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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
intentionally unresponsive in order to make war
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
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


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

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

little girl frightens USA


Article by Finian Cunningham.

100 years ago, the assassination of Archduke
Franz Ferdinand and his wife in the
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
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

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

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

- 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

- 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

 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

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

working toward very cold war


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,
Quinnipiac University Polling Institute,

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

 28% choose his predecessor, George
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
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
that Kennedy asked Khrushchev to "cut him
slack" and withdraw the missiles without
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
a huge amount of State Department scheming
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
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

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
to hurt you, the EU asks?

Germany has a growing discord there over the
year occupation of Germany by US forces -
see demonstrations - Yankees go home!
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
of the Kyiv Junta's ex facto war 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,
installations and sanitary plants
by shelling. The shooting of women
children leaving the region for shelter in

 Crimea, by bus. The execution style killing
civilians in a town by Junta forces, who
the people up and shot them in the
back of
their heads. The use of chemical
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

 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
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
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
his back on another renewal of a 10-
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
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
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
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
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:


  You will not hear much or anything about it from
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

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
from France's biggest bank --- for doing
business with
countries disapproved of by

 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
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
provinces, to the radical anti-
Russian policies
of Washington's stooge

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

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

  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 itwas "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

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 British prime minister
whose effort to have Parliament approve
Britain's participation with Washington in a
 military attack on Syria was 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 Washington
 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
was inconsistent with Washington's
and was ignored by both the US
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 nonstop,
 calling for an expert non-politicized
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 being 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, this 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 have 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 whetherthis 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 is 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 the 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

The reason that the US Constitution requires war
 to begin with a declaration of war by Congress is
 to prevent the executive branch from orchestrating
 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 the go-ahead
 for a 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 is 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.

Russian President Putin’s bet that by responding
 to Washington’s aggression in Ukraine in an
 unprovocative and reasonable manner, 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 and 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 p
roblem with which Washington has presented
him in Ukraine while he still can, Washington’s
 next step will be to unleash its hundreds of
NGOs inside Russia to denounce Putin as a
traitor for abandoning the 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

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, the 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 remove Russia as a restraint on US hegemony
--- with a preemptive nuclear attack.

It is almost certain that Obama is being told that
 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 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,
Putin’s aggression in Ukraine is comparable
Stalin’s invasion of Poland in 1939 and that
Russian threat was not limited to Ukraine
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
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
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

 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
their responsibility to stop their enabling
Washington’s aggression or to accept
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.



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


 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

“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
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.
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

“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,
Deputy Director of Russia's Academy of
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 video above shows a mob of about
50 men in Kiev, attacking one of the
few news outlets left which Kiev does
not control. A legal case has dragged
on for months, threatening its closure.

The US and UK say that the US-backed
Kiev coup, is a "people's revolution"...

we say it's fascism.



    Russian Relations with USA at Dead End, Says Lavrov              
 Relations between Russia and the United States
are complex and are currently at a dead end in
 several fields and this developed long before the
 Ukrainian crisis, says Russia's Foreign Minister,
 Sergei Lavrov.

The foreign minister criticizes the state of bilateral
 relations in an interview broadcast by the television
 station NTV, in which he deplores that proposals by
 their US 'partners' are mostly focused on the USA's
unilateral interests.

Lavrov says the international agenda is full of
 contradictory approaches, in which both sides
 have to find solutions to commit to on a series
 of issues.

Among these issues, he mentions... negotiations
 to reduce the arsenals of strategic weapons, the
 situation in the Middle East and North Africa, the
 Iranian nuclear program, and also the issue of
the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The minister highlights the wrong approach by
 Washington, which wants to attribute to itself
exceptionalism in international relations.

It believes that it has the right to punish any
 countries that don't act as Washington wants,
and force them to cooperate on issues vital
to the United States and its allies, he says.

This imperial approach in international affairs
will be corrected, but the process will take a
long time, the foreign minister warns.


Pope Francis Lashes Out over
                  Terrorist Group Islamic State               
 Pope Francis today raises his voice against the
 group Islamic State, as an extremist movement
 capable of bringing a new dimension to terrorism.

"We are witnessing a phenomenon of terrorism with
 dimensions that were unimaginable before. It seems
 to have lost awareness of the value of human life,
 that people have no value and can be killed by
 other interests, says the Holy Father.

Francis regrets "the indifference of many"
 over the presence of ISIL in Syria and Iraq,
and demands "appropriate action" by the
 international community.

Speaking at a session to address the situation
in the Middle East and the role that the Catholic
 Church can play in promoting peace, the Pope
 expresses his "desire for peace and stability in
 that region".

He states that there should be "the will to
 facilitate the resolution of conflicts through
 dialogue, reconciliation, and political

The Pope has been warning of
 the danger of ISIL, for months.


Iraqi lawmakers approve full cabinet
Faced with growing threats from the extremist
 militant group, the Islamic State (IS), the Iraqi
parliament has now approved the full cabinet
 chosen by Iraq's PM, Haider al-Abadi, including
the crucial defense and interior

The appointment of Mohammed Salim al-Ghabban
 as interior minister, is a compromise after month-
long haggling until his powerful Shiite party Badr
 understood that its leader, Hadi al-Ameri, their
 candidate for the interior portfolio, was not
 acceptable to the Sunni parties.

As for the defense ministry, parliament approved
 Khalid al- Obiedi, an ex-officer in the Iraqi army
 under Saddam Hussein's administration.

Observers here believe that Abadi's selections
 could inspire confidence for the Sunnis, who
 repeatedly complained under his predecessor
Nuri al-Maliki, of injustice, marginalization,
and discrimination.

 They accused the Shiite-dominated security
 forces of indiscriminately arresting, torturing
 and killing their sons.

Observers believe that selecting Ghabban and
Obiedi also sends a message of relief to the
 Shiite community assuring them that satisfying
 the Sunnis will not be at the expense of gains
 they got after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's
 administration, since the U.S.-led invasion.

Abadi has formed a 'partnership' government
 that could provide a coherent, more effective
 political response for Iraqis to better confront
 their huge challenges, including an IS threat
to Iraq, the region, and the whole world.

Iraq faces increasing threats from IS militants,
who control nearly a third of Iraq's territory.

The United States and many other world countries
 are providing air support, weapons and ammunition
 to the Iraqi forces and the Kurdish security forces,
 known as Peshmerga, to help halt the advance of
the IS militants to seize more areas in northern
and central areas of the country.

The Sunnis are very instrumental in the efforts
of defeating IS. To win their minds and hearts,
 Abadi and his cabinet must address legitimate
 grievances and allow them to build their own
forces as part of the security forces.

Iraq is witnessing some of the worst violence in
 years. Terrorism and violence have killed 5,576
 civilians there, in the first half of 2014 alone,
with 11,666 more wounded, according to a
recent UN report.


Abbas says keen to keep dialogue
 with Hamas to end rift
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
says he's keen to keep talking with Hamas
movement, to finalize reconciliation and
end the internal rift.

Abbas spoke at the inauguration of his Fatah Party's
 revolutionary council held in Ramallah. "Our dialogue
 with Hamas will continue until achieving we achieve
 full reconciliation," he said.

"The last agreement we reached with Hamas
is based on two major issues, forming a unity
 government and going for elections," he said,
 referring to the formation of the consensus
 government sworn in, in June.

Abbas added that east Jerusalem is a top priority
the Palestinian leadership, revealing that the
city faces settlers' assaults to divide and
 empty it.

Speaking about going to the UN Security Council
 to end the Israeli occupation and establish a state,
Abbas says "we want to gain a resolution that gives
 us the right to establish our state on 1967 borders."

Meanwhile, Fatah Party's central committee calls
 on the UK government to recognize an independent
 Palestinian state established on territories Israel
 seized in 1967.

Nabil Abu Rdineh, committee spokesperson, says
 in a press statement, that the Palestinians highly
 appreciate Sweden's stance and the UK House of
Common  decision to recognize a Palestinian state
 in the future.


Putin-Poroshenko Meeting
            Monopolizes Attention at ASEM Summit               
 The meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin
and his Ukrainian counterpart Piotr Poroshenko,
will be the focus of attention at the 10th Asia-
Europe Meeting (ASEM), being held in Milan.

During the talks, the two leaders will tackle the
 thorny subject of peace in southern Ukraine,
where fighting continues.

Russia and Ukraine will seek to reach greater
 consensus about the implementation of the
 memorandum signed in Minsk, Belarus' capital,
 to halt battles, exchange prisoners and create
 a demarcation line 30 kilometers wide, among
 other measures.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President
 Francois Hollande and the Prime Ministers of the UK
 and Italy, will participate in the meeting.

The talks will also be attended by the president
of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy,
 and president of the European Commission,
 Jose Manuel Durao Barroso.

According to local media, Poroshenko has suggested
 peaceful measures but in practice, military actions
 against self-defense groups in Donetsk and Lugansk
 continue to be reported.

With the participation of 53 countries, ASEM, running
 from October 16th to 17th, will also discuss energy
 security, climate change, commerce, economic
 problems, and unemployment.


Egypt Denies Bombing Libyan Islamist Militias

Spokespeople for the Egyptian government
 deny transnational media reports, claiming
 that the Egyptian Air Force has bombed the
Islamic militia sites in Benghazi.


Russia Sets Up Cyber Units
               in Strategic Missile Forces               
Russia''s Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) have
 started to create special units to neutralize and
 counter cyber attacks, the Defense Ministry says.

"The RVSN has been shifting its command lines
 to digital technologies. This is why the forces'
 high command is taking preventive measures
 to improve information security," RIA Novosti
 news agency quotes ministry spokesperson,
 Igor Yegorov, as saying.

The task of the digital units dubbed "Sopka," or
Hill, is to counter hostile attacks on the Russian
 missile force's electronic hardware and information
 channels, Yegorov says, adding that the country
 plans to create a comprehensive system by 2017,
 to protect the armed forces' infrastructure from
 cyber attacks.

Earlier in October, President Vladimir Putin said
 Russia has been under increasing cyber attacks
 this year and protecting Russian information
space against threats has been one of the
priorities, to ensure national security.

Russian Security Council secretary, Nikolai
 Patrushev, says the country's segment of
the Internet was attacked 57 million times
 in the first half of 2014, and some 90 million
 attacks have been registered since 2010.

Last summer, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu,
 ordered the drafting of 500 computer-savvy
 students, into special "scientific squadrons,"
 whose work will be counted as military service.


           Venezuela's Historic Seat in UN Security Council              
 Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Rafael Ramírez,
 terms as historic, his country''s membership
 of the UN Security Council, with widespread
 backing from the General Assembly.

In brief remarks after the election of the five
non permanent members of the UNSC,
 Ramirez recalled the campaigns launched
 to try to discredit his country, which could
 not prevent the support of 181 of the 193
 members of the Assembly.

"This resounding triumph is a result of a decision
 by late commander president Hugo Chavez Frias
 in Jan, 2007 to apply for Venezuela's membership.

 It shows the world continues to respect his
 message of peace, solidarity and social
 justice," says Ramirez.

In Ramirez' opinion, the vote also shows
the UN belongs to all states.

He notes that his country will be the first nation
 to share responsibilities as President of the Non
 Aligned Movement and non permanent member
 of the UN Security Council.

"We take up this challenge, determined to fight
 against the people's submission, domination,
 exploitation and foreign occupation and the
refusal of fundamental human rights," he says.

Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola and New Zealand have
all won seats on the United Nations Security Council
 for two years from January 1, 2015.

 A runoff vote is also underway to find out if either
 Spain or Turkey will fill the fifth place available.

The 193-member UN General Assembly voted for
 Venezuela by 181 votes, Malaysia picked up 187,
 while Angola scored 190 and New Zealand 145.


Donetsk Republic deputy PM praises
 Ukrainian president's special status law

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic
 intends to “follow its way” despite the law on
 Donbass’ special status, chair of the Donetsk
 People’s Republic Supreme Council, Boris
 Litvinov, says on Friday.

“The quintessence of this document is, if I
am not mistaken, that we’re entitled to hold
 elections to local bodies of power - to rural,
 settlement, district and town councils, on
December 7th.

"On the former Donetsk region’s territory, the
 city council has not been functioning since April.
 It did not hear the population’s request to put
 forward an initiative on Ukraine’s federalisation.

Nobody will elect a regional council. Nobody will
 elect new bodies of power with a special status.
 We’re following our way,” Litvinov says.

The republic intends to hold elections of its head
 and the People’s Council, on November 2nd.

“We’re following this way. We’re electing our
 supreme legislative and executive power in
 the nationwide elections,” he says.

Earlier, first deputy premier of the self-proclaimed
 Donetsk People’s Republic, Andrei Purgin, said
that the signing of the law on special status for
Donbass - the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in
 eastern Ukraine, seeking independence from
 Kiev - is a positive step.

“I believe this is a positive step but it does not
 influence the political situation. It’s certainly a plus.
It means that the party of peace and not the party
 of war is winning. The law has its plusses and
 meeting points,” Purgin said.

“We positively assess the fact that Ukraine is
 moving to meet us halfway but it doesn't change
 our position on the political aspects,” he said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a
 law on special status for Donbass on Thursday,
 October 16th.

The document is stipulated by agreements reached
 in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, in early September.
 The special status is granted for three years.

“During this time we will have an opportunity to
 turn into reality issues of deep decentralisation
 which should be also an issue for amending the
 Constitution,” Poroshenko said then.


Ukraine’s third defense minister in six months
 "sure sign military is demoralized"

The resignation of Ukraine’s Defense Minister Valery
 Heletey, appointed just three months ago, and the
 nomination and approval of his successor, National
 Guard commander Stepan Poltorak, is evidence of
personnel chaos in the armed forces, amateurism
 by the authorities and demoralization in the military,
 the president of the Geopolitical Problems Academy,
 Doctor of Military Science, Konstantin Sivkov, says.

"Poltorak is a man from Interior Minister Arsen
 Avakov’s team. For a while he was commander
of all Interior Ministry troops. As for Heletey,
 he's from President Poroshenko’s inner circle
 -- as a matter of fact, his personal bodyguard.

 "He used to be in charge of Ukraine’s agency
 responsible for the security of senior officials.
 Poltorak’s nomination is sure evidence of the
 continuing under-the-carpet struggle for
control of the army,” Sivkov believes.

“The way Poltorak commanded the National Guard
 in the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” zone, in
the south-east of Ukraine, is well seen in the
 operation’s utter failure.

"On Monday, about 1,500 national guards - Poltorak’s
 subordinates just recently - staged a mutiny. They
marched into the capital Kiev, chanting “Demob!
 Demob!” and met in front of the presidential office
 to demand demobilization and cash compensation
 for the excessive time they have spent in service,"
 Sivkov says.

"Also, some National Guard members fear they
 may bear criminal responsibility for participation
 in the so-called “anti-terrorist operation."

"Apart from conscripts, the National Guard is manned
 by volunteers, many of whom have a criminal past.

"These are the sort of men that Poltorak was in
 command of, and this characterises him well
 enough. It is no accident that Heletey’s dismissal
 and Poltorak’s appointment, drew rather caustic
 remarks in the press - such as - 'Bodyguard Goes,
Gendarme Takes Over,'" Sivkov says.

The now dismissed Heletey, (in his brief career)
 earned dubious publicity, by declaring plans for
 an early victory parade in Sevastopol and a huge
military march through Kiev... just as hundreds
 of Ukrainian regular troops and members of
 volunteer battalions were being encircled near
Ilovaisk in the east and killed," Sivkov recalls.

"In the run-up to the October 26th parliamentary
 elections, President Poroshenko, as commander-
in-chief had to sacrifice Heletey. While addressing
 the legislators on Tuesday Poroshenko urged them
 to ‘leave criticism of the army outside the scope
 of the election campaign."

"The Kiev authorities’ decision to appoint a third
 defense minister in six months is evidence of the
utter degradation of Ukraine’s political & military
 elite. In a normal political system, defence
ministers are not changed every now and then.

 "The personnel reshuffles have adverse effects
on the condition of the armed forces. This shows
that Ukraine’s political system is off balance,"
Sivkov believes.

"Both officers and the rank-and-file are reluctant
to fight against their own people. They are now
 demoralized and no defence minister will be able
 to bolster their morale and discipline, as long as
 there is no lasting peace in south-eastern
Ukraine," he concludes.


Hezbollah: To Direct All Capacities toward
Protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sanctities

Hezbollah states that the worsening Zionist
 aggression on Al-Aqsa mosque, means that
Zionists now move without fear or shame,
 destroying its gates and injuring dozens of
 Palestinian worshippers who are trying to
save it from the criminal acts of the Israeli

The party says in a statement, that the Zionists
 feel comfortable because of the Arab silence,
 and the international complicity, and work to
 implement their plans, which aim at destroying
 Al-Aqsa mosque and replacing it with their
alleged temple.

Condemning the escalating Israeli aggression,
 Hezbollah calls on all to direct their capacities
 to protect Al-Aqsa mosque and the Islamic and
 Christian Holy places there.


Syria Condemns Israeli Support
                 for Armed Fundamentalists               
 At least 2 fundamentalists injured in a clash
 with the Syrian army have been transferred
to an Israeli hospital, where hundreds of
Islamic extremists have been treated over
the past three years, reports Sana news.

The injured Islamists were admitted last night
to Poria's hospital, Tiberias city, in the Golan
Heights, a Syrian territory occupied by Israel
since 1967.

In early October, two other fundamentalists were
 admitted to the Zif Hospital, in the northern Israeli
 city of Safed, and two others were treated at the
 medical centre in Western Galilee, near Nahariya.

According to press reports quoting Israeli sources,
the former provided medical assistance to over 380
members of Islamic groups fighting in Syria, while
the latter has treated nearly the same number of

Tel Aviv's support for terrorist organizations
has also included attacks on
Syrian Army
positions, Sana news agency reports.


Putin worried over growing neo-Nazi
 tendencies in Baltic states and Ukraine

“Regrettably, the vaccine against the Nazi virus
 developed at the Nuremberg trials, is losing its
 efficiency in some European states,” Putin says.

Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, is worried over
 growing neo-Nazi tendencies in the Baltic states
 and in Ukraine.

“Regrettably, the vaccine against the Nazi virus
 developed at the Nuremberg trials, is losing its
 efficiency in some European states,” Putin says,
 in an interview with Serbia’s daily newspaper
Politika, on Tuesday.

“A vivid example of this is open manifestations
 of neo-Nazism, which have become routine in
Latvia and other Baltic countries.”

“In this sense, the situation in Ukraine causes
 special worries. The February anti-constitutional
 coup in that country, was driven by nationalists
 and other radical groups,” he says.


Moscow opposes direct confrontation
 with West: Lavrov

Moscow says it opposes a direct confrontation
 with the West despite its hostile moves against
 Russia, as a joint international effort is needed
 to counter threats to global stability, Russian
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.

The remarks follow Lavrov's recent calls for
a "reset" with the United States and a series
 of measures aimed at defusing tensions.

"Despite the hostile behavior of Western partners,
 we still opposes sliding into the primitive scenario
 of a direct confrontation between Russia and the
 West," Lavrov says in an interview with the Journal
 of Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

"Russia is ready to continue contributing to the
 solution of cross-border issues, but there must
 be mutual respect & equal rights," RIA Novosti
 news agency quotes Lavrov as saying.

The diplomat stresses that only a joint effort can
 be effective in fighting global threats posed by
 the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, the Islamic State
 (IS), the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, instability
 in Afghanistan, and so on.

Moscow will, as always, try to seek agreements
 with its partners to secure a balance of interests,
as Russia's foreign policy principles are designed
 to pursue agreements in accord with Russia's
 national interests and the lawful interests of its
 partners, Lavrov says.

While blaming the West for causing the Ukraine
 crisis, the Russian foreign minister says this
 has seriously destabilized the international
order, and it will have a long-term impact.

These developments in Ukraine "are not a
 manifestation of any fundamentally new
tendencies, but rather the culmination of
 policies that Western partners have been
 implementing on Russia for many years,"
 he says.


Britain officially recognizes Palestine

The UK Parliament has passed a non-binding
 resolution to recognize the Palestinian state.

MPs voted in favor of the motion with a majority
 of 274 to 12 after a six-hour debate on Monday.

The debate was initiated in the House of Commons
 by Labour MP Graham Morris, who said the UK is
 morally obligated to take action, because of its
 history as a colonial power in the region.

In the debate, the plight of Palestinians
 was reportedly highlighted by many MPs.

PM David Cameron was one of the many
 government members who refused to vote.

The debate watched around the world, after
 Sweden’s decision to recognize Palestine as
 a sovereign state, which angered Israel earlier
 in October. Other European countries are also
 likely follow suit.

On November 29, 2012, the 193-member United
 Nations General Assembly, voted to upgrade
 Palestine’s status to non-member observer state.

Palestinians seek to create an independent state
 on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds,
 and the Gaza Strip and demand that Israel with-
draw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the
1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the
 issue of al-Quds (Jerusalem).



Ukrainian National Guard troops are protesting
 outside the presidential administration office in
 Kiev as they demand demobilization. They are
 refusing to return to their barracks.

About 200 soldiers have surrounded the building
 claiming they've served six months longer than
their contracts stipulated.

Soldiers are chanting, “Demobilization!” and,
 “All for one and one for all.”

They say they're not going to leave until the
authorities answer their questions. The key
one being, when they'll be able to go home.

Members of the presidential administration,
however, have demanded that the soldiers
 immediately return to their military barracks.

“Soldiers, come on, return to [your] military
units, we’ll figure this out there,” one of the
 officials told the protesters, reports TASS.

The Guards demand that they either receive
 better pay, or are allowed to return home.

 One soldier said they were paid roughly $11
 per month, adding that there has been no
 rise in wages since their contracts expired.

“I have served for over half a year. What
 are we: conscripts or professional soldiers?
 Then why are we still being paid $11.5 per
month? Show us a document saying that we
 can be kept any longer,” the soldier told TASS.

“We have already served for almost two years
and we don’t know how many more years we’ll
 have to serve: three, four?”, a soldier said to
 reporters at the scene.

Mothers of the protesting soldiers say their sons’
 rights have been violated, with demands addressed
 to regimental headquarters, thus far, being ignored.

Soldiers in Kharkov have also taken to the streets
 to make their demands heard.

“We were recruited for 12 months in the spring of
 2013 from different regions of Ukraine. Now 18
 months have passed and there are no signs of
 demobilization,” one protester in Kharkov
 told reporters.

Last week President Poroshenko said that
 demobilization is currently not possible.

"There are currently no possibilities for
 demobilization under conditions of de-facto
 military actions,” the President said during
 his visit to Kharkov on Saturday.

Poroshenko said that it will be possible “to
begin steps of demobilization” only when
 “there will be a constant ceasefire, when a
 line of defense is built, as soon as our teams,
 and this should be soon, will be deployed in
 full combat defensive order.”

The National Guard was re-established in March
 2014. The first National Guard's regular battalion
 was formally sworn in for service on April 6th,
 following three weeks of training.


Izadi women tell of ordeal

Over 2 months after the ISIL atrocities in northern
 Iraq, Izadi Kurd women recount the ordeals they
 suffered at the hands of the Takfiri terrorists.

According to the women, who managed to escape
 and be reunited with their families, they were sold
 as slaves or forced to marry the Takfiris.

“I was sold in Syria. I stayed about five days with my
 two sisters. Then one of them was sold and taken
 to Mosul and I remained in Raqqa. Those who didn’t
 want to get married were married by force, whether
 they became Muslims or not. They insisted on
 marrying us. Even offering to live together and
then get married,” said a 15-year-old girl.

Hundreds of women and girls were abducted by the
 ISIL militants following the capture of the Iraqi city
of Sinjar, which is mainly populated by Izadi Kurds.

Referring to the ISIL Takfiris, or Daesh in Arabic, a
 19-year-old Izadi girl, Amsha Ali, said, “I walked for
 four hours in Mosul. After that an Arab man asked
 me… what I was doing in the street at midnight.
 I told him I was Izadi and that I fled from Daesh
 because they wanted to marry me. He told me stay
 in his house and that nothing was going to happen
 to me. I went in stayed in his house for three days.
 After that he brought me to the Barda Rash

The ISIL attacks displaced tens of thousands
 of people, including elderly people and children
 who died when left stranded in the mountains.

Another 19-year-old Izadi Kurd girl said, “When
 they took girls and women it was a very sad
 feeling for me. I saw a lot of murders, murders
 of Izadis. I saw my husband, brother-in-law and
 father-in-law forced on the ground and murdered.”

ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts
 of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all
 communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds,
Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they
continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia,
 Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for
the growing terrorism in their country.

ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is
believed to be indirectly supported by the
 Israeli regime.

The United States started conducting airstrikes
 on ISIL only after US interests were threatened
 by the militants.


Christian clerics urge Europe
 to recognize Palestinian state

Top Palestinian Christian clerics have called on
 European countries to recognize the state of

“We are tired of negotiations while our people
 continue to be humiliated by an occupying force,”
 states the letter issued by the Palestinian leaders
 of Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran Churches.

"Europe has a moral, legal and political duty to
 hold Israel accountable and support Palestinian
 non-violent initiatives to end the Israeli occupation,
including the recognition of the State of Palestine
on the 1967 border with east Jerusalem (al-Quds)
as its capital," the letter adds.

The clerics’ plea comes shortly after Sweden stated
 it is to formally recognize Palestine as a sovereign

The UK parliament has announced its plan to
 hold a vote over the recognition of Palestine
 as a sovereign state on October 13th.

On November 29, 2012, the UN General Assembly
 voted to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member
 observer state.

Palestinians seek to create an independent state
 on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds,
and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel
 withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the
1967 borders and is unwilling to even discuss
 the issue of al-Quds.

Similarly, the US is also rejecting Palestinians’
 current initiative in seeking recognition.

"We believe international recognition of a
Palestinian state is premature," US State
Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, says,
adding, "We certainly support Palestinian
statehood, but it can only come through a
 negotiated outcome, a resolution of final
status issues and mutual recognitions by
both parties."



US plans to supply weapons to Ukraine are not
 what is needed for a political settlement of the
 Ukrainian crisis, Russian Foreign Ministry
 spokesperson, Alexander Lukashevich says.

Lukashevich recalls that the Minsk agreements
 on a ceasefire and exchange of prisoners in the
 embattled southeast of Ukraine, point to the
 necessity to cease firing and withdraw all
heavy weapons.

“And such tendencies undermine agreements
 on the political settlement of the Ukrainian
 crisis,” the diplomat warns.


Sayyed Nasrallah: US Mother of Terrorism,
Morally Unqualified to Fight It

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
 says in a televised speech via Al-Manar channel, that
 the US is not morally qualified to lead a counter-
terrorism coalition, because it is the mother of


Air Raids Against ISIL in Syria
                 to Be Long, Says Pentagon               
 US air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria
 will be long and need a joint effort by all US federal
 agencies and all US-allied countries, a spokes-
person for the Pentagon says now.

The bombings of Jihadists in Syrian territory are
 designed to limit their self-sufficnecy and training,
 but we must understand that this is an operation
 that takes time and patience, Rear Admiral John
 Kirby tells the CNN network.

"We need a solution that includes an international
 effort to defeat the extremists' ideology," he adds.

Kirby admits the possibility of the Islamic State
 taking Kobani, in northern Syria, bordering Turkey,
which has been defended by Kurdish units for days,
 but adds - the town has "no strategic importance".

The United States started an air campaign against
 ISIL targets on September 23, without the approval
 of Damascus, involving over one hundred attacks
 in that Arab country so far, with cooperation from
 Jordan, Bahrein, Qatar & the United Arab Emirates.



The situation in south-eastern Ukraine isn't
 a fragile peace, but rather a smouldering war.

 Tuesday, participants in an analysis meeting with
 permanent members of the Security Council under
 President Vladimir Putin, pointed to the extreme
 fragility of the ceasefire regime, in particular, near
Donetsk airport. This major air hub remains under
the control of Ukrainian forces conducting what
Kiev calls an “anti-terrorist operation.”

Several experts believe that the authorities in Kiev
are just simulating a truce, while in reality they are
 getting ready to launch another offensive against
 the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, possibly,
next spring.

In defiance of the Minsk accords of September 19th
 on the ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons
 with a calibre of 100 mm plus from the engagement
 line, Ukrainian forces have continued to shell and
 fire rockets in Donetsk for the past few days.
There have been casualties.

“This isn't a truce. It's a harsh war, looking pretty
 much like the massacre in Bosnia-Herzegovina
in the mid 1990s,” a member of the Presidential
 Council for Civil Society and Human Rights,
 Maxim Shevchenko, says, after spending the
 past week in Donetsk.

“Over several days I saw three students killed
by an artillery shell, on a street bench. Two
 people were killed at a bus stop. four lost their
 lives during the shelling of a local school. And
twenty five were injured. That all happened
within Donetsk city limits alone,” he adds...

“The Minsk Memorandum of September 19th does
 not work. President Poroshenko does not control
the situation. In response to accusations of many
 continuing artillery attacks, the Ukrainian military
 says that some “third force” is to blame.

 "In the meantime, all artillery positions near
Donetsk airport are controlled by Ukrainian
 troops,” he points out.

“The authorities in Kiev are using the war in
 the east of the country, for their immoral
purposes — it helps them maintain their
rating with Ukraine’s patriots in the run-up
 to the October 26 parliamentary elections,”
 the analyst says.

“Poroshenko needs the truce in the east of
Ukraine, not because he wants to address
 the problems of Donbass and the Luhansk
 Region in a civilized way, but for a pause to
 get ready for future battles,” Shevchenko says.

“The truce in the east of Ukraine continues to be
 violated because the Ukrainian army wishes to
 avenge its defeat in the so-called anti-terrorist
 operation. Novorossiya’s militias are not going
 to make concessions. One has a very acute
 feeling the energy of the conflict has not been
 exhausted yet.”

“President Poroshenko and his overseas handlers
 at the US Department of State have not achieved
 their original objectives and they will not agree
 to any peace settlement in the region,” President
 of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Doctor
of Military Sciences, Konstantin Sivkov, states.

President Poroshenko’s September 24 decree On
 Urgent Measures to Protect Ukraine and Strengthen
 its Defense Capabilities, clearly indicates that the
 authorities in Kiev are hatching revanchist plots.

The decree declares the national economy is to be
 shifted to conditions of a “special period.” In this
 military language, the term “special period” means
 the introduction of martial law war preparations.

As official sources in Kiev say, Ukraine is
creating infrastructure for full-scale repairs
 and maintenance, as well as the manufacture
 of, military hardware.

“While preparations for another offensive are
 still underway, Poroshenko will keep the
situation in the east of Ukraine suspended:
 neither peace nor war. The resumption of
 military operations will depend entirely on
when the logistics of the Kiev-controlled
armed forces become strong enough,” the
 military expert says.



The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
 (SMM), deployed since late March, will continue
 observing the situation in Donbass for at least
 another six months, spokesperson Michael
 Bociurkiw has said.

Bociurkiw told journalists that 2 out of 4 drones
 are to arrive in Ukraine today to help members of
 the Organization for Security and Co-operation in
 Europe (OSCE), to monitor the situation in the
 territories where active battles are ongoing.

The OSCE mission, in line with the Minsk agreement
 reached at the OSCE-mediated talks on September 5,
 is to control the ceasefire regime in eastern Ukraine.

Twenty-five new members of the OSCE mission
 arrived in Ukraine in late September to join 78
 monitors working in the Donetsk and Lugansk
 regions, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokes-
person Yevgeny Perebeinos said.

Under the mandate, the mission initially consists
 of 100 monitors, but may expand by a total of up
 to 400 additional monitors... depending on
 developments in the country.


'Western Powers Plan to Dominate Region'
                 ---  Ruling Syrian Party               
 Syria's ruling Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party denounces
 the plans of Western powers and Israel to reshape
 the Middle East and steal its wealth, particularly oil.

In a communique on the 41st anniversary of the October
 War, known here as the Yom Kippur War, the party states
 that the conflict triggered by various countries against
 Syria, is aimed at weakening its role in the region.

The document says that the party will continue actions
 against Takfirists (Sunni extremists) in all their forms.

It also expresses support for any honest international
 effort to fight terrorism, which is based on respect for
 Syrian sovereignty and accords with international law.


Brazil holds peaceful elections on Sunday

Brazil held its general elections on Sunday, to
 choose a new president, state governors, federal
 & state representatives & a third of the senators.

Dilma Rousseff, the first female Brazilian president
 elected four years ago was leading in opinion polls,
 but another female politician, former environment
 minister Marina Silva, is a strong challenger.

Rousseff to face Neves in Brazil election
 runoff – exit poll

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her closest
 challenger, Aecio Neves, are likely to compete in
 a runoff to decide who wins Brazil’s presidential
election, according to the latest exit
poll results
and a preliminary vote count.

The poll of 64,200 voters, released by TV Globo and
 conducted by public research firm Ibope, showed
 Rousseff leading with 44% of votes, followed by
Neves with 30% and Marina Silva with 22%.

 The preliminary count shows Rousseff
with an
even smaller lead, (40.36%), while Neves
35.23%, Brazil’s electoral authority says,

 according to Reuters.

 (The preliminary figures reflect the vote
after 75% of ballots were counted.)

As none of the 3 front-runner candidates looks
likely to get over 50% of the votes, a run-off is
expected to be held on October 26th.

Silva, presidential candidate of the Brazilian
 Socialist Party, joined the race in the middle,
 as the running mate of Eduardo Campos,
 who died in a plane crash in August.

From a distant third place, Silva rose quickly
 and surpassed Aecio Neves of the Brazilian
 Social Democracy Party to be runner-up and
 is likely to proceed to the second round.

 Silva has to make sure that Neves won't steal
 her spot at the last minute. Neves started the
 campaign in second place, but was surpassed
 by Silva in August.

According to the latest polls on Thursday
 evening, he is technically tied with Silva
and has a chance to enter the run-off.

Brazilians will also choose state governors.

In Sao Paulo, the most populous state, the
incumbent Geraldo Alckmin was in the lead,
trying for a fourth term as governor.

 He may win in the first round of elections,
as polls show he has nearly 50% of support.

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, incumbent Luiz
 Fernando Pezao, has the lead. Runner-up is
Anthony Garotinho, a former Rio governor.
 Third-ranked Senator Marcelo Crivella, is
also fighting to face him in the 2nd round.

Campaigning on radio and tv ended Thursday
 evening, but candidates could campaign in
the streets, with no big rallies, until Saturday.

As Brazil has electronic ballots all over the
 country, the results of the first round, were
expected to be known on Sunday evening.


Right Sector threatens Kiev unless police
drop charges against supporters

The movement calls on other paramilitary group
 volunteers supporting the government’s military
 campaign in the east of Ukraine, to support their
 demands and oust “the helpers of the terrorists
 in police uniforms, from Ukrainian land.”

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov dismisses the
Right Sector’s threat on his Facebook page,
calling Yarosh’s armed forces “mythical” and
 the statement, a publicity stunt.

“Maybe it’s time to stop playing Robin Hood and
 stupidly putting in harm’s way the real patriots
 who believe you, Yarosh, for the sake of your
 patriotic snobbism?” the minister writes,
 adding that he sent the paperwork to have
 Yevdokimov dismissed, to the government,
 a couple of weeks ago.

The far-right group, which was at the core of
 February's armed coup that ousted President
 Viktor Yanukovich and installed the current
 government in power, has been at odds with
 the Interior Ministry for months.

The confrontation first erupted in March after
 the notorious Right Sector activist, Aleksandr
 Muzychko, was killed in a police raid to arrest
 him, from what police reported then, as a
self-inflicted gun wound.

Muzychko publicly taunted Avakov before
 the raid, and fellow nationalists accuse
 the minister of master-minding his death.

The coup government reportedly considered
 outlawing the movement at the height of the
 confrontation. However the military campaign
 in eastern Ukraine marked a resurgence of the
Right Sector’s ties with the government, as the
 group contributed to the creation of Ukraine’s
 volunteer battalions, to take part in the fighting.

Yarosh is now on a wanted list by Interpol
 at Russia’s request. Moscow suspects him
of inciting extremism.



Ukraine recognizes the Russia-ICRC
 relief cargo officially, as relief aid

Ukraine’s Minister of Social Policy,
 Lyudmila Denisova, has signed the
appropriate decree.


Ukrainian saboteurs confess Plan
  against Russian Humanitarian Aid    
Ukrainian National Guard (NG) troops
captured by the rebel city of Lugansk,
 have confirmed that their mission was
to attack Russia's humanitarian aid
intended for Dombass region.

The three saboteur members of a task force
of the NG hid
a load of arms and ammunition
in a
vehicle, reports the headquarters of the
 unified militias of the People's Republic of
Lugansk and Donetsk.

A rebel spokesperson explained that the
 arsenal was hidden in camouflaged food
 packaging bags.

The plan was to 'plant' mines on the local road
 and attack Russia's convoy carrying 400 tonnes
of cereals, 100 of sugar, 62 of foods for children,
54 of medications, 12,000 sleeping bags and 69
 electric generators.

In interviews, the commander of the mission
 said the main objective of the mission was
to prevent the aid reaching residents in the
 rebel areas of southeastern Ukraine, which
 is declared a humanitarian disaster area,
due to constant shelling by those forces
 still controlled by Kiev.

One detainee said that the Ukrainian army has
 sent seven teams of saboteurs into the Donetsk
 and Lugansk regions and that these groups are
 trained to ambush along roads leading to areas
 controlled by the rebel militia.

He explained that "security officers" were
 instructed to perform actions to force the
 convoy to return to the border, but without
killing the Russian rescuers accompanying
 the shipment, so far.

Spokespersons for the militia HQ cited by
Itar-Tass note that investigations continue,
on the remaining orders of the saboteurs.

The Russian Foreign Ministry denounces the
 attempts to obstruct delivery of humanitarian
 aid sent by Moscow, to civilians in Southeast

A note posted on the ministry website expresses
 "deep concern" over attempts to put new barriers
 to the transportation of the humanitarian aid.


‘White rain’: Donetsk residents
record alleged phosphorus
shelling on video

Citizens in Donetsk have recorded multiple
 videos of white glowing particles raining on
 residential quarters. The locals allege that
Ukraine's military has shelled their city with
 internationally prohibited phosphorus

On Thursday night, people in the Lenin district
of the city of Donetsk, saw a flow of white fire
pouring down from the dark sky alongside the
 now-familiar sound of bombing, RIA Novosti

They suspect these may have been incendiary
 shells filled with white phosphorous, similar to
 those reportedly used by the military, during a
blockade of another eastern city, Slavyansk
 in June.

So far there have been no official reports from
 the scene about the results of the night shell-
ing of Donetsk, which could confirm whether
white phosphorous munitions, were really
being used against densely-populated areas.

Interfax news agency reported that unusual
 munitions resembling “fireworks or white rain”
 after exploding, have been seen on one front
 of the battlefield, up to 5 kilometers wide.

Charles Shoebridge, a former UK army officer,
told RT that the video “does appear to show
some of the characteristics one would expect
 to see with the use of white phosphorus or a
similar incendiary ammunition.”

“In particular, a large number of brightly burning
 particles falling rapidly to the ground, without
 the assistance of, for example, parachutes to
slow their descent, suggests this wasn't a
more commonly used illumination ammunition,
such as flares," Shoebridge said, stressing
though, that “one would associate large
volumes of smoke with white phosphorus
 use,” which aren't visible, possibly since
 the video was recorded at night.

The Ukrainian Army claims they are in the
 final stages of freeing Donetsk city from the
 local militia. Pro-Kiev forces are using heavy
 artillery, such as rocket launchers, against a
city with a population close to 1 million
 (approximately 950,000 citizens).

More scenes of devastation are emerging
 from across the city, with many buildings
burned out, or riddled with shell-holes. A
 large number of private homes in Donetsk
 have been burned down as firefighters can
 not put out all the fires started by bombs.

At least 74 people, including children, have
been killed in the city in the last three days.

Donetsk has come under constant fire by
 Ukraine's Army since May, suffering at least
 128 attacks. According to Donetsk People’s
 Republic statistics, at least 839 people have
 died in attacks, over the last three months.

Another centre, Lugansk city, remains a
hot spot, being under siege for 2 weeks.
City hospitals are running out of supplies:
 garages are completely out of fuel.

The populace, facing a looming humanitarian
 crisis, has almost halved, RIA Novosti reports.

 The food supply is unstable, which has led to
 price rises and public transport is dwindling,
while garbage disposal has been suspended.
Potable water treatment facilities have no
 chemical agents to disinfect drinking water.

The Ukrainian Army and National Guard have
 kept shelling communities and residential
areas around the regional centre, Donetsk.

The small town of Ilovaisk, 35 klmtrs from
Donetsk, has been shelled day and night
for the last nine days.

 After Ukrainian troops failed to capture the
town, pro-Kiev forces besieged it and began
shelling residential areas.

The self-defense forces announced recently
that they had managed to break the enemy
 chain around the town, but still, the heavy
shelling continues.

Rockets from Grad multiple missile launchers
 fired by the Ukrainian Army have destroyed a
 local railway wagon factory, a Maintenance
and Repair Department, a children's camp
and a boiler house.

 They have also damaged a large number
 of private dwellings, RIA Novosti reports.

The Ukrainian National Guard is deliberately
shelling petrol stations, to cut fuel supplies
to the town, Russian news agencies report.

Several thousand citizens who could not
evacuate from the town through a lack of
transport due to constant shelling, are
 hiding in cellars, 24 hours a day.

Victims of the shelling are being buried in
 parks and dooryards because the ongoing
 battle prevents citizens from burying their
 relatives in cemeteries.

Both electricity and water supplies in Ilovaisk
 have been restricted, so even the firefighting
 teams do not respond to emergency calls.

The locals say they cannot establish the real
 number of dead and wounded because of the
 absence of any authorities in the town.

In Grabovo village a device, most probably a
Tochka-U ballistic missile, has left a crater
eight meters deep.

In Gorlovka, shells destroyed a recreation
centre, a shopping centre and a market.

In one place, the small town of Zugres,
the local authorities say 15 people,
including three children, died.

Ukrainian troops are trying to cut the
connections between militia forces in
 Donetsk and Lugansk, but so far their
 efforts have been in vain.

In the meantime, the Lugansk self-defense
 militia has launched a counteroffensive on
 the Ukrainian Army, blocking a soldiers' unit
 near Miusinsk & inflicting a defeat on Kiev’s
 troops near the town of Krasny Luch.


(in which he said "everything possible" would
be done to stop the Ukraine fighting)

Shelling on Donetsk stopped: bread,
water, electricity, were provided.

The situation in Donetsk was calm on
Friday, as Kiev's military stopped shelling.

Buses ran to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, &
a marketplace was open in Donetsk city's

 Leninsky district, local residents say.

Bread, water, electric power supplies and
Internet access were provided in Donetsk.

Electricity was still cut in several residential
in Leninsky district of the city, as an
artillery shell
hit a high-voltage power line.
This could be restored
in about two days.

Militias control approaches to towns bordering
 Donetsk & Kiev's army faces them on the other
 side of the city. In the evening, a bridge was
disrupting traffic in the town.

Eyewitnesses also said fields were burning
the Donetsk dam lake and explosions
had been
heard in another regional town.


Leader Hails Changes in Iraq, Says
 US More Hostile despite Negotiations

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran
 Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, hails the talks
 between Iran and the World powers.

“What Dr Zarif and Iran’s negotiators have achieved
 will be continued; their negotiating experience is
a priceless achievement because everyone knows
 that negotiations with the US, will not lessen their
 animosity toward Iran,” asserts the Leader.

His eminence compares the diplomatic field to
a war front and believes that the current era is
a time of transition towards a new world order.

"In this era, strong and pragmatic diplomacy is
 of great importance which makes the foreign
 ministry’s duties even more difficult," the
Supreme Leader underlines.

He points to other nations’ hatred for the US's
 blind support for the Zionist entity in Gaza, and
 repeats that no one in the world will exculpate
 the US from complicity in the genocide by the
 usurping, cruel, pagan Zionist regime, in Gaza.

“The US' standing is now weaker,” the Leader

“Palestinian's polemic about the truce is correct.
 They say that the predatory regime of Israel now
cannot commit any crime it wills and return to a
pre-war time unscathed,” he says.

“There should be reparation for the Zionists’
 crimes in Gaza and, in the Palestinians’ view,
 the reparation will be an end to Gaza's siege,”
says the Leader, closing his remarks with:
 “no just person would ever deny such a
rightful demand.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also hails the appointment
 of Iraq's new prime minister, saying the enemies'
 plot to push Iraq into further chaos, through the
political disputes over the premiership, will be
 foiled, once the new cabinet starts work.

"God willing, the deadlock will end with the
 appointment of Iraq's new prime minister and
 the government will be formed to start its work
 and give a good lesson to those who did, and
do, intend to stir chaos and sedition in Iraq,"
his eminence says, at a meeting in Tehran.

Iraq's President Fuad Masum on Tuesday
asked Haider al-Abadi to form a new

Abadi was nominated as the prime minister,
 while some Shiite parties named incumbent
 Nouri Maliki, as their choice as premier.

According to Iraq's constitution, the majority
 faction in the parliament, should name the
 prime minister.

Iran recognizes Abadi as Iraq's new premier.
 Several high-ranking Iranian officials have
 congratulated him and the Iraqi nation on
 the appointment.

Nouri al-Maliki has now resigned.


Israeli Government Splits over
 Gaza Permanent Ceasefire

Concluding a permanent ceasefire in Gaza has
 increased the split among Zionist ministers, as
 the Right's representatives refuse to 'concede'
 when faced with the Palestinian resistance.

The Zionist admission of defeat, is rising,
 highlighting the Palestinian resistance's
achievements, including their ability to
 close Ben-Gurion Airport.

Israeli analysts also consider that the
Palestinian resistance controlled the
 rules of engagement - and prevented
 Israel's army from reaching its goals.

The Zionist State Comptroller is to
investigate the political & military
setbacks, during the Gaza war.



Ukraine’s State Service for Emergency Situations
 reports that 71 lorries have left Kiev, Kharkiv and
Dnepropetrovsk to deliver 773 tons
of essentials
to Starobelsk in the Luhansk region,
where they
will be handed over to the ICRC, in
with international rules.

The ICRC will distribute aid to those civilians
who've been worst hit by Kiev’s shelling of
the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Russia also dispatched a relief convoy to
 eastern Ukraine last Tuesday. 262 lorries,
 with about 2,000 tonnes of food supplies,
medical products and essentials are now
heading for Russia’s border with Ukraine.


Iraqi Dawa party endorses Abadi as new premier
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa Party
has announced its commitment to the country’s
 Prime Minister-designate, Haider al-Abadi.

The Dawa Party calls on all political parties
to endorse Abadi as well.

The Dawa Party “calls on political blocs to
 work with the constitutionally designated
 prime minister, Mr. Abadi, and accelerate the
 government's formation in the defined time.”

Dawa initially refused Fouad Masoum, the new
 Iraqi President, when he asked Abadi, who was
 the deputy parliament speaker, to form a new
 government for Iraq.

The party announced its decision after asking
 Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s opinion
on the matter.

The top Iraqi Shia cleric said the new premier
 should have broad national acceptance and
be able to work with other ethnic & religious
 leaders in the country.

The request by Dawa comes days after Maliki
 said he would only leave office after a court
 ruling that he must do so.


3 days in Donetsk: 70+ civilians
 killed, over 100 wounded

Over 70 people have been killed in Donetsk
 Region, and 116 others wounded, in the last
three days of fighting in eastern Ukraine,
 state the regional authorities.

Many civilians are also feared dead after Kiev's
 authorities resumed shelling of eastern districts
 in Lugansk, the city council reports. No figures
 for the number of casualties are known, yet.

“According to residents’ reports, eastern Lugansk
 came under intensive artillery attack Wednesday,”
 the city council says on its website. “Witnesses
say - as a result of the shelling - many civilians
 have been killed and wounded.”

The city has been without water, electricity or
 fuel, for almost two weeks.

Over 60 people have been killed or wounded
 every day, UN human rights spokesperson,
 Cecile Pouilly states.

Dmitry Kazadaev, a Lugansk resident, says the
 Ukrainian forces are targeting mostly civilian
 locations – and not where the self-defense
 forces are stationed.

“There are a lot less casualties among the self-
defense forces than among civilians,” he says.

“And these stupid bombings of residential areas
...you can take a look. There are a few houses
 destroyed here, two more over there, and one
person died near that school. Why are they
doing this?”

Lugansk residents say they have “to wait in line
 several times to get humanitarian aid stamps,”
 then “go stand in another line for this store, in
order to actually get this aid.” The process is
 described as a “big hassle.”


Ukraine in bloody chaos — Putin

President Vladimir Putin says on Thursday that
the current situation in Ukraine is “bloody chaos”,
and pledges that Moscow will make every effort
 to stop the conflict.

“The country has fallen into bloody chaos and
fratricidal conflict,” Putin said, at a meeting with
Russian lawmakers in the Black Sea resort city
of Yalta.

 He said that the situation is deteriorating. “A
major humanitarian catastrophe has broken
 out in the southeast,” Putin said.

President Putin said Russian sanctions are not
just retaliatory measures, but a real means to
support domestic producers and open up the
domestic market to new partners.

“They are not just retaliatory steps. In the first
place they are measures to support domestic
 producers and to open up our markets to the
 countries and producers who are eager to
cooperate with Russia and are prepared for
such cooperation,” he said, at a meeting
 with State Duma members on Thursday.

He recalled that the decisions on Russian
 sanctions had been taken in relation to the
 countries that had earlier imposed “utterly
 groundless and illegal sanctions” on Russia.

Putin said that, regardless of the foreign
political and foreign economic situation,
“the most important thing for us now, is
our internal affairs, our tasks and goals
that the people of Russia, the citizens of
Russia, set for us.”

“Our future is in our own hands,” Putin
said, with certainty.

He believes that it is of extreme importance to
 ensure the highest quality of state governance
 and “most importantly, a high quality of life for
Russia's citizens’.

Russia does not seek isolation from the rest of
the world, but the country intends to develop,
 by relying more on domestic resources and by
 boosting its industrial and agricultural sectors,
 President Putin said, on Thursday.

“We must... calmly, with dignity... effectively
 improve our country without isolating it from
 the outside world, without breaking ties with
 our partners, but also not allowing others to
 treat us in an insolent and tutorial manner,”
 he said at a meeting with members of the
State Duma, in Yalta.

The president said he was confident that Russian
 society needs to consolidate itself and mobilize
 “not for wars, or conflicts, but for persistent work
 for Russia, and in the name of Russia.”

Much of the Russian people’s solidarity depends
 on the work of its lawmakers, according to Putin.

Vladimir Putin believes that Crimea may play
 a unifying role in healing historical scars and
 cementing Russian society:

“I believe Crimea today may be a unique
 yardstick. It's capable of playing a unique
 unifying role for Russia --- the role of an
 historical and spiritual source and a way
to reconcile the Reds and the Whites,”
 Putin said.

Putin said the Crimean peninsula remembers
both the triumphs & tragedy of the fratricidal
civil war in the early 20th century, when
Russians were killing Russians.

The head of state said Crimea may help heal the
 injury the Russian people suffered, as a result of
the dramatic split of the 20th century and could
amend the timeline of Russia’s history.

Putin urged legislators, representatives of political
parties, religious organizations and culture workers
 to give thought as to how to cope with this task.

Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated his
call to ensure the real equality of 3 languages
 - Russian, Ukrainian and Tatar - in Crimea.

“Work to exonerate the repressed people of
Crimea must be carried out in full and the real
equality of the three languages guaranteed,”
he said.

Russian PM and chair of Russia’s ruling United
Russia party, Dmitry Medvedev, the State Duma
 speaker Sergei Naryshkin & a number of federal
 ministers are also attending Putin’s meeting
with State Duma lawmakers in Crimea’s Yalta.

Later on Thursday, the Russian president will
meet with men of culture to discuss issues of
 Crimea’s integration into Russia’s cultural life.

President Putin's visit to the Republic of Crimea,
has come after Crimea and Sevastapol signed
reunification deals with Russia on March 18th,
 after a referendum two days earlier, in which
an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted
 to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian

Work to integrate the Peninsula into Russia’s
 economic, financial, credit, legal, state power,
 military and infrastructure systems is actively
 underway, now that Crimea has become part
 of Russia.

In the Soviet Union, Crimea used to be part of
 Russia until 1954, when it was given to Ukraine
 by Soviet Communist Party leader, Khrushchev.

Now a new university, water supply, bridge to
connect Crimea with Russia, and many other
infrastructure developments are in progress.


Head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk
People's Republic (LNR) in Ukraine,
Valery Bolotov, says he has resigned.

"I've decided to temporarily quit the post
of head of the Luansk People's Republic,"
Bolotov tells reporters on Thursday.

 "The impact of the wounds are preventing
me from being fully efficient in this post."

He says he will ask LNR Defense Minister,
 Igor Plotnitsky, to replace him, promising
to continue the struggle.

"I'm a resident of Luhansk; it's my home, and
I'll continue to fight for our common ideals,"
he says, adding that he is confident that the
 LNR will be successful.

He acknowledges that there is a difficult
situation in the self-proclaimed republic,
saying Kiev has sent a large taskforce
against LNR cities to destroy the LNR's
infrastructure & are doing it on purpose.

"It's a fact that we're on the brink of a
humanitarian disaster," he says, urging
the LNR's leadership to exert them-
selves to strenuous efforts, to work
for the sake of the people's lives.


Mass killings of civilians by Ukrainian
 troops in Uglegorsk ignored by West

Kiev's forces announce the capture of Uglegorsk.
 The town lies in ruins now and casualties among
 the civilian population are described as 'plentiful'.

Yet there were no militia troops in the town
 -- just a militia checkpoint at its entrance.

 Kiev's troops encircled Uglegorsk, without
 allowing humanitarian corridors to civilians.

"On August 12th, at 06:00, a massive artillery
 bombardment of the town began. The army
used D-30 howitzers & MLRS Grad systems.

The missile fire was conducted from Debalcevo
town, which was controlled by Kiev's forces.
According to residents in Debalcevo, the artillery
 shelling continued throughout the day," the press
 service of the People's Republic of Donetsk says.

The troops were shelling residential quarters:
 the militia checkpoint stayed intact.

"The infrastructure of this town has been
destroyed. Numbers of civilian casualties
 are difficult to calculate, but it is possible
 to say it is one of the bloodiest operations
 by "Ukrainian policemen," the militia says.

Dozens, or even hundreds of civilians may
have been killed.

According to the UN, as many as 2036 people
 have been killed during the punitive operation
 of Ukrainian troops against Ukrainian citizens.



Monday night, the RAF made a second drop
of aid supplies over Mount Sinjar, including
3,180 reusable containers filled with water.

The first drop took place on Saturday
when the RAF delivered 1,200 reusable water
 containers, providing 6000 litres in total, and
240 solar lanterns, that can also be used to
recharge mobile phones.

 The MoD spokesperson confirms it is planning
 further aid drops over the coming days.

This decision comes as David Cameron is being
 urged to recall parliament from a summer recess
 to address the growing crisis in Iraq - and to even
consider taking part in military action.

When asked whether the decision to send Tornado
 jets to Iraq, even if for surveillance purposes, could
 be a first step towards military intervention, Chris
 Nineham, Vice Chair of Stop the War Coalition, says:

 "This is often how full-scale military interventions
 start," adding that the bombing of Libya started
 with no fly zones.

"The current dreadful crisis in Iraq has its roots in
 the Western occupation - Iraqi infrastructure was
 broken and sectarianism was encouraged." 

"The very last thing needed is more Iraqis killed by
 the Western powers, it will only serve to inflame
 an already desperate situation."

France and the US are already interfering,
by sending arms, planes and "advisers".


Russian aid convoy resumes journey to Ukraine

Uncertainty remains as to how much time it will
 take for Ukraine to vet the 2,000 tons of cargo
and let it in, once the lorries arrive at the
Russian-Ukrainian border.

Hours after the convoy departed for Ukraine,
 Tuesday, Russia said Kiev had guaranteed to
 secure delivery of Moscow's humanitarian
 aid -- on its territory.

"We are firmly relying on the reassurances given to
 us by the Ukrainian authorities: they guarantee the
 safe movement of the entire convoy through the
 territory controlled by Kiev's forces, " Russian
 Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

Lavrov says the pro-independence militias were
 also informed of the convoy, and are expected
 to ensure its safety.

"I am certain there will be no disruptions on their
 part, they're on the territory whose residents need
 humanitarian aid," Interfax news agency quotes
 him as saying.

Noting that Moscow, Kiev and relevant international
 organizations have worked intensively to coordinate
 the humanitarian operation, Lavrov says he expects
 that "some public statements that were heard from
 Kiev today, from some figures demanding some new
 conditions, will be disavowed."

Conflicting reports have emerged over such
issues as, where the convoy will cross the
border, and how the aid will be distributed.

In a telephone conversation with his German
 counterpart Frank- Walter Steinmeier, Lavrov
 called on Berlin to "employ every opportunity
 to facilitate implementation of this humane
 act, in line with the existing agreements...
and not allow its disruption."

The humanitarian aid involves no Russian
 military personnel or hardware, and has
about 2,000 tons of supplies, including
food, medication, sleeping bags and
electricity generators.

The UN estimates that nearly 118,000 people
 are now registered as internally displaced
 in Ukraine, with 87% from the country's east.

Over 168,000 have flown into Russia, and
figures held by Moscow... are even higher.

The number of killed or wounded in E. Ukraine
 has doubled to 2,086 over the last two weeks,
 say the UN’s “very conservative estimates”.

Over 60 people have been dying every day,
according to Reuters.


Israel agrees to open border crossing
 for aid supplies to Gaza Strip

Israel has consented to opening a border crossing
 for aid supplies to the Gaza Strip, the Sky News
 Arabia television channel reports on Wednesday.

The Israeli side also "does not object" to an
extension of a fishery zone for Palestinians
 in the Mediterranean Sea for up to six miles
- with the possibility of its further extension
by agreement with the Palestinian authority.

 They have also agreed to reduce the border
buffer zone to 300 metres, which Palestinian
 negotiators have pressed for.

Israel also promises to release another group
 of prisoners.

Any resumption of the operation of the airport and
 the seaport, on which the Palestinians also insist,
may be settled only after a final agreement on a
 ceasefire is reached, says the Israeli delegation.

There is also headway on the financial issue
 on the arrival of resources to Gaza Strip to
pay the salaries of public employees.



The acceptance of the US and EU proposals
on membership of the EU, has invited Hell
 to Ukraine. The Orthodox Christian Church
 is still being attacked, as civil war rages.

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in
 Kiev, Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan, passed
 away on July 5th amid the Ukrainian civil war.

Inspired by his example, on January 22nd,
 Metropolitan Antony urged believers in Kiev:

 "Today, we celebrate the Ukrainian Day of
National Unity with a sense of sadness and
 grief. The country's on the brink of an abyss.
 The Church demands a stop to the violence.
People! Come to your senses!"

Protests against Kiev's coup regime continue.

 Mother's still gather to protest that their sons
 are being taken away to fight against their own
 people. Their sons are either fleeing to Russia,
 or taking drugs to endure the pain. Some even
 commit suicide.

Last May a priest was killed. Fr. Paul Zhuchenko
 was shot in the Donetsk region.  In early August,
 Archpriest Vladimir Kreslyansky was killed in
 the bombing of Lugansk.

On August 9th in Lugansk another Orthodox priest
 was killed during the bombing.  Witnesses say "he
 died praying. As he prayed, the falling bombs blew
 up in the air before they reached the ground and
no other people were wounded." His prayers,
the witnesses say, saved his people.

 Other priests are missing and have to be
presumed dead.

Churches in Ukraine are being bombed and the
 civilian population isn't being spared. In July a
 church was bombed & videoed by Anna News.

Recently, the Annunciation Church in Gorlovka
 was bombed and set on fire. Kiev appears to
 want genocide in South East Ukraine.

The Russian Church, in its most recent
statement says it "is renewing its call
 for the immunity of holy places, and
 that clergy not be sacrificed to hatred".

Sadly, western churches have no compassion.
 Certainly their governments don't implore Kiev
to stop the bombings. The West's churches
seem to be following their masters voice - and
ignoring the Holy spirit.

A few days ago a plane from Canada arrived in
 Kharkov, with $4.5 million worth of equipment
 for Kiev's compulsorily drafted forces.

 Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby
 has admitted that he has sent US instructors to Kiev.
 Some, supposedly to help investigate the Malaysian
 MH17 Crash. These instructors are now being shot
at and killed.

Perhaps Kirby might well be asked 'why investigate,
 since your country blamed Russia a few hours after
 the attack?  Were they sent to remove evidence?

Alexander Dugin writes in his
 "Letter to the American People
 on Ukraine":

 "The American political elite has stolen, perverted
 and counterfeited the American identity. And they
 make us hate you, and they make you hate us.

"The global oligarchy which rules the world is
using you and smashing us. Let us revolt. Let
us resist. Together, Russians and Americans.
 We are the people. We are not their puppets."

But the US elite won't make peace. Making peace
 means losing money --- whether in Europe, or the
 Middle East. They say "Yes" to war, because of
their greed.

Obama claims that any news of dead priests and
 humanitarian catastrophe is Russian propaganda.

 He is escalating a civil war, sending money, aid
 and military "trainers" to the Kiev government.

 Bush used to call it the New World Order.
Obama calls it "Hope and Change".

 "For they are the spirits of devils working signs."



Urge FARC-EP to Leave Hatred
Behind, and Embrace Peace

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,
 People's Army (FARC-EP) calls on everyone to
all feelings of hatred and vengeance
to pave the way to peace and end
the long-
running civil conflict there.


US Attacks in Iraq ILLEGAL for Obama

US President Obama faces "legal difficulties"
 if he continues attacking the Islamic State (IS)
 in Iraq with no congressional approval, experts
on constitutional issues say.


Russia sends humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin
told Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the
 European Commission, that Russia, with Red
 Cross approval, was sending a humanitarian
 convoy to Ukraine.

The European Commission warned Russia not
to attempt any unilateral actions in Ukraine
 “under any pretext, including humanitarian.”

Moscow has been urging Kiev to give permission
 for the shipment of humanitarian aid to residents
 of eastern Ukraine, but the government in Kiev,
 supported by the West, is now rejecting this.

The Red Cross says the humanitarian situation in
 eastern Ukraine is critical. Reports say thousands
 have no access to water, electricity or medical aid.

Donetsk city is
still being shelled, as fighting
between Kiev's troops and anti-coup forces,

The UN says over 1,540 people have been killed
and 300,000 forced to flee their homes due to
4 months of fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Kiev intends to stop the internationally-supervised
 Russian humanitarian aid convoy for East Ukraine
 for at least a week, a spokesperson for Kiev's
military says.

Ukraine says the time is needed for the ICRC),
which is contributing to the Moscow-initiated
 mission, to establish where the aid should go.

The convoy of lorries sent on Tuesday “did not
pass ICRC certification,” Andrey Lysenko says.

Presidential aide Valery Chaliy said Kiev wanted
 the entire cargo to be unloaded at the border to
be transferred to Red Cross vehicles.

“We will not allow any escort of the Russian
 Emergencies Ministry or Russian military,” he
 says. “Ukraine will take responsibility for this.”

Lysenko claims that the convoy is repainted
 military lorries, accompanied by an S-300
 air defense system, Ukraine News reports.

The ICRC says it was told by Moscow that
 the convoy had been dispatched, but hasn't
 yet had detailed lists, or distribution plans.

“The situation is changing by the hour and right
 now, we are not in a position to provide further
 details on how this operation could take place,”
 ICRC spokesperson, Anastasiya Isyuk, says.

Earlier, Moscow said the aid mission had been
 agreed by all parties concerned.

Russia has sent some 2,000 tons of aid to Ukraine,
 including food, medicine, sleeping bags and power

The aid is meant for the Donetsk and Lugansk
 regions, which have seriously suffered in over
3 months of warfare, as Kiev's army has used
 heavy artillery, bomber aircraft and tanks, to
advance on cities controlled by the militias.

Kiev earlier accused Moscow of trying to conduct
 a "stealth invasion" of Ukraine under the guise of
humanitarian aid, saying Russian troops would be
posing as guards of the convoy, while actually
being tasked with starting an offensive.

Kiev's narrative is supported by some western
 countries, who say any humanitarian mission
 not backed by Kiev, will be considered as an
 attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Russia dismisses the accusations as nonsense.

In another media briefing on Monday evening,
 Lysenko said that the humanitarian convoy to
 Ukraine was organized “under an agreement
 between Petro Poroshenko & the Red Cross,”
 and Russia “wants to present this mission
as its own initiative” as a publicity stunt.

Luhansk will be the final destination point for
 humanitarian aid delivery to southeast Ukraine
 residents, Vice-Premier of the self proclaimed
 Donetsk People’s Republic,  Andrei Purgin,
 said later, on Tuesday.

And Kiev seems to have reversed its insistence
on transferring the lorries' cargoes.

Russia’s convoy of lorries with humanitarian supplies
 includes food, baby food, medicine & drinking water.

“The convoy is moving to Luhansk through Kharkov
 and will most likely stop in the town of Schastye [a
 Luhansk suburb]. If everything proceeds normally,
combat operations will be halted there. We don’t
have any other details right now,” the DPR vice-
premier said.

Humanitarian aid distribution in Lugansk may
 be complicated, due to the complete absence
 of communications within the city and the
destroyed infrastructure, he added.

“It's not clear who this aid will be handed over
to, as the city has been severely damaged.
 There's no electricity and no means of
communicating there,” he said.

The humanitarian convoy is moving to the region
 without any notice received by Luhansk, the DPR
 vice-premier continued.

“This means that the convoy will bring the aid
and will then try to hand it over to someone
 on the spot,” he said.

There are currently about 250,000 people staying
 in Luhansk, according to the city council’s data.

 They're being forced to live with unceasing armed
 clashes between local self-defense fighters and
 the Ukrainian army, and are also without water
 and electricity or any means of communication.

 The Moscow Regional administration says the
 humanitarian cargo includes 400 tons of oats,
 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons
 of medicine and medical items, 12,000 sleeping
 bags and 69 electric power generators.


US strikes against ISIL false show: Iran MP

The US' record of support for terrorists in Syria,
 Iraq and Afghanistan belies its recent military
 strikes against Takfiri ISIL militants as only
 “posturing,” a senior Iranian lawmaker says.

“The Americans, who strengthened terrorist groups
in Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan, are putting on a show
 of dealing with the ISIL instead of [taking] serious
 action,” Chair of the Majlis National Security and
 Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi says.

He adds the US is carrying out airstrikes against
 the ISIL terrorists, to show that "it has a role to
play in the region."

Iran doesn't welcome such posturing by the US,
 the legislator says, adding, “Such intervention
 will surely bring no benefit to Iraq or the region.”

On Thursday, US President Obama authorized
 the use of targeted airstrikes, to prevent the
 advance of ISIL terrorists in Iraq and protect
US' personnel & interests inside the country.

Just hours after President Obama’s authorization
 of "targeted airstrikes," US fighter jets & drones
 repeatedly bombed Takfiri ISIL militants in Iraq.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told
 reporters on Friday, that the recent US' strikes
 against ISIL terrorists in Iraq, do not have a
"specific end date."

Oddly, the US has been giving arms and training
 to militant groups to cause terrorism in Syria, to
topple President Bashar al-Assad's government.

ISIL has taken several towns since it intensified
 its attacks in Iraq in mid-June. The Iraqi army is
 engaged in fierce fighting with the militants to
 push them out of the captured areas.

In Syria, the army continues to rack up
victories against the many armed gangs
there, including ISIL.


West cynical statement on 'no humanitarian
need' in S. East Ukraine
- Lavrov

 Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
says he hopes that “Western partners
 won’t put a spoke in the wheel and will
think about the people who are badly in
need of water and electricity.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has talked
to the head of the European Commission,
Jose Manuel Barroso, says the president’s
press service.

“Attention was focused on the catastrophic
 consequences of the military operation
conducted by the Kiev authorities in the
south-eastern regions, and the necessity
 to urgently deliver humanitarian aid to the
 conflict zone,” the statement says.

Russia's Foreign minister accuses Washington,
 London and Berlin, of a “blatant expression of
cynicism” in thinking eastern Ukraine doesn’t
need humanitarian aid.

“If what the press services in London and
 Washington and I think Berlin too, say about
 the phone contacts of the US, UK & German
 leaders - if it is true what was said, and in
particular, that all three leaders agreed
 that there is no need for humanitarian aid
to southeastern Ukraine, as all necessary
 measures are already being taken, then it
is a blatant expression of cynicism,” the
head of the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Hundreds of thousands have been left with-
out water, electricity, and both mobile and
 land-line 'phones, for over a week.

Constant shelling has forced many to seek
refuge in underground shelters and 117,000
  people are forcibly displaced within Ukraine,
reveals the latest UN data. Moscow's data
shows that 730,000 other people have fled
for safety, to Russia.


Ukrainian Armed Forces in "misery" pushed back

Another unit of Ukraine's Armed Forces ran out
 of ammunition during a fierce firefight with anti-
Fascist fighters as they tried to surround the
city of Donetsk on the weekend.

 Reports from the front line tell a story of misery,
 bad preparation, bad leadership and confusion.

In an interview with the Ukrainian publication
 Gordon, an unnamed soldier, asking not to be
named, out of fear for his comrades, states:

"You know, not long ago, I realized with horror,
that Russian "Channel One" tells more truth
about the Ukrainian army's situation in the
ATO zone, than our media does".

He confirms reports in the Russian media, that
 Ukrainian army units had crucified a three-year-
old boy in Slaviansk and says only 20% of locals
 in Donbas welcome the Ukrainian Armed Forces
-- while 80% want them to go away.

Saturday, Ukraine's Armed Forces admitted to
 heavy losses when trying  to encircle Donetsk.

Although Kiev is admitting to many killed, eye
witnesses say that the true figures are always
far higher than the official ones.

Meanwhile the humanitarian situation in
 the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk, is

 Russia states it is ready to launch an aid
operation in the area to help the civilians,
but the west is now procrastinating.

Some NATO and US figures (plus poodle
UK leaders, of course) have said that, if
Russia tries to enter Ukraine with aid,
they will consider it to be an invasion,
and an act of war.


Israel, Palestinians agree to new
 72-hour Gaza ceasefire – officials

Agreement on a new Egypt-proposed
 72-hour Gaza ceasefire is reached on
 Sunday, Reuters reports, citing Israeli
 and Palestinian officials.


Turkey premier wins presidential vote:
Unofficial results
Turkey's outgoing PM, Recep Tayyip
 Erdogan, has won the country’s
presidential election, unofficial
 results say.

The results, based on a Turkish media count,
say the ruling Justice & Development Party’s
 (AKP) candidate won almost 52% of the vote
 in the first round of the presidential election.

"The people showed their will at the polls
today," Erdogan said in a brief speech in
 the Istanbul on Sunday evening.

Erdogan's main rival Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
 is said to have won nearly 39% of the vote.

Former head of the Organization of Islamic
 Cooperation (OIC) Ihsanoglu, 71, was joint
candidate for the centre-left Republican
People’s Party (CHP) and the far-right
 Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

"I hope that the result is beneficial for
 democracy in Turkey," Ihsanoglu said
 in Istanbul. "I congratulate the prime
 minister and wish him success."

Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas has
 reportedly won third place, with slightly
 more than 9% of the vote.

The official results in the election, are
 expected on Monday.

Erdogan promised the tens of thousands of
voters backing him in the election, a strong
and new Turkey, and is flying to Ankara for
a victory speech.

Turkish citizens voted at over 165,000 polling
 stations on Sunday to directly elect their head
 of state for a five-year term. 53 million people
 were eligible to vote.


Spreading the truth:-- Spanish volunteers
 join fight against Kiev in Eastern Ukraine

2 Spanish volunteers have joined the fight against
 Kiev’s offensive on eastern Ukraine, speaking out
 against the actions of the nation's military. They
say their main objective is to spread the truth
 about the conflict.

Anhel Davilla-Rivas, 29, and Rafa Munez, 28, arrived
 in Donetsk two weeks ago to offer their assistance
 to the residents of eastern Ukraine.

“What we saw in the weeks we've been here, is
only bombing of the people and an assault by all
 the forces on all fronts from Kiev. They are trying
 to separate the cities and sending mercenaries
 to kill journalists -- and to demoralize any person
 that can tell the truth about what’s happening
here,” Davilla-Rivas tells RT’s Ruptly agency.

The pair haven't engaged in fighting just yet,
 stressing that their main goal is to reveal the
truth about what is happening on the ground.

Davilla-Rivas notes Russia has no presence
 in the area - and could do more in terms of
humanitarian aid.

“I never see a Russian soldier... volunteers like us,
 but Russia isn't really doing anything. And I think
 that Russia should do more for these people - not
 with guns, but helping people with medicine,” the
 Spanish volunteer says.

Davilla-Rivas also calls on others around the world
 to come to eastern Ukraine and help in any way
that they can.

“More people have to come here. If they don’t want
 to take up guns, they don't have to, but... all people
can help with something:--
cleaning in the kitchen;
 telling the truth to countries from here; and watching
 the situation with their own eyes. It's more important
 that a lot of people come here and help in what way
they can, not necessarily as soldiers.”

Both arrived in eastern Ukraine from Madrid by
 train and joined the Vostok battalion of the
 self-defense forces.

Kiev's forces completely encircled Donetsk,
 on Saturday.

The Donetsk region militia said it is ready for a
ceasefire to stop a humanitarian catastrophe.

Their statement came as the UN voiced serious
 concerns over the situation in eastern Ukraine.
 “Innocent civilians trapped in fighting continue
 to lose their lives,” UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon said on Friday.

“What we are scared about is the way the military
 operations are conducted. What will happen if we
 have intense fighting inside the big urban centres
 of Lugansk and Donetsk? Fighting in these highly
 intensified urban areas, could lead to a massive
 exodus and to massive destruction,” UN High
 Commissioner for Refugees, Vincent Cochetel,
 stated on Tuesday.

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin,
has called for an international humanitarian
 mission to be launched.

 But Kiev and some of its Western allies vehemently
 oppose any humanitarian mission involving Russia.

Kiev even accuses Moscow of scheming to infiltrate
 eastern Ukraine with the help of the International
 Red Cross mission to “provoke a full-scale conflict.”

According to Moscow, however, a “full-scale” war
 is already taking place in the region and it needs
 to stop.

Late on Saturday, the press service of Ukrainian
 President Petro Poroshenko said on his official
 website that the US has been invited to take part
 in an international humanitarian mission to Lugansk.

The mission, presented as Poroshenko’s initiative,
 under the auspices of the International Committee
of the Red Cross, was mentioned during his phone
 conversation with US Vice President Joe Biden.
(Whose son now heads Ukraine's major energy
company --- since the US-backed coup.)

The eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk declared
 a state of humanitarian catastrophe on Tuesday,
 as there are no medical supplies, electricity, or
lighting. There's also a lack of mobile or internet
 communication. 250,000 civilians are unable to
 leave, a statement on the council's website says.

Over 1,100 people have been killed and 3,500
 injured in eastern Ukraine since Kiev’s offensive
 began. Around 100,000 people remain internally
 displaced and up to 740,000 have crossed the
 Russian border since January to stay with
friends or relatives, or to seek refugee status.


All of Israel within range of
 resistance missiles: Iran cmdr.

A senior Iranian commander says all Israel
is within range of missiles from Palestine's
 resistance movement.

“Today, all the occupied territories are within
range of the Palestinian resistance
 said the Deputy Commander of the Islamic
 Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier
General Hossein Salami.

“When the resistance fires missiles at Haifa it
 means that the missile range of the Islamic
resistance has reached 160 kilometers and it
 means that the entire area [controlled by] the
 Zionist regime... is within the range of the
Palestinian resistance movement,” he noted.

The Iranian commander argued that now,
all residents of the occupied territories feel
 the same level of insecurity, and Israel has
become a securitized environment.

Israel has been incapable of controlling the
 barrage of Palestinian rockets and preventing
 the Islamic resistance forces from infiltrating
into its military bases through a large number
of tunnels, the commander pointed out.

Salami questioned Israel’s claim that Palestinian
 fighters had created 32 tunnels and the regime
 had destroyed them all.

“It is predicted that the resistance possesses
 equipment and capabilities which it will put
into action if the war gets out of control,” the
 commander pointed out.

Salami said despite the technologies and
equipment Israel possesses and the
intelligence operations it carries out, the
Palestinians have dug hundreds of
kilometers of tunnels, while Tel Aviv has
 failed to target major Palestinian figures
or discover and eliminate the resistance
 movement’s warehouses filled with
 rockets and missiles or even a large part
 of their tunnels.

“This shows that the Palestinian resistance
 movement has reached such intelligence
 maturity that has brought the intelligence
service of the Zionist regime to its knees,”
 he noted.

He said the West Bank will surely go through
the process Gaza went and it will undoubtedly
 take up arms and enter the battle against Israel,
 adding, “At present, they (West Bank) are fighting
 with stones, but Gaza, which now possesses
 missiles and drones, also used to fight with
stones and the same will happen out there.”

The Iranian commander pointed to Israel’s 33-day
 war on Lebanon in July 2006 as one of the major
 failures of Israel as it ruined the image of the
 regime’s military forces as the world’s fifth
most powerful army.

The achievements of Lebanon’s Hezbollah in the
2006 war inspired the Palestinians to resist Israel
 in the 22-day war on Gaza in 2008 and show
 better military capabilities in response to the
 regime’s 2012 aggression against the coastal
sliver, Salami added.

He also slammed Tel Aviv’s sway over the US,
adding, “Undoubtedly, it has been years that
 the Middle East policies and strategies of the
 US have been hostage to the policies of Israel.”

Referring to the atrocities of the ISIL Takfiri
 terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, Salami said
the ISIL was established with US support to
disintegrate the government of Iraq, and the
US sought to reduce Iran’s regional sway,
with the aid of a reactionary government.


Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary
 of US' atomic bombing

Japan has marked the 69th anniversary of
 the atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki
 by the United States, in 1945.

A ceremony commemorating victims
 of the US nuclear attack, was held in
Nagasaki’s Peace Park, on Saturday.

The event was attended by the aging
survivors of the bombing, relatives of the
 victims & high-ranking Japanese officials.

In a speech at the ceremony, the Nagasaki
Mayor pledged the city’s continued push for
 the elimination of nuclear weapons. He also
 criticized nuclear states for failing to disarm.

Taue urged Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to
 address growing public concerns over
 Tokyo’s security policy.

“The rushed debate over collective self-
defence has given rise to the concern that
 this principle (Japan’s renunciation to
war) is wavering.”

The US attack on Nagasaki, which killed
over 70,000 people in the final stages of
 World War II, happened three days after
Washington’s atomic bombing of the city
 of Hiroshima, where over 140,000 died.

The US possesses the largest stockpile of
 active nuclear warheads in the world and is
 the only country to have ever used nuclear
 weapons against another nation.

The United States currently holds a stockpile
 of 4,650 nuclear warheads, 2,130 of which
 are operational.


US contracts Latin American youth
 for subversion in Cuba

A new investigation by Associated Press
 (AP) exposes a new USAID program to
manipulate Cuban youth

The United States Agency for International
 Development (USAID) secretly sent young
Latin Americans to Cuba in an attempt to
incite opposition and destroy the Revolution,
according to an investigation conducted by
the US press agency Associated Press, the
 same agency which exposed the ZunZuneo
 project, based on the use of mobile phone
 technology, to destabilize Cuba.

The report signed by journalists Desmond Butler,
 Jack Gillum, Alberto Arce and Andrea Rodríguez,
 stated that, beginning in October 2009, a project
 directed by USAID sent young Venezuelans,
 Costa Ricans and Peruvians to Cuba with the
goal of inciting a rebellion on the island.

AP says: “The travelers worked undercover,
often posing as tourists, and traveled around
the island scouting for people they could
turn into political activists.”

The project employed covert methods commonly
 used by US intelligence services, such as secret
 lines of communication, fronts and lies; encryption
 of information; security measures; promoting
 exchanges with overseas agents; seeking
intelligence information on Cuban society;
psychological preparation of emissaries in the
case of possible detection by Cuban State
Security; use of codes in communications,
among others.

 Nonetheless the journalists assert that the
project was full of “incompetence and risks.”

The covert, illegal operation contracted people,
 even after the arrest and sentencing of the US
 contractor Alan Gross, imprisoned for committing
 acts in violation of Cuban independence and
territorial integrity.

Young Cubans who were in contact with the
 “travelers,” such as university student Héctor
 Baranda, who became friends with a group
 of visitors, were shocked to hear about the
AP report, and those working for USAID.

“Their assignment was to recruit young Cubans
 to anti-government activism,” stated AP. The
mission consisted of organizing “programs
disguised as civic activities, including a work-
shop on health prevention.”

“Murillo was to check in every 48 hours and
 was provided with a set of security codes.”

"I have a headache," for instance, meant the
Costa Rican thought Cubans were watching.”

USAID hired the firm Creative Associates
 International which also participated in
 the creation of the ZunZuneo program.

According to documents obtained by AP and
 interviews conducted in 6 countries, “USAID's
 young operatives posed as tourists, visited
college campuses and used a ruse that could
 undermine USAID's credibility in critical health
 work around the world: An HIV-prevention
 workshop,” seen as the “perfect excuse”
for the program’s political objectives.

The investigation revealed that the “operation
often teetered on disaster. There was no safety
 net for the inexperienced travelers, who were
 doing work that was explicitly illegal in Cuba.”

According to emails obtained by AP, after Gross
 was arrested, USAID informed its operatives,
 privately, that they should consider suspending
 their scheduled plans to travel to Cuba.

However, in April 2010, Fernando Murillo was
 sent to Havana. He was contracted by Creative
 Associates to “turn Cuba's apathetic young
people into effective political actors.”

In Santa Clara, Murillo met a cultural group
that called itself “Revolution,” a modest outfit
of artists devoted to electronic music & video.

If the idea was to hold a series of seminars to
 recruit “volunteers,” Murillo needed a theme
 that would draw in potential recruits and still
 be allowed by the state.

He initiated a HIV workshop, which in November
 2010 attracted 60 young people. The workshop
 was supposed to give participants sex education
 to prevent contracting the virus.

But the ulterior motive, documents obtained by
 AP show, was to use the workshop as a recruiting
 ground for young people by showing them how to
 organize themselves.

When he was contacted in San Jose, Costa Rica,
 Murillo said he could not speak about the details
 of his Cuba trips because he signed a nondisclosure
 agreement. He said he wasn't trying to do anything
but teach, “I never said to a Cuban that he had to
do something against the government,” he said.

However, in the six page report which Fernando
 Murillo sent to Creative Associates, he stressed
that the workshop was “the perfect excuse for
 the treatment of the underlying theme.”

Elsewhere in the report Murillo revealed another
 objective, “to generate a network of volunteers
 for social transformation.”

Manuel Barbosa, founder of artistic group
 Revolution, said in an interview in Santa
 Clara, that the Costa Ricans never told
him that they were working for USAID.

AP’s report also stated that “Staging a workshop
 as a front to subvert a foreign government risked
 casting suspicion on USAID's legitimate public
 health mission, including a more than 3 billion
dollar annual HIV program that the agency says
 has helped some 50 million people in nearly
100 countries.”

While Murillo and the Costa Rican travelers focused
 on the HIV workshop and other programs, teams of
 Venezuelans and Peruvians were deployed to Cuba's
 college campuses.

Their mission, documents & interviews show, was
 to “recruit university students with the long-term
 goal of turning them against their government.”

In late 2009, Creative Associates contracted
 Venezuelan lawyer Zaimar Castillo, then 22,
 who ran an organization called Renova.

 His organization visited student residences on
 campus at the University of Santa Clara and
took weekend trips to meet the families of
students. Another team of young Peruvians
 also targeted the university in Santa Clara.

They described the students and their facilities
 in great detail, noting complaints and fairness
 issues that might be exploited. Potential
 recruits were listed by name, and then
 profiled, their leadership qualities assessed
 in a spreadsheet.

Nonetheless, the Cuban students, in recent
 interviews with AP, said they were shocked
 to discover that the foreigners were acting
 on behalf of  USAID.

On September 3, 2010, Irving Perez, a manager
 at Creative Associates' office in San Jose, called
 a meeting via Skype to announce a change in
 strategy. “Our program will no longer rely on trips
 to the island, at least not as the backbone of
 the operation,” Perez told the travelers.

Instead of traveling to Cuba, they would try to
help certain Cuban “star contacts” get exit
 visas to train in a third country.

AP recognized the failure of the subversion project.

On August 4, White House Press Secretary Josh
 Earnest declined to comment, when questioned
 about the project.

“I can not comment on the report (published in
 the US press) as there are several inaccurate
 points. I invite you to go directly to USAID.”

A statement by USAID spokesperson Matt
 Herrick says USAID denies the secrecy
 of their programs in Cuba, commenting:

 “The United States Congress finances pro-
democracy programs in Cuba to increase
Cubans’ access to more information and the
 strengthening of civil society.”

 Herrick added that all programs carried out
 in Cuba are available to the public via the
webpage foreignassistance.gov. “This work
 isn't a secret, it isn't covert and it isn't illegal.”

However, as in the case of the ZunZuneo project,
 the characteristics of this subversive program
 place it in the category of unconventional war
 methods, which have been used increasingly
 over recent years.

This form of warfare seeks to achieve the goals
 of domination and regime change in countries
 the US considers opposed to its interests,
without the direct involvement of traditional
 forces on the ground, resulting in relatively
 lower costs for the aggressor country, but
 not for the victim.

The participation of “unqualified” personnel
in traditional intelligence operations is codified
 in a US Special Forces’ TC-1801 training circular.

According to the circular, unconventional warfare
 involves a “multi-agency” effort by the US. The
entire project operatively reflects this doctrine,
in which USAID plays an important role.

The federal agency obtains multimillion dollar
funds from US tax payers for its "humanitarian"
 work around the world, but has been exposed
to be a front for intelligence operations.

Excerpts from document obtained by AP

Contact must be anonymous by Gmail, SMS,
 or telephone, with a simple message saying
 the traveler is having a good time.

Communication by any means must be short
and to the point.

If sensitive information needs to be reported (security
 issues, key programmatic events) the message must
 be encoded and should never mention names,
 places, numbers, etc. If need be, the free, easy-
to-use service Hushmail Express will be used.

If language like the following needs to be used,
 please interpret according to the phrases:

“I have a headache” → We suspect we are being
 monitored and will temporarily abstain from
 carrying out the objectives of the trip, unless
 otherwise instructed.

“I got drunk and had to go to the hospital. I’m OK
 now and will take it easy for the rest of the trip” →
 We were detained and interrogated; we will not
 continue with the objectives of the trip and
continue as tourists for the rest of the trip.

“I’m too ill to stay here, will return home early.
 See you soon” → We have been expelled and
 are leaving immediately. Will get in touch with
 you as soon as we are in a third country.


Israel communities near Gaza border
 half empty: Report
Nearly half the Israeli communities near the Gaza
 border, have reportedly fled their houses in recent
 weeks, expressing doubt over the prospect of any
 safe return to the area.

During the period, hundreds of Israeli families
have left the Negev desert - a tourist attraction
 - to live in northern areas, the L.A. Times reports.

A poll this week reveals that 21% of residents in
 the area, are considering moving away.

Despite the Israeli army’s announcement to the
 residents of the area, after the latest cease-fire
with Hamas that they can return to their homes,
 the communities are reportedly still half-empty.

A senior Hamas official says the group would
 not extend the truce because Israel has not
 responded to any of the Palestinian demands
 at the negotiations.

Israeli tanks have started to redeploy to their
previous positions during the Gaza war.

Thousands of Palestinians left their homes
 east of Gaza City on Friday in fear of Israeli
 attacks after the truce ended.

The Israeli military aggression against Gaza,
which began on July 8, has killed over 1,900
 Palestinians, including over 400 children,
 and wounded over 9,500 others.

Palestinian resistance movements have
 retaliated by launching rockets into Israel.


US 'hiding truth' on Malaysian plane

Former US lawmaker Ron Paul says the US
 is “hiding” the truth about the downing of a
 Malaysian passenger plane in east Ukraine
 last month.
"The US government's grown strangely quiet
 on the accusation that it was Russia or her
allies who brought down a Malaysian airliner
 with a buck anti-aircraft missile," Paul says,
 in an article published by Voices of Liberty.

US officials claim the plane was downed by
 a missile fired by anti-coup forces in Ukraine
 but Paul says that claim is baseless because
 the US has not provided any evidence for it.

"It’s hard to believe that the US, with all its spy
 satellites available for monitoring everything
 in Ukraine, that precise proof of who did what
and when, is not available," he says.

“When evidence contradicts our government’s
 accusations, the evidence is never revealed
to the public - for national security reasons,
of course.

Independent sources claim that the crash
 site reveals evidence that the bullet holes
 may have come from a fighter jet. If true, it
will implicate Western Ukraine,” he states.

Paul also condemns US officials for not wanting
 to reveal the truth. "Too bad we can’t count on
our government to just tell us the truth & show
us the evidence.

I’m convinced that it knows a lot more than it’s
telling us."


Israeli soldiers fire live bullets
 to curb West Bank protest

Israeli soldiers have used live ammunition and
 plastic bullets to disperse thousands of angry
 anti-war Palestinian protesters in the occupied
West Bank.

It came after Israeli soldiers clashed with
 Palestinian protesters after Friday prayers
 in the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron).

Palestinian sources say 50+ Palestinians
were injured after Israeli forces used live
bullets to break up the protest in al-Khalil.

The demonstrators were protesting against
 the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip now.

Initial reports say rallies also took place
in the cities of Nablus, Jenin, and Tulkarm,
 where protesters voiced their support for
the resistance in Gaza.

This is the latest in a recent string of pro-Gaza
 rallies in the occupied West Bank since Israel
 began pounding Gaza a month ago.

Over a dozen Palestinian protesters have so far
 been killed during clashes with Israeli forces
 in the West Bank.

The Israeli forces have also arrested a large
number of demonstrators across the occupied
 West Bank in recent days.

Palestinians in the West Bank said they were
 out in the streets to show solidarity with their
brothers and sisters killed in Gaza.

