MH17 And Ukraine – A Continuing Study


Bullet Holes? photo credit: anderweltonline.com
Bullet Holes? photo credit: anderweltonline.com

2017 Update

January 13, 2017 Key UpdateChristopher Black of New Eastern Outlook posted this on January 11: Trump and MH17: Just One Step Too Far?  In it he describes the extraordinary detention at, for God’s sake, Amsterdam‘s Schiphol Airport, of journalists Michael Spekkers and Stefan Beck and the seizure of all their cameras and electronic devices plus pieces of the MH17 wreckage still in the Donbass that they found with the help of Graham Phillips. All of their material, photos and data have been looked through but we’ll not get the chance to see it.

This is yet one more piece of evidence that implies that NATO and its “servants,” the Dutch authorities, are very worried about evidence being revealed that neither the Russians nor the Eastern Ukrainians were, in any way, responsible for the shootdown of MH17.  The guilty parties are very likely the Ukrainians for shooting down MH17, either accidentally or deliberately, and the Americans would then be guilty of hiding evidence at a minimum and, if the shootdown was a deliberate false flag, actual criminal involvement before, during and after the July 17, 2014 event.

The article summarizes the MH17