 civilians and Yemeni infrastructure have
 been the target of the Saudi aggression
 against Yemen.

“Saudi Arabia is the international supporter
of terrorism,” the military official states.

Large numbers of government buildings:
 schools, shops, petrol stations, markets,
stadiums and mosques, were destroyed
 in the Saudi attacks, the spokesperson
 adds, describing the Saudi brutalities
 in Yemen, as “war crimes.”


________________________________



Donbas Blockade Raises Concerns
 Among Normandy 4 FMs, Lavrov Says

The Normandy Four ministers are concerned
 by Kiev's continuing economic blockade of
Eastern Ukraine (Donbas), Russia's Foreign
 Minister Sergei Lavrov says, after talks with
 his German, French and Ukrainian counter-
parts in Berlin.

"It's wrong & harmful that the economic
 blockade of Donbas continues... Social
benefits & pensions are not being paid.

 "Special attention will be paid to this in
 the statement made on behalf of the
 Normandy Quartet, at the ministerial
level today," Lavrov tells journalists
after the meeting yesterday (Mon.)


__________________________________



UK Says "Thanks" To Russia

The UK Foreign Office thanks the Russian
 authorities for evacuating 6 UK nationals
from Yemen, the office’s spokesperson,
 Michael Bownas, tells TASS.

"We can confirm that last weekend, six
 UK nationals left Yemen on a Russian
ship.
We thank the Russian authorities
for their
help," Bownas says.

In the last few days, Russian planes have
evacuated about 600 people from Yemen
- mostly women and children - despite all
Saudi
attempts to stop them.

The Russian Federation, China and Iran
then sent armed ships off the coast.


________________________________



US Abandons its citizens In Yemen

The United States admits, on Monday, it has
 'no immediate plans' to rescue US nationals
 stranded in war-torn Yemen and urges them
 to flee the raging conflict, by sea.

State Department spokesperson, Marie Barf,
 couldn't tell reporters how many US civilians
 are thought to be caught up in the conflict -
as citizens of other nations take to ships.

She says US authorities will contact those it
 can, & advise them of ships of allied nations
who are rescuing their own nationals.

"At this point, we've encouraged all US citizens
 to shelter in secure locations (sic) until they`re
 able to depart safely. Airports are still closed...
 is my understanding," she says.

A protest website for Yemeni Americans -
stuckinyemen.com - accuses Washington
 of abandoning dual nationals last month,
 in its haste to close its Yemen embassy.

Asked about a claim that 200 US citizens
have signed up to the site, Harf says US
 officials are unable to confirm the figure
 and urges them to sign on to a US State
Department list.

_____________________________


Yemen Tribal Forces Control Saudi
Military Site, Riyadh Fails to Restore It

Yemeni tribal forces took a Saudi military
 site near the northern Yemeni border city
of
Saada, killing several Saudi soldiers,
on
Saturday.

Takhya tribe Forces launched a surprise
 attack on the al-Manara military base in 
Saudi territory, near the Yemeni border,
say Yemeni sources, who add  that the
tribes
men now control the site.

On Sunday, Saudi land forces, backed
by air forces, tried to retake the base.
But they failed, the sources say.

The tribesmen also seized large amounts
 of arms and ammunition, plus a number
of military vehicles, from Saudi forces.

The sources note that the Saudi forces
 were shocked by the attack, and add
that Saudi airstrikes were spotted in
the area, following the attack.

Reports say the attack was in retaliation for
repeated Saudi aerial assaults on positions
 of the tribe and the slaughter of its members.


_________________________


Russia Moves To Defend Iran

Russia's president Putin has repealed the ban
 on delivering air defense systems to Iran, says
the Kremlin's press service. The ban was made
 by former President Dmitry Medvedev, in 2010.

“[The presidential] decree lifts the ban on transit
 through Russian territory, including airlifts, & its
 export from the Russian Federation to the Islamic
Republic of Iran, plus the transfer to the Islamic
Republic of Iran outside territories of the Russian
Federation, both by sea and by air, of air defense
 missile systems S-300,” says the information note
 accompanying the document, RIA Novosti reports.

The decree enters into force as of now, since
the president’s signature.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov comments on
 the decision, saying that Moscow’s voluntary
 ban on S-300 deliveries is no longer needed,
due to the progress in Iran’s nuclear talks
made in Lausanne on April 2nd.

He says - in view of current events in the
Middle East - modern air defense systems
are crucial to Iran for defensive purposes.

After years negotiating, in February 2015,
Moscow offered Tehran the chance to buy
its latest Antey-2500 anti-aircraft ballistic
 missile system, instead of the older S-300
system. Iran said then it would consider it.


____________________


UK scientists, artists demand
 Trident nukes be scrapped

On the eve' of Monday's mass CND demo's,
in Glasgow, London and other cities, UK
scientists & artists united in their urgent
call
to bin Trident's nuclear weapons.

'Decommissioning Trident nuclear weapons would
 be popular with voters and supported by a majority
 of candidates standing in May 7's general election',
luminaries from music, the arts and the legal world
 say, in a letter.

Despite the two main parties’ insistence last week
 that they will both renew the UK nuclear deterrent,
 the strategy is described as “a relic from the past”
 in the letter, published in the Observer.

The open letter suggests that the UK could and
should, become the first member of the United
Nations Security Council to give up its nuclear
mass destruction weapons.

It says “Poll after poll reveals that it is indeed
 a majority popular demand throughout the UK.
 One poll recently revealed 81% of 500 general
 election candidates are opposed to renewal.”

“Britain should use its capacity for innovation
 by responding to real human & social needs.”

“Continuing to invest in nuclear weapons is
actively depleting military & other effective
 defenses we might need in the 21st century.
 We should invest this military spending on
 conflict prevention.”

“By moving on from Trident, we can more
effectively serve the needs and potential
 of our country and a changing world.”

Political analyst William Spring in London says:

 “It is a pointless, futile exercise for Britain to
 actually use the nuclear tridents. It would be
 impossible to use it in any case. It is not an
 independent deterrent; it could not be used
without the Americans supporting the act.”

The UK Trident programme was announced
 in July 1980. Since 1998, Trident has been
 the only British nuclear weapon system in
 service. Its stated purpose is to provide
 "the minimum effective nuclear deterrent
as the ultimate means to deter the most
extreme threat."


________________________



Kiev’s military attempted tank attack
 on Donetsk airport — Donetsk Republic


The Ukrainian military made an attempt to break
 into Donetsk airport, using tanks, spokesperson
 for the Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s
 Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin, says Sunday.

The DPR registered numerous instances of its
 territory being shelled --- from Ukrainian army
tanks ---
the spokesperson says.

"Over the past twenty-four hours, Ukrainian tanks
 have fired over 98 times. The neighborhoods of
Spartak and Shirokino, were shelled the most,"
 the spokesperson says.

"I want to note that provocations are now made,
 by regular forces of Ukraine's army. We come to
 this conclusion via a statement by the Ukrainian
 side, which announced it had replaced volunteer
 battalions, by regular forces of Ukraine's army,"
 the spokesperson says.

A shell fired by Ukraine's military hit the building
of Donetsk City Clinical Hospital No. 21, Donetsk
 People’s Republic's Defense Ministry says.

"The Ukrainian shell hit, directly, the surgery
 department of Hospital No. 21 located in 12a
 Kremlyovskaya Avenue. The casualties data
 is being specified," the DPR Defense Ministry
 tells Donetsk news agency.

DPR's Defense Ministry, earlier, said that
Ukraine's
military had started to grossly
violate the
Minsk ceasefire accords.

The Ukraine army is both shelling Donetsk
militia’s positions and making attempts to
breach the militia’s defense, the DPR's
Defense
Ministry said then.

Overnight to April 12th, two infantry companies
 of the Ukrainian military launched an attack on
 Zhobunki settlement, on Donetsk airport's out-
skirts. A direct combat engagement occurred,
 and the attack was thwarted, DPR's Defense
 Ministry says.

Growing tensions at the engagement line,
 caused by provocations from the Ukraine
 military, may disrupt the peaceful process
 in E. Ukraine, DPR's Defense Ministry says.



_______________________________




Poroshenko should neutralize persons who
want to plunge Ukraine into civil war - Lavrov

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko should
 neutralize those who want to plunge Ukraine
 into civil war again, Russian Foreign Minister
 Sergey Lavrov says on Sunday.

"I believe that if Pyotr Poroshenko is a ‘president
 of the peace’ and he held really sincerely talks
 on the Minsk document, he must safeguard his
rightness and thus neutralize those who want
 to plunge Ukraine into civil war again," Lavrov
says, on Vesti Weekly TV program.

"But so far, he tries to outdo these radicals
 in their field. In this case, one can climb the
fence, from which it will be very difficult to
get off," the Russian foreign minister says.



_______________________________




DONETSK CITY HOSPITAL WORKING NORMALLY

Donetsk City Clinical Hospital No. 21 is working
 normally after being shelled by Ukraine's army,
 Donetsk People’s Republic's Health Minister,
Viktor Kuchkovoi, says on Sunday.

"The mines flew into the building where there
were no patients. As a result of the explosion,
 only the building’s roof was damaged. The
hospital is working normally. All patients are
receiving comprehensive, necessary medical
 assistance. There were no casualties among
 the medical personnel or patients as a result
 of the morning shelling," the DPR's health
 minister says.

The administration head of Kuibyshevsky and
 Kievsky districts in Donetsk, Ivan Prikhodko,
 said earlier Sunday, that 4 mines landed on
the hospital area, as a result of the shelling.

 Three of them exploded near the hospital,
and
one hit the building’s roof --- but it did
not explode.




_____________________________



SAUDI SOLDIERS KILLED AT CHECKPOINT
 
Sputnik: Houthi rebels kill 3 Saudi Arabian
 officers as they take a Saudi army base
on the Saudi/Yemen border, a military
source tells Sputnik.
 
The officers were killed in the attack on
al-Manara base, held by Saudi Arabia's
 Army, bordering Yemen's Saada city,
 the sources state on Sunday.


___________________________________



Before the Russian Orthodox Easter.
 Is This the Start of World War III?
 
On the Friday before Russia's Orthodox Easter,
 the Poroshenko-Yatsenyuk U.S-coup-installed
 Government started to attack --- on all fronts.

This violation of the Minsk truce could not have
happened without Obama’s approval. He is now
choosing to commit this on Russia's holy days,
 to intensify the provocation against Russia.

Obama is going all-out now to provoke Russia
 into using Russian army troops and air power,
 so the US has its pretext to go to war against
Russia, “in order to defend an ally”.

The following reports are from Fort Russ:
Translated by Kristina Rus

Ex-Minister of Defence of DPR Igor Strelkov:
“In general, we can say that the ceasefire is
over – the entire front is under fire, including
artillery and the enemy's shock troops have
moved to the forefront.”

Donetsk under fire

War correspondent “Step” reports:

Shells whistle again over the cities of Donbass.
 In Donetsk, ambulance and emergency service
sirens are heard. Under fire are Kievsky district,
 Oktyabrsky village, Panfilov mine village,
Gladkova, Severny, and Putilovka.

The entire evening of April 9th there was a battle
 in Spartak village and near Peski. The punishers
 used artillery guns, tanks, mortars, and heavy
 barreled artillery. Under the cover of artillery,
 the enemy tried to seize the militia positions
 in Spartak and near the airport. During the
 battle, this attempt was severely
 suppressed.

Also -- suddenly -- all the militia positions near
 Yasynovataya town were attacked. There was
 a battle using small arms. West of Petrovsky, a
 district of Donetsk, mortars were heard firing,
 plus grenade launchers & heavy machine guns.

From occupied Volnovakha, Dokuchayevsk was
 fired on. The city outskirts are under heavy fire
 from the enemy. People are hiding in shelters,
 fearing an assault on the city by the punishers,
 who have assembled the biggest formation in
this area, of about 8,000 people.

According to a resident of Dokuchayevsk:

 “Locals demand that the militia do not leave
 them alone -- and hold positions at any cost.
Women are crying hysterically, saying that
Ukrainians will go into the city and start a
 massacre. Older women bless the passing
trucks with soldiers, and pray for victory
and a rapid liberation of the district from
 the Ukrainian troops”.

Over Donetsk about a dozen enemy drones
 were spotted, one of which was shot down
 near Lidiyevka mine.

The militia is on full alert and is ready for a
full-scale attack by the enemy.

Shirokino

On April 9th, 2015, near Mariupol, in Shirokino,
there was a fierce battle.There were dead and
 wounded among the militia and the Ukrainian
 occupation troops.

Tanks approaching Donetsk

The Operational Coordination Centre reports a
 Ukrainian armoured column, nearing Donetsk.
From several directions, the trucks occupants
 are pulling the tank columns towards Donetsk.

In particular, a few dozen tanks are nearing the
 airport - from Marinka and Avdeevka's
direction.

Eric Zuesse, globalresearch.ca


______________________________




April 11th, 20:05

 Armed conflicts registered among
 Ukraine’s army units in Donbass

Kiev’s authorities describe episodes when
 Ukrainian units open fire on one another,
 as militia violations of the ceasefire, the
 spokesperson for the DPR says.

April 11th. /TASS:

Confrontation among Ukrainian Armed Forces’
 units in Donbass has resulted in armed conflict,
 a spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk
 People’s Republic (DPR) said, on Saturday.

"We have registered cases of a sharpening
 confrontation -- not just between Ukrainian
 regular units and the ‘volunteer battalions’
 -- but also among units of Ukraine’s Armed
Forces," the Donetsk news agency quotes
 Eduard Basurin, as saying.

On Friday reports came that Ukraine’s 93rd
 separate mechanised brigade, demanded
 - from the battalion of the Organisation of
Ukrainian Nationalists, that they abandon
 their positions outside the village of Peski.

"Today, Saturday, regular army units got
involved in armed conflict," Basurin said.

"I would like to draw your attention to the
 fact that Kiev’s authorities describe these
episodes, when Ukrainian units open fire
 on one another, as the militia’s violations
 of the ceasefire and [Kiev] systematically
 reports to the OSCE mission and Ukraine-
controlled media about it," he says.



________________________




Russian jet intercepted US spycraft: Report

A Su-27 Russian fighter jet has chased off a US
 RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international
 airspace, heading ever-so-close to the Russian
 border, as military tension between Washington
and Moscow grows.

The intercept of the US military aircraft was so
 close by the Russian warplane that they nearly
 collided. The incident happened on Tuesday.

They were only 20 feet apart, says the Pentagon.

Apparently, the incident prompted a diplomatic
 protest by the US with Pentagon spokesperson
 Eileen M. Lainaz, describing the interception as
"unsafe
and unprofessional".

Russia replied swiftly to those comments. “As to
 the professional qualities of Russia's pilots, this
 is something for the Russian military command to
 assess,” Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson
 Maj.-General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.

He slammed the intervention by the US military
 saying that US spy planes “are supposed to fly
along US borders only --- and nowhere else”.

The US spy plane was “making steady progress
 towards the Russian border from the Baltic Sea”
 and was operating without signal transponders
 on -- which is an inappropriate condition for any
 reconnaissance plane in international airspace,
 to be in.

This specific incident comes ahead of a planned
 nearly one-month military drill by the US sea, air,
 and land forces in Europe - which Russia warns
 is “an unprecedentedly dangerous step", at its
 front door.

Lately, tensions between Russia & the US -
 especially military tensions - have been at
high levels, not seen, since the end of the
Cold War in 1991.

This is mainly because of the crisis in Ukraine
 where the US along with its allies including EU
 members in Europe, took sides with a regime
 in Ukraine, that Russia believes is the result of
 a Western coupe d’etat in the country in 2014.

Moscow, ever since then, has been supporting
 Ukrainian fighters in the east, against what it
says are the “savage crimes by the Ukrainian
 government -- supported by the US and West --
 against the people of Ukraine”. --- Press TV.


___________________________________



US, Britain, France, Jordan refuse
to name ISIL as separate terror group

Russia says the US, UK, France & Jordan
 have rejected Syria’s proposal to add ISIL
to the United Nation Security Council’s
official sanctions list,
as a separate
terrorist group.


"In the UN Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions
 Committee, the US, UK, France & Jordan have
 blocked Syria’s request - supported by Russia -
to include ISIL terrorist group in the sanctions
list as a separate group," the statement by
Russia's Foreign Ministry reads.

According to reports, ISIL Takfiri terrorist
group is currently mentioned as 'al-Qaida
in Iraq' (AQI), in the UN’s sanctions list.

Moscow says this naming fails to “reflect
the true state of affairs” in Syria and Iraq,
and adds that the terrorist group did not
evolve as a branch of al-Qaeda, but was
funded & supported by the US & allies.

"This position has an obvious political
motivation -- to disclaim responsibility
for the growing scale of Islamic State's
(ISIL) activities, & 'prove' that it is not
a new entity that has been brought
into existence by the implemention
of a
plan to depose Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad -- but by the former
al-Qaida in Iraq.”

The four countries’ decision shows that
 “the anti-Assad coalition bears no moral
or political responsibility”, for creating
ISIL, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Moscow also lashes out at Washington
for the emergence of extremist groups
in Iraq.

"It won't hurt to mention that AQI owes
its emergence to a US invasion of Iraq
in 2003," the statement adds.

The ISIL terrorist group, with members
from several Western countries, now
controls parts of Iraq & Syria and has
been involved in a series of vicious
crimes committed on civilians and
government forces in 2 Arab states.


_______________________




GREECE GIVEN 6 DAYS

Reports say Greece has been offered 6 working
days to draw up a revised economic reform plan
- to secure its next rescue 'bailout' loans.

According to Greek daily Kathimerini, eurozone
technical staff are giving Athens a moratorium
until April 24th, when the EU finance ministers
meet
in Riga, Latvia.

“The next step will be the Eurogroup of April 24,”
European Commission spokesperson Margaritis
 Schinas says, adding, “Everything that happens
 before that, will be greatly welcomed.”

The state-run BBC also quotes an EU official as
 saying, “If you take into account weekends and
 Orthodox Easter, there are only six days left.”

Officials warn that state coffers could run dry,
 as Greece will struggle to pay back EUR 420
 million to international investors on April 14th
--- and EUR 950 million in loan installments to
 the IMF, in May.

Greek authorities are working against the clock
 to reach a deal with international creditors over
 the terms of the 'bailout'.

Greece’s debts stem from the EUR-240-billion
 bailout loan it received from a so-called troika
 of international lenders - the European Central
Bank, the IMF and the European Commission -
 'to prevent bankruptcy' in 2010, say experts.

Failure to reach a final deal by the end of April,
critics say, could push Greece into bankruptcy
and out of the eurozone.

But the real reason Greeks are suffering now
is that the US encouraged Greek leaders to
take out loans & spend billions on buying US
armaments, for years...  making Greece the
world's second biggest arms purchaser.


_________________________



Pentagon: US bunker busting bombs
 'ready' for war against Iran
  
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter threatens
Iran with war --- saying US bunker-busting bombs
 are ready to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities ---
 if necessary.

“We continue to improve and upgrade them over
 time so that there's this alternative,” he states,
to CNN.

“My job as secretary of Defense is to, among
other things, make sure that the so-called
military option is on the table,” he says.

The threats come during efforts by Iran &
world
powers to reach a final agreement
after
a framework deal was reached in
Switzerland, on
April 2nd.

The Pentagon chief says the US military
has the ability to “shut down, set back,
& destroy the Iranian nuclear program.”

Carter also says any nuclear deal must
include inspection of Iran’s military sites.

“It depends what you mean by military
sites,  but yes. Absolutely," he says.

Vice Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces,
 Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, has
already hit back at Carter’s comments,
saying Iran won't allow inspections of
its military facilities, as part of any
possible nuclear deal.

“During previous negotiations, Iranian
 officials have explicitly, unequivocally,
 voiced a prohibition on any inspection
 of military defense centres & facilities,”
Jazayeri states.

The two sides are aiming at a final
accord
by the end of June.


______________________________________



US/COLUMBIA SADISTIC MOVE

Che Guevara's daughter, at the OAS pre-
summit meeting, expresses her outrage
 at having her father's murderer there.


___________________________



Red Cross Distributes Humanitarian
                 Aid in Yemeni Capital on Saturday              
 
 The International Red Cross (IRC) has begun
 to distribute humanitarian aid during a break
in the
Arab Alliance''s bombings.

An IRC airplane landed at the international
airport
in Sana'a, in the morning, which has
been closed for
the last few days --- due to
attacks by the 9-country
coalition fighting
against the Houthis Ansar Allah
movement
and troops loyal to the former president,

 Ali Absullah Saleh.

It's the second aid delivery of the Red Cross
since the arrival of a ship in Aden city, last
Wednesday and the first to be sent by plane.

A 32 ton shipment is set to arrive Sunday, to join
 the 16 tons sent today, which includes medicines,
power generators, water filters and equipment,
as
well as medics from 'Doctors Without Borders'.

Iran, which opened an air route between Tehran
 and the capital, has contributed humanitarian aid
 for the population since the start of the Saudi-led
 attacks.

Despite the bombings, which today enter their
3rd week, Ansar Allah and their allies occupy
 most of Aden port city, and are preparing their
 advance to Hadramaut, in South-east Yemen.


__________________



Pakistan Parliament Rejects Saudi
Call to Join Coalition against Yemen

Pakistan's parliament urges the government to
stay out of the
Yemen conflict, rejecting Saudi
 demands for Pakistan to join an Arab coalition
against
the Arab world’s poorest country.

A unanimous resolution passed by a special session
 of parliament says Pakistan should play a mediating
 role and not get involved in fighting -- turning down
longstanding ally Riyadh's request for troops, ships
 and warplanes.

"Parliament of Pakistan underscores the need for
 continued efforts by the government of Pakistan
 to find a peaceful resolution of the crisis," the
 resolution says.

"(Parliament) desires that Pakistan should maintain
 neutrality in the Yemen conflict, so as to be able to
 play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis."

The motion comes after 5 days of debate on the
 Yemen crisis, in which a majority of lawmakers
urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif not to send
 Pakistani forces to join the fight.

Pakistan has pushed diplomatic efforts in the
 past week...  holding talks with Turkish and
Iranian officials to try to forge a way ahead.

Friday's resolution urges the government to
 begin work in the UN Security Council and
the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
 bloc, to bring about a ceasefire.


______________________________



South Ukraine's Odessa greets Poroshenko
with protests and anti-fascist slogans

President Petro Poroshenko arrived in
 Odessa, southern Ukraine, on Friday, for
 the celebrations of the 71st anniversary
 of the city’s liberation from German and
 Romanian occupiers during WWII -- and
 was given a cool reception by hundreds
 of people gathered near the Monument
 to an Unknown Sailor at the city’s Alley
of Glory.

They chanted "murderer", "No to fascism!"
 and other anti-government slogans when
 they saw the president approaching. The
 demonstrators had a replica of the Banner
 of Victory & red flags, held in their hands.

Poroshenko arrived to lay a wreath at the
memorial, accompanied by city officials,
 while Euromaidan supporters dressed in
 military uniforms stood nearby.

 Reinforced police units sealed off the
Alley of Glory. The policemen turned
 away all the people who had come to
 lay flowers at the monument.

After the motorcade left, Poroshenko’s
 supporters tried to snatch the red flags
out of demonstrators’ hands, provoking
several clashes, which were stopped
 by the police.

Earlier Friday, 'Euromaidan supporters'
 removed all billboards greeting veterans
 on the city’s liberation, from the streets.

Mass protests have been shaking Odessa
for the past five days.

On April 8th, Kiev’s security services detained
dozens of activists of a new organization "The
People’s Rada of Bessarabia" ....and its head,
 Dmitry Zatuliveter, was then taken away, in
an unknown direction.

Kiev’s Security Chief Valentin Nalivaychenko
 says the detainees are suspected of being
terrorists aiming to "destabilize the region".

National minorities in the Odessa region have
 now united in a new organization called 'The
 People’s Rada of Bessarabia' to defend their
 rights. The inaugural conference on April 6th
 was attended by delegates from 7 regional
communities - Bulgarian, Gagauz, Russian,
Ukrainian, Gypsy, Moldovan and Polish.

So a new problem zone has appeared for
the US-coup leaders in Kiev.

 The People’s Rada of Bessarabia is organized
 to seek national territorial autonomy within
 Ukraine, for the Bessarabia region.

Bessarabia is an historical region in Eastern
 Europe, bounded by the Dniester River in the
East and the Prut River in the West. It passed
successively, from the 15th to 20th century,
to Moldova, the Ottoman Empire, Russia,
Romania, the Soviet Union, Ukraine and
then, back to Moldova.