The latest developments come as Israel has
 resumed its attacks on the besieged region
 after a three-day ceasefire which ended at
 5:00 am GMT on Friday.

At least two Palestinians, including a child,
have been killed in northern Gaza and nearly
 a dozen people have been wounded in the
 latest Israeli attacks.

The Israeli regime’s 30 days of military attacks
 against the Gaza Strip, which began on July 8,
 have claimed the lives of 1,900 Palestinians,
including over 400 children, and wounded
 over 9,500 others.


Russia arrests five Ukrainian officers

Russia’s main federal investigating authority
 has arrested five Ukrainian army officers for
 shelling civilian areas in eastern Ukraine.

The Investigative Committee of Russia made
 their announcement on Friday, saying the 5
 were among hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers
 and border guards who laid down their arms
 and crossed into Russia to request refugee
 status on Monday.

According to the committee, evidence was
 present showing that the 5 detained soldiers
 were part of a Ukrainian mechanized brigade
 that indiscriminately shelled Luhansk region
 between July 19 and August 3.

The committee says the shelling, which
 left 10 civilians wounded or killed and at
least 20 buildings damaged, is confirmed
by other Ukrainian soldiers questioned.

If the 5 detained soldiers are convicted,
they could face up to 20 years in jail.

Thursday, Ukrainian government forces
 shelled a hospital in Donetsk, killing at
 least one person and injuring two others.

Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions
have witnessed deadly clashes between
 pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian
 army since the Kiev government launched
 military operations in mid-April in a bid to
 crush the anti US-installed-regime protests.

The ongoing violence has forced thousands
 of civilians to abandon their homes. Local
 authorities warn of a looming humanitarian
crisis as water, food and fuel supplies have
 dried up in the eastern regions.


CIA waterboarding is torture:
 International Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross
 breaks its silence on the
CIA water-boarding
inflicted on suspects, and say it's torture and
a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

It's the first time that the Red Cross, based in
 Geneva, Switzerland, has publicly declared a
specific interrogation technique, as torture.

"The definition of torture is any technique
 causing severe pain or suffering, whether
physical or mental, inflicted for a purpose,
 such as:- the obtaining of information or a
confession, exerting pressure, intimidating
or humiliating," Anna Nelson, the Red Cross
spokesperson in Washington, says, Friday.

"Waterboarding fits into this category and
therefore qualifies as torture" --- under US
 and international law --- she adds.

Nelson says the recent
US' public defense
of waterboarding, has prompted the Red
Cross, which historically has not
spoken on specific detention practices,
to break its traditional silence.

"Given that this debate's been going on for
years and continues to come up, we do not
 want our silence to be misconstrued as
tacitly condoning this technique as
permissible," she says.

Many human rights activists & legal scholars,
 have long maintained that waterboarding and
 other cruel techniques inflicted on detainees
during George W. Bush's administration, were
 torture, which is prohibited by US federal law.

"There's no way any competent, knowledgeable
 attorney can say that waterboarding is legal
under the Geneva Conventions, the Uniform
Code of Military Justice, or the Convention
Against Torture," says retired Major General
Thomas Romig, a former US Army judge
advocate general.

The new condemnation of the CIA’s cruel
 actions, comes with a renewed US debate
over the spy agency’s practices after the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which included
 waterboarding several detainees at so-
called secret black sites overseas.

 The CIA and US lawmakers have fought
 over publication of parts of a lengthy
 Senate Intelligence Committee report
 critical of the spy agency's conduct.

Last Friday, President Barack Obama said at
 a news conference that the coming CIA report
 would show some terrorism suspects suffered
 techniques that "any fair-minded person would
believe were torture."


Over 10,000 killed in Kiev’s
 punitive op - Ukrainian MP

Over 10,000 people have been killed
in Kiev’s punitive operation since April,
says a Ukrainian parliamentary group.

The MPs urge the president to declassify
 the full information on citizens killed.

The Ukrainian parliamentary group “For peace
and stability” says on Friday that the figure is
 given by volunteer groups working in the east
of the country.

“We have estimated that just in the first two
weeks of July nearly 2,500 Ukraine soldiers
were killed in the ‘anti-terrorist operation’,”
the group said, in a prepared statement, in
 the Verhovnaya Rada (Ukraine’s parliament).

“The number of wounded during the same period
 was over 5,000 people. Thousands of civilians
 fell victim to military actions. Most of them died
 from shrapnel wounds.

Thus, the preliminary number of the Ukrainians
 killed during the anti-terrorist operation, is more
 than 10,000 people according to our estimates,”
 says the co-chairperson of the parliamentary
 group, Sergey Gorokhov.

The MPs also addressed Ukrainian President
 Petro Poroshenko and the Kiev government,
 urging them to “declassify the official data
on the number of civilians, Ukraine soldiers,
and everyone who took part in the anti-
terrorist operation, who've been killed.”

Gorokhov states that the president gets
 a report on people killed every day, but
it is "classified".

Meanwhile, the families of those missing
in the military operation zone, petition the
 government each day, in the “hope that
 their close ones will be found,” he adds.

“According to local residents of the eastern
 regions, the bodies of Ukrainians are loaded
 into vehicles and taken to an unknown
destination, each day.

We demand the Ukrainian people be told the
 truth - bitter, heavy, but the truth,” he urges.

Earlier on Friday, the spokesperson for the
Ukrainian Security Council, Andrey Lysenko,
stated that fifteen Ukrainian soldiers were
killed in the last 24 hours.

“Over the last 24 hours, 7 armed forces
 personnel, and 8 border patrol agents
 were killed, while 79 were injured,”
Lysenko said.

Kiev's military operation has been intensifying
 since May. According to the Security Council’s
 estimates, over 400 soldiers have died in the
 operation, while 1,600 have been injured.

The UN estimates, as of Tuesday, that there
 have been over 1,300 civilian deaths, over
 4,000 have been injured, and over 100,000
people, have been forcibly displaced.

Moscow has called numerous times for a
unilateral ceasefire and for negotiations
 between the two conflicted sides.

“Instead of giving these people a hand,
 inviting them to the negotiating table, and
 agreeing on how to live in the country, the
 military operation is going on,” Russia's
 Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said,
 way back in June.

He called for the start of a dialogue that should
 be based on the Geneva Statement of April 17,
 2014, and the roadmap that was developed by
 the Swiss representatives of the OSCE at the
 beginning of May.



Ukraine’s President Poroshenko, Friday,
 signed a parliament-approved bill which
increases the age limit for reservists, the
presidential press service reports, Friday.

The age limit for reservists liable for military
service is increased from 50 to 60 years for
privates, sergeants and sergeant-majors;
from 55 to 60 years for junior and senior
officers and 65 years for general officers.

Ukrainian deputies voted for the bill on
July 22nd.


West blocks Moscow’s UN plea to
reinstate ceasefire at MH17 crash site

The UN Security Council fails to adopt a
resolution on reinstating the ceasefire
at the Malaysian Airlines plane crash
site in eastern Ukraine, after Russia’s
draft was blocked by Western states.

“Unfortunately, some UNSC members have
reacted in their usual way as they oppose
 any criticism of the Ukrainian leadership,”
 Churkin says, adding that Lithuania, the
US and Australia proposed inappropriate
 amendments to the text.

“A few countries, such as Lithuania and
the US, started to suggest amendments,
saying that the draft lacks criticism of
the people they call ‘separatists’,”
Churkin adds.

Moscow’s resolution didn't concern the actions
 of either side in the conflict, the Russian envoy
 to the UN says. It was, rather, dedicated to the
 announcement published on the website of the
 Ukrainian commission investigating the crash.

According to that announcement, Kiev will
 not stick to the ceasefire, as international
 investigators have left the crash site.

As Churkin states, later on, the Ukrainian
 delegation to the UN informed the Security
Council that this wasn't true, and that the
ceasefire is still in force.

Thus Russia submitted a document urging
 the Ukrainian authorities to publicly clarify
 the situation, calling on both sides in the
 conflict “to restrain from any actions that
 could violate the integrity” of the crash site.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted
 a resolution for an international investigation
 into the MH17 incident, and demanding safe
 access to the site for investigators. Russia's
 draft said the resolution shouldn't be violated.

However, shelling and fighting in the area
has continued, stopping the experts' work
several times over the past few weeks.

On Thursday, Kiev suspended the truce
 with self-defense forces at the crash site.

"The ceasefire in the plane crash zone,
 announced by the President of Ukraine
 at the request of international experts,
which has been thoroughly observed by
the Ukrainian Armed Forces, will not be
 in place at the beginning of the second
phase of the investigation," Ukraine's
 current government said.

The government claims the international
 mission was halted because of  “terrorist
 provocateurs” who “posed threats to the
 lives” of the recovery mission members.

The suspension of the ceasefire in the
MH17 crash area is a direct violation of
 the UN resolution, Vitaly Churkin states:

“The truce was approved by UN Security
Council resolution 2166, thus it is a clear
violation of the resolution, and will have
very serious consequences for the
international inspectors' ability to
conduct the investigation, when they
 decide to return to the area.”

Before the ceasefire was canceled, the
Netherlands, leading the international
probe, announced it was halting the
mission to recover victims and debris
of the July 17 MH17 crash, because
of fighting between Ukrainian forces
 and rebels in the area.

The international investigating team got
 to the site days after the tragic incident,
and was delayed for security reasons.

 Experts are expected to resume their
efforts once the situation allows.

Currently, at least 3 areas containing the
 Boeing-777’s debris remain unexamined
by the international mission, according
to the Ukrainian government.

 The majority of experts will leave Ukraine
 until a decision on resuming the operation
 is made, it said in a statement.


Russia to create rapid reaction force
 as relations with West get strained

Russia’s airborne troops are to double and
 be fundamentally rearmed over five years
 to be the basis of a rapid reaction force.

A high-ranking source at the General Staff
 of the Russian Armed Forces, says that the
Defense Ministry’s leadership approves of
 the ideas of airborne force commander,
Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov, to
 approximately double the strength of the
 airborne troops’ manpower to 72,000
officers and men over five years.

Shamanov adds: airborne troops are going
 to expand their presence outside Russia.

The troops will be equipped with combat
drones as early as 2015, which will allow
 reconnaissance units to operate deeply
 inside the enemy’s rear.

“The plans for doubling the airborne troops’
strength, are quite realistic and relevant,
 as the vision of threats to Russia amid the
 crisis in Ukraine has changed,” a member
 of the military-industrial commission under
 the Russian government, Mikhail Remizov,

“Apparently, Russian Defense Minister Sergei
 Shoigu is determined to correct the mistakes
 made by Anatoly Serdyukov, whose reforms
 were aimed at slashing the airborne troops’
 strength of 35,000 men by half,” he says.

“Just a few years ago, Russia’s military reform
 was based on the assumption that the era of
 classical wars between countries had gone,
never to return.

 “All of a sudden it turns out that threats against
 Russia keep mounting. This circumstance has
 required building up the strength of the airborne
 troops, as the most mobile component of all,”
Mikhail Remizov says.

“British General Adrian Bradshaw, NATO’s
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe,
 has said the alliance’s rapid reaction force,
 charged with the mission to deter Russia,
should incorporate ground and air forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn,
said that Russia would give a symmetric
 response to NATO’s build-up. For this
reason, the plans for arming Russia’s
airborne troops with combat drones,
 looks very timely and appropriate,
 given the new challenges.

So far, this class of aircraft has been the
 greatest weakness of Russia’s military

“A considerable airborne troops build-up, was
 discussed at the Defense Ministry in 2012-13,
 but nobody hurried to translate it into reality.

“This decision was prompted by the current
political situation in Ukraine and the need
 to react to actions by our counter-parts,
such as the  NATO member-countries,”
 Colonel-General Viktor Yesin, former chief
 of the strategic missile forces’ staff, states.

“The airborne troops have a two-fold mission
 of dealing with local conflicts and serving as
 the backbone of peace-keeping forces. Of
late, the number of both types of challenges
has grown considerably, so the strength of
 mobile troops should be increased, on the
condition, though, that the overall build-up
 won't exceed the current overall strength
of Russia’s armed forces,” Yesin says.

“Converting Russia’s airborne troops into a full-
fledged rapid reaction force their material and
 logistics base should be reinforced considerably.

“An ever wider use of drones by mobile, naval
 and ground units is an overall world trend. The
 fact that the Russian Defense Ministry has set
 the task of arming the airborne troops with
drones is a very timely measure,” Yesin says
 in conclusion.


Israel pounds Gaza Strip after truce expiry

Israel has resumed pounding the Gaza Strip, shortly
 after the expiry of a 72-hour-long truce between Tel
 Aviv and Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas.

There are still no reports of potential casualties
from the renewed attack, which started after
 the lull expired at 0800 (0500 GMT) on Friday.

The Palestinian resistance is also reported to
have started rocket attacks on Israel. Over 2
 dozen rockets have been fired on Israeli cities
 including Ashkelon, Eshkol and Kivosim.

 Israeli officials say that most rockets landed in
open areas and there were some interceptions.

The developments came after indirect talks in
 Cairo failed to extend the ceasefire. A senior
 Hamas official has said the group would not
extend the truce, as Israel had not responded
to Palestinian demands at the negotiations.

Israeli tanks have started to redeploy to their
 previous positions during the Gaza war.

Thousands of Palestinians left their homes east
 of Gaza City on Friday in fear of Israeli attacks
 after the truce ended.


  Kiev turns off hot water --
  fears winter gas shortage

Kiev has turned off all hot water in the city
    to try to save gas for the winter months.

    The Ukrainian government is unsure how long
    people will be affected, or whether the measure
    will be enough to ensure winter heating.


White House: US won’t attack ISIL in Iraq

White House press secretary Josh Earnest
 has rejected any idea of a US plan to bomb
 militants in Iraq, saying the US doesn't have
 a military solution to the ISIL advances.

"There are no American military solutions to
 the problems in Iraq," Earnest tells reporters.

"These problems can only be solved with
 Iraqi political solutions.”

He says the US may choose military
action if US interests are endangered.

US-backed ISIL militants have terrorized
 entire communities: Shias, Sunnis, Kurds,
 Christians, Yazidis and others, as they
steadily advanced into Iraq.

White House and Pentagon officials
 have previously said, the US won't
take military action in Iraq until PM
 Nouri al-Maliki, a Shia allied to Iran,
 steps down.


Hamas ready to resume war
 if its demands are not met

The armed wing of Hamas, the Izzedine al-Qassam
 Brigades, calls on Palestinian negotiators in Cairo
 not to push for any extension of the 72-hour truce
 unless their demands are met, in particular, the
opening of Gaza’s port.

They say they are prepared to engage in a long
 war with Israel, if those demands are not met.
 The 72-hour truce is due to end at 0500 GMT
on Friday.

Over the past 3 weeks, almost 1,900 people
 have been killed in Gaza, the vast majority
 of whom, were Palestinian civilians.


Russia bans agricultural products from
 EU, USA, Australia, Norway, and Canada

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has signed
 a new decree banning all imports of beef,
pork, and poultry meats, fish, cheese,
milk, vegetables and fruit from Australia,
 Canada, the EU, the US and Norway.

The ban lasts a year, starting on August 7th.

The PM also says Russia has stopped transit
 flights by Ukrainian airlines to destinations
 such as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and
Turkey, adding that Russia is considering
 a ban on transit flights across Russia for
 EU/US Airlines to the Asia-Pacific region.

Western sanctions are a “dead-end track”,
 but Russia has been forced to respond to
 the measures taken by western countries,
 Medvedev adds.

Alcohol imports from both the EU and the
 US, will not be restricted.

“We are actually speaking of an embargo
on imports of entire product categories,
 from countries which have introduced
sanctions against Russian organizations
 and individuals,” Medvedev says.

Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Federal
 Customs Service (FCS), to see that banned
 imports cannot cross the Russian border.

The Russian PM also warns against possible
 attempts to use the situation to raise prices.

"I'd like to warn that attempts to gain from
 price speculation in this situation, will be
 roughly stopped," Medvedev says.

The Russian PM adds that Moscow still
has a lot of trading partners abroad,
 which it hasn't placed on its sanctions
retaliation list.

The agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor
 announces plans to increase imports from
 Chile, which could include vegetables, fruit,
fish, shellfish, meat and milk.

“Imports of fish, which last year amounted
 to 53,000 tons, may grow two or three times.
 Shellfish imports might increase from 3,000
 tons to 15,000-20,000 tons,” the watchdog
 says in a statement.

Medvedev sincerely hopes "our partners’
 economic pragmatism will prevail over bad
political decisions, and they will think before
 trying to frighten Russia by imposing trade
restrictions on it and then, mutual trade and
economic partnerships will be restored to the
volumes which existed before. We would like
that to happen.”

In 2013, Russia imported $6.7 billion worth
of both meat & meat products. The largest
suppliers came from the now-banned states,
 like Denmark (6.6% of total Russian meat
products), Germany (6.4%), USA (5.3%),
and Canada (3.8%).

Medvedev believes the years' embargo
 Russia is imposing, will boost domestic
 agriculture. He accepts that Russian
farmers will have to come a long way,
 but says that it's a unique opportunity
to develop products to replace imports.

“We're only lagging behind in the production
 of certain varieties of meat and milk. We've
 to catch up -- and our farmers are ready to
 do so, especially if we help them.”

As a result of the ban, Russia’s production
 of agricultural products could grow by $10.8
 billion over the next 18 months, the Russian
 Minister for Agriculture , Nikolay Fyodorov,

The Governor of Krasnodar Region, Aleksandr
 Tkachev, has been quick to react to the news
 by saying farmers in the region will use the
chance to replace imported goods with
 their own produce.

“I've spoken to the heads of agricultural
 enterprises, about the presidential law
 banning imports of Western agricultural
 goods,” Tkachev says.

 “The mood is on the whole optimistic.
 Krasnodar's farmers have received a
 big stimulus to use all their potential.”

Krasnodar is a big agricultural player
 in Russia. It's the 3rd biggest producer
of meat & eggs in the country and the
4th biggest milk producing region.

Astrakhan Region in Russia’s south, also
 says it is ready to increase agricultural
production by 20–25 percent next year.

“There’s a real possibility that all the low
 quality goods, which have been imported,
 will not appear on Russia's market again.

 The country’s agriculture is now being given
 a historic chance for a breakthrough, to raise
 production, the variety of goods, and improve
 processing technology,” the Governor of the
 Astrakhan Region Aleksandr Zhilkin, says.

Banning certain imports from the West will provide
 “historic opportunities” for Russia’s more distant
 territories in the Ural Mountains and in the Far East.

“Russia is the richest country in the world and has
 unique marine resources, that, unfortunately, go
 abroad. However, the demand for these products
on the international market are very high,” Irina
Yarovaya, a Duma member from Kamchatka, says.

The new ruling will help Russia develop its
 agriculture and make it easier for Russian
farmers to market their products, head of
 the Duma Committee on Economic Policy,
 Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Igor
 Rudensky, says.


US ready for more sanctions
 against Russia – Obama

US President Barack Obama says Washington
 is ready to consider imposing more sanctions
 on Russia if Moscow does not change policies
 over Ukraine.

When asked if the sanctions are actually
 working, Obama said “We don’t know yet.”

He added that he believes “Sanctions are
working as intended, in putting enormous
pressure & strain on Russia's economy,”
 citing “estimates in terms of capital flight,”
 and “projections for Russian growth.”

 Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has a choice
 “to try to resolve the issues in eastern Ukraine
 through diplomacy and peaceful means... or
 alternatively, continue on the course he’s on,
 in which case he is going to be hurting his
 economy, and hurting his own people over
 the long term,” Obama said.


Donetsk People’s Republic PM
announces his resignation

Aleksandr Boroday, the prime minister of the
 self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk
 (DPR) has announced he will resign.

 He will be replaced by Aleksandr Zakharchenko,
 one of the militia commanders and also a leader
 of the ‘Oplot’ movement.

 “I came here as a crisis manager, a start-upper,
 if you want. I’ve managed to achieve a lot in the
 past several months, the DPR's been established
 as a state,” Boroday told a media conference.

 Unlike Boroday, who originally comes from
 Moscow, Zakharchenko was born in the
 Donetsk region.

Boroday was appointed PM of the DPR on May
the 16th. He will continue working at the DPR
 government as an adviser to the prime minister.



European Union fruit & vegetable produce
 represents around 2.7 billion USD-worth of
 exports to Russia.

This is now stopped by Russia for one year
in retaliation for the sanctions the EU put
on Russia last week. 

Meat sourced products, dairy and other
foodstuffs are also banned, in a move
which will hit the EU hard.

Several countries are stating that they
intend to sue the EU, if sanctions hurt
their businesses.

US farmers are also hit.

(More details on the Finance column
on Rhondda Records' Home Page...)


Netherlands suspends search operation
 at MH17 crash site in Ukraine

Dutch PM Mark Rutte says it is dangerous for
international experts to remain in the region
 where the security situation is deteriorating.

About 80 international specialists were at the
 crash site, including 8 members of the OSCE
 Special Monitoring Mission, and experts from
 the Netherlands and Australia.

On July 31st, in Minsk, officials from Ukraine,
the OSCE and Russia, and representatives of
the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic
 agreed to a ceasefire within the humanitarian
corridor used by OSCE monitors to access
 the crash site.

Several days after the Boeing accident,
local militiamen found the fragments of
over 200 bodies at the crash site. All
were taken to the Netherlands for

Australian and Dutch experts wanted
 the passengers' remains and personal
belongings sent to the Netherlands.
 But this may now take several weeks.

The expert mission consists of 332 members
who are to be joined shortly by 68 Malaysian
 policemen. Up to 100 people will be working
 at the crash site daily, but will not conduct
 the investigation or collect evidence now.


Kiev ‘gave up on us’: Ukrainian commander
 tells why 400 troops escaped into Russia

The command in Kiev blatantly abandoned a group
 of the 400+ soldiers encircled by the self-defense
 forces, the senior Ukrainian officer who requested
 sanctuary in Russia with his men, reveals.

Lack of ammunition, food, fuel and clear orders
from commanders on what to do in the condition
 of encirclement, made the Ukraine troops cross
 the border, Major Vitaly Dubinyak, a battalion
 commander, states.

“For two weeks, we were fighting back without
 ammunition and fuel. I didn’t have an opportunity
 to feed my men for almost two weeks. We even
ran out of first strike rations. The personnel
 were more exhausted by despair than by the
 actual shelling,” Dubinyak says.

“Other than giving us a command ‘hold on,’
Kiev provided us with no other assistance.
And - during the last week - they aborted
 all communication. They simply gave up
on us,” he says.

438 soldiers, including 164 Ukrainian
 border guards, were let into Russia,
 on Sunday night.

The troops have been housed in a tent
 camp deployed near the checkpoint
 where they entered Russian territory.

“In order to save people, the commanders
 of units decided to cross the border with
Russia. All the equipment and weaponry
 had to be left on the Ukrainian side. The
 main thing was to save the people,” the
 commander stresses.

‘This civil war must be stopped’
Dubinyak says, and adds that he is
 surprised by the “almost brotherly”
 treatment his men received from
 their Russian colleagues.

“Those, who give orders to us are lying when
they say that we are in a war with Russia.
None of the Russian’s even gave a wry look.
They understand that we are hostages in
 this troubled situation,” he says.

“A medical check-up was organized for us here.
 The wounded received assistance. We were
 fed. We showered for the first time in a month.
 We're given clothes, with conditions required
 for recreation created for us,” the commander

According to Dubinyak, his men went through “a
 meat grinder” and they won’t return to battle again.

He urges the decision makers in Kiev to “fight
 on their own and send their own children to die.”

The commander also admits that the fighting in
 south-eastern Ukraine has turned into a full-
scale civil war.

“I don’t know how I’ll look into the eyes of the
 mothers of those of my boys, who died. But I
 know for sure that this civil war must be stopped.
"I’ve seen enough of the locals' tears and enough
 of my mens'. suffering. I’m sick of it. The main
 thing is that we’re alive. We’ll deal with the rest
 after we get home,” Dubinyak says.


Russia, UN call for humanitarian corridors in Ukraine
At the emergency UN Security Council meeting
 on Tuesday, Russia and the UN called for aid
 corridors to be established in eastern Ukraine.

But the Ukrainian envoy opposed this, said
 the situation is "manageable" and said that
 there is "no humanitarian crisis in Ukraine."

He accused Moscow of continuing the unrest
 by supporting the anti-coup regions.

John Ging, operations chief for the UN Office for
 the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),
 said nearly four million people in the region were
 directly affected by the violence, with casualties
 rising and 1,000 people leaving the region daily.

He said 1,367 civilians and combatants have
 been killed in the contested regions and over
4,000 wounded in the fighting since mid-April.

The UN said that of the 117,910 people registered
 as internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout
 Ukraine, 87 percent were from the east.

There are 168,677 Ukrainians registered as
having crossed into Russia: 60,000 of those
applying for refugee status and 115,952
applying for other ways of staying legally
 in Russia.

"However, this isn't the full picture, as many
 Ukrainians who fled their homes, have not
 registered with Ukrainian authorities, or
officially applied for assistance," he said.

"We call on the Ukrainian government to
address some of the key challenges to
 implementation of relief activities."
 "A unified system for IDPs is crucial to
 enable comprehensive analysis and an
understanding of the existing needs."

Suggesting that humanitarian assistance
be exempt from Ukrainian taxes, he calls
 for more efficient entry into Ukraine for
aid workers, plus the easier transfer of
medical supplies certified by the World
 Health Organization, into the region.

"We call on all sides to this conflict to enable
 free and safe movement for the population,
 while at the same time ensuring full access
 by humanitarian organizations to affected
populations remaining behind," he said.

Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia said
 "indiscriminate shelling of housing blocs
 and critical civilian infrastructure" is
taking place now, in eastern Ukraine.

Shells fired by Ukrainian armed forces
"continue to fall into Russia," he said.
"There were about 20 such cases on
August the 3rd (Sunday)."

"There's a critical health and epidemiological
 situation in Lugansk. There's no electricity
 going to houses. There's no water either,
 because of shelling. There's no clean water.
There's a lack of telephone communications
and even waste is not being cleaned up ...
 Ukrainians have begun to leave the country
 en masse," Churkin said.

"Our country stands ready to undertake this great
 burden and does not need material assistance from
 outside," he continued. "We stand ready to provide
 humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians on our own."

But, he said, the situation was different in the
 Ukrainian capital.

The Moscow envoy said: "We've made multiple
 appeals to them for humanitarian corridors to
 evacuate children and the vulnerable, including
 child orphans and also sending humanitarian
 assistance from Russia, but Kiev has refused
 all these offers scornfully."

"Russia calls on the international community
 to take emergency measures to improve the
 humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine,"
he said.

"We'd like to send a convoy with Russian
 humanitarian aid - with the accompaniment
 of the ICRC (International Committee of the
 Red Cross) - to where Internally Displaced
Persons are concentrated, in the east.

"We stand ready to act with optimal transparency.
 Let the international committee monitor convoys,
 their transport routes (and) distribution of aid."

Ukraine's acting permanent representative to
 the UN, Oleksandr Pavlychenko, in an attempt
 to counter Churkin's claim of Ukraine shelling,
said Russia "continues shelling settlements
 and armed forces" near their joint border.

"The number of Russian armed forces, heavy
armored vehicles & troops positioned along
 the Russian - Ukrainian border, has been
constantly increasing," Pavlychenko said.

"The shelling has resulted in casualties
 among civilians and soldiers & destroyed
 residential and administrative buildings."

He said "the government of Ukraine gives
 consideration to all recommendations by
the UN; there is no humanitarian crisis in
Ukraine: the situation is manageable."

Pavlychenko said his government was able to
 fulfill all social obligations, including retirement
 payments, social benefits and salaries, to the
 residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions
 "except for some small towns" which remain
 under control of the separatists.

"If the Russian Federation really is interested
 in stabilization of the humanitarian situation
 in the Ukraine we propose just a few easy
steps to be made by Russia: stop sending
 mercenaries, weapons and ammunition to
 the territory of Ukraine, establish effective
 control over its part of the border to stop
the infiltration of illegal armed troops and
 weapons, stop provoking instability, and
 withdraw all military and paramilitary
formations of the Russian armed forces
from Ukrainian borders," he said.

The sooner those steps are taken by Russia,
Pavlychenko said, "the sooner the situation
 in my country will stabilize and we will get
back to normal life."

Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative
to the UN, said the situation in Ukraine "is
a matter of deep concern to China."

 "We hope the international community will
play a constructive role in easing the
humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine.

"We hope that the UN humanitarian agencies
 will strictly abide by principles of neutrality
 and objectivity."

He called for a ceasefire "as soon as possible"
 and said conducting comprehensive dialogue
 is "the only way out of the crisis in Ukraine."

"The international community should do more to
 promote peace and dialogue and create favorable
 conditions for the parties concerned, to maintain
 dialogue and engagement, and make constructive
 efforts for the political advancement of Ukraine's
 crisis," Liu said.

The parties should "meet each other halfway,"
 he said.

The situation in eastern Ukraine was described
 as a catastrophic, full-blown war by Russia's
UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, at the UN Security
Council meeting.


Russia called for the urgent UNSC meeting

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin
had said he hoped the meeting would convene
sooner, but the United Kingdom had not yet
given its consent.

He also said there had been enough time to
prepare for the meeting and added, “There
were cases when meetings were convened
in a shorter time.”

The Christian Science Monitor quotes the UN as
 saying that nearly one million people have been
 displaced by the escalating fighting in the two
 eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk & Luhansk.

According to Russia's regional authorities, over
 5,000 Ukrainian refugees enter Russia’s Rostov
 region daily.

“It's getting close to a humanitarian crisis here,”
says Alexander Titov, spokesperson for Rostov
 Governor Vasily Golubev.

“Depending on the fighting on any given day,
 between five and ten thousand people come
 across the border. We have 95 temporary
 refugee centres operating now, up from 15
in June. We try to send people on to other
regions as fast as we can but the numbers
are still swelling.”



Hamas, Israel accept new 72-hour ceasefire

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas
 and Israel have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire
 in the Gaza Strip, starting Tuesday morning.

Hamas spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri, said
 on Monday, that the group had told Cairo it
agreed to the truce -- proposed by Egypt.

A senior Israeli official confirmed that
temporary ceasefire would take
effect at
0500 GMT.

The official said an Israeli delegation will
 head to Egypt for talks to work out a long-
term truce in the next three days.

Israeli media quote an official as saying
 that there'll be no need for Israeli forces
 to be in Gaza, if the ceasefire is upheld.

"We agree to begin implementing Egypt's
 initiative. If the ceasefire is upheld, there
will be no need for any forces in the Gaza
 Strip," the unnamed Israeli official says.

The Palestinians, earlier, set a number
 of conditions for a ceasefire. The terms
 include: the withdrawal of Israeli forces
 from Gaza; lifting Israel’s blockade; and
the release of Palestinian prisoners
 incarcerated in Israel.


Kiev deploying missile launchers, multiple
 rocket systems near Donetsk - Moscow

Kiev keeps deploying missile launchers, including
 SS-21 (Scarab) and multiple rocket systems Uragan
 and Smerch in Donetsk as it “wants to continue the
 war” in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry
 says in a statement.


Over 400 Ukrainian troops
 cross into Russia for refuge

More than 400 Ukrainian troops have been
 allowed to cross into Russia after requesting
 sanctuary. It’s the largest, but not the first,
case of desertion into Russia by Ukrainian
 soldiers involved in Kiev’s military crack-
down, in the east of the country.

Rostov Region’s border guard spokesperson,
Vasily Malaev, says a total of 438 soldiers,
including 164 Ukrainian border guards,
were allowed into Russia, on Sunday night.

One of the Ukrainians was seriously injured on
 his arrival in Russia. He was taken to hospital
 for surgery, the officials added.

The other Ukrainian soldiers have been housed
 in a tent camp deployed near the checkpoint
 via which they entered Russian territory.

The Russian border guards are providing them
 with food and bedding.

Footage taken by Russian media at the scene
 shows the Ukrainian soldiers being handed
ration packs and resting in temporary shelter.

Those who agreed to speak on camera said
 they were relieved to be in safety for the first
time in weeks.

“We were given orders to leave our positions
 and go to Russia through a corridor. We were
 told it would be safe. Of course they, I would
 say, made us go fast from behind,” one of the
 soldiers, a BMP driver who wouldn't reveal his
 name or even show his face on camera, said.

“It was so bad back there. Hot, and so many
deaths and bad things,” another one, Dmitry,
said. “Folks can rest here. They gave us a
 chance to wash, gave us new clothes. We
 are thankful.”

“We have been in those fields for more than
 six months and are very tired,” he added.

Another one, Yaroslav, said he wants to
go back to his family in Ukraine.

“I want to do something peaceful. My
 contract expired four months ago,”
 he explained.

The Ukrainian Security Council says it
 is keeping in touch with the soldiers
“through diplomatic channels,” but it
did not give an exact number of how
 many troops had crossed the border.

“A Foreign Ministry representative is now
working with them, and negotiations over
their return are ongoing,” Ukraine Security
Council representative Andrey Lysenko said.

All their equipment and vehicles were taken
intact by the Russian troops.

The flow of deserters from the ranks of Kiev's
 Army and National Guard seems to be growing
 during the escalating violence in Donets and
 Lugansk Regions, where Kiev is fighting armed
 anti-government militias.

In late July, 41 Ukrainian troops fled to Russia
 to escape fighting in eastern Ukraine. They're
 now being prosecuted in Ukraine for deserting
 in the heat of battle.

Several Ukrainian units are reported to be
 cut off from supply lines after attempted
offensive operations, which brought them
 behind the militia-controlled territories...
 and close to the Russian border.

The Ukrainian troops, while far superior to the
 militia in terms of heavy weapons, suffer from
 poor logistics.

 Many soldiers complain about lacking even
 basic supplies like food and water, on the
 frontline. The situation is aggravated by
cases of apparent negligence from the
command, with units being supplied with
 faulty equipment, coming under friendly
 fire, or simply left behind while retreating
 from militia counter-attacks.

A YouTube video allegedly shows a Ukrainian
 soldier explaining how he has to catch and
 cook snakes, as his unit receives no rations.

This causes serious morale problems in the
 army, with more critical voices saying the
Ukraine de facto regime has no infantry
troops, and has no other way to fight, but
by leveling militia-held cities to the ground
 with artillery and air strikes.

There is rising resistance to the military
 campaign from Ukraine's population, with
 several cases of mass protests against
 the latest mobilization drive, as mothers
 and wives of the conscripts took to the
streets to demand that their loved ones
 not be drafted into the army.



Over 700 Ukrainian government troops have
 surrendered to local militias in the Donetsk
 region, Novorossiya news agency says.
“There's a message from the militiamen that
702 members of the Ukrainian army have
surrendered in Shakhtersk, which is being
 held by joint militia forces,” the agency
quotes one of the militia commanders
as saying.

This information could not be confirmed
from other sources.

Militiamen also say they used heavy
weapons against Kiev's troops twice
 on Monday.


Russia launches aerial war games
Russia has launched aerial "war games" in
its central and western districts, a Russian
 air force spokesperson says.

Igor Klimov says the 5-day drill began Monday
 and includes aircraft such as Su-27 & MiG-31
 fighter jets, the Su-34 bomber, as well as Mi-8,
Mi-24 and Mi-28N helicopters.

The drill tests “aircraft weapons on land and air
targets on new ranges, and will conduct real
 and electronic launches of anti-aircraft missiles
 in Ashuluk (Astrakhan region in southern Russia)
 specifically designed to improve coordination
 between aviation and anti-missile defenses,”
 says Klimov.

Klimov says the drills are planned to continue
 until August 8 and that the exercises are the
first in a series to improve coordination in the
Russian military.

The latest drill takes place in the middle of
Ukraine crisis, where government forces
 are attacking anti-fascist self defense militias
 in the eastern regions bordering Russia.


9 UN staff members killed in Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for
 Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) says nine of its
staff members have been killed in the Israeli
offensive against the Gaza Strip.

The UNRWA says in a statement that violence is
 devastating Gaza for the third time in six years
and that the staff and other people, are in the
line of fire.

The UNRWA's director, Robert Turner, calls the
loss of staff, a tragedy that can't be forgotten.

“Consistently from the beginning, we called
on all parties to the conflict to respect the
neutrality and viability of our installations,
to use proper precautions, distinctions &
proportionality, when dealing with military
targets near the installations,” Turner says.

“The locations of all of these installations have
been passed to Israel's military multiple times,
 they know where these shelters are. How this
still continues to happen, I don’t understand,”
he adds.

On Sunday, Israeli forces struck a UN-run school
 in the southern city of Rafah, killing at least 10
 Palestinians and injuring dozens others.

The school was sheltering 3,000 Palestinian
refugees who had fled Israel’s relentless
attacks on the blockaded enclave.

Over 1,822 people, including 400 children, have
been killed & over 9,400 injured since July 8th,
when Israel began attacking the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military says three Israeli civilians
and 64 soldiers have been killed in the conflict.

 Palestinian resistance movement Hamas puts
 the fatalities at over 150.


Ukraine fires missiles into Russia
and where OSCE Observers work

9 missiles fired by Kiev's Grad missile launchers
 landed in Russian territory, in Tarasovsky District
 in Rostov Region, says Russia's Security Service.

The spokesperson says that 9 craters from Grad-
launched missiles were found in Mityakinskaya, a
 village in Rostov region --- no casualties reported.

 But, since the conflict began, one Russian has
 been murdered by the shelling and nine injured.

Lugansk faces a humanitarian catastrophe, as
Kiev's forces fire indiscriminately into the city.

Russia's border checkpoint at Gukovo crossing
 was shelled from Ukraine's side twice, Sunday.

 OSCE observers and journalists were working
 at the checkpoint, as it was being shelled.

 Moscow is showing remarkable restraint
and patience, in the face of such attacks.


Palestinians launch fresh
barrage of rockets into Israel

On Sunday, a fresh barrage of rockets fired from
hit Israel's Sdot Negev, Nahal Oz & Alumim,
and a
mortar shell exploded in Eshkol.

Rocket alarm sirens blared in several areas of
Israel's Hof Ashkelon, and Eshkol and the Sha'ar

 HaNegev region were under Code Red missile alert.

Israel’s Tourism Minister Uzi Landau says that
 the military’s power is diminishing dramatically
and that it has failed to break Hamas.

An Israeli soldier has been wounded by sniper fire
 in northern Gaza and transferred to Tel HaShomer.

The army says at least 64 soldiers have died since
 July 8th. Palestinian resistance groups dispute the
 number, saying the casualties are much higher.

Israel's aerial and ground attacks on the besieged
 Gaza Strip continued relentlessly for the 27th day,
 causing more death and destruction. Nearly 60
 people were killed in Israel's attacks on Sunday.

Another UN school sheltering displaced
in the southern town of Rafah
was hit, leaving
eleven people dead and
  thirty injured.

Earlier, airstrikes claimed the lives of at least
33 Palestinians, including several children.

 Ten of the victims -- members of the same
family --
were killed in Rafah.

Thousands of people have staged marches
different countries to protest against the
Israeli military aggression against
Palestinians in
the blockaded Gaza Strip.


US to Train, Arm Ukraine National Guard in 2015
---  EU to also sell armaments to Kiev  ---

The US administration has notified Congress of
 its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national
 guard next year, the Pentagon says, as the US
 continues to intensify its response to Russia's
 support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

"The Defense Department & State Department
have notified Congress of our intent to use $19
 million in global security contingency funds to
 train and equip 4 companies and one tactical
 headquarters of the Ukrainian national guard,
 as part of their efforts to build their internal
defense capacity," Pentagon spokesperson
 Rear Admiral John Kirby, tells reporters.

The training, requiring congressional approval,
 will take place at a location in Ukraine which
 hosts multilateral exercises, Kirby says. The
 trainers will be provided by US Army Europe
 and the California National Guard, he adds.

Earlier, US President Obama urged Vladimir
Putin to stop supporting separatists in east
 Ukraine & seek a diplomatic end to the crisis.

While the US repeatedly slams Russia's
 troop buildup on the border with Ukraine
 and its support for the rebels, the Obama
 administration has limited military aid to
non lethal aid, such as medical supplies
 and helmets.

The EU is now complicit in murder in the south
east of Ukraine, says Russia's President Putin,
by allowing arms sales to the current regime,
which came to power through violence, is
extremely anti-Russian, and is now using
 ballistic missiles on civilians in rebel areas.

EU ‘quietly’ lifts ban on supplying Kiev
 with weapons and technology – Russia

The European Union has “quietly” agreed to
 lift restrictions supplying Kiev with military
 technology & equipment which can be used
for the “repression” in the country, Russia's
 Foreign Ministry says.

"During a recent meeting of the Council of Europe
 in Brussels, leaders of EU member states agreed
 'on the quiet' to remove restrictions on exports to
 Kiev of equipment that could be used for internal
 repression," the ministry says in a statement on
its website. "The Export of military technologies
 and equipment were also allowed."

Moscow slams the move as "contradicting the
rules on military technology and ammunition
exports which have been earlier applied by the
 EU" and also "pierced" with double standards.

The EU approved its rules for controlling the export
 of weapons and ammunition on December 8th, 2008.

Criterion No.3 calls on EU member states, to stop
 issuing export licenses for military equipment and
 technologies that can provoke or prolong conflict.

The EU's decision to restart issuing licenses for
 special military equipment exports comes despite
 the continuing “anti-terrorist operation” in east
 Ukraine, the ministry says.

“It is obvious why the EU is ignoring the indisputable
 facts of the shelling of Russian territory [in Russia's
 Rostov region] by the Ukrainian side: the perspective
 of feeling your own involvement in such actions
 creates certain discomfort in Brussels,” the
 Russian statement says.

The ministry calls upon its European counter-
parts “to follow logic,” and not the "prodding"
from Washington.

“A decision to limit the supply of ammunition
and weaponry to Ukraine should have been
introduced, after the launch of the so-called
‘anti-terrorist operation’ in the Donbas and
Lugansk Regions.

It isn't too late to restore the ban,” the
ministry says.

Restrictions were introduced by the EU Council
in February 2013, when Viktor Yanukovich was
 president and there was severe confrontation
 between Maidan protesters and police.

“Then the EU decided it was ‘wrong’ to supply
 the  ‘Yanukovich regime’ with weapons,”
 Moscow points out.

Kiev’s so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in
the eastern regions of Ukraine has intensified
 lately. The most recent crackdown was in the
 village of Gorlovka, in the Donetsk Region.
It resulted in 31 civilians being killed there.

According to UN figures, at least 1,129 people
 have been killed, and nearly 3,500 wounded
 in eastern Ukraine since the start of the army
operation in April. Also, 100,000 people have
 been forcibly displaced.

The latest UN report says that the cause of the
 rising death toll is intensified artillery shelling
 of civilian residential areas and the so-called
 “collateral damage” in heavily-populated areas.


Israel kills 150 Palestinians over "missing" officer

Israel killed 150+ Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
 in the past 24 hours, after Tel Aviv's false claim
 that Hamas had captured one Israeli soldier.

Israel bombarded the south Gaza town of Rafah
 on Saturday, after it was reported that an Israeli
 soldier had been captured by resistance fighters.

Hamas denies capturing an Israeli soldier, saying
 the missing trooper might have been killed in the
 Israeli bombardment on Friday after Tel Aviv broke
 the internationally agreed three-day ceasefire.

Hamas' Qassam Brigades state that they
are unaware of the missing soldier's status,
 or events surrounding his disappearance.

At least 35 Palestinians are killed on Saturday
in Israeli bombardments and shelling, in and
around Rafah early Saturday, says Palestinian
 health official Ashraf al-Kidra and adds: Rafah’s
 main hospital is evacuated because of attacks.

Elsewhere in Gaza, Palestinian officials report
 over 150 airstrikes, including one against the
 Islamic University in Gaza City.

Friday’s escalation came after Israel abruptly
ended a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire with
 Hamas, just a few hours after it began.

According to Tel Aviv, the Israeli death toll now
 stands at 66, including 63 soldiers and 3 civilians.

 Hamas puts the figure at about 150, which is the
 heaviest loss of life for the Israeli military in years.

The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s 26 days of
 onslaught on Gaza has now reached nearly 1,650,
 with 9,000 people injured. Most of the casualties
 have been civilians, including a large number of
 women and children.



The head of the CIA has apologized privately to
 lawmakers after an internal review reveals that
 CIA employees secretly monitored, as alleged,
the computer use of certain Senate staffers.

Director John Brennan’s admission this week
 that members of his agency “acted in a manner
 inconsistent with the common understanding”
 among the CIA and the Senate Intelligence
 Committee comes months after Sen. Dianne
 Feinstein (D-California), chair of that panel,
 complained to Congress that her staff was
 subjected to covert monitoring, as they
worked on an official investigation into
 CIA detention and interrogation practices.

That report — a 6,300-page review of tactics
 employed by the CIA, considered by some to
be forms of torture — is not made public.

Dean Boyd, a spokesperson for the CIA, told
 journalists at McClatchy that an investigation
 into Sen. Feinstein’s allegations led the CIA
 to determine that some degree of wrongdoing
 did occur, and an additional review is being
 undertaken to examine what action, if any,
the agency will take.

