imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Propaganda War on Russia

by Stephen Lendman Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014 at 7:52 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Ukraine

Propaganda War on Russia

by Stephen Lendman

Propaganda wars precede hot ones. Deception, popular fiction and Big Lies launch them. Intense Russia bashing risks international peace, stability and security.

Washington's imperial war machine is humanity's greatest threat. Permanent war is official US policy.

Presidents wage one after another at their discretion. Imagine challenging Russia irresponsibly. Imagine risking open conflict doing it.

The damn fool in the White House lied claiming Moscow "seek(s) to exert force on a neighboring country." He wrongfully accused Putin of violating international law.

On Tuesday, John Kerry met with Washington-backed putschists in Kiev. He ignored longstanding lawless US aggression.

He was silent about America ravaging and destroying one country after another. He said nothing about its war on humanity.

He outrageously accused Russia of a "brazen act of aggression."

He lied saying it's "clear that Russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further."

"It is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve."

"Here in the streets today I didn't see anybody who feels threatened, except for the potential of an invasion by Russia," he added.

On Sunday, he said "(t)he G-8 plus some others and all of them, every single one of them, are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion."

An unnamed State Department official traveling with him said "I think there will be movement on sanctions very likely later in this week."

The official lied claiming a "continued inflow of Russian troops" into Crimea. According to Ukrainian sources he cited, they number 16,000, he said.

Screaming headlines followed. "Ukraine says Russia sent 16,000 troops to Crimea," said one.

Another said "Ukraine crisis deepens as Russia sends more troops into Crimea."

CNN asked: "What Can Obama Do About Russia's Invasion of Crimea?"

Former GW Bush ambassador to Ukraine, John Hebst, lied. He wrongfully accused Russia of "blatant aggression."

He recommends NATO deploying forces in countries with significant Russian populations.

Russian/Ukrainian 1997 Partition Treaty provisions let Moscow maintain up to 25,000 troops in Crimea.

They permit 24 smaller than 100 mm artillery systems, 132 armored vehicles, and 22 military aircraft.

Russian naval and air force units are legally based in Sevastopol. They include:

(1) the 30th Surface Ship Division 11th Antisubmarine Ship Brigade, six warships, and the 197th Landing Ship Brigade.

(2) The 41st Missile Boat Brigade.

(3) The 247th Separate Submarine Division.

(4) The 68th Harbor Defense Ship Brigade.

(5) The 422nd Separate Hydrographic Ship Division.

(6) Two air bases in Kacha and Gvardeysky.

(7) The 1096th Separate Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment.

(8) The 810th Marine Brigade, as well as several other units.

Leasing arrangements run through 2042. If exercised, an additional option is binding until 2047.

Moscow annually writes off .75 million in Kiev debt. It does so in payment.

Ukraine and Russia maintain joint military control. Black Sea Fleet related forces are based in Crimea legally. Claiming "blatant aggression" doesn't wash.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia's military "strictly executes the agreements which stipulate the Russian fleet's presence in Ukraine, and follows the stance and claims coming from the legitimate authority in Ukraine and in this case the legitimate authority of the Autonomous Republic Crimea as well."

Russian forces remain on their bases, he added. They're not deployed outside them.

"Those who are now in the Ukrainian parliament do not control the entire territory because people in Crimea and in some other regions do not want to recognize the legitimacy of those who came to power using anti-constitutional methods," he added.

It's their choice. They have every right to make it. They reject putschist lawlessness. They deserve support for doing so.

Lavrov warned Western leaders against supporting lawless Ukrainian power grabbers.

He expressed concern about US/Kiev negotiations. In return for debt bondage masquerading as aid, Washington wants so-called defensive missile systems intended solely for offense in Ukrainian territory.

Doing so will seriously aggravate East/West relations, he stressed.

"Extra measures have been taken to increase vigilance to ensure the Black Sea Fleet facilities security."

He accused Kiev authorities of lawlessly usurping power "in violation of the Ukrainian constitution." Western leaders resort to "double standards," he added.

Things remain tense. Relations are strained. Obama bears full responsibility. His imperial policy has its own dynamic. It's recklessly out-of-control.

