Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev, demanding resignation of President Petro Poroshenko and the defense minister over the poor handling of the military operation in the southeast.
The demonstrators, many of whom were mothers and wives of the soldiers involved in the fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, have blocked traffic at one of the capital’s arterial roads, the Vozdukhoflotsky Boulevard.
They called on the army to urgently send reinforcements, including tanks and other heavy military vehicles, to the city of Ilovaysk in the Donetsk Region. This strategic town was retaken by the self-defense forces after several days of fighting on Wednesday, which led to the encirclement of a large group of Kiev’s troops.The protesters said that they would remain on the streets until their demands were met by the authorities.   Several hours later, the traffic on the Ukrainian capital’s main street, Khreshchatyk, was also paralyzed by demonstrators chanting: “Kiev, rise up!”   According to the Itar-Tass news agency, they urged all Kiev residents to join their protest, including recently elected mayor and former boxing world champion Vitaly Klitschko.  
The demands at Khreshchatyk were similar – to impeach President Poroshenko and calling for the resignation of the country’s top military officials.   The mothers and wives of Ukrainian soldiers also blocked an inter-city highway in the town of Krivoy Rog.
The women said they were in despair as the situation within the Ukrainian military units fighting in the southeast is critical, Channel One reports.   “There’s no food, no water, no weapons. There’s lack of personnel,” said a female demonstrator, who was holding a banner that read, “Save our husbands!”  
Ukraine has been engulfed in violent internal conflict since April, when Kiev’s military began its crackdown on southeastern regions of the country.   The Donetsk and Lugansk regions refused to recognize the new coup-imposed authorities and demanded federalization of the country.   According to United Nations’ estimates released Tuesday, over 2,249 people have so far been killed and over 6,033 wounded in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.  
The number of internally displaced Ukrainians has reached 190,000, with another 207,000 finding refuge in Russia, the UN said.  A group of youths tried to hustle away the soldiers guarding the entrance to the building and make their way into the Defense Ministry, RIA-Novosti news agency reports.   But they were asked to stand down by other rally participants, who didn’t want their action to be discredited.   The commander of the Donbass battalion, fighting against the militia in southeast Ukraine, Semyon Semyontchenko, has talked to the crowd via a bullhorn, asking the protesters to “show unity.”   After several hours outside the Defense Ministry, the demonstrators moved toward the presidential administration building.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

EU leaders have appointed Italy's Federica Mogherini as EU foreign policy chief and Poland's Donald Tusk as European Council president. The announcement came in tweets from the current council president, Herman Van Rompuy, at an EU summit.  Ms Mogherini, a centre-left politician, is Italy's foreign minister. She will replace the UK's Catherine Ashton.  Mr Tusk, Poland's centre-right prime minister, has been Polish leader since 2007. He will chair EU summits. The full-time appointments mean that the EU's three top jobs are now filled. Mr Tusk and Ms Mogherini will work closely with the new European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker.On arrival at the summit the European Parliament President Martin Schulz, a Socialist, spoke warmly of Ms Mogherini, calling himself a "fan". It was a strong indication that she would be a popular choice among MEPs. The parliament's approval is required for all 28 members of the new Commission, and the EU foreign policy chief, officially called the High Representative, is also a vice-president of the Commission.  Baroness Ashton, a centre-left UK politician, has been in the job since 2009. The High Representative runs the EU External Action Service (EEAS).  Italy's centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pushed hard for Ms Mogherini to get the job. However, last month the EU failed to get a consensus on her candidacy, as the Baltic states and Poland saw her as inexperienced and too soft on Russia. She has only been Italian foreign minister since February.

The non elected EU thives and delapidators ...

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- A small group of U.S. special forces have been on Iraq's Mount Sinjar carrying out what U.S. officials told CNN on Wednesday was an assessment of the humanitarian crisis where thousands of minority Yazidis are trapped by extremist fighters.
The group spent 24 hours on the mountain trying to determine just how many Yazidis are there and the conditions they face, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The revelation follows news the United States deployed 130 military advisers to get a firsthand look at the humanitarian crisis unfolding as ISIS fighters threaten Iraq's ethnic and religious minorities: Yazidis, Christians and Kurds.
Nowhere is the crisis more evident than Mount Sinjar, where as many as 40,000 minority Yazidis are hiding after fleeing the advance of fighters with the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, on the town of Sinjar.
CNN first learned about the U.S. military operation on Tuesday but withheld the information at the request of U.S. officials out of concern for the safety of the troops. CNN did not report about the operation until the troops left the mountain.
News of the American troops came the same day a senior ISIS commander told CNN that ISIS fighters abducted more than 100 Yazidi women and children from Sinjar. The ISIS commander, who has knowledge of the events that unfolded, said the fighters killed a large number of men when they took over the town more than a week ago. "At that time, they took Yazidi women and children, and I can confirm those women and children have entered Mosul," the commander said by telephone. "...The Islamic State is taking this opportunity to call them to Islam."
What to know about ISIS : While CNN cannot independently confirm the claim, it follows previous reports by survivors who describe ISIS fighters grabbing families and separating the men from the women and children. The plight of the Yazidis, coupled with the ISIS assault against Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region, prompted the United States to begin targeted airstrikes over the past several days. The aim, according to U.S. President Barack Obama, is to help protect U.S. personnel in the area and to destroy ISIS positions around the mountains to ease the threat to minority groups. President Barack Obama this week ordered nearly 130 advisers to the Kurdish capital of Irbil to assess the humanitarian crisis, and U.S. officials say it's likely that a small number of them will travel to the mountain area to get a first-hand look at what might be possible.
The advisers, made up of Marines and special operations forces, join hundreds of other American advisers already in the country advising Iraqi troops in their fight against ISIS, an offshoot of al Qaeda in Iraq. The group has waged a brutal campaign while seizing large areas of territory this year in Iraq, aiming to establish a caliphate.

Friday, August 29, 2014

This whole mes was a creation of the EU's imperialist ambitions , they financed the opposition to the democratically elected President with at least a billion Euros , succeeded in overthrowing him and in putting their placemen in power and then sat back. However as the West has discovered in Iraq, Afganistan ,Libya, and Syria it is extremely easy to interfere in the affairs of another country but very difficult to control events thereafter . However even the most stupid western politician should have understood Russia would not just stand by. Unfortunately our leaders have shown they are totally stupid as far as intervention in foreign countries is concerned.
Putin is in the right to defend what he cosnsiders to be his sphere of influence. As this mess continues the economic consequences for everyone but particularly the average EU citizen goes from bad to worse...
If I understand it correctly the latest false Kiev claim goes like this:
1. A mighty Russian force attacked Ukraine through the border.
2. A heroic Ukrainian army destroyed at least 50% of this menacing force.
3. The Russians put their tail between their legs and retreated before the mighty Ukrainian army could wipe out the rest of them.
4. Apparently the terrified Russians had the good sense in them to take back to Russia all their destroyed equipment for reasons of protecting the Ukrainian environment.
In all of this excitement, no soldier or journalist was able to use their iphone and capture some evidence. No aerial satellite photography either. Other than these minor details (of no evidence existing anywhere) this is a decisive victory for Kiev's unstoppable forces... Lies, upon lies, upon lies. Such is the natural environment for the beast called EUSSR. It has to feed on lies otherwise it dies. And since it refuses to die it has to constantly fabricate new lies just to keep up with its corrosive self-indulgence.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

You can't possibly have debt pooling (which is what stimulus would essentially become) without fiscally responsible states. If France is allowed to breach the deficit target again, and indefinately as Michel Sapin pretty much asked Merkel, then it's a green light for states to never reform and just spend as the buck won't stop with their national central bank, just the distant ECB. Without full political intergration it'll be a disaster.
I mention France as it's the lynchpin - it's the 2nd biggest economy in the eurozone but suffering from complete political failure. It can't reform and won't. Germany cannot possibly handle this.
Merkel should put a bullet in the Euro before it exports deflation eveywhere... What fool would suggest that Greece and Portugal can compete on a level playing field (ie: with no chance to devalue periodically and the same interest rate) against Germany?...The youth of those countries have no chance, they end up leaving for Germany (and the UK) to get work, thus compounding the problems. Taxes to Germany and UK and peanuts to the outliers. Germany doesn't want to leave the Euro, all they've done is lent to the broken countries and need their money back. If Germany left the Euro zone the natural balance would be devaluation of their debt. It will go on until the lights come on in these countries with 25% + youth unemployment and realise they've destroyed a whole generation....
The only elegant solution is to split the Euro into two: the northern states forming the NordEuro (or DMark...) with the southern states forming the EuroLight. Thus allowing the DMark to float up, the EuroLight to depreciate and each half taking the necessary writeoffs. Otherwise it is going to explode with a messy bang.