Monday, September 1, 2014

Ukrainian Chicken Little: The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.

The Ukraine with the US, and its Western partners following suit, constantly and erroneously reports Russian invasions. Yet, so far there hasn't been anything more serious than a couple of Russian military men patrolling the border that got lost. But, the Ukrainian border guards and soldiers are constantly finding themselves on the wrong side of the border with Russia. Yet - Russia makes no claims of Ukrainian 'incursion.'

If Russia wanted to invade Ukraine, it not only could have done it with ease, it would have already done it. You might read: Top Ten Ways You Can Tell if Russia Has Invaded Ukraine. The reality is that the Ukrainian military is not fit for combat. Before the Ukraine bit the hand that fed them - they could rely on Russia for their safety from any military attack. But the militia in East Ukraine are winning even though they are outnumbered. However, the Ukrainian army would be out-fought if for no other reason than the state of their military hardware.

The reality is that the Ukrainian forces are terribly unorganized and essentially set up much like tribal militias with funding coming mostly from private contributions.(various oligarchs) rather than from the government. Obtaining an army is difficult with the result of a Ukrainian draft age that includes those up to 60 years old.

For a little more information on the Oligarchs funding the military and 'private' armies:
Ukrainians crowdfund to raise cash for 'people's drone' to help outgunned army
Klitschko brothers shell out over $ 270,000 to equip army unit warring in eastern Ukraine.
Hackers claim attacking bank owned by Ukrainian oligarch for sponsoring punitive operation

And the status of the Ukrainian army: “'Ukrainian Army is suffering heavy losses and is short of the most elementary things, like meals and uniforms and Kiev doesn’t have the money or resources to maintain the servicemen it has already, while the population subject to drafting doesn’t display any enthusiasm to go to the battlefront,' Dr. Anokhin [a Vice President at the Academy of Geopolitical Problems in Moscow ] said."

It shouldn't come as any surprise that:
Donetsk militia drive 7,000 Ukrainian troops into three mousetraps
Anti-govt forces ‘circle 1000s of Kiev troops, capture 2 tank battalions’ in E.Ukraine
Corridor: Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let out surrounded Kiev troops

Yet, the US instead of being a leader seems to be led instead by the Ukraine. The Ukrainian government makes up a story and the US parrots it. Odd position for the US - usually they make up the stories and let others parrot them. Thus, the US and its Western cohorts merely repeat whatever Ukraine says.

But, it may be that the US just doesn't care that it falsely accuses Russia and feeds that false information to the American press. Sadly, the American media has become known for its position as slave to White House propaganda dictates. The media regurgitates the White House statements even when the statements are such that the official releasing the statement demands anonymity. What kind of game is that?

Odd though, it seems only Senator Feinstein has opened her eyes and mind (at least a little): OMG: Who would have thought? This from Senator Feinstein.

Additional resources:
Ukrainian Army vs Southeastern Militia: Mapping the Conflict
Anti-govt forces ‘circle 1000s of Kiev troops, capture 2 tank battalions’ in E.Ukraine
At least 129 Ukrainian soldiers surrender to Donetsk militia
Donetsk militia drive 7,000 Ukrainian troops into three mousetraps
Corridor: Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let out surrounded Kiev troops
About That Russian Invasion...
Russia’s Defense Ministry ridicules NATO’s photo-proof of invasion in Ukraine

E. Ukraine: simple demands

Donetsk, Lugansk Republics ready to remain part of Ukraine, seek special status: "At talks in the Belarusian capital, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have urged Kiev to acknowledge their autonomy within Ukraine, but said they wish to remain an integral part of the country."
What is it that they want? Things we often assume everyone has.
The president, government and [parliament] Verkhovna Rada should accept… decrees granting immediate recovery from the humanitarian catastrophe, acknowledging the special status of the territories under the control of the People’s Republics, creating conditions - first of all stopping the ‘anti-terror’ operations - for free elections of local authorities and MPs,” the document with the republics' position reads.
The document also calls on Kiev to guarantee “the right to use the Russian language at an official level on the territories of the People’s Republics.
The latter was the way it was before the US instigated and supported coup. The new government instituted a ban on the use of Russian language. This in an area largely populated by Russians and Russian speakers. There is a tendency to forget that Ukraine and Russia were one and the same.