The damn fool risks open conflict with Russia. He created potentially the gravest crisis since WW II.

Putin acted responsibly. He prioritizes Russian security. Washington threatens it.

Russia's upper house Federation Council gave him final say on deploying additional forces to protect the safety and security of Russian nationals.

Crimean authorities requested Moscow's help. So did Ukraine's legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych. He did it in writing.

Putin hasn't deployed additional forces so far. Claims otherwise are false. US officials repeat them. So do screaming headlines.

Washington is playing a dangerous game. Confronting Moscow irresponsibly risks open conflict.

According to the Moscow Times, Russia "has 150,000 troops on high alert near" Ukraine's border. At the same time, deployment orders to Crimea weren't issued.

On Saturday, Russia's upper house Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvihenko said a "limited number" of troops might be sent to bolster Black Sea Fleet security.

Russia bashing continues. It's ongoing daily. It's vicious. It's outrageous. It includes a litany of misinformation, lies and damn lies.

Vladimir Putin is public enemy number one. On March 4, neocon Washington Post editors headlined "Mr. Putin might actually believe his own Ukraine propaganda."

It asked if he "lost touch with reality..." An ad hominem attack called his speech "indistinguishable from the propaganda of his state television network."

Fact check

WaPo is a virtual US government house organ. New owner Jeff Bezos has CIA ties. He's in bed with the devil. He got a 0 million contract.

It's double what he paid to buy WaPo. In November, he said: "We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA."

Bezos has a disturbing history of currying favor with national security officials. WaPo lost credibility altogether.

At stake perhaps is much more than meets the eye. Expect business more than ever to continue.

WaPo anti-Putin propaganda is intense. It's malicious. It's ongoing daily.

WaPo editors lied claiming his comments reflect "a wild assortment of claims, many of them demonstrably false."

Another lie said "thousands of Russian troops have entered Crimea since Friday..."

One more criticized his "bizarre (press conference) performance." He's "insulated...from the truth about events both abroad and at home," they claimed

They support stiff sanctions. They call it "essential (for) the United States and the European Union (to) move quickly to compound the financial costs of the 'invasion.' "

They want Obama and Congress to "freeze the assets of top Russian officials and target Russian banks for exclusion from the US financial system."

"That could provide the wake-up call that Mr. Putin desperately needs," they said.

They support illegitimate xenophobic, ultranationalist, hate-mongering, anti-Semitic neo-Nazi putschists.

They oppose democratic freedoms. They're on the wrong side of history.

WaPo columnist Charles Krauthammer espouses extreme neocon views. He's no journalist. He's paid to lie.

He's a hard-right propagandist. He's ideologically over-the-top. Hyperbole substitutes for hard facts.

On February 27, he headlined "Putin's Ukraine gambit," saying:

His mission is "restor(ing) Russian despotism by dismantling its nascent democracy. And then, having created iron-fisted 'stability,' march."

Fact check

It bears repeating what earlier articles stressed. Russia's democracy shames America's sham version.

Putin is geopolitically polar opposite Obama. He respects international law. He wants it obeyed. He supports peace and stability.

He believes nation-state sovereignty is inviolable. He forthrightly opposes lawless aggression.

He challenges US imperialism responsibly. Don't expect Krauthammer to explain.

He supports Ukrainian putschists. He called their coup a "struggle for freedom." He lied claiming Putin's policy "leaves Ukraine naked to Russian pressure."

He's taking full advantage, he said. He's "flaunting his leverage." Ukraine has a choice, he added.

It "will (either) fall to Russian hegemony or finally determine its own future - if America balances Russia's power."

He wants "full-throated American support..." He wants Ukraine subjugated by IMF debt bondage.

He wants Western corporations able to plunder its resources freely. He wants its people exploited for profit.

He wants Ukraine given "a chance to breathe." Its last breath of freedom under his hardline/neoliberal formula.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Creative Destruction Hack Diamonds Windows/iOS/Android - Creative Destruction Generator S19 12:51AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator S15 3:49AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Propagande de virus, virus de propagande S10 7:34AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates S08 6:17PM

Paraphysique de l'origami S08 7:11AM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Du réussissement putréfié S06 10:55AM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Log S06 4:25AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy