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What Russia Wants

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, spoke to the Duma, the Russian parliament, on March 18. The propaganda talking heads of the Empire’s media complex will be selecting passages of Putin’s remarks to attack. The DISSENTING DEMOCRAT on the other hand will provide a significant excerpt for review. We also urge readers to read the entire speech at http://eng.kremlin.ru/transcripts/6889

Today, I would like to address the people of the United States of America, the people who, since the foundation of their nation and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, have been proud to hold freedom above all else. Isn’t the desire of Crimea’s residents to freely choose their fate such a value? Please understand us.

I believe that the Europeans, first and foremost, the Germans, will also understand me. Let me remind you that in the course of political consultations on the unification of East and West Germany, at the expert, though very high level, some nations that were then and are now Germany’s allies did not support the idea of unification. Our nation, however, unequivocally supported the sincere, unstoppable desire of the Germans for national unity. I am confident that you have not forgotten this, and I expect that the citizens of Germany will also support the aspiration of the Russians, of historical Russia, to restore unity.

I also want to address the people of Ukraine. I sincerely want you to understand us: we do not want to harm you in any way, or to hurt your national feelings. We have always respected the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state, incidentally, unlike those who sacrificed Ukraine’s unity for their political ambitions. They flaunt slogans about Ukraine’s greatness, but they are the ones who did everything to divide the nation. Today’s civil standoff is entirely on their conscience. I want you to hear me, my dear friends. Do not believe those who want you to fear Russia, shouting that other regions will follow Crimea. We do not want to divide Ukraine; we do not need that. As for Crimea, it was and remains a Russian, Ukrainian, and Crimean-Tatar land.

I repeat, just as it has been for centuries, it will be a home to all the peoples living there. What it will never be and do is follow in Bandera’s footsteps!

Crimea is our common historical legacy and a very important factor in regional stability. And this strategic territory should be part of a strong and stable sovereignty, which today can only be Russian. Otherwise, dear friends (I am addressing both Ukraine and Russia), you and we – the Russians and the Ukrainians – could lose Crimea completely, and that could happen in the near historical perspective. Please think about it.

Let me note too that we have already heard declarations from Kiev about Ukraine soon joining NATO. What would this have meant for Crimea and Sevastopol in the future? It would have meant that NATO’s navy would be right there in this city of Russia’s military glory, and this would create not an illusory but a perfectly real threat to the whole of southern Russia. These are things that could have become reality were it not for the choice the Crimean people made, and I want to say thank you to them for this.

But let me say too that we are not opposed to cooperation with NATO, for this is certainly not the case. For all the internal processes within the organisation, NATO remains a military alliance, and we are against having a military alliance making itself at home right in our backyard or in our historic territory. I simply cannot imagine that we would travel to Sevastopol to visit NATO sailors. Of course, most of them are wonderful guys, but it would be better to have them come and visit us, be our guests, rather than the other way round.

Let me say quite frankly that it pains our hearts to see what is happening in Ukraine at the moment, see the people’s suffering and their uncertainty about how to get through today and what awaits them tomorrow. Our concerns are understandable because we are not simply close neighbours but, as I have said many times already, we are one people. Kiev is the mother of Russian cities. Ancient Rus is our common source and we cannot live without each other.

Let me say one other thing too. Millions of Russians and Russian-speaking people live in Ukraine and will continue to do so. Russia will always defend their interests using political, diplomatic and legal means. But it should be above all in Ukraine’s own interest to ensure that these people’s rights and interests are fully protected. This is the guarantee of Ukraine’s state stability and territorial integrity.

We want to be friends with Ukraine and we want Ukraine to be a strong, sovereign and self-sufficient country. Ukraine is one of our biggest partners after all. We have many joint projects and I believe in their success no matter what the current difficulties. Most importantly, we want peace and harmony to reign in Ukraine, and we are ready to work together with other countries to do everything possible to facilitate and support this. But as I said, only Ukraine’s own people can put their own house in order.

