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Zoom Madrid, Spain: Demonstration Against Fascism & Imperialism in Ukraine
'We support the anti-fascist resistance in Donbass'
Friday, July 25 - 19:30
In front of the U.S. Embassy, Calle Serrano, 106

Madrid, Spain: Demonstration Against Fascism & Imperialism in Ukraine

'We support the anti-fascist resistance in Donbass'

Friday, July 25 - 19:30

In front of the U.S. Embassy, Calle Serrano, 106

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Ukraine: Elements of a possible ‘coup within the coup’

The latest developments in Ukraine bear close attention.

This is not fully thought out, obviously, but some points to consider:

1. June-July - Igor Kolomoisky and allied oligarchs who fund Right Sector and other fascist groups set up fiefdom in Dnepropetrovsk in defiance of Poroshenko.

2. June-July - Alleged negotiations between some forces in Moscow, Denis Pushilin, and Dontesk oligarch Rinat Ahkmetov for a “compromise” that could undermine the Donetsk People’s Republic. It’s said this plan was scuttled by Strelkov’s successful withdrawal from Slavyansk in early July. (See http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/what-makes-strelkov-feel-melancholy.html )

3. July 17 - Downing of MH17 to escalate war crisis with Russia.

4. July 18 – Chair of the DNR Supreme Soviet Denis Pushilin announces resignation in Moscow.

5. July 22 – Turchinov (former interim president, now parliament speaker) and President Poroshenko move to speed up ban on Communist Party faction in parliament (attempt to appease the fascists and prevent a split?)

6. July 24 - Withdrawal of Svoboda and UDAR from the Kiev government.

7. July 24 - Resignation of Yatsenyuk, Washington’s hand-picked prime minister.

The backdrop to all of these developments is the growing economic crisis as the scissors of IMF/EU/US austerity and the end of cheap fuel on credit from Russia begins to close.

Along the same lines, Garon Archer writes: “Could the destabilization of Parliament, even an ultra-reactionary parliament, lead to the consolidation of power by one or a coalition of fascist parties (probably the one favored by NATO-bloc most) through direct military dictatorship? It seems that the tasks of the fascists so-far has been to dismantle and destroy all democratic institutions and oppositions, as expected. It would seem then that the natural conclusion of this would be total overthrow of bourgeois democracy. After considering all of that, one must question the real motive behind the split of the fascists in Parliament.”

- redguard

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Zoom Framing Russia, Fabricating a Pretext to Wage War: Flight MH-17 and “Operation Northwoods”
By R. Teichmann
While in Gaza it is plain for all to see who perpetrates the slaughter, the case of the almost 300 victims of the MH 17 incident is giving us more questions than answers.
As we look for answers we must not forget an important operation which was planned by the US Joint Chief of Staff in 1962, a plot to manufacture a casus belli (reason to go to war) with Cuba. It was called ‘Operation Northwoods’.
It sprang to my mind as the propaganda war after the the airplane tragedy in eastern Ukraine was unleashed. While at the time the Northwoods document was produced by the US military its implementation was rejected by then US President John F. Kennedy, circumstances have changed and I cannot help but ask myself if the MH-17 incident is a re-run of ‘Operation Northwoods’ with today’s technology on a bigger scale. This time not trying to frame Cuba but Russia.
The entire document can be downloaded in pdf format here

Framing Russia, Fabricating a Pretext to Wage War: Flight MH-17 and “Operation Northwoods”

By R. Teichmann

While in Gaza it is plain for all to see who perpetrates the slaughter, the case of the almost 300 victims of the MH 17 incident is giving us more questions than answers.

As we look for answers we must not forget an important operation which was planned by the US Joint Chief of Staff in 1962, a plot to manufacture a casus belli (reason to go to war) with Cuba. It was called ‘Operation Northwoods’.

It sprang to my mind as the propaganda war after the the airplane tragedy in eastern Ukraine was unleashed. While at the time the Northwoods document was produced by the US military its implementation was rejected by then US President John F. Kennedy, circumstances have changed and I cannot help but ask myself if the MH-17 incident is a re-run of ‘Operation Northwoods’ with today’s technology on a bigger scale. This time not trying to frame Cuba but Russia.

The entire document can be downloaded in pdf format here

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No ban on the Communist Party of Ukraine! Stop the lynching of anti-fascists!

July 24 - Workers World condemns in the strongest terms the latest moves by the far-right government in Ukraine, backed by the United States, to ban the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU). 

The new measure against the country’s largest political organization comes on the heels of a war frenzy against Russia and the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, whipped up after the crash of the Malaysian Airliner on July 17. Both Kiev and Washington have accused Moscow and the rebels in southeastern Ukraine of downing the civilian plane without a shred of evidence. 

We have also learned that a local Communist Party leader in Donetsk, Glinsky Secretary Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Kovshun, was tortured and murdered by the Ukrainian National Guard near the town on Luzhky on the night of July 22. 