Sen. Feinstein says she has "grave concerns
that the CIA's search may well have violated
 the separation of powers principle of the US

“I am deeply dismayed that some members of
 the Senate have decided to make spurious
 allegations about CIA actions that are wholly
 unsupported by the facts,” Brennan, the CIA’s
 director, had said, before his admission. “I am
very confident that the appropriate authorities
 reviewing this matter will determine where the
 wrongdoing, if any, occurred, in either the
executive branch, or the legislative branch.”

According to McClatchy, Feinstein’s staff is still
 being scrutinized. The Senate Sergeant at Arms
 office, Jonathan Landay and Ali Watkins reports,
 is investigating whether or not the Intelligence
 Committee staff removed classified documents
 without authorization.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice
 confirmed that, after a careful review, it failed
 to find sufficient evidence to carry on with a
 criminal investigation into the CIA’s spying.

President Obama refused to back any inquiry,
way back in March, at any level.


Israelis, Palestinians clash at rallies in West Bank

Clashes have erupted in several areas in the
 occupied West Bank between Israeli soldiers
 and Palestinians rallying against Tel Aviv’s
massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The scuffles occurred in different areas of the
 occupied West Bank including al-Khalil city
 (Hebron), Bethlehem, and Beit Ummar, as Israeli
 soldiers used live bullets to attack those who
 demonstrated in solidarity with the Gazans.

“Israel's forces are not using regular dispersal
 weapons such as smoke grenades and shock
 grenades, but they are using live ammunition,”
 states Press TV correspondent Hanna Qassis.

About 22 Palestinians have been injured during
 the clashes.

Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails
 in retaliation.

The West Bank Palestinians say they're on the
 streets, to show solidarity with their brothers
 and sisters being killed in Gaza.

“Palestinians in Gaza are the same people, the
same blood, and the same history, therefore
 they're clashing with Israeli forces to express
 their anger over the massacre taking place
in the Gaza Strip,” Qassis adds.


Israel kills dozens of Palestinians during Gaza truce

The Tel Aviv regime has unilaterally ended a UN-
brokered ceasefire in Gaza, with the Israeli army
 launching fresh deadly attacks on civilian sites
 across the besieged Gaza Strip.

Palestinian officials say over 60 Palestinians
 were killed and 200 more injured after tanks
hit a major shopping centre and residential
areas in southern Gaza on Friday.

Israeli media reports Tel Aviv has informed
 the United Nations that the ceasefire in the
 impoverished Palestinian region is over.

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu accuses
 resistance groups of violating the truce.

However, Hamas and resistance groups
reject the allegation, saying that Israeli
attacks on Rafah provoked retaliatory
fire from Palestinian fighters.

Sources say the 72-hour humanitarian lull
was meant to allow Palestinians to bury
their dead and treat the wounded.

The Israeli military alleges that one of its
soldiers is now held by resistance fighters
 in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian fighters say they killed 15 more
Israeli soldiers, south of Gaza.

Also on Friday, the Israeli military confirms
that 5 of its soldiers died in a mortar strike
near the impoverished territory.

Israel's military says it's so far lost nearly 61
soldiers in fights with Palestinian resistance
 fighters. Hamas says 146+ Israeli soldiers
 have been killed over the past 24 days.

This is the heaviest loss of life for Israel's
military, in years.


East Ukraine clashes kill 14, including 10 troops
Fierce clashes between Ukrainian troops & anti-
coup forces have killed 14 people, including 10
 government soldiers, in the east of the country.

Ukrainian military spokesperson, Oleksiy
 Dmytrashkivsky, says Friday that clashes
took place in Shakhtersk, 25 kilometers
away from the crash site of Malaysian
lines Flight MH17.

The spokesperson adds that the 10 bodies
are confirmed as Ukrainian soldiers and the
 remaining four have not yet been identified.

According to the Ukrainian army, its forces
were ambushed in the town.

Kiev's military says it has re-launched a broader
 offensive against anti-coup forces after a day-long
 ceasefire;  it claims it won't carry out operations in
 the immediate vicinity of the MH17 crash site.

A team of 70 international experts on Friday has
finally arrived at the crash site to conduct search
 operations in a bid to recover the remains of some
of the 298 victims of the July 17 crash. Over 200
bodies have so far been found.

The group of experts has been unable to access
 the area for several days in a row, due to fighting
 around the site.

Anti-coup forces have repeatedly accused Kiev
 of blocking access to the crash site by fighting
 in the area.

Ukraine launched military operations in Donetsk
 and Lugansk in April, to crush anti-coup forces
 there. Violence intensified in May after the two
 regions held local referendums, in which their
 residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of
 independence from Ukraine.

The United Nations says at least 1,129 people
 have been killed in the ongoing military attack
 on eastern Ukraine.


Russian minister calls for reversal of
dangerous trends which preceded WWI

Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky compares
 the policy of sanctions against Russia to the hysteria
 which preceded the outbreak of World War One.

The minister, who attended the “Great War, Lessons
 of History” public forum on Thursday says sanctions
 are not a liberal instrument.

 Medinsky, who is a graduate of the Moscow State
 Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), tells
 the forum that his University lecturers taught him
 that “sanctions are an economic instrument,
 which ruling elites use to inflict direct economic
 damage, including on one’s own business and
 citizens, in pursuit of their political goals.”

“It's a Stalinist approach, I would say,” he says.

He draws some dangerous parallels between
 what’s happening now, and the run up to WWI.

“Hysteria, the growth of nationalism, appeals to
 battered national pride, and a spying mania,” all
filled newspapers in the pre-war years, and can
also be seen today, Medinsky says, calling for
a reversal of these dangerous trends.

“We, the Europeans, should be on one side of
 the barricades, in one fortress, to defend our
 common values, history and culture,” Russia's
 culture minister says.


"I killed 13 Palestinian kids today": Israeli sniper

An Israeli sniper has admitted to killing 13 children
 in the Gaza Strip in one day, as Tel Aviv continues
 its aerial and ground attacks in the besieged strip.

Posting on an Instagram account, David Ovadia
 released a photo of himself holding a sniper rifle.

The image with his post, however, was deleted
 entirely by hackers from an anonymous group.
The group has launched hundreds of attacks
 on Israeli websites over the past two years.

The move was reportedly followed by the group’s
 cyber attacks on Israel's Mossad and Ministry
of Military Affairs.

The development comes as Tel Aviv claims that
its army has been targeting Palestinian fighters
 from resistance group Hamas and it describes
 the growing death toll, as "collateral damage".

Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip since July 8.
 More than 300 children have so far been killed.

Israeli sources have confirmed the deaths of
56 soldiers. Hamas says the toll is much higher.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledges to
complete the destruction of Gaza's tunnels
with, or without, a ceasefire.

Tel Aviv has also mobilized 16,000 reservists for
 the ground military operations in Gaza, putting
 the total number at 86,000.

Tel Aviv has targeted hospitals, clinics, and
civilian shelters, over the past 24 days.


Ukrainian parliament rejects PM's resignation

The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday failed
 to approve the resignation tendered by Prime
 Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk last week, the
 parliamentary press service said.

Yatsenyuk's resignation was backed by only 16
of 339 deputies present at the 450-seat assembly.

The decision means that Yatsenyuk and the
current cabinet will continue to fulfill their
 duties until parliamentary elections, which
 are widely expected to be held in October.

Yatsenyuk, a 40yr-old pro-European technocrat,
 took charge of Ukraine's cabinet in late February,
 following the anti-government street rallies which
 toppled ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and the
 former government.

Last week, Yatsenyuk tendered his resignation
in protest against the "ineffectiveness" of Kiev's
parliament after the collapse of the ruling group.


UN Rights Chief: Israeli Attacks in Gaza
 “Deliberate Defiance” of International Law

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay lashes out at the
 Zionist entity on Thursday, over its attacks in Gaza,
 saying that such attacks are considered as Israel's
 "deliberate defiance" of international law.

Pillay slams the country's attacks on homes, schools,
 hospitals and United Nations facilities, which shelter
 250,000 civilians in Gaza.

"There appears to be a deliberate defiance of the
 obligations that international law imposes on Israel,"
 the South African tells reporters.

Pillay says that repeated calls to respect the laws of
 war have gone unheeded during the latest crisis and
in previous spikes in the Israeli offensive.

"The same pattern of attacks is occurring now on
 homes, schools, hospitals, UN premises. None of
 this appears to me to be accidental," she says.

She speaks 1 day after Israeli shells slammed into
 a UN school in Jabalia refugee camp, which was
 sheltering some 3,300 homeless Gazans, killing
 at least 16 people.

Pillay says that, under international law, civilian
 facilities should not be attacked, noting that due
 warning must be given before an attack, in order
to allow civilians to be evacuated.

"It is completely unconscionable that the
 proportionality & precaution international
 law requires, is being ignored," says Pillay.

She also criticizes Israel's strikes on Gaza's
only power plant, and on its water and
sewerage systems.

The UN Human Rights Council has voted
 to open an inquiry into the Gaza offensive,
despite fierce opposition from the Zionists
 and their global sponsor, the United States.

"We cannot allow impunity. We cannot allow
this lack of accountability to go on," Pillay
says, calling into question any investigation
by Israel into its own abuses.

"I join the world in condemning the aggression
that is taking place in Gaza, and particularly the
killing of civilians. This is wrong and it will always
be wrong," she concludes.


Egypt must reopen Rafah crossing
soon: Iran diplomat

A senior Iranian diplomat says Egypt’s delay
 in issuing permits for the delivery of Iran’s
 humanitarian aid to Gaza is “unacceptable”,
urging Cairo to immediately reopen the
Rafah border crossing.

Cairo’s long delays in issuing permits to
 flights carrying Iran’s food and medical
aid to people in the besieged Gaza Strip
 through Egypt is “unacceptable”, Iran’s
 Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab/Africa
Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, says.

“We strictly call on the relevant officials in
 Cairo to speed up the issuance of permits,”
 the Iranian official says.

He adds that 57 Palestinian infants, children
 and women, who've been critically injured in
the Israeli regime’s atrocities in the coastal
 enclave, are waiting for Egypt to allow them
 to fly to Iran for medical treatment.

Amir-Abdollahian  notes that Iran’s first cargo
of 100 tons of humanitarian aid, and the list of
 injured Palestinians ready for transfer to Iran,
 were placed at the disposal of Egypt's Foreign
 Ministry & Egypt’s interest section in Tehran,
 a few days ago, “but no flying license has yet
 been issued.”

Despite the international outcry, Cairo is
 keeping the Rafah border crossing closed.
 The 12-kilometer crossing links Egypt to
 the Gaza Strip, which has been under a
crippling Israeli siege, since 2007.

On July 24th, Amir-Abdollahian said that
 the consignment of relief aid provided by
 the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS)
for Gazans had been flown into Cairo &
was waiting to be cleared for transfer
 into Gaza, via the Rafah border crossing.

At least 1,262 people have been killed
in Israel's aggression on the besieged
Gaza Strip since July 8th. Over 7,000 -
mostly civilians - have been injured.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's
 military wing, has been launching retaliatory
 attacks against Israel. Tel Aviv confirms 53
 Israeli soldiers as having been killed in the
Gaza war, but Hamas puts the number at
over 100.


Criticizing Israel ends political careers in US: Rozzo

What Israel is doing in the besieged Gaza strip
is a “massacre” and the “ethnic cleansing” of
 Palestinians & US officials “can’t say anything,
 because this can end a lot of political careers,”
an American political analyst in New Jersey says.

“The US and its political structure supports Israel
 because Israel is the largest military client in the
 Middle East,” says Constantino Rozzo, a former
candidate for the second Congressional district
 in New Jersey.

“Palestine seems to be the largest open-air prison
 camp in the world, and what’s going on with Israel
 now (& our politicians won’t reveal this or condemn
 what’s going on) but what’s going on is a massacre,
 what’s going on is a human rights abuse,” Rozzo
 says on Wednesday.

The Zionist regime’s mission is “ethnic cleansing
 and destroying the Palestinian people,” he notes.

US lawmakers from across the aisle on Capitol Hill
 have said they will “stand with Israel” in its deadly
 offensive on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Monday, Republican & Democrat lawmakers
gathered at an event hosted by the National
Leadership Assembly for Israel, to express
their opposition to any kind of criticism of
Israel’s atrocities.

“Nobody can say anything, because it’s pretty
 hard to say anything, because this can end a
lot of political careers, because Israel has a
 lot of power, a lot money behind this,” he says.

Israel has been pounding Gaza, killing innocent
 residents of the impoverished Palestinian strip
 since July 8th.

The Palestinian death toll from over 3 weeks
of air, sea and ground assaults on the block-
aded coastal sliver, is now over 1,300, with
more than 7,500 people wounded.



Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expresses
 his disappointment over the UN Security Council’s
 inability to confirm the key provisions of resolution
 2166, on the Malaysian Boeing crash.

"Ending hostilities in territory where the Malaysian
 Boeing’s wreckage is still lying, should be a priority
 step to be taken to fulfill resolution 2166,” he says.

He recalls President Poroshenko ordering an
 end to military attacks within 40 kilometers
 around the Boeing crash site - and how his
 order was followed by Ukraine’s National
 Security and Defense Council stating that
 Ukraine's army would stop the security
 operation, only after the militias were
squeezed out of the crash area.

On Tuesday night, the US, UK & Lithuania,
 rejected Russia's proposed statement on
the need to respect resolution 2166.

Lavrov denies that Russia and militia fighters
 are keeping international inspectors from the
 Boeing crash site.

“I've seen an interview with OSCE representatives,
 including the Dutch, who were trying to get to the
 crash area accompanied by militias protecting them.

 “But they couldn't do it, because the Ukrainian army
 grossly violated the UN Security Council resolution,”
 states Lavrov.

Given the absurdity of the current situation,
 Lavrov dares to suggest that perhaps Russia
should send peacekeepers there, to provide
 international access to the Boeing crash site.

“Against the background of these obvious facts
 -- plus calls on Russia to ensure the access of
international experts to the crash site -- I don't
 have any other reaction than to urge the UN
 Security Council to pass a resolution inviting
 Russia to deploy its peacekeepers on the
perimeter of the Boeing crash area for
 security reasons -- if everybody is so sure
 that only Russia can do anything about it,
 and it is impossible to do business with
 the Kiev authorities any longer,” he says.



As Chile, Peru, recall envoys from Israel,
tyrant Israel earns nothing but hatred...

Israel’s international isolation is growing,
 as Chile & Peru join other Latin American
countries & recall their envoys from Tel

"Given the escalation of Israeli military operations
 in Gaza, the government of Chile, in coordination
 with others in our region, has decided to call in
for consultation Santiago's ambassador for Chile
 in Tel Aviv, Jorge Montero," the Chilean Foreign
Ministry statement says.

The statement adds that Israel's acts in Gaza
“breach fundamental norms in international
 humanitarian law” --- referring to the civilian
victims and strikes on hospitals and schools.

A similar statement is also published by the
 Peruvian Foreign Ministry, condemning the
Israeli operation in Gaza.

Santiago and Lima’s move comes nearly two
weeks after Brazil and Ecuador recalled their
 ambassadors, in protest against Israel’s
 atrocities in the tiny coastal sliver.

Venezuela & Bolivia, who cut ties with Tel
Aviv over Israel’s 2009 war on Gaza, have
also strongly condemned Israel's actions.

Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba,
Mexico and Venezuela, are among the 29
 countries that voted in favor of a probe by
the UN Human Rights Council into Israel’s
 war crimes in Gaza.


Kiev's bloody eastern Ukraine campaign

Ukraine's President Poroshenko has called
 a ceasefire within a 40km radius of where
 the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed.

Russia urges all parties in east Ukraine
to lay down their arms while inspectors
 investigate what caused the tragedy.

Kiev is ready for a cease-fire “now,” US
Secretary of State John Kerry claims,
 after seeing Ukraine’s Foreign Minister
 Pavlo Klimkin, in Washington.

Kerry says Poroshenko is also ready to
start talks with militias in the southeast.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,
 in a 'phone conversation with Kerry, had
 earlier urged Washington to influence
Kiev to achieve a prompt ceasefire and
start negotiations with the southeast.

Lavrov stressed the need to return to
the accord agreed at Geneva on July 17,
including an end to the use of force, and
 to promptly start an open, accountable
 process of constitutional reform which
includes all the regions of Ukraine.

The two diplomats agreed to implement
 the UNSC resolution which demands an
international, independent investigation
 into the causes of the MH17 disaster &
a ceasefire in the region surrounding
 the crash site.

Today, Monday, a nusing home is hit,
killing several residents, and Kiev
immediately blames anti-fascist
self defence forces, in Gorlovka.

31 civilans were killed there over the
last 24 hours, as Kiev's forces pound
the city with high powered shells and
rockets - with no guidance systems.



The Israeli regime is intensifying its attacks
 on hospitals in the Gaza Strip, as a shortage
 of medicines hits the tiny besieged enclave.

Basman Alashi, director of Wafa Hospital,
 says hospitals there cannot cope with the
 rising number of wounded in Israeli attacks.

The humanitarian aid body ‘Doctors without
Borders’ (MSF) strongly condemns Israel’s
attack, particularly on Gaza’s Shifa hospital,
where women and children were sheltering.

“Targeting hospitals and their surroundings
 is completely unacceptable, and a serious
violation of International Humanitarian Law,”
says Tommaso Fabbri, MSF’s head of the
mission in the Occupied Territories, adding:

“Whatever the circumstances, health facilities
 & medical staff must be protected & respected.
 But in Gaza today, hospitals are not the safe
havens they should be.”

Israeli warplanes & tanks have already
bombed several hospitals across the
besieged strip, over the past few days.

Senior Palestinian officials describe the
 multiple attacks as a "brazen violation
 of international norms."

The UN says over 80% of Palestinian fatalities
 have been civilians, including over 250 children.

The UN Human Rights Council recently passed
 a resolution, calling for an independent probe
 into Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.

The US Congress says that it is completely
on Israel's side, and will support it "come
what may." The Congress is about to now
approve a rise in war weaponry funding to
"help" Israel's Gaza slaughter.

Iran's leader says no human being can
stay indifferent to the slaughter of the
innocent women and children of Gaza.


Massacre of Gaza's Civilians Continues

At least 100 people have been killed by Israeli
shelling since midnight, as Operation Protective
 Edge enters its 22nd day on Tuesday.

The Israeli Defense Forces bombing of Khan Yunis
 and Rafah in southern Gaza has almost completely
 erased five whole families, writes Haaretz.

Reporters present at the site of the intense shelling
 say that for now it is impossible to tell for sure how
 many people have been killed, as many are missing
 or buried under the rubble of ruined buildings.

The attacks on Gaza intensified shortly after Prime
 Minister Netanyahu announced Monday that Israel
 had to be prepared for a “prolonged” campaign and
 warned that Israeli troops will not leave Gaza until
 they destroy Hamas' tunnel network. Ahead of the
 strikes, the Israeli army advised Palestinians to
 flee their homes in areas around Gaza City.

Palestinians, including Hamas, reportedly
 offered a 24-hour truce in war-torn Gaza.
 The groups added that - at a UN request
 - they would prolong it for 72 hours.

Late on Monday, it was reported that it was
 the PLO that actually declared a unilateral
24-hour truce to push forward the Egyptian
proposal for a ceasefire and advance its

Hamas’ spokesperson in Gaza, Sami Abu Zuhri,
denounced reports that it had agreed to the
 PLO-announced truce.

“We will not agree to calm until Israel commits
 to quiet. If we get an international commitment
 regarding an Israeli agreement for calm, we will
 consider it,” the spokesperson says, as cited
 by Haaretz.


Israeli attack knocks out Gaza’s only power plant
The only power plant providing electricity for the
people in the besieged Gaza Strip is knocked out
 of commission by an Israeli attack.

“Gaza’s sole power plant stopped working due
 to Israeli shelling last night, which damaged
the steam generator & later hit the fuel tanks
 which set them on fire,” Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil,
 the deputy director of the energy authority in
 the tiny coastal enclave, says on Tuesday.

Huge fires raged near the plant on Tuesday
 morning, reports say. Fire service vehicles
 are reportedly still unable to reach the area.

The damage to the power plant worsens the
 huge damage to infrastructure inflicted during
 the 22 days of Israel’s deadly offensive in Gaza.

The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s military
 offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip has
now risen to at least 1,130.

A Palestinian health official announced the
new figure on Tuesday morning. Over 6,000
have been injured in the Israeli onslaught.

Israel says 53 Israelis have been killed so far;
however, Palestinian fighters say they have
 killed over a hundred Israeli soldiers.

The new figures come as nearly 30 Palestinians
are killed and dozens more injured in the latest
 Israeli attacks overnight. The houses of several
 Hamas officials, including that of Hamas leader
 Ismail Haniyeh, also came under fire.

“My house is not more valuable than the houses
 of other people: destroying stones will not break
 our determination,” Haniyeh said in a statement
after the attack.

At dawn on Tuesday, plumes of smoke rose above
 the Al-Shorouq media building in central Gaza City,
 which houses the offices of the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa
 television and radio. Hours earlier, at least 2 major
 blasts hit the media building.

On Monday at least 10 people, mostly children,
lost their lives, as Israel struck Shati refugee
 camp on the edge of Gaza City. Israeli tanks
 also killed 5 people, including three children
 and a 70-year-old woman, and wounded 50 in
 Jebaliya town, according to the Red Crescent.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv
 needs “to be ready for a prolonged campaign.”

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri reacts
 by saying, “His threats don't scare Hamas or
 the Palestinian people, and the occupation
will pay the price for the massacres against
 civilians and children.”

Israel has rejected a recent call by the United
 Nations for a ceasefire, which the Palestinian
 resistance movement of Hamas had endorsed.



As Netanyahu refused to accept UN security
Council resolutions calling for a ceasefire,
ten Israeli soldiers were killed on Monday,
fighting Palestinian resistance fighters.

 However, the heavy Israeli onslaught on the
besieged Gaza strip, continues regardless.

Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas,
says in a statement that Palestinian resistance
 fighters killed the soldiers east of Shujaiyya.

The military wing of Hamas says its fighters
 infiltrated "behind enemy lines" and killed
 the soldiers.

The Israeli army also issues a statement after
 the incident, saying Hamas fighters infiltrated
 into Israel through a tunnel and opened fire
 on Israeli soldiers.

Elsewhere, in the city of Eshkol, at least four
 Israelis were killed and nearly a dozen others
 injured after Palestinian rockets hit the city.

The Israeli army has confirmed the casualties,
which brings the total number of Israelis killed
since the beginning of the war on Gaza to over
50, with 140 wounded.

Palestinian fighters, however, say they have
 killed over a hundred Israeli soldiers alone.

Palestinian rockets targeted several other
Israeli cities including Be’er Sheva, Ofakim,
 Haifa and Ashkelon. Resistance brigades
 also fired over 200 rockets on the Nahal
 Oz region in the Negev desert.



Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi
 admires the Palestinian "resistance" in
the 21-day Israeli war on Gaza Strip.

"A full salute to those who resist and to
 the revolutionaries," Morsi says on his
 Facebook page.

"Our compass is set on supporting Palestine
 against the usurping occupier and we are
 with any resistance against any occupier."

He also praises his supporters for "the
pursuit of their revolution."

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

In Gaza, Israeli warplanes are pounding
 sites in the enclave for the 22nd day.
Medics say over 1,095 Palestinians have
been killed so far in Israel's attacks and
 over 6,500 others, injured.

Top Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh
 says the besieged Gaza Strip will become
 “a graveyard for Israeli soldiers” who are
committing crimes against Palestinians.


Ukrainian attempt to take control of Boeing
 crash site to violate UN resolution - Russia

“This will directly violate resolution 2166,”
Russia’s permanent representative Vitaly
Churkin says.

The Ukrainian military’s attempt to take control
 of the site where a Malaysian Airlines Boeing
 recently crashed, violates UN Security Council
 resolution 2166, says Russia’s permanent
 representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.

Kiev's announcement of the Boeing's black
 box data also violates ICAO rules, says the
ITAR-TASS news agency.

Resolution 2166 specifically says the Security
 Council “condemns in the strongest terms the
 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17
July in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine resulting in the
 tragic loss of 298 lives” and “supports efforts
to establish a full, thorough and independent
 international investigation into the incident in
 accordance with international civil aviation

The Council also “demands that the armed groups
 in control of the crash site & the surrounding area
 refrain from any actions that may compromise the
 integrity of the crash site” and “demands that all
 military activities, including by armed groups,
be immediately ceased in the immediate area
 surrounding the crash site to allow security
 & safety for the international investigation.”

Mr Churkin enthusiastically greets news that
 the Netherlands and Ukraine have signed up
 to establish an international mission believed
 to ensure
experts' security at the site of the
plane crash. He says Russia supports the idea
 to send a police and investigator group there.

“We said we were ready to immediately adopt
a UN Security Council resolution that would
support such steps on the part of the Dutch
and Australians.

 They responded to us that they want to first
of all agree about everything with the Kiev
authorities, which is quite logical,” he says.

“But then, as far as I understand the situation,
 the Ukrainian side started protracting the talks.
 I don’t know if it was dictated by their plans to
 seize the crash site --- or for other reasons.
 But the fact remains - they could have signed
the agreement minutes ago,” Churkin says.

The diplomat stresses that Russia wants a
thorough and unbiased investigation into
the tragedy and that it helped the work on
 the relevant UN Security Council resolution.
“We don’t want anyone to interfere in the
 investigation,” he says.

Churkin says warfare that the Ukrainian army
 keeps conducting in the vicinity of the crash
site “is clearly out of line with the resolution
 that the UN Security Council adopted July 21.”

He says Kiev’s actions are beyond reasonable
 limits. “They shell residential neighborhoods
 with long-range artillery. Civilians die in tens,”
 he says.

Churkin recalls that Ukrainian President Pyotr
 Poroshenko pledged his army would not open
 fire on civilians. “But they DO hit civilians,
plus residential districts, apartment buildings,
 hospitals and parks,” he says. He urges Kiev
 to think of its fellow Ukrainian nationals.

“If the goal of the operation is to reunite the
 Ukrainian nation, then Kiev is making a tragic
 mistake that may have very serious long-term
 consequences,” the Russian permanent
 representative warns.

Russian General Staff Main Operations Directorat
 chief Lt. Gen. Andrey Kartapolov says a Buk system
 was discovered in the locality of Zaroshchinskaya
 (50 kilometers east of Donetsk) on the morning of
July 17th,  yet was not there on July 18th.

Kartapolov urges Ukraine's military to explain
the Buk's movements and stresses once again
 that Russia has not supplied the missile system,
 or any other weapons, to anti-coup militiamen.
 He calls video footage allegedly showing Buk’s
 movement from Ukraine to Russia, fake.

During the military operation, conducted since mid-
April, Kiev has used armored vehicles, plus heavy
artillery and attack aviation. Hundreds of civilians
have been killed and over 1,300 wounded in it.

Many buildings have been destroyed and tens
of thousands of people forced to flee Ukraine’s
war-torn Southeast.



Israeli strikes leave 10 more
 Palestinians dead in Gaza

At least 10 people, mostly children, are killed
today, when the Israeli military hit a medical
complex and a playground in the blockaded
Gaza Strip.

Palestinian media and medical sources say
an Israeli missile struck the building in the
compound housing al-Shifa hospital in Gaza
City on Monday. The building is close to the
 main gate of the hospital.

Another missile reportedly landed in a playground
 in Gaza City's Shati refugee camp, where a group
 of children was running around, leaving several
 children dead.

Statistics published by the UN Office for the
 Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
show that 22 hospitals, clinics and medical
centres have been hit and damaged by Israeli
shells since Israel’s attacks began on July 8th.

The World Health Organization said in a statement
 issued just before the hospital strike, that it was
 “appalled by the continuing trend for healthcare
 facilities, staff and vehicles to come under direct
 fire in Gaza since the escalation of violence on
the 8th of July 2014,” adding, “It is vital for health
 facilities and staff to be able to perform their life-
saving work without fear of attack.”

Palestinian medics say that nearly 1,050 people,
 including a large number of women and children,
 have lost their lives in the Israeli onslaught since
 July 8th and more than 6,200 have been wounded.

Israel says 43 Israeli soldiers have been killed in
 the war, but Hamas sources say it is over 100.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on
 Sunday dismissed a UN-brokered truce proposal
 endorsed by Hamas, saying Tel Aviv will take
"whatever action necessary: to fight Palestine's
 resistance fighters.


Israel embarks on "unlimited ceasefire"
 policy in Gaza, (or so Netanyahu said)
Israel is now on an "unlimited ceasefire"
 after 21 days of conflict and rising world
 pressure to halt hostilities, an Israeli
official stated on Sunday.

According to the official, the new policy
 meant that the Israeli military would halt
its deliberate attacks on Gaza, and open
fire only in retaliation for militant attacks.

"We're now on an 'unlimited ceasefire,'
as decided
by the political echelon," a
source said. The
PM's Office was 'not
available' to comment.

However, according to local media reports
 the military did appear to be holding fire
from the ground and air, but continued to
destroy Hamas' cross-border tunnels.

The rocket fire from Gaza declined sharply
Monday morning, with a single incident in
 which a rocket was fired this morning at
the city of Ashkelon on Israel's southern
coast, and hit an open field.

A spokesperson with the Israeli military said
 that after the incident, "Israel Defense Forces
 retaliated towards Beit Lahyia area, from
which the rocket was fired."

The new lull policy came one day after US
 President Barack Obama spoke by 'phone
 with Israeli PM B. Netanyahu, demanding
 "an immediate, unconditional humanitarian
ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads
 to a permanent cessation of hostilities based
 on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement"
 brokered by Egypt.

On Monday morning, the UN Security Council
joined Obama's call and urged "an immediate
 and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire,
 allowing for the delivery of urgently needed
 assistance" in Gaza.

The pressure for a ceasefire came after Israel
and Hamas on Sunday launched fresh attacks
at each other, despite proposals for another
 temporary truce.

After intense US and UN mediation efforts, both
 sides agreed on a 12- hour ceasefire Saturday,
but that lull could not be sustained.


Intl. teams find ‘no violations’ by
 Russia along Ukrainian border

Inspectors who came to check the state of Russian
 troops along the Ukrainian borders, have found no
violations, Russia’s Ministry of Defense says.

 This came as a response to the US allegation
that Russia had amassed 15,000 troops on
the Ukraine/Russia border.


No ‘rainbow families’: Canadian fertility clinic
 bans patient from using non-white donor

A single Canadian woman, who sought in vitro
 fertilization in the only local clinic in Calgary,
has been prohibited from using donors of a
different ethnicity, to avoid “creating rainbow



Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal
 demands that Israel lift its blockade of Gaza,
and warns that “Palestinians cannot coexist
 with the occupiers.”

“I do not coexist with the occupiers," Meshaal
says in an interview.

He adds that the Palestinians are not fighting
Israelis because they are “Jews,” saying, "We
 are not actually fighting the Jews because
they are Jews, per se. We do not fight any
other races.  We fight the occupiers.”

The Palestinian death toll from 20 days of
aerial and ground assaults on Gaza, now
stands at 1,062, with over 6,000 injured.

Gaza has been blockaded by the Israeli regime
since June 2007, a situation that has caused a
decline in standards of living, unprecedented
levels of unemployment & unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about
1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights.

The Orthodox Jews who do not embrace
Israel, say The Torah expressly forbids
any separate Jewish state's existence,
especially on land already occupied by
another people.



This weekend, spokesperson Anton
 Guryanov, of the South East Ukraine
independent authorities, issued the
following statement:

 "According to our information, the Nazis of the
 Kiev Junta plan to conduct a major terrorist act
 in the next several days. Or a series of terrorist
acts, on the territory of Ukraine".

"For the past several days, Mr. Avakov and his
 assistant Shkiryak have conducted preparations
 for this, in the mass media. The goal is to blame
 the terrorist acts on Russia, and to introduce a
  total dictatorship regime on Ukraine's territory."

"The maximum goal is to create the conditions
for a NATO military intervention, and of the
Polish-Lithuanian contingent, in particular".

 The operation's code name is "Spalokhutemreve",
 and the Resistance Forces state that Ukrainian
 Security Service (SBU) Major Aleksei Nikonov, is
the person in charge of the operation.

The Resistance quotes as its source for this,
 as "high-ranking officials in Kiev" who fear
for their future, after Poroshenko has fallen.

The Resistance warns the Ukrainian people:

"What should the common people, now listening
 to this address, do? In the next several days,
 do not visit places with public concentrations
 of people. Try not to use public transportation
either, or use it as sparingly as possible. In
particular, this concerns the metro system.

 "Pay close attention to looking after your children.
 Look after your buildings' cellars & entranceways,
 to ensure that no strangers go there, and that no
 unknown cargos are deposited in your cellars and
 entranceways. Please pass on this information to
 your acquaintances, friends and neighbours - to
 anyone that you can.  And may God help us".


Please stop fighting worldwide: Pope

Pope Francis makes a direct appeal for
 fighting to end all around the world.

During his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's
 Square on Sunday, the pontiff makes an emotional
plea for peace around the world, saying his thoughts
 are on the Middle East, Iraq & Ukraine, in particular.

“Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it's time
 to stop. Stop, please,” he says.

The Pope makes no direct reference to the blood-
shed in the Gaza Strip, but his comments come
after a humanitarian truce, brokered by the UN,
broke down on Sunday.

“Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! I am
 thinking above all of children, who are deprived
of the hope of a worthwhile life, of a future,” the
pope says.

“Dead children, injured children, mutilated children,
 orphaned children, children whose toys are things
 left over from war, children who can't smile
 anymore,” he adds.


Sunday - Dozens, including 2 children, die,
Kiev troops shell Gorlovka in E. Ukraine

At least 13 civilians and probably dozens more,
are killed today by continuing artillery barrages,
 as Kiev's troops close in on the militia positions
Gorlovka city in eastern Ukraine.

A 1-year old - killed next to her parents - and a
 5-year old, are among the dead, according to
 information published by Donetsk's regional
administration. Several local journalists on
 the ground, have reported that as many as
30 have been killed, as fighting continues.

Government troops reached the outskirts of
the city of 250,000 people late on Thursday,
 and pushed militants back into positions
 inside residential areas.

From about 5am Sunday morning, heavy
 artillery shells began to explode along-
side several of the main highways.

"They were aiming for our headquarters,
but missed and hit residential areas
instead," a local militant source reports.

“One of the mortars hit the top floor of a
popular supermarket with customers inside.
Another hit exploded in a courtyard outside
 an apartment block, and another, next to a
 maternity hospital. We still don’t know how
many are dead ---- there are ambulances
everywhere,” local resident Sergey, who
 did not want to give his surname for fear
of reprisals, states.

“My house has been reduced to rubble, and one
 of my in-laws has a piece of shrapnel lodged in
 his leg, while another has eye damage,” says
 Vera, another local resident, by telephone.

Hundreds of houses are without electricity
 and water, after infrastructure lines were hit,
 but now the streets of the city are deserted,
 as civilians cower in their flats.

“Food supplies are increasingly scarce in the city.
In the past few days - black market traders seem
 to have appeared out of nowhere,” writes local
 blogger, Egor Voronov.

Officials from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s
 Republic say the government is using powerful but
 imprecise Grad missiles in densely populated areas.

Kiev’s Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters are
making a counter-accusation, claiming that anti-
government forces are responsible for “bloody
acts of terrorism.”

“The criminals are firing indiscriminately upon
 civilians to recruit more fighters to their cause,
and to discredit the Ukrainian government,”
officials say on their ATO Facebook page.

ATO officials continue the message, saying
 that clashes are ongoing in the rural areas
 around Gorlovka, and claim that all escape
 routes from the city are now cut off.

Yet DPR field commanders Igor Girkin & Igor
 Bezler appear to have slipped out of the city,
 according to sources in the Ukrainian army.

 The report comes despite an earlier claim
by the government that a targeted airstrike
 succeeded in destroying their temporary
 headquarters in a government building.

On Saturday, Ukraine's President Poroshenko
(the man who paid for the Kiev riots and coup)
 promised that the Ukrainian army – which was
under-equipped and under-trained from the
start of the conflict – has now reached battle
readiness, and promised that “new tactics”
have been adopted that would allow “large-
scale civilian losses” to be avoided.

The Russia-based IGCP monitoring group has
 concluded, on the basis of collated OSCE &
 ATO data, that over 1,100 Ukrainians have
 died in the conflict, since the toppling of
Viktor Yanukovich, in February.


Hamas agreed to UN-proposed
 24-hour humanitarian truce

According to the media, Hamas would halt
fire for 24 hours from 11am GMT, on Sunday.

Afterwards, both sides resumed attacks.

The Israeli army resumed strikes on Gaza
 3 hours before the truce, in response to
rocket attacks by Palestinian militants
on Israel, the army’s press office said.

“We are resuming air, sea & ground strikes
on Gaza facilities, due to incessant rocket
attacks during the humanitarian truce,”
Israel's army press office said.

The Israeli army reported 7 rockets being
  fired from the Palestinian enclave on Israel
 on Sunday morning.

Two were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome
air defense system, while the other five
exploded on Israeli territory.

A rocket that exploded in Petah Tikva town
in central Israel wounded one Israeli citizen.
Another three rockets were fired by Hamas
militants on Israel on Saturday night.

Mortar fire by Palestinian militants on Saturday
 killed one and wounded another, Israeli soldier.


Kiev intensifies combat operations in MH17
 crash zone to evade exposure - DNR PM

Kiev is seeking to evade exposure of the truth
 over the Malaysian MH17 crash near Donetsk
in eastern Ukraine, by intensifying its combat
 operations around the crash site, the press
centre of Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR)
said on Sunday, citing DPR's Prime Minister,
Alexander Borodai.

Earlier, the mass media reported that the
Ukrainian military planned to take control
over the Malaysian jet crash area, to which
 end, they were shelling Gorlovka and other
 settlements controlled by the DPR forces.

Intensified combat operations “are irrefutable
 evidence, proving that Kiev seeks to destroy
 all evidence of the crime committed by its
military,” Borodai was quoted as saying.

“The junta is in panic, the only thing that matters
 to them now, is to evade exposure. Kiev’s actions
 run counter to [President] Poroshenko’s decision
 to declare a 40-kilometre zone around the crash
 site, as ceasefire territory.”

Earlier on Sunday, after visiting the Malaysian
 embassy in Ukraine, President Poroshenko
told journalists he had ordered a stop to all
combat operations in a 40-kilometre zone
 around the Malaysian Boeing crash.

A Boeing-777 of the Malaysia Airlines (flight MH17)
 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed
 on July 17 in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk Region, 60
 kms from the Russian border, in the combat zone of
  fighting between Donetsk self-defence forces and
 the Ukrainian army.

All passengers and crew members on board the
 plane - 298 people - died. Travelling on the plane
 were the citizens of ten countries, including 193
 Dutchmen, 27 Australians and 10 UK nationals.


Israel's deadly strikes "mowing the lawn"

Hamas said it would not accept any long-term
 ceasefire, until Israeli troops withdrew from
 the Gaza Strip. It also demanded the return
Palestinians to their homes, and the free
movement of ambulances.

The Palestinian death toll from three weeks of
 Israeli strikes has reached about 1,052 and at
 least 6,000 Palestinians have been injured in
 the onslaught.

Israel has been carrying out military attacks
 against the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 8th.

While Israel says 43 Israelis have been killed in
 the war, Hamas sources put the number at over
100 dead.


Palestinian rockets reach deeper into Israel
Rockets fired by Palestinian resistance fighters
 from the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the Israeli
 regime’s military strikes against the besieged
 coastal sliver, are reaching deeper into Israel
each time the two sides fight.

On Sunday, rocket warning alarms went off in
 several Israeli cities including Petah Tikva,
 Hod HaSharon and Tel Aviv.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military
wing of Hamas, fired five Grad rockets into the
 port city of Ashdod, about 40 kilometers (24
 miles) south of Tel Aviv. There are no reports
of the number of casualties.



 Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
 has been summoned to Georgia’s Prosecutor’s
 Office for questioning, the ex-president’s
mother said on Sunday.

Saakashvili who is currently staying in Kiev,
 was summoned for the first time in March,
 but he refused to come to Georgia, saying
he "does not intend to come to Tbilisi and
 cooperate with the Main Prosecutor’s Office."

“A European Union official & my friends holding
 senior positions in the US leadership, earlier
advised me to leave Georgia -- due to fears of
the institution of criminal proceedings,”
Saakhashvili said.

“The representative of the Main Prosecutor’s
Office handed this document to me. He acted
very politely,”  his mother said Sunday.

Georgia’s Main Prosecutor’s Office announced
 in March that Saakashvili had been summoned
 as a witness over several cases: eg, the death
 of Georgian prime minister Zurab Zhvania, the
 special operation to suppress the rebellion of
 a battalion of Georgia’s army in Mukhrovani in
2009, illegal acts against the family of business-
man Badri Patarkatsishvili, and other cases.

Saakashvili has been staying in Ukraine
 for the past 6 months where he reportedly
 is an "unofficial adviser" to Kiev's regime.

If he fails to turn up on Monday, he will be
put on the same Interpol wanted list, as
several members of Kiev's neo-fascist
coup-imposed regime are, already.


Experts urge learning lessons from world wars
Over 200 historians are urging people around
the globe, to learn lessons from the two world
wars --- and avoid the outbreak of a third one.

Experts from the US, Russia, Serbia, Germany,
 Japan and other countries held an international
 conference in Beijing to retrospect World War I
 and II ahead of the 100th anniversary of WWI,
which falls on Monday (tomorrow).

As in 1914, some traces of old security concepts
 can still be seen in international affairs in 2014,
 warns Li Chenggang, associate professor of the
 Academy of Military Sciences of the Chinese
 People's Liberation Army.

"The US is treating the countries which are rising
 quickly in a time of globalization as those powers
 did a century ago, at a time of imperialism and
 realpolitik," he says.

To ensure its own absolute security, the US has
 frequently carried out military interventions in
other countries, resulting in suspicion, envy and
 hostility among powers, Li adds, urging people
 to avoid the same mistakes as those made 100
years ago.

Historians also warn of a revival of militarism
 in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies
 threaten the peace of Japan and lead it down
 a dangerous path, says Nakayama Toshio, of
 the Clausewitz Society of Japan.

Abe Administration's strategy of cornering
 China by aligning with other nations is not
only a comeback under the wing of US'
 hegemony, but also a demonstration of the
 Japan-US alliance in the 21st century, that
 means more than a resurgence of Japanese
 militarism, he adds.

At the conference, Chinese scholars refuted
 the "China threat theory," which compares
 emerging China with the rising Germany that
challenged the system, before World War I.

"The view that China is the challenger to the
existing world order is extremely wrong as it
didn't, doesn't and won't follow the footsteps
 of those big powers to seek hegemony once
they grew powerful," says Lyu Jie, professor
 with the Chinese Military Academy.


Israel: War criminal

In Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, the Tel Aviv
 government warned hundreds of thousands
of inhabitants of the north of the Gaza Strip
 to abandon their homes, as the zone would
 be attacked by bomber jets from Tel Aviv.

The military offensive of Israel’s Zionist army
 has killed over 1,000 Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip, the majority, civilians, and between
25-30%, of all those killed, were children.

This has caused an exodus towards the south
 of Gaza, worsening the already catastrophic
 conditions in which Palestine's population live.

  Thousands of wounded are in over-crowded
 hospitals, with a scarcity of vital medicines,
shortages of water and food  and only one
access point on
Egypt's border, from which
Gaza can communicate with the rest of the

Over the days of the military offensive, called
 Border Protector, homes and buildings have
 been destroyed; with Israel's air force picking
 - among its targets – a UN hospital, a school
 and a mosque.

Israeli soldiers have not killed a single leader
 of Hamas or the Islamic Jihad - the supposed
 targets of the Tel Aviv government - which has
 not even been able to significantly reduce the
 pace at which homemade missiles are fired
 from Gaza's borders into Israeli territory.

Dozens of these missiles – which cause fear
in Israeli neighborhoods bordering Gaza, but
 possess an insignificant destructive capacity
 - continue to be launched daily.

 They are the only possible defensive response
 available to Palestinians.

After 2 previous grand scale military offensives
 against Gaza (2008-2009 and 2012), based on the
 same pretexts, Tel Aviv authorities have been
 obliged to admit that no massive bombardments
 or military raids can stop the manufacture or
 use of rudimentary arms by Palestinians.

The only real objective of the current attack
seems to be to kill civilians, as journalist
 Gideon Levy writes in Haaretz:

 "Israel’s real purpose in the Gaza operation?
 To kill Arabs," given that overthrowing the
Hamas government is an illusory and
illegitimate objective, as well as
undesirable, since the alternative
 could be far worse.

 Israel sincerely believes that if it kills
 hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza
 Strip, calm will be restored.

This strategy, as well as the destruction
 of homes "is a war crime, even if the
Israeli solders label them as control and
 command centres or conference rooms,"
 states Levy, renowned for his critical
 stance toward the Tel Aviv government.

The brutality and cruelty perpetrated
against the defenseless population
 of Gaza are unfathomable, but the
 passivity and indifference of the US
 and EU in the face of a genocidal
 military operation, is also

 The Western powers mounted campaigns
against Syria's government and intervened
militarily in Libya to overthrow Muammar
Gaddafi, for a lot less.