Moldova, historically part of Bessarabia,
 is alarmed by events in Odessa region,
which borders Moldova’s unrecognised
Dniester Republic.

On April 9th, the People’s Rada of Bessarabia
 sent a letter to President Poroshenko, urging
him to stop reprisals against its activists.


______________________________



IRAN SAYS US 'MIS-INTERPRETS' DEAL

Iranian President Rouhani says Tehran won’t sign a
 final nuclear deal unless economic sanctions against
 the country are lifted at once and at the same time.

 The comments contradict Washington’s statement
 that sanctions would be lifted gradually, subject to
 Iran's compliance.
 
"We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are
 lifted on the same day. We want a win-win deal for
 all parties involved in the nuclear talks," Rouhani
 says, in a televised speech on Thursday evening.


__________________________________



Kiev forces shell DPR’s militia positions
until Friday morning — mayor's office

From Thursday evening until Friday morning
 Ukraine’s armed forces launched a massive
 tank shelling of militia positions of the DPR
(Donetsk People’s Republic).

 The mass tank shelling of militia positions in
 Donetsk and Spartak village ended by Friday
 morning, the press service of Donetsk city
administration says.

"The evening of April 9 and the night in Donetsk
 were intense: combat actions were held in the
area of the airport and Spartak village. At 8:30
am the situation in the city is calm -- no reports
 from citizens of incidents have been received,"
 the mayor’s office says.

There is as yet no information on the damage
 or on casualties. "All life support systems are
 working as normal," the press service states.

Ukraine’s armed forces overnight until Friday
 launched the massive tank shelling from the
 direction of the city of Avdeyevka, controlled
 by Ukrainian troops.

The DPR’s Defense Ministry says Kiev's forces
 started provocations on Thursday afternoon.
 "The militias remain unprovoked and do not
 return fire," the ministry adds.

Thursday, Kiev troops used 122mm calibre
heavy weaponry which had to be withdrawn
 from all contact lines, under the agreements
 reached in Minsk, on February 12th, it says.


____________________________



HERE'S LOOKING AT EU, US
(sorry, couldn't resist!)

BRICS states may be invited
to launch new space station

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos chief
 Igor Komarov, announces that countries
 from the BRICS group may join a project
 using a new international space station.

“The discussion framework shouldn't
 be limited exclusively, to current ISS
 participants. We have to consider
 the possible participation of BRICS
countries in the future projects,”
Igor Komarov says, on Friday.

The ISS, whose operation ends in 2024,
 includes Canada, Japan, Russia, the US,
Belgium, Denmark, France, Sweden, the
 Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Norway,
 Spain, Germany and the UK.

Komarov said in March that a joint project
by Moscow and Washington to establish a
 new space station after 2024, is now "in
 the planning stages".

BRICS countries are increasingly influential.
They host 40% of the world’s population &
 their economies total USD 16 trillion.
 
In January Russia announced it was working
 on a 'proposal' to create a new space station
for BRICS countries. The plan, which is being
 prepared under President Putin's supervision,
 is to be submitted to the next BRICS summit
 in early July, in Ufa city, in Russia.


____________________________



Saudi warplanes batter Yemen
 with most intense raids

Saudi-led warplanes batter southern Yemen
 overnight in the most intense air raids since
their launch of an illegal campaign against
 the country last month, local residents say.

Local residents & witnesses in Aden say on
Friday that the airstrikes lasted well into the
 night and targeted several areas... including
the municipal headquarters of Dar Saad at
 the city's northern entrance.

"In Aden, the raids began at around 10:00 pm
(1900 GMT) on Thursday and were the most
violent since the start of 'Operation Decisive
 Storm,'" residents say.

The Saudis targeted several public places,
including a stadium in the centre of the city.

Sources say a series of "extremely violent" air
 raids also targeted Ataq, the capital of Shabwa
 Province, east of Aden. The air raids by Saudi
Arabia came after Ansarullah fighters capture
Ataq, capital of oil-rich Shabwa, on Thursday.

Also on Friday, a fresh wave of Saudi air raids
 hit several telecommunication targets in the
 west and northwest of Yemen.

Saudi airborne assaults also struck Yemen’s
Defense Ministry in Sana’a. Separate raids by
 Saudi fighter jets also targeted a food supply
 building belonging to the Yemeni army in the
 west of the capital.


________________________



Sanctions on Iran will be lifted
in stages - Washington Asserts

The US warns that sanctions on Iran will be lifted
 only in phases as the nuclear deal is implemented.

The announcement came after Iran demanded
 they be removed as soon as possible. "We are
not going to respond to each public statement
made by Iranian officials or negotiate in public.

"Sanctions will be suspended in a phased way
-- upon verification that Iran has met specific
commitments -- and under a finalized joint
comprehensive plan of action," says the
 US State Dept spokesperson, J. Rathke.

This, as Iran's Supreme leader says its
acceptance depends "on the details".

The West is currently spinning that the deal
is a sure sign that Iran has bowed to the US.


____________________________________


PLO says it will, itself not be involved
in the fighting, but will aid those who
need to be helped out of the camp.

On Thursday the PLO announced that 14
Palestinian factions back joint action in
Yarmouk, with Syria's Army.

 The factions support “a security solution that
will be carried out in full partnership with the
 Syrian state,”  PLO official Ahmed Majdalani
reported early on Friday.

 In early April IS was reported as in control
 of a “large part” of the camp, after beating
 other Palestinian groups fighting President
 Assad’s forces. Yarmouk was once a home
 to 160,000 Palestinian refugees & Syrians.


_________________________



Yemen to turn into graveyard
 for aggressors: Houthi movement

The Yemeni Houthi movement warns that
 Yemen will turn into a “graveyard” for the
aggressors against the country.

The Houthi movement’s spokesperson, Colonel
Sharaf Luqman, describes the attacks by Saudi
Arabia against the Yemeni people
as “barbaric
aggression” at
a news conference in
Sana’a,
Yemen's capital, adding that Yemen will turn
into a “graveyard for invaders,” the Anadolu
news Agency reports.

The remarks by the Yemeni colonel come
as fighter jets continue to pound Yemen.

Luqman adds, “The Yemeni people aren’t an
easy nut to crack. We will settle scores with
 everybody, sooner or later, in whatever way
 the people see fit.”

Referring to the number of people killed in
 the ongoing crisis in the country, Luqman,
appointed as spokesperson for the Houthi
 movement on Wednesday, notes that at
least 1,000 people including 200 children
 have been killed and in excess of 15,000
 others have been injured, to date.

The Houthi movement called on Yemen's
people to take to the streets on Friday, to:

“denounce this barbaric aggression
against Yemen.”

Today masses are in the centre of the
main cities, with the capital swamped
with determined Yemenis marching &
shouting slogans of resistance.



_____________________________



Saudi warplanes pound military airport
 in southern Yemen

According to eyewitness, Saudi warplanes
targeted a military command centre there
also, Anadolu news Agency reports.

There are no immediate reports on
 casualties in the latest aggression.

The air raids by Saudi Arabia came, after
Ansarullah fighters managed to take Ataq,
capital of oil-rich Shabwa, early Thursday.

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against the
Ansarullah fighters started on March 26,
 without a UN mandate, to restore power
 to an ally of Riyadh.


____________________________



US BLACKS DRIVE TO BE EQUAL

In the violence-rocked US city of Ferguson,
 people headed to polls in council elections
-- bringing two more black members to city
 government, the official results show.

The unprecedented numbers show a leap
of nearly 250% compared to the last vote
--- before the months-long violence that
broke out, back in August 2014.

The numbers show, say analysts, a sense
 of growing division among Americans ---
 specifically between whites and blacks
--- an issue that still haunts the US.

Last August protests erupted in Ferguson,
 Missouri, the day after the alleged murder
 of an African-American teenager, Michael
Brown, by a white officer, Darren Wilson,
who was then not even indicted by a jury
 in the several-month trial that followed.


The protests, that turned into violent social
 unrest, were called America’s “Arab Spring”
 as the demonstrators showed anger at what
they know is a racist police department, as
 they are endemic across the US.

US police officers are majority white by a
large ratio to blacks, including in mostly
 African-American populated cities, all
over the states, just like in Ferguson.

The Ferguson violence happened in two
 phases; one before the trial and one right
 after, but the space in between those two
 events lasted several months as sporadic
 violence continued to shake the small city.

Official numbers show hundreds in Ferguson
 were arrested, and dozens injured, including
 children, and it caused international outrage
 from countries like France, Germany, Iran,
 China, Russia, and N Korea, who condemn
 regime “crackdowns” on unarmed civilians.

Washington was then forced to investigate
 the city and found racial strife as a norm
in
Ferguson, & “racial abuse in its courts
 and police systems.”

Although racial tensions persist in that city
 even since the violence ended, no evidence
 shows it more clearly than the results of the
 latest polls, which closed earlier this week.

The results show exactly half of the city’s
 council men and women are black for the
 first time since the city was founded over
120 years ago.

The city’s population of African Americans
 is a whopping 70%, but white authorities
are still 50%, and the population of whites
 in local police departments is massively
 higher than their black counterparts...
show
figures on the city’s own web page.

Voters, when asked by local media, believe
 “a new dawn has emerged after the unrest”
 not only for their city, but for many across
the
whole US.




________________________________________




Putin not to penalize Kiev for taking less gas
 than it contracted for the next three months

TASS - President Putin’s support is 'indirect
 economic assistance' in the hardest period
 of Ukraine's development, spokesperson
 Dmitry Peskov says.

President Putin says economic issues shouldn't
be mixed with politics in bilateral
relationships,
and especially in crises, Peskov adds.


"In times of trouble, it was Russia that always
 helped Ukraine, directly or indirectly, and did
 that fairly and unequivocally. That is why this
 decision should certainly be seen as indirect
 assistance to Ukraine. It is an economic
matter," the Kremlin spokesperson says.

 "Russia was always ready to demonstrate
 pragmatism and flexibility. This is just one
more confirmation of this," Peskov states.

"Considering the difficult situation in the
 Ukrainian economy, we need to meet our
partners halfway," the president states.

Putin pledges not to use gas prices to
 pressure Ukraine.

 "It is necessary that our partners feel a
degree of confidence in our intention to
 preserve normal business relations...
We are not going to use our economic
ties as leverage to resolve other issues
not linked to the economy. We've never
done that before - & I assure them that
we are not going to do it in the future,"
Putin stresses.



____________________________




Three oilfields retaken by Iraq's army

"ISIL" Takfiri terrorists have lost control of
 at least 3 large oilfields" in Iraq, where the
 army is carrying out operations against a
 weakening terrorist take-over.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday, cites
the German intelligence service's report.

Now ISIL have only 5% of the oil they had,
the daily says, adding that satellite images
 from last month show the terrorists setting
 fire to two - the Himrin and Ajil fields - after
 the counteroffensive against the Takfiris.

"In BND's (Bundesnachrichtendienst) eyes,
 that is proof ISIL itself does not believe in
 their quick recapture," the 'paper says.

The report says ISIL currently controls only
the Qayara oilfield --- which produces about

2,000 barrels a day.

The Iraqi army's new gains mean that
 terrorists "can hardly sell oil anymore".

The terrorist group depends on oil in Iraq &
Syria as a source of income --- as well as on
 smuggling antiques out of the two countries.

ISIL militants from several Western countries
 have been executing horrific acts of violence
 such as public decapitations and crucifixions
 against all ethnic and religious communities.

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces,
 Shia fighters and Sunni tribesmen are now
succeeding in driving the terrorists out of
 several areas in Iraq.



________________________________




Commander: Yemeni Army, Ansarullah,
 Plan to Arm Tribes against Saudi Arabia

Senior Yemeni commanders announce that
the army & Ansarullah fighters are planning
 to arm the country's tribesmen against the
Saudi-led aggression.

"The Yemeni army and Ansarullah plan to
 arm tribesmen, in a bid to help the army
& popular committees in their ongoing
battle against the Saudi aggression,"
Yemeni Army Commander, Major
General Javad Al-Razi, tells FNA.

He also points to the Yemeni army's
contract with Russia for purchasing
 different weapons such as advanced
tanks and missiles: "The victories of
 the Yemeni army & fighters continue
 and our forces are advancing in Aden
(province)," he affirms.

Senior Ansarullah officials say they have
 large numbers of ready-to-launch missiles
 and drones to strike at Saudi Arabia, and
warn that the Saudi aggressors should
wait for their crushing response.

"This movement has hundreds of precision
 missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles,
(UAVs)  that can be used against Saudi
Arabia at any time," Mohanad al-Salami
 tells FNA.

He notes that the Al Saud regime has been
 terrified by the recent military advances of
 Ansarullah as the revolutionary committees
 and allied Yemeni fighters, have succeeded
 in cracking down on the terrorists in Aden's
 Southern province.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 14
days now... to restore power to the fugitive
president Mansour Hadi, Riyadh's close ally.

 The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed
 at least 906 Yemenis, including hundreds
 of women and children.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing
the positions of Ansarullah fighters, Saudi
warplanes are flattening residential areas
and civilian infrastructure.


__________________________



Central African Republic warring
 factions accept ceasefire

Warring factions in the Central African Republic
 (CAR) have accepted a ceasefire agreement...
 after months of Kenya-mediated negotiations.

The deal was reached between Joachim Kokate,
 a delegate of the Christian anti-Balaka group and
the former CAR President, Djotodia, of the Muslim
Seleka group, the Kenyan presidency announces
 in a statement.

"There will be many who will try to bring divisions
 amongst you for their personal benefit," AFP news
quotes Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, saying
 in the statement.

He praises the parties’ "spirit of brotherhood"
demonstrated during the peace negotiations. 

In January an earlier ceasefire agreement,
which called for the substitution of CAR's
 interim government of President Catherine
 Samba-Panza, was not accepted by Bangui.

That accord was also disregarded by the 10
-member Economic Community of Central
African States.

Since then, the rival factions have agreed
 to recognize the transitional authorities.

The UN says nearly 300,000 people have
 fled violence in the CAR, to go to Chad,
Cameroon and Ethiopia.

The Central African Republic has been
 experiencing deadly unrest ever since
 December 2013, when Christian armed
groups launched coordinated attacks
against the Seleka group that toppled
 the government in March 2013.



_________________________




Houthis and Yemen's army seize sea-
 port and airport in Yemen's Aden

Houthis & their army allies in Yemen seize
Aden's port and international airport now,
Al-
Mayadeen TV channel reports.

Rebels, aided by several army units, received
 reinforcements - despite air strikes delivered
on their positions by the Saudi-led coalition -
 which determined the outcome in Yemen’s
 second-largest city, Al-Mayadeen says.

The coalition’s warplanes struck at central
&
western regions. Saba news reports that
a
school was hit in
Ibb city, which is about
160
kilometers from Sanaa.

Three children were killed and over 20 injured.
Yemen’s Education Ministry has sent a note
of protest to the UN, demanding an official
investigation of this "military crime."

More than 230 Houthi field commanders have
 been killed in the last two weeks by airstrikes
and about 3,000 supporters of the Ansar Allah
 movement have been injured, according to
the Elaf internet portal.

UNICEF says over 200,000 Yemeni refugees
have fled their homes since the start of the
military conflict in the country.

 At least 74 children are dead and 44 more
 have been injured as a result of the Saudi
terror bombing. Sunday, the UN reported
 that 549 people had been killed in Yemen
since March 19th,
including 217 civilians.



____________________________




Female Palestinian MP snatched by IDF,
 held without charge for 6 months

Israeli troops have placed a female Palestinian
 MP under a '6 month' administrative detention.

 Khalida Jarrar, 52, involved in the PA joining
the International Criminal Court, is a senior
political leader of the left-wing Popular Front
 for the Liberation of Palest --- a faction of
the Palestine Liberation Organization.


 She was seized by a squad of 50 IDF troops
in
the middle of the night, last week, after
they
stormed into her house in Ramallah,
Ghassan
Jarrar, her husband, tells RT.

“They attacked our house at about 1am.
They broke the door. They isolated me in
another room and stayed in my house for
about an hour. Finally they kidnapped my
 wife, Khalida,” he says.

He says the IDF has violated an agreement
 with the Palestinian Authority, under which
 the Israelis are not supposed to detain
elected Palestinian officials.

An Israeli military commander later ordered
 her administrative detention for six months
- the maximum term Israeli law allows for a
 person to be held in custody without any
 charge or court order.

[After six months, the 'order' can be -- and
often is -- re-applied for another 6 months.]


The MP joins over 450 people currently held
 in 'administrative detention' in Israel, states
 the Addemeer Prisoner Support Association.

 The number is lower than it was 3 years ago
 - before Israel scaled down the detentions -
 after a long hunger strike by detainees.

Israel says the practice prevents militant
attacks... but human rights activists say
 the large-scale use of such detentions
 amounts to an abuse of power.

Israeli intelligence agency, Shin Bet, views
 her as a major advocate of armed resistance
against Israel, saying that she incited PFLP
 followers to launch terrorist attacks, says
 the Jerusalem Post.

The IDF reportedly seized her for violating an
 order issued in August 2014, barring her from
 leaving Jericho city. The restriction exiled her
 from her Ramallah home, and the politician
 campaigned against it.

Her position as a member of the team that
oversaw the Palestinian Authority gaining
 membership of the International Criminal
Court last week, has led to suspicion that
 the arrest may be a punishment.

“This is how Israel seeks to deter all
Palestinian public activists -- not to
mention one involved with advancing
the entry into the ICC
-- from realizing
his or her rights,” Israel's newspaper
Haaretz says,
in an editorial.

“If Jarrar broke the law, Israel must put her
on trial - and prove she committed a crime.
 If -- on the other hand -- the reason for her
detention is revenge, she must be freed
 immediately.”

Israel fiercely opposed Palestine joining
 the ICC. Jarrar’s arrest brings the number
 of Palestinian legislators currently held
in Israeli prisons, to 16.


________________________________



Syria offers Palestinians firepower

Syria says it is ready to offer Palestinians its
 firepower to support their battle with the ISIL
Takfiri terrorist group, which has besieged a
Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus.

ISIL, which currently controls parts of Iraq
and Syria, launched an attack on Yarmouk
refugee camp in southwest Syria on April 1.

The United Nations has said nearly 18,000
civilians, including large numbers of child-
ren,
are caught in the camp.


 Palestinian fighters affiliated with Hamas
have reportedly
engaged in the battle
to force ISIL terrorists
from the camp.

Tuesday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal
 Mekdad met with a delegation from the PLO,
 headed by Ahmad Majdalani.

"Syrian authorities are ready to support the
 Palestinian fighters in a number of ways,
including
militarily, to push ISIL out of the
camp," says PLO
official Anwar Abdul Hadi,
who was at the meeting.




_____________________________




Ukrainian forces moving new heavy weaponry
to buffer zone in Donbas - OSCE


TASS - Observers from the Organization for Security
 and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have reported that
 Ukrainian forces are moving new heavy weaponry to
 the buffer zone in eastern Ukraine, the OSCE Special
 Monitoring Mission (SMM) says in its daily update.

SMM lists four 100-mm anti-tank guns and four MTLB
 armored tractors positioned near the Mirnaya Dolina
settlement... "On the 6th of April, near Mirnaya Dolina
 (government-controlled, and 67km north west of
Luhansk), the SMM observed four newly deployed
100mm anti-tank guns with crew and four anti-
personnel carrier (MTLB), loaded with ammunition
boxes," the report says and continues with other
observed breaks of the Minsk 2 Agreement.




________________________________




Celebrations on the Day of proclamation of the DPR

A massive celebration of the Day of proclamation of
 Donetsk People’s Republic, took place in Donetsk
this week.


Chair of the People’s Council of the DPR, Andrey
 Purgin and the Vice spokesperson of the
DPR's
Council
, Denis Pushilin, took part in many events.

 Celebrations in the Donetsk Music Drama Theatre
 concert were a 'present' for all the attendees there.


_________________________________



Ukraine is preparing for new battles in Donbass
 
State enterprise Harkov Design Bureau of Transport
Machinery has worked with Ukroboronprom to make
 a variant of the military 'protected machine; APC-4 ---
 with additional protection for use in the 'ATO' zone.



_______________________________




Le Monde: Kiev peace accord violation
starts to trouble the West


Influential French newspaper Le Monde tells its
 readers of concern in Paris about policy U-turns
 by Kiev’s regime over peace in the country’s war-
torn east, noting that the West is “beginning to
voice irritation and remind Kiev that its support
 is not unconditional”.

Kiev’s perceived violation of the peace accords
 signed in Minsk, Belarus, is generating disquiet
in the French capital, the daily says, noting the
 Elysee presidential administration’s reaction to
 the Ukrainian authorities’ failure to honour its
 commitments aimed at bringing peace to the
 embattled Donbas region.

Le Monde quotes a source close to President
Francois Hollande as saying Petr Poroshenko
 has “failed to push through parliament a law
that guarantees holding local elections in the
 eastern regions and granting special status
for them”.

“Kiev puts forward conditions which are not
 stipulated by the Minsk agreements,” the
newspaper says.

The Minsk accords envisaged elections and a
 withdrawal of forces --- “after the beginning of
 political changes & granting a certain amount
of autonomy to Donbas”, the paper notes.

“However, the law endorsed by the Ukrainian
 parliament links granting autonomy to Ukraine’s
eastern regions with holding local elections and
 withdrawing illegal armed groups. Such a U-turn
 only makes the settlement process, complex as
 it is, even more unstable and very difficult to
implement,” the paper says.

By acting this way, Kiev gives rise to criticism,
 with the West “beginning to voice irritation and
 reminding that its support is not unconditional,”
 it adds.



____________________________________




Iran Urges Oman to Persuade Saudi Arabia
                 to Stop Aggression on Yemen               
 
 Iran today warns that Saudi Arabia''s air strikes on
 Yemenis will lead to an unpredictible humanitarian
 disaster & calls on Oman to persuade Saudi Arabia
 to stop the aggression & find negotiated solutions.

The official media in Tehran says the Government
 called the Arab sultanate for its immediate help to
 stop the air attacks on Yemen, which started on
 March 26 with the aim of eliminating the insurgent
 Ansar Allah movement after it took power in Sanaa.

Oman is the only Gulf Cooperation Council member
that did not join the declaration, in which the other
 five members backed the bombings against Ansar
 Allah, with the official aim of restoring the former
Yemeni President, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

After 12 days of Saudi strikes, Iran's deputy
 Foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs,
 Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, says the Islamic
 Republic is actively working now to end the
 aggression and bloodshed.

Amir-Abdollahian notes that the Iranian Foreign
 ministry is focusing its efforts on finding political
 solutions, and sending humanitarian assistance
 for the Yemen, the Arab world's poorest nation.

A humanitarian crisis is being favored in Yemen,
 and the seige to the country, plus the blocking
 of humanitarian supplies, have no justification,
 stresses the deputy Foreign minister, while
 slamming the Saudi's war stance.


_____________________________



Ad Campaign against killer drones launched in USA

The first anti-drones advertising campaign will be
 broadcast on American television throughout April.

 Organizers of the campaign say in the direct appeal
  to drone operators, that the use of unmanned aerial
 vehicles by the US President and Congress violates
 moral standards, Pravda.Ru says.

The campaign's goal is to appeal to those who
 receive orders to kill. Those people should listen
 to the call of their conscience before they launch
 another drone, campaign organizers believe.

It cost the US government incredible efforts to
 convince the general public that using drones
to kill brings only good results, says Pravda.Ru.

To destroy the head of the Islamist Haqqani
Network, drones struck five times. The head
 of the terrorist group was not destroyed, but
the attacks killed 80 civilians.

To kill Baitullah Mehsud, the head of Taliban,
 seven air raids were conducted. As many as
 164 civilians were killed.

Two unmanned aircraft were sent to destroy
 Ayman al-Zawahiri, current head of Al-Qaeda
- the terrorist network. The terrorist is alive,
in contrast to 76 children, who came under
fire and were killed.


________________________________



Yemen: Moscow responds to oil blackmail

Moscow had lots of patience, tolerating the US
blackmail in Syria and a massacre of Ukraine...
 then the US & Saudi Arabia crossed a red line
by lowering oil prices & Russia had to respond,
reports Pravda news.

 A gambit in Yemen was played, with Tehran,
to cause damage to the Wahhabi state. After
all, the Saudis are used to sponsoring wars,
but they do not like to die in them.