How odd that these Ukrainians want to elect their representatives rather than being dictated to by appointed representatives (often oligarchs) from the Ukrainian government. It is somewhat akin to the US president appointing the mayor of Berkeley.

American policies make children enslavement possible

Children Sent Into Battle in Syrian War | Analysis & Opinion | RIA Novosti: "Children are being enlisted by Syrian rebel groups, to be used as combatants and sexual slaves, as they represent a vulnerable social group, which can be easily convinced and manipulated."

US dollars and weapons all to overthrow a legitimately elected, stable government. Is this making the world safe? And most of these "anti-Assad" forces are not Syrians, and those that are would not be welcomed into the US or anywhere in the West.

They are terrorists that under any other circumstances would be the target of US drones.

300,000 seeds sown: "Latest evaluations suggest that about 300,000 children are currently being involved in conflicts around the world."

NATO Officers in Eastern Ukraine? How interesting.

NATO Spokesperson Says ‘Unaware’ of NATO Officers in Ukraine’s Mariupol: "Earlier today, Donetsk People’s Republic representatives said that a group of six NATO officers has been blocked in the town of Mariupol in Donetsk region."

NATO response: "NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Monday that she was unaware of possible presence of NATO officers in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol."

How about someone in leadership?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Russian Invasion in Ukraine’s Novoazovsk?

No Signs of Russian Invasion in Ukraine’s Novoazovsk, Situation Peaceful: "For a town at the epicenter of what Kiev calls a direct military invasion on the part of Russia, 'Novoazovsk could not feel more peaceful,' the CNN reported Saturday. There are no signs of “marauding” Russian Army in the town, with locals being much more concerned with the Ukrainian military, according to CNN reporter."

The Ukrainian army: "'I heard rumors about some Russian tanks but no one could prove them either way. I’m more scared of the Ukrainian Army anyway. They come through here on motorbikes, with guns. Sometimes they are drunk,' a local resident said."

OMG: Who would have thought? This from Senator Feinstein.

ITAR-TASS: World - US Senator calls for direct discussions with Putin over Ukraine: "U.S. Administration ought to have direct discussions with President Vladimir Putin over the crisis in Ukraine, as sanctions will unlikely have any serious effect on the Russian people, given their resolve and ability to withstand hardships, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday."

"Sen. Feinstein called Putin 'singular figure in Russia,' adding that Russia is a huge country. 'Ukraine is a large country and the Crimea is gone,' she added."

But Senator - that isn't the way macho Obama works. First you bow down - then you might be able to gaze upon him.

It should not be about the location of the data or business confidence.

US judge rules Microsoft must handover personal data stored abroad: "Microsoft has been told it must handover emails stored abroad to US prosecutors by a New York court. However, the software giant says it will fight the ruling, saying that an email deserves the same privacy protection as a paper letter sent by mail."

Microsoft: “We believe your email belongs to you, not us, and that it should receive the same privacy protection as paper letters sent by mail – no matter where it is stored." 

The issue seemingly raised by the headline is the US search warrant seeking acquisition of the data of a US corporation held outside the US. But the issue is really the US ability to extend its laws to foreign countries via its jurisdiction over US corporations. The assumption is that this case with the same facts, except that if it were a French corporation, would not be heard in the US.

Put another way - if you were a citizen of another nation residing in that country - why should your information be subject to the laws of the US?

If you read The Guardian the legal aspects become more apparent. And you see that the international corporation Microsoft is not worried about your or anybody's privacy. It is about international business and international customers whose data is stored by Microsoft in a foreign country.
Given what we know about the extent of access to personal data from the Snowden revelations, this can only undermine [UK] customers' confidence in US businesses even further. What we already know about surveillance now seems to be true for ordinary policing.”
Arguably under the guise of fighting terrorism, the citizens of the US have lost much of the constitution's protection. However, it is worse that the US government wants to undermine the rights of citizens elsewhere. And it is far worse that the US is seeking to extend its laws across the globe. It is called imperialism.

Interesting - corporate flight to avoid taxes is an ever increasing occurrence. Burger King is buying (bought) a Canadian company for that purpose. Maybe situations like the Microsoft case herein will be an impetus.