Residents of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, the whole of Russia admired your courage, dignity and bravery. It was you who decided Crimea’s future. We were closer than ever over these days, supporting each other. These were sincere feelings of solidarity. It is at historic turning points such as these that a nation demonstrates its maturity and strength of spirit. The Russian people showed this maturity and strength through their united support for their compatriots.

Russia’s foreign policy position on this matter drew its firmness from the will of millions of our people, our national unity and the support of our country’s main political and public forces. I want to thank everyone for this patriotic spirit, everyone without exception. Now, we need to continue and maintain this kind of consolidation so as to resolve the tasks our country faces on its road ahead.

Obviously, we will encounter external opposition, but this is a decision that we need to make for ourselves. Are we ready to consistently defend our national interests, or will we forever give in, retreat to who knows where? Some Western politicians are already threatening us with not just sanctions but also the prospect of increasingly serious problems on the domestic front. I would like to know what it is they have in mind exactly: action by a fifth column, this disparate bunch of ‘national traitors’, or are they hoping to put us in a worsening social and economic situation so as to provoke public discontent? We consider such statements irresponsible and clearly aggressive in tone, and we will respond to them accordingly. At the same time, we will never seek confrontation with our partners, whether in the East or the West, but on the contrary, will do everything we can to build civilised and good-neighbourly relations as one is supposed to in the modern world.

Americans should understand that Mr. Putin speaks as a Russian patriot. What he says and does is consistent with being the leader of a nation. The American media belittles that because American leaders do not adopt comparable positions. The apparent national leadership of the United States do not concern themselves with what is best for America and the American people, they serve the interests of Multinational Corporations, Banksters, Corporateers and the Military-Industrial Complex and hence lack understanding of a political leadership with national concerns.

An American leader would attend to American interests, the American economy, American industry and American jobs. A real American would not attempt to extend an international banking-corporate complex into other nations or into the sphere of influence of another great nation. If we understand the difference between a national leader and being a corporate puppet, we can understand the nature of the problem in eastern Europe.

Abby Martin

What I Say

We found the advisory poster while exploring websites related to Abby Martin and her news and opinion program “Breaking the Set”. It is a good statement of how Abby reports the news, and we try very hard to make it ours as well.

Abby Martin has been dismissed by lesser lights as a mere mouthpiece for Russia and the Left. She isn’t, she is an independent critical thinker who urges others think for themselves. Now she is criticized for expressing her opinion in opposition to Russian military action in the Crimea. So what is it, is she a Russian propagandist or imperialist critic of Russia?

The answer is relatively simple, she is neither, she is what she says she is and that is an independent journalist who by word and example encourages readers and viewers to seek the Truth.

Mike Grimm, Republican Bully of the Week

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MIKE GRIMM, is the Republican Representative from the 11th Congressional District of New York, he is also a former Marine and former FBI agent assigned to monitor the Mafiaso John Gotti’s mob. It appears he might have been taking a lot of notes since then he appears to have adopted a Mobster’s demeanor.

During last night’s post-State of the Union talkfest, Grimm was interviewed by a TV reporter. Grimm broke off the on-air interview abruptly when he didn’t like the reporter’s question. The Congress-critter returned shortly after walking off set to threaten the reporter saying, “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this fucking balcony.”

Apparently the Bully-boy has done this before. One night at a nightclub while he was on a date with another man’s wife, he threatened the life of the cuckolded husband and pulled a gun on a bouncer. At that time an NYPD police officer testified that Grimm said that he would take care of his date’s husband warning, “I’ll fucking make him disappear where nobody will find him.”

Hey, Grimm-ster, me an’ da boyz wuz talkin’ bout ya. We’s decided dat if da boy reporter disappears, we’s gonna come an’ visit ya. Ya know wadda we mean, doncha?