The US says that in Yemen, their troops are
fighting against al-Qaeda and ISIS. The goal
of the operation, according to White House
 spokesperson, Josh Earnest, is to support
central government, increase the potential
 of local fighters and use US' technological
and military resources to press extremists.

But, firstly, the "central government" in
Yemen in the person of President Hadi
fled & has no control over the situation.

Secondly, the "local fighters" of Yemen
are rebellious Huthis, Al-Qaeda gunmen
and regional separatists.

 Thirdly, the "own resources" of the US -
125 CIA and Pentagon advisers - were
"evacuated" after the war broke out.

 Therefore, in order to maintain control over
 the important strategic area, the US had no
 other choice but to push Saudi Arabia to act.

 On March 25, the coalition of ten countries,
under Saudi Arabia's leadership, began to
 bomb Yemen, to try to keep control over
Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.

The situation in Yemen "is a major defeat"
for the US and Saudi Arabia, Bruce Riedel,
 a former CIA analyst for the Middle East,
 tells AFP.

According to him, the USA has no choice
but to support those forces left in Yemen
after President Hadi, and try to obtain all
necessary aid from Saudi Arabia & Oman.

At the same time, Riedel adds, if there are
 forces that fight against Al-Qaeda in the
 region, they are the Huthis.

The expert could not expand on this
contradiction.

So the US is demonstrating its absolute
inability in foreign policy. Many analysts
say the Americans deliberately create
 'controlled chaos' in the world.

 Is this really the case? The chaos is now
getting out of control. Below, is a remark
voiced by Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Affairs
 Minister of Saudi Arabia, at a meeting of
 the Arab League in Egypt, on Sunday.

"Putin talks about the problems in the
 Middle East as if Russia has no influence
 on these issues," the Saudi minister said.

From the Saudis point of view, they have
 to deal with a Russia/Iran/Syria coalition.

 What if Yemen is part of a plan to repel the
attack by Saudi Arabia and the US, in their
 'game' to lower the price of oil?

 It turns out that the Huthis can block Bab-el-
Mandeb at any moment. If true, tankers from
 Saudi Arabia will be unable to pass through
 the Suez Canal to Europe and America.

When Iran promised to do it two years ago,
an uproar ensued, and now it is logical to
assume that Iran has decided to do it more
 carefully - through the hands of the Huthis.

If true, the price of oil will rise dramatically.
Of course, this is a sacrifice, as Yemen now
 faces a full-scale intervention. Yet Yemen is
 fighting for justice - to bring its Zaidi imams
back into power.

"For centuries, all Yemeni imams (kings) were
 Zaidi imams. They were the people who were
 entitled to power, which is very important in
Islamic countries. They were very proud of
 practicing their own form of Islam."

 "The fact that they're now in power is like
 a restoration of historical justice," Sergei
Plekhanov, the author of many books on
 the Arab world, says in an interview with
 the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

Yemen is the only country in the world...
where the arms trade is legal. Everyone
 owns a Kalashnikov and their patriotism
is very strong.

The Saudis have a weak army, but they can
 get help from Egypt & Pakistan who depend
 on funding from Saudi Arabia.

 The prime ministers of Egypt and Pakistan
 declare they're ready to join a ground war.

But Egypt has bad memories of Yemen.
50 years ago, Egypt lost 26,000 soldiers
 in a failed military intervention in Yemen.
 In addition, Pakistan may find it receives
yet another highly unstable border.

"Arabs don't like Saudis. They're afraid of
Saudi Arabia, because they depend on it.
There's a lot of money in Saudi Arabia, but
 no one likes those who own that money.
 The Sunni coalition may fall apart quickly.
A part of the army has already sided with
the Huthis," says Sergei Plekhanov.

Saudi Arabia will have to face higher justice.
 
This is a Wahhabi state which funds all wars
in the Middle East, trains jihadists, organizes
 speculative futures trading in oil & is pegged
 to the US dollar.

Russia & Yemen have something to talk about.

 The two countries can recall their cooperation
 in the middle of the last century, when Soviet
 Union loans accounted for over 50% of foreign
loans received by South Yemen.


_______________________



Ukraine’s annual inflation soars to 45.8%

There was a steep acceleration of 10.8% in
March, says the country's statistics office.

Kiev's government is hit by a combination
 of monetary, budgetary, industrial, banking
 and energy crises that could force Ukraine
to be reliant on outside help for years.

Ukraine’s vital heavy industry in the east
 has been badly hit by fierce fighting, and
 production there has fallen by a fifth.

Foreign investors are leaving Ukraine in
 the uncertainty caused by armed conflict,
and the value of the hryvnia, has dropped
 by around 50% since the start of the year.



________________________________




8 Iranian border guards killed by 'terrorists'

8 border guards have been killed by 'terrorists'
 in Sistan-Baluchestan province in the southeast
 -- near the border with Pakistan, an official says.

The eight were killed in a border area in Negur
town on Monday when clashes broke out with
 terrorists who'd entered Iran via the Pakistani
 border, IRNA quotes the Sistan-Baluchestan
 Deputy Governor, Ali Mirshekari, as saying.

Negur is the main town of Dashtiari district
 in Chabahar County, one of Iran's southern-
most regions.

During the ensuing gun battle, three of the
 assailants were also killed by Iranian forces.

He adds that the terrorists fled to Pakistan
 after the incident, and a request has been
 made to Pakistan to apprehend the culprits
 and hand them over to Iranian authorities.

Earlier Monday, Iran's Islamic Revolution
 Guards Corps (IRGC) destroyed a terrorist
group in the southeast of the country.

All members of the terror team, which was
 affiliated with foreign spy services -- were
 killed by IRGC ground forces in Qasre Qand
 & Nik Shahr regions in Sistan-Baluchestan,
 says a statement by the Public relations
 office of the IRGC's Qods Headquarters.

Sistan-Baluchestan province has seen
similar attacks by terrorists who launch
hit-and-run attacks - and then run back
 to neighboring Pakistan.

Iran has repeatedly criticized Pakistan
 for failing to rein in the terrorists.




____________________________





‘It’s like a war here’: Saudi police raid defiant
 eastern province amid wider conflict with Shias

A security raid in the eastern town of Amawiyah
in Saudi Arabia, was apparently to subdue Shiite
 discontent with the Saudi Sunni majority.

Locals say 30 arrests were made, according to
 reports. They also accuse the Saudi authorities
 of cracking down on anti-government protests
- and using it as an excuse for the raids.

 The region is keen to show its dissatisfaction
 with the Saudi coalition's bombardment of
Shiite rebels in neighboring Yemen, whom
they see as brothers.

This is aside from the more general grievances
 over Saudi discrimination of the Shia, in nearly
 every sector of public life.

That an “exchange of fire” quickly turned into
 a gun battle, is hardly a unique occurrence in
the resource-rich, but impoverished majority-
Shiite province. 'Incidents' have occurred 
since 2011, when the Shia (10 to 15% of the
country’s 29 million inhabitants), decided
they had had enough and began engaging
in events reminiscent of the 'Arab Spring'.

Locals report seeing 40 armored security
vehicles enter Awamiya, at 15:30 (12:30
GMT) on Sunday.

 One anonymous resident tells 'Middle East Eye'
 “Gunfire didn’t stop” until 21:00. “The Security
forces shot randomly at people’s homes, and
closed all but one of the roads leading in and
out of the village.”

“It's like a war here - we're under siege,” he adds.

Alleged eyewitness videos sent to the MEE depict
 gunfire, supposedly coming from the police forces.
 Buildings and cars appear to be ablaze in the video.

Armed locals reportedly engaged security forces
 in the gunfight. Armored vehicles were allegedly
still seen in the small town after sundown at 9pm
(18:00GMT), as the Saudi forces set up security
 checkpoints and roadblocks.

The fighting followed local rumours - of an anti-
government protest that never actually occurred.

“The protest was canceled because we were told
 to be careful and that if we rallied they [security
 forces] would kill everyone,” one local says.

According to Saudi Arabian officials, the death
 and injuries in Awamiya on Sunday, took place
 during a security operation to target “terrorist
 elements'” weapons and communications
equipment. They say the raid also resulted in
 four arrests for targeting the security forces,
according to the state-run SPA news agency.

The violence is the latest in a string of restive
 events, that has seen some 20 people lose
their lives since 2011.

The official Saudi line is that no discrimination
 is taking place - and that it’s all about fighting
 an 'armed uprising'.

The special op' in the
country's east, comes
 as the Saudi-led coalition keeps bombarding
Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen with airstrikes,
an operation that has been ongoing for over
a week now, after Yemeni President, Hadi,
was forced to flee the country. The former
ruler - sacked by his own party - asked for
international intervention to reinstate him.

Associate Professor Firat Demir, at Oklahoma
  University sees this as a measure to galvanize
 Sunnis to target Shias - wherever they may be.

“I’m afraid the characterization of this war is
 quite misrepresented in international media,
 especially in the US press… the main goal
is not to uproot or eliminate terrorism in
Yemen, but in fact to encourage terrorism
 against Shias. We should remember that
Saudi Arabia provided 15 of the 19 hijack
team in 9/11. They have the same religion
 – Wahabism – as Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and
 right now Sunnis are fighting Shias, not
only in Yemen, but in Syria and Iraq.
Here, the Shias are the underdogs -
they are the good guys.

“Yemen is already a failed state,” he adds
 -- remembering that the same fate befell
 Libya -- which is now “a breeding ground
for extremists.”

Political analyst Kamel Al Wazne believes
the same. “The confrontation that's going
 on with Yemen is not going to leave Saudi
Arabia without any consequences,” he
 tells RT.

“Obviously there’s a large minority that exists
 in Saudi Arabia -- they’ve been deprived for a
very long time of their basic rights and they
have been treated like 2nd-class citizens”
he says, then adds that the situation could
 “explode at any time.”

“The Saudis are playing with fire. They invested
 in military equipment for years, spending probably
 more money than countries like India. They think
they can resolve things with their aircraft, not
 understanding that their aircraft haven’t actually
 achieved anything. I think logic and reason and
 a political solution, would be the answer. Other-
wise, they've made a large miscalculation by
entering the war.”

Finally, Yemen, with its 10 million living below
 the poverty line, “doesn’t need[bombardment].
It needs health, it needs food, it needs shelter,
 it needs water, it needs medical supplies,”
Al Wazne explains.



_____________________________



Donbass leaders to Germany, France:
 'Make Kiev pay pensions approved
by
Minsk deal'

Kiev is pocketing money it's supposed to
transfer for social payments, in war-torn
areas, Donbass leaders say and they call
on Germany and France, to put pressure
on President Poroshenko.

 Ukrainian officials claim they 'cannot'
 transfer the pensions.


______________________________



Ukraine’s neo-Nazi leader becomes
top
military adviser, legalizes fighters

Ukraine’s Interpol-wanted leader of the
extremist Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh,
 has been appointed as an adviser to
 Ukraine’s Chief of the General Staff.

 He has agreed to legalize thousands of
 his fighters as an assault team, which
is subordinated to the regular army.

“Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief
of General Staff and Dmytro Yarosh, have
both agreed on the format of cooperation
between ‘Pravy Sector’ [Right Sector] &
 the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Ukraine’s
defense ministry says in a statement.

The appointment came after successful
negotiations took place between the so-
called Ukrainian Volunteer Corps (DUK
Right Sector) and Ukraine’s top military
command, on the possible options for
 incorporating the armed gangs inside a
 defense ministry structure of command.

Right Sector’s armed paramilitary battalions
have agreed to be “subordinated to military
 leaders,” the ministry says. According to
the statement, Muzhenko & Yarosh stress
 the need for “unity”.

“DUK is ready to perform common tasks
with the Army, is ready to obey the army
leadership in matters relating to national
 defense against an external enemy and
 which enables every patriot to protect
 Ukraine,” Yarosh says.

Yarosh, who was a main figurehead of
the violent coup last year, is wanted by
 Interpol for the incitement of terrorism
and extremist activities.

He was placed on the international wanted
 list at the request of the Russian authorities.

On the weekend Yarosh announced that he
plans to legalize private military companies
 in Ukraine, and is about to introduce new
legislation on this into the coup-Parliament.

The 'legalization' is on, after Yarosh offered
 to make his Volunteer Corps a professional
 assault team, responding to Kiev’s demand
 that all paramilitary units hand in their arms
 or join the country’s official armed forces.

Right Sector initially refused to obey the
 ultimatum, calling it “traitorous”, saying
 “volunteers and patriots” would only lay
down their arms when Ukraine’s territorial
sovereignty over the S. East was restored.

So-called volunteer & other privately formed
 and sponsored battalions, have been fighting
 alongside Ukraine’s regular army, since Kiev
began its “anti-terrorist operation” last April.

 Many of them, especially Polish mercenaries
-- are noted for cruel murderous acts on the
 local populations. Aidar & Azov are accused,
 by international human rights associations,
 of war crimes.

After the ceasefire agreement was reached
 in February, some of these units refused to
 leave the Donbass region & now regularly
violate the Minsk agreements.


_____________________________



UKRAINE PROVOCATIONS CONTINUE...

Kiev’s troops opened concentrated artillery fire
on Donetsk airport and Oktyabrsky settlement,
  late on Sunday, the Donetsk People’s Republic's
 ministry of defence tells Donetsk News Agency.

"Ukrainian troops are shelling the Donetsk airport
and the settlement of Okrtyabrsky from 152 mm
artillery units," the DPR ministry says. "Shelling
caused a fire on the roof of a dwelling house in
Oktyabrsky."

The DPR’s emergencies ministry told the Donetsk
 New Agency that rescuers were making efforts to
 localize the fire.

According to preliminary data, no one was killed.
 No information about those injured was available.


______________________________



Abbas threatens Israel with ICC
over frozen tax cash

Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian
 Authority, says he has returned funds from frozen
 tax revenues handed over by Israel because they
 amounted to only a third of the total owed.



----------------------------------------



AS POPE FRANCIS CALLS FOR PEACE...

Daesh (IS) Militants from the Islamic State blew up
 the Church of the Virgin Mary in northeast Syria on
Easter Sunday morning, SANA reports.

The church, in Tal Nasri village, Hasakah province,
 was blown up, as Syrian Christians celebrated the
 Easter holiday. Locals tell SANA that IS militants
 destroyed the church by putting explosives inside.

ISIL fighters are infamous for carrying out
 destructive rampages on Muslim & Christian
 holy sites, regularly destroying churches &
 mosques across the country, plus many of
Syria's ancient historical heritage sites.

In February, ISIL militants in Tel Hermosa city,
Hasakah province, smashed one of Syria's oldest
 churches. Militants are reported to have attacked
 over a dozen churches in Syrian territories under
 their control. Last month, ISIL militants destroyed
 a 15th century Catholic monastery in Mosul city,
in Iraq; earlier, militants in Mosul burned down a
 church built in the 3rd Century.

The Church of the Virgin Mary was built in 1934, and
 underwent a restoration in 2005. The church is one
 of three in an area which has recently been overrun
 by Takfiri terrorists, whom the US covertly supplies
 with aid, training and mercenaries by using its neo-
proxies, Turkey and Qatar, with Saudi Arabian and
 other despotic Arab Gulf States' connivance.

At the same time, the US is finally getting its way
and regularly bombing well inside Syria, without
 permission from Syria's government or its people.


___________________________________



Israel intentionally shelled UN
 troops in Lebanon: Report

A new report says Israel forces intentionally shelled
 a United Nations watchtower in southern Lebanon,
 which left a Spanish peacekeeper dead, in January.

El Pais news cites extracts from a confidential
 Spanish military report on the incident, saying
 Israeli forces corrected the trajectory of their
artillery fire to hit the UN post. A 36-year-old
corporal, Javier Soria Toledo, was killed in
the attack.

Corporal Ivan Lopez Sanchez, a Spanish soldier
 stationed near the post, told investigators it was
 clear the UN position was being targeted, noting:

 "Each time, they corrected the trajectory from
 Majidiye to 4-28" post, where the UN Interim
 Force Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeepers were
stationed.

A 2nd Spanish soldier confirmed Sanchez’s
 report, saying the first
shell salvo landed
 some 500 metres north of the UN post and
then Israel "corrected the trajectory
to
wards the position." 

A 3rd soldier added that the fragmentation
bombs used in the attack targeted the
post’s main watchtower.

The newspaper also quotes a UN report saying
around 20 artillery shells, 90 mortar grenades
 and five projectiles, were fired at the UN post
during the attack.

Spain and Israel have agreed to carry out a
 joint investigation into the incident.

UNIFIL has 10,000 troops from 36 nations,
 including about 600 Spanish soldiers.


__________________________________



Yemen war will backfire on Saudi Arabia: Iran MPs

Iranian lawmakers unanimously denounce Saudi
 Arabia’s military aggression on Yemen, warning
 that the adverse consequences of the ongoing
 war on Sana’a will definitely backfire on Riyadh.

"The Al Saud regime should know that the fire
 rekindled [in Yemen] will engulf it and impose
heavy costs on the Muslim world," a group of
 262 legislators say in a statement on Sunday.

“Forming a fabricated coalition will further
 complicate problems in the Muslim world
 and the region,” the statement reads,
adding that the support of the US, the
Israeli regime and their allies, for
Saudi Arabia’s blatant violation of an
independent nation’s sovereignty, runs
counter to international conventions.

Saudi Arabia’s attack on Yemen and the
killing of Muslim and innocent people in
 the country, proves that Al Saudi serves
 the interests of the enemies of Islam,
instead of reinforcing unity and dignity
 among Muslims, it points out.

The Iranian parliamentarians express
their support for the popular uprising
of the Yemeni nation -- and strongly
 condemn the foreign intervention in
 the impoverished country, saying the
 Muslim Yemeni people will, without
doubt, resist the aggressors with
full force.

The statement comes on the same day
 Iran’s Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani,
says Iran supports negotiations among
 representatives of all parties involved
 in the Yemeni crisis, and repeats that
 a national dialogue is the only way to
 end the conflict.

“Such military aggression, irrespective
 of its objectives, is a blow to the Muslim
 Ummah and benefits the Zionist regime
[of Israel] and the major powers.

 “The aggressive countries must explain
 why they are using their facilities to deal
 a blow to a Muslim state,” the top Iranian
 legislator says, in a 'phone conversation
 with the Speaker of Pakistan’s National
 Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen
 started on March 26 without a UN mandate
-- in a bid to restore power to the country's
fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur
Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Ansarullah say Hadi lost his legitimacy
 as president after he, in February, fled
 the capital to Aden, where he sought
to
set up a rival base.

Hadi stepped down in January and
 refused to reconsider the decision,
 despite calls to do so, by Houthi
 revolutionaries.

Houthi fighters continue advancing south,
while they have also stepped up fighting
 against al-Qaeda terrorists and secured
 many areas from the militants.


_________________________



African leaders to hold summit
to counter Boko Haram terror

Leaders of Central and West African countries
 are to hold a summit to co-ordinate strategies,
 to counter the threat posed by Nigeria’s Takfiri
 Boko Haram terror group.

The summit, on April 8th in Equatorial Guinea’s
capital of Malabo, was announced on Sunday in
a
joint statement by organizers of the Economic
 Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
 & the Economic Community of Central African
 States (ECCAS).

“In the face of mounting and increasingly
bloody attacks by fundamentalists against
Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon & Chad, and the
 serious consequences for these countries,
plus the real risk of destabilizing Western
and Central Africa, the two organizations
have decided to take action,” they state.

The summit will be the first of its kind since
 Nigeria’s election just a week ago, in which
 former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari,
who has pledged to rid his nation of the
terror of the Takfiri Boko Haram group,
emerged victorious.

It's not clear, however, whether President-
elect Buhari will attend the summit, since
 he will not be sworn in until May the 29th,
when he officially succeeds President
Goodluck Jonathan.

A regional coalition of Nigeria, Chad, Niger
 and Cameroon has been waging offensives
 against the Takfiri terror group, in an effort
 to defeat their militancy, which has spread
across the borders of Nigeria, where Boko
 Haram is based.


_______________________



Saudi special forces involved
 in Yemen aggression: Advisor

Saudi army and naval special forces are
 performing 'specific military operations'
in Yemen, an unnamed adviser tells AFP.

Naval forces have provided supporters of
 Hadi with "coordination and guidance" to
enable them to launch attacks on Houthi
 Ansarullah fighters, the advisor says.

He adds that army special forces have
supplied communications equipment &
 arms to forces loyal to Hadi, in Aden.

On Thursday, Saudi ambassador to the US,
 Adel al-Jubeir, denied the presence of any
Saudi forces in Aden, stating:- "We do not
have troops, formal Saudi troops, in Aden."

The issue of ground troops is "on the table
 but decisions will be made, depending on
circumstances and need," Jubeir said.


Saudi special forces "will continue their
engagements" with Hadi loyalists, the
advisor further stressed. 

The advisor also states that Saudi special
 forces were involved in the Thursday raids
 against Ansarullah fighters on Myun Island
 in the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, via
 which, much of the world's ocean-going
trade passes.


Saudi-led coalition spokesperson, Brigadier
General Ahmed Assiri, said on Friday that
war-jets destroyed "military equipment and
 missiles" of Ansarullah forces on the island.


___________________________




SAUDI's DESTROY CIVILIAN HOMES

Saudi airstrikes continued on Saturday
 night & dozens of residences in Yemen's
capital,
Sana'a, were flattened, leaving
scores of
civilians needing medical aid.


_________________________




Angola Marks 13 Years of Peace
   and National Reconciliation     
          
Angola celebrated 13 years of national peace
 and reconciliation on Saturday -- and in those
years,
it focused on improving life conditions
in
key sectors like health care, energy, water,
 and education.

The Popular Movement for the Liberation
of Angola,
now the country's ruling party,
urged people to reflect
on all they had
conquered over the past years.


It also urged them to analyze thoroughly what
still needs to be done, so that the country can
grow, better distribute its resources, and make
sure families live with dignity and quality of life.

The MPLA stressed that Angolans, from Cabinda
 to Cunene and abroad, celebrate the date which
marks the end of a war era and the beginning of
a new one.

"Together we can move our country forward,
 convinced that the future is brilliant and that
 -- united as a single nation -- we can build a
 prosperous and developed Angola", their
statement added.

As on every year, recreational and religious
celebrations took place, in all 18 provinces
of the country.


April 4th was established as the Day of Peace
 and National Reconciliation, after the signing
 of a memorandum of understanding between
 the government and a West-armed opposition
the National Union for the Total Independence
 of Angola (UNITA), putting an end to 27 years
 of war.

The ruling party's armed volunteers fighting
then were backed by Soviet Russia's aid and
with thousands of Cuba's
volunteer soldiers.




___________________________________





Over 12,000 People Caught Between
              Gunfire in Yarmouk Refugee Camp               
 
 The situation of 12,000 people who are still
 in Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, near
 Damascus, remains uncertain today, after
its recent occupation by Daesh terrorists.

Local sources confirm that many people can
not be evacuated to safer areas, due to the
 remaining IS snipers & al-Nusra Front bands
still present in
different parts of the refugee
camp,
about five kilometers from Damascus.

The camp was occupied violently Wednesday
 after armed extremist groups advanced from
 the Hajar Aswad area.

Inside the camp, the IS & al-Nusra terrorists
met strong resistance from the Palestinian

 armed group, Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis, which
is also opposed to the Syrian government.


Syria's Foreign Ministry sent notes Thursday,
 to both Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council,
 demanding that the international community
 put pressure on Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel &
 Jordan, to curb their sponsoring of terrorist
groups which are commiting crimes against
humanity now against residents at Yarmouk.

Sources close to the Palestinian fighters who
 defend the refugee camp, confirm that several
 tunnels were found, through which the takfiri
 extremists mobilized quickly --- undetected.

They add that, during the repulse operations,
 Palestinian armed groups were supported by
artillery and managed to regain control of

several positions and buildings that, until
 recently, were in the hands of terrorists.

According to figures from the UN aid agency
 for Palestinian refugees (Umrwa), currently,
 there are about 18,000 refugees in Yarmouk
 without any access to clean water, food or
 electricity, as a result of the conflict and
 terrorist actions of the al-Nusra bands.

Established in the vicinity of Damascus in
1957 to take in Palestinians who fled their
land from Israeli occupation, the Yarmouk
 camp grew to house 160,000 people, who
 enjoy the same rights as Syrian citizens...
 unlike those in refugee camps in Jordan
 - or even in Lebanon.