The suffering of the Palestinian population
 clearly demonstrates the obscenity and
hypocrisy of the US and Europe, both
accomplices overlooking the war crimes
 perpetuated by Tel Aviv in martyred Gaza.


Russia Delivering Weapons
 to Iraq to Thwart Terrorists

Russia has begun supplying military helicopters
 & fighters jets to Iraq, a report says, after Iraq's
 defence minister visited Moscow to press for
equipment to thwart a terrorist offensive.
"A number of contracts with Iraq have entered
 into force and are being fulfilled," the Interfax
agency quotes a source in Russia's defense
 export establishment as saying. Deliveries of
 Mi-35 helicopter gunships and Su-25 fighters
 that provide close air support for ground
troops, have begun, adds the source.
Iraq also has contracts for Mi-28 attack
 helicopters and mobile Pantsir-S1 surface-
to-air and anti-aircraft artillery systems.
Russia's ambassador to Baghdad Ilya Mogunov
has said he believes up to 10 Sukhoi fighter
jets will be delivered by the end of summer.
The Russian defence industry source tells
 Interfax that given the increased tensions
 following the downing of the Malaysian
 passenger jet over a region in Ukraine
controlled by pro-Russia rebels, the US
 may pressure Baghdad to cancel its
orders for Russian weaponry.



The Israel military confirms three more
among its soldiers on Saturday.

The soldiers were killed in attacks by
Palestinian resistance fighters.

The three were identified as Roy Peles,
Avraham Grintzvaig, and Gal Bason.

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas
 puts Israel’s military fatalities at over 100.


Death toll from Israel war crimes
 in Gaza
surpasses 1,000.

Palestinian rescue workers pulled over 100
 bodies from the ruins of homes on Saturday.

A temporary truce was in effect to allow
 the delivery of humanitarian supplies to
the impoverished region.

The UN says over 80% of Palestinian fatalities
 were civilians, including 200+ children killed.

The International Committee of the Red Cross
 (ICRC) has lashed out at Israel, for targeting
 ambulances & medical staff in the beseiged
Palestinian territory.

Separately, in the occupied West Bank, Israeli
troops attacked Palestinian protesters after a
 funeral ceremony for 9 people killed by Israeli
forces, during pro-Gaza protests on Friday.

Thousands of angry protesters responded by
 throwing stones at the heavily armed troops.

At least 11 people have been killed by occupying
troops in the West Bank over the past three days.

The UN Human Rights Council has recently passed
 a resolution calling for an independent probe into
 Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.

A prominent French lawyer has filed a complaint
 at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on behalf
 of the Palestinian government, against the Israeli
 army, over its obvious warcrimes.


The German pilots’ trade union Cockpit has
slammed a decision by Lufthansa to resume
 flights to Tel Aviv.

The union’s spokesperson, Joerg Handwerg,
 criticized the move by Lufthansa, Saturday,
 saying commercial flights should not fly in
warzones, or regions in crisis.

He said that many crew members were
 questioning the decision, as the security
situation in the region remains a major

Handwerg said Tel Aviv's advisory warnings
were lifted, despite the Israeli war on the
besieged Gaza Strip continuing, and the
flights continue --- for "political reasons".

The remarks from Cockpit came after Lufthansa
and Air Berlin said they would resume flights to
 and from Tel Aviv’s international Ben Gurion
 Airport on Saturday, after a 3-day suspension.

A number of the world’s leading airlines also
 suspended flights to Israel’s main airport.

Despite the instability and insecurity surrounding
 the area, US airlines resumed their flights to Tel
Aviv on July 25th. Washington had suspended all
 flights to Ben Gurion Airport, after a rocket fired
 by Palestinians landed near the airport on July 22.

Israeli jets have hit the blockaded Gaza Strip
since July 8th. On July 17, thousands of Israeli
soldiers launched a ground invasion into the
densely-populated strip.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military
 wing of the Palestinian resistance movement,
 launched retaliatory attacks against Israel.

1,000+ Palestinians, over 80% of whom were
civilians, died after the offensive began, and
6,000 more have been injured.


ISIS militants blow up
 Prophet Jonah's tomb in Iraq

The shrine of Jonas – revered by Christians
 and Muslims alike – was turned “to dust” near
 Iraq’s Mosul. Footage of the event was posted
online, and witnesses say it took ISIS militants
 just an hour to fill the mosque with explosives.

“ISIS militants have destroyed the Prophet Younis
 (Jonah) shrine east of Mosul city after they seized
 control of the mosque completely,” an anonymous
security source tells Iraq-based al-Sumaria News.

Muslims know the tomb as the shrine of Younis,
and Christians refer to it as the tomb of Jonah.

Jonah is renowned for having been swallowed
 by a fish or a whale in the Bible’s Old Testament,
 with a similar story being present in the Koran.

The site upon which the mosque had been built
 dated back to the eighth century BC.

“[The] Islamic State completely destroyed the
shrine of Nabi Yunus after telling local families
 to stay away and closing roads 500 meters from
 the shrine,” an anonymous official from the
Sunni Endowment, which manages Sunni
 religious affairs in Iraq, tells AFP.

 After evacuating people from the area,
 they blew it up in front of a large crowd.

Several religious sites have been destroyed
in recent days, but the official citing the Yahya
 Ibn al-Qassem, Aoun al-Din, and Prophet Daniel
 shrines as the most important says– “the worst
destruction was of Nabi Yunus, which has been
 turned to dust.”

30 shrines and 15 hussainias and mosques
 in the Mosul area have been destroyed by
 IS, Sunni Takfiri terrorists, in recent months.

The tombstone itself was smashed at the
 start of July.

"Elements of ISIS [have] controlled the mosque
of the Prophet Younis since they invaded Mosil,”
 Ninevah official, Zuhair Al-Chalabi, is quoted as
 saying, by IraqiNews.com.

Last month, Sunni militants from IS took
northern and western Iraq, destroying
mosques and shrines and aiming for the
 society which held, in Islam's early days.

On Friday, the group demanded that all
Mosul's women must wear full face veils
 or risk severe punishment.

“The conditions imposed on clothes and
grooming was only to end the pretext of
debauchery resulting from grooming and
 overdressing. This is not a restriction on 
women's freedom, but it prevents women
falling into humiliation and vulgarity,”
 IS states.


‘Google must not be left to censor
 history’ – Wikipedia founder

The power to “censor history” should not be left
 in Google’s hands, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales
 warns, after the search engine giant reveals it has
 approved 90,000+  ‘right to be forgotten’  requests.

Wales says a European Court ruling allowing
 people to have links scrubbed from the search
 engine's index, is too "open-ended." He also
 criticises the law for being unclear.

“The law as it stands right now is quite confusing.
 We've this one ruling of the ECJ (European Court
 of Justice) which is very open-ended and very hard
 to interpret,” he tells BBC Radio 4's Today program.

In May, the ECJ said links to irrelevant, outdated
 data should be erased from searches on request,
 sparking fears that news stories and other public
 information could be concealed from public view.

On Friday, it was revealed that half of all ‘right to
 be forgotten’ requests had been granted. So far,
the internet giant has had requests from 91,000
 individuals to block search results for 328,000

“There is a significant, difficult and philosophical
 question around the balance between privacy
 and free speech," Wales said at the time of the
 ruling. "I think what this decision highlights is
that we've got (that balance) all wrong."

Wales says the biggest problem is the law
 as it stands directs Google to censor links
 to information “that is clearly public” from
reputable news sources.

“That is a very dangerous path to go down, and
 if we want to go down a path where we are going
 to be censoring history, there is no way we should
 leave a private company like Google in charge of
 making those decisions.”

Wales argues that personal information in
 this instance is being confused with private
 information, including personal health and
financial information, which in fact, should
 remain outside the public domain.

“That's a completely different category,”
 he says.

Google says that over 30% of requests were
rejected outright, while additional information
 was requested in 15% of cases. At this rate,
 links to 164,000 websites will not be provided
via the Google search engine.

Google says the French submitted the most:
17,500 requests relating to 58,000 websites.

16,500 Germans sent 57,000 requests, while
 the British came third, with 12,000 people
 submitting requests for 44,000 links.

Spanish, Italian and Dutch citizens submitted
 8,000, 7,500 and 5,500 requests, respectively.

Google has previously expressed its displeasure
 with the ECJ ruling, claiming it conflicts with the
 firm’s principles, though their hands were tied
when it came to implementation.

 Google CEO Larry Page even goes so far as to
 say the decision could encourage repressive
regimes to crack down on internet freedom.

According to the Wall Street Journal, other firms
 like Microsoft have watched Google closely to
see how it interprets the ECJ decision.

European politicians, who are debating a law
 which could potentially tighten up the loose
 interpretation of the ECJ ruling, are keeping
an eye on Google as well.


Over 40 mortar shells ‘fired to kill’
 into Russia from Ukraine

At least 45 mortar shells fired on targets in
the Russian Rostov-on-Don region have been
 unleashed by Ukraine’s army, Russia’s border
 officials say.

 The barrages destroyed many houses and
forced the evacuation of civilians.

Investigators say they were examining the site
of a previous shelling near Primiusskiy hamlet
 on the southwestern tip of Russia Wednesday,
when a barrage of rockets went off from the
other side of the border.

“There is no doubt that those shooting from the
 Ukrainian side picked their target, and tried to
 kill Russian security officials,” says Vladimir
 Markin, Investigative Committee representative.

“It's only the poor training of Ukrainian gunners,
 and the timely evacuation of Russian officials
under the cover of armored vehicles, that
 thwarted their plan.”

Six houses in the village were damaged, and
one woman received concussion as a result
 of a nearby explosion.

“The barrage is continuing from the other side
 of the border and its intensity hasn't decreased,”
 says Vasily Malaev, the regional border service

Shells from artillery fights in Ukraine frequently
 land on Russian territory and have done so ever
summer began. Primiusskiy was shelled
previously, just two days ago.

Earlier this week, a temporary refugee camp
 for Ukrainians fleeing the war was relocated
 further from the border, after several mortars
 landed nearby.

A man was killed and two received serious
injuries, when a Ukrainian shell hit a house
 in the region, earlier this month.

The Russian Foreign Ministry then, described
the incident as “an act of aggression” and
 threatened “irreversible consequences”...
if the attacks were not discontinued.

Ukrainian officials have denied responsibility,
 and say that it is Russia using its artillery to
 support anti-Kiev militants in the Donetsk
 region across the border.


Ukraine used phosphorous incendiaries,
 cluster bombs against cities – Russian military

Kiev's troops have used incendiary weapons
 and cluster bombs against militia-held cities,
 acts banned by international laws regulating
 warfare, the Russian military says.

According to Major General Viktor Poznikhir,
 the deputy commander of the chief operations
 branch of the Russian General Staff, the Russian
 military are certain of a number of such attacks
 by Ukrainian troops.

Those include artillery shelling with incendiary
shells on June 12 in Slavyansk, on June 24 and
June 29 in Semyonovka and July 7 in Lisichansk.

There were also airstrikes with incendiary bombs
 on June 21 in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk and on
 July 23 in Donetsk and shelling with cluster-
shells on June 24 in Semyonovka.

“We have sufficient proof that in the cities and
 villages of Ukraine I mentioned,
based ammunition was used,” Poznikhir says.

In all those instances characteristic fast-falling
 clusters of sparks were spotted in the air, and
 massive fires on the ground were reported,
proving that they were not illumination flares.

The evidence behind the ministry’s assessment
 includes eyewitness accounts, injuries sustained
 by the victims of the attacks and media reports
 from Ukraine, the Russian general says.

“Incendiaries were used on residential areas
where only civilians were present at the time,”
 Poznikhir stresses.

 “We believe the Ukrainian side wanted to produce
 a demoralizing effect on the people, and to inflict
 serious damage to the communal infrastructure,
creating conditions for a humanitarian disaster.”

Most of the incidents mentioned by the general
 happened in or near Slavyansk, once the most
 defended strongholds of the Ukrainian militia,
 which for two months held out against a siege
 by Ukrainian troops.

The city was eventually abandoned by militia
forces, which regrouped and fortified other
Ukrainian cities. They are under attack now.

Using incendiary weapons against civilians
 or military objects located in civilian areas is
 forbidden by Protocol III of the UN Convention
 on Conventional Weapons.

Ukraine is a signatory to the protocol. Cluster
 munitions are prohibited by the Convention
on Cluster Munitions, but Ukraine did not
 ratify that agreement.


We terminated ten more Israeli soldiers: Hamas

Al-Qassam Brigades said its fighters killed the
 Israeli soldiers near the northeastern part of
Gaza Strip in the early hours, this Friday.

The resistance group put the death toll then
at about 80, including at least 10 Israeli
soldiers it says it killed east of Beit Hanoun,
earlier that day.

The latest killings came as the death toll
 among Israeli troops was on the rise.

The Israeli army confirmed the deaths of just
of its soldiers over the 24 hours. The Israeli
media said the latest deaths brought to
36, the
number of troops killed in Tel Aviv’s

The Israeli army had informed the family of a
 missing soldier that he had been killed. But
Qassam Brigades said they'd captured the
 Israeli soldier, Oron Shaul, in an ambush on
Israeli forces in Sheja'iyah neighborhood,
 east of Gaza, on Saturday.

Israel has kept a tight rein on media outlets,
 regarding the true number of Israeli soldiers
 captured or killed during its assault on the
besieged coastal enclave.

The climbing death toll of Israeli forces in
 the assault on Gaza Strip, prompted rising
opposition amongst the Israeli public.

International bodies & human rights groups
said the Israeli military's actions in Gaza...
 could amount to war crimes.



Russia slams the US's latest accusations
 against Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis,
calling them a baseless “smear campaign.”

The remarks were made by Russia's Foreign
 Ministry, in a statement released on Friday.

"We reject unfounded public insinuations"
by the US, that Russia is involved in the
Ukraine crisis, said Russia's Foreign

The statement clearly referred to remarks by
 US State Department spokesperson Ms Harf:

"We deny the unfounded public insinuations
 that State Department spokesperson M. Harf
 repeats day after day," said the Russian
 Foreign Ministry.

The release by Russia's ministry came a
day after Harf said Russia fired a
shells across the border into
Ukraine, where Kiev’s coup
forces are
fighting anti-fascist self-
defence militias.

Moscow denies the US allegations, saying
  it is Russian territory that's being shelled
 by Kiev's forces.

Russia reports that dozens of shells have
 fallen on Russia’s Rostov region, fired by
 Kiev's forces in Ukraine's eastern regions.

On July 13, artillery shells from Ukraine hit
 the Rostov area, killing a 46-year-old man
 and seriously injuring two others.



EU ambassadors have reached a deal on
 widening sanctions against Russia, over
 the crisis in Ukraine, after a propaganda
blitz by the US.

The agreement is made on Friday in Brussels
during a second day of talks on expanding
 sanctions against Russia.

The proposed bans target Russia’s access
 to EU capital markets and trade in defense,
dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.

EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic says the
 proposals have been submitted to EU officials
 to codify into regulations, with EU ambassadors
 meeting again on July 29th, to review the results.

The EU charges Russia with involvement in the
 crisis in neighboring Ukraine, where government
 forces are fighting anti-fascist forces. Moscow
rejects any involvement with, or link to, the anti
fascist regional militias.

The sanctions come just over a week
after the crash of a Malaysian Airlines
 plane over Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

 The US and its allies accuse anti-fascists of
downing the civilian airliner. They deny any
 involvement in the tragedy and accuse Kiev
of being responsible for the plane’s crash.

The investigation into the crash has barely
begun, yet the crash is already yielding a
diplomatic edge to US/UK plans to isolate
Russia and weaken Europe's economy.

However, there is a long way to go before
Europe's leaders commit themselves to
sanctions on gas and other major trade
links with Russia.


Ukrainian cabinet appoints acting PM

The Ukrainian cabinet on Friday appoints
 Deputy PM Volodymyr Groysman as acting
prime minister, a day after the incumbent,
A. Yatsenyuk, announces his resignation.

Groysman will serve as acting PM until the
parliament elects a new interim head of
 the cabinet, Kiev's press service says.

According to the Ukrainian Constitution,
only parliament has the power to dismiss
 the prime minister by voting within 10 days
 after receiving a written resignation request.

The Ukrainian parliament's deputy speaker,
Ruslan Koshulynsky, says that Yatsenyuk
has not tendered an official resignation
 letter to lawmakers, as of Friday morning.

On Thursday, Yatsenyuk said he was stepping
 down over parliament's "ineffectiveness" after
two political parties withdrew from Ukraine's
ruling coalition.

After the announcement, President Poroshenko
 said there was no reason for Yatsenyuk and the
 rest of the cabinet to resign and asked lawmakers
 to pass a vote of confidence in the government.



Attack on Gaza leads PNA
 to adopt street views.

Huge numbers of people in the West Bank
 responded to a call by the Palestinian
National Authority (PNA) to protest for Gaza.

 Fury in the Palestinian street at Israel's attacks
has led the PNA to change its long-held stance
 of seeking calmness in the West Bank.

In the past two weeks, PNA police have
thwarted angry Palestinians from marching
towards an Israeli settlement near Ramallah
 to protest at the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

Citizens criticized President Mahmoud Abbas
 for describing Hamas's rockets against Israel
 as "futile", in the first few days of the Israeli
 operation "Protective Edge", and for saying
it gives Israel a reason to attack Gaza.

However, this all changed on Tuesday, when
Abbas supported public protests, endorsed the
 Palestinian militant groups led by Hamas in Gaza
 and adopted their demands for a cease-fire.

 Hamas lists six demands to agree on a truce
 including lifting the Israeli-Egyptian blockade
 on the Gaza Strip.

Local observers say this is because members
 of the PNA's ruling party of Fatah are urging the
 Palestinian President to listen to the Palestinian

 "There's a growing sensation of Hamas pride in
 the West Bank, compared to a disappointment
at Abbas's failed approach of peace talks which
 didn't achieve any tangible result," the Political
 Science Professor in Al-Quds University, Ahmed
 Rafiq Awad, says, on al Quds day.

Palestinian parties are now racing to catch up
with Hamas' success in challenging the Jewish
 state and raising military fatalities for Israeli

Palestinians all applaud the militant groups'
 performance in the war with Israel, helping
 the party to put its truce demands on the
 table, the analyst says.

People in West Bank cities celebrated Hamas'
 abducting of an Israeli soldier and the 24-hour
ban on US flights to Israel (lifted with indecent
 haste by the US today) after a missile landed near
 the only Israeli international airport of Ben Gurion.
This gives Palestinians reason to cheer for Hamas
 - despite their grief at the deaths caused by Israel.

Awad says it is mainly the internal public
pressure from the West Bank that drove the
 PNA to seek a different approach in the hope
 of keeping its popularity alive:

 "The Palestinian people are important for Abbas.
 The PNA knows if it doesn't listen to the people,
 it will lose its reputation and its legitimacy as a
 representative body for the Palestinians."

Sameeh Hamouda, a political science professor
 in Birzeit University, says that Israel's crimes
against people in Gaza proved to Abbas that
 Israel designed the attack to break the unity
 government formed a few weeks prior to the
 operation, and knows it isn't just aimed at
stopping Hamas from firing rockets.

 "Abbas does not accept giving in to the
 Israeli will that wants to keep Palestinians
 fragmented," he explains.

Analysts say that unity between the West Bank
 and Gaza, empowers Abbas in any future peace
 talks with Israel, as it shows him as the leader
of all the Palestinian people.



Palestinian resistance fighters launched rocket
barrages into Israel, to retaliate for the aerial
and ground bombardment of the besieged
Gaza Strip.

The military wing of Hamas, the Qassam Brigades,
 fired rockets at different cities & areas, including
 Tel Aviv, Nitzan, Nitzanim, Ashkelon, S'derot, Bir
Am, Ganim, Sdot Negev and Netivot.

Media reports say the attacks triggered red
sirens, causing panic among the residents.
At least two Israelis were injured, one of
them critically, after a rocket hit Eshkol
city in the south.

Israel’s US-funded Iron Dome missile system
 has once again proved vulnerable after failing
 to intercept retaliatory rockets fired into the
 occupied territories. The failure of the highly-
publicized missile system has sparked panic
among Israelis.

Israeli military sources say Palestinian
 fighters targeted the Hatzerim airbase.

Hamas says Palestinian resistance fighters
 killed eight Israeli soldiers, east of Tofah,
after at least 16 Palestinians were killed,
among them seven children, in the Israeli
shelling of a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun,
where many Palestinians were taking refuge.

Hundreds were injured in the attack.

International organizations and rights
 groups estimate that civilians made up
over 80% of the killed, in the besieged
coastal enclave.


Ukraine parliament speaker
dissolves Communist party

The Speaker of the US installed parliament,
 Aleksandr Turchinov, announces that he
has just dissolved the Communist party in
the Verkhovnaya Rada, RIA Novosti says.

He calls the decision “his historic mission”
and cites the fact that their numbers have
dwindled to 23 deputies from 33, since the
US-backed coup began.

A district court in Kiev was expected to start
a hearing Thursday, on the Justice Ministry’s
order, banning the Communist Party.

Two Ukrainian parties left the coalition in
parliament on Thursday, to let President
Petro Poroshenko start the process of
holding new parliamentary elections.

The neo-fascist nationalist Svoboda
 party, and the Udar party of former
boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko,
announced together that they were
leaving the coalition,
says Reuters.

They already formed the majority
the current rump parliament.

Ukraine's parliament-appointed PM
Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his
resignation, also, on Thursday.

“In connection with the breakup of the
 parliamentary coalition, as well as the
non-adoption of a number of important
bills, I announce my resignation,” he
said, on Friday.

Rada speaker, Alexander Turchinov,
suggests that deputies submit their
candidacy for the post of 'technical
PM', to the rump parliament, now.



The decree on a partial military draft, which
 President Poroshenko signed on Wednesday,
signals the agony of the Kiev regime and its
 inability to resolve the problems of its own
homeland in a civilized manner, say experts.

Ukraine's media gave evidence of the great
 pain which accompanied the endorsement
 of a third phase of a reservists’ call-up, to
join the so-called ‘anti-terrorist operation’.

“President Petro Poroshenko was outraged
 by the fact that voting in parliament took
place with a critically low number of votes,”
 wrote the Ukraine publication Segodnya.ua.

“The whole country is at war and 210 deputies
 believe that this war doesn’t concern them,”
 it quoted him as saying.

The Kiev authorities will not reveal how many
 reservists will be called up. “The case in hand
 may be tens of thousands of men in 45 days,”
 says Nedelya.ua portal, adding that, also, the
 Verkhovna Rada has now revised the upper
age limit for individuals liable to be drafted,
 to 60 years, from the previous 50 years old.

“This mobilization isn't the first one in Ukraine
 and will turn out to be even more disastrous
than the previous army drafts,” Dr. Vladimir
Anokhin, a Vice President at the Academy of
Geopolitical Problems in Moscow, states.

“The Ukrainian Army is suffering heavy losses
and is short of the most elementary things, like
meals and uniforms, plus Kiev doesn’t have the
money or resources to maintain the servicemen
 it has already, while the population subjected
 to being drafted, doesn’t show any enthusiasm
 to go to the battlefront,” Dr. Anokhin says.

“When the draft engulfs the age bracket of up
to 60 years old, this is simply the military and
 political agony of the Kiev junta,” he says.

“Meetings of women opposed to this draft are
taking place in many regions of the country,
 because it’s one thing if a fair war is under-
way and another thing when your child is
called up to take part in a punitive

“The latter is a shame on the entire family
and everyone in the neighborhood will
remember it,” Dr. Anokhin says.

“The losses that the Ukrainian Army is suffering
 are not measured by the numbers of killed and/
or wounded only,” says Alexander Perendzhiyev,
a member of the Association of Military Political
 Scientists.  “It includes deserters suffering from
  enormous stress and morally degenerate people
 in its ranks.”

“Many of those fighting in combat actions (in
 the Ukrainian Army) are, in a certain sense,
dysfunctional, and can't be used in combat
 anymore,” Perendzhiyev says.

“A continuation of this war, which is costing
an inordinate amount of money, is dealing
 a heavy blow, not only to the economy,
 but to Ukraine’s demography,” he says.

 “A yet another attempt to reinforce this
 punitive force, is tantamount to an anti-
state policy. All the actions of the Kiev
 regime aim at destroying the state.”

“All of this will bring a social explosion in
 Kiev,” Perendzhiyev says. “The Ukrainian
 authorities will get a reverse reaction from
 mobilization. Families will be falling apart,
people’s futures will be crashing, and the
 people will eventually be unable to
tolerate this situation anymore.”

“The social and economic situation is
deteriorating with every passing day,”
Perendzhiyev says. “Laws are being
eroded and all of this is accumulating,
which makes the eventual social
explosion, unavoidable.”

“This decision on a new mobilization testifies
 to the powerlessness of defense officials in
 Ukraine because this Army draft won't bring
 any substantial result,” Alexander Golts, a
 military expert, tells ITAR-TASS.

“Another draft will lead to an expansion of the
 scale of combat operations, a bigger number
 of human losses and even greater economic
 damage,” Dr. Sergei Markov, director of the
 Institute for Political Research, says.

“People making up the incumbent government
 in Kiev, are not statesmen,” he says. “They
 are suppressing by force, any form of protest
 against the policies they are conducting.”

“They behave towards their fellow-country
men like foreign agents & military criminals,”
Dr. Markov says.

“This third phase of drafting into the Ukrainian
 Army, taking place in just over seven months,
 testifies to a full demoralization of the political
 establishment in Kiev,” Andrei Klimov, deputy
 chair of the committee for international affairs
 in the upper house of Russian parliament says.

“A third drafting of human expendables for
 participation in the punitive operation in the
 country’s east where people totally unfamiliar
 with the battlefield, are immediately thrown
 into combat action, is a really immoral thing
 and it savors of a crime,” he says.

“The Ukrainian authorities get persistent
proposals to solve the problem of Ukraine’s
 eastern regions, but they think that the US
will continue throwing its support behind
the anti-terrorist operation,” Klimov says.

 “As long as Washington finds it profitable
 to fan passions in the region, Ukraine's
 government will have to carry out a
tenth draft, never mind a third one.”


Luhansk Republic announces
a voluntary mobilization

“We are urging everyone who can hold arms
 to join the ranks of the LPR army voluntarily,
 honestly and consciously,” a statement says.

The Luhansk People’s Republic announced
 its full voluntary mobilization on Thursday,
 as fierce fighting continues between local
 self-defense fighters and Ukraine's forces
 in the east Ukrainian region.

“The treacherous military attack by fascist
Ukraine on our Motherland is continuing,”
says a mobilization decree signed by the
Luhansk People’s Republic's head, Valery

“Despite the heroic resistance of the army
 of the Luhansk People’s Republic and despite
 the fact that the enemy’s best battalions and
 aviation squadrons have been defeated and
 found their grave on battlefields, the enemy
 continues pushing forward, committing new
 forces to the front,” the decree says.

“Its human resources are not boundless. With
some more fighting, the Ukrainian fascists
 will run out of people capable of conducting
combat operations,” the decree says.

“What is needed to crush the enemy? It is
necessary for people to understand this,
and stop being unconcerned. They need
 to mobilize themselves and readjust to a
 new military mode that knows no mercy
 for the enemy,” the decree says.

Pro-Kiev troops and local militias in Ukraine's
 Donetsk and Luhansk regions are involved in
 fierce clashes, as the Ukrainian armed forces
 conduct a military operation to regain control
over the breakaway regions, which on May 11
proclaimed their full independence in local

During the military operation, Kiev has used
armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack
 aviation. Many buildings have been destroyed
 and tens of thousands of people have had to
 flee Ukraine’s embattled east.


West colludes with genocidal Tel Aviv: Analyst

An analyst writes for Press TV, that the
so-called peace process between Israel
and Palestine looks like a ‘sick joke’, as
the apartheid regime moved ahead with
its killing of Palestinians in Gaza.

“The 20-year so-called peace process, is
just another sick joke, whereby the West's
genocidal regime in Tel Aviv, can get away
with more mass murder, and other crimes
against humanity,” Finian Cunningham says.

He adds that any so-called truce, can only
nothing, but “heap more misery and
 suffering” on the beseiged Palestinians.

“The truth is that Israeli military aggression
against the people of Palestine has been
an ongoing non-stop campaign, ever since
1948,” writes the analyst.

Referring to the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza,
 Cunningham says the Zionist entity is putting
“on display” once again, its crimes against
 humanity, “in the most despicable and
barbaric way.”

He says no truce between Hamas and the
 Israeli regime can fix the oppression of
the Palestinians:

 “There is a hemorrhage of human life,
 that requires deep intervention.”

Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in
 Israeli offensives in the besieged Gaza Strip
in less than 3 weeks.

According to Palestinian human rights group
 estimates, 81% of those killed in Gaza since
 Israel first launched its ongoing offensive on
July 8th, have been civilians.

Tel Aviv targeted over 3,250 locations in the
besieged strip, totally destroying 500 homes
, and damaging over 2,600.

UN officials warn that 70% of Gazans now do
not have access to safe water, as major water
 wells have been hit directly, by Israel.


UN Chief Again Urged Immediate
 End to Gaza Violence

"I am standing here with very heavy heart.
 My message has always been consistent
and strong, this violence must stop now,"
Ban told a joint news conference with
Jordan's Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh.

"Everyone should work together to bring
this violence to an immediate end. They
must stop now. Military solutions do not
provide sustainable solutions."


Palestine fighters kill 9 more
Israeli forces: Hamas

On Wednesday, the Israeli military acknowledged
 three more deaths in battles with Hamas fighters
 in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

However, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the
 military wing of Hamas, said 9 were killed there.

It added that their fighters destroyed a Merkava
 Mark IV tank in battles and fired rockets on Tel
Aviv Metropolitan Area (Gush Dan), Shefela,
Ashkelon, Palmachim, Bnei Darom, Ashdod,
and Lod.

Code red sirens went off in Rehovot and in Beit
 Shemesh, near East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

According to Israel's media, the Iron Dome
 intercepted five rockets fired from Gaza.

Since July the 8th, Israeli warplanes have hit
numerous sites in the Gaza Strip, some attacks
demolishing houses and burying whole families
in the rubble.

Palestinian resistance forces continued to force
heavy losses on Israel's army --
in retaliation for
its onslaught on the Gaza Strip.


Israel's war machine continues
 to relentlessly massacre Gazans
 The Israeli war machine continues to target
the besieged Gaza Strip from air
, land and
sea, pushing the Palestinian dead to 655.

Palestinian officials say on Wednesday that
 new attacks have killed at least two dozen
 Palestinians, including several children.

Medics say at least 150 others have also
been injured in Israel's ongoing onslaught
 on the tiny coastal enclave.

Sources say nearly a dozen of victims were
 killed in tank shelling in the southern town
 of Khan Yunis.

Latest reports say Israeli jets have pounded
 multiple sites across the impoverished region,
 including a mosque and the enclave's sole
 power plant.

Local residents say at least one person was
 killed and dozens more wounded near the
 targeted mosque.

Israel has continued its airstrikes on the
Gaza Strip for the 16th straight day

According to figures provided by emergency
services, the total number of people killed
since the Israeli offensive on July 8 stands
 at nearly 655. More than 4,200 people have
 been injured in the attacks.

Israel's military admits that over 400 of
 those killed were civilians, including
women and children.

The Chief Rabbi of the West Bank settlement
 of Kiryat Arba has issued a ruling that will
 "allow" the killing of civilians in wartime.

Rabbi Dov Lior claims it is permissible to
 fiercely attack what he describes as the
 enemy population, even if this means
hurting or taking, innocent lives.

The ruling reads that the army is allowed
to even
order the destruction of the whole
area, to avoid the Israeli people

The United Nations says Israel's military
 actions could well amount to war crimes.


Two Ukrainian military jets shot down over East
Kiev says anti-fascist forces have shot down two
 of Kiev's jet fighters in the country’s restive east,
 where government forces are holding military
 operations against the anti-coup population.

Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky, a Ukrainian military
 spokesperson, says 2
of Kiev's Sukhoi Su-25
 fighter jets, were shot down on Wednesday.

Anti-coup forces confirm this with a video
posted online. The video allegedly shows
the wreckage after, of one of the planes.

Kiev gives contradictory information on
where the jets were downed.

Dmytrashkivsky says the jets were downed
 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the crash site
 of the Malaysian flight MH17, and that the
 fate of the two pilots is "unknown".

But another Kiev military spokesperson
 declares that the aircraft was hit south
of the Lugansk region and that the two
pilots managed to bail out.

The downing of the two jets comes days
 after the MH17 was shot down over the
volatile Donetsk region, while en route
from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with
all 298 passengers and crew, killed.

Kiev & Western powers accuse anti-fascist
 forces of downing the passenger plane, by
firing a surface-to-air missile at the aircraft.

But militias in eastern Ukraine have denied
 the accusation and blame Kiev for shooting
 down the plane. Some witnesses say they
 saw the passenger plane being attacked
 by a Ukrainian army plane.


Zionist Massacres in Gaza Continue:
Death Toll Reaches 631

The death toll in Gaza reached 631 Palestinian
 martyrs and the wounded numbered over 3750
 on Tuesday, as emergency teams pulled dead
 bodies from the rubble of homes destroyed by
 Israeli strikes on the 16th day of the assault,
 Maan news agency reports.

The latest martyrs, who are as yet unidentified,
 died in the Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City as
a result of Israeli artillery shelling, the health
 ministry's spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra says.

He had previously announced the death of 22-
year-old Mahmoud Salim Mustafa Daraj, who
 succumbed to his wounds in Jabalia refugee
 camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

The deaths take the number of Palestinians
killed by Israel's occupation army, Tuesday,
 to 31.

Palestinian medical sources earlier announced
 the death of Ahmad Abu Seido, by Israel shelling
 a park in eastern Gaza City.

Rescue teams removed the body of a man from
 rubble, in Shujaiyya neighborhood.

Al-Qidra earlier announced another martyr as
a four-year-old girl, Muna Rami al-Kharawt, in
 the northern Gaza Strip.

The bodies of two women were also removed
 from the debris of their homes in the Zaytoun
 neighborhood of Gaza City, al-Qidra said.

He identified the two martyrs as 70-year-old
Fatima Hasan Azzam & 50-year-old Maryam
 Hasan Azzam.

Additionally, emergency teams pulled the
body of Muhammad al-Hindi from out of a
 bombed building in Tal al-Hawa, south Gaza.

Earlier on Tuesday, dozens of Palestinians
 were killed, after Israeli airstrikes and
artillery shells hit their homes.


More Airlines Suspend Flights to ’Israel’

Major European carriers are following their
US counterparts - suspending flights to the
 Zionist entity over security concerns - as
 the Israeli aggression continues on Gaza.

Air France says it is suspending services to
Ben Gurion International Airport until further
notice and Germany's Lufthansa says it is
halting flights for 36 hours.

Lufthansa says the step, which also affects its
 subsidiaries Austrian Airlines, Germanwings
 and Swiss, is being taken "for the security of
the passengers and crews" in the "unstable

The German carrier says it operated up to 10
 daily flights to Tel Aviv from Berlin, Frankfurt,
 Munich, Vienna and Zurich.

Affected passengers can choose to either
be reimbursed or exchange their tickets,
 it says.

Air France says the move will affect its three
 daily flights to Tel Aviv from Paris's Charles
de Gaulle airport, as well as the three flights
 per week from Marseille and the four flights
 per week, from Nice.

Brussels Airlines has cancelled one flight late
 on Tuesday and three flights on Wednesday.

Earlier US Delta announced that it had diverted
 a flight bound for Tel Aviv to Paris after "reports
 of a rocket or associated debris near the airport
 in Tel Aviv."

Other major US carriers US Airways and United
 Airlines said they were also cancelling their
services to Ben Gurion airport.


              Putin Rules Out Destabilization in Russia               
 President Vladimir Putin today rules out
 any destabilization in Russia, or attempts
 to create chaos inside the country, in a
similar way to those implemented in
 other regions of the world.

In a extraordinary session of the Security
Council, President Putin was confident
 that destabilization scenes, known as
"colour revolutions," will not work in
the Russian Federation.

However, Putin admitted that there are attempts
 to erode and heat up the internal situation from
 abroad, in a similar way to other countries, and
 he considers these actions as unacceptable,
 and harmful to the world's order.

The language of ultimatums & unilateral sanctions
 is frequently heard towards "awkward" countries
 and regimes which carry out independent policies
 or just defend their interests, stressed Putin.

The Russian president warned that destabilization
 plans and coup d'etats, funded and sponsored
from abroad, are carried out against those nations.

Putin said it is incomprehensible that some
 nations use their internal problems as a
pretext to destroy other nations, as seen
now, in various regions of the world.

Putin deplored that - apart from that - some
 countries also resort to using radical forces:
 nationalists, fundamentalists, or just fascists,
 as happened in the post-soviet period, and
is now happening in Ukraine.

As a result of such coups, radical nationalist –
or simply neo-fascist, fundamentalist forces –
come to power, which is what happened in
Ukraine, Putin said.

"Yes, after the coup, elections were held, but
for some reason, again, those who funded or
carried out the coup became the heads of
state. The current authorities are using force,
trying to silence the part of the population
that disagrees with this development," Putin
noted, with regret.

The international community has been calling
 on Russia to use its influence on the eastern
 anti-government militia to cooperate in the
 resolution of the crisis.

“We of course will do everything in our power
 but that is not nearly enough,” the president
stated at the meeting.

Putin believes the West must appeal to Kiev
 to honour its ceasefire pledge.

Putin highlighted that Kiev should not fuel the
 conflict, citing Tuesday’s incident when “the
 Ukrainian Armed Forces attacked Donetsk
 with their tanks” as the local militia were
handing the black box of the crashed MH17
 over to experts.

“Tanks broke through to the train station and
opened fire at it. The international experts
there couldn't even look out of the windows,”
said the Russian head of state. “It’s not like
 the rebels are shooting at themselves.”

The Russian leader called for joint work
to solve all those internal problems that
endanger the Russian Federation's
unity, and for a rapid stiffening of Russia's
military defence
"particularly in Crimea",
against NATO's eastward aggressive
missile placements and the build-up of
NATO's air and naval forces nearby.

"Our strength", he declared, "is that
we do not belong to any military
organisations that can take away
our ability to be independent."


        Joko Widodo Wins Indonesia Presidential Elections

 The candidate of the Indonesian Democratic Party
 of Struggle (PDI-P), and former Jakarta governor,
Joko Widodo, won the presidential elections in
 Indonesia, with 53% of the votes, the National
 Commission states today.

The definitive count, cited by the website
Channel News Asia, came after Widodo's
adversary, Prabowo Subianto, rejected
the election result, and accused the
winner of committing massive fraud.

According to the official vote recount,
won 53%, followed by 46% for
his opponent,
the former General
Subianto, candidate for the
Indonesian Movement Party.


Palestinian resistance fighters have killed
40+ Israeli soldiers, since Tel Aviv began
 its offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas,
 says its forces killed 15 more Israeli forces
 in eastern Gaza City, on Monday alone.

Palestinian fighters also targeted an Israeli
 Merkava-4 tank in the east of Gaza City on
 the same day.

Hamas also fired dozens of retaliatory rockets
 into Israel. Warning sirens have sounded in
 Tel Aviv, Yavne, Gadara, Ashkelon, Ashdod,
and many other places.

Top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh,
says the beseiged Gaza Strip will become
"a grave-yard for Israeli soldiers" who have
 been committing criminal acts against the
 Palestinians in the blockaded enclave, for
 over two weeks.

The Palestinian death toll is now 600 -
from 14 days of Israeli attacks. Over
3,000 Palestinians have been injured
 in the onslaught.

Anti-Israeli rallies are being held worldwide
 to condemn Tel Aviv's ongoing atrocities
against Palestinians and to urge an end to
the bloodshed in Gaza.

A group of US demonstrators, joined by anti-
Zionists, has gathered in front of the White
 House to demand that Tel Aviv’s escalating
 ground and aerial offensives stop.

Similar rallies have been held in the Netherlands,
 Austria, Chile, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, the UK,
 Morocco, Bolivia, and Australia, among others.



The resolution was supported by all
15 members of the Security Council,
 including Russia.

The resolution calls for an immediate end
to all armed hostilities in the crash area
and urges the local militia to secure the
 crash site & give the Special Monitoring
Mission of the OSCE, access to it.

It also calls for the bringing to justice of
all persons responsible for the accident.

The UN resolution condemns in the strongest
 possible terms, the actions that caused the
 plane to be shot down, & calls for a thorough
& independent investigation of the accident,
 in accordance with international civil aviation


Ukraine's army launches massive
operation on Donetsk

The western part of the city was
from 4am, local time.

Kiev's armored vehicles and tanks were
trying to break through to a train station
 in the city of Donetsk, Deputy PM of the
self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic,
Andrei Purgin, said on Monday.

“The tank column is trying to break out from
 the local railway station to the local airport.
 The gunfire is very intensive, blasts are heard
loudly even in the centre of the city,” he said.

The western part of the city had been shelled
since 4am local time (2am UTC) on Monday,
using Grad multiple launch rocket systems,
local residents told ITAR-TASS. Heavy weapons
 were being used and loud explosions, heard.

Ukrainian warplanes delivered an air strike by
 unguided rocket projectiles at the
Donetsk city
railway station  on Monday morning. Six rockets
 were fired. Railway tracks & a locomotive, were
 damaged in the projectile blasts. The market-
place was set on fire. The mayor’s office noted
that the bus station is closed and that car traffic
is now restricted.

Defense Minister of Donetsk People’s Republic,
 Igor Strelkov, said that “Ukrainian army units
had broken into the settlement of Avdiivka and
 were moving to the railway station from there.”

“At the same time our positions are under
attack near Peski, Karlivka and Netailove,”
 he said, adding that “Tanks and marines on
armored infantry assault vehicles are being
used, with huge support from artillery guns.”

It was reported earlier that Donetsk militias
 were fighting with Ukrainian army units near
 the missile units positions outside Donetsk.


Israel tanks, jets continue pounding Gaza

'IIsraeli tanks and warplanes continued to pound
 the Gaza Strip for the 14th day, on Monday, with
the death toll among Palestinians rising to 508.

Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza Health Ministry official,
 said on Monday that 20 bodies were retrieved
 at a home destroyed in an overnight airstrike
 in Khan Younis.

Israeli tanks also opened fire on a home in the
 southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing at least
10 people, including a 9-month-old baby girl,
Kidra added.

Sunday was the bloodiest day of the two-week
 Israeli war, as 150+ Palestinians were killed,
including 70 people who were massacred in
Shejaiya neighborhood.

The Israeli military said the regime's forces
 killed at least 10 resistance fighters, who
tunneled into southern Israel to attack it.

It also said that two squads were detected
 “infiltrating through two tunnels from the
northern Gaza Strip,” and that an Israeli
 aircraft targeted one squad, as soldiers
 engaged in a gun battle with the other.

Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military
wing of Hamas, claims responsibility for
the attack, saying that it conducted “an
operation behind enemy lines in response
to the massacre in Shejaiya.”

The UN Security Council has held an
emergency meeting, expressing its
“serious concern”, about the growing
 number of fatalities in Gaza, and calls
 for an immediate end to the conflict.

US President Barack Obama has also
called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
 Netanyahu, echoing calls for an
“immediate ceasefire.”

83,000 Palestinians have taken shelter
 in 60 schools across the enclave, run by
 the UN agency for Palestinian refugees,



Scores of Palestinians and Israeli soldiers were
 killed on Sunday as hostilities continued in Gaza.

 Both sides earlier agreed to a brief ceasefire
 to allow medics to reach those wounded by
 Israeli shells.

The 87 Palestinians killed on Sunday, is the
 heaviest loss since Israel launched its war
 on the Palestinian territory, on July 8th.

The brief ceasefire earlier in the day, was
broken after just an hour, after shots were
fired in Gaza.

“The agreement to implement a ceasefire was
 ended because of Hamas who started firing
 at our soldiers. We had to answer back,”
said an Israeli army source.

Hamas has yet to comment on the Israeli
 allegations that it breached the ceasefire.

The death toll is condemned by the Arab League
 who described Israeli attacks on Gaza on Sunday
 as a “war crime” against Palestinian civilians.

Over 400 Palestinians have been killed in
 Israel’s operation Protective Edge, the
Palestinian Ministry of Health said Sunday.

 13 Israeli soldiers were killed on Saturday night
 and early Sunday in several incidents across
 the Gaza strip, said Haaretz.

During the ceasefire, Gaza rescue services
 recovered 50 Palestinian bodies from Shejaia
 neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City.

Gaza's Health Ministry said the dead included
 17 children and 14 women and that hundreds
 of wounded were being treated.

 The Rafah crossing has been opened, but
only for use in 'humanitarian emergencies'.

According to Haaretz, Israeli Defense Forces
 also announced the setting up a field hospital
 near the Erez Crossing at the northern end of
the Gaza strip, to treat wounded Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
 Sunday that Israel will take "whatever action is
 necessary" to halt Hamas' cross-border rocket
 attacks from Gaza and restore calm, but insists
 his forces are doing their best to avoid civilian
 casualties there.

"We try to target military targets and unfortunately
 there are civilian casualties, which we regret and
 we don't seek," Netanyahu told CNN, shortly after
 an Israeli attack on a Gaza neighbourhood killed
 at least 89 Palestinians.