The lynching of the this long-time communist activist, like the massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions on May 2, exposes the junta’s real agenda: to murder, imprison or exile not only KPU leaders, but all anti-fascist and pro-socialist fighters in Ukraine. 

A show trial of the Communist Party was set to begin on July 24 in Kiev, charging the country’s largest political organization with supporting “separatism” and “terrorism.” 

The KPU has been targeted for its opposition to the February coup d’etat that brought a coalition of neoliberal politicians, oligarchs and outright fascists to power, and for opposing the civil war unleashed against the largely industrial, working-class southeastern Donbass region of Donetsk and Lugansk, where a strong anti-fascist resistance is contending for power. 

Since the coup, Communist Party offices have been occupied and burned down by neo-Nazi groups like Right Sector and Svoboda, party activists have been kidnapped and beaten, and parliamentarians physically attacked. While campaigning for president last May, Communist Party leader Peter Simonenko survived an assassination attempt after a television debate. 

Not satisfied to await the results of the kangaroo court, the rump Verkhovna Rada (parliament), having effectively banned elected members of the KPU, the Party of Regions and others following the illegal coup, changed its rules July 22 to allow parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov to dissolve the Communist Party parliamentary group. Billionaire President Petro Poroshenko signed a bill the same day legalizing the move. 

“Tomorrow morning [Thursday], it will be published in Golos Ukrainy [official newspaper of the Verkhovna Rada], meaning it will come into force, and I will fulfill a historic mission and announce the Communist Party’s cessation,” Turchynov said while opening the July 23 parliamentary session. 

Don’t expect any condemnation of this blatantly anti-democratic measure from the U.S. or its NATO allies. Washington spent billions of dollars to topple the elected government of President Viktor Yanukovich and has pumped in billions more to assist the regime’s terrorist war on Donbass, as part of its campaign to station NATO troops and weapons on Russia’s border. 

Sergei Kirichuk, national coordinator of Union Borotba (Struggle) – himself forced into exile by the junta following the Odessa massacre – writes: 

“Destruction of the Communist Party today will drive all leftist movements underground. This will set a precedent for the fierce persecution of all who share anti-fascist and socialist views. The country has slid into a bloody dictatorship under a regime of rightist politicians who for the first time in a hundred years has unleashed a civil war against its own people. And now we need broad solidarity with those who face the repression of rights.” 

Stop the war on Dobass! U.S. out of Ukraine! Hands off the Communist Party, Borotba and the anti-fascist resistance!

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Violence outside Paris synagogue falsely attributed to anti-Semitism (Updated)

By Sam Knight

A violent incident that took place in Paris on Sunday widely described as antisemitic, using this narrative as the background, was actually a street fight between pro-Palestinian demonstrators and the Jewish Defense League; one that appears to have been started by the extremist latter in support of Israel’s ongoing bombing campaign that has thus far claimed the lives of almost 200 Palestinians – 80% of them civilians.

That hasn’t stopped powerful anti-Palestinian voices in the U.S. from using Twitter to appropriate the incident for their cause.

Mondoweiss’ story has been confirmed by the President of the Synagogue de la Roquette.

In an interview broadcast Friday on the 24-hour news channel i-Télé, Serge Benhaïm said that there was “not a single projectile thrown at the synagogue” and that “at no moment, were we ever physically in danger.” (“Pas un seul projectile lancé sur la synagogue”. “A aucun moment, nous n’avons été physiquement en danger.”)

While Benhaïm did not describe the street fight outside as resulting from a JDL “provocation”, he did say that the extremist group smashed up a cafe on Rue de la Roquette (“le président de la synagogue de la rue de la Roquette confirme également que la LDJ a ‘cassé des chaises et des tables’) in order to confront pro-Palestinian demonstrators (“pour aller livrer ce face-à-face”). He added that he did not condone the action, and described the JDL as having a “bad reputation” using a French phrase – “une renommée un peu sulfureuse — that is not done justice by a literal translation.

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MH17: Killing Innocent Civilians in Order to Save Ukraine for Fascism & NATO Expansion

By Vladimir Suchan

On the heels of announcements that Ukraine refuses to give to the international investigators of the MH17 crash records of the conversations and directions passed between Ukrainian air traffic controllers and the Malaysian Boeing are coming reports that these records got lost, and that the key key dispatcher from Dnepropetrovsk who was communicating with the plane has disappeared.


Other reports alleged that a group of US experts is busy reviewing the records in order to decide what can and cannot be released and in which form, if at all. Perhaps the decision has already been made.

The air traffic control, which guided the plane in its last moment over the Donetsk People’s Republic, operates from Dnepropetrovsk, which is also the bastion and main seat of oligarch Ihor Kolomeysky’s power and his expanding Nazi fiefdom.

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Ukraine's fascist junta to ban Communist Party on Thursday

KIEV, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov announced that the Communist Party, who occupy 23 seats in the Verkhovna Rada, would be dissolved on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, made changes to its rules that would allow the speaker of the house to dissolve the Communist party. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a bill on Tuesday evening legalizing the move.

