Defending Donbass

One one level it sounds like an introduction to one of the MMORPGs I have been too fond of playing, neverthless this video delivers a powerful message in 46 seconds.

Why exactly are our political ‘leaders’, Cameron, Clegg and Miliband, supporting flag waving NAZIS in Ukraine? Why do they seem intent on goading Russia into a conflict? Why is our mainstream media ignoring the humanitarian crisis that is the Kiev government’s assault on civilians in Donbass? It seems to me that the fighters in the Donbass Self Defense Force are indeed on the front line and we are behind enemy lines.

I am not advocating that anyone in the UK takes up arms and travels to fight in Donbass or anywhere else but I think we should be very concerned about the situation and challenge our political representatives to be clear about why they are supporting the Ukrainian regime. I think that our moral support should be for the Donbass people. Everything I have learned from the non-mainstream media convinces me that theirs is the ‘right side’. The people who support them seem to be diverse in background as morally motivated as in the case of the volunteer of Afghan origin in this video:

There is always a possibility that my conclusions may be incorrect and I am very willing to listen to arguments contrary to my position but I’m not aware of any that I would consider valid. It might be argued that the people of Donbass (East Ukraine) should not have responded as they did to the coup in Kiev, that they should have accepted the new government rather that attempt to split from Ukraine or force a federalist arrangement by taking over town halls etc. It might be argued that their leaders were opportunistic and moved quickly hoping that Russia would annex Donbass as it did Crimea. However the people of Donbass perceived an existential threat from Kiev and acted to forestall it. They did not attack the Ukrainian regime they were attacked by the regime and they remain under attack. That attack is vicious and disproportionate and bears resemblance to the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

No one should doubt the vicious and indiscriminate nature of the assaults of the Ukrainian government against its former citizens nor doubt the NAZI association of the regime whose regular army is supplemented by fascist militias waving flags with SWASTIKA like emblems. This has been reported in no less mainstream an organ than the New York Times:

The fighting for Donetsk has taken on a lethal pattern: The regular army bombards separatist positions from afar, followed by chaotic, violent assaults by some of the half-dozen or so paramilitary groups surrounding Donetsk who are willing to plunge into urban combat.
Officials in Kiev say the militias and the army coordinate their actions, but the militias, which count about 7,000 fighters, are angry and, at times, uncontrollable. One known as Azov, which took over the village of Marinka, flies a neo-Nazi symbol resembling a Swastika as its flag.

Sergei Stapashin, writing in the ‘Independent Voices’ section of The Independent comments on an anti-Russia article that David Cameron wrote following the MH17 destruction that he blamed on the separatists:

Cameron’s article stands out as the first time that the head of a leading European power has directly sought war with Russia. Stirred by such support, Ukrainian troops began their assault on Lugansk and Donetsk, mercilessly destroying those cities and all the citizens within them.
Just as in 1938, when Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain called on European leaders to support the German Nazis in their campaign against the USSR, the present Prime Minister expressed unequivocal support for the Ukrainian neo-Nazis and angrily demanded that his European colleagues “change their attitude to Russia fundamentally”.
He is attempting to lure us into war. As we seek to avoid a return to the nightmare of global conflict, it is incumbent upon us to answer the allegations and threats made by Cameron.

I think we would do well to heed Stapashin’s warning.

Who Shot Down MH17?


Vladimir Putin, ex KGB agent, ‘The Pariah’. It sounds like a comic book supervillain, and that is how Russian President Putin has been portrayed in the west. When Malaysian airliner MH17 was shot down over the separatist held Donbass region of Ukraine on July 17, the Donbass militia were immediately blamed by the Ukrainian government in Kiev and by the US and its allies. By extension Putin and the Russians were blamed, accused of stirring up the ‘insurrection’ and supplying the Donbass militia with arms including the anti-aircraft missile launcher alleged to have brought down MH17. The mainstream media became a virtual lynch mob.

The main piece of evidence implicating the separatists was a YouTube post of what was alleged to be recordings of three intercepted phone conversations between separatist officers. These conversations amounted to a confession that the Malaysian plane had been shot down by their forces:

It has been argued that there are inconsistencies in the metadata of the video suggesting that it was made prior to July 17. I don’t know enough to comment on this but I find it suspicious that this was posted to YouTube on the same day that MH17 was shot down and there is no information on the provenance of the video.