He accused Hamas of deliberately targeting
Israeli civilians and of using Gaza residents
 as "human shields." Asked how long it would
 take Israel to complete an operation it says
 is meant to destroy Hamas weapons tunnels,
Netanyahu said it is being done "fairly
quickly," but gave no time frame.


Qatar ready to host truce talks

Doha announced it was hosting a meeting
 between Palestinian President Abbas, and
UN Sec. General, Ban Ki-moon, on Sunday,
 to try and push for an end to fighting in the
Gaza strip, said a senior source from Qatar.

The session took place in Doha and was
chaired by the Gulf state's emir, Sheikh
 Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who's been
acting as a "
communication channel"
between Hamas and the international
community, said the source.

"Qatar has presented Hamas' demands to the
 international community. The list has been
 presented to France and to the UN. The talks
  were to further negotiate these conditions."

Hamas has rejected Egyptian efforts to end
 the fighting, saying any deal must include an
 end to a blockade of the coastal area and a
 recommitment to a ceasefire reached in an
 eight-day war there, in 2012.

Their conditions include the release of prisoners
 re-arrested since an exchange deal with Israel,
 the opening of Gaza-Israel border crossings and
 an end to the Israeli blockade on Gaza's seaport,
 a Hamas source in Doha says.

"In general, Israel must end all forms of aggression
 and attacks, end the blockade of Gaza and remove
 the actions that resulted from its military offensive
 in the West Bank after June 12th," Sami Abu Zuhri,
 Hamas spokesperson, tells Reuters.

"We want the rights of our people. Palestinians
 on the ground are supporting us and we will get
 them back their rights," says the source.

An IDF spokesperson says:

“We do not target in any way or form, civilians -
we target Hamas terrorists. The idea of the
ongoing operation is to secure safety and
 security for the state of Israel.

 “Hamas decided to have an onslaught against
 the state of Israel and indeed even when we held
 our stations yesterday for 6 hours, they continued
 to bombard Israel indiscriminately and we were
 left, basically, with no alternative,” he says.


We terminated 32 Israel troops: Hamas

Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas,
 says Palestinian resistance fighters have killed
 at least 32 Israeli soldiers since Saturday.

Hamas military sources say scores of Israeli soldiers
 injured in the clashes with Palestinian fighters have
 been transferred to hospital. A senior Israeli military
 commander is said to be among them.

However, the Israeli military has confirmed
only seven deaths.

The Palestinian fighters also say they targeted
 six Israeli tanks with rocket-propelled grenades.

Palestinian retaliatory rockets have hit several
 areas in Israel, including a Tel Aviv neighborhood.

More retaliatory rockets have been fired out of the
 Gaza Strip deep into Israel. Warning sirens have
 wailed in several Israeli cities including Tel Aviv,
 Eshkol and Be'er Sheva.

Over 1700 projectiles have been launched from Gaza
 in less than two weeks. Hamas says it is ready for a
 prolonged conflict and is continuously stocking up
 its weapons.

Political analysts say the war on Gaza is taking its
 toll on the Israeli army, with Palestinian fighters
 stepping up their retaliatory attacks.

The developments come as bloodshed continues
 in the besieged Gaza Strip for the 13th straight
day, with no let-up to the Israeli onslaught by air,
 sea and land.

Israeli tanks & artillery continue to shell northern
and eastern Gaza, while fighter jets keep pounding
away at the densely-populated strip.

Medics are now warning of a serious
humanitarian crisis, as clinics are
 running out of basic medical supplies.

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar
is calling for an international probe into
Israel's ongoing massacres in Gaza.   


Malaysian Experts Arrive in Kiev
 for Plane Disaster Investigation

About 130 Malaysian experts have arrived
 in Kiev to help with the investigation of the
 Boeing-777 disaster, which left 298 dead,
 when crashing in Donetsk region, where
fierce combat is ongoing.



 "Our goal is Hamas' infrastructure in the north,
 south, and east Gaza," says a military spokes-
person, which itself reveals that this ground
 offensive is leading to an Israeli reoccupation
 of Palestinian territory in Gaza.

Another sign of Israeli intentions is the call up
of another 18,000 reservists to join the Army,
 which brings the number of troops in position
to control Palestine's population, to 65,000.

Meetings now trying to find agreement for a
ceasefire seem trivial, as Israel's declared
intention is to keep its military presence
in Gaza, for an indeterminate


One should not tell Russia what to do;
it is necessary to sit down to talks
 — Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says in
 an interview with Russia 24 TV news channel,
 that it is unnecessary to tell Russia what it is
 supposed to do and that it will be much more
 expedient to sit down to talks.

“The most important thing, as Russian President
 Vladimir Putin reiterated in his conversation with
 President Obama, is to stop lecturing Russia on
what it should do and look into the core of the
matter, which consists of the fact that Ukraine's
 authorities are absolutely unwilling to sit down
to talk with those who don't accept the February
 military coup and refuse to accept the policy of
 talking to the Russian-speaking population in
 southeast Ukraine by force,” Lavrov says.

He explains that people in Eastern Ukraine
 want their lawful rights to be respected.

“The only thing they want is to sit down to talks
 to discuss the future structure of the Ukrainian
state and what rights will be guaranteed to all
 citizens. This is not their whim. It is a demand
to the Kiev authorities to implement what they
signed when they were still in opposition,”
Lavrov says.

He adds that the creation of a national unity
 government was the key provision of the
February 21st agreement.

“After being formed, the national unity government
 was supposed to start a constitutional reform that
 was supposed to have served as the basis for
elections. Everything was distinct, logical and
clear,” Lavrov stresses.

He explains that the opposition broke the
agreement --- with Europe's connivance.

 “At least, the Europeans didn't want to insist
 that the former opposition must respect an
agreement which had already been signed.

“After that, an attempt was made to return to
 a constructive dialogue, end violence and to
start an inclusive, transparent and open
 constitutional process with the involvement
 of all Ukrainian regions,” Lavrov continues.

“When we brought the paper to the UN Security
 Council and the OSCE and asked them to adopt
 a document signed by the foreign policy chiefs
of the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine, we did
not find any support,” Lavrov says.

 "We were offered President Poroshenko’s peace
 plan, which ignored the April 17th Geneva statement
 and the principle of an open constitutional process."


Obama says Russia to blame
for Malaysian plane tragedy
US President Barack Obama says Russia is refusing
 to take the concrete steps necessary to resolve the
 crisis in Ukraine, and this has led to the tragic crash
 of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The Boeing 777-200 passenger aircraft crashed
in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298
 on board. US intelligence and military officials
say the plane was hit by a Russian SA-series
 missile launched from eastern Ukraine.

In a speech from the White House on Friday,
Obama calls for an immediate ceasefire in
the area, so that a “credible international
investigation” can be conducted.

He says the evidence so far indicates that the
Malaysian airliner was shot down by a missile
 launched from areas inside Ukraine held by
“Russian separatists”.

“The deaths are an outrage of unspeakable
 proportions,” Obama says.

“It's not possible for these separatists to function
 how they’re functioning … without sophisticated
 equipment” and Russian support, he says.

“I spoke to President Putin yesterday in the wake of
 additional sanctions that we had imposed. He said
 he wasn't happy with them, and I told him that we
 have been very clear from the outset that we want
 Russia to take the path that would result in peace
 in Ukraine, but so far, at least, Russia has failed to
 take that path.”

“If Mr. Putin makes a decision that we are not going
 to allow heavy armaments and the flow of fighters
 into Ukraine across the Ukrainian-Russian border,
 then it will stop. He has the most control over that
 situation and, so far, he has not exercised it,”
Obama says.

Moscow dismisses as "nonsense", claims that
 Russian special forces are fomenting unrest.

The government in Kiev is currently engaged in
 an all-out offensive against activists who reject
the current regime imposed by violence in Kiev.

 Kiev is pursuing US conditions that dissent
must be crushed, or Ukraine will not get its
loans from the US-controlled IMF.

The armed attacks on anti-coup activists are
following very closely a US plan outlined in a
RAND Corporation memo.

The memo, leaked earlier this month, showed
 the US government-funded think tank advised
 the Ukrainian government to engage in an all-
out war in the south-east,  place citizens in
 internment camps, and kill all who resist.



'An unheard of provocation'

"This morning, cables were full of reports about
 the unheard of news, that a Malaysia Airlines
 passenger plane had been hit at an altitude of
10,100 meters as it flew over Ukrainian territory,
along a route controlled by the war-hungry
 government of chocolate king, Petro Poroshenko.

"Cuba, which has always stood in solidarity with
the Ukrainian people, and in the difficult days of
 the Chernobyl tragedy provided medical care to
the many children affected by the accident’s
 harmful radiation --- and is always willing to
continue doing so --- must express our
 repudiation of the action of the anti-
Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-
imperialist government.

"At the same time, coinciding with the Malaysian
 aircraft crime, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
 Netanyahu, head of the nuclear state, ordered
his army to invade the Gaza Strip, where, over
 the last several days, hundreds of Palestinians
 have died, many of them children.

The President of the United States supported
 this action, describing the repugnant act, as
 'legitimate defense'.

"Obama does not support David against Goliath,
but rather Goliath against David. As is known,
 young men and women from the Israeli people,
 well prepared for productive work, are being
 exposed to death without honour, without glory.

"I'm not aware of the Palestinian’s military
strategy, but I know that a combatant
prepared to die can defend even the ruins
 of a building, as long as he has his rifle --
as the heroic defenders of Stalingrad

"I only wish to express my solidarity with the
heroic people who defend the last sliver
remaining, of what was their homeland
for thousands of years."

Fidel Castro Ruz



Russia's Defense Ministry reveals that it holds
a record of Ukrainian missile defense radars
on the day of the Boeing 777 crash.

The ministry says that features of the Buk-M1
mean that it exchanges information between
the squadrons of one battalion.

Militias don't have the Ukrainian Buk missile
system, admits Ukraine's general prosecutor.

The flight route of the Boeing 777 and the site
of its crash were within the zone of operation
 of two Ukrainian batteries of the S-200 long-
range anti-aircraft missile system, and three
 squadrons of the Buk-M1 medium-range anti-
aircraft missile system, the press service of
 the Russian Defense Ministry says on Friday.

“Russian radio-technical facilities during July 17
 were recording the work of the 9s18 Kupol radar
 station of the Buk-M1 squadron, stationed in the
 area of the Styla settlement (30 km south of
Donetsk),” the ministry adds.

The Russian Defense Ministry adds that Kiev’s
 statement that Ukraine’s anti-aircraft defense
 systems or Ukrainian armed forces planes, on
July 17th, did not fire on air targets, raises
 serious doubts.

 “This information is fully confirmed by the air
data recorders,” the ministry adds.


Unilateral Sanctions Against Russia
             Are an Expression of Evil               
 Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev says
that sanctions "are an expression of evil", but
 they have not brought anyone to their knees
in the world, despite all the damage inflicted
on peoples and their economies.

The Russian Foreign Ministry considers that
 the new package of sanctions from the West
 against Russia, allegedly aimed at specific
 economic sectors, is shameful, because
 the events in Ukraine "aren't developing
 according to Washington's script".

When referring to sanctions against Russia,
 at the meeting with the rest of the cabinet,
 Medvedev pointed out that such measures
cannot cause irreparable damage to the
 economy, as western media reports say.

Taking note of international experience,
 they have not succeeded and have not
 bought anyone to their knees, the
 Russian leader said.

He warned that as a unilateral instrument,
 these sanctions against Russian citizens
 and companies are illegal, because they
are not based on decisions by the UN
 and are being imposed arbitrarily.

Medvedev noted that punitive measures
 against Russian companies in the energy
sector, military-industrial complex, and
 some banks, will only promote more
anti-US and anti-Europe attitudes.

He added that they will help consolidate Russia's
 society against those who are trying "to limit our
 country & act against the interests of its citizens".

The head of government emphasised the need
to reorientate Russia's economic development
 models, so that they can replace imports and
 internal sources of growth can be used,
 including financial resources.

He admitted, however, that the pressure
from the West will have an impact, in a
 certain way, on budgetary policies, but
made it clear that the State will comply
 with all its social obligations.



Israel has launched a ground invasion on the
besieged Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian death
toll from Israeli airstrikes & shelling, hits 243.

On Thursday, Israeli forces launched a ground
 offensive against the blockaded enclave after
 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the
 army to push the aggression against Gaza,
into "a new stage".
Netanyahu made the decision after a security
cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv.

Israeli warplanes, warships and artillery have
today launched an intensive bombardment of
different locations in the tiny coastal enclave.

Israel has killed at least 243 people and injured
 1,800 others since it began its latest onslaught
 against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on July 8.

About a third of the Palestinian fatalities are
women and children.

Since July 8, the Israeli military has attacked
 1,800 targets across Gaza, home to 1.8 million
 Palestinians living under an Israeli blockade.

Hamas has been responding to the full-scale
Israeli assaults by firing rockets into Israel.

Israel has blockaded Gaza since 2007, denying
 the Palestinian people there, their basic rights,
such as freedom of movement, well paid jobs,
 adequate healthcare and education.


2 Ukrainian fighters seen following
Malaysian jet minutes before crash

Two Ukrainian fighters were following the
passenger Boeing-777 of Malaysian Airlines
several minutes before the crash, Russia’s
 TV Channel One says Friday, citing a tweet
 made by a Spanish air traffic controller, of
 Kiev’s airport Borispol.

According to the Spanish air traffic controller,
 2 Ukrainian fighters were seen following the
Malaysian jet 3 minutes before it disappeared
from radars.

This information is confirmed by eyewitnesses
 in the Donetsk region who saw Ukrainian war-
planes near the passenger jet. They say they
 heard the sound of powerful blasts and saw
a Ukraine warplane shortly before the crash.

All those who were onboard the plane - 280
 passengers and 15 crew members - died.

According to preliminary data, passengers
included citizens of the Netherlands, the
US, UK, France, and Malaysia.

According to Russian Emergencies Minister
Vladimir Puchkov, there were no Russians
 among the passengers.



A Malaysian passenger airliner has reportedly
 been ‘shot down’ over Ukraine near the border
 with Russia - all 295 people on board are dead.

The Boeing plane was en route from Amsterdam,
to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, when it fell from
10 kilometers high above eastern Ukraine.

Itar-Tass news agency says the airplane
 was downed by a “ground-to-air missile.”

A Russian aviation industry source says the
 plane didn't enter Russia’s airspace on schedule.

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior
 ministry, says on his Facebook page the plane was
 flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit
 on Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher,
 the Associated Press reports.

BUK, also known as the SA-17 GRIZZLY, is a mobile
anti-aircraft system mounted usually on a tracked
 vehicle or lorry, that can simultaneously track and
 strike 6 targets flying from different directions and
 at different altitudes, according to military think-
tank Globalsecurity.org.

Europe’s air traffic regulator, Eurocontrol,
 has announced the closure of eastern
Ukrainian airspace until further notice.

"Since the crash, the Ukrainian authorities
 have informed Eurocontrol of the closure
 of all routes from the ground to unlimited
 altitude in Eastern Ukraine," Eurocontrol
says in its statement.

“All flight plans that are filed using these
 routes are now being rejected by Euro-
control. The routes will remain closed
 until further notice,” it adds.

Leading European airlines have announced
plans to route planes away from the area.

These developments came just hours after the
 passenger plane went down in Grabovo village,
 about 40 kilometers from the Russian border.

Ukrainian Interior Ministry officials say
 23 US citizens were among those killed.

Senior Ukrainian authorities claim that the
 Boeing 777 was hit by a ground-to-air missile.
 Yet the International Air Transport Association
says that the airspace was not subject to any

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
is calling the crash an act of terror.

Anti-coup authorities, however, accuse Kiev
 of shooting down the plane. They have also
 proposed a three-day ceasefire in eastern
 Ukraine, to allow for recovery work at the
 site of the downed airliner.

International condolences are pouring in
 over the tragic crash of the Malaysia
Airlines plane in troubled eastern Ukraine.

US President Barack Obama and Russian
 President Vladimir Putin have reportedly
discussed the incident by 'phone.


Kiev’s military retreats from Luhansk,
leaves settlements near Donetsk

Self-defense fighters forced Kiev's military to
retreat, the local news agency Novorossiya
 reported on its website on Thursday.

Kiev's troops left their positions in the
 Sabovka, Govorukha, Roskoshnoye and
 Georgiyevka settlements near Luhansk,
  retreating to the west, the agency said.

The militia has also established control
over Marinovka settlement in Donetsk

 Kiev's troops were surrounded by self-
defense forces, and had to retreat.

Donetsk People’s Republic troops opened fire
  using 120mm mortars against Kiev military’s
 fortified positions near Mospino settlement in
 Donetsk Region, destroying a KAMAZ truck,
an armored personnel carrier, an anti-tank
system and killing and wounding about 50
personnel, the self-defense militia reported.

Ukraine's National Security & Defense Council
 spokesperson Andriy Lysenko said Wednesday
 evening, that "fierce fighting" was underway
 between self-defense militia and Ukraine's
 military, in Amvrosiyevka, Marinovka and
 Izvarino settlements in Donetsk Region.

“We understand that there are losses. The
 battle is continuing, our guys are fighting on
 but it is very hard there so far,” Lysenko said.

The southeast Ukraine militia has tanks,
combat aircraft, multiple launch rocket
systems and artillery guns in its arsenal.

The self-defense fighters say they seized
them all, in battles with Kiev's military.

On Tuesday, the parliament of the Union of
the Donetsk & Luhansk Republics, declared
that all armed Ukrainian formations staying
on their territories are illegal, and said that
“corresponding measures would be taken”
 against them.

Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Minister
 Igor Strelkov, said earlier, that self-defense
 militias are switching to a contractual basis
 and would now “receive about $500-800 in
 money allowances.”

 Union Parliamentary Chair, Oleg Tsaryov, says
 the self-defense forces have enough strength
 to contain Kiev's military.



The next round of 3-way consultations on the
 Ukrainian crisis (involving the Organization for
Security and Co-operation in Europe, and
representatives of Kiev and the south-east
of  Ukraine, was held on Thursday evening.

It was, above all, expected to yield an agreement
 on a ceasefire and the exchange of prisoners,
the speaker of the Supreme Council of the self-
proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR),
 Denis Pushilin, told a pre-meeting briefing.

“There's hope that progress will be made towards
 a ceasefire. We don’t want any more citizens to
be killed. At the moment we can only talk about
a ceasefire and an exchange of captives, all for
all. It’s the only correct option,” Pushilin said.

He added:- “taking part in the consultations
 from Donetsk is DPR First Deputy PM Purgin,
and the candidate from Luhansk has yet to
 be approved”.

The consultations would take place at
19:00 Thursday, the DPR speaker said.


5 hour humanitarian ceasefire ends...
Israel continues bombing beseiged Gaza

Hamas & Palestinian militant groups agreed
to a UN appeal for a five hour humanitarian
ceasefire with Israel to occur on Thursday.

Israel Defense Forces said they would enable
 a humanitarian window in Gaza between 10am
 to 3pm local time (7am - 12pm GMT) Thursday,
 as a result of a dialogue with the UN.

It was the first pause in fighting since Israel &
 Hamas fighters engaged in fierce cross-border
 attacks last Tuesday, when Israel started an
all-out operation to halt Gaza rocket fire. The
 operation has claimed 223 Palestinian lives
so far, and one Israeli.

On Thursday, the killing began again.

Resistance groups say they want the
seige on Gaza lifted before any talks.


Russia threatens retaliation
 over new US sanctions

"The US administration's new decision to
enforce sanctions against a number of
Russian legal entities and individuals,
under a far-fetched and false pretext,
can not be called anything other than
outrageous and fully unacceptable,"
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister,
Sergei Ryabkov, said on Thursday.

Ryabkov noted that Moscow will
retaliate, without providing details.

"We condemn those politicians and officials
 who are behind such actions, and confirm
 our intention to adopt measures which will
 be perceived in Washington rather painfully
 and acutely," Ryabkov said.

"We are not after an immediate effect, we
 are not going to copy the methods of the
 US administration that provoke rejection,
 we will not yield to provocation, and will
 act in a calm manner," he added.

The reaction came after the US Treasury
 said the measures included sanctions
 against Russia’s Gazprombank and
Rosneft energy companies.

Under the new embargoes, Washington
is also targeting a series of large banks,
and energy and defense firms.

The EU deferred a sanctions vote after
nearly half of its members refused to
impose trade sanctions... then put a
small list forward on more individuals
and instructed two EU organisations
not to finance new investments.


President Assad: Syria to Stay Proud,
Steadfast, Strong against Foreigners

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in
 on Wednesday, and he stressed that Syria will
stay proudly, steadily strong against foreign
troublemakers, over 3 years after terrorism
 swept into its land, disguised as “revolution”.

In a triumphant speech delivered after he took
 the oath of office at a red carpet ceremony in
 Damascus, the Syrian leader saluted all the
 “honorable” and “free” Syrians.

He branded the 2011 so-called Arab spring as
a "fake spring" and reminded us of how some
 had spoken for Syria's people, by repeatedly
 raising the slogan:  “The People Want’.

“Yes, the people did want, the people did
make their decision, the people did act,”
 the President said, smiling.

“Years have passed since some chanted for
 freedom, but you Syrians were freemen at
the time of subordination, and you were
 masters at the time of acting,” he added.

The President hailed the Syrian people's
firm steadfastness, as they refused to
bow, surrender or give up, to those
who shouted loudest about God.

“They wanted a revolution, but you have
 been the real revolutionaries,” he said.

The Syrian president added that ugly faces
were exposed after the mask of ‘freedom’
 and ‘revolution’ was dropped.”

“All those who exploited the crisis
for their own benefit, have lost.”

Assad hailed Syria’s presidential elections
 as “a full-dimensional battle” and not just
a procedural political process, but a battle
that “for its victory, all other battles have
 been devoted.”

The elections, he added, “were a declaration
 of real affiliation to the homeland, that rises
 above affiliations given by IDs or passports.”
“The elections were a bullet shot straight at
the terrorists,” he added.

Assad stressed that Syria’s “victory could
 not have been achieved, had it not been
for the blood of the martyrs and injured.”

President Assad added that “since the start,
 we warned that what was happening was
 a dangerous scheme for the region.”

“Isn't what we see today in Iraq, Lebanon, all
 countries infected by the false plague of the
Arab spring, concrete, tangible proof of what
 we warned of before,” the Syrian leader asked.

On the other hand, President Assad stressed
 that Syria will continue fighting terrorism...

“We have decided from the first, to press on
 using a balanced approach; by both striking
 terrorism, plus making local peace moves
 towards those who wanted to return to the
 right path, and we were always confident
 that the right solutions would be and are,
 Syrian ones.”

“We're not concerned about those who left
 as traitors, agents or corrupters, as Syria
has now been cleansed of them… and they
 have no place or position at the Syrian table.”

President al-Assad added that “this day marks
 the start of a new stage, the main distinguishing
 feature of which, is consensus on protecting the
 homeland and rebuilding it morally, psychologically,
 and physically, as well as consensus on eliminating
 terrorism and bringing all those who strayed from
 a proper path, back into the arms of the homeland.”

On the brutal Israeli aggression against
 Gaza, the Syrian leader noted this was
 not a separate event, “because all events
 since the occupation of Palestine, up to
 the invasion of Iraq and Sudan's division,
were part of a chain of events planned
 by Israel and the West and implemented
 always by the countries of oppression,
tyranny, and regression.”

President Assad stressed that the events in
Syria and the whole region are directly linked
to Palestine, adding that those who believe
they can live in peace, while distancing them-
selves from the Palestinian cause, are truly

Palestine “will always be the central cause
 based on principles & reality, and what that
 reality imposes in terms of links between
what is happening in Syria and Palestine,”
 he said.

Finally, President Assad saluted the Syrian
 Army, which spared no effort in defense
of the homeland, and salutes the popular
defense groups --- and all the young men
 and women who took up arms in defense
of the dignity, pride and honour, of their


UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon,
calls on all UN members to implement
 the sanctions imposed on Takfiri ISIL

“Member states must meet their obligation
 to implement and enforce the targeted
financial sanctions, arms embargo and
travel ban imposed on ISIS (ISIL),”

 the UN chief wrote in a report to
 the UN Security Council, on the
 UN's political mission in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda-linked groups, including ISIL,
have been listed as terrorist entities
 under sanctions by the UN.

Ban denounces the crimes being committed
 by the terrorist group, describing their acts of
terrorism & violence as “extremely disturbing.”

“I strongly condemn the upsurge of violence
at the hands of ISIS and its supporters and
call on (U.N.) member states, including Iraq’s
 neighbours, to come together and support
 Iraq in its fight against terrorism,” Ban wrote.

“Terrorism must not be allowed to succeed
 in steering Iraq away from its path towards
 stability and democracy,” he added.

The crisis in Iraq escalated after Takfiri ISIL
 terrorists took control of Mosul on June 10,
then Tikrit, just 140 kilometers (87 miles)
 northwest of the capital.

 The militants have declared a “caliphate”
 in the overrun areas.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said
Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for
 the security crisis and growing terrorism in
his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major
supporter of global terrorism.


Iraq forces withdraw from Tikrit
offensive after heavy mortar fire

The Iraqi army has retreated from the city of Tikrit,
140km northwest of Baghdad, after their offensive
met strong resistance.

The operation was an attempt to push back Sunni
 militants controlling large parts of the country.

 Government army and allied Shiite volunteers
 withdrew their troops to a base four km south
after being caught by heavy mortar and sniper
fire, a soldier who fought in the battle tells
 Reuters news Agency.



 Israeli jets early on Wednesday bombed the
home of a senior Hamas leader as part of a
series of morning raids on Hamas officials.

 There were reportedly no casualties there,
 but doctors reported 3 fatalities elsewhere
 in the morning.


Parliament of Union of People’s Republics
adopts constitution of Novorossia

The parliament of the Union of People’s Republics
 (UPR) has adopted changes to the Constitution of
the confederative state of Novorossia, and has
passed a number of important laws, parliament
 head Oleg Tsaryov states.

“The second plenary meeting of the parliament of
 the Union of People’s Republics has taken place.
 The meeting adopted changes to the Constitution
of UPR. We can now rightly, de jure, call our state
 Novorossia. This name has been enshrined in the
 Constitution. Our legislative body is now called
 the parliament of Novorossia,” he said.

Each deputy will be responsible for his own
 district, work & help people there, especially
 with humanitarian aid, parliament's head says.

 “The real work with the citizens of Novorossia
 will be launched. I hope that the parliament of
 Novorossia will become a venue in which the
 people’s republics will be reaching consensus
 and developing common decisions. Step by
step we will be moving towards building an
 independent state,” Tsaryov says.

“We all realise very well that two republics
 are stronger than each separate one.
Having launched Novorossia as a project,
having adopted the Constitution of the
state, we are ready to admit all the other
 republics of southeast Ukraine, possibly,
 from the west also. In the Novorossia state
 all republics will have equal opportunities
 to settle language and cultural issues.
 They will have equal voting rights.

The parliamentary session held on
 Monday registered 48 deputies: 25
from Luhansk and 23 from Donetsk
 People’s Republics. UPR's parliament
 has 60 deputies: 30 from each republic.

On June 24th, the self-proclaimed Donetsk
 People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s
 Republic, announced their decision to unite
 into a confederative state - the Union of
People’s Republics.


The cease fire collapsed!
Sadly, the cease fire collapsed.

Israel began large scale air raids on Gaza
after Hamas & other organizations in Gaza
 refused to accept the cease-fire proposal...
continuing to fire rockets into Israel.

The situation is escalating and many more
innocent civilians will suffer - with no end
in sight.

Please invite more people to call an end
this horrible war.


Israel accepted ceasefire proposal,
as did Abbas, but Hamas rejected it.
According to a statement from the Israeli PM's
 Office, Israel's security cabinet accepted the
 Egyptian proposal on Tuesday morning for a
 ceasefire starting at 9am Tuesday, local
time (0600 GMT).

Egypt's initiative demanded an immediate
 ceasefire in Gaza, and urged Israel to stop
aggression on the Palestinian people.

The move was welcomed by Palestinian
 President Mahmoud Abbas, who urged both
 parties to be committed to the terms of the
 initiative to stop the bloodshed.

The Cairo-based Arab League also supported
 Egypt's bid for a ceasefire in Gaza, calling on all
 parties to support it, said a joint statement after
 their extraordinary ministerial meeting.

The AL announced in the statement the formation
 of a ministerial committee "to head to the United
 Nations and demand an end to Israeli aggression
 & provide guaranteed protection for Palestinians."

Welcoming the initiative, US President Obama
said Israel has the right to defend itself against
 the "inexcusable" attacks by Hamas militants,
 yet "the death & injury of Palestinian civilians
is a tragedy, which is why we've emphasized
 the need to protect civilians."

Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of 
Hamas, however, rejected the proposal,
 saying that there woul be no ceasefire
 until an agreement was reached to lift
the illegal inhumane seige on Gaza.

"We reject any ceasefire before reaching a
truce agreement," Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas'
 spokesperson in Gaza said, in an emailed
 press statement, adding that Gaza is still
 under occupation and seige and that their
resistance to occupation and seige, is the
 right of their people to defend themselves,
[and not merely a "terrorist threat"]

Abu Zuhri said they had not received
any official initiative from any side.

 "If the published text of this is correct,
 we can only say that it is an initiative of
subordination and submission, which
al-Qassam Brigades totally and
completely rejects."

"Escalation, violence, counter-violence and
 the resultant victims will not favour any of
 the two parties," said the initiative.

The initiative urged both Israel and Palestinians
 in Gaza "to stop all acts of aggression whether
via land, sea or air," and the opening of border
crossings to facilitate the traffic of people and
goods, in the light of stable security conditions
on the ground.


Anti-coup forces in eastern Ukraine say
 they have shot down another military plane.

A recent video purportedly shows the moment
when the Ukrainian military transport airplane,
an Antonov-26, was hit in the Lugansk region.

Officials announced that the aircraft’s 5 crew
 parachuted out as soon as they were targeted.

Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky, a spokesperson for
 Kiev's controversial military operations, says
 the army lost contact with the plane earlier, 
as it flew over 6,000 metres above the ground:

“Today, at around lunchtime, contact with this
 plane was lost. I cannot add anything more."

Military authorities said that the aircraft was hit
after it threw down supplies for troops based in
 Krasnodon area of Lugansk.

Meanwhile, other reports said that anti-coup
 forces had destroyed 27 Ukrainian armored
 vehicles near Lugansk.



James Fetzer, US philosopher, on Kiev's ferocity:

 "As a former Marine Corps officer I would observe
 that they are taking extremely aggressive action
 against the rebels. It would not surprise me if
 someone at the level of Zbigniew Brzezinski, is
 advising them. It's intended to provoke Russia
 into a military response which may yet happen.

"As a philosopher I must observe that the silence
of the US about the immorality of these actions
is completely stunning. Here we have atrocities
taking place...

"The Israelis are committing genocide in Gaza,
but the US is mute because Israel is our ally.
We have Ukraine committing genocide in
Ukraine, but the US stands mute because
Russia is now apparently our new enemy.

"The situation is a complete disgrace and
America has lost any semblance of moral
authority in the world. 

"It appears that the forces behind this, which
 include the US military & NATO, are dedicated
 to provoking a conflict with Russia, which I
must observe, it is not very likely to win.

"Russia has very sophisticated equipment,
 but, ultimately, if there is a nuclear exchange
 between these world powers we're all losers:
 a nuclear winter will threaten to envelope the
earth --- and extinguish life on this planet."



Russia is considering targeted retaliatory strikes
 against Ukraine, after shells fired from Ukraine
hit Russian territory, killing a civilian, media said.

Russian daily Kommersant, quoted a source
close to the Kremlin, saying that Moscow is
mulling the possibility of targeted strikes.

The source, whose name isn't mentioned,
 said “our patience is not limitless,” adding
 that Russia “knows exactly where they
(the Ukrainians) are firing from.”

According to the source, Russia is considering
 targeted one-off strikes on the positions from
 which, shells are fired at Russian territory.

The Kiev government denies that Ukrainian
 shells have fallen on Russian territory, and
blames the anti-coup forces in the area.

Russia's Rostov region has recently seen
 over a dozen shells hitting the area, which
 borders Ukraine’s eastern Lugansk region,
 where Kiev is attacking anti-coup forces.


Put Palestine under UN protection: Abbas

President of the Palestinian national unity
 government, Mahmoud Abbas, calls for the
 international protection of Palestine.

“President Abbas presented a letter to the UN
 Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace
 Process, Robert Serry, addressed to the UN
 Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to officially
put the State of Palestine under the UN's
 international protection system and to form
 a legal committee for immediate follow-up,”
 the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
 says in a statement.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the PLO,
said in a statement after a meeting of the
PLO executive that “Abbas is undertaking
 several steps and measures to deal with
 the horrific situation in Gaza.”



Russia warns of “irreversible consequences”
after a cross-border shell fired from Ukraine,
hit a residential area in Russia, killing one
man and injuring two others.

In a statement, Russia's Foreign Ministry described
the incident in Russia’s Rostov region as another
act of aggression by Ukraine towards sovereign
Russian territory, saying that Russia has the
right to take measures to protect its territory
and to ensure the security of its citizens.

“The incident shows an extremely dangerous
 escalation of tensions at the Russian-Ukraine
border & can have irreversible consequences,
 for which Ukraine will bear responsibility,”
the statement says.

The artillery shell from Ukraine reportedly killed
 a 46-year-old man and injured 2 elderly women.

Kiev, however, denies that any Ukrainian shells
 have fallen onto Russian territory, blaming it on
 anti-coup forces, who still control much of the
 border area.

The Russian Rostov region has recently seen
 over a dozen shells hitting the area, which
borders Ukraine’s eastern Lugansk region,
where Ukrainian troops are fighting Kiev's
regime, installed and backed by the USA.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the
ongoing military campaign in Ukraine, which
 has also forced tens of thousands to escape
 to Russia, with the majority arriving in the
 Rostov region.


         France Announces New Military Operation in Africa     
 French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
 says that about 3,000 soldiers will participate
 in an upcoming military operation in Africa.

The action will begin this summer, together
with five regional countries. Its objective
is to fight terrorist groups, Le Drian says.

The majority will be stationed in Chad
 and Mali, with 1,250 & 1,000 soldiers,

France also expects to activate its military
 bases in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger
and Chad.

On the French intervention in Jan. 2013
 in Mali, the minister notes that the troops
 will be relieved by the UN Stabilization
Mission and finally, by Malian forces.

France also maintains nearly 2,000 soldiers
 in the Central African Republic, as part of
Operation Sangaris, begun in Dec. 2013.


Russia Reopens Checkpoints
                  on Ukrainian Border               
The Russian border control service has
reopened 3 checkpoints in the southern
 region of Rostov, bordering Ukraine, after
 over a week of interruptions due to mortar
attacks from the other side of the border.

The checkpoints in Donestk, Gukovo and
 Novoshajtinsk were reopened and have
their functions, says Vasili
a representative of the Federal
Service in Rostov.

Malaev notes that the checkpoints are
 now working normally but that there is
no movement of people from Ukraine's
side, in Gukovo or Novoshajtinsk.

The 3 checkpoints were closed in
early July due to repeated attacks
 with heavy artillery from Ukraine.

Malaev says a projectile hit and exploded
 on the checkpoint, affecting border traffic.

Fortunately, there were no victims and
 the evacuation was quick, says Malaev.


Donetsk militia downs Ukraine’s Mi-24 chopper

 Militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s
 Republic (DPR) have downed a Mil-24 used by
the Ukrainian Air Force, Novorossiya news
 agency says.

On the outskirts of Snezhny, in Donetsk region,
the militia downed a Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter
 by using a shoulder-carried air-defence system,
and destroyed several of the enemy's combat
units, it said.

Earlier, the DPR press service said its fighters
had downed an Su-25 in a morning fight near
Gorlovka city in the Donetsk region.

“Ukraine’s aviation launched an assault on
 the outskirts of the city,” the DPR spokes-
person told reporters adding that “a return
 of vertical fire destroyed the jet, supposedly
 an Su-25.”

Earlier, militiamen destroyed a military plane,
 presumably an attack aircraft, in the area of
the town of Perevalsk in the Lugansk region
- another battleground of the civil conflict in
 Ukraine’s east.

DPR evacuating civilians from Donetsk
outskirts under Ukrainian army’s fire.

“The refugees are heading for Russia and
 we can speak about several hundreds of
 refugees,” - DPR's prime minister says.

The Government of the self-proclaimed
Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has begun
 evacuating the population of Maryinka town
 bordering Donetsk city in the west, which is
the battleground between DPR's militia and
Kiev's army, PM Alexander Borodai says.

“First of all, we are evacuating children,”
Borodai says. “The refugees are heading
for Russia and involves several hundred

Many residents are fleeing the area of the
armed conflict on their own - by personal
or municipal transport, he says.

Ukraine’s military have continued their
 bombardment of Maryinka, damaging a
feed-milling factory, dairy, tire factory
 and a seepage station.

According to unverified data, the death
 toll in Maryinka now stands at 30.


Israeli Casualties by Resistance Rockets
 as Gaza's Offensive Death Toll hit 190

Seven Israelis were injured, one seriously,
 when rockets hit the occupied city of Ashdod.

Israeli media report that the petrol station
in Ashdod suffered a direct hit by rockets
fired at it, which started a massive fire.

Firefighters were deployed to the scene,
and 7 people received medical treatment
on the spot:-- one was severely wounded.


Iraq Accuses Kurds of Seizing Oil Fields

Iraq accuses Kurdish forces of seizing two
oil fields near Kirkuk, as relations between
Baghdad and the Kurdistan region hit a new
The Kurdish regional administration rejects
 the charge.

 "The oil ministry strongly condemns the seizure
 and control of crude oil in the Kirkuk and Bey
 Hassan oil fields this morning, by groups of
Kurdish peshmerga forces," the oil ministry
 says in a statement from Baghdad.
"The oil ministry strongly warns the Kurdistan
 region of the dangers of this irresponsible
behavior which violates the constitution and
 the national economy, and disregards the
 federal authorities, threatening iraq's unity."

Halkurd Mulla Ali, a spokesperson for Kurdish
 peshmerga forces, tells AFP that "peshmerga
 forces have not approached the oil fields in
 Kirkuk" province.

Iraqi lawmakers have met but failed to gain
a new government, in a parliament session
meant to revive flagging efforts to form one.
The only other time parliament met after the
April polls ended, MPs exchanged heckles
and others walked out.



Russia's ambassador at the UN has attempted
a third resolution to persuade Security Council
members to stop the
tragedy and arrange talks.

Russia Today reports that 2 warplanes
(one in Donetsk, one in Lugansk), were
shot down on Friday, and that 30 Kiev
troops were killed by self-defence units.

A column of armoured vehicles was
completely destroyed and over 100
Kiev soldiers were wounded.

President Poroshenko says "he"
will kill 100s of anti-Kiev rebels
for each one killed.

Kiev's army has intensified artillery fire
 on various buildings in Ukraine’s south-
eastern Luhansk region.

According to military reports, huge strikes
 are being aimed at industrial facilities, as
the self-defence Militias try to avoid direct
clashes, but use mortars to hit back.

A transport station came under mortar fire
 near militia facilities of the self-proclaimed
 Luhansk People's Republic, witnesses
 report from there.





9 young Palestinians were killed and 15 injured
 in an overnight Israeli air raid on a Gaza Strip
beach while watching the World Cup semifinal
 game between the Netherlands and Argentina.

The victims were sitting in a beach café in Khan
 Yunis when the Israeli F-16 fighter jet struck it.

No-one killed had been warned, according
 to Gulf News sources. However, this could
 not be independently verified.


4 dead, 16 injured as bus with miners
 fired upon in Eastern Ukraine.

At least four people have been killed and 16 injured
 after a bus carrying miners was shelled in Lugansk
 Region, eastern Ukraine. The bombardment almost
ripped the bus apart, according to local witnesses

“Four have been killed and 16 injured, two of them
 are in intensive care as they're seriously injured,”
 Maksim Timchenko, director general of Donbass
 Fuel-Energy Company (DTEK), says.

The bus was taking the miners from DTEK to
their workplace when it came under artillery
 fire at about 5:40pm local time (14:40 GMT).
It's still unclear who carried out the attack.

The company has decided to stop work at
 some of its facilities in the region, to avoid
similar tragedies.

“We've decided to stop work at four mines
 in Lugansk Region, where 4,500 people are
employed, until we're sure that people are
 safe,” Timchenko adds.

Earlier, the company’s press service reported
 15 injured, but didn’t state the number of dead.

‘As a result of the shell which hit the bus, over
15 people were injured. There are also dead
 miners,” said a statement from DTEK.

DTEK is an energy holding company with
its HQ in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. It's the
largest private vertically integrated energy
 holding in the country.

Established in 2005, the company employs
 about 140,000 people. In February, 2013,
 DTEK controlled about 50% of Ukraine's
 coal production.

DTEK mines produce about 41.4 million
 tons of coal, annually.



The Kiev regime installed by the US government
 says it has launched an “all-out attack” on the
 eastern city of Donetsk held by anti-coup forces.

The interior ministry states that military pushes
  are taking place "across several
parts of the
front", and that the 'all-out attack'
may last
for another month.

Early last Thursday, three Ukrainian army
 troops were killed and 27 others wounded
 in fighting between pro-federal protesters
 and Kiev's soldiers in the country’s east.

Leader of the self-proclaimed “Lugansk
People’s Republic,” Valery Bolotov, says
around 50 Ukrainian soldiers were killed
in fighting over Lugansk airport, held by
pro-Kiev forces.



The Israeli military confirms that two
 Palestinian rockets struck Dimona -
where Israel has a nuclear reactor.

Palestinian resistance groups in the
 besieged Gaza Strip, fired rockets
 in retaliation for Israeli attacks on
 the coastal enclave.

Israeli media reports say Israel's Chief
 of Staff, Lt General Benny Gantz stressed
that pressure will be increased against
all Palestinians.

The UN called for a stop to the rising
tension, and a ceasefire immediately,
but was ignored.

Gaza has been blockaded since 2007,
a situation that has caused a decline
 in the standard of living, crushing
 levels of unemployment, and
unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies
1.7 million people in Gaza basic rights
- such as freedom of movement,  jobs
with decent wages, and adequate
healthcare and education.


Moscow says the anti Kiev coup militias
 in eastern Ukraine will not surrender ---
 until Kiev negotiates with them.

"They are not ready to fulfill Kiev's ultimatums
 to capitulate and lay down their arms before
 negotiations begin," Russia's Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov says at a press conference
with Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini,
 of Italy, at a meeting in Moscow.

Lavrov repeats that the most important
 phase in resolving Ukraine's crisis is to
 put in force an unconditional ceasefire
 once again.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation
 in Europe, Ukraine, and Russia, make up “the
 contact group” for the crisis there.

"Another important aspect is that all members
 of the contact group assume their set task –
an unconditional, bilateral, stable ceasefire
 - so they see their partners in the contact
 group as participants in the process, and
not merely as people from whom they
demand capitulation," Lavrov says.

Ukraine's Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey
 says Kiev won't hold talks with anti-coup units
 unless they “irrevocably lay down their arms.”

The security chief of the self-proclaimed Donetsk
 People's Republic Alexander Khodakovsky says
 pro-independence forces are preparing to defend
 Donetsk, an industrial city of one million people,
 and fight back after losing Slavyansk, their main
 stronghold, as oligarch President Poroshenko
says he wants the army offensive to continue.


New PM approved in Luhansk People’s Republic

Marat Bashirov says the Luhansk People's Republic
 is switching over to rubles since Ukraine's Finance
 Ministry disconnected the Luhansk treasury from
 state servers.

The Supreme Council (parliament) of the self-
proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR)
 has approved the candidacy of Marat Bashirov
as C
hair of the LPR Council of Ministers.

Bashirov was born in 1964 in the Russian republic
 of Mordovia. He's a former vice president of private
 Russian energy company KES (Complex Energy
 Systems), which is present in 16 Russian regions.

The newly elected premier outlined the priorities of
 the Council of Ministers activity for the near future,
 which “will be aimed at the resolution of economic
 issues". He said a working budget variant will be
 drafted by November, with figures in rubles.

“The working variant of the budget will be drafted in
 rubles. Taking into account that Kiev disconnected
 our treasury yesterday, the issue of joining this or
that currency emerged,” he said.

The new government of the LPR plans to resolve the
 issue of cooperation with the Russian Federation in
 the energy sphere shortly before this winter.

The Luhansk Republic is connected to Russia’s
 gas system, and, Bashirov said, "there'll be no
 difficulties with deliveries". He said that steam
 generating stations may be supplied to the LPR
from Russia.


       Spanish Figures Ask to Avoid Civilization's Collapse               

 Around 250 Spanish personalities demand
that, if the world wants to avoid a probable
 civilization collapse in the 21st century, it
needs an urgent change now, in its model
of consumption.

The signatories of a manifesto circulated today
 assert that our present method of growing, is
already a genocide in slow motion, and that the
rate of progress is weakening, because of:
the decline in cheap energy; climate change;
 and geopolitical tensions due to the need
 for resources.