 

You Can Fool All of the People Some of the Time, Some of the People All of the Time But You Can’t Fool All the People All of the Time

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Latest MSNBC Poll;

53 % of Americans say that President Obama is NOT honest & trustworthy

60 % believe that Mr Obama lacks the ability to effectively manage the Government

News Item: Obama Regime Planning to Extend War in Afghanistan

The BUSH-OBAMA WAR in AFGHANISTAN will be extended for another 10 years under an agreement negotiated between the Obama regime and its Afghan puppet. Despite repeated pledges to be out by the end of 2014, the military-industrial complex loves the continuing flow of funds so that it can churn out arms and ammo for the never-ending war.

Fearful that Congress would reject its Imperial aspirations, the Regime refuses to submit the agreement for Congressional approval. It therefore is an “executive agreement” solely at the discretion of a lame-duck President and the American-designated toady. The war which is already the Longest War in American History at 12 years will now chew up yet more young men and women in a cause that cannot be defined. Older brothers started 12 years ago, their younger brothers are there now, and sons will be fighting in another decade or so.

BULLETIN

The latest bulletin from the SOLIDARITY INFORMATION SERVICE reports that KSHAMA SAWANT has WON election to the SEATTLE City Council. Ms Sawant is the first Socialist elected in Washington State in 100 years.

Government Shutdown . . . Who Could Have Thunk It?

Readers should know that the Government Shutdown is not business as usual. It is part of a comprehensive strategy to overturn our democratic form of government and replace it with an authoritarian state under the guise of Freedom. Similar to the “people’s democracies” of the Soviet era, the freedom which will be loudly proclaimed will not be real.

There is a “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy” funded by Kochs, Mellons, Coors and others working through a network of puppets and quislings. The last 20 years evidence a pattern, not of random events, but of planned, intended consequences: the rightist subversion of the courts, the imperial reach of military bases around the world, government by executive diktat, voting roll purges, election manipulation, district gerrymandering, candidate recruitment and central training, the concentration of the media, intimidation of “liberals” on campus and in the media, a rolling back of constitutional rights, the appointment of czars to replace elected officials, union-busting, the pauperization of the working class, the debt slavery of students, mass home foreclosures and so forth.

If it were the result of happenstance then odds are we would occasionally win one. It isn’t.

The Government Shutdown isn’t merely the result of an aggressive Congressional conservative caucus and a weak, incompetent “liberal” President, it is the desired outcome of planning at the highest levels; to-wit:

From the New York Times (October 5, 2013 )

The current budget brinkmanship is just the latest development in a well-financed, broad-based assault on the health law, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Groups like Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are all immersed in the fight, as is Club for Growth, a business-backed nonprofit organization. Some, like Generation Opportunity and Young Americans for Liberty, both aimed at young adults, are upstarts. Heritage Action is new, too, founded in 2010 to advance the policy prescriptions of its sister group, the Heritage Foundation.

The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. A group linked to the Kochs, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, disbursed more than $200 million last year to nonprofit organizations involved in the fight. Included was $5 million to Generation Opportunity, which created a buzz last month with an Internet advertisement showing a menacing Uncle Sam figure popping up between a woman’s legs during a gynecological exam.

The groups have also sought to pressure vulnerable Republican members of Congress with scorecards keeping track of their health care votes; have burned faux “Obamacare cards” on college campuses; and have distributed scripts for phone calls to Congressional offices, sample letters to editors and Twitter and Facebook offerings for followers to present as their own.

Link the dots, the pattern isn’t a misperception, it is a plan.

The Fundies Said When the Messiah Came All Hell Would Break Loose

In 2008, a law was passed by Congress and signed by then President George W Bush, you know the warmonger we all detested, as it was supported by then-candidate Barack Obama, the human rights advocate, the candidate for the Nobel Peace prize and all-around Messiah. Now 5 years later, the warmonger is gone and we have the peace president in the White House.  Our messiah-king who keeps a kill list of foreign enemies and U.S. citizens, and  routinely sends forth drones to destroy our enemies (as well as nearby villages).

The law passed in 2008, the Child Soldier Prevention Act, banned provided military aid to any government which intentionally uses children as soldiers. Seems a simple enough idea and one consistent with American values. But President Obama, now warrior-in-chief has had a change of heart, child-soldiers are now favored by the Peace Prize winner albeit less than noble.