Countering this ‘evidence’ is another post to social media, this time Twitter, from someone calling himself ‘Carlos’ and posting as @spainbuka. Carlos claims to be employed by Ukrainian Air Traffic Control. The following and more can be found on the Willyloman Blog by Scott Creighton:

10:21 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Autoridades de kiev, intentan hacer que pueda parecer un ataque de los pro-rusos
“Kiev Authorities, trying to make looks like an attack by pro-Russian”
10:24 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Ojo! Que puede ser un derribo B777 Malaysia Airlines en ukraine, 280 pasajeros
“warning! It can be a downing, Malaysia Airlines B777 in ukraine, 280 passengers”
10:25 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Cuidado! Kiev tiene lo que buscaba
“Warning! Kiev have what they wanted”
10:25 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Vuelven a tomar la torre de control en Kiev
“[Miitary] has taken control of ATC in Kiev”
10:27 – 17 de jul. de 2014 El avión B777 de Malaysia Airlines desapareció del radar, no hubo comunicación de ninguna anomalia, confirmado
“The Malaysia Airlines B777 plane disappeared from the radar, there was no communication of any anomaly, confirmed”
10:30 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Avión derribado, derribados, derribado no accidente
“Plane shot down, shot down, shot down, no accident”
10:31 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Kiev, tiene lo que buscaba, lo dije en los primeros tw, kiev es responsable @ActualidadRT
“Kiev have what they wanted, I said in the first tw [Tweets], Kiev is responsible @ ActualidadRT”
10:35 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Un accidente muy normal no es, no están amenazando en la misma torre del aeropuerto de kiev,
“An accident that is not quite normal, they are threatening us in the same tower of Kiev airport”
10:35 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Nos van a quitar, nuestros tlf y demás de un momento a otro
“they will take from our phones and others stuff at any moment”
10:38 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Antes de que me quiten el tlf o me rompan la cabeza, derribado por Kiev
“Before They remove my phone or they break my head, shot down by Kiev”
11:12 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Nosotros tenemos la confirmación. Avión derribado, la autoridad de kiev, ya tiene la información, derribado, estamos tranquilos ahora
“We have confirmation. Plane downed, Kiev authorities already have the information, downed, we are calm now”
11:13 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Que hace personal extranjero con autoridades de kiev en la torre? Recopilando toda la información
“What are doing foreigners with kiev authorities in the tower? Gathering all the information”
11:15 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Cuando sea posible sigo escribiendo
“When possible I´ll keep writing”
11:48 – 17 de jul. de 2014 El avión B 777 voló escoltado por 2 cazas de ukraine hasta minutos antes, de desaparecer de los radares,
The B777 plane flew escorted by Ukraine jet fighter until 2 minutes before disappearing from the radar,
11:54 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Sí las autoridades de kiev, quieren decir la verdad, esta recogido 2 cazas volaron muy cerca minutos antes , no lo derribo un caza
“If kiev authorities want to tell the truth, It´s gathered, 2 jet fighters flew very close minutes before, wasn’t downed by a fighter”
12:00 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Nada más desaparecer el avión B 777 de Malaysia Airlines la autoridad militar de kiev nos informo del derribo, como lo sabían?
“Malaysia Airlines B777 plane just disappeared and Kiev military authority informed us of the downing, How they knew?”
12:00 – 17 de jul. de 2014 A los 7:00 minutos se notificó el derribo, más tarde se tomó la torre nuestra con personal extranjero q siguen aquí
“7:00 minutes after [plane dissapeared], the downing was notified, later our tower was taken with foreigner staff, they still here ”
12:01 – 17 de jul. de 2014 En los radares esta todo recogido, para los incrédulos, derribado por kiev, aquí lo sabemos y control aéreo militar también
“all this is gathered in radars, to the unbelieving, shot down by kiev, here we know it and military air traffic control also”
13:15 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Aquí los mandos militares manejan y admiten que militares a otras órdenes, pudieron ser, pero no, los pro-rusos
“Here the military commanders manage and support it could be military following other orders , but no, the pro-Russian”
13:29 – 17 de jul. de 2014 El ministro del interior si conocía que, hacían los cazas en la zona, el ministro de defensa no, .