The document, entitled 'Last Call', which can
still be signed, asks parties & organizations
 emerging through social protest, to assume
 radical changes in their lifestyles.

Scientists, intellectuals and representatives
 of social, political & trade-union movements,
 warn that our present superficial planning of
 sustainable development, the commitment
 to eco-efficient technologies, or supposed
 "green" economies, is not enough.

We need a society whose objective is
 to recover balance with the biosphere,
 and which uses research, technology,
its culture, economics and politics, to
 move forward towards that aim.

They say that the ecological crisis is not a
 partial issue, that affects just ecosystems
 or resources --- it determines all aspects of
society: food, transport, industry, a balance
 between town and country, armed conflicts
--- the foundations of our economy and life.

All civilizations come to an end, & we have to
build a new one. The consequences of doing
 nothing or doing too little, lead us straight to
a social, economic and ecological collapse,
warns the manifesto.

However, the document says that, if we begin
 today, it is still possible to build a democratic
 society of solidarity, in peace with the planet.

Cayo Lara & Pablo Iglesias are among the
 politicians who have signed the document,
 and also social activists such as Ada Colau
 and Esther Vivas, writers like Isaac Rosa
 and Belen Gopegui, scientists such as
Antonio Turiel, and many other figures.


Moscow hopes the EU will denounce the
policy of the Kiev authorities, Russia's
 Foreign Ministry says.

“Despite numerous calls on the part of Russia,
 Ukraine’s Western partners, world bodies and
 the public, a massive military operation is still
continuing in Ukraine’s East. Civilians are still
being killed, and civil infrastructure facilities
 are still being destroyed by the operation,”
 the ministry says.

“It's apparently senseless to demand that Kiev
 stop shelling civil facilities yet again. Kiev is
 deaf to calls to save the lives of people,” the
 ministry says.

 “In this connection, we hope for a proper reaction
 on the part of the EU countries, condemning the
 criminal policy of the Kiev authorities.”

“Can it be that their policy is being conducted
 within the framework of the so-called political
 part of the association agreement between
the EU and Ukraine?” the statement queries.

The Russian foreign policy department cites
 events in eastern Ukraine over the last few
days, including artillery strikes on a Luhansk
city suburb - Bolshaya Vergunka, Luhansk
itself, as well as on Sloviansk, & air strikes
on Donetsk Airport.

A few bombs exploded on the grounds of Luhansk
 regional clinical treatment centre. In the Rostov
 Region in southern Russia, the “Donetsk” border-
crossing point came under fire from Ukraine, and
 in Nikolayevka (15 kilometers from Sloviansk),
 Ukrainian troops opened fire on civilians who
 were trying to leave the city.

On July 6th, National Guard soldiers conducted a
 mopping-up operation in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk,
 when they arrested all people who have ever given
 interviews to Russian journalists.

The next day, the cities came under artillery fire,
 despite the fact that the militiamen had left them.

“Kiev’s security officials are destroying their
 own cities, using tactics which are seldom
 used, even by occupation troops on hostile
 territory,” the Russian Foreign Ministry says.
 “These are facts. They can’t be hidden.”

At the end of last year, Ukraine’s then-President
Viktor Yanukovych, suspended the signing of
an association agreement with the EU to study
 the deal more thoroughly. His decision triggered
 anti-government protests that turned violent,
 and eventually led to a coup in February 2014.

New people were brought to power in Kiev
using riots and ultranationalist rhetoric,
supported by neo-fascist parties which
 now make up a third of Ukraine's cabinet.



Ex Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
 has won Afghanistan's presidential elections,
 having received 56.44% of the votes.

According to preliminary information given
by a Central Electoral Commission member,
Ahmadzai’s competitor, ex Foreign Minister,
Abdullah Abdullah, received 43.56%.

The final official results will be announced
 on July the 22nd.


People’s militias in south-east Ukraine
 seize assault plane, anti-aircraft guns

Igor Plotnitsky, the defense minister of the self-
proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, says
 that the self-defense forces now have a Su-25
assault plane at their disposal.

“We seized a Su-25 plane from the Ukrainian army
 when it was making an emergency landing. It will
be ready to go into battle again after minor repairs.
 The army of the Luhansk People’s Republic, has
its own aviation,” Plotnitsky said.

Residents of Donetsk say they saw two
lorries with anti-aircraft guns driving to
Karlivka, 20km from Donetsk, carrying
self-defence fighters.

People’s militias have set up checkpoints
at all exits and entrances to Donetsk.

“It is possible to go in and out of the city.
Checkpoints have been set up at all transport
 arteries. However, they are not hindering the
 movement by civilians, including cars,” the
 press service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk
 People’s Republic tells ITAR-TASS.

“Shops, banks, enterprises and social service
 institutions are working normally. The situation
 in the city is calm. There is no panic in Donetsk.
 Many people who wanted to leave the city for
 fear of military hostilities in its territory, have
 decided to stay,” the press service says.


Moscow concerned about Kiev
 troops shelling civilian territories

Moscow is concerned by reports that the eastern
 Ukrainian towns abandoned by self-defense forces,
 including Slavyansk & Kramatorsk, are still being
 shelled by Ukrainian troops, states the Russian
Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights,
Konstantin Dolgov.

He describes the shelling as a way the Kiev
government continues “to exert pressure” on
 those who are “dissatisfied, and do not want
 to reconcile themselves with the plans the
 authorities in Kiev are imposing on them.”

Dolgov calls for an immediate termination
 of the military operation by Kiev.


People in Donetsk rally
 in support of pro-Russians
A huge demonstration was held in
Donetsk to support pro-Russian forces.

Thousands of pro-Russian supporters
demonstrated in the city.

The protest rally came after Ukrainian troops
 forced pro-Russia forces out of Slavyansk.

Anti-Kiev-coup fighters left the city for
Kramatorsk after Ukrainian security forces'
 overnight attacks, saying they did it to avoid
civilian casualties, as Kiev's junta had poured
armed units into the city, using attack jets,
multiple rocket launchers and heavy artillery.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko ordered
 the Ukrainian flag to be hoisted all across the
 flashpoint city.

Opposition leader, Andrei Purgin, claims his men
 left Slavyansk to protect the civilian population.

Violence in Ukraine worsened after the Donetsk
 and Lugansk regions declared independence
on May 12th, after referenda, in which residents
 overwhelmingly voted in favor of independence
from Kiev. The authorities, who came to power
in a US-backed coup, dismiss the referenda as
“null and void”.

Hundreds of people have so far lost their lives
 as a result of the ongoing military campaign in
 Ukraine, which has forced tens of thousands
 to escape to Russia.


Iran, Russia to join forces
 against terror in Iraq: Tehran

Iran & Russia have agreed to jointly help Iraq
 curb terrorism, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister
 for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-
Abdollahian, says.

“Tehran and Moscow firmly support Iraq in its
 fight against terrorism and will strongly stand
 by the Iraqi nation and government to protect
 Iraq’s unity, independence, and territorial
integrity,” Amir-Abdollahian says, to al-Alam
Arabic-language news channel.

He adds that Iran and Russia both oppose any
 conspiracy for the disintegration of Iraq into
 smaller entities.

The top Iranian diplomat continues: “Tehran
 and Moscow have close, and in many cases,
a common and coordinated stance, on
regional developments.”

Iran and Russia believe that Iraq, along with
 its fight against terrorism, should seriously
 focus on completing the political process
 and facilitate parliament forming a cabinet.

The first session of the newly elected parliament
 was adjourned on July 1st, for a week, without
 choosing a new speaker, as Kurdish lawmakers
 boycotted the session over their conflicts with
other lawmakers.

Members of parliament are tasked with naming
a new unity government. After choosing a new
parliament speaker, they will have to pick Iraq's
president and prime minister, within 45 days.

Incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
is bidding for a third term, despite stiff
 opposition from his key rivals.

On Iraq's future, Abdollahian says
 Tehran will respect and support any
coalition formed by Maliki’s State of
 Law coalition, which won the most
 parliamentary seats in the elections.

“If Maliki is introduced as the prime minister
and agreement is reached inside Iraq, we
 will strongly support him; and if any other
 individual is elected and approved within
 the framework of the recent election’s
 outcome, he too will be supported by the
 Islamic Republic of Iran,” he says, adding,
 "This is an entirely internal issue for Iraq."

Iraq is currently enduring a wave of violence,
which escalated after militants from the ISIL
 terrorist group, backed by several Western
countries and Saudi Arabia, took control of
 large swathes of the country, including key
 cities, last month.


Ukraine’s military shells east Ukraine’s
 Lugansk residential quarters

Kiev’s military opened artillery fire on residential
 buildings in east Ukraine’s Lugansk, the militia of
the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic

The fire was presumably conducted from Grad
 multiple launch rocket systems, the militia said.

“Several buildings are burning in the city; there
 are wounded persons and a lot of ambulances
in the streets. Eye-witnesses say the strike was
 delivered against the Accumulator Plant near the
 bus terminal,” the local self-defense militia said.

“The residents are hurriedly going into air-
raid shelters or leaving the shelling area.”

The local residents also reported several
powerful explosions near Lugansk airport.

The Ukrainian military are also shelling the
city’s Krasnodon, Sverdlovka districts, and
 the Izvarino checkpoint, the press office of
 the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s
Republic said.

Combat operations are also continuing near
 the settlements of Mettalist and Krasny Yar,
and near the Izvarino checkpoint, which is
controlled by the local self-defense militia,
 the press office said.

A signature-collecting point has been opened
in the centre of Lugansk, to sign an appeal to
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, with a
demand to stop Kiev’s aggression against

Health Minister of the self-proclaimed Lugansk
 People’s Republic Viktor Avakyan said that at
least 80 people, including 56 civilians and
24 self-defense fighters, had been taken to
 Lugansk hospitals as a result of bombings
and shelling by the Ukrainian military.



Kiev's authorities are arresting all men aged
from 25 to 35 in Ukraine’s southeastern city
 of Slavyansk, whether they are members of
the self-defence forces or not, the speaker of
 the parliament of the Union of Lygansk and
 Donetsk People’s Republics, Oleg Tsarev,
told Russia 24 TV channel.

“Overnight, they arrested all policemen and
 took them out of the city. They are arresting
 all young men aged from 25 to 35, not even
trying to find out whether these men took
 to arms or not. Searches are underway.
They are trying to find those who helped
 take care of the wounded,” he said.


Donetsk militia confirms -- left stronghold
 cities of both Slavyansk and Kramatorsk

The self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed
 Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have left the
cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, for the
south of the region, says the republic’s HQ.

A column of DNR militia arrived from Slavyansk -
 which had been surrounded by the Kiev military -
to Kramatorsk. However, the self-defense forces
later left Kramatorsk as well and headed towards
areas in Donetsk region – such as the city of
Gorlovka - which remain under militia control.

“Kramatorsk was difficult to defend because
 of its poor location. That’s why the Command
decided to leave the city,” a representative of
 the DPR headquarters told RIA Novosti agency.

However, the source says, small self-defense
 groups remain in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk
ready to fight with the Kiev-coup's forces.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's US installed PM
 Arseny Yatsenyuk, announces that the
military operation “liberating Slavyansk
 and Kramatorsk from terrorists” has
been accomplished, the Kiev regime's
 press-service reports.

The country’s President Petro Poroshenko
 calls the “liberation of Slavyansk” symbolic.

“It’s not a complete victory yet. But the clearing
 of Slavyansk from an armed to the teeth gang
of bigots has a huge symbolic meaning," his
official website reports.

According to Poroshenko, it is a turning point
 “in the fight with terrorists for the territorial
 integrity of Ukraine” and for “the return to
 normal life” in the Donetsk region.

Poroshenko has ordered the authorities to
 provide aid to Slavyansk residents and to
those in other areas “liberated from the
militants”. He also promises that work
 to resume water and energy supplies
will start "in the nearest future".

So far though, the military operation seems
 to have brought local residents only grief
and devastation.

“You think you won? That was a tactical retreat.
 We will enter Slavyansk again, with victory,”
 Denis Pushilin, one of the DPR leaders tweets.

Slavyansk residents say government forces are
 checking locals’ IDs and detaining all suspicious

As Russian Channel One reported earlier,
self-defense units had to leave Slavyansk
after “massive shelling” of the city, and when
 armored vehicles entered the area and street
 fighting began. That’s when the self-defense
 forces took the decision to leave the city,
 the channel says.

“Despite the massive bombardment, fighters
 stormed out of the city and headed straight
for neighboring Kramatorsk. A part of their
hard-ware was shot down in the process,”
the channel says.

Hours later, as self-defense troops left their
second stronghold as well, the Ukrainian flag
 was raised over Kramatorsk's admin building,
 which was used as the DPR headquarters.

Further to the south, in the capital of the region
 Donetsk, eyewitnesses say they spotted a lot
 of DPR’s military hardware and “suntanned and
bearded men with tattoos,” RIA Novosti quotes.

Donetsk authorities said earlier that they didn't
 have any confirmation that self-defense forces
were moving toward the city, Mayor Aleksandr
Lukyanchenko’s website says.

Earlier, one of the leaders of Donetsk People’s
 Republic, Pavel Gubarev, said the Slavyansk
 militia would probably relocate to Donetsk
and the surrounding area.

Ukraine's Interior Ministry announces that
 it's going to launch an investigation against
 “every policeman” in Slavyansk to find out
whether they cooperated with the self-
defense forces.

Such line-of-duty checks will define if “an
 employee of Slavyansk police cooperated
 with separatists or maintained loyalty to
 the Ukrainian people,” Deputy Interior
Minister Sergey Yarovoy says, as cited
by Ukraine's post-coup media.

Police in Donetsk region will be reformed -
starting with Donetsk and Lugansk cities -
 “due to necessity” - says the neo-fascist
 Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov.

 And for now, law enforcers from other
Ukrainian regions will be sent to work
 in the area.

“Police from the entire country will be
 working there, including those who got
 though the filter of fighting during the
anti-terrorist operation: in other words
 the guys who were not afraid,” he tells
journalists, as sited by segodnya.ua
news portal.

All the policemen who violated their oaths
 and left their guard posts in Donetsk and
Lugansk region have been fired, Avakov
 says. He adds that in some cases, “these
 people were arrested”.


Donetsk militia confirm Slavyansk falls to Kiev

Russia's Foreign Ministry announces that
Moscow is halting delivery of all weapons,
Ukrainian military forces' equipment and
funds owed by
Crimea to Kiev's authorities,
  because of their military acts in the east,
which have caused the “death of civilians,
including children, and the civilian infra-
structure in the Donetsk and Lugansk
regions, being destroyed.”

“The decision will be valid until a full cease-
fire in the east of Ukraine by the country’s
military, & a peaceful solution is reached,”
Russia’s Foreign Ministry says.


Afghan lorries go up in flames

A huge fire has destroyed over 400 vehicles
 - carrying fuel and oil for US-led forces -
near Kabul, police say.

Afghan police spokesperson, Hashmatullah
 Stanekzai, says the fire broke out overnight
at the lorry terminal near Paghman town,
northwest of Kabul.

Most of the tankers burnt were used to carry
 fuel to US-led troops operating in Afghanistan.

The Taliban claims responsibility for the fire.
The group also claims that 600 lorries and
 fuel tankers went up in flames.


Leaked: ‘US think-tank plan’ on E. Ukraine
 suggests internment camps, executions

A leaked memo attributed to 'RAND corporation
 think tank', suggests the Ukrainian govt should
 engage in an all-out war in the east, including
 shutting down all communications, putting
 citizens in internment camps and killing all
who resist such actions.

In the letter, leaked to online media, advice
is offered, step by step, on how to deal with
the people of eastern Ukraine.

The document's authenticity, (it bears the
RAND corporate logo), however, could not
be independently verified.

The RAND Corporation is a non-profit global think
 tank which offers research and analysis to the
US' armed forces.

In the first line the memorandum notes that the
 peace plan - as outlined by the new president -
 is likely to fail. However, it suggests that any
political or material downsides to following
the military operation, will be “outweighed”
by the gains.

The letter lists the advantages that a full
scale military onslaught against the break-
away eastern Ukrainian regions would have.

The pro-Russian political movement, claims
 the advice, would be decimated and the pro-
Russian voters would become disorganized.

Instead of upholding the region’s coal supplies
 as a source of future employment, it says the
 decimation of the coal industry in the fighting
 would mean they would be quickly shut down,
 thereby relieving Ukraine of any subsidy costs.

Shutting down Donbass' industries would mean
 a reduction in Russian gas consumption and the
 destruction of local oligarch Rinat Akhmetov’s
 clan, and his political and economic clout.

The memorandum then lists a three stage military
 campaign to guarantee victory.

Stage 1: Suspend Constitution, impose martial law.

Stage one, called the total isolation of the rebel
 regions, presumes that all civilians who stayed
 behind are “complicit in the unrest or supportive
 of it.”

It proposes that martial law be imposed in the area
 with a strict curfew between 20:00 and 06:00, while
 all local authorities would have their competencies
 terminated and their Constitutional rights would be

The regions should then be encircled with troops
 with special attention being given to areas which
 border Russia.

On the media, it recommends that all broadcasting
 services, telephone and mobile communications
and internet services in the region should be shut
 down and that the international media should be
 “subject to a special procedure.”

Stage 2: Internment camps for male adults,
 those who resist to be killed on the spot.

Stage Two of the operation, called 'mop-up',
involves a gradual tightening of the circle
of troops round the region, followed by air-
strikes, then artillery and mortar assaults,
 against the “enemy’s” strategic facilities.

Without any apparent regard for human life,
RAND authors advise that the use of non-
conventional arms should not be ruled out
“to ensure smaller casualties among our
own personnel”.

The authors then say that settlements should
be liberated one by one with armour going in
first, followed by infantry who should shoot
to kill anyone bearing arms.

In what appears to be advising ethnic cleansing,
 all male adults should be removed to internment
 camps, while anyone attempting to resist should
 be executed; children under 13 and people over
 the age of 60 should be moved to specially
equipped facilities in other areas.

RAND then says that anyone with bruises, scuff
 marks, traces of gun powder or gun oil on their
 clothes should be tried in court for separatism
and terrorism.

Residents who don’t fall into these categories
would be allowed to return home after a period
 of two months “of internment” and would then
 be under surveillance by the security services.

Stage 3: Property of convicted and displaced
 to be nationalized.

Stage Three, called ‘Back to Normal’, says that
 all refugees “from the warzone” should then be
 allowed to return home.

 Men aged 18-60 shall be “checked” in internment
 camps, while the property of those convicted or
 displaced residents of Donetsk and Lugansk
 regions, shall be nationalized.

The area of the punitive operation shall be made
 “off limits” to foreign media, the memorandum


Syrian army recaptures Aleppo's industrial city

Syrian government forces announce that
they have fully recaptured an industrial
city in the northern province of Aleppo.

Activists say that Syrian troops carried out
 over 20 airstrikes on the city, to dislodge
 the rebels there.

Aleppo, once called Syria's economic hub,
has seen hard battles between government
troops and an array of jihadist groups.

The Syrian troops' fresh victory comes as 
al Nusra Front is deadlocked in fights with
 the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant in
Aleppo and areas in eastern Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-
based one-man operation in a semi in England,
says over 7,000 rebels and civilians have been
killed since earlier this year, because of rebel-
on-rebel battles.



NATO arming Ukraine with Soviet
 weapons – Deputy PM Rogozin

NATO's newest Eastern European members - on
 US orders - are handing over their Soviet arms
 stockpiles to Kiev's army, Russia’s Deputy PM,
Dmitry Rogozin, says, adding that the alliance
is in danger of pouring gasoline on the flames
of that country’s civil war.

Rogozin, who oversees Russia's military industry,
 tweets that NATO is asking its newest members
 to get rid of operable Soviet military equipment
& send it to Ukraine, to aid the miserable state
 of the country’s military hardware.

“In turn, the US is ready to "compensate" the
losses of newly coopted NATO member states.
The American military-industrial complex must
 be happy,” Rogozin writes in his Twitter account.

“By the way, this is NATO’s commonplace - to put
 out the fire of civil wars with aviation kerosene,”
 Rogozin adds.

Over the past months of Ukraine’s political crisis,
 NATO member states - primarily the US - have said
 they are sending non-lethal aid to Ukrainian troops,
 such as uniforms and tents, and even promised to
deploy a number of military instructors to train the
 Ukrainian army to fight the anti-kiev coup regions
in Eastern Ukraine.

Political commentator Mikhail Rostovsky says
 the “US and EU are thinking, not about Ukraine,
 but about the neutralization of Russia.

Rostovsky compares the current policies of the
 EU and US leaders with that of UK PM Thatcher
 and French President Mitterrand, towards the
 reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.

Speaking loudly about “the European choice for
Ukraine,” EU and US politicians are essentially
 seeking ways to drive a wedge between Moscow
 and Kiev, to neutralize what they see as Russia’s
 possible “imperial ambitions,” Rostovsky says.

“We’re dealing with politics dictated by fear: God
 forbid the Kremlin’s imperial instincts got awakened!
 This is a matter of principle: to deny the Kremlin
any opportunity, by breaking Ukraine from Russia.”

Rostovsky says he fully agrees with the German
 Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who
 told Der Spiegel in late April, that Europe has slid
 “into the worst crisis since the end of the Cold War.”

“Those who can remember the fall of the Berlin Wall
 know what we've accomplished over the past 25
 years. The gains we've made almost everywhere in
 Europe in terms of peace, freedom and prosperity,
are now at risk,” Steinmeier says, adding that that
it is important to take “every measure to prevent
things [in Ukraine] from getting worse.”


Ukraine defense minister vows
 victory parade in Crimea

The new Ukrainian defense minister has vowed
 to hold a victory parade in the Crimean port city
 of Sevastopol, which was annexed by Russia
 following a referendum in March.

Valeriy Heletey said that he would not only
restore the country's territorial integrity,
 but also hold a victory parade in Sevastopol,
 currently disputed by Moscow and Kiev.

    "We will ensure peace and harmony in our
 country. Be sure there will be many victories.
We can bring peace and harmony to our home.
I am convinced that Ukraine will win. And
 believe me, a victory parade will certainly be
 held in Ukrainian Sevastopol," Heletey told a
session of the parliament in Kiev.

Meanwhile, fighting continues between Kiev
 forces and anti-coup forces in eastern Ukraine.



As Iraqi troops battled their way into Tikrit's
centre, Saudi troops, 30,000 strong, were
reported to have moved onto Iraq's borders,
in an area now left less heavily defended by
Iraq, Saudi media allege.

That's what Saudi media says, but Baghdad
denies pulling off any guards from any borders.

Saudi state-owned news channel Al Arabiya
released a video apparently showing Iraqi
soldiers saying the government ordered them
to retreat from their positions along borders
with Syria in the west and Saudi Arabia in
the south, despite no evident danger.

“We didn’t know why,” an officer says in the
video, which was obtained by Al Arabiya’s
sister channel Al Hadath.

The reports didn’t clarify if the alleged
withdrawal included Iraq’s borders with
Jordan and Kuwait, both in the southern
part of Iraq, or Turkey in the north.

The authenticity of the video cannot be
immediately verified, but the withdrawal
report is denied by an Iraqi government

"This is false news aimed at affecting the
morale of our people and the morale of our
heroic fighters," spokesperson Lt General
Qassim Atta, tells reporters in Baghdad. He
adds that the frontier is "fully in the grip"
of Iraqi border troops.

The deployment by King Abdullah is meant
to protect the Sunni Islamic state from
potential “terrorist threats” Saudi state
news agency SPA commented.

Baghdad has received limited military assistance
from the US to battle the terrorists (ISIL) because
Washington says now "it doesn't want to" deploy
ground troops in the country it once occupied.

The idea of any such US deployment is also
objected to by Saudi Arabia, a fundamental
Sunni monarchy and long-time ally of the US.

So far, the biggest military help Iraq has
apparently received... is from Shiite Iran.


‘Thanks, Ukraine Air Force’: Bombarded
 villagers accuse Kiev of killing civilians

The village of Kondrashovka in eastern Ukraine
lies devastated, after shelling by Kiev troops
killed seven people. Bodies torn to pieces are
strewn across the settlement and those who
survived ask: why did Kiev kill their families?

At least 5 shells hit the settlement, destroying
an entire street in the peaceful Lugansk region
 community, just 25km from the city of Lugansk.

“They killed my mother, and my father is injured.
 I took him to hospital,” Aleksandr Mironenko
 told RT’s Marina Finoshina, one of the few
journalists to report from the scene.

Aleksandr was desperately showing pieces
 of human flesh scattered across his property.

“Come here - can you see this? It's a human body
 which has been torn to pieces. Let's go and film
 some more, I'll show you. Bodies everywhere,
 obviously all of them are terrorists!” he said
 sarcastically, through tears.

Next door, Kondrashovka residents told a tragic
 story of their friend, who lost his 5-year-old son.

“He celebrated his son’s 5th birthday yesterday,
today the boy's leg was cut off – I don’t know
 if he's alive or not,” said Sergey, a neighbour.

“No, no, he died, said another man.

“He died? Yes. Then he died,” adds Sergey.

Few of the village residents were left unharmed
by the shelling. One of ‘the lucky ones,’ Andrey,
said his family was not home when the shelling
 started, but his property was badly damaged.
He showed RT holes from the shells in a fence.

“What do I think? ‘Thank you, Ukrainian Air Force’,”
 he said, adding that his family would have died,
 had they been there when the attack hit.

Stunned residents ask why the government is
 targeting their peaceful village. Kiev troops
 claim they are killing ‘terrorists’, but here, that
 term includes women, children and the elderly.

“Why? There was nobody here – only peaceful
 civilians, poor people who worked from dawn
 till dusk,” says a local woman.

“We are peaceful. We don’t mind Poroshenko being
 in office,” says Irina Stasyuk, a local resident, “But
 don’t kill us. There are 12 people here.”

Yury, a veteran military pilot, had his own opinion
 on why the troops targeted the village. He said
the aircraft targeted a self-defense base, but either
 missed or intentionally fired on civilian dwellings.

“The first time the aircraft pilot got it right – there
 is a self-defense base 3km from here. He hit it,”
said Yury. “But the second time, he pulled the
 trigger a few seconds late - either by mistake,
 or he received an order to target this village. I
don’t know.”

In the meantime, the pro-Kiev Azov Battalion
deputy commander, admits that bombarding
 Kondrashovka might have been the result
 of “pilot error.”

“I think there was both pilot error and shelling from
 outside,” Igor Mosyichuk told Ukraine’s 112 Channel,
 adding that Kondrashovka turned out to be “between
 a rock and a hard place” – people’s self-defense
 forces and Kiev troops.

Even after the attack, the rest of the village is not
 safe, as during the interviews the cannonade can
 be distinctly heard.

RT crew visited the local hospital where there
is no water and electricity, as the local power
station was hit in another air raid.

“We received 13 people – four of them are already
 dead, including a five-year-old, a boy,” Maksim
 Pavlov from the central hospital says.

Among the injured is Ivan Mironenko, a father of
 Aleksandr, a local resident.

After Ivan lost his wife in the attack, he doesn’t
want to live anymore, saying he sees no point.

“Why was she killed? Why not me? Why is God
 punishing me like this?” exclaims Ivan, sobbing.

Russian authorities strongly condemn attacks
 on eastern Ukrainian civilians by Kiev forces.

Moscow demands that Ukrainian authorities stop
 shelling civilian objects in the country in order to
 save the lives of local people, said Russian FM
 Sergey Lavrov at a press conference with his
 Moroccan counterpart.

“Western countries should urge Kiev to follow the
 declaration approved in Berlin, which calls for the
 formation of a special contact group aiming at
 establishing a truce in Ukraine,” he added.

The regions of eastern Ukraine have been
 continuously targeted by Kiev troops in

Fearing a deepening of the crisis, scores of
 refugees have left the country. The number
 of Ukrainian refugees in Russia has reached
110,000 people, the UN’s refugee dept. said,
on June 27th.


Shells devastate entire streets
in eastern Ukrainian town

Eyewitnesses in the Cossack settlement of
Luganskaya accuse government forces of
committing airstrikes on densely-populated
 residential areas.

Kiev says the devastation is the result of
 shelling by anti-coup forces.


Kiev govt, Russia, Germany, France
 agree East Ukraine ceasefire

A roadmap of measures that point a way out
of the Ukraine crisis, has been agreed during
 four-way talks between the foreign ministers
of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine, the
German FM, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, says.

In their joint statement, ministers call for
 the Contact Group to resume its work “no
 later than July 5 with the goal of reaching
an unconditional and mutually agreed,
 sustainable ceasefire.”

The group should include representatives of
 both Kiev and the self-defense forces of the
 People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk,
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, says.

“The ceasefire should be monitored by the
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine,
 in conformity with its mandate,” their joint
 statement reads.

Lavrov says that the ceasefire is essential to
prevent further casualties among the civilian
 population, and to provide the chance of
 reaching an agreement between all sides
 in the conflict.

Moscow is ready to grant Ukraine border guards
 access to Russian territory, so they can control
 border crossings at several checkpoints, while
 the mutually agreed ceasefire is in place.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation
 in Europe (OSCE) is called upon to deploy
 observers at the checkpoints.

“Of course, this will work only during a ceasefire.
 It will all be possible only after the ceasefire is
 agreed and officially declared,” Lavrov says.

The Russian FM insists that the ceasefire must
 in no way be used to redeploy forces by either
 side involved in the Ukrainian conflict.

"All sides must contribute to a secure environment,"
 the joint statement concludes, emphasizing a need
 to ensure the safety and security of journalists
 working in the conflict zone.

Steinmeier expresses hope that, by working
 together, the sides will be able to stop “the
 escalation of the conflict, which has taken
 place in recent days.”

Mission accomplished?

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, confirms
 that during the Berlin talks the parties agreed “the
 establishment of a bilateral ceasefire, which will
 be monitored by the OSCE.”

However, he says that de-escalation will only
 happen when the Ukrainian president’s peace
 plan is respected in its totality.

Klimkin also expresses hope that “the
 effectiveness of control over the border
 regime between the Ukraine and Russia
 will be strengthened,” as a result of the
 Berlin agreements.

French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius,
describes the outcome of the talks as
“mission accomplished.”

“Our task is, first of all, to achieve peace and
 security. I think that the agreement the four
 countries reached is a step in the right
direction,” he says.

According to Fabius, the most important issues
 to be addressed in Ukraine are the “ceasefire;
the release of hostages and a border settlement.


US commander’s accusations toward Russia aimed
 at justifying ceasefire break by Ukraine – Moscow

The accusations by Supreme Allied Commander,
 Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, who blamed
 Russia for destabilizing the situation in Ukraine,
are aimed at justifying the breaking of the cease-
fire in southeast Ukraine by the country’s army,
the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

 “We think it is absolutely unacceptable when a
 military representative of such a high rank gets
 involved in an information & propaganda campaign
 by spreading false information about the situation
 on the Russian-Ukrainian border,” says Foreign
 Ministry spokesperson, Aleksandr Lukashevich.

He adds that no convincing proof of a Russian
 military buildup along the border with Ukraine
 was presented.



President Putin says Poroshenko's
declaration of "war to
the end" on
the anti-coup forces in
cuts across the wishes of
major powers, Germany
and France.

He suggests that "an outside
influence" is to blame.

In a speech to Russia's ambassadors,
he asks if anyone is happy with the
West's attempts to "turn the whole
world into a military barracks".


There is focused effort to liquidate
 journalists in Ukraine — Putin

At least three Russian journalists covering
 developments in Ukraine’s embattled south-
eastern regions were killed in June.


Japan's Abe in a dangerous coup
 against the pacifist Constitution
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has now
completed a dangerous coup, to overturn the
country's post-war pacifism and democratic

He has released Japan's legally tethered military
 and war will, from a war-renouncing Constitution.

His move drastically changes Japan's defense
 stance since the end of World War II, and could
 see the country dragged into bloody conflicts
 in the near future.

Japan's new collective self-defence stance,
  breaks its internationally-recognized anti-war
 constitution, as Article 9 reads "the Japanese
 people forever renounce war as a sovereign
 right of the nation and the threat or use of
force as a means of settling international

"To accomplish the aim of the preceding
paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as
 well as other war potential, will never
be maintained. The right of belligerency
of the state will not be recognized."

Abe avoided the normal procedures to amend
 the Constitution by accepting broad "conditions
to the use of force,"  not the original "conditions
to launch self-defense", thereby violating the
of Japan's Constitution.

Abe's coup against the Constitution exposes
 his scorn for public opinion, as many surveys
 conducted by Japanese mainstream media
 show nearly 70% of Japanese oppose Abe's
 plot to exercise 'collective defense' through
 reinterpreting the constitution, and over 60%
 are against allowing the SDF to engage in
 war outside Japan, through any means.

Abe's trusted follower, deputy PM Taro Aso
talked earlier about changing the no-war
constitution, but suggested that Japan...
should do it quietly...

 "Just as in one day the Weimar constitution
 changed to the Nazi constitution --- without
 anyone realizing it --- why don't we learn
from that sort of tactic?" Aso suggested.

Now Abe has reached his goal through
such "Nazi tactics," having hollowed
the Constitution's Article 9 and over-
thrown the country's peaceful path in
the postwar era.

Abe's visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine,
which honours 14 convicted Japanese war
criminals from WW2, also challenged the
 judgments of the International Military
Tribunal for the Far East, and his claim to
 islands disputed with Japan's neighbours,
the essence of both the Cairo
and the Potsdam Proclamation.

Now, Abe's final volume of his "postwar
 remilitarization trilogy" is completed ---
  tearing up Japan's peaceful commitment
 to the international community --- as the
 resolution on collective defense, has
now been voted through.

A Japanese lawmaker bemoans that
the "dusk of the Weimar Constitution"
is now repeated --- in Japan.

 One can only hope that the dusk of Japan's
 pacifist constitution will not lead to the entire
 collapse of the postwar international system.


Southeastern militiamen shoot down

Ukrainian attack aircraft - eyewitnesses

Militiamen of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s
 Republic (LPR) have shot down a Sukhoi Su-27 air
 superiority fighter, militiamen said.

2 pilots of the plane ejected, militia representatives
 said. LPR soldiers are currently combing the terrain
 in search of the pilots near the Luganskaya village,
 where the aircraft earlier fired a shot.

Hundreds of people have been killed, buildings
 destroyed and tens of thousands forced to flee
 Ukraine to Russia as a result of Kiev’s military
 operation against federalization supporters in
 Ukraine’s embattled South-east involving
 armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack
 aviation, which has been conducted since

Fierce military attacks by pro-Kiev forces on
 the country’s southeastern regions resumed
after Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko
decided to end the 10-day ceasefire in the
South-east. There were numerous reports
that the truce was repeatedly
violated by...

The Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which border
on Russia, held referendums on May 11, in which
 most voters supported independence from Ukraine.

 South Ossetia has recognized the self-proclaimed
 Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk
 People's Republic (LPR).



Behind the Scenes: Turkey Trying
 to Strike Deal with Kurds on Iraq

Military intelligence experts estimate that the fall
 of hundreds of villages in Aleppo countryside by
government forces will take place soon, after the
Takfiris recently received devastating blows in
 many Syrian districts.
Qatari authorities are trying again to explore
 the possibility of a reconciliation with the
Syrian government.
Turkish authorities are trying to strike a deal
 with the Kurds in Iraq, to benefit from recent
 developments in Mosul. The ISIL occupation
of Mosul has reinvigorated Turkish ambitions
 to annex parts of Iraq's provinces to Turkey.
Over 5,000 Takfiri members were killed in
continuing fights between different military
 groups in Syria, especially ISIL and Al-Nusra.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says:

 "Throughout the years of its independence,
Ukraine did not bother to officially register
 its borders as that of a sovereign state."

 There has been, and can be, no violation
 of the Ukrainian border by Russia. Under
 the CIS agreement, Ukraine's territory  
only has administrative borders as set
within the USSR, while Russia is a legal
 successor to the USSR, Nezavisimaya
Gazeta points out today.

According to the paper, it's now impossible
 in principle, to accuse anyone of violating
Ukraine's borders because, "as far as the
 international law is concerned, the country
 simply does not have an officially set border."

 In order to resolve this problem, the newspaper
 says, Kiev must agree on border demarcation
with all neighboring states, including Russia.

Although Kiev is trying to carry out unilateral
 demarcation, "it will be null and void from the
point of view of international law."


Ukraine president terminates ceasefire!!!

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decided
 not to prolong a ceasefire with Donetsk & Lugansk
 People’s Republics, announcing the end of a fragile
 deal to de-escalate tensions in the eastern regions
 of the country.

“We will attack & will free our land,” Poroshenko
 said. The ceasefire officially ended at 19:00 GMT,
 according to a statement that appeared on the
 president’s website shortly after midnight.

Hours before the ceasefire, and since,
heavy shelling and intense shooting
is reported in the city of Kramatorsk
in the Donetsk region.

“The shelling started at 22:25 local time,”
US photographer, Patrick Lancaster,
'phones in from Kramatorsk.

“We are in the basement of the Kramatorsk Hotel.
 About 2 hours ago, mortaring started on the centre
 of the city. Each wave lasted anywhere between 5
 to 20 minutes, and there were 3 different waves
of mortars. I do not have any direct information
 about the wounded or killed, but there were so
many explosions, that I really think there's a
 large number of casualties.”

Itar-Tass's source says the attack by Kiev
 troops began at 19:30 GMT. The Ukrainian
 military claims it was Self-Defence militia
 who attacked first, killing several service

The newly-elected president (in a 40% vote)
says that the decision to unilaterally end the
 ceasefire was taken after meeting Ukraine's
 National Security and Defense Council.

 Poroshenko says “peace” is the end game,
but the “tools” of achieving it have changed:

“Protection of Ukraine's territorial integrity,
security and lives of civilians requires not
 only defensive, but offensive acts against

 “Armed Forces, the National Guard, the State
 Border Service, the Security Service, have
 received their appropriate orders,” he says,
adding that they “are no longer constrained
 by the ceasefire.”

“Non-renewal of the ceasefire is our response
 to terrorists, rebels, looters, all those who
 torment the civilians, who paralyze the
 economy of the region, who disturb the
 payment of salaries, pensions, stipends,
who undermine the railroads, destroy
water pipes, those who deprive people
 of a normal peaceful life,” Poroshenko
 said in an address to the nation.

Poroshenko puts all the blame for the truce
 failure on representatives of Donetsk and
Lugansk militias, claiming they violated the
 ceasefire “over 100 times,” thus losing this
 “unique opportunity” to fulfill a peace plan.

Poroshenko added that within the timeframe
of the temporary truce, international support
 for Ukraine's actions grew stronger, as Kiev
 managed to sign an EU Association Agreement.

“The political leaders of the separatists
 demonstrated an unwillingness and an
inability to control the actions of their
 terrorist units and gangs of looters,”
 Poroshenko said.

"Ukrainian Armed Forces, National Guard &
 other units, will never allow themselves to
 use force against peaceful people. They
never assault residential quarters.

 "Ukrainian soldiers and guards will risk
 their lives, not to expose to danger,
 women, children and elderly people,"
 Poroshenko said, adding, "such is the
eternal nature of Ukraine's military

150,000 civilians have now fled Ukraine,
after residential areas were pounded by
artillery, rockets, phosphorous flares,
tank shells, ground attack planes and
 military assault helicopters.



Iran's defense minister says terrorists of the
 so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) & their supporters must be put on trial
as “war criminals.”

“Murder, plunder, aggression, destruction, mass
 execution and the displacement of thousands of
 innocent people in Iraq & Syria are clear examples
 of war crimes,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan
 says to media.

He adds that such criminal acts combined with
the silence and inaction of the so-called human
rights advocates & international organizations
 "have butchered the security of the region."

The official emphasizes that such crimes are
 being committed to create a safe haven for
 the Israeli regime and to undermine the
resistance against
Tel Aviv's illegal acts.

The Iranian minister said the ISIL will have
destiny worse than that of the executed
dictator, Saddam Hussein, and that
terrorist group’s inhuman measures
definitely backfire on its supporters.

Dehqan stresses the importance of strengthening
 unity among all Iraqi ethnicities and groups... to
 maintain the country’s integrity, and secure its
 national interests, noting that foreign countries
 interfering in Iraq’s internal affairs are not
 interested in the country’s dignity and

Dehqan expresses Iran's support for the territorial
 integrity of Iraq, saying, “The Islamic Iran seeks
 a unified, united, secure and advanced Iraq and
 will support any measure in this regard.”



Iraq's army, backed by thousands of Christian
volunteers, has pushed back Takfiri terrorists
of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL) from a strategic area in
Salahuddin Province.

Iraqi security officials say army troops retook
the village of Awja in Salahuddin Province on
Monday, adding that the village, south of Tikrit,
is entirely under the army’s control.

Meanwhile, Iraqi helicopters have hit ISIL
positions and hideouts in the areas
surrounding Tikrit.

The Iraqi army and tribal fighters have also
retaken full control of Tikrit from the ISIL

Elsewhere in Aqlawi district of Anbar Province,
some 140 Takfiri militants were killed in an
ongoing massive military operation.

 Iraqi armed forces have managed to liberate
the town of Deli Abbas in Diyala Province.

The latest operation comes days after thousands of
Iraqis fled their homes after militants from the ISIL
 attacked Christian areas and minority communities
in northern Iraq.


Peshmerga fighters attack Iraq army.

A senior Iraqi military commander says Kurdish
 Peshmerga forces have seized heavy weapons
 and military equipment in Kirkuk governorate.

Lieutenant Abdul Amir al-Zaidi says that
Kurdish forces attacked military bases
 and disrupted security in Diyala and Kirkuk.

This comes after the president of the semi-
autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government
 (KRG) said that the KRG will not return the oil-
rich hub of Kirkuk to Baghdad.

Masoud Barzani’s comments sparked angry
 reactions from some Iraqi politicians who
 warned of an armed conflict with the Kurds
 in the near future. Also, some lawmakers
 have accused the Kurdish forces of having
 relations with Israel.

Kurdish security forces took control of Kirkuk
 after Iraqi troops entered a battle with the so-
called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
 (ISIL) earlier this month.

The latest developments come as tensions
 rise between Kurdistan’s regional leaders
 and the central government in Baghdad. 

Iraq's government slammed Kurdistan region
for exporting oil without Baghdad’s consent.

Baghdad says it has the sole right to export
 the country’s crude, but the Kurds say they
 are entitled to market the resources of
their own region.

The regional government has recently used
 a pipeline to the Turkish port city of Ceyhan
 for crude oil exports.

A spokesperson for the region says the
 cash is being held by Turkey's Halkbank.

Most refineries are reluctant to get involved
in the trade which Iraq's central government
 has called smuggling.

Baghdad has started arbitration against
 Turkey for facilitating the sales and has
 threatened to pursue the buyers.

Israeli PM Netanyahu endorses Kurdish
 independence "because of chaos in Iraq"

Citing Iraq's “collapse”, Israel's Netanyahu
 endorses the de-facto independence of Iraqi
Kurds today, and calls for support for the
 “Kurdish aspiration for independence.”



In a telephone conversation, German
Chancellor Angela Merkel and
President Francois Hollande joined

 Putin to ask Ukraine's President Petro
 Poroshenko to extend a ceasefire.

But about 1,000 neo-fascist supporters
shouted "We want war!" repeatedly,
in front of government buildings
in Kiev's Maidan Square.


S. Korean 'comfort women' for US military
 sue state for forced prostitution

A group of South Korean former “comfort women”,
who worked in state-controlled brothels for the US
military after the 1953 Korean War, has filed a suit
demanding compensation from the authorities for
forced prostitution.



Self-defence forces of Donetsk People’s Republic
 have taken control of an army missile defence unit
 equipped with Buk missile defence systems, the
 press service of Donetsk People’s Republic says.

The Buk missile defence system is a mobile
 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM)
 system designed to defend field troops and
 logistics installations against air threats
 using heavy electronic countermeasures
 and within intense enemy fire.



Russia says it will not stand idly by in the face
 of terrorist groups who're attempting to spread
 terrorism in the Middle East.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
 warns the US and Europe that terrorist groups
are becoming a serious risk to several Middle
 Eastern countries.
"Russia will not remain passive to attempts
 by some groups to spread terrorism in the
 region," he tells journalists after a meeting
 with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"The situation is very dangerous in Iraq and
 the foundations of the Iraqi state are under
 threat," he added.

A solution must be found and prompt measures
 taken to stem the flow of militants into the US
 and European countries from abroad, he said.

In the last few days, Iraqi armed forces have
 engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists,
  threatened to take their acts of violence to
 other Iraqi cities, including the capital.

Now their advance has been slowed down as
 Iraqi military forces & volunteer fighters have
 begun engaging them on several fronts...
pushing terrorist
s out of areas they overran.



Iraq's government has received the first
 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter planes to use
against terrorists from the so-called Islamic
 State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Iraqi army sources said the fighter jets are
expected to be stationed at
an airbase in
the country's south.

Iraq has purchased several used Sukhoi
fighter planes from Belarus and Russia.

Iraq’s PM, Nouri al-Maliki, said earlier that
 these Sukhoi fighter jets will turn the tide
 against ISIL and its associated militant
 groups --- within days.

Iraq's army continues to pound  ISIL positions
after retaking Tikrit, killing dozens of militants.