_____________________________




Nuclear Agreement Stopped
              Huge War in the Middle East               

 
 Iranian expert Hossein Mousavian, a former
 nuclear negotiator with the West, says that
the understanding reached by Iran
and the
six world powers in Lausanne
is an historic
achievement that has prevented a
new war
in the Middle East.


According to the expert, quoted by the IRNA
news agency, the pre-arrangement definitely
 is the path of peace, as it "virtually prevents
 a new war in the Middle East, that would be
 far more disastrous for the United States -
and the region - than the wars in either
Afghanistan or Iraq."



_________________________




S. Africa, Egypt press for UN reform: Zuma

South Africa and Egypt have agreed to press for
 reform of the UN, and the UN Security Council in
particular, S Africa's President
Jacob Zuma says.

"South Africa and Egypt have agreed to engage
 on the matter of UN Reform, in line with Africa's
 stance as contained in the Ezulwini Consensus,"
 Zuma says, on his return from a 2-day working
 visit to Egypt.

The Ezulwini Consensus covers international
 relations and a reform of the United Nations,
as agreed by several African governments.

On his visit, Zuma and Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi
 agreed to boost bilateral trade & enhance
 their co-operation on "the many challenges
 facing the African continent"

President Zuma now adds:

"We agreed that it's now urgent to find --
 through peaceful means and dialogue --
 a political solution to crises confronting
countries in conflict situations. In this
 regard, regional organizations such as
the African Union and the Arab League
have an important role to play" he says.



__________________________




Saudis Continue Yemen Offensive,
 Red Cross Says Riyadh Blocking Aid


The International Committee of the Red Cross
says on Saturday that three shipments of aid
 and medical staff it is trying to send to Yemen
 are still being blocked, despite appeals to the
 Saudi-led military coalition that now controls
 Yemeni air space and ports, Reuters reports.

The ICRC is seeking security guarantees for
2 planes to Sanaa, 1 with medical supplies
 for 1,000 wounded people and another with
 medical and water sanitation supplies, plus
a ship with a surgical team for Aden.

The ICRC accuses the Saudi-led coalition,
which, for 10 days, has hit Yemen with air
 strikes, of preventing the aid deliveries.

"Our supplies are still blocked," spokesperson
 Sitara Jabeen says. "The situation is getting
 worse - every passing hour people are dying
 in Yemen & we need to bring this in urgently".

She was speaking ahead of a UN Security
 Council meeting called by Russia to discuss
 a humanitarian pause in the air strikes.

Meanwhile, sources tell al-Manar that
 at least 9 civilians of the same family,
including six children, are martyred
 in a strike on Bani Matar in Sanaa.

Five other are wounded in the raid,
including another three children.



_______________________________




Yemen's Houthis continue advance in Aden

Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement
 have continued their advance in the south-
western Yemeni city of Aden, despite the
 ongoing Saudi invasion of the country.

Latest reports coming out of Yemen show
 that the revolutionaries are now trying to
 take control of Tawahi & Mualla districts.

Sources say the Ansarullah fighters, along
 with army units, are continuing to advance,
fighting al-Qaeda terrorists and loyalists to
 fugitive president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Some media previously said Ansarullah had
retreated from the presidential palace. The

 resistance movement vehemently denies it.

The Houthi movement took control of the
presidential palace in Aden on Thursday.

Friday, Saudi-led warplanes dropped
 weapons and supplies for militants -
 including al-Qaeda terrorists - who're
 battling Ansarullah fighters in Aden.

The jets airdropped a number of wooden
 boxes with firearms and ammunition in
 the region, early on Friday.

Some reports indicate that sophisticated
 communications equipment & advanced
 combat medical kits, were also included.

The United Nations says at least 519
people, including women & children,
have lost their lives --- in two weeks.

90 children are among the victims
of
the violence.



_________________________




Clashes leave 2 Saudi soldiers
 killed on Yemeni border

An exchange of fire between security
forces and Ansarullah fighters claims
 the lives of 2 more Saudi soldiers on
the border with Yemen, as resistance
against
Saudi aggression, continues.

Reports Friday eve' say Abdulrahman
 al-Qahtani and Mohammed al-Harbi,
 were killed between the regions of
Najran & Asir, near Yemen's border.

Director General of the Border Guards,
 Admiral Awad bin Eid al-Balawi, states
 he can confirm the reports are correct.



__________________________




Russia convenes UN Security Council meeting
 to discuss pauses in air strikes in Yemen

The meeting will be held behind closed doors.

 From Russia it will be attended by the Deputy
 permanent representative of the Russian
Federation, Vladimir Safronkov.



________________________________




             New US Plans against Venezuela Denounced               
 
 The US Government is hatching new plans
 against Venezuela, helped by Colombia's
 rightwing, after the failure of the latest
attack
by President Barack Obama.

Juan Carlos Tanus, the representative of
Colombian Residents in Venezuela, tells
the newspaper Correo del Orinoco, that
 the new plans include a section within
Columbia, that is trying to boost armed
conflict with the Venezuelan people.

He refers to recent statements by the US
 Defense Undersecretary Mary Beth Long,
who recently congratulated Colombia's
 military for studying the possible threats
 posed by Venezuela.

Obama promulgated a March 9th decree,
saying Venezuela is an extraordinary &
unusual threat to US internal security
 (sic) and to its foreign policy.

Tanus explains that Bogota's military
structure
answers to the interests of
US Governments,
which administer
 both the political machinery & any
conflicts, in its neighboring nation.

The development plan for 2015 in Colombia
devotes most funds towards strengthening
 its military structure, he says.

Members of the Colombian community in
 Venezuela, see this as in sharp contrast
 to the negotiation table set out in Cuba,
and the good hearts within Juan Manuel
 Santos' Government, he reveals.



___________________________




Militia and Kiev forces establish dialogue
 in eastern Ukraine - coordination centre
 
TASS - Dialogue has been established between
the commanders of militias of Donetsk People’s
 Republic & Ukraine's army units near Shirokino
 in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s representative at
 the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination
 of the ceasefire regime, General Alexander
 Rozmaznin, says on Friday.

"Contact between commanders has been
established. I think very soon there will
be, not only contact, but also mutual
understanding, between the parties to
 the conflict," Donetsk News Agency
quotes him as saying.

Ukraine’s representatives underscore
 that the JCCC’s efforts have brought
results. "It inspires certain optimism
that heavy weapons are no longer
used," he notes.

Russia’s representative at the JCCC,
Colonel General Alexander Lentsov,
says he hopes for a lasting ceasefire
 in Shirokino (east of Mariupol).

 "I hope the contact established between
 the parties’ commanders will also yield
positive results," he stresses.



___________________________




Turkey, Pakistan, urge peaceful
solution to Yemen crisis
 
Xinhua -- Turkey and Pakistan, on Friday,
 call on Yemen's warring parties to reach
 a peaceful solution to end the crisis.

The appeal is made at a joint press
 conference held by visiting Pakistani
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his
 Turkish confrere, Ahmet Davutoglu,
 in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Turkey and Pakistan have decided to
stand with Saudi Arabia to defend the
sovereignty and territorial integrity of
 Yemen, Pakistan's PM tells attendees.

Sharif's visit to Turkey comes 1 day after
his call for a special session of parliament
 to debate whether or not to join the Saudi-
led military campaign in Yemen.

Pakistan believes in a peaceful resolution
 to the crisis - and wishes to promote unity
among Muslim nations says the statement.

Turkey's PM also says that Turkey hails
 the deal reached between Iran and the
world
powers over Tehran's nuclear
program, as a
"positive step."

Davutoglu also calls for all parties to act
 responsibly to move the process forward.



___________________________




US to refuel Saudi-led warplanes in Yemen

In another move to support Saudi Arabia’s
 air campaign against Yemen, the US vows
 to provide aerial refuelling for its 'planes,
as they attack the country.

The US military's Central Command (CENT-
COM) will deploy refueling tankers for the
 Saudis and their allies, in the war against
Yemen, a senior military official says.

"We have given CENTCOM the authority
 to do tanking," (sic) says the US official,
anonymously.

President Barack Obama has already
 authorized the Pentagon to provide
logistical and intelligence support
to Saudi airstrikes in Yemen.

The intelligence is provided using
 surveillance satellites and drones
  to
create "a battlefield picture"
for the
Saudis to track fighters'
locations,
the official says.

"We're helping the Saudis understand
 what's happening on their border," the
official says. "They're looking for any
evidence of Houthi ground incursions."

The Houthis are "poised above Aden &
 we're trying to help the Saudis build a
picture of that," the official adds. "But
 we're not providing them with target
 information."

The official claims the intelligence is
also
helping Saudi-led aircraft avoid
causing
civilian casualties in Yemen.


Rights groups, however, voice outrage
 at accounts of civilian casualties from
 the airstrikes.

In the latest air raid on Wednesday, 29
 people were killed and 24 more injured,
as the airstrike targeted a food factory
 in the western Hudaydah province.




______________________________




BETTER THAN WAR

The West and Iran announce a joint statement
on the nuclear deal reached. Its details seem
different - depending on who's reporting it...

So here's a link to read RT's angle:

http://rt.com/usa/246357-obama-iran-nuclear-deal/

and here's Press TV's report:

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/04/02/
404427/Iran-P51-adopt-joint-statement


Have fun!

Peace and Love.


________________________________

________________________________



Al-Nusra Terrorists Occupy Positions
                between Syria and Jordan               
 
 The Nasib border crossing between Syria and
 Jordan is still under the control of the terrorist
 Al-Nusra Front, after fierce confrontations with
 Syria's army --- and the withdrawal of guards
on the Jordanian side.

The loss of the strategic border pass, located
 on the road that links both countries, leaves
without a military presence, the vital triangle
formed by the city of Nasib, the Syrian Golan
heights - occupied by Israel - and the border
with Jordan, in this zone.

The attack of Al-Nusra on the border enclave
 occurred after Amman's government decided
 to withdraw its personnel, alleging supposed
 "precautionary measures".

News media quote Jordan's Minister of
the Interior, Husein Mayali, explaining:
[closing the border is] "a precautionary
measure to protect the lives of people
passing by, due to the acts of violence
 that take place on the other side of
 the border, in the town of Nasib.

Syria's Foreign Ministry says Jordan's rulers
are responsable for interrupting the traffic of
lorries and passengers, as well as for all the
 economic and social impact of the measure.

Syria's southern border is one of the entry
 points of mercenaries trained in Jordanian
 camps, to swell the armed groups fighting
Syria's legitimate government.

Jordan is a royalist colony of the US, set up
by the UK, to keep Palestinians quiescent.

Almost all Jordan's population is originally
Palestinians who fled from lands taken by
Israelis, who serve the West's interests.



___________________________




                 Ukraine Prepares Large-scale Provocation               
 
 Kiev is preparing a large-scale aggression
in the Donbass, with the aim of introducing
international forces favorable to the current
rulers, the Donetsk People''s Republic says.

The deputy commander of the militia of the DPR,
 Eduard Basurin, says the increasing intensity of
 the bombings against Donbass aims to show the
 world that the Minsk agreements on a ceasefire
 are 'unfeasible'.

By this, he states, they will insist on the need for
 an intervention into Donbass, of 'peace-keeping'
 forces which are loyal to Kiev.

The officer says in the past 48 hours they have
 received new evidence that government forces
 are increasing the amount of artillery pieces in
the line of separation, and covertly deploying
  heavy weapons in the demilitarized zone.

He says Kiev's troops have violated the truce
 190 times since March 26th, with 31 bombings
 on March the 31st alone, which wounded two
militiamen.

We'll send all data to the Special Observation
 Mission of the Organization for Security and
 Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), so they can
evaluate it and take appropriate measures
 urgently, he says, as quoted by Donetsk
News Agency (DNA).

The officer stresses that the milita have stuck
 to 'all the agreements' on a truce in Donbass.

Every day each party accuses the other of
 violating the armistice, as Kiev proclaims
 its desire to rearm, increases the number
 of its troops, and shows a full reluctance
 to implement any of the political part of
the Minsk agreements.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister ,Grigory
Karasin, says currently, the realization of
the Minsk agreements has slowed down,
firstly, because of the US-backed coup's
present rulers.

Kiev's authorities are violating the Minsk
deadlines, says the deputy, who heads a
Russian delegation at negotiations on a
 transition from the ceasefire and with-
drawal of all heavy weapons, into a
political process.



_____________________________________




Russia denies threatening use of nuclear weapons

The Kremlin on Thursday denies allegations that
 Moscow has threatened to use nuclear weapons
to deter
NATO from intervening in the difficult
relationship between Russia and Ukraine.

Commenting on reports in some Western media
 that Moscow has threatened to use weapons of
mass destruction if attempts are made to return
 Crimea to Ukraine, or if NATO lifts its presence
 in the Baltic states, the Kremlin spokesperson,
 Dmitry Peskov, describes them as an example
 of how some elements in the West are trying
 to demonize Russia.

"This is a classic example of the ongoing hysteria
 to demonize our country. In fact they aren't based
 on any specific information, and they themselves
 fear what they have written," the Interfax news
 agency quotes Peskov as saying.

The reports can't be taken seriously, he adds.

Peskov reminds people that President Vladimir
Putin has never made any remark that could be
interpreted as a threat to use nuclear weapons.

The Western media on Thursday claims that
Moscow threatens to use its nuclear forces
if there are any attempts to return Crimea to
Ukraine,  or if weapons supplies from NATO
 countries are supplied to the Kiev regime.




____________________________





Saudi Soldier Killed, and 10 Others
Wounded, at Yemen's Border


One Saudi soldier is killed and 10 wounded as
 clashes erupt in an area at Yemen's border, a
security source in the KSA says on Thursday.


The report marks the first killing of a Saudi
soldier since the beginning of the US-KSA
 campaign against Yemen.

The Yemeni army and the Public committees
now control the presidential palace in Aden
 and have secured the villages in its vicinity,
al Manar reports.


Yemeni military sources mention that 44
 persons, including 18 civilians, are killed
so far, in Aden today.


Terrorists on thursday loot a Central Bank
 headquarters, in al-Makla, in Hadramawt
 province, say Yemeni sources.

Outside reports that 'foreign troops' have
landed at Aden, are categorically denied.

The dozens of unidentified foreign troops reported
 disembarking in the port of Aden, turned out to be
Chinese soldiers maintaining security as unknown
 armed men  opened fire on a vessel evacuating
 foreign citizens, a Yemeni official tells Sputnik.

“A Chinese military ship arrived in the port to
evacuate Chinese citizens. A skirmish which
 occurred during the evacuation, led to the
 disembarkation of Chinese soldiers on the
 ship to protect civilians,” says Abd ar-Rabb
 al-Khalyaky, deputy head of the port union
 council. After the evacuation, the soldiers
returned to the vessel, he says adding
 that the situation is now calm.

He says the Chinese soldiers have already
 left the port, though reportedly they didn't
 manage to take with them, all the people
they intended to evacuate - that is, not
all of the Chinese nationals.

An unnamed Yemeni official confirms to
Reuters that the people who disembarked
from the Chinese ship were armed guards
 aiding civilians, and not ground troops.

Hundreds of Houthis, backed by security
forces, are now engaged
in fighting with
a tribal militia in Cirater,
a district of
Aden,  Xinhua news agency says.


Local residents tell Xinhua "a number of
houses were bombarded by tanks and

shells, causing casualties to civilians."

About 13 civilians are killed during random
shelling and gunfire in Aden on Thursday,
a
medical official at Gomhouria's hospital
tells Xinhua.

Earlier, a member of the Houthi political council,
 Daifullah Shami, told Sputnik that foreign troops
in Aden disembarked from Saudi and Egyptian
 vessels and other agencies ran with the report.

"The number of troopers who landed in the Yemen
 port of Aden is unknown, but we are talking about
dozens. They were covered by several airplanes.
They disembarked from Saudi and Egyptian ships,"
 said a member of Ansar Allah movement, Ahmad
 Al-Shami.

The Saudi-coalition has declared Yemeni airspace
a “restricted zone.” They also claim control of the
 maritime area adjoining the port of Aden, now
allegedly captured by the Houthis.

Ships are also urged not to approach Yemen’s
ports, because of the ongoing military action.

Yemen’s ousted officials are now asking for
a
ground intervention, to augment the air
offensive.


 On March 31st, Saudi authorities said they
 had gathered troops along the border with
 Yemen in preparation for a possible ground
 offensive, reported Reuters, adding that no
 exact time to send the troops in, has yet
been stipulated.

Meanwhile, a member of the political council
 of the Ansar Allah group, the armed wing of
 the Houthi rebels, declares, as cited by RIA
 Novosti, that if airstrikes by the Saudi-led
 coalition on Yemeni territory continue, the
 Houthis will have to attack Saudi Arabia.

"We have the power for a retaliatory strike, but
the decision will be made when other options
are exhausted," Daifullah Shami, a member of
 the Houthis’ Ansar Allah political council tells
 RIA Novosti on Thursday.

If the killing of innocent Yemenis continues,
Houthis prefer a death on the battlefield to
dying in bomb strikes, Shami says, on the
possibility of an attack on Saudi Arabia.

Skirmishes on the Saudi-Yemeni border,
have
already begun. One Saudi soldier
has been
killed and up to 10 have been
wounded in
shootouts, reports Al-Arabia.
The firefights
took place near a border
check point,
reports RIA Novosti.

Despite airstrikes delivered by Saudi Arabia
and
its Gulf allies, the Houthis have been
continuing
their offensive against loyalists
of ousted
President Hadi, who's in Riyadh.

The Houthis captured central districts in Aden
 on Thursday, Reuters reports, citing residents.
This southern port city was the last stronghold
 of forces loyal to Saudi-backed President Hadi.

Heavy fighting in the city started early in the
morning and the rebels have now allegedly
deployed tanks and patrols in several parts
of the city.

“The victories in Aden today embarrass this
 campaign and silence the aggressor states,"
spokesperson Mohammad Abdulsalam
 tells the Houthi’s al-Maseera TV channel.

The fighting in Aden means that Saudi
Arabia's military intervention has now
failed,
the spokesperson insists.


The rebels claim they now control up
 to 90% of Aden’s territory, reports
RIA Novosti.

But --- Al-Mukalla port is still under the
control of jihadists who have blocked
 all roads leading to the city.

The situation in Yemen remains chaotic, with
 fighter jets inflicting airstrikes throughout the
areas under control of the Houthis, including
 the capital, Sanaa.

Casualties inflicted on civilians mount daily.





_____________________________________






Lavrov on Yemen: UNSC Has to Speak

Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, says on
 Thursday that the United Nations Security Council
 should express its fundamental stance on how to
 end the ongoing violence in Yemen --- without
supporting any of the sides in the conflict.

"Unfortunately, the resolution was submitted after
the dramatic events had already taken place and
a Saudi-led coalition had launched a military
 operation against Yemen," ITAR TASS news
agency quotes Lavrov as saying.

Russia would prefer to see appeals made to the UN
Security Council before any force can be used, the
 top Russian diplomat says, after a draft resolution
on the Yemen crisis had been submitted to the UN
 Security Council.

He says attempts are being made to coordinate
 the draft’s text --- which should not be aimed at
 supporting any side in the Yemen conflict -- but
 should instead force the Ansarullah movement
(who are also called the Houthis) in southern
Yemen,
to stop all military actions, & persuade
Saudi
Arabia to pause in its military operation,
 and suspend the air strikes.

"It is necessary that representatives of all the
parties in Yemen, including the president, the
 Houthis and other political forces, sit down at
the negotiating table --- as it was agreed long
ago. I hope that this approach is going to be
supported," Lavrov says.





____________________________





Al-Qaeda frees 300 inmates in raid on Yemen prison

Al-Qaeda militants have raided a prison in Yemen
and  freed hundreds of inmates, including a senior
terrorist leader, as Takfiri elements use the Saudi-
led aggression to fuel unrest in the
Arab state.

Security officials say Thursday, that around 300
 inmates managed to break out of a prison in the
 coastal Yemeni city of al-Mukallah, Hadramawt
Province, after al-Qaeda forces launched a raid
 on the facility.

A notorious al-Qaeda leader, identified as Khalid
 Saeed Batarfi, is among those freed from prison,
 officials confirm. The regional commander, seen
 as one of the main terrorist figures operating in
 Yemen, was put in gaol over four years ago.

Batarfi played a key role in fighting Yemen's
government in 2011 to 2012, as al-Qaeda
in
the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), took over a
large part of the country’s south and east.

Seven people, including two prison guards,
died in the clashes at the detention centre. 

Other clashes are reported between AQAP
and troops in Mukalla. Battles were fought
around the local administration compound,
a police station and a central bank branch.

Security officials say fighting also spread
to
areas near the presidential palace.

Attacks by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists have
gained new momentum across the country
--- since Saudi Arabia unleashed its aerial
attacks
against Yemen on March the 26th.

There have been increased warnings that
 this Saudi-led aggression - which aims at
weakening Yemen’s Ansarullah movement
 - could strengthen the grip of terror groups
 across Yemen.

Since they took control of the capital Sana’a
 last September, Ansarullah revolutionaries
have declared the fight against extremism
and terrorism, as a major objective. 




______________________________





Palestinians and Syrians retake control
 of Damascus refugee camp from DAESH

Palestinian fighters and Syrians retake
 control of large parts of a refugee camp in
 Damascus on Thursday. It had been seized
 by the Islamic State,  (IS, formerly ISIS and
 called by its enemies, DAESH), AFP reports.

A number of armed factions in Yarmuk camp
 in southern Damascus “were able to regain
control over all the areas IS had taken over,”
 the self-proclaimed "Syrian" Observatory
for Human Rights explains from its HQ, in
a semi-detached house near London.

Daesh overran the camp Wednesday.



________________________________





Army to retake other areas after
 Tikrit victory: Iraqi defense minister

Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi praises
 the recapture of the strategic city of Tikrit from
 Takfiri militants as a “magnificent victory,” and
says that units of government forces are now
 preparing to wrest control over other Daesh-
held areas.

Obeidi announces the triumph Wednesday,
 saying security forces have "accomplished
 their mission" in the month-long offensive to
 purge Tikrit, 86 miles northwest of Baghdad,
 of the Daesh ('ISIL') Takfiris.

"We have the pleasure, with all our pride, to
 announce the good news of a magnificent
victory," Obeidi says in a video statement,
 adding that Iraq's forces are now going to
 take on Daesh in the western & northern
 provinces of al-Anbar and Nineveh.
 
"Here we come to you, Anbar! Here we come
 to you, Nineveh --- and we say this with full
resolution, confidence, and persistence,"
he says.

Wednesday, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi
 - surrounded by jubilant forces - walks proudly
 along a street in Tikrit, carrying the Iraqi flag.

Abadi says Iraqi military engineering units
still need time to clear Tikrit of booby traps.

"God willing, there will be a fund to rebuild
 areas destroyed by Daesh and by the war.
Tikrit and Salahuddin areas will be covered
 by this fund," the Iraqi prime minister says.

Iraqi forces on Wednesday discovered burial
 sites in Tikrit believed to contain the bodies
 of hundreds of army cadets executed at the
hands of Daesh last June.

Interior Minister Mohammed al-Ghaban
says the site was found in a palace
 complex, on the river Tigris' banks.

"This place reminds us all of those who
were unjustly killed, it reminds us of the
massacre," Ghaban says, while sobbing.

"They were innocent people. Today, the
cowards were defeated... We will hunt
 them down wherever they are. We will
bring security and peace to all of Iraq,"
he says.

"We found dozens of ID cards in a pile
 of waste near the site," police officer
 Hussein al-Rikabi says.

He says the documents match the names
of the army recruits, who were executed
 or went missing, after Daesh cut-throats
overran the Speicher base in June 2014,
 and abducted the cadets.

A security source, speaking on condition
 of anonymity, says Iraqi forces arrested
four more terrorists as they combed the
 areas across Tikrit.

The source says the Egyptian, Sudanese
and Asian nationals, had holed up inside
 a house in the centre of the city.

On Tuesday, Abadi said units of government
 forces, backed by Shia and Sunni volunteer
 forces, retook Tikrit from the Takfiris.

Tikrit's recapture now prepares the way for
 the Iraqi army to take control of the second
largest city, Mosul.

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces,
 Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have
 succeeded in driving supposedly invincible
 Daesh terrorists out of major areas in Iraq.


______________________________________



Saudi-US Aggression on Yemen Continues
--- as Ansarullah forces battle ISIL in Aden

At least 37 workers are killed Wednesday,
when Saud-US
warplanes attack a dairy
in west Yemen
early in the morning ---
after seven nights, now, of airstrikes.