The President has issued waivers for his buddies in Yemen, Chad and South Sudan. You see it is wrong to use children as soldiers if you’re a bad guy but it is A-OK if you are one of the good guys. Just as bad guys cannot be allowed to have nukes while good guys get a wink and a nod.

It’s hard for most Americans to understand but the U.S. is only for such things as “rights”, “values” or “ideals” when it is convenient to do so. When it serves our Realpolitick purposes to promote the proliferation of nuclear weapons, recruit children as soldiers, bomb countries, and support vicious dictators then all is permitted.

We had a law that banned U.S. aid to terrorists, the sort who attacked us on 9-11, but Obama waived that law as well. He wanted his good friends the Islamist terrorists currently killing Christians and Alawis in Syria to get the good arms and ammo and the law stood in his way. Can’t let a law get in the way of a good massacre, can we? When Bush used to ignore the law and morality, liberals scorned him widely but now that a “liberal” is ignoring law and morality, liberals just sigh, after all, the messiah must know what he is doing.

Mr Obama, killing American citizens, spying on everyone, bombing villagers, torture, rendition, aiding Islamist terrorists, defending land mines and now supporting the conscription of kids for military service. . . is there anything you won’t do?

SOURCE: “Obama Quietly Okays Military Aid to Countries That Use Child Soildiers”,  COMMON DREAMS (October 2, 2013)

Talk Back to the Boss? Get Arrested for “Free” Speech

A woman who has been employed by the McDonald’s Corporation for over 10 years says she was arrested last week after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children.

Nancy Salgado, 26, told The Real News that she felt like she had to speak out during McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday for the sake of her children.

“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” she shouted as Stratton was speaking. “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?”

“I’ve been there for forty years,” Stratton replied from the podium.

“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.

At that point, someone approached Salgado and informed her that she was going to be arrested.

From THE RAW STORY http://www.rawstory.com (October 9, 2013)

Once Mere Lapdogs for Big Biz, Some Repugs Have Become Unleashed Mad Dogs

RALPH NADER

Excerpted from Nader’s article at Common Dreams

Usually lapdogs for big business or business lobbies back in their one-party dominated Congressional Districts, this small echo chamber in the House, assisted by some of their ilk in the Senate, have become “mad dogs.” These “mad dogs” do not obey their owners, they embarrass them and make our tepid economic recovery shudder. They shake foreign allies’ confidence in the super-power, whose lawless military Empire budgets are mostly untouched by the shutdown.

To make matters more calamitous, these “mad dogs” are also attempting to block the increase in the nation’s debt ceiling later this month that is necessary to pay for bills already incurred. Just the rhetoric by these ideologically inebriated Republicans is giving the stock marketers and the big business barons nightmares.

The ostensible reason for these “mad dogs” frothing at the mouth is Obamacare, or what is euphemistically called the Affordable Care Act, which does little to control the drug, hospital and insurance industry’s prices. These congressional canines bark daily that the American people are against “big government” Obamacare. They fail to point out that a solid segment in the polls consists of Americans who oppose Obamacare because they want full Medicare for all, or what is called single-payer – a far more efficient, accessible, and simple system with better outcomes and opportunities for disease and injury prevention. Under single-payer, everybody is in, nobody is out, with free choice of doctor and hospital.

Why is this Republican faction – a minority in its own Party – so extortionately against Obamacare that they would shut the government down? The answer is simple: Obama. They do not like him. Moreover, these Congressional “mad dogs”, well paid and insured by taxpayers, prefer the present ‘pay-or-die’ gouging marketplace that, according to a peer-reviewed study by Harvard Medical School,  takes the lives of 800 Americans each week who cannot afford health insurance to be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.

The question remains: Why have all these power brokers suddenly become powerless, including all the business lobbies? One explanation is that hyped-up Tea Party activists can threaten primaries against moderate Republicans. In addition these “mad dogs” are in a feeding frenzy and cannot see any reality beyond their pack.

Read the full article at http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/03