Captured OSCE Observers In Ukraine Are NATO Officers || by Brandon Turbeville


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Despite an attempt by Western media outlets to present the recently captured individuals in eastern Ukraine as OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) observers, evidence has now emerged demonstrating yet again that the presentation provided by these outlets is actually quite far from the truth.

Indeed, those men captured by pro-Russian militias in East Ukraine are not OSCE observers at all, but were sent to Ukraine by NATO countries and OSCE member nations under the auspices of the Vienna Document on military transparency. This group included no OSCE monitors whatsoever.

In fact, on April 26 Bloomberg reported the facts on the ground by saying:

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No Speech Can Fix This || Amy Payne


President Obama has been on a foreign tour. How’s it going on the world stage?

Probably not so well when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is accusing him of “whining” and “whiffing.”

Dowd’s eviscerating assessment of Obama’s foreign policy is timely.

“It doesn’t feel like leadership,” she said yesterday. “It doesn’t feel like you’re in command of your world.”

Why does this matter right now?

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America’s Treaty Allies: Worth Going to War Over || David Santoro | COURTESY: LtCol Mark A McDonald, USMC (Ret) MILINET


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In a recent essay, Justin Logan asks the fundamental question about U.S. alliance commitments: does the existence of such commitments automatically create an interest worth going to war over for the United States?

Explaining that no one in Washington sees any interest in going to war against Russia over the current crisis in Ukraine, Logan wonders whether the United States should contemplate doing so for countries where it has even smaller interests, such as the Baltic states, only because they, unlike Ukraine, are U.S. allies under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He argues that Washington would be misguided to waste blood and treasure just to honor what he refers to as a “sheet of paper,” and warns against the danger of forging alliances in places where there is no interest that warrants war.

Read More Here;    http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/americas-treaty-allies-worth-going-war-over-10346

New US sanctions on Russian officials, companies || By JULIE PACE


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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States levied new sanctions Monday on seven Russian government officials, as well as 17 companies with links to Vladimir Putin’s close associates, as the Obama administration seeks to pressure the Russian leader to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine.

The U.S. sanctions were implemented in coordination with the European Union, which moved to slap visa bans and asset freezes on 15 individuals alleged to be involved with stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.

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The Propaganda War: Opposition Sings Kremlin Tune on Ukraine || By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp


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The propaganda war in the Ukraine crisis has spawned a renewal Russian nationalism, with members of the opposition and the intellectual class suddenly praising President Putin. Many in Russia are accepting the Kremlin’s official line uncritically.

Perhaps Alexander Byvshev was a little naïve. Maybe he thought his small village was somehow a safe haven from the world of global politics. But how wrong he was.

 
Byvshev, a German teacher in the district of Orlov, recently opened up his local newspaper, Sarya, or “the dawn,” only to find his name featured in a prominent slot. “In these troubled times, when enemies outside the country are showing their teeth and preparing to take the leap of death, you can find people who would like to undermine Russia from within,” the newspaper wrote. “People like A. Byvshev.”

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Spar Wars with Putin bringing America’s biggest clowns out on the world stage || By Judi McLeod


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Proletariat to Vladimir Putin: Banning U.S. Senators and officials from visiting Russia, including Sen. ‘Little Dick’ Durbin is a colossal waste of time.  Obama bought-and-paid-for senators and officials are far too busy working feverishly to bring down the United States of America to bother visiting Russia.

If it’s a socialist state you dream of for America, Obama’s already doing the job.

Since 2008, U.S. senators and Obama officials have had their very own ‘Land of the Czars’,  and the state of its health is getting more worrisome by day.

Holding world attention enrapt,  the ‘Spar Wars’ between America and Russia is mostly garish window dressing.

Were it not for Obama’s metrosexual signature, we could write Spar Wars off as “Boys will be boys”.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin may have hit the nail on the head when he accused President Barack Obama of being a “prankster”.  “I think some prankster prepared the draft of this Act of the US president.” (Twitter)

Obama is freezing the non-existing American assets of 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials,  banning them from using U.S. banks and banning their travel to the U.S.

Read More Here:  Spar Wars with Putin bringing America’s biggest clowns out on the world stage

Exclusive: U.S. Sanctions Actually Target Putin’s Domestic Rivals || B. Christopher Agee


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Barack Obama announced a series of sanctions against officials in Russia who he claims have played a role in the continued unrest in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The move came one day after a majority voters in the region supported a referendum to unite with Russia.

In a statement Monday, Obama said the U.S. would not recognize the referendum. He went on to blame a number of officials within the Russian government for the development.

“We are imposing sanctions on specific individuals for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and government of Ukraine,” he asserted. “We are making it clear that there are consequences for their actions.”

The White House – along with numerous media outlets – is touting the sanctions as a direct response to Russian President Vladimir Putin. While Putin is not named directly in Obama’s reaction, a White House statement indicates the U.S. will “seek to hold accountable individuals who use their resources or influence to support or act on behalf of senior Russian government officials.”

One senior White House advisor, however, questioned Obama’s selection, suggesting the seven Russian officials facing sanctions are not Putin allies at all. The source, who requested anonymity in discussing the developing story, offered a background for each of the individuals targeted by the White House.

Sergey Glazyev reportedly mounted a presidential campaign against Putin in 2004 and has been excluded from the inner workings of the Russian government since. Another target of sanctions, Vladislav Surkov, reportedly resigned from the Putin regime last year following accusations that he would not enforce the Russian president’s policies.
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Barack Obama announced a series of sanctions against officials in Russia who he claims have played a role in the continued unrest in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The move came one day after a majority voters in the region supported a referendum to unite with Russia.

In a statement Monday, Obama said the U.S. would not recognize the referendum. He went on to blame a number of officials within the Russian government for the development.

“We are imposing sanctions on specific individuals for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and government of Ukraine,” he asserted. “We are making it clear that there are consequences for their actions.”

The White House – along with numerous media outlets – is touting the sanctions as a direct response to Russian President Vladimir Putin. While Putin is not named directly in Obama’s reaction, a White House statement indicates the U.S. will “seek to hold accountable individuals who use their resources or influence to support or act on behalf of senior Russian government officials.”

One senior White House advisor, however, questioned Obama’s selection, suggesting the seven Russian officials facing sanctions are not Putin allies at all. The source, who requested anonymity in discussing the developing story, offered a background for each of the individuals targeted by the White House.

Sergey Glazyev reportedly mounted a presidential campaign against Putin in 2004 and has been excluded from the inner workings of the Russian government since. Another target of sanctions, Vladislav Surkov, reportedly resigned from the Putin regime last year following accusations that he would not enforce the Russian president’s policies.

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