80 were wounded at the plant in Hodeida,
the provincial governor Hasan al-Hai says.

The head of the provincial health authorities,
 Abdulrahman Jarallah, gives media a slightly
different toll of 35 killed and dozens wounded.

Part of the factory was destroyed and rescue
 teams are looking for survivors under rubble,
 says a medic at a Hodeida hospital, which is
receiving the dead and wounded.


At least 19 people are also killed in clashes
between the Popular Committees allied with
 Ansarullah and al-Qaeda terrorists in Aden,
officials say.

The clashes broke out as Popular Committee
 fighters advanced to the key district of Khor
Maksar, Aden, on Wednesday, local officials
 and witnesses say.

Military officials and medical sources say
six civilians and 13 Popular Committees
 fighters were killed in the clashes.

Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri tells
reporters in Riyadh, that the latest Saudi
airstrike targeted fighters' positions in
the southwest of Yemen, in Daleh, Aden,

 and Shabwah in the south.

"Operations in regions and roads leading to
 Aden were intensified and were fruitful," he
 says at the briefing -- without giving details.


The Saudi air raids, entering their 7th day
 Wednesday, have so far claimed the lives
 of  200 people, including 62 children.


Ansarullah fighters are still moving south.



________________________________





EU warns of Saudi attacks’

alarming impact on civilians

EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini,
 warns of the alarming impact of the ongoing
 Saudi attacks on Yemen's civilian population.

"The impact on the civilian population, particularly
 children, of the ongoing fighting between different
 militias, bombardments, and disruption of essential
 services is reaching alarming proportions," she &
the EU humanitarian aid commissioner, Christos
 Stylianides, say in a joint statement, Wednesday.

“The airstrike on Al-Marzaq camp in Hajjah,
 mostly hosting displaced persons, killed &
 wounded a high number of civilians,” their
 statement reads, adding that “The attacks
on hospitals and medical facilities.. as well
as the deliberate targeting and destruction
of private homes, education facilities and
basic infrastructure, cannot be tolerated.”

It also urges all the warring sides to protect
civilians and avoid targeting infrastructure:

“We call on all sides to give unrestricted
 access to humanitarians, so that they
 can keep delivering vital assistance to
 the most vulnerable people.”

The statement adds that the EU will support
 efforts to resolve the crisis in Yemen through
 negotiations, with the participation of all the
parties involved.

“The EU will continue to support all efforts to
 bring Yemeni parties back to the negotiating
 table, on the basis of broad and inclusive
 participation, without preconditions and with
 the clear objective of reaching a sustainable
political compromise.”




____________________________





Iran calls for UN action against aggression on Yemen


A senior Iranian official calls on the UN to take
 immediate action against the Saudi-led war on
 Yemen, saying that the world body should use
all it has in its capacity to end the aggression.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s deputy foreign
 minister for Arab and African affairs, states on
 Wednesday, that if aggression against Yemen
 goes on, dangerous repercussions will ensue
for all the states in the Middle East.

The Iranian diplomat makes this statement in
 a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-
moon on the sidelines of the 3rd International
 Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria,
 in Kuwait City.

Amir-Abdollahian expressed his surprise at
the unilateral decision to launch air attacks
 against Yemen, emphasizing the UN’s role
 in preventing the eruption of all-out war
 between the two Arab states.

“One should not allow the continued attacks
to fan the flames of war and endanger the
collective security of the region,” he said,
adding that the current military aggression
 on Yemen will bring new waves of terrorism
 and extremism: both in the Middle East and
 throughout the entire world.

He also condemned the disruption of food
and medical supplies to the impoverished
 people in Yemen as a result of the current
 aerial and naval siege on the country.

On March 26th, the Al Saud regime unleashed
 deadly air raids against Yemen. The attacks
 have killed over 100 civilians in seven days...
including 62 children.

The Iranian official also spoke about Syria,
 saying that the UN must now take a more
proactive role in stopping the continuing
supply of arms to terrorist groups there.

The UN chief replied that he appreciated
 Iran's constructive role in the Middle East
 and called on Tehran’s further help, in
 enabling the political process there.

Ban also stressed the UN’s role in helping
 achieve peace and stability in the region,
saying that finding a political solution to
 the crisis in Syria and fighting terrorism
tops the UN’s agenda in the Middle East.



_______________________




News in Brief
 
Iraq says Tikrit is now freed from the Saudi-
US-backed ISIL Takfiri terrorists today (Wed)

Report: US warships are taking part in 
the Saudi assault on Yemen -- Sputnik.


________________________________



Yemen Popular Committees
Assume Responsibility for
Bab Al-Mandeb Military Base

Yemen’s pro-Ansarullah popular committees have
 taken over full responsibility of a coastal military
 base overlooking the strategic Red Sea Bab al-
Mandeb strait, from the 17th Brigade, which is 
tasked with guarding the strait by the Yemeni
defense 
ministry.


Yemeni sources say the 17th Brigade whose
 forces are loyal to the former President, Ali 
Abdullah Saleh, opened gates to the base 
in Yemen's southwestern Taiz province for
 the popular committees, late Tuesday night.


Popular committees are deployed at several 
points across the military base, since they 
entered the arms depots there, sources say.

Bab al-Mandeb is seen as a strategic port,
 as over 3.4 million barrels of oil reportedly
 pass through the strait every day.

Yemen has been subjected to a - so far -
7-day long military offensive by Saudi-led
 coalition war-planes, which are bombing
 across Yemen, and have killed or injured
 dozens of civilians, including 40+ children.

The attack is aimed at protecting the Saud-
backed former President Hadi, fired by his
own party and whose mandate ended after
 he offered his resignation --- and then took
 it back.

Ansarullah popular committees, also known
 as Houthis, forced al-Qaeda-linked militants
 out of Sanaa in September. They then called
 for dialogue between the different factions
in 
Yemen, but Hadi insisted on offering his
 resignation.



___________________________________



Iraq forces retake Tikrit

Iraqi forces have retaken the Salaheddin
 provincial government headquarters in 
Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) jihadists,
 AFP reports. 

Members of pro-government paramilitary forces
dominated 
by Iran-backed Shiite militias took
part in the
 fighting, after some froze offensive
operations
 last week in response to US-led air
strikes, 
says the spokesperson for Badr militia.
 
 Pro-government forces launched an operation
 to retake the city on March 2nd. This is their 
largest offensive since the IS led an offensive 
that overran much of the country’s Sunni Arab
 heartland last June.


___________________________________



Canada Votes to Expand criminal
Air Strikes on ISIL in Syria

Canadian lawmakers voted Monday to extend
 a campaign of airstrikes against the so-called
 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL)
 takfiri group -- and for the first time strike at 
them in Syria, as well as in Iraq.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives,
 wielding a majority in the House of Commons,
 pushed through a motion to enlarge the mission
 in a 142 to 129 vote, despite opposition parties'
 vigorous objections.


Harper defended the need for sorties into
 Syria, saying the ISIL group "must cease
 to have any safe haven in Syria."


He pointed to its moving heavy equipment 
across the Iraqi border into Syria and said
 that ISIL fighters have threatened Canada
 in propaganda videos.

Canada first joined the US-led airstrikes on
 the ISIL group in November, where at least
 six Canadians have died over the last two
 years --- fighting alongside extremists in
Syria 
and Iraq.

Opposition parties, however, warned that 
airstrikes against the IS group in Syria may 
aid Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and
 embroil Canada in a regional conflict that 
could drag on for decades.

New Democratic Party head Thomas Mulcair 
decried the move as "expanding a misguided
 war in Iraq to a dangerous new phase in Syria."
"This is simply not Canada's war to fight," he said.


Canada thus becomes the first NATO country, 
aside from the US, to strike inside Syria. And, 
with no official NATO backing & no mandate
 from the United Nations, the illegality of the 
plan is, apparently, of little or no concern to
Canada's political elite... or most Canadians.

_________________________________


Saudi War Jets Strike Ebb after 
Yemeni Army Enters Ad Dali


Saudi warplanes Tuesday bombed Al-Jarbaa
 area in Dale' province in southern Yemen, Al-
Mayadeen TV network reports.

The hostile planes also hit Yarim department
 in Doorin area, Ebb province, earlier at dawn,
 targeting civilian homes.

The attack demolished four homes, leaving
 their residents killed and injured, including 
women and children.

Earlier on Monday, the Yemeni army & the
 popular committees, forced their way into
the
 southern city of Ad Dali.

The 33rd Armored Brigade and allied forces 
entered the city, after six days of violent 
clashes with militiamen of the outgoing 
President, Abedrabbu Mansour Hadi.

Ad Dali, a major route to southern provinces,
 has recently seen hard fighting between the
 popular committees and Hadi's militia group,
 leaving dozens dead, including civilians.


__________________________________



Muhammadu Buhari wins
Nigeria presidential election

Nigerian opposition candidate Muhammadu
Buhari, has defeated President Goodluck
Jonathan in Nigeria's presidential election.

Jonathan on Tuesday publicly conceded
Buhari’s victory, expressing his gratitude
for the opportunity to lead the nation.

“I thank all Nigerians once again for the great
 opportunity I was given to lead this country
and assure you that I will continue to do my
best at the helm of national affairs until the
end of my tenure,” he said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Buhari's All Progressives
 Congress (APC), told reporters that there had
 “always been this fear that he might not want
to concede but he will remain a hero” for this
move. “Tension will go down dramatically,”
the spokesperson added.


________________________



OSCE observers find Kiev forces’ unaccounted
 for artillery in east Ukraine - report
 
Members of the special monitoring mission
(SMM) of the organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), have found
Ukraine's armed forces artillery, in the area
of Volnovakha in the east, the SMM reports.

According to its report, posted on the OSCE
website, 5 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers
were not even declared by the Ukrainian
 side, in violation of the Minsk agreements.

"In an area near to government-controlled
 Volnovakha, the SMM observed 5 152mm
 self-propelled howitzers (2S19 ‘Msta-S’) ...
stationary at a location from which, they
should have been withdrawn.

"These had not been included in the list of
 heavy weapons in accordance with the
 Minsk package of measures, previously
provided to the SMM," the report says.

The SMM mission members also observed
 an MT-12 100mm anti-tank gun in the area
 of government-controlled Zolotoye and 2
 main battle tanks in government-held
Gorskoye.

In the area of "LPR"-controlled Krasnyi Luch,
the SMM observed 12 self-propelled howitzers.

 In government-controlled Chabanovka they
 spotted two Ural lorriess with 122mm BM-21
Grad MLRS and, near Novotoshkovskoye,
the SMM also observed one dug-in MBT T64.

The observers also revisited several sites
 where weapons were withdrawn from the
 contact line.

"On 29 March SMM revisited one holding area
 in "DPR"-controlled territory and found all the
 weapons previously recorded, in situ."

The SMM also visited one "DPR"-controlled
holding area for the first time. SMM noted
 the identification numbers of the weapons.

 Both areas were compliant with the with-
drawal lines. The SMM visited a holding
 area in "LPR"-controlled territory. The
 location was compliant with the with-
drawal lines," the report says.


__________________________________


Syrian forces launch counteroffensive
on key city of Idlib

 Syrian government troops have launched a
counteroffensive on the insurgent-held city
of Idlib in the northwest of the country.

The latest reports say enemy positions have
 been subjected to heavy rocket and artillery
fire. The artillery preparation is expected to
 be followed by an assault.

Two days ago Syrian Army soldiers retreated
to the south of the city after a few thousand
 terrorists attacked Idlib.

The Surya al-Ain news portal reports that
about 8,000 gunmen of extremist groups
 Jabhat al-Nusrah, Ahrar Ash-Sham & Jund
 al-Aqsa, penetrated into Syria through the
 Turkish border.

Idlib, between Latakia and Aleppo, is of
strategic importance to all warring parties.

A spokesperson for Syria's Armed Forces
says the retreat was a tactical move only,
and accuses neighboring Turkey of giving
military and logistics support to terrorists.

Ahmed Toumeh, head of a self declared
"interim government" of the US-backed
'National Coalition of Opposition and
Revolutionary Forces', says he is now
 transfering his "administration" office
to Idlib from Gaziantep city, in Turkey.

However, Al Arabiya TV network, which
 aired Toumeh’s statement, expresses
 doubts over the possibility of an early
 implementation of his plans, during
the current fierce fighting for Idlib.


________________________________



Saudi-led airstrikes hit civilian
 targets in central Yemen, 8 killed

At least 8 civilians were killed as a Saudi-
led air raid overnight, Monday, hit a village,
a gas plant and petrol stations, in Yemen's
central province of Ibb, a local official and
 residents tell Xinhua news, pushing up the
 death toll to 83, with about 350 wounded.

"The warplanes fired missiles on Marawiah
 village, a gas plant and a petrol station in
Ibb's central city of Yarim, killing at least
seven civilians, including two workers at
the gas plant, and wounding 28 others,
 mostly from residents in nearby houses,"
the local official says.

Residents say another air raid hit a gas
 tanker in front of the provincial reserve
 forces camp, while it was driving on the
 highway at the north entrance to Yarim
 city, setting the lorry on fire, killing the
 driver, and damaging nearby houses.

However, a security official tells Xinhua
 the airstrike targeted a military convoy
 of the Shiite Houthi militia in Marawiah
 village and Houthi military checkpoints
 on the highway near the gas plant and
petrol station.

The airstrikes also hit several military
 targets in the capital Sanaa, bombed
 an ammunition depot on the mountain
 of Faj Attan in southern Sanaa, which
 is under control of the reserve forces
loyal to former President Saleh.

 Residents say the depot exploded,
 firing fragments hundreds of metres
 onto near & distant neighbourhoods.

The attacks in Sanaa also targeted 
air defenses and radar systems at
 al-Dailami Airforce Base, adjacent
 to the civilian airport - now shut
 after "Decisive Storm" bombers
hit it on March 26th.

On Monday, Saba news agency, now
 run by the Houthi militia, reported 40
 Yemeni refugees killed and over 250
wounded, when a Saudi-led airstrike
 hit al-Mazrak refugee camp in the
Haradh district, on the northwest
border with Saudi Arabia.

 It says the dead includes women
and children.

The airstrikes continue around the clock
at dawn on Tuesday, targeting munitions
 depots and missiles bases on mountains
overlooking the capital, as well as al-
Dailami Airforce Base in northern Sanaa.

Huge explosions rocked Sanaa all night.
Anti-craft artillery kept firing back until
early Tuesday morning. There are no
reports on the casualties, as yet.


________________________________



Sussex students vote overwhelmingly to
 boycott Israel goods over Gaza conflict

Students at the UK’s University of Sussex 
vote - overwhelmingly - to boycott Israeli
 goods on campus, because of the war
 imposed on Gaza, last summer.

The referendum requires the commercial
arms of the students’ union, such as its
shops and restaurants, to stop buying
 products made in Israel.

It also means the students’ union will
intensify its lobbying of the University
 of Sussex for it to also join the boycott.

The referendum saw 806 students, 68%
 of all votes cast, vote in favor of joining
 the boycott, divestment and sanctions
 (BDS) movement -- with 373 against.

 This follows a similar vote from students
 at the School of Oriental and African
Studies (SOAS) in London earlier this
 month, which backed an academic
boycott of Israel.

RT reports Roua Naboulsi, an English
 Literature and Media Studies student
 involved in the BDS campaign, saying
 the run-up to the referendum was a
“very stressful and tiring” time.

 “We were constantly campaigning. We
were on campus each day for 5 hours,”
 says Naboulsi, 20, adding that a large
 part of the campaign was about
educating students.

“So many people don’t know what’s
 happening in Palestine,” she says.

In the Palestine support movement
for 3 years, Naboulsi says students'
 involvement in the cause has shot
up since Israel’s military operation
in
Gaza, last summer.

The UN reports that 2,220 Palestinian
civilians and 66 Israeli soldiers were
killed in the conflict, which lasted for
six weeks.


Sussex University’s Friends of Palestine
 Society, saw the number of its regular,
 active members, increase from 5 to 20.

Naboulsi, of Lebanese descent, says
 the BDS campaign experienced no
hostility from people with opposing
 views on campus.

“We expected some, but got barely any.
 We didn’t have much of an opposition
 either,” she adds.

By the end of the week’s campaigning
only one pro-Israel student was left to
 represent the counter view, she says.

Michael Segalov, Communications Officer
 at Sussex Students’ Union, says that the
student body joins a “growing number of
Unions -- including the National Union of

 Students -- to take such action.”

Speaking to RT, he says: “As a democratic
 organization, all Students' Union policies
come from our membership. With nearly
70% of students voting to endorse the
BDS movement, this is a clear sign of
what Sussex students want.”

“Over the coming weeks, we will be
working closely with the students at
Sussex to put our policies into action
- including lobbying the University of
Sussex, to follow our lead. We are
 already identifying contracts that
 [the] University has, and relation-
ships with organizations, that we
hope to be reviewed,” he adds.


_______________________



YEMEN SCUD MISSILES EXPLOSION

China has sent several ships to Yemen to
evacuate its nationals, as bombs explode
and ports and airports come under attack.

Saudi Arabia has carried out fresh airstrikes
 on Yemen's people and government facilities,
 as the Ansarullah fighters keep advancing in
areas around the southern port city of Aden.

A scud missile facility in Sana'a filled the sky
on Monday evening as ammunition and arms
stores were targeted.


Saudi Arabia’s invasion of Yemen continued
 for the 5th straight day on Monday and into
the early hours Tuesday morning, with war-

planes hitting areas around the presidential
palace, in the capital, Sana’a.

The airstrikes began to intensify late on
Sunday and
have continued ever since:
with Saudi bombers targeting positions
of Houthi fighters and soldiers from the
 Republican Guard near the presidential
 palace. A base operated by Republican
 Guards in Sana’a's south, was also
targeted by the strikes.

Yemeni air defense units say they have
 downed a Saudi jet over Marib city, 140
klmtrs (90 miles) east of Sana’a
where
Saudi jet pilots say they have already

targeted radar facilities and surface-
to-air missile batteries.

Yemen's army, earlier, downed two
 Saudi bombers, & one jet operated
by the United Arab Emirates.

Sources in Hodeida say Saudi jets also
 targeted anti-aircraft defense systems
in the western port city.

Houthis make new gains

As Saudi Arabia continues its aggression,
the Houthi movement, which took control
of the capital, Sana'a in September, keeps
making new gains in other parts of Yemen.

Houthi fighters backed by army units have
pushed into
Aden's Northeastern outskirts,
 where remnants of the regime of fugitive
 president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, are
still in control of some installations.

Houthis have also made a fresh advance
 from the east of Aden, along the Arabian
 Sea coast.


________________________________



Saudi Warplanes Kill Dozens of Civilians
 As Yemeni Army, Committees, Advance   

The Saudi-led aggression on Yemen continued
 on Monday, with airstrikes targeting al-Mozraq
refugee camp, killing and injuring 45 civilians.

45 martyrs, including women and children,
were claimed by the air raid on the camp,
 in Hija province.

Meanwhile, Yemen's army & Public
 Committees, are advancing in both
Lahj and Abyan provinces.

Also on Monday, Al-Qaeda terrorists
collapsed in Aden, as Yemen's army
and the Public Committees regained 
control of the city's airport.


______________________________



Assad: ISIL Hugely Expanded
 since Start of US Air Campaign

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says
 that the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq
 and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group, has
been gaining recruits since the start
of US-led air strikes against the group.

In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes",
aired Sunday, Assad quotes estimates
 that ISIL is now attracting 1,000 new
recruits each month, in Syria.

On the "benefit" of coalition airstrikes on
ISIL positions, the Syrian President says:
 
"Sometimes you could have local benefits,
 but, in general, if you want to talk in terms
 of ISIS, actually ISIS has expanded since
 the beginning of the strikes."

Asked under what circumstances he would
 leave power, Assad says: "When I don't have
 the public's support. When I don't represent
 Syrian interests and values."

In reply to a question on how he determines
 the support he has among Syrians, he says:
"I don't determine. I sense. I feel.  I'm in
contact with them."

Syria has been hit by violent unrest since
March 2011, when western media reports
 accused countries, mainly the US, Qatar,
Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, of orchestrating
 civil conflict in the country and providing
the terrorist groups with money, weapons
 and trained mercenaries.

___________________________________


Ukraine’s Right Sector Leader Wants
 Donbas Residents Deported

Dmitri Yarosh, Rada MP and leader of Ukraine’s
 Right Sector, declares that the unruly residents
 of eastern Ukraine, must be deprived of their
 civil rights and deported, before a program of
‘affectionate Ukrainianization’ can begin.

In an interview for the Ukrainian newspaper
Obosrevatel, published Sunday, Right Sector
leader and Rada deputy, Yarosh, notes that
much of Donbas is populated by ‘Sovoks’,
 an insulting slang term, meaning ‘Soviet’.

He continues: “And they should be deported.
We have to deal with those who dont want to
live by the rules and the laws of the state in a
 very harsh manner. This includes deportation,
the deprivation of civil rights, and so on. With-
out force, it will not be possible to do anything
 with the region - to turn the tide, so to speak.”

The Right Sector leader adds that the area’s
 “unruly” residents, must also be dealt with:
 “If we get rid of the unruly ones, everything
will be fine, quiet and peaceful. And then, of
course, a program of affectionate Ukrainian-
ization can begin.” The MP says a “spiritual
rebirth” can begin only if the authorities act
 in a consistent, forceful manner.

Yarosh cites the Kiev authorities’ response
 in Konstantinovka, Donetsk, controlled by
 the Ukrainian military, where a drunken
 armored vehicle driver recently crashed
into a crowd of people and crushed and
killed an eight-year-old girl in a hit & run
 incident... leading to riots in the streets.

“The events in Konstantinovka are an
example of what I mean. If we'd shown
even a little bit of weakness. Right from
 the beginning a whole bunch of ‘heroes’
 began crawling out of the woodwork,
using tragedy for their own separatist
 interests. And when our guys came out
and began shooting into the air and
arresting the instigators of the riots,
everything ceased at once. This is
 the rule,” Yarosh explains.

The MP says today's anti-Kiev attitudes
are simply the result of many years of
Russian propaganda, and the removal
 of genuinely Ukrainian spiritual values.

 Yarosh then says the “guys from Donetsk
 and Lugansk regions” fighting for Kiev...
 
 “should become an elite, on whose base,
 a qualitatively new society can be built…
And those Vatnik [slang for Russians
blindly loving their country], criminal
oligarchic attitudes sitting in the minds
of ordinary people, for one reason or
another, must be removed.”

The extreme nationalist leader notes that
 he has accepted the president’s invitation
to work in Ukraine's Ministry of Defense,
adding that he has chosen to do so, on a
voluntary basis.

Speaking about the Ukrainian army’s recent
 losses on the battlefield, Yarosh recalls that:
 
“We faced a rout near Ilovaisk. On the one
hand, we have learned to fight, with morale
at a high level. But things are very bad when
 a pride of lions is led by sheep. They cannot
 lead us to victory, and only roll us back.”

On the situation at the front now, he says:

“Our forces are still threatened by several
 encirclements. And I don’t know, again,
whether the sheep will react to this, or
whether they are playing some sort of
geopolitical game.”

Right Sector is a far-right nationalist party.
 In Jan and February of 2014, its members
 participated heavily in fighting Ukrainian
 police on the streets of Kiev, and in the
capture of government buildings during
 the Euro-Maidan coup.

 Since April, they have taken the lead in
 crushing protest movements in eastern
Ukraine and enforcing the new order.
 They are also playing a role in Kiev’s
military operation in Donbas.

Right Sector’s Volunteer Corps includes
the two battalions operating in eastern
Ukraine, plus eight reserve battalions
 throughout the rest of the country.

In March, 2014, the Russian authorities
 issued an arrest warrant against Dmitri
Yarosh for the incitement of terrorism,
and for his organization’s activities in
 the First Chechen War, fighting against
Russia's military.

In November 2014, the Russian Supreme
 Court declared the Right Sector to be an
extremist organization, and banned its
 activity on Russian Federation territory.


_________________________________


Crushing response awaits Riyadh

Houthis vow to give a crushing response
 to the Saudi's invasion. Nasruddin Amer,
 a member of the Ansarullah movement’s
 information committee, warns Monday,
that developments in the next few days
 will take Saudi Arabia and the world
 by surprise.

“The Yemeni nation will change the map
of the region,” he tells al-Alam News.

The Al Saud regime unleashed deadly
 raids - without a UN mandate - against
 Yemen, on March 26th, in an attempt
to restore power to Hadi, who is a
close ally of Riyadh.