Iraqi officials also confirm that Khalis town
is now fully controlled by Iraq's armed forces.
Khalis lies 15 kilometers north of Baquba and
one of the six districts of Diyala Province.

Iraq's army took full control of all areas in the
east, except Sa’adiyah district.

The army
say large numbers of ISIL militants
were killed in
the flashpoint province during
army operations.

Soldiers of the Iraqi army have so far been
able to push back militants in several areas.

PM Maliki vows that Iraq’s security forces
 will confront all the foreign-sponsored
militants successfully.



A Russian official says Moscow seeks
common ground in forthcoming talks
 with Ukraine and the European Union,
 over Kiev’s association with the bloc.

Moscow has expressed hope that officials
from Russia, Ukraine and the EU will find
understanding” at upcoming rounds
of technical
and expert consultations and
meetings scheduled for both this
week and
next month.

“There's a need for a substantive, technical,
 expert dialogue on how to avoid worsening
 the economic climate in Russia-Ukraine
amid the signing of this deal, and
what steps the
sides should take,” Russia's
deputy foreign
minister Alexei Meshkov said.

The official warned, however, that the move
 could disrupt cooperation between Ukrainian
 and Russian companies.

Meshkov recommended that some
 approaches be revised.

The statement came one day after an EU
summit in Brussels, where the Ukraine
President, Petro Poroshenko, signed a
 trade and political association deal
the EU.

The Kremlin has warned that it will take
if it inflicts damage on Russia's

In November, Ukraine fell into chaos after
then president, Viktor Yanukovych, refused
sign an Association Agreement with the
member bloc. The refusal led to months
of unrest and clashes, and resulted in the
ousting of Yanukovych on February 23rd.

The US stands accused of deliberately
overthrowing Yanukovich's government
by using violence and supporting  neo-
nazi forces, like the Right Sector, and
extremist groups, to gain control
Ukraine, push the EU to reject close
economic and energy ties with Russia,
and keep accepting US leadership...

The US Vice-President's son, for example, now
heads Ukraine's largest gas supply company...

After the US-backed coup, protests
broke out
in Ukraine’s east and south.

The protests gained momentum after
independence referendums in eastern
 parts of Ukraine led to new Republics.

Ukrainian troops have been carrying
 out military operations since mid-April
 to crush dissent in the eastern regions.



The city of Sloviansk ( in Donetsk region)
 and its adjoining settlements have again
 been subjected to intense artillery fire in
 which dwelling houses were destroyed.

 According to the self-defence forces, “over
10 gunmen were killed” in the clashes that
continued for about three hours.

 In response to the increase in combat
 actions, the self-proclaimed Donetsk
 People’s Republic (DPR) has launched
 a general mobilisation.

 The DPR press service tells ITAR-TASS that
 recruiting stations were opened on Friday
where men aged from 19 to 40 years must
 turn up to enlist.

On Thursday, martial law was declared in the
 neighbouring self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s
 Republic (LPR) and a total mobilisation of men
 aged from 18 to 45 years was announced.

Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed
 Forces, General Valery Gerasimov, states at the
 3rd International Security Conference in Moscow
on Friday that the conflict in Ukraine has now
grown into a civil war.

 He says that the Russian Defense Ministry has
 at its disposal the facts on the participation of
 private military companies in events in Ukraine.

Appointed by the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada,
  the interim PM of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk,
 believes that nothing can or will prevent Ukraine
holding a snap presidential election on May 25th.

 Head of the special operation in the east of the
 country, Valentin Nalivaichenko, promises that
 the Ukrainian security agencies won't conduct
 actively aggressive operations on voting day.

Water and food supplies have been cut, in
several towns and cities in the South East.

In the opinion of Russia's military and foreign
 political leadership, “a colour revolution” is
 being implemented in Ukraine by the West.

“After the forceful removal from power of
Ukraine’s incumbent president with active
 participation by external forces, the country
 has actually slid into a civil war,” Russian
 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, says.

 “We remember the attempts to implement the
 concept of “colour revolutions” in the former
USSR space.

 “In the recent past, such attempts were made
 in Central Asian countries and in Georgia. Now
 it’s Ukraine. The appearance of a new trouble
 spot has negatively affected general security,”
 he stresses.

“The West has preferred the customary policy of
 the containment of Russia, to the historic chance
 of building a Greater Europe,” believes Russian
 Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“The attempts to force on other peoples its own
 formulas of internal reform, which do not take
 into account their traditions & national features,
 to engage in the ‘export of democracy,’ have a
 destructive effect on international relations and
 result in the multiplication of hot spots on the
world map,” the minister stresses.

The turbulence in Ukraine is reminiscent of the
 violence and bloodshed Europe experienced
 in the 20th century, Lavrov tells a security
 conference in Moscow.

“The European continent, which brought two global
 military catastrophes in the last century, is not
 demonstrating an example to the world of peaceful
 development and broad cooperation,” he says,
 adding that the situation is not accidental, but is
 “a natural result of the developments over the
 past quarter of a century.”

“Our Western partners rejected a truly historic
 chance to build a greater Europe, in favour of
 borderlines and the habitual logic of expanding
 the geopolitical space under their control to
 the East,” Lavrov stresses. “This is, de facto,
 a continuation of the policy of 'containing'
Russia, only in a softer wrapping.”

The West ignored Russia’s calls for cooperation
 and would not pursuit the challenge of bringing
 together different integration projects in Eurasia.

Instead it was and is, forcing nations historically
close to Russia, to choose between the East and
the West.

“With Ukraine’s fragile political situation, this
 pressure was enough to trigger a massive
crisis of statehood,” Lavrov points out.

But Ukraine is just one example of the
destructive results that Western foreign
policies bring, Lavrov says.

“The operations to change regimes in sovereign
 states & foreign-orchestrated ‘colour revolutions’
 of different brands, produce obvious damage to
 international stability.

 “The attempts to impose one’s own designs for
 internal reforms on other peoples, which don’t
 take into account national characteristics, to
 ‘export democracy’, impacts destructively on
 international relations and multiplies the
 number of flashpoints on the world map,”
 he continues.

“Schemes based on advocating one’s exceptionalism,
 the use of double standards, a pursuit of unilateral
 geopolitical outcomes in crisis situations, are widely
 used, not only in Europe, but also in other regions,
 and this undermines crisis mediation efforts.”

The problems in Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan and
 many other countries, can only be solved through
a collective effort, and Russia stands for joining
 forces in tackling issues.

 A collective effort resulted in recent advances
on the Iranian nuclear program and launched the
 dismantling of the Syrian chemical arsenal, he says.

Meanwhile unilateral attempts to resolve the
Arab-Palestinian conflict, proved to be deficient.

“When crisis management in all directions
 requires collective effort, one can hardly
 understand the reasoning of those, who
 take decisions on limiting cooperation
 with Russia over responding to common
 challenges and threats,” he says.

 “It’s doubtful that this will raise the efficiency
 of combating terrorism, preventing proliferation
 of weapons of mass destruction, responding
 to natural and man-made disasters or erecting
 barriers to extremism.”

Lavrov stresses that a polycentric system of
 global security, in which parties respect each
 other’s interests, cultural differences and the
 right to self-determination, is needed to build
 a just, safe and democratic world.

The foreign minister speaks at the international
 security conference in Moscow, which brought
 together officials, military officers and experts
from over 40 countries, including China, India,
Pakistan, Egypt, Iran and Belarus. It is the
third time Moscow has hosted the event.

‘Colour revolutions are like military operations’

Lavrov’s condemnation of colour revolutions as
 an instrument of hostile international politics,
 is repeated by the Russian military at the

 Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu says Ukraine's
 crisis is the latest example of such a revolution,
 and it follows a global trend for them to become
 more violent.

“After the forced ouster of the president with
 the help of foreign forces, [Ukraine] has now,
practically, slid into a civil war,” he says.

“A hotspot of tension has been artificially
 created in the heart of Europe. This has
 negatively affected global security.”

Shoigu adds that the scheme for fanning an
 internal conflict used in Ukraine is applicable
 to many countries, and points to Venezuela,
“where the legitimate government is being
opposed by a so-called democratic opposition
fuelled from abroad,” and Venezuela appears
to be a victim of this same approach.

But unlike the colour revolutions of the 1990s
and 2000s, which were relatively bloodless,
the latest generation of such operations
 increasingly resembles military invasions,
 the Russian minister stresses.

 Now colour revolutions lead to long-term
 destabilization, rather than to the simple
regime change that the forces triggering
 them, initially aim at.

Meanwhile the head of Russian General Staff
 Valery Gerasimov, accuses the US and its
 allies of initiating most of the regional
conflicts in recent history.

“The US cannot stomach the formation of new
 centres of power,” he states. “That is why it
 uses a wide arsenal, to ramp up regional
 tension, including unilateral sanctions, aid
 sent to West-allied forces, private military
companies & ultimately the national military.”

The general adds that the Russian military
will not walk away from the new challenges
that have
emerged in the Ukrainian crisis.

“Some Western countries have ramped up
anti-Russian rhetoric, and are building up
NATO troops in the Baltic, Poland and
 Romania, as well as a military presence
 of the alliance in the Baltic Sea, the
Mediterranean and the Black Sea,”
Gerasimov says.

“We cannot be indifferent to this, and will
have to take measures in response.”



The Obama administration has taken the over
 6,000-page report on the use of torture during
 the Bush years, laboriously researched by the
 Senate Intelligence Committee, and placed it
in the hands of the entity that carried out the
torture, the CIA, to 'redact', before publication.

 Many believe the torture report will never see
 the light of day, or will now be so edited, as to
it worthless.



President Putin says Russia respects the
 will of the Ukrainian people, but will keep
watch on what’s happening.

It was easier for Ukraine’s opposition to
reach agreement with President Viktor

 Yanukovych, who “was ready to agree
everything”, President Putin states.

 Putin explains that Ukraine’s Constitution
contains only four reasons for removing
 the incumbent president from power:
death, illness, impeachment and a
personal resignation request.

“None of those things actually happened
 in Ukraine,” Putin says.


                 US House Rejects Closing Gitmo Prison               
 The US House of Representatives has rejected
 by 247-177, a proposal to authorize President
 Barack Obama to close the prison in the US
 Base of Guantanamo, in eastern Cuba.

Since 2002, the White House has kept the
 prison in the naval base on Cuban territory
 against the will of both the Government
and people of Cuba.

The initiative, introduced by the Democrats as
 part of the national defense budget for 2015,
was intended to cancel the ban on a transfer
 of inmates to US mainland territory, and for
the closure of the prison by 2017.

In his state of the union address last January,
Obama said that 2014 should be the year for
 Congress to end restrictions to transfering
 inmates and the year for the final closure of
 the prison, which still harbors 154 prisoners.

In 2009, Obama signed an executive order
to close it in less than a year.

A recent Pentagon report admits that the prison
 spends one billion dollars a year, and the total
 amount will exceed five billion USD by late 2014.

There have been numerous reports about the
 use of cruel techniques to torture prisoners,
 like depriving them of sleep, keeping them
 naked in low temperatures and submitting
 them to exhausting interrogations.


Pentagon reportedly assigns 13k servicemen
 to first ever US-Jordanian-Israeli joint drill

Roughly 13,000 additional US troops are in the
 Middle East right now, reports RT news on its US
page, as the Pentagon begins joint military drills
 with soldiers in the neighboring countries of
Israel and Jordan.

The US-Israeli exercise, “Juniper Cobra,”
 which began earlier this week, involves around
 6,000 members of the US Eastern Command and
 1,000 airmen, involving the joint missile systems
used by the allies.

But on Saturday, over 6,000 US Marines moved
to Jordan to begin conducting drills there, as
 part of the annual Eager Lion program.

According to Israel’s DEBKAfile news agency,
 the activities in Israel & Jordan, are “the first
time the US has unified two large military
exercises,” and is reportedly being carried
out now, to counter an alleged advance of
Hezbollah troops.

“The two war games were planned as military
 maneuvers plain [and] simple until Wednesday,
 May 21,” the site reports, “when news came in
 of large Hezbollah military forces heading toward
 southern Syria to help Syria's army overcome
 the rebel forces fighting for over a week, to
 capture the Syrian Golan town of Quneitra,
 opposite the Israeli and Jordanian borders.”

“In the last few days, both Israel and Jordan
 have boosted their Syrian border deployments
 and placed them at battle stations.

Hezbollah’s intervention in the Golan battle
"may well result in the war game being
switched to combat operations for real,"
 DEBKA claims.

Earlier this week, the Jerusalem Post confirmed
 that Jordan's military was redeploying forces
along its border with Syria on murmurings of a
growing insurgency there — that report came
 straight after an announcement from Israel’s
Arutz Sheva news outlet that the US would
send a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighters
to Jordan as part of Eager Lion, and keep them
there after the exercise is finished.

 On Tuesday, however, the Pentagon-affiliated Air
 Force Times said no such plans to leave weapons
 behind, were in place.

However, combined with the US Navy presence
in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, more
 US service members than usual are now in the
 volatile region, amid civil wars and skirmishes
 that have dominated international politics in
 recent months.

According to the International Business Times,
 the chief defense attaché for the US Embassy
 in Tel Aviv, suggested recently that expanded
 cooperation between the US & its Middle East
 allies would greatly improve on those nations’
ability to secure the region, as tensions rise.

"If we were able to build a regional defense
capability in say, Jordan, that capability
could easily defend Israel, Jordan and even
Egypt, if you so desired, adding one more
layer to your multi-layered defense," the IB
Times quoted the attaché, John Shapland,
as saying.


Palestinian prisoners hold solidarity strike
 in Israeli jails

Over 5,000 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons
 have launched a hunger strike in solidarity with
 another group of Palestinian detainees who have
 been on hunger strike for nearly a month.

The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs said
 in its Wednesday statement that 5,200 prisoners
 would act in the solidarity strike on Thursday, in a
bid to pressure the Israeli regime to comply with
 the demands of the 100 Palestinian detainees,
 who have been on hunger strike for 28 days,
 to oppose their “administrative detention.”

Administrative detention is an imprisonment
 without trial or charge that allows Israel to gaol
 Palestinians for up to six months. The detention
 order can, however, be renewed for an indefinite
 period of time.

The statement by the Palestinian ministry warns
 that thousands of prisoners will announce their
 open hunger strike next week, and will make
 new demands, if the Israeli regime does not
comply with the demands of the group of 100
 administrative detainees, Ma’an News Agency
 reported on thursday.

According to the report, 40 more Palestinian
 detainees held in the Israeli Negev prison of
Ktziot began their open-ended hunger strike
Wednesday, joining the administrative

Over 120 Palestinian prisoners, including two
 jailed leaders, went on a one-day hunger strike
 on Wednesday to help administrative detainees
 who've been refusing meals for nearly a month.

Palestinian prisoner human rights organization
 Addameer estimates that about 183 Palestinians
 are now being held in administrative detention.

Over 800,000 Palestinians have been detained
 since 1967, with 5,224 currently being held in
 Israeli prisons, according to the Palestinian
 Liberation Organization (PLO).



Kiev troops reportedly shoot at deserting
conscripts as eastern military op escalates

Kiev forces have killed at least seven militiamen
 and injured dozens of people, including civilians,
 in clashes in the Lugansk Region.

 Some Kiev troop conscripts reportedly tried to
 desert and flee to the militia, and were shot
 at by their commander.

Both sides suffered losses during the battle near
 the village of Rubezhnoye, close to Lisichansk
city in the Lugansk region.

At least seven self-defense members were killed
and 16 others injured, according to the militia.
 A spokesperson for Kiev’s troops reported two
 fatalities and seven wounded among their ranks.

The shooting followed botched negotiations
 between the self-proclaimed People's Republic
 of Lugansk forces and pro-Kiev troops, Ostap
 Cherniy, a spokesman for the militias, said at
 a press conference on Thursday night.

“When the Ukrainian military with a column
 of armored vehicles approached Lisichansk,
 militias tried to negotiate with them,” Cherniy
 said. “Shooting erupted during negotiations.”

He added that local residents, including
 children, were among those who went to
 talk to the Kiev loyalists.

The civilians were trying to block military
 vehicles of the National Guard and asking
them “not to kill them,” he said.

There are claims that at least some of the
 casualties among Kiev loyalists were not
 due to the militias.

 Some 30 of the conscripts wanted to defect,
 Cherniy said. The militias fed the prisoners
and wanted to relocate them, but the other
 troops opened fire, he said, at the entire group.

“After they boarded a bus and drove to the
college, the military opened fire at the bus
 with a heavy machine gun,” said the self-
defense force representative.

A militia member told RIA Novosti that it was
 the commander of the unit preparing to desert
 who opened fire at his own men.

The information was confirmed by one of the
 defectors, who says he and fellow conscripts
decided to defect and say 'no', rather than
 follow an order to fire at militias and civilians.

“The commander ordered us to open fire
 indiscriminately ,” the soldier said during
 the same press conference, adding that
 locals “saved him” from the Kiev-
controlled soldiers.

A military doctor Gennady Moralishvili said that
 most of those injured in the clashes are currently
 in the local hospital and are civilians, not militia.

He added that the pro-Kiev National Guard set
the city's train station on fire and when the fire
 brigade arrived to put it out, they shot at them too.

Also damaged in clashes was a local bridge,
 although it was not immediately clear how it
 was taken down. Some reports say militias
 demolished it to prevent Kiev’s troops from
 transporting armored vehicles across river.

Others say that the loyalists destroyed it
during the clashes.

A local railway was damaged as well,
 disrupting traffic in the Lugansk Region.

By nightfall, the gunfight ceased around the city,
 local activist Sergey told RT by phone, adding
 that the militias have taken control over all
 checkpoints that came under fire in the day.

Medics in local hospitals were reporting large
 numbers of injured coming in during the day,
 the activist says.

“There are a lot of injured among the local
 population who came under fire on the
 outskirts of Lisichansk and Severodonetsk.
 Some are seriously wounded, who will be
 sent for surgery and treatment to [Lugansk].”

Militias said they have captured three BMP-2
armored personnel carriers from Kiev’s troops.

The escalation of violence in the Lugansk Region
 follows weeks of a focused assault by the Kiev
 troops on the neighboring Donetsk Region.

The confrontation there claimed dozens of lives
 both among the belligerents and local civilians,
but neither side managed to take control over
 the entire region.

Reports of a possible shooting between different
 pro-Kiev troops came from the Donetsk Region
on Thursday too, where at least 16 Ukrainian
 troops were killed and over 30 injured in a night
 attack on a checkpoint.

While some accounts said the battle near the
 town of Volnovakha was a night raid of the
 militias, there are numerous accounts showing
 that it could actually be a case of friendly fire,
 in which a unit of pro-Kiev militia hired by
 oligarch Igor Kolomoisky mistakenly attacked
 a facility manned by the Ukrainian military.

A soldier was killed and two others injured in
 the battle, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry says,
with the self-defense forces also speaking of
 several wounded on their side.

The Border Guard says that five of its troops
 were injured and one suffered concussion in
 a gunfight at Stanchino-Luganskoe, RIA-
Novosti reports.

Kiev is piling more troops into the south-east in
 anticipation of presidential elections on Sunday.

“According to our data, there’re currently around
 6,000 [Kiev troops in the Lugansk Region], and
 their number has increased in recent days,”
 Valery Bolotov, head of the self-proclaimed
 People’s Republic of Lugansk, says.

Lugansk & Donetsk regions refuse to recognize
 Kiev’s coup-imposed regime, holding referenda
 on May 11th, which gave landslide support for
their independence from Kiev.



... to deal with Venezuela!

John (don't laugh at me) Kerry might be
confusing his options, countries or maybe
his tables, as he warns Venezuelans that
the US is "running out of patience".

Could it have to do with the fact that
the day before, Venezuela said it will
give oil to Palestinians struggling
under the Israeli rightwing regime,
which is denying civilians fuel?



The coup-installed PM, says the "final
assault" on Eastern regions has begun
- and will "wipe out" the "terrorists" there.

This, despite the Rada instructing - through
their Memorandum - that ALL Kiev's army
and "special" forces immediately withdraw.



 China & Russia inked a long-awaited gas deal
 in Shanghai, ending decade-long natural gas
supply talks between the two.

The deal came one day after visiting Russian
 President Vladimir Putin said that "significant
 progress" had been made over the price, in
the lengthy talks.

The deal, worth 38 billion, uses the eastern
transit route from Siberia, directly to China.

Gazprom's CEO notes: “38 billion is just the start.
We've agreed with our Chinese partners that, as
 soon as we struck the deal on the eastern route,
we will start talks on the western route.

 As regards the western route, there is a fundamental
difference concerning the resource base: this is the
 same base, from which we are making gas supplies
 to Europe.”



German investigators of Nazi war crimes say they
have identified about 20 former guards from the
Majdanek death camp, who are still alive.

Federal prosecutor Kurt Schrimm says his special
Nazi War Crimes Office is preparing to recommend
that state prosecutors pursue charges against the
suspects in the next two weeks.

Lead investigator Thomas Will tells AP that the
probe of more former guards in Majdanek, which
was based on the outskirts of Lublin in occupied
Poland, is ongoing.

Altogether, about 1,000 possible suspects are
being investigated now.



Unidentified assailants attacked and burnt
down Oleh Tsariov's house. He's a member
 of the Ukrainian parliament and a candidate
in the snap presidential elections.

 The attack took place in the eastern city
of Dnipropetrovsk.

“My house in Dnipropetrovsk was burnt down
at night,” Tsariov wrote on his Facebook page.

 “Two buses with armed people arrived at 2am,
 showering the house with Molotov cocktails.
 The assailants acted confidently. They were
 filming the arson, probably to report later on
 their job."

“My wife and children left Dnipropetrovsk some
 time ago, and my mother did the same last week,
 and that's why no one was injured,” Tsariov adds.

“Yes, the house was burnt down,” he tells
ITAR-TASS.  “No one was injured in the fire.
We called the police.”

Tsariov was registered to run in Ukraine’s
presidential election, slated for May 25th,
but withdrew his candidacy from the race in
 late April, citing his protest over the current
 authorities’ policies in the southeastern
 regions of the country.

He had also received threats to himself
and his family.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General, a neo-nazi
 member of Svoboda installed by the CIA coup,
had said previously that he wants the Party of
Regions deputy to be deprived of his immunity
as an MP.


Ukrainian MPs call for immediate
 troop withdrawal from country’s east

Ukrainian troops deployed in the country’s east
 should immediately return to their bases, the
 country’s parliament says in a memorandum.

 The freshly-adopted document also urges
constitutional reforms to decentralize
 Kiev’s central power.

With 226 votes required to pass the law,
 Ukraine's parliament has finally adopted
 its ‘Memorandum of Peace and Consent’,
 with 252 MPs voting in favour.

 The document calls "to restore law, order and
public safety in the state by stopping bloodshed
 and bringing to justice those responsible for the
 killings of civilians during mass protests; to stop
 the anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine’s southeast
 and return the soldiers involved in anti-terrorist
 operations to their permanent deployment places.”

The adopted document also urges immediate
 constitutional reform granting more autonomy
 to regions – a key demand of the protesters in
 the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

As hopes for federalization passing a vote in the
post-coup Duma shrank, eastern regions created
self-defense forces, seizing government buildings.

 On May 11th referenda were held in Donetsk and
Lugansk regions and independence proclaimed.

The “constitutional status of the Ukrainian
language as the language of state” is confirmed.

The document adds that the state “must ensure
 the rights of minority languages.” The document
 does "grant status to the Russian language,"
 but stops short of giving it constitutional status.

The gift of amnesty for self-defense forces in the
 east is also dropped from the final draft of the
 memorandum. This was harshly criticized by the
 Communist Party, who abstained from the vote.

MPs from the nationalist neo-nazi Svoboda Party
 abstained from voting on Tuesday as well, saying
that they believe the reform will be ineffective.

Further, the reform will provide for Ukraine
dropping its non-aligned status, allowing it to
 join an interstate union through a referendum.

After the announcement, Russia says that if
Ukraine’s authorities plan to implement all of
 the reforms declared in the memorandum,
 then they will finally be responding to
Moscow's calls.

"First, we have to see how it looks on paper. If
 this is true then it's the development we have
 been talking about over the past months,” says
 Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry,
 Grigory Karasin, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Today, the coup-installed PM, says the "final
assault" on the Eastern regions is to start
- and will "wipe out" the "terrorists" there.

For months Moscow has been urging Kiev
 to de-escalate tensions in the east, stop its
 military operations and hold an all-inclusive
 dialogue on constitutional reform in Ukraine.


Russia & China: ‘No to sanctions rhetoric,
or regime change in other countries’

Moscow and Beijing reject the imposition
of sanctions as political tools & condemn
 attempts at “encouraging and financing”
 regime change in other countries, in a
joint statement made during President
Putin’s official visit to China.

Having faced economic sanctions and threats
 of more to come from the West, Russia has now
 turned to the East, seeking to boost business
 ties in a friendlier environment.

An impressive package of deals on energy,
 business and infrastructure has already
 been signed in Shanghai.

More is yet to come, judging by the title of the
 joint statement by Beijing and Moscow, which
 promises “a new stage in full-scale partnership
 and strategic relations.”

Boosting mutual trade is not all there is to that
 “new stage,” as, following the meeting with Xi,
 the Russian president shares his expectations
 of closer cooperation between the countries
in international politics.

“We have common priorities on a global and
a regional scale,” Putin says. “We’ve agreed
 upon closer coordination of our foreign policy
steps, including those in the UN, BRICS and
APEC,” he adds.

Among attitudes Russia and China share, is
 their mutual dislike of economic restrictions
 imposed for political reasons.

“The parties stress the necessity to…
 reject unilateral sanctions rhetoric,”
 the joint statement reads.

Economic restrictions applied as a punishment
are no better than financial aid to forces that
seek “a change in the constitutional system
 of another country,” the Russian-Chinese
 statement says.

Moscow feels bitter about the role it believes
 the US played in the Ukrainian coup. Russia
 accuses Washington of investing $5 billion
regime change in Kiev.

A number of European politicians, meanwhile,
 admit that the EU might have been pressing
Ukraine too hard to sign the integration deal
which, according to German Vice-Chancellor
Sigmar Gabriel, possibly gave an “impression
in Ukraine that it had to decide between
Russia and the EU."

The ongoing political crisis in Ukraine can only
 be resolved peacefully, Putin and Xi Jinping
believe, and they call on political opponents in
Ukraine to switch from confrontation to dialogue.

"The sides urge all Ukrainian regions and public
 and political groups to enter into broad nation-
wide talks; develop jointly a concept of further
constitutional development of the country,
envisaging the full observation of universally
 recognized rights and the freedoms of people,"
 the statement reads.

Russia and China also call for the creation of
 new “universal rules of behavior in information
 space,” citing concerns at some communication
 technologies “running contrary to international
 stability and security, damaging countries’
 sovereignty and violating personal privacy.”

The ‘rules for internet’ comment comes as
 the US and China trade accusations over
 online espionage.

A grand jury in the US recently indicted
 five Chinese military - allegedly officers of
an elite cyber squad - with hacking into US
 networks and stealing sensitive business
information from US companies.

China dismisses all the US accusations and
has published proof that the US is actually
stealing data from China.



The Kiev government is responsible for
 the ongoing humanitarian crisis in eastern
 Ukraine, a political analyst says.

“We can blame the military operation launched
 by Kiev and this is not just a military operation.

"It hasn't just used Ukrainian army forces;
 it has also used militias, irregular troops,
 terrorist units, & simple violent hooligans,”
 says Manuel Ochsenreiter, chief editor of
Zuerst news magazine.

He holds the Kiev government and not Donetsk
 and Lugansk or even Moscow, accountable for
 the ongoing crisis.

The acting Kiev government has been staging
 military operations in the eastern and southern
 regions since mid-April in a bid to stop anti-coup

130 people have been killed so far, during
 clashes and operations by Ukrainian troops
 in the east and south, according to the UN.

“It’s a very cynical interpretation of the situation
 to say, well, you wanted to be independent, now
 starve, don’t find a doctor, don’t get medicine,”
 the analyst points out.



Ukraine’s government troops stationed outside
 the eastern city of Slavyansk in Donetsk region
 have targeted residential areas of the city.

Several houses were destroyed, 'though
 there have been no reports of fatalities yet.

The attacks spark anger among residents,
and anti-Kiev sentiments continue to rise.

"The ‘active phase’ of the Ukrainian security
forces’ operation continued in Slavyansk and
Kramatorsk during the night.

"The Molocharsky market was almost completely
 destroyed. Fighter jets were flying over the city
 all night long.

 "Ukrainian army  tanks attempted to enter the
 area from Izium city in the Kharkov region.
 However, we placed our military hardware in
 their way," a spokesperson for the local self-
defense headquarters said.

The acting Kiev government has been staging
 military attacks in the south-east since mid-April.



A political analyst says peace and unity
 can still be achieved in Ukraine if the interim
 authorities in Kiev stop their military attacks.

“If they stop the so-called anti-terrorist operation,
 if they stop bombing and bombarding the cities
 where Russian-speaking people live, I think that
peace is still achievable and Ukraine will stay as
one country,” Dmitry Babich, radio host of Voice
 of Russia, says.

The longer ongoing military operations continue,
 the less chance there will be, that Ukraine will
 stay a united country, he adds.

The commentator says the call by Russia's
 President Vladimir Putin on the interim regime
 in Kiev to immediately withdraw its troops from
 eastern Ukraine, is an attempt to de-escalate
 the crisis.

“I think that he [Putin] never escalated the crisis.
 From the very beginning Russia has been calling
 for an end of violence in the east of Ukraine,”
 Babich says.

He holds the Kiev government accountable for
the ongoing crisis in Ukraine as it sent troops to
 the southeast of the country against so-called
 terrorists, but they have failed to achieve any
 success - despite several weeks of fighting.

“Also, Putin has always called for dialogue,”
 the analyst points out.


U.S. foreign policy "shortsighted": Medvedev
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says
 that the overall policy of the United States to
his country and the international business
 community is "shortsighted" and moving
towards a new Cold War.

Washington has put ideology ahead of mutual
market benefits, which is a road leading to
 nowhere, Medvedev tells Bloomberg TV in an
 exclusive interview, citing the refusal of US
 and European companies to attend the St.
 Petersburg International Economic Forum
 due later this week, as evidence.

"That's too bad, that shortsighted position reminds
us of Soviet policy in a certain period. It looks like
 we just swapped positions," he says, adding that
 the current US approach ruins international trade.

He adds that Moscow is disappointed with the
 White House's handling of the Ukrainian crisis,
 which is dragging Russia-U.S. relations even
further toward a new Cold War.

"It's regrettable that all results we've reached are
 being effectively nullified by those (US President
 Barack Obama's) decisions," the Russian PM says.

He says that Obama is no longer capable of making
 "restrained, accurate and smart decisions," as he
 is guided by a desire to show the Congress that
"the United States does not fear Russians."

The prime minister notes that sanctions imposed
 by Washington and its allies have not affected
 the Russian economy so far, but urges those
 countries to take responsible measures.

He also dismisses allegations that Russia looks
 forward to integrating more Ukrainian territories,
 adding all parties should work for de-escalation
 of the Ukrainian conflict, or see a "civil war",
 in his words.

On Russia possibly intervening militarily,
he does not commit to whether Moscow
guarantees non-intervention in Ukrainian
 events, or not.

"We are not obliged to guarantee anyone anything
 because we never took those obligations in regard
 to this issue," Medvedev says. "We are proceeding
 with the fact that the main goal is not guaranteeing
 anyone anything, but calming the situation."

On Sunday, Ukraine held snap presidential
 elections, which eastern regions such as
and Lugansk, refuse to recognize.


Putin, Xi decide to hold military exercises in 2015

President Putin and his Chinese counterpart
 Xi Jinping, have decided to hold joint military
 exercises next year, dedicated to the 70th
 anniversary of the victory in World War II,
ITAR-TASS reports.

 The Chinese leader announces the decision
 during an opening ceremony of joint naval
drills off China’s coast.

The maneuvers in 2015 will be held “in
 commemoration of victory over German
 fascism and Japanese militarism in the
European and Asian theaters of WWII,”
 says a statement by the two leaders.



Russia's President Putin describes China
as "better than ever" and China,
as a friend.

China's leader greets him warmly,
addressing him as my "dear old friend."

Before he left, his press office released
a letter on Ukraine, stating that he:

“welcomes the first contacts between Kiev and
the supporters of federalization, on establishing
direct dialogue that must involve all interested

“Russia calls for an immediate end to punitive
 operations and the use of force, the withrawal
 of troops and the settlement of all problems
 solely by peaceful means,” the service added.

The Russian president also issued an order to
 return troops which participated in the recent
military exercises in Rostov-on-Don, Belgorod
 and Bryansk regions to their permanent bases.

“At the end of the planned spring military training ...
held at firing ranges in Rostov-on-Don, Belgorod
 and Bryansk regions, Russian President Vladimir
 Putin gave an order to Defense Minister Sergei
 Shoigu to bring back troops that participated in
 the war games to their permanent bases and
 continue the combat training at nearby firing
ranges,” the presidential press service said.


US to spend $317 million on UK
 intel hub upgrade - report

Washington has decided to upgrade RAF Croughton,
one of its many UK bases, already allegedly involved
in mass surveillance and drone strikes, to make it
the largest intel hub outside mainland US and a main
centre for its operations in Africa, The Independent
on Sunday reported.

Why call all the US bases in the UK, RAF bases?

Because if they called them USAF bases,
the UK's people would have to face their
position as conquered slaves.


Kiev army shells Kramatorsk, city ‘left
 without water’ – self-defense coordinator

Ukraine's army shelled the eastern city
of Kramatorsk as fierce clashes erupted
 between Kiev's military and self-defense
forces who stopped the APC convoy from
entering the city, local activists say.

A military convoy of six APCs approached
the city from the northwest and began
shelling it, a member of the self-defense
forces states.

“About 10 fighters wearing black uniforms
with no markings, as well as several people
in camouflage, were sitting on top of each
combat vehicle,” the self-defense force says.
they believe that National Guard and Right
Sector militants were among them.

Powerful explosions and intense shooting,
including shots from large-calibre guns,
could be heard even from the city centre,
say witnesses.

Several self-defense checkpoints have been
 reportedly attacked by Kiev's army, and a
factory in the suburbs was then set on fire.

Water and gas lines have also been shelled:
 all residents of Kramatorsk are without water,
self-defense coordinator Maksim Vlasov says.

 Some are now also without gas, local media
 report, citing Karmatorsk's deputy Mayor,
Andrey Bessonny.

A resident reports that the Kiev military used
 “grad multiple launch rockets or howitzers”
 to shell the city.

"I served in the army and during my service,
 I never heard such shots. They are getting
 louder and louder. A checkpoint is behind
the house and 1 or 2 factory workshops
 are burning. Fifteen people stay under my
window, with rifles & grenade launchers,"
 Kramatorsk resident Evgeny added.

Loud blasts and repeated heavy gunfire were
also heard in the eastern city of Slavyansk,
 not far from Kramatorsk, freelance journalist
 Graham Phillips reported for RT.

The fighting came after an ultimatum by
Donetsk self-defense forces, warning Kiev
 that if troops didn't withdraw from check-
points in the Donetsk region within 24
hours, they would be taken by force.


Kiev Nazi authorities are only obstacle to
 peace in Ukraine – ex-presidential candidate

The removal of Kiev’s coup-imposed authorities
 from power is the only way to restore peace &
 stability in Ukraine, the opposition leader and
ex-presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev, states.

Tsarev blames Igor Kolomoisky, the Kiev-appointed
 Dnepropetrovsk region governor and oligarch, for
 making “quite a large” contribution to the current
 violence taking place in Ukraine.

He says it's Kolomoisky who's responsible for
 recruiting nationalists into the National Guard
 and the special police units, which are now
waging war on the country's southeast.

Tsarev says he has information that “the
National Guard fighters, in civilian clothes,
 participated in events in Odessa” – where
 48+ anti-Kiev protestors died on May 2nd,
 after groups set fire to Trade Union House.

He also confirms the authenticity of the
 leaked phone call from May 9th, in which
 Kolomoisky said that he offered $1 million
 for Tsarev’s head.

“As I understand it, he didn’t want me to
 come to Lugansk and Donetsk, to take
part in organizing the referendum,” the
MP said.

Tsarev, a self-nominee for the presidential
 election, withdrew his candidacy, because
 he believes “the vote can’t be held when
 the army is on a reprisal raid against its
own people...and dozens die every day.”

With no candidate boasting support in both
 east and west Ukraine, any president elected
 on May 25th is just “a half-president,” he says.

The coup-imposed authorities in Kiev pushed
to hold the election “at any cost,” because
they realized that “their ratings are falling”
and that to act now, is their only chance
 to succeed, he explained.

The ex-presidential candidate calls Ukraine’s
 acting prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, “a
 great imitator," for faking dialogue between
 the east and the west of the country.

“They gather their own representatives, who
 live in the southeast, and hold roundtables
with them,” Tsarev says, adding that he and
other actual leaders of protesters from the
 east, aren't invited to take part.

“They’re basically talking to themselves...
There’s no real dialogue,” he stresses.

The opposition leader reminds us that there
 are now howitzers shelling Slavyansk, with
 Kiev’s forces not providing any humanitarian
corridor for civilians to evacuate the city.

It’s “not realistic” to talk to the “murderers”
under such conditions, because a dialogue
 between Kiev and protestors in the southeast
is only possible, after a ceasefire is agreed.

Tsarev stresses that the only obstacles
to peace and stability in Ukraine, are
 the “current Nazi authorities of Ukraine,”
 which must be removed from power.

Tsarev says the issue is not so simple, when it
 comes to the position of Russia's authorities,
because they're responsible for Russia's fate –
including any economic sanctions which may
 be introduced against Russia.

But the opposition leader stresses that protestors
 in eastern Ukraine aren’t looking for independence
 from their compatriots in the country's west.

“They just don’t want to be in the same country
with the current authority,” he said.

Kiev's regime chose to send the army against
 citizens in the southeast, because its rule is
 “based on fear,” he added.

“But it’s impossible to defeat the people by
military means,” Tsarev stressed. “The army
doesn’t want to fight against the people. In
order to make the military obey orders, they
 have deployed Nazis there, who shoot at
  self-defense forces of the Donetsk People’s
Republic, and then fire at the soldiers who
 refuse to fight.”

“The number of casualties in the ranks of
the Ukrainian military is now 1,000 people.
 And sooner or later...I think sooner, rather
than later, the Kiev authorities will be held
 responsible for the war crimes against
 their own people,” he added.

Oleg Tsarev was previously a main figure in
 the Party of Regions – the party of Ukrainian
 President Yanukovich, who was ousted by a
 nationalist-powered coup back in February.

A few weeks later, he was registered as
 a presidential candidate. Several days
 later, he was brutally beaten by radicals
 from the Right Sector movement.

Tsarev backs creating an independent
 Federal Republic of Novorossia, following
the lead of Donetsk and Lugansk regions,
 which are revolting against the Kiev regime.



East Ukraine’s Kharkov region will hold a regional
 independence referendum following Donetsk and
 Lugansk, a member of the coordinating council of
the 'Southeast' movement, Yuri Apukhtin. said at
 a rally near the monument to Soviet leader Lenin
in Kharkov city's Freedom Square.

"Kharkov region will hold a referendum on
 independence following Donetsk and Lugansk."

Representatives from the  “Southeast”,
and “Borba” (Struggle) movements and
 the Ukrainian Communist Party, were at
 the rally in Freedom Square. Many of the
demonstrators carried Russian flags.



President Obama who has already bombed six countries
(Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq)
and is now risking a possible escalation of the Ukraine
crisis he nurtured, into World War III against Russia",
has, in May, been awarded the 2014 'Ambassador
for Humanity Award' by the Shoah Foundation.



If the West carries on with its present policy of
sanctions on Russian citizens and corporations,
 Moscow will offer a "burnishing" response to it,
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says.

“I think the policy of sanctions is akin to rocking the
 boat in which you’re traveling,” he says. “Everything
 in this world takes place on the basis of mutuality.
 We’re not trying to copy just everything that comes
 our way, but counter-measures happen to be there,
 too, in such situations.”

“If Western sanctions continue, we’ll respond
to them, and our response will be felt rather
painfully in the capitals of target countries,”
 Ryabkov says, and adds that the authorities
 in Kiev should hurry to enter into a dialogue
 with those Ukrainian regions which have
 declared independence.

“I believe that the opinions of those people who
participated in properly organized, democratic
 referendums -- as the world has seen -- should
actually be respected. So the Kiev authorities
 ought to establish dialogue with the separating
 regions as soon as possible”, he says.

Ryabkov says that the OSCE may contribute
 to the dialogue as well, while the EU should
take more responsibility, terminate sanctions
 and conduct a policy that will influence Kiev.

“The authorities in Kiev should switch to a
 more rational political line, regarding the
 regions. We have the same attitude to US
policy”, Ryabkov stresses.



China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cheng
 Guoping believes the sanctions against Russia
 are not helping a Ukrainian crisis settlement.

"Some members of the international community are
 introducing sanctions against Russia, which is not
 helping the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine," the
 diplomat tells reporters, adding that "China is ready
 to play a productive role in settling the Ukrainian
 issue politically."



Jim W. Dean, managing editor of Veteran’s Today,
says Israel is directly intervening in Syria, along
with several UN members, and that, by doing so,
and lying about it, they are losing world respect.

 "They already have engaged with several of their
 bombings. We found out through our sources that
Syria took out one of Israel’s stealth submarines
  they caught close to shore, where a helicopter-
launched a homing torpedo.

"And then Israel responded a couple of days later
 when they used a mini-nuclear weapon on the big
 arms depot outside of Damascus that had that huge
 explosion. And then they’ve had several other aerial
 attacks - so Israel has directly engaged.

"Everyone else is engaged in doing this – you
have all of the Western countries, the ones in
 NATO, they are all involved in training and
supporting these terrorists."

 "They are not arresting any of them that are
coming home; they are acting like there is
 nothing they can do about it."

"The international community - even the UN -
you have a lot of members of the UN that are
 actively engaged in state-sponsored terrorism
 toward a UN member, and I think the UN has
 basically disgraced itself, because they are
        acting like they just want to stay out of it."        

"America’s international reputation – what's left
 of it – is just being totally destroyed with this
 incident after incident of the double standard:
 that when we do it it’s OK, when Israel does it
 it’s OK; it’s only a bad thing when others do it."

"So, the young people of the world are growing
 up seeing an America that all they do is lie and
 provocate and spin."

"And we’re really not going to have a lot of friends
 in the world when this is over, and we can blame
 this current generation going back 15 years now
 --- of just terrible leadership."     

The managing editor of Veteran’s Today believes
that this tailspin will not be easily reversed now:

 "I really don’t, because the other malady that we
 suffer from is no one in a political position accepts
any responsibility, ever, for anything that goes
wrong. They don’t see anybody else doing it, so
they say 'why should I?' "

"And the people have some blame for this also
 - because they’re too lazy or too distracted to
 hold them responsible. There haven’t been
enough protests; everybody just says it is
 somebody else’s job to fix it."

"We’re going to pay a big price for that apathy
 because state-sponsored terrorism is going
 to spread and it’s going to be coming to a lot
 of people’s streets that never thought that
 they would ever see it in their town."



The Russian president blames the EU
 for its passive role over Moscow’s gas
dispute with Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin says in a special letter to
 European leaders, that the EU has not
presented any specific proposals to
 stop a possible halt in gas supplies.

"In early April, we came up with a proposal
 to hold immediate consultations with the
aim of elaborating coordinated actions to
stabilize the Ukrainian economy & ensure
 stable Russian gas deliveries and transit
 in compliance with contract terms," Putin
 underlines in his letter.

"Unfortunately, we have to state that we have
 not received any specific proposals from our
 partners on stabilizing the situation with the
 fulfillment of contractual obligations by the
 Ukrainian buyer and ensuring reliable gas
 transit," Putin adds.

He stresses that Russia’s decision to demand
 advance payment for natural gas deliveries to
 Ukraine, is a forced measure, and expresses
 his hope of coordination from now, with EU
 states, in a bid to normalize the situation.

Russia provides about half of Ukraine’s and
30% of Europe's total gas demand with key
 pipelines on Ukrainian territory.

The US and EU accuse Russia of destabilizing
 Ukraine and have slapped sanctions against
 Russian and pro-Russia figures.

Russia rejects the accusation, saying
 the pro-Russia protests in Ukraine began
 spontaneously against the new interim
government in Kiev.

Last month, Russian gas company, Gazprom,
 increased the price of gas for Ukraine from
 $268 to $485 per 1,000 cubic meters for the
 first quarter of 2014.

Writing to 18 European countries on April 10th,
 Putin warned that Gazprom could be forced to
 completely or partially cease natural gas
deliveries, if Kiev fails to pay its debt.


Uruguay to take 6 detainees from Guantanamo

Uruguayan President José Mujica says his
nation will accept 6 detainees from Gitmo.

 The Obama administration should move fast,
 the Washington Post quotes Mujica as saying.

“It can’t be too long,” he says, as he only has
 a “few months of government left.”

It means Uruguay will accept a group of Arabs
who have been cleared for release, but can’t
return to their nations, either because of war,