“Interior Minister knew what the fighters were doing in the area, the defense minister didn’t.”
13:31 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Militares confirman que fue ukraine, pero se sigue sin saber de donde vino la orden
“Military confirm It was Ukraine, but still does not know where the order came from”
13:36 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Hace dias lo dije aquí, militares de kiev querían alzarse contra el actual presidente, esto puede ser una forma, a las órdenes de timoshenko
“Days ago I said here, kiev military wanted to rise against the current president, this may be a way, ordered by timoshenko [following timishenko orders]”
13:38 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Los cazas volaron cerca del 777, hasta 3 minutos antes de desaparecer de los radares, solo 3 minutos
“The fighters flew close to 777, up to 3 minutes before disappearing from the radar, just 3 minutes”
13:43 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Se cierra el espacio aéreo
“Airspace closed”
13:45 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Se cierra el espacio aéreo, por miedo a más derribos
“Airspace is closed, more downings feared”
15:17 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Control militar entrega ahora mismo de forma oficial que el avión fue derribado por misil
“military control now officially [say] the plane was shot down by missile”
15:23 – 17 de jul. de 2014 El informe oficial firmado por las autoridades militares de control de kiev ya lo tiene el gobierno,,,, , derribado
“Government has the official report signed by the control military authorities in Kiev,,,, [plane] shot down”
15:26 – 17 de jul. de 2014 En el informe se indica de donde abría salido el misil, y se especifica que no proviene de las autodefensa en las zonas rebeldes
“The report indicates where the missile had come out [from], and specified is not from the selfdefence in rebel areas”
15:34 – 17 de jul. de 2014Los radares militares si recogieron los datos del misil lanzado al avión, los radares civiles no
“Military radar collected data from missile fired to the plane, civilian radars didn’t”
15:36 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Los altos mandos militares no ordenaron el lanzamiento del misil, ,,alguien se le fue la mano en nombre de ukraine
“military high command did not gave the order to fire the missile, someone screw it ine the name of ukraine”
15:38 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Para el que no lo sepa, digamos así, hay militares a las órdenes del ministro de defensa y militares a las órdenes del ministro del interior
“For those who do not know, Let’s say, there are military under the orders of the defense minister and military under the orders of Interior Minister”
15:38 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Los militares a las órdenes del ministro del interior conocían en cada momento lo que sucedió, .
“The military under the orders of Interior Minister knew what happened all the time .”
16:06 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Mandos militares aquí (ATC) torre de control, confirman que el misil es del ejercito de ukraine,
“Military commanders here (ATC) control tower, confirm that the missile is from the ukranian army,”
16:07 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Mandos militares que si lo sabían y otros mandos que no,
“military commanders that knew it and others didn´t ,”
16:08 – 17 de jul. de 2014 290 personas inocentes muertas, . Por una guerra inútil, donde el patriotismo se compra con dinero
“290 dead innocent people. What a useless war, where patriotism is bought with money”
16:09 – 17 de jul. de 2014 La forma de tomar la torre de control minutos después sabiendo todo los detalles, rápido nos hizo pensar que habían sido ellos
“Thw way the control tower was taken minutes after & knowing all the details, made ​​us think that they [made it]”
16:10 – 17 de jul. de 2014 La cara de los militares que llegaron más tarde diciendo pero que habéis echo, no dejo dudas
“The face of the soldiers who came later saying [what you just did], no chance for doubts”
16:12 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Es tal la decadencia que los militares acompañados de extranjeros que llegaron primero nos llegaron a pedir que dijéramos su versión
“Such is the decline that military who came first accompanied by foreigners came to us asking us to tell their version”
16:13 – 17 de jul. de 2014 Nuestra respuesta, fue, estos radares no recogen el lanzamiento de misiles, los militares si, ya no quedaban dudas
“Our response was, these radars do not collect the launching of missiles, the military ones does, there were no doubts”

The YouTube video was widely publicised and quoted in the mainstream media, the Twitter feed was not. Neither publication can be authenticated. But for Western politicians and Western mainstream media it was an open and shut case. It was left to the alternative media to challenge the prevailing narrative.

The website 21st Century Wire made a strong case that existing evidence points to the Kiev government rather than the separatists being the perpetrators of the MH17 downing. Key points are:

1. The video posted to YouTube shortly after the downing and purporting to be intercepted radio conversations between separatists is almost certainly faked.

2. Flight MH17 was diverted by Ukrainian Air Traffic Control to fly over Donbass, it was followed by a Ukrainian fighter aircraft and was ordered by ATC to a lower altitude within the range of anti-aircraft missiles.

3. The Ukrainians had anti-aircraft weapons in the area.

4. The recordings of the conversations between MH17 and ATC have not been released by the Ukrainians.

5. The US should have satellite images showing the movements of anti aircraft weaponry by the Kiev forces or by the Separatists but they have not shared this.

These points were made to White House spokesperson Marie Hart by independent journalist Matthew Lee at a press briefing:

Lee notes that the Russians have produced a great deal of intelligence supporting contentions, such as those noted above, that challenge the US narrative whereas the US has been dependent on postings to social media.

Russia presented their evidence regarding MH17 on 21st July:

It consisted of satellite imagery and Air Traffic Control tracking. This evidence revealed the presence of Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles on the ground within range of MH17 and a Ukrainian combat aircraft flying near MH17. The US contention that they had photographic evidence that a missile system was moved from rebel territory to Russia after the downing of MH17 was challenged on the basis that a photograph was taken in Ukraine controlled territory. The Russians challenged the US to present their own satellite imagery given that the US has been closely monitoring the region. So far no such evidence has been produced by the US nor have they challenged the Russian evidence.

A group of retired US Intelligence analysts wrote a letter to Obama expressing concern at the lack of professionalism in the US response:

As veteran intelligence analysts accustomed to waiting, except in emergency circumstances, for conclusive information before rushing to judgment, we believe that the charges against Russia should be rooted in solid, far more convincing evidence. And that goes in spades with respect to inflammatory incidents like the shoot-down of an airliner. We are also troubled by the amateurish manner in which fuzzy and flimsy evidence has been served up – some it via “social media.”
As intelligence professionals we are embarrassed by the unprofessional use of partial intelligence information. As Americans, we find ourselves hoping that, if you indeed have more conclusive evidence, you will find a way to make it public without further delay. In charging Russia with being directly or indirectly responsible, Secretary of State John Kerry has been particularly definitive. Not so the evidence. His statements seem premature and bear earmarks of an attempt to “poison the jury pool.”
Source: Global Research

As of August 5 no forensic evidence has emerged to support the narrative that MH17 was shot down by the separatists. But current evidence points to the Ukrainian government as being responsible and is more consistent with the @spainbuca Twitter posts than the intercept recordings posted to YouTube.

This is a deleted BBC video which shows local witnesses claiming that MH17 was shot down by military aircraft:

MH17 video report deleted by the BBC – ENG subtitles from trodas on Vimeo.

This testimony has now been corroborated by an examination of the MH17 wreckage that shows damage suggestive of machine gun fire consistent with an air to air attack. It looks increasingly likely that the Malaysian plane was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. The testimony of this OCSE monitor supports the statements made by eyewitnesses on the ground:

When will western governments and their media concede that their narrative has unravelled and rethink their judgement on Russia and the separatists? How will their approach to the Kiev regime change? Will Vladimir Putin still be ‘The Pariah’?

Background to Conflicts in Palestine and Ukraine

The Palestinians will never be destroyed, they will never disappear, we are not the Red Indians, we will not be cancelled from history just like this, no.

John Pilger’s 2002 film is a classic that unveils the terrible injustice done the Palestinian people when Israel was founded in 1948 and they were literally evicted from their own land to make way for another people. The Palestinians were given 22% of the land while the favoured people of the colonial gods were given 88%. After the 1967 war the Israelis occupied the Palestinian 22% and Israelis built settlements there. These settlements are considered illegal under international law but the ‘international community’ has taken no action against Israel for this. The whole history of violent repression and resistance flows from these injustices. This is worth watching.

Vladimir Putin is undoubtedly the most capable world leader. Here he outlines the background to the Ukrainian crisis from his perspective, which seems closer to what we have observed on video reports than the spin put on events by western media and politicians.

The Putin System

A very good documentary . Putin’s extraordinary competence is acknowledged as is his ruthlessness. Recently the US has been shown to be an oligarchy controlled state; Putin has created a state controlled oligarchy. I generally admire the rationality of Putin’s rhetoric and interventions but there are moments here where I was disturbed by the brutality of his language and certainly by the brutality of his actions against Chechnya. It is probably fair to say that Putin is more autocrat than democrat, the question is whether he is a necessary autocrat; necessary for Russia and perhaps the world. However we may wish to define Putin politically or judge him morally, it seems clear that his motivation is the aggrandisement of his nation rather than himself.