Hadi, who is now reportedly in Riyadh,
stepped down in January and refused
 to reconsider the decision... despite
calls to do so, by Ansarullah.

Gradually, as the Yemeni government
 failed to provide security and properly
 run the affairs of Yemen, Ansarullah's
 fighters started to take control over
 state matters, to contain corruption
 and terror.

Houthis say Hadi lost his legitimacy
when he fled the Yemeni capital,
 Saana, in February.


_________________________________



Yemeni Army Kills, Arrests Terrorists,
 As Saudi-Led Aggression Continues

The Yemeni army, backed by the Popular
 committees, expelled al Qaeda militants
 from a post on the main road in Shabwa,
 in the south, killing 10 terrorists and
 arresting a number of others.

At the same time, the Saudi-led aggression
on Yemen continues, as Saudi airstrikes hit
 various cities, destroying Yemen's main
 facilities, including Sanaa airport.

The Yemeni's air defense system took
on the hostile air raids, according to
an Al-Manar reporter there.

Algeria's Foreign Minister, Ramatan
 al-Amamera, has submitted to his
Saudi and Egyptian counterparts, a
 political initiative to end the crisis.

All concerned parties were informed
about the initiative, but Saudi Arabia
 is complicating the political process,
 by setting the deployment of "Arab"
troops in Sanaa, as a precondition.  


________________________________



Settlers steal stones in villages west of
Salfit to pave the streets of settlements

Witnesses and citizens of towns and villages
west of Salfit, report that bulldozers tracked
 the area and left with several massive stones.

Settlers use these kinds of stones to pave
 new streets in their newly built settlements.

Palestinian researchers report that ground
 and crushed stones and rocks, are used in
 various ways in the construction of houses
 in settlements, at the expense of the towns
 and villages of Kafr al-Dik, Rafat, Bruqin,
Deir Balut and Sarta.

After Netanyahu's re-election, fear of a
speed up in settlement construction is
palpable in many West bank areas, and
 over the other systemic human rights
 abuses being committed by Israel.


____________________________



THE LAW AND ISRAEL

Palestinians stress Sunday, on Land Day,
that the settlers and
settlements are a
violation of international
law and the
Fourth Geneva Convention.


 The international community considers the
 establishment of Israeli settlements in the
Israeli-occupied territories, as illegal under
international law.

But Israel says that they ARE consistent
 with international law, because it doesn't
agree that the fourth geneva convention
applies to the territories occupied in the
 1967 six-day war.

The United Nations Security Council, the
 United Nations General Assembly, the
 International Red Cross Committee, the
 International Court of Justice and the
 High Contract Parties to the Convention
all say the Fourth Geneva Convention
 DOES apply.

Numerous UN resolutions state that the
building & existence of Israeli settlements
 in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the
 Golan Heights DO violate international law,
 including UN Security Council resolutions
 in 1979 and 1980.

UN Security Council Resolution 446 refers to
 the 4th Geneva Convention as the applicable
 international legal instrument, and calls on
 Israel to stop transferring its own population
 into the territories... or changing their
demographic makeup.

 The reconvened Conference of the High
 Contracting Parties to the Geneva
 Conventions declared that the Israeli
settlements ARE illegal.

Successive Israeli governments say all
'authorized' settlements are entirely legal
-- and consistent with international law --
despite all Israel's armistice agreements
having been with High Contracting Parties.

In practice, Israel does not accept that the
 Fourth Geneva Convention applies de jure,
 but has stated that on humanitarian issues
 it will govern itself de facto by its provisions
 --- without specifying which these are.

A majority of legal scholars hold that the
 settlements do violate international law,
while others dissent, supporting Israel's
 position.

Occupation does not vest the occupying
 power with sovereignty over the
occupied territory.


_______________________________



PLO STATEMENT ON LAND DAY 2015

PLO Executive Committee Member, Dr. Hanan
 Ashrawi says, on the 39th Commemoration of
Land Day:

“On March 30, 1976, as thousands of Palestinians
 inside Israel protested Israeli plans to steal 60,000
 dunams of land in the Galilee, six Palestinians were
 killed and hundreds were injured and arrested.

39 years later, in the face of the brutal military
 occupation imposed by Israel, the Palestinian
 people still remain steadfast in their struggle to
 defend their inalienable rights to independence,
 freedom and justice.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is
 succeeding in completing the Zionist project
and pressing ahead with Israel’s systematic
policies of settler colonialism, apartheid and
 ethnic cleansing, showing a total disregard
for Palestinian human rights and dignity.

Furthermore, Palestinian citizens of Israel are
 constantly deprived of their social, political
and economic rights and treated as second-
class citizens.  Israel’s policies of racism,
 hatred, extremism, and violence constitute
 a deliberate effort to legalize discrimination
 and xenophobia and impose “Greater Israel”
 on historical Palestine --- at the expense of
all Palestinians.

Yet, even in light of such grave injustices
 and flagrant violations of international law,
Palestinians everywhere remain undeterred
in engaging in non-violent popular action,
 including political, legal & diplomatic efforts
--- to preserve their identity, continuity and
presence, on Palestinian lands.

  Regardless of wherever Palestinians live,
 they will always remain an indivisible
part of Palestine.

Israel has been exempt from accountability for
 its violations and deliberate acts of aggression
 and violence against the Palestinian people for
 far too long. All members of the international
community, including the United Nations, the
 European Union, and the United States, have
 the legal and moral responsibility to ensure
the protection of the Palestinian people and
to serve the cause of peace and justice by
 adopting bold initiatives and concrete steps
 to counter Israel’s impunity and war crimes.”


___________________________



Saudi Arabia Sends over 5,000
 Takfiri Terrorists to Yemen

Military sources disclose that Saudi Arabia
has dispatched thousands of Takfiri terrorists
to Yemen, to fight against revolutionary forces.

"Saudi Arabia has sent around 5,000 Takfiri
 mercenaries to fight against the Yemeni army
 and revolutionary committees,' Yemeni Army
Commander Colonel Abdel Sattar al-Boushali
 tells FNA on Saturday night.

The Yemeni commander also discloses
 that the Saudi defense minister has asked
Turkish officials to pave the grounds for a
transfer of more terrorists from Turkish
airports, to Riyadh.

He notes that heavy clashes have broken out
 between the terrorist groups and forces loyal
 to Yemen's revolutionary committees.

Colonel al-Boushali repeats: that Saudi Arabia
is plotting to hire mercenaries to assassinate
supporters of the Ansarullah movement.

Saudi Arabia started airstrikes against Yemen
 early on Thursday -- 1 day after the US-backed
 Yemeni president fled the country.

Five Persian Gulf States -- Saudi Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar
and Kuwait --- backed by the US --- have all
declared war on Yemen in a joint statement.

US President Barack Obama has authorized
 the provision of logistical and intelligence
support to the military operations, National
 Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette
 Meehan, said late on Wednesday night.

She added that, while US forces are not
taking direct military action in Yemen,
Washington is establishing a Joint
Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia, to
 coordinate with US military and
intelligence support.

The Saudi's aggression is receiving growing
 international condemnation, as it is pushing
 the region and world, into an unprecedented
 fast-growing war, as its ISIL mercenaries are
on the brink of complete annihilation in Iraq
and Syria.

At Sharm al Sheik, the Arab kingdoms support
a joint army to preserve themselves -- but Iraq
and Algeria express doubts about pursuing a
military solution to what is a political problem.

Turkey has already said that it will not engage
in any act which sets Shias and Sunnis at war.


_________________________________



Transportation Ministry of the DPR:
Passenger train started Saturday 28th

Railway passenger trains connecting the
 two
de facto capitals of the DPR & LPR,
have been running since
March the 28th.

‘Departure of the power train 6603 will be
 carried out from the station Yasinovataya
 at 8am Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays.
The
Lugansk-Yasinovataya train will leave
every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.


 The price is 14,75 UAN.


_______________________________



Ansarullah Has Evidence of US Role
 in Terrorist Operations in Yemen

A senior member of the popular Ansarullah
 movement discloses that the revolutionary
 group has information and evidence to hand
 that the US has played the main role, in the
unrest and terrorist attacks in Yemen.

"The movement has collected documents
 which show that the US has been playing
a role in Yemen's current terror operations,"
member of Ansarullah Executive Committee
 Ali Qassem Al-Shahdi tells Fars news agency.

He explains that Ansarullah gained access
to these documents after taking control of
 Yemen's National Security Office which had
 tight cooperation with the CIA -- and other
 spy agencies.

Earlier today, Ansarullah spokesperson,
 Zeifollah al-Shami, said Yemeni tribes,
army and popular forces, are united to
give a crushing response to the recent
 Saudi aggression, adding that Tel Aviv
 and Washington have ordered Riyadh
 to attack Yemen.

"We know that the Saudi aggression and
 airstrikes have taken place at the order
of Israel and the US," al-Shami tells FNA.
 He notes that the Yemeni people have
put aside their differences, to fight the
 aggressors.

"God willingly, the crushing response to
 the aggressions of the Saudi enemy will
 occur in the coming days," al-Shami adds.

Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against
a Yemeni shopping market early Saturday,
targeting civilian areas.



______________________________



Saudi-led invasion of Yemen (4th day)

As night fell on Saturday, aerial attacks
 resumed for a fourth night, residents
of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, say.

Dozens of people, including women and
 children, have been killed since early
Thursday, when Saudi Arabia began
the invasion of Yemen.

On Saturday, the UN said that most
of its 100 international staff have
been evacuated from Sana’a.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said
 on Saturday, that negotiations “remain
 the only chance to prevent long, drawn-
out conflict” in Yemen, yet there was no
 sign of any condemnation of the Saudi
 invasion, in the UN chief’s remarks.

Riyadh says it launched the airstrikes
to defend the “legitimate government”
of Hadi, at his request.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s former dictator
who stepped down in 2012 after a year-long
 popular uprising, has likewise said, that the
Saudi-led attacks aim at saving the fugitive
president.

In a televised speech on Saturday, Saleh
urged the Arab League to help end this
 crisis “peacefully,” saying the “problem
 will not be solved with strikes.”

A senior Yemeni health official says at least
 61 people have been killed in three days of
 fighting between Ansarullah fighters and
 loyalist militia, in Yemen’s main southern
 city of Aden.

“There are at least 61 people dead and
203 wounded,” says Aden health dept.
director, Al-Kheder Lassouar.



__________________________



Islamist extremists now control
Syrian city of Idlib

Takfiri fighters, including al Qaeda’s Nusra Front
 have seized Idlib, capital of a north west Syrian
province, for the first time since the crisis began,
Reuters reports.

 Islamist insurgents now control an additional
province in Syria, to Raqqa, a stronghold of
Islamic State. Syrian officials don't comment
 immediately, on the report.


_________________________________



Iran dispatches planeload of
humanitarian aid to Yemen

Iran's Red Crescent Society has
 sent a 'plane full of humanitarian aid
 to Yemen, where Shia mosques were
recently targeted by terrorist attacks.

The IRCS sent its 13-ton consignment
 of aid and medical supplies on Monday.

52 people injured in the recent deadly
 bomb attacks in Yemen were flown to
 Iran on Monday and taken to hospital
 for treatment.

An Iranian medical official says that
their patients have injuries such as
fractures, burns and amputations.

Soleiman Heidari adds that six
victims are in a critical condition.

He says Iran sent a 6 member medical
team to Yemen, after terrorist attacks,
 to treat the victims.

Three bomb attacks were carried out at
two mosques in Sana’a on Friday. At least
142 people were killed and 351 suffered
injuries in the blasts, targeting Badr and
al-Hashoosh mosques.

A branch of ISIL terrorist group in Yemen
 claims responsibility for the bombings in
an online statement, warning that these
attacks are “just the tip of the iceberg.”

The blasts took place as intense gun battles
went on between supporters and opponents
 of the fugitive President Hadi in Aden. Over a
 dozen people died in the fighting, which also
 forced Aden's International Airport to close.

Hadi, along with members of Prime Minister
Khaled Bahah’s cabinet, stepped down in
late January, but Yemen's parliament did
not
approve the president's resignation.

The president fled his home in Sana’a on
 February 21, after weeks under effective
house arrest and went to Aden, Yemen’s
 second largest city, where he officially
withdrew his resignation and stressed
 his intention to resume his duties. This
came after Houthi fighters took Sana’a,
in September 2014.

UN staff are all evacuating Sa'ana,
capital of Yemen, as the Saudis say
their attacks "could last 6 months".


_______________________________



S. Nasrallah to Saudi Invaders: Yemeni
 People will Triumph, You’ll be Defeated

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan
Nasrallah lashes out at Saudi Arabia over its
war on Yemen, stressing that the failure of
Riyadh’s foreign policy, is the real reason
behind the Kingdom attacking its neighbour.

In a televised speech aired on al-Manar TV,
Sayyed Nasrallah calls on Saudi Arabia to
halt its military attack on Yemen, saying
there’s still a chance for the Kingdom
to change its mind over the assault.

In this context, the Lebanese resistance
leader stresses that the only solution for
Yemen's crisis is political, “or the
invaders will be defeated.”

Meanwhile, his eminence says the problem in
 Yemen, is not because Saudi Arabia wants to
defend a government or president; it's rather,
 because Saudi Arabia has lost its influence
 in Yemen.

“If the aim of the war on Yemen is to save 
Yemen's people, then why did Saudi Arabia
abandon Palestine's people for decades?”

Sayyed Nasrallah stresses that these
 latest developments in Yemen prove:
“that the Arab states have never
considered Israel as an enemy.”

“Saudi Arabia opposed the revolution which
 had overthrown Hosni Mubarak. Why didn’t
 they form a coalition then, to strike Egypt?”

Hezbollah leader then elaborates on the
pretexts used by Saudi Arabia to justify
 its war on Yemen, saying that they are
 "baseless" pretexts.

 “The pretext that Yemen represents a threat
to Gulf states is baseless,” Sayyed Nasrallah
 states, adding “one of the biggest lies Saudi
 Arabia has been propagating, is that Iran is
 occupying Yemen.”

The major mentality of Saudi Arabia is that it
does not recognize the rights of the peoples
 of the region, his eminence says.

“Where are the achievements of Saudi Arabia’s
 foreign policy since thirty years ago?” Sayyed
Nasrallah wonders, stressing that the failure
 of Riyadh’s policy “is prompting the people
 of the region to resort to Iran.”

Sayyed Nasrallah furthermore accuses Saudi
 Arabia of inciting the Iraqi Dictator, Saddam
Hussein, to wage his war against Iran in the
 last century. He adds that Riyadh has been
behind the terrorist crimes committed by 
Takfiri suicide bombers in Iraq and Syria.

“What did you do for Iraq? You funded the
war waged by Saddam Hussein, on Iran.
 You supported Saddam Hussein, as he
was committing genocide against Iraq's
people.
 
You also supported George Bush in his war
on Iraq. And when the Iraqi people resisted
 the US occupation you supported al-Qaeda-
linked groups and Takfiri militants, and ISIL
is your latest crime.”

“Saudi intelligence was sending the booby-
trapped cars & funding the suicide attacks
 on Iraq's cities. You have sent the Takfiri
 monsters to Syria, not to save the Syrian
 people, but to subdue Syria. However,
 Syria will remain free and independent,”
Sayyed Nasrallah says, to Saudi Arabia.

Sayyed Nasrallah stresses that it’s the
 Yemeni people's right, to defend their
country against the Saudi airstrikes.

The invaders have been defeated through-
out history, Sayyed Nasrallah says, noting
 that airstrikes alone don’t determine the
loser and winner of a battle -- and there is
 still the ground battle, which has the
 final word.

On Lebanon, Hezbollah's Sec.Gen. stresses
 that the dialogue between the resistance
party and the Future movement is ongoing,
noting that the move is a 'national interest'.

“We will go on with the dialogue with the
Future movement, since it is considered
 a national interest,” he notes.

Responding to claims that Iran is hindering
 presidential elections in Lebanon, Sayyed
 Nasrallah says: “Iran has not interfered in
 the presidential elections, and will not do
 so. Tehran is not responsible for the
current deadlock.”

His eminence however, stresses that
 Saudi Arabia is hindering the vote...

“Saudi FM, Saud al-Faisal -- it is he who is
 vetoing the election of the candidate who
has a majority with Lebanon's Christians.”


___________________________



Yemen's Hadi in Egypt for Arab summit
as Saudi-led coalition keeps pounding
 Houthi targets (3rd day)

 The fleeing Yemeni President, Abd-Rabbo Mansour
 Hadi, arrived in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt's Red Sea
 resort city, late on Friday, as the Saudi coalition's
 aerial campaign against the Shiite Houthi group
 entered its third day.

Hadi flew to the Egyptian resort city to attend a
 two-day Arab League summit, on the weekend.

On Friday evening, warplanes conducted fresh
 airstrikes targeting the largest military base on
 Nokum mountain in eastern Sanaa, along with
 several other targets in the area, witnesses say.

Airstrikes were met with intensive anti-aircraft
 gunfire by the Shiite Houthi group that controls
 Sanaa. Huge explosions could be heard across
 the city while the Houthi artillery lit up the sky.
 So far, no immediate reports of casualties are
 available.

A source declined to expose Sanaa's casualties
 after 3 military camps were hit the night before.

In Lahj province, the strategic Anad military
airbase was bombed Friday, with 2 rounds
of pre-dawn airstrikes. An airforce official
states: "a number of military fighter jets
were destroyed and all the buildings
inside the base, were set on fire."

The Saudi defense ministry said Friday, that
 operation "Decisive Storm" had succeeded
in cutting supply routes to the Houthis from
 Sanaa and Saada, Al Arabiya news reports.

As the air campaign continues to pound the
Houthi group, Iran's Foreign Minister states
 that Iran calls for cooperation among the
region's nations, to promote dialogue and
resurrect peace, in Yemen.

Mohammad-Javad Zarif says Iran is ready
to fully cooperate with other countries in
 the Middle East, to promote talks among
the regional stakeholders and conflicting
Yemeni factions, thus restoring peace.
He then adds:


"Those who have caused damage to the region
 with their ambitions and mistakes should adopt
responsible policies and use their capacities for
 establishing peace & convergence in the region."

Also on Friday, Yemen's former President, Ali
 Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2011
 after a popular uprising, calls for a cease-fire
 after his forces are targeted by the airstrikes.

The ex-president, now close to the Houthis,
 also urges, in a statement, resuming the UN-
brokered talks between the warring parties.

ADEN STILL IN FLAMES

Despite Yemeni President Hadi's departure
from Aden, which he designated as Yemen's
 provisional capital recently, Houthi fighters
 are still battling pro-Hadi tribal militias there.

On Friday, forces loyal to Hadi imposed a
curfew on Aden, where dozens of people
 were killed in battles in the past few days.

According to a statement issued by pro-
Hadi forces "the curfew will be from 19:00
 (1600 GMT) to 7:00 (0400 GMT), starting
 on Friday night."

"We urge citizens to remain calm and stay
 home as the street fighting continues,"
their statement says.

Aden city has been simmering with tension
 and armed confrontations for over 3 weeks.

Thousands of families in Aden, have fled
the battles for rural areas outside the city.


____________________________



Who Suffers Most in Yemen air-raids?

Figures show some 60 people have been killed
 so far and dozens more injured across Yemen
 since Saudi-led airstrikes began on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children's Fund
 (UNICEF) says a “major humanitarian crisis” in
 Yemen is possible - in the near future - as the
impoverished land is hit by Saudi airstrikes.

UNICEF’s Yemen representative, Julien Harneis,
 says on Friday that the crisis could come within
 months -- if the international community fails to
 immediately raise its efforts to help Sana’a to
provide food and vaccines for Yemen's children.

Riyadh says it's launching the strikes to defend
the “legitimate government” of fugitive Yemeni
president, Abd Hadi, at his request.


_______________________________


Pakistan says will not
participate in Saudi-led coalition

Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif:

“Instead of aggravating the situation (in Yemen)
 by participating in it (coalition), Pakistan should
 do what it can to prevent it, for the alliance and
 unity of the Muslim world,” Pakistani Defense
 Minister, Khawaja Asif, tells Pakistan's
parliament on Friday.

“We don't want to be part of any proliferation
-- we will try to contain it," Asif says, adding: 
"There is concern that the move could fuel
 tensions in Pakistan and the Muslim world.”

“Pakistan is ready to adopt whatever role is
 needed in order to facilitate the termination
 of conflicts in the Islamic world,” he states.

Saudi Arabia called on Pakistan to join the
coalition, just the day before.

Asif adds that Pakistan has only pledged
 to defend “the territorial integrity of the
 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Reports say nearly 40 people have been
 killed in a day, since the airstrikes began.

The open violation of Yemen’s sovereignty
 by Saudi Arabia has so far been ignored by
 international organizations, notably the UN,
 which is silent over this latest aggression
 against one of its member states, despite
Ban Ki Moon's 'pro-dialogue' statement.


____________________________________   



Negotiations only option to
resolve Yemen crisis: UN chief

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
 says dialogue among all political factions is the
 only solution to the conflict in Yemen: but stops
 well short, of condemning the ongoing Saudi
aggression, illegally launched on the Yemenis.

Ban in a
late Thursday statement stresses
 that, “despite the escalation, negotiations
remain the only option for ultimately
 resolving the crisis.”

The UN chief also recalls that the Security
Council has called on all its member states
 to refrain from any actions that undermine
 the unity, sovereignty, independence and
 territorial integrity of Yemen.

The ongoing Saudi airstrikes on Yemen
 have so far claimed the lives of dozens
of civilians, with more deaths feared. 


__________________________



Saudi Arabia puppet of US, Israel: Houthi leader

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi fighters heaps scorn
 on Saudi Arabia, for conducing 'unjust and heinous
 attacks on Yemeni people', and says the kingdom
is serving as 'a puppet for the United States and
 the Israeli regime'.

Saudi Arabia is a puppet at the disposal of
 superpowers, the Houthi leader says, and
asserts that Riyadh is putting into action
the US-Israeli conspiracy in Yemen.

He says the US-Israeli plot in Yemen aims
to break up Yemen and deprive its people
of security and freedom.

Al-Houthi says the Saudi invasion of Yemen
has occurred because their agents, including
 al-Qaeda terrorists and ISIL Takfiri terrorists,
failed to execute their plots in Yemen.

He says these “criminal” attacks uncover
 the “tyrannical” nature of the Saudi regime.

Al-Houthi warns that Saudi Arabia will face
 consequences, if it pushes ahead with its
open aggression against Yemen, saying,
“We will confront the criminal forces and
their tools in the country.”

“You think you can kill Yemeni people, but
this is because of your stupidity,” he says.
 “This unjustified aggression shows the
hostility and arrogance of this regime.
These attacks are a reflection of the
inhumanity of the aggressor.”

Al-Houthi says the “aggressors” should
keep
in mind that Yemen's people are
“committed
to defending their country
and revolution”,
by relying on God.

Thursday, Saudi warplanes hit a north-
ern
city, Sa’ada and Ta’izz, in the south.

Airstrikes also targeted arms depots in
Malaheez region in Sa’ada, near the
border with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi 'planes started bombing Ansarullah
 fighters, Sana’a International Airport and
the Dulaimi airbase, earlier on Thursday.


________________________________



China ‘deeply worried’ over
 Saudi attacks on Yemen

China’s foreign ministry expresses its
 profound concerns about the ongoing
 chaotic conditions in Yemen, after the
 Saudi airstrikes on the capital Sana’a.

“The Chinese side has noticed, and is
deeply worried about the situation in
Yemen that is getting worse,” China's
 Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua
Chunying, says at a media briefing.

Expressing hope that the crisis can be
 settled “through political dialogue”, Hua
says, “We hope that all parties will act
in
accordance with relevant resolutions
 of the UN Security Council... and restore
national stability and order at an early
date.”

Hua also advises Chinese citizens to cancel
planned visits to Yemen, until further notice.


____________________________



Fugitive Yemeni president in Riyadh

Yemen's fugitive president Abd Rabbuh Mansur
 Hadi, was in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, as Saudi
 airstrikes hit his homeland on Thursday.

Hadi arrived at Riyadh Airbase on Thursday,
welcomed by Saudi Defense Minister Prince
 Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
 and General Intelligence Chief Khalid bin Ali
 al-Humaidan, Saudi Press Agency reports.

No further details were made available
 about the nature of the visit. 