“Yesterday, a bill was signed that brings changes to the rules … Tomorrow morning [Thursday], it will be published in Golos Ukrainy [official newspaper of the Verkhovna Rada], meaning it will come into force, and I will fulfill a historic mission and announce the Communist Party’s cessation,” Turchynov said while opening Wednesday’s parliamentary session.

In early May Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko stated that if he were the head of state, he “would immediately call back all the troops” from the east of Ukraine, calling special operations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions “war against the people.”

In response to that, then acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov asked the country’s Justice Ministry to look into the Communist Party’s alleged separatist activities and possibly ban the party. The ministry brought charges against the party, accusing it of anti-constitutional activities, supporting independence forces in the east of the country and challenging Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Russia’s parliament issued a statement in late May, condemning Kiev’s attempts to ban one of the oldest parties in the country. Russian lawmakers were convinced that “pressure on the [Communist] party was a result of its harsh criticism [of the new government] and the reason for the ban is to suppress dissent in Ukraine.”

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Zoom Remember that time the U.S. shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over Iranian airspace, killing all 290 on board, including 66 children, and then refused to apologize for doing it?
"I will never apologize for the United States. I don’t care what the facts are. I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy." — Vice President (and then-presidential candidate) George H.W. Bush, commenting on the downed airliner, 8/2/1988

Remember that time the U.S. shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over Iranian airspace, killing all 290 on board, including 66 children, and then refused to apologize for doing it?

"I will never apologize for the United States. I don’t care what the facts are. I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy." — Vice President (and then-presidential candidate) George H.W. Bush, commenting on the downed airliner, 8/2/1988

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U.S. provides, weapons, diplomatic cover for Israeli ethnic cleaning in Gaza

By Joyce Chediac

Now, compelled by the wave of international outrage at sheer horror that its most important ally in the Middle East is inflicting on Gaza, the U.S. government has finally acknowledged — in a convoluted way — the impact of the Israeli army’s murders. On July 21, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said: “We are deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel’s appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself.” (www.aljazeera.com, July 21)

Kerry claims he is rushing to the Middle East to stop the fighting. In reality, he is rushing to the Middle East to try to impose a pro-imperialist cease fire on Hamas and the people of Gaza.

This is the goal of Israel’s deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians — to punish Palestinians in Gaza to such a degree to enable Israel to impose a cease-fire on its own terms, which includes further weakening Hamas’ ability to govern, if not to outright remove Hamas from office.

Hamas has given its terms for a cease-fire, which includes Israel’s lifting the blockade, opening the border with Israel and Egypt, and releasing Palestinian prisoners.

The U.S. and Israeli governments also want to end the unity agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

07.23.14 14
Tragedy of MH17 and Necessity of the Fascists in Kiev and Their Friends to Lie about It

By Vladimir Suchan

So, one day after the game-changing briefing in Moscow delegated to the bottom of news and few snippets in the West, U.S. intelligence came out to salvage its least their own professional honor, if not honesty. And thus the following message was made: “Senior U.S. intelligence officials claim [today—July 22] that their services have not found any indication that Russia was involved in the demolition of the MH17 in eastern Ukraine.”

This means that U.S. intelligence officials are basically saying that US President Obama, State Secretary Kerry, all the other leaders of the West, NATO, and the EU, and virtually all the Western corporate media have been 1) grossly lying to the world in a way that was posing a threat to peace and security, conversely put, that 2) all these Western leaders and the media have been making unsubstantiated claims and accusations, and 3) that this is a de facto U.S. forced response to the hard evidence about the MH17 case given by the Russian Ministry of Defense on July 21, which was officially and in the media ignored, belittled, and ostensibly dismissed.

At the same time, the U.S. intelligence forced and belated admission comes after four days of intensive, global, well-planned and coordinated vitriolic smearing campaign demonizing Russia, the Russians in east Ukraine, and Putin personally.

Since July 17, the list of documented lies include:
1. the “tapes” issued by Ukraine
2. the video issued by Ukraine—with their own Buk missile battery
3. claims by Ukraine and supported by the West that Ukraine had no military aircraft in the air at the time of the crash of the MH17 plane.

These claims were made till the evening of July 21. On July 22, Poroshenko changed the tune—he was forced to by the overwhelming evidence against Ukraine.

What has been thus established is that Ukraine as well as the US, the EU, NATO, and other Western countries have been systematically and grossly lying about evidence pertaining to the tragedy of MH17, thus willfully and bluntly abusing the tragedy and the demise of the victims and the suffering of their families for perverse political goals related to NATO expansionism to the gates of Moscow and anti-Russian hysteria and Russophobia to support the fascist regime in Kiev and its violence, from the Maidan snipers through the Maidan massacre and the deliberate destruction of civilians and civilian infrastructure in east Ukraine.

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