______________________________



All Central American nations ready to
develop
cooperation with Russia — minister

All the Central American countries are prepared
to strengthen cooperation with Russia in a broad
 spectrum of spheres, Guatemalan Foreign Minister
 Carlos Raul Morales, says on Thursday, after long
 negotiations with the Russian Foreign Minister,
 Sergey Lavrov.

"We’re going to strengthen our cooperation and
I’m speaking, not only on behalf of Guatemala,
 but on behalf of all Central American nations,"
 Morales says.

He confirms reports that Russia is to file an
 application for non-regional observer status
 in the Central American Integration System
 (SICA) at the association’s conference now
 underway in Guatemala.

"That’s a crucial meeting for us, that will help
build our cooperative relations in all spheres,"
 Morales says.

SICA embraces Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala,
 the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua,
 Panama, and El Salvador.


______________________



Houthis Pledge Response to Airstrikes:

The revolutionaries say the 'evil' Saudi Regime
is targeting all of Yemen and that the resumed
Saudi-US airstrikes, on Thursday, took many
more civilian lives.

Thousands rally in Sanaa, against
the Saudi-led aggression on Thurs.

 
Iran warns that Saudi Arabia will get
its fingers burnt in Yemen, after its
interference in Bahrain and support
for extremism, across the world.

The US lost Yemen, and had to
abandon a drone attack base,
as well as its uncounted arms,
when Iran backed Ansarullah
took over the country...


_________________________



              Air Strikes against Yemeni Capital              
 

A spokesperson of Yemeni President Abd Rabu
 Mansur Hadi, says the president is in Aden and
in good spirits for the beginning of 'Decisive
Storm Operation', commanded by the Saudis.

The operation restores people's determination
 to fight against the Houthis, says Mohamed
Marem, director of Mansur Hadi's office.

For their part, the Houthis have mobilized and
 armed thousands of men, to face any ground
 offensive, diplomatic sources in this capital
 tell Prensa Latina.

 According to them, troops controlling Bab El
 Manded, have reiterated their obedience to
 Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis' orders.

Official versions reveal that Saudi Arabia has
mobilized 150,000 soldiers & 100 fighter jets
 for the operation, but the number of Egyptian,
Sudanese, Jordanian, and Pakistani troops,
 (if any) --- as well as other GCC members ---
taking
part in the operation, is "unconfirmed".


_____________________________



HEZBOLLAH: AGGRESSION ON YEMEN
--- 'UNWISE' AND 'ILLEGITIMATE'

The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah,
 slams as “unwise” and “illegitimate” the Saudi
 invasion of Yemen.

“Hezbollah strongly condemns the US-Saudi
 aggression, targeting the brotherly people
of Yemen, the national army, and its vital
installations,” a statement by Hezbollah’s
media office says, on Thursday.

Hezbollah warns of repercussions to the
 Saudi invasion, “which lacks wisdom &
rationale and legal legitimacy, [and] is
moving the region towards more
tensions and risks.”

The Saudi invasion of Yemen is condemned
 by many countries - such as Iran, Russia,
 Iraq and Syria.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad
Zarif called on Saudi Arabia to immediately
stop its military aggression against Yemen.

Speaking about the situation in Yemen on
 Thursday, he said "We believe the situation
 in Yemen is a very dangerous situation and
we advise against any escalation - because
 we believe that any interference in Yemen,
 will simply lead to a further loss of human
life -- as it has, since this morning."

Stressing the need to promote dialogue in
 the Arab country, he says “We believe that
there is an urgent need for dialogue, for
understanding among the Yemenis with-
out external interference -- and that is
 what we hope we get."

Russia's Foreign Ministry, says Thursday:

“Such a scenario can't lead to the conflict’s
 settlement -- by definition,” says Alexander
 Lukashevich, Russia’s Foreign Ministry
spokesperson, as cited by Interfax.

The Russian official warns the US and other
 countries backing the Saudi operation of its
 serious consequences for regional security.

“This is a very serious threat to regional security
 -- while the conflict in Syria hasn’t been settled --
and conflict areas exist actually, throughout the
 entire region of the Middle East and North Africa,”
 Lukashevich says, at a news briefing in Moscow.

“These armed methods of resolving internal Yemeni
 problems are categorically unacceptable,” he adds.

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica
Mogherini, also raises concerns about the situation
 in Yemen, saying that the airstrikes risk causing
“serious regional consequences.”

“The latest events in Yemen have dramatically
 worsened the already fragile situation in the
country --- and risk having serious regional
consequences,” Mogherini's statement says.

Along the same lines, Syria and Iraq condemn
 the Saudi raid, with Syria's Foreign Ministry
 calling for respect for Yemen’s sovereignty.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is attacking
Ansarullah positions, Saudi warplanes have
 flattened a number of homes near Sana’a
 International Airport.

 The world body took most of Thursday to
show any
reaction at all to this violation
of the
sovereignty of one of its members
by Riyadh.


Is Ban Ki Moon just being diplomatic?


________________________



UN 'does not yet plan' to take action
 over the military operation in Yemen

 The UN Security Council does not yet plan
to take any action in connection with the
 military operation in Yemen launched by
Saudi Arabia and other countries of the
Persian Gulf, a diplomat from a UN
Security Council member country
tells TASS on Thursday.

Earlier, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN's
 Secretary General, Farhan Haq, told TASS
 the UN 'is aware of' the military operation
 in Yemen.

 "We are aware of what is happening. We are
 trying to learn more details," Haq said. He did
 not clarify whether UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon was told about the plan in advance.

Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the US, Adel al-
Jubeir announced the military operation. Al-
Jubeir said Saudi Arabia acted to "defend the
 legitimate government" of President Abd Hadi,
who was ousted from Sanaa by Houthi rebels.

Hadi asked the UN Security Council to adopt
a
resolution authorizing "willing countries
wishing to help Yemen to provide immediate
support for the legitimate authority by all
 means and measures  to protect Yemen
 and deter the Houthi aggression."



______________________________________



'Pro-Government' Forces Recapture Air-
port in Yemen's Aden From Houthi Rebels


 'Pro-government forces' have regained
control over the airport in Aden, news
Agency France-Presse says, Thursday.

Earlier, Yemeni President Hadi’s spokes-
person, said 'the leader is in Aden and
he supports the international military
 operation against the Houthi militia'.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia, without UN
authority, announced the launch of military
operations against the Houthis in Yemen.



____________________________



US "not participating" on Yemen - envoy

According to Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed
Al-Jubeir, the military action started at 7pm
 EST (11pm GMT) on Wednesday. "The US
isn't participating
in the operation at all",
the envoy stresses.


Al Arabiya says 'planes of the Royal Saudi
 Air Force bombed the positions of Yemen’s
Houthi militia, targeting their air defenses.

Residents say warplanes targetted
 the capital’s airport, reports Reuters.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,
 Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait, issued a
joint statement on Wednesday - saying
that they had
“decided to repel Houthi
militias, Al-
Qaeda & ISIS, in the country.”

Egypt is giving political & military support
 to the operation, Egypt’s state media says.
Cairo is prepared to take part in air, naval
 and ground operations, if necessary, the
 Egyptian Foreign Ministry has announced.

While the Saudi envoy insists Washington
 only “consulted” Riyadh, a US official tells
 Reuters - on condition of anonymity - that
the US has been supporting the military
operation...  in an 'unspecified way'.



________________________________



Assad: European States Make Grave Mistake
 Allying with Terrorism Supporters

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismisses as
 'distorted', the image which some politicians
and media outlets show, about the situation
 on the ground in Syria.

This image totally differs with reality, the
 President stresses, at a meeting with the
visiting Belgian parliamentary and party
delegation, chaired by Filip Dewinter, a
member of the Flemish Parliament.

These politicians and media outlets, are
“twisting” public opinion in their countries
 to favor “short-sighted visions and narrow
 interests, that do not serve their people.”

He calls upon delegations who visit Syria
 to meet with its people and contribute to
correcting the views of public opinion in
 their countries, about the war against
terrorism in which Syria and its people
 are engaged.

It's a “grave mistake” that some European
 states are allying with those countries that
 support terrorism, President al-Assad says,
stressing that Islam has nothing to do with
 terrorism and is, rather, being defamed by it.

He affirms that the terrorist organizations
 & their advocates do not represent Islam,
which rejects all forms of violence and
 upholds tolerance and fraternity.

The visiting Belgian figures say they view
 Syria as the 'front line' against extremism
 and terrorism, as it's the only one battling
 with the terrorists on the ground.

If this line collapses, terrorism will extend
widely...  to European states, they warn.

This is why we must support Syria in its
 war, a conviction many Western parties
 and officials have already reached, the
 Belgian figures say.

They point out that they have witnessed
at first-hand, life in Syria and recognise
 the Syrian people's will to persevere...
 despite suffering terrorist groups’ acts
 daily, and years of economic sanctions
 -- still being imposed on them by the
 USA  ...and its 'allies'.

This will of Syria's people to live, endure
and persevere until victory, the Belgian
delegation members state, is the most
essential factor in routing terrorism and
re-establishing stability in Syria.


_____________________________


Cuba Calls on the UN to Support
              the Reconstruction of Haiti               
 
Cuba believes that the reconstruction and
 development of Haiti is a debt to the people
 who, after centuries of colonialism, starred
in the very first social revolution in the
Americas, it says, in a note.

It is vital to address the needs & priorities
 of the Haitian people and government, says
 the delegate, Claudia Pérez, referring to the
 note released by the Permanent Mission of
Havana, in Geneva.

"We reiterate our call to developed countries
 to honour their commitments and provide the
support and assistance which that Caribbean
nation urgently needs. We invite creditors,
 to write off the debt", she says.

According to Perez, "we all have a moral
obligation to provide additional financial
resources & greater cooperation to Haiti
...especially for its development".

Cuba reaffirms its commitment to the
people of that country - and therefore
maintains its collaboration to improve
 the enjoyment of important economic,
 social and cultural rights, she says.

Among other issues, says the official,
 there is cooperation with Haiti in the
 fields of education & health, and Cuba
 participates in development programs,
 in conjunction with other nations, with
 full respect for the sovereignty & self-
determination of that sister country.

This way you can really empower people
 and increasingly improve their enjoyment
 of human rights, she adds.

The 18th session culminated on March 27th
 at the Palais des Nations, UN headquarters,
 in Geneva.


________________________________



Israel suspends plan to build
new settler homes in E. Jerusalem

Israel’s outgoing government has suspended
 a controversial plan to build hundreds of new
 settler homes in east Jerusalem, AFP reports.

 The plan involved constructing 1,500 homes
 in the settlement neighborhood of Har Homa.
 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a
 controversial speech there on the eve of the
March 17 elections, pledging to build 1,000s
 of new homes if reelected.

The website Ynet says on Wednesday that the
 plans have been frozen by Netanyahu’s office
 due to their “political sensitivity.”


__________________________________



Ukraine opposition prepares package
of bills to implement Minsk deals

The package includes laws on restoring the banking
 system, an amnesty for participants in the conflict,
social benefit payments in Donbas and other
provisions of the Minsk deals

As Kiev is calling for continuing the war in the
 country’s east, the Opposition Bloc in the Rada
says on Wednesday it has registered a package
 of bills needed for the full implementation of the
 Minsk agreements.

"The bills that have been registered give our country
 a chance for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in
 eastern Ukraine," chair of the Opposition Bloc, Yury
 Boyko, says at a meeting with representatives of
 public organizations in Kharkov region, in the
 country’s north-east.

"We believe that the authorities should prepare the
 needed bills, but, as they have adopted a pro-war
stance, we have taken this initiative ourselves.

 "The laws we registered in elaboration of the Minsk
 agreements should be adopted by the parliament,"
 he stresses.

The 'peace package' consists of laws on "restoring
 the banking system, amnesty for the participants
of the conflict, social benefit payments in Donbas
 and other provisions stipulated in the Minsk
 agreements," he says.

"First of all, the adoption of such laws is essential
for the country. We need to stop people's deaths,
 reach sustainable peace and start restoring the
smashed Donbas infrastructure. This can be done
through the Minsk agreement's implementation,"
 the politician says.

Boyko blames the current parliamentary coalition
 for the fact that "implementation of the agreement
 reached in Minsk has been blocked." then adds...

"And if the "coalition of war" is not even able to
 comply with a UN resolution then the parliament
 needs to be dissolved," he says.

"Most likely, the coalition will break up and this
 autumn, parliamentary elections will also take
 place. This is contributed to, by the constant
 power struggle -- and the rivalry between the
 prime minister and president," Boyko says.


_____________________________



Persian Gulf Nations More and More
             Involved in Yemen Crisis              

According to regional media, the six-Arab
nations bloc is exerting strong pressure,
so that the Houthi's Ansarallah movement
complies with the so-called Gulf Initiative
 and its mechanism of implementation, in
 order to reinstate the authority of Yemeni
President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, after
Houthi troops'advances in the South.


Saudi Arabia is now building a military base
 near the Yemeni border. Media reports say
 the base is being constructed 'in the south'.

Saudi Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed
 bin Salman Al Saud, has been ordered to
 erect the facility immediately, along with
 a number of training buildings nearby.


_____________________________



Some Yemeni military officers don’t
like the idea of foreign intervention:

“We express our total and utter rejection of
any external interference in Yemeni affairs,
under any pretext and in any form and from
any side,” says the statement, by a group
of officers calling themselves the 'Higher
Committee to Preserve the Armed Forces
 and Security', Reuters reports.

“All members of the armed forces and security
and all the sons of the proud people of Yemen
- with all its components - will confront with all
 their strength and heroism any attempt to harm
 the pure soil of the homeland, its independence
 or its sovereignty, or to threaten its unity and
 territorial integrity,” the military group states,
 on a website.

In late February, Yemen's Shiite rebel leader
Abdel-Malik al-Houthi accused Saudi Arabia of
trying to divide Yemen along sectarian lines.

“Our elder sister, the Saudi kingdom, doesn't
respect the Yemenis and wants to impose
here in Yemen, the sequence of events and
divisions that happened in Libya,” al-Houthi
said, as cited by AP.

A brief war between Houthis and Riyadh
resulted in the deaths of about 200 Saudis
 four years ago.

Sunni Saudi Arabia believes that the Shiite
 Houthi rebels are backed by Iran, and sees
that its richest oil deposits are in the East,
 bordering Yemen, also inhabited by Shiites.

As Iraq is also in the hands of Shiites
 Sunni Riyadh could find itself caught
in a proxy war with Tehran, near its
main oil fields, right on its borders,
which threatens its current regime.



_______________________________



DPR militia leader:  US REALLY IS
already supplying lethal weapons
 to Ukraine

The militia leader states that US ammunition
 was spotted in Debaltsevo, and NATO planes
 land at Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia & Kharkiv
 airports, every day.

"The US is already supplying weapons there.
 For instance, in Debaltsevo, we saw US
ammunition. That’s a lethal weapon," he
 tells a news briefing, and adds...
 
"NATO planes land at Dnipropetrovsk,
 Zaporizhia and Kharkiv airports,
 every day."

Zakharchenko says Ukraine is also returning
 heavy weapons to the line of disengagement.

"Ukraine has not pulled back weapons. It is
bringing them back. The pullout was a fake,"
he says.

The militias are expecting more provocations
 from Ukraine’s volunteer battalions, "which
have already said that they are not obeying
 orders from Kiev," he says.

If cicumstances get worse, Zakharchenko says,
the Ukrainian forces may attack from the south,
the north-west and in the area of Debaltsevo,
to try to cut the Donetsk Republic away from
the Luhansk Republic.

"The way I see the situation, I believe there will
be 3 attacks," Zakharchenko says. "The main
 group of Ukrainian forces is concentrated in
 the Volnovakha, Krasnogolovka, Artyomovsk,
 Kurakhovo and other communities' areas..."


___________________________



‘Normandy 4’ meeting on Ukraine
due in Paris on Wednesday – Kiev

Authorities in Kiev confirm that a meeting of
 political directors in the Normandy format,
was to be held in Paris on Wednesday.

Representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Germany
 and France were to discuss implementation
of
the Minsk peace agreements. Ukraine was
to be
represented by Deputy Foreign Minister,
Vadim Pristaiko, RIA Novosti reported.


______________________________



Canada expands anti-ISIS mission into Syria

Canada's Zionist PM, Stephen Harper, is
risking military strikes on IS militants in
Syria next, Bloomberg says.

Harper is reportedly seeking approval
from law-makers for a 1 year extension
of the Iraq mission -- plus authorization
to expand his attacks into Syria. The
mission has focused so far, on strikes
in Iraq.

 Harper’s Conservatives have a majority.


____________________________


 
Media: armed volunteer battalions
heading for Kiev
 
Armed volunteer battalions are pulling
into
Kiev, Vesti newspaper reports Wed.

"Yesterday, soldiers of a number of battalions were
 pulled out from the front and are now heading for
Kiev with arms. There is no information about the
purpose of this move," Vesti says, adding that it
 might be linked "with the situation around [the
 Dnipropetrovsk Region governor] Kolomoisky."

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko said earlier
that no Ukraine governor will be allowed to
 have private armies, any longer.

Ukrainian Security Service Chief Valentin
 Nalivaichenko said earlier that some high-
placed officials in Dnipropetrovsk regional
 administration maintain armed formations
 that are really groups of bandits.

The topic of armed groups in Ukraine arose
 after armed men from a security company
 -- presumably related to Kolomoisky --
put Ukrnafta, the state-owned oil and gas
extracting company's building, "under
 their guard."

On March 19, Ukrtransnafta’s (a company also
 owned by Igor Kolomoisky) supervisory board
 dismissed Alexander Lazorko as head of the
board and appointed Yuri Miroshnik as acting
board chair.

 Later reports say the company building was
 seized by "gunmen led by Kolomoisky." But,
Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov, stated that
 Kiev’s law enforcement agencies had taken
 Uktransnafta’s premises under control.

According to the media, in April-May 2014,
 Ukrtransnafta took 675,000 tons of process
 oil from Ukraine’s trunk pipelines -- without
 permission -- from the Ministry of Energy
and Coal Mining.

 Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk demanded
then that the law enforcement agencies start
 proceedings to prosecute those responsible
 for illegally siphoning the oil.


_______________________



Dozens of Israeli Settlers
 Storm Al-Aqsa Compound

132 Jewish settlers under the protection of
 Zionist police, forced their way into Al-Aqsa
complex through Al-Magharbeh and Hotta
 gates on Monday, Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib,
 General Director of Muslim Endowments
 and Al-Aqsa Affairs, says today.

"A group of 10 settlers mounted the roof of
 the Dome of the Rock Mosque and tried to
 perform Talmudic rituals --- but Palestinian
 guards managed to prevent them," he adds.

Others toured the holy compound, bypassing
 Al-Qibali and Al-Marwani mosques, then left
 the complex through Al-Silsileh gate, he adds.

Outside the compound, he says, a group of
 Jewish settlers attacked 3 Muslim women
- and tried to pour hot tea on them.

The occupation authorities also detained 3
 Palestinians – 2 men and a woman – when
the latter tried to enter the compound.

In recent months, Jewish settler groups
 – often accompanied by Zionist security
forces – have repeatedly forced their
way into Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.


______________________________



US & KIEV COUP LEADERS
TRY TO RUIN MINSK PEACE

Deputy director of the RAS Institute of US &
 Canada Studies, Pavel Zolotaryov, sees not
the slightest chance of Washington suddenly
developing a liking for the Minsk Accords.

 "Firstly, this is so, because the United States
 is not party to the Minsk process. Secondly,
 Washington dislikes the Minsk Accords, as
 they're hardly realistic for the people the US
has propelled to power in Kiev. Poroshenko
and his team are reluctant to comply with
the Minsk Accords, and in this, they rely
on support from the White House."

"Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has
a very diplomatic way of formulating the issue.
Kiev’s and Washington’s interpretation of the
 Minsk Accords show a striking similarity and
 it remains to be seen who is in the lead. Now
 it has become very clear that it's Washington
 who sets the tune," Zolotaryov says.

President of the National Strategy Institute,
Mikhail Remizov, has no doubt that the US
 will not confine itself to sending military
instructors to Ukraine:

"Washington will be stepping up its military
presence in Ukraine --- and building up its
military and technical assistance to Kiev
--- precisely in the way it has been doing
in its relationship with Georgia.

"Washington’s aim is to preserve Ukraine as
an apple of discord between Russia and the
 West, and as Russia’s greatest vulnerability.
Therefore, as soon as the military-technical
balance changes in Kiev’s favour, a restart
 of hostilities between the Ukrainian army
and the Donetsk and Lugansk militias may
follow. This is most likely in April or May,"
Remizov tells TASS.

President of Russia's Centre for Geopolitical
 Problems, Col-Gen Leonid Ivashov, recalls
that the 'US National Security Strategy'
Congress approved in February contains
 over a dozen references to Russia, as an
aggressor, who poses a threat to the US.

"Also, throughout the post-Soviet period
NATO never carried out such outspokenly
 anti-Russian exercises as intensively as
today,"  Ivashov says.

 "All these are sure signs that Washington
is determined to use the crisis in Ukraine,
to try to drag Russia into a war."


________________________________



     Palestinians Protest
        Planned Jerusalem Evictions

Dozens of Palestinians and foreign supporters
 protested in east Jerusalem's walled Old City
 on Sunday against the threatened eviction of
 a Palestinian family in favor of Jewish settlers.

"No to the eviction of the Sub Laban family,"
 the banners carried by demonstrators read,
referring to the 8 occupants of the house
near the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque.

Rafat Sub Laban, who lives there with his
 parents, his sister and his brother's wife
 and children, says the family have rented
their home since 1953, when the Old City
 was ruled by Jordan.

Occupation authorities issued an eviction
 order in September which is currently on
 appeal, but Zionist settlers --- backed by
police --- tried to gain possession last
 week, he says.

"20 police officers with settlers wanted
 to evict us," he says, in a statement.

Israel, known as The Zionist entity, by
those who oppose it, seized Arab east
Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War &
 later annexed it - in a move which has
never been recognized as legal, by
the international community.


____________________



Probe to unveil Israeli bombardment
 of UN buildings in Gaza

A senior United Nations official announces
that the result of the investigation into the
 Israeli bombing of the UN headquarters in
the Gaza Strip, will be declared 'very soon'.

Commissioner General of UNRAW, Pierre
Krahenbuhl makes the announcement at
an inauguration ceremony of the rebuild-
ing  of an UNRWA school in Khuza
village
-- east of the southern Gaza Strip city of
Khan Younis.

"The results of the UN enquiry, formed by
 Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to probe
 the bombardment of the UN buildings in
 the Gaza Strip during the last Israeli war
on Gaza will be declared very soon,"
says Krahenbuhl.

The senior UN official won't give a specific
 date, but does say that "attacking schools
 and other civilian places which were not
 involved in any military action is not
accepted at all."

"It is immoral and can never be accepted by
 the international law," he says, adding that
 "83 educational structures and 10 medical
 clinics belonging to UNRWA were either
directly or indirectly damaged."

Ban Ki-moon announced the UN inquiry
 committee formation in early November.

During a 50-day offensive, the Israeli army
directly bombed 3 UNRWA schools which
 were sheltering displaced families who'd
left their homes to escape the Israeli
army's 'ground operation'.

The senior UN official calls on donors now to
 fulfill their pledges towards reconstruction
of the Gaza Strip, stressing
"if this isn't done,
it will bring rising rage and despair in Gaza."


Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza
 Strip "are still homeless," says Ban Ki-moon,
adding: "it is impossible to halt humanitarian
 aid or delay it -- especially when we see this
tragic reality in Gaza."


____________________________


 
Architect of Singapore’s economic miracle
 Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
 has died at the age of 91, the Singapore prime
 minister’s office said Sunday.

Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore’s Prime Minister
 from 1959 to 1990. He led the nation when it
 gained independence in 1965.

Under
his premiership, Singapore strode
from a
third world country, into a global
financial
centre - among the world’s top
three,
in terms of its living standards.


___________________________________



Houthis Take Airport in Yemeni Central Province 
              
 The Houthi revolutionary movement Ansar Allah
has retaken Taiz central province's airport from
supporters of President Hadim, who is now a
refugee in the southern city of Aden.

The control of Taiz provides the Houthi tribe
 access to a road linking the capital city with
 Aden, therefore it is likely that in the coming
 hours, there will be attempts to recover it.

The US military airbase, in southern Yemen,
from which the US miliary has fled, operated
drones there, to spy on and assassinate the
 Arabian Peninsula's people.

Yemen is divided into two governments, one
 the Revolutionary Committee established by
 the Houthis... and the other led by President
 Mansur Hadi, headquartered in Aden, which
 is trying to become an "alternative" capital.

Mansur, who resigned in January then re-
canted in February, is supported by Saudi
 Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the
 United States.

The Houthis are supported by Iran, which
 opened a direct flight weeks ago between
 the capital cities, Tehran and Sanaa.


___________________________



Argentina: Frente para la Victoria
               Leads Electoral Opinion Poll               
 
 The ruling party Frente para la Victoria (FPV)
of President Cristina Fernandez, leads today
in electoral opinion polls across the country,
14 points ahead of its closest rival, the right-
wing party Propuesta Republicana (PRO).

A poll carried out by pollster Poliarquia,
 and published by the newspaper Tiempo
 Argentino, indicates that FPV was given
 36% support by those surveyed, while
Buenos Aires governor Mauricio Macri's
 PRO was given 22% and the Frente
Renovador (FR) 19%.

Argentinians will elect a new president
on October 25th, and, according to the
opinion poll, the ruling party would win
 -- with Daniel Scioli as its presidential
 candidate -- with 31%, Macri with 25%
 and parliamentarian Sergio Massa,
FR leader, with 21%.

In a possible ballot, Scioli, governor of
Buenos Aires province, would be given
51% of the vote and Macri 40%, said the
opinion poll carried out during the first
two weeks of March, in 24 sites with
 over 10,000 inhabitants.


____________________________



Ecuador president blasts
Washington's interference

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa slams
 the US for destabilising the Latin American
 state, saying spy agencies, including the
 CIA, have been orchestrating the protests
 in his country.

"There's a CIA presence in Ecuador's opposition
 which has the goal of weakening the govern-
ment," he tells TeleSUR television network.

The CIA aims to drag Ecuador into chaos by
 influencing the opposition ahead of the up-
coming elections, Correa adds.

The US spying agency and Ecuador's right-
wing opposition were likely involved inthe
recent nation-wide protests in the country,
Correa notes.

Ecuadorians staged protest rallies Thursday
 in a dozen cities, including the capital, Quito.

The protesters called for political change as
well as reforms in labour and land policies.

 Correa and his administration enjoy public
support for raising living standards for the
 lower classes.

 The country’s GDP per capita rose from $3,572
in 2007 to $6,002 in 2013. He has also reduced
    poverty and unemployment in Ecuador since
 he assumed power in 2007.

Released WikiLeaks' cables, however, reveal
 Washington’s efforts to interfere in Ecuador’s
 internal affairs & its spying agencies' covert
 operations to bring Correa down.

In 1963, the US orchestrated a coup d’état by
the military junta in Ecuador to topple the left
government of Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy
 after he voiced opposition to US control.

__________________________


Moscow slams Kiev for reported
 weaponry deployment in E. Ukraine

"The claims of Ukraine's authorities that all
 its heavy weapons have been withdrawn are
once again proven to be bluff," the Russian
 Foreign Ministry says in an online statement
-- after a Reuters video is released, showing
heavy weapons being used by the Ukrainian
 army at the contact line in Ukraine's S. East.

"The ministry has to emphasize that we are
speaking of another serious violation of the
Minsk agreements, which stipulates a with-
drawal of heavy weapons from the contact
 line," the statement adds.

Judging by the footage, the ministry says,
 the Azov battalion is using 122 mill' calibre
 howitzers D-30 --- with a range of 22 klmtrs.

The ministry also claims that the footage was
shot near Shyrokyne Village, Donetsk region..
 "a place that must be monitored most closely,
 by the OSCE special mission."

Russia urges the Ukrainian side "not to mislead
 international public opinion and faithfully fulfill
its obligations under the Minsk accords."

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
urged France & Germany to persuade Ukraine's
 current rulers to observe the Minsk agreements.

Late amendments made by Kiev's government
 on "special status" laws and the peacekeeping
 mission, have sparked yet another round of the
"war of words", and produced a conflict "surge"
 in eastern Ukraine.


_______________________


Ansarullah Announces Public Mobilization,
 Calls on Army to Face Takfiri Crimes

As the US evacuates its main army base
in Yemen, the revolutionary movement,
 Ansarullah, calls a public mobilization -
 calling on the Army and security forces
 to confront takfiri terrorism.

Ansarullah stresses, in a statement, the vital
importance of political support for these new
 security measures, to face terrorist crimes.

All Yemenis have to close ranks & cooperate
 with the military & security forces, to protect
themselves from this takfiri threat, says the
statement.


______________________________



UN Security Council to meet on Yemen

The UN Security Council says the 15-nation
 UN body will meet in an emergency session
 on Sunday afternoon to discuss the current
 situation in Yemen, which suffered several
 terrorist attacks over the past few days.


_______________________



Erdogan calls for strict compliance
with Minsk agreements

Strict compliance with the measures agreed
 in Minsk will allow for resolution of
Ukraine's
crisis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says,
at a joint news conference
with Ukraine's
President, Petro Poroshenko.


"The settlement of the Ukrainian crisis can
 be achieved through diplomatic means
only," he says.

"We’re calling for strict compliance with a
package of measures adopted in Minsk.

 "We want the Minsk agreements to be
 implemented, as well as the package
of measures envisaged by them."

 He describes these agreements as "a
window of opportunity that should be
 opened as wide as possible."

The Turkish leader stresses that he
 supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity,
 and appeals to Kiev to "further protect
the rights of all religious and ethnic
groups, primarily the Crimean Tatars."


______________________



Iraq war architects admit US' invasion illegal

US Attorney General, Supreme Court judge,
and chief US prosecutor for the Nuremberg
warcrime trials, Robert H. Jackson, insists
the US committed an "act of aggression"
when it invaded Iraq in 2003.

According to Jackson, "it is the supreme
 international crime, differing only from all
other war crimes, in that it contains within
itself, the accumulated evil of the whole."

That the US-led invasion was unjust,
 is not news to the American public.

 Washington officials have formally said
 that the search for weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq, was a 'mistake'.

Republican hawk and defense expert,
 Richard Perle, admitted in 2003, that
 the invasion of Iraq was illegal.

"International law, would have required
 us to leave Saddam Hussein alone and
 this would have been morally unaccept-
able," he said then.

So top US officials knew that Iraq had
no weapons of mass destruction & top
Bush adviser, Philip Zelikow, says that
the war was launched to protect Israel.

 Several other officials don't deny that
 the war in Iraq was a war for oil. If so,
moral motives had nothing to do with
what happened to Iraq.

As US bloggers believe, the White House
 is left to admit that the US has committed
an international war crime in Libya, also,
Pravda.Ru reports.


______________________________



‘UK, US defense interests put above
 Mauritius' rights in Chagos Islands – UN

The UK acted illegally when it imposed
 territorial controls on the Chagos Islands
without the consent of Mauritius, a UN
judgment claims.

The ruling may hinder US operations
in Diego Garcia, where it holds an air-
base on lease from the UK government.

The UN ruling also accuses the UK
of ignoring the rights of Mauritius –
which claims the islands as its own.

Declaring the remote Indian Ocean
archipelago a marine protected area
 (MPA) damaged the fishing industry in
surrounding waters, Mauritius claims.

The UK's Labour government then, is
 accused of forcing through the MPA
 measure, to strengthen its hand in
 the impending election.

“The UK has not been able to give
 any convincing explanation for the
urgency with which it proclaimed
the MPA on the 1st of April, 2010,”
 the ruling states.

The decision's speed was “dictated
 by the electoral timetable in the UK
 or an anticipated change in
government,” it was found.

“Not only did the UK proceed on the
 flawed basis that Mauritius had no
fishing rights in the territorial sea of 
Chagos archipelago, it presumed to
conclude – without ever confirming
with Mauritius – that the MPA was
in Mauritius’ interest.”

The issue was addressed by a panel
of 5 judges serving on a permanent
 court of arbitration, at The Hague.

While three judges ruled the tribunal
lacked the authority to adjudicate...
 two ruled that, before the UK general
 election in 2010, and at the point of
the territory's creation in 1965...
 “US & UK defense interests were
 put above Mauritius’s rights.”

Mauritius' government maintains its
 sovereignty claim, arguing the islands
 were effectively stolen by the UK -- in
contravention of a UN resolution that
 parts of decolonizing nations couldn't
simply be detached by a departing
 colonial power.

The Mauritian claim is strengthened
 by the UN's ruling, which finds that:
 
“The UK’s undertaking to return the
Chagos archipelago to Mauritius,
gives Mauritius an interest in all
significant decisions that bear
 upon the possible future uses of
the archipelago.

“Mauritius’ interest is not simply in the
 eventual return of Chagos archipelago,
 but also in the condition in which the
 archipelago will be returned.”

The move will be welcomed by displaced
 former residents of the Chagos Islands,
who were forced from their homes by
the UK in the 1960s, to make way for
the current US base.

Diego Garcia has repeatedly made head-
lines as US extraordinary rendition flights
 were/are allegedly routed via the airbase.


_____________________________



Alexandr Zaharchenko: Minsk
agreements have been cancelled

Alexandr Zaharchenko, the DPR's head
announces that the Minsk agreements
 are now supposedly cancelled.

 Still, he says, there's a small hope that
Kiev's officials will return to the Minsk
agreement, as full responsibility now
rests on Europe.

Presumably, by Europe, he refers to
the Minsk agreement guarantors,
 France and Germany.


_______________________



Lavrov: Washington pushing Kiev to
 military solution of Donbass conflict

The US is inciting Kiev to end the crisis
 in eastern Ukraine by force, says Russia's
 foreign minister, citing US support for the
recently passed Ukrainian law on special
self-governing status for Donbass, which
 Moscow says undermines the Minsk-2 deal.

“If Washington welcomes the action, which
 undermines the Minsk agreements, then we
 can only conclude that Washington is inciting
 Kiev to resolve the issue by military means,”
 says Lavrov at a media conference Thursday.

His comments refer to a 'phone conversation
 between US Vice-President, Joe Biden, and
Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, on
Wednesday, during which Biden welcomed
 the decision by the Ukrainian parliament to
 give special status to Donbass.

Self-rule for Donbass is a key condition of
 the Minsk agreements, but the law passed
by the Rada postpones the introduction of
any new status until the regions hold new
elections... under Ukrainian laws.

 Until then, the Ukrainian MPs said that
the two republics will be recognized as
‘temporary occupied territories’ & voted
 that this status should remain, until the
 Ukrainian military fully restores control.

The leaders of Donetsk and Lugansk
Republics say these decisions were
not agreed with them.

Lavrov:

“The Ukrainian leadership, basically,
 have terminated their commitments to
engage in direct dialogue and negotiate
with south-eastern Ukraine, including on
the issue of elections and implementing
the law on special status.”

Lavrov urges the mediators of the Minsk-2
 deal, France and Germany – who invested
 their authority in the document -- to react
to Kiev’s actions.


Russia's foreign minister also calls for
another round of negotiations in the
Normandy Four format (Kiev, Moscow,
 Berlin, Paris) on the settlement of the
 ongoing conflict in Ukraine. He says
it is necessary to prevent a "further
deterioration of the situation.”

"I believe it’s high time for the Normandy
 Four talks," Lavrov says. "I've turned to
my colleagues - the foreign ministers of
Germany and France - with a proposal
to take urgent steps to prevent the
situation from taking a nosedive."

The Minsk document requires Ukraine
to adopt
legislation that would provide
permanent
privileges to Lugansk and
Donetsk Regions.


 These include the right to use Russian
as an official language, trans-border
ties with Russia, and the authority of
 local governments to appoint local
prosecutors and judges.

 Among other points, the deal includes
 direct talks between Kiev and the rebel
republics' representatives, reports RT.


__________________________________



Russia Calls UN Security Council
Meeting Over Minsk Violations

Russia has initiated an extraordinary
meeting of the UN Security Council, to
discuss shortcomings in implementing
the Minsk agreements on reconciliation
in Ukraine, Russia's Permanent Mission
to the UN says yesterday (Thursday).

"The UN Security Council is holding
a closed doors meeting, initiated
by Russia, to discuss violations
of commitments to implement
the Package of Measures agreed
 in Minsk, on February 12th," the
mission's spokesperson, Alexei
Zaitsev, says.

The agreements brokered by the leaders of
 Russia, Germany, France & Ukraine in Minsk,
 Belarus, in February, stipulate a ceasefire,
 effective since February 15th, in Ukraine's
eastern regions, a heavy weaponry pullout
 from the line of contact, an all-for-all swap
of prisoners & the withdrawal of all foreign
 troops and mercenaries from Ukraine.

However, the US, UK and Poland have
already announced that they are to
send instructors to Ukraine, to train 
military personnel, as well as giving
"other forms of support" for Kiev's
Armed Forces.

UK troops have begun a training mission in
 Ukraine, helping government forces fighting
 pro-Russian separatists, the UK's Ministry of
Defense in London, says late onThursday.
  
The BBC reports 35 personnel are in the
 southern city of Mykolaiv as part of a 2-
month mission, although the ministry
spokesperson declined to give details.
  
"The first elements of the training package
 began in March... We have got troops out
 there training," she tells AFP, adding that:
"the numbers will vary, depending on the
 schedule."
  
Ministers announced last month that up
 to 75 troops at a time would be deployed
 to Ukraine, providing training on tactical
 intelligence, logistics and medical care.
  
However, the UK government has ruled
out supplying any lethal equipment to
 Ukraine's forces.

"The UK is committed to supporting
Ukraine's sovereignty, independence
and territorial integrity, in the face of
Russia's aggression," the spokes-
person says.
  
"The gifting of non-lethal equipment is
 designed to prevent further Ukrainian
fatalities and casualties, and to help
improve situational awareness on the
 ground.

"Our overall aim is to strengthen the
 defensive capability of the Ukrainian
armed forces... & build the resilience
 that they need."

The Kremlin has reacted by saying
sending instructors is "unhelpful"
 in easing the tensions in Ukraine.


_____________________________


Over half of Ukrainians do not approve
 of Kiev policies — poll

Neither political parties nor Ukrainian
 media trusted, suggests opinion poll

Most Ukrainians do not approve of the policies
of President Petro Poroshenko and PM Arseniy
 Yatsenyuk and do not believe Ukraine's media,
Research & Branding Group says on Thursday.

According to the poll, held on March 6-16th,
58% of all Ukrainians do not approve of the
president’s actions. One third of respondents
 (33%) positively assess Poroshenko’s activity.

68% of Ukrainians don't support Prime Minister
Yatsenyuk, while 24% approve of his actions.

Neither political parties nor the Ukrainian media
are trusted in the country. Only 8% say they trust
 political parties, while 81% are skeptical of them.
58% say they do not trust the Ukrainian media.

The poll took place in all regions of Ukraine,
 except Donetsk and Luhansk. 1,500 people
all over 18, participated in the poll.


_________________________



"Russian serviceman" arrested
on Russia-Ukraine border: media

The serviceman joined Russia's army
 --- after Crimea reunited with Russia.

Kiev's border guards arrest a Russian
 serviceman who allegedly wanted to
cross the Russia-Ukraine border from
Crimean territory, the Ukraine media
reports on Thursday.

According to the reports, the sergeant
was going to visit his family in Ukraine's
Nikolayev region, but was arrested on
the border, on charges of "breaking
his oath of allegiance to Ukraine".

The serviceman joined Russia's army
after Crimea had reunited with Russia.
Now the sergeant could face 2 to 5
years in prison, for "desertion".

The Ukrainian media claim the man was
 caught "in Dzhankoi while crossing the
border." But Dzhankoi is 35 kilometers
away from the Russia-Ukraine border.

There's been no official confirmation of the
 Russian serviceman’s arrest. The Ukrainian
media, however, is churning out reports on
"the traitor who has received retribution.".


_________________________



Ukraine Govt. Enacts Controversial
                  Act on Status of Donbass               

An act on special status for Donbass has come
 into force after been enacted by President Petro
 Poroshenko, with support from the Supreme Rada
 (Parliament), but it's rejected by the rebel regions.

Poroshenko signed the amendments to article
10 on special self-management in 'some' areas
of Donetsk & Lugansk, local media report.

The amendments to the act establish that
they come into force when relevant bodies
take office - after local elections are held -
on a date that has not yet been set.

After 6 hours of debate, the draft bill
submitted by President Poroshenko
was approved Tuesday at the Rada,
 with 296 of the required 226 votes.

The elected leaders of Donetsk & Lugansk,
 Alexander Zajarchenko & Igor Plotnistsky,
  issued a joint communiqué on Tuesday, to
 demand derogation of the controversial act
 on special status of those territories -- and
also demanded a reaction to Kiev's many
breaches of the Minsk agreement, from
Germany & France, as foreign guarantors.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
describes these recent provisions on

 Donbass, as a clear violation of the
political
parts of the Minsk agreement
signed on
February 12th.

PM Arseni Yatseniuk says Ukraine will
 control the rebel regions "by all means".


_________________________



ALBA Caracas Declaration:
              Peace Against US Aggression               
 
 The Final Declaration of the Bolivarian Alliance
 for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) signed
in Caracas at the end of the summit held here,
 confirms their commitment to peace in the
face of new United States aggressions.

The text rejects the executive decree by
president Barack Obama on March 9th,
declaring an emergency, and Venezuela
 as a 'threat to US national security'.

 They call for peaceful solutions to conflicts,
following the principle of "non-intervention".

The document calls on the world's states to
act within the United Nations Charter, and
 abstain from using coercive unilateral acts.

For Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro,
ALBA thus consolidates world support for
 his proposal of dialog made to Washington,
 and respect for dignity and sovereignty.

The Executive recalls that UNASUR,
 Petrocaribe, CELAC and the Movement
of Non Aligned nations are united: and
the non-aligned nations' presidency,
pro-tempore, is held by Venezuela.

ALBA and all above, also ask Obama
 to revoke the hostile decree and start
 dialog with Caracas as an alternative
 to conflict and confrontation.

ALBA offers the possibility of creating a
facilitating group in the hemisphere and
 its institutions, to enable this peaceful
diplomacy, alleviate the tensions, and
 guarantee a friendly solution between
 the United States and Venezuela.

ALBA reaffirms that Latin America and the
Caribbean is a Peace Zone, where nations
boost integration processes and friendship
 with the aim of guaranteeing the greatest
 possible happiness for their peoples.

It also emphasizes that, far from being a
threat to anyone, Venezuela is a nation
showing solidarity, and their will to co-
operate with the entire región, to ensure
social peace and stability in the Americas.

After calling for hostile policies to cease,
 it warns that they provide incentives to
 Venezuela's opposition to destabilize,
 and to use violence.

It denounces the international media war
 against Venezuela, that's trying to create
conditions for an intervention on a bigger
 scale and is alien to the peaceful solution
 of differences.

Calling on ambassadors of the ALBA nations
 and social movements, to spread the truth
about Venezuela, the bloc also hails Maduro
 for addressing his letter to the people of the
United States.

The letter commits the South American nation
 to liberty, independence and multilateralism.

It classifies as false, unjust, unilateral &
 disproportionate, the executive decree
dictated by Obama, adding it contradicts
 a long-standing friendship of Venezuela
with the people of the United States.

The letter also reaffirms support for peace,
national sovereignty and international law,
 in an open and democratic society, which
lives according to its Constitution and the
 aspirations of its people.


_____________________



Likud wins Israel elections

The Likud party of Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu wins Israel’s elections, the
Central Elections Committee says.

Likud has enough influence on the extreme
right MPs elected, to form a new coalition.



_____________________________


Russian Black Sea Fleet marines
 put on full combat alert for drills

The servicemen are practising
 counteracting subversive groups
 and aviation of a simulated enemy,
but are not "sabre-rattling", unlike
NATO's provocative recent actions,
says the Kremlin.


Marine corps units deployed near
Temryuk, a town in south Russia’s
 Krasnodar Territory, are on full
combat alert as part of strategic

 'command and post' exercises,
Russia's
Defense Ministry reports.

Since the beginning of 2015, Russia's
armed
forces have held over thirty
exercises & drills
across the country.

 The military training involves all services:
the strategic, fighter, attack, bomber and
transport
aviation, warships and all fleets
and flotillas of the Navy, both conventional
and
rocket-launching artillery, plus tank
and
motorised infantry troops.

Exercises are ongoing.


_______________________________


International Criminal Court Warns
                 About Violence in Nigeria               

International Criminal Court (ICC) Attorney,
 Fatou Bensouda, warns today about what
 she calls the 'aberrant violence' in Nigeria,
 and repeats that the court will pursue
 those guilty of causing it.

She insists that Nigerians hold elections
 without any violence, to prevent further
instability, and sends a message saying
 elections do not need to lead to crimes.

The west African State is suffering a
rise in violence in its northern region,
where Boko Haram controls areas.

_____________________________


Netanyahu says no Palestinian state
 if he wins another term

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
told an Israeli news website Monday, that,
 if he is elected on Tuesday, "there will be
 no Palestinian state."

"I think that anyone who moves to establish
 a Palestinian state and evacuate territory,
gives territory away to radical Islamist
attacks against Israel," Netanyahu told
 the NRG website.

Asked directly whether no Palestinian
state would be created under his
leadership, the prime minister
answered "Indeed."

The statement contradicts his 2009
 Bar-Ilan speech, in which he gave
 support for a two-state solution to
 end conflict with the Palestinians.

In the famous speech, Netanyahu said
if Israel receives guaranteed security
 and if the Palestinians recognize Israel
 as the Jewish people's state, there is
 room for a future peace deal to end
 the conflict via a two-state solution.

Netanyahu adds that if the heads of the
 Zionist Union list Isaac Herzog (Labor)
& Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) win the elections,
 they will freeze all construction in the
West Bank and east Jerusalem and take
orders from the international community.

Netanyahu tells reporters on Monday
that - if he is reelected - he will build
thousands of housing units in East
Jerusalem, adding that he and Likud
will ensure Jerusalem "stays united."

Palestinians aim to establish a state
 in lands Israel occupied in the West
 Bank and Gaza and annexed in east
Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast War.

Israel and the Palestinians negotiated
 between July 2013 and April 2014, in
 recent rounds of US-mediated talks,
 but the talks reached a dead end.


________________________


                US Funds Finance al-Qaeda Terrorism               
 
Central Intelligence Agency money
 financed the terrorist organization
al-Qaeda, The New York Times says.

The newspaper specifies that nearly
one million dollars of funds which the
 Afghan government received from the
 CIA in 2010 were used in the operation.

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai
paid five million dollars ransom during
 the exchange for the release of Abdul
 Khaliq Farahi, former general consul
in Peshawar, who was kidnapped two
years before, in 2008.

The Times says part of the money was
 used for arms and operational needs...
quoting a letter sent by a senior official
of al-Qaeda, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, to
 Bin Laden.

The paper adds that, due to a lack of
control and poor financial supervision
Washington funded the organization
 it was fighting against.

While refusing to pay any ransom for US
citizens kidnapped by al-Qaeda, Taliban
 or more recently, the Islamic State, the
US has spent hundreds of billions over
 the last ten years, on wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, some of which, was then
 "diverted" to enemy fighters, adds the
 newspaper.

The Times article also mentions the
 monthly funding of 1 million dollars,
 from CIA funds, which the Karzai
 government received.


__________________________



German FM Blasts US Republican Senators

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
 criticizes a recent letter by 47 US senators, who
 threatened to abort or change any nuclear deal
 between the US government & Iran, FNA reports.

“This is not just an issue of American domestic
 politics, but it affects the negotiations we are
 holding in Geneva,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier
says, in reaction to the US senators’ letter.

The German foreign minister expresses the
 hope that the US senators’ letter does not
 harm the ongoing trend of the negotiations
 between Iran and the world powers.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad
 Zarif, also the country's top negotiator in
 talks with the powers, strongly rejects the
US senators' letter, saying the message is
 no more than propaganda & lacks legality.

Iran's Foreign Minister then adds:

 “It's very interesting that, while negotiations
 are still in progress and while no agreement
has been reached, some political pressure
groups are so afraid, even of the prospect
of agreement, that they resort to methods
that are unconventional & unprecedented
 in diplomatic history.

“This indicates that, like Netanyahu, who
considers peace as an existential threat,
some are opposed to any agreement,
regardless of its content”.

Zarif expresses astonishment that some
 members of the USA's Congress, find it
appropriate to write to leaders of another
 country against their own President and
 administration, saying that - from reading
 the open letter - it seems that the authors
 not only do not understand international
law, but are also not fully cognizant of the
 nuances of their own Constitution, when
 it comes to presidential powers in the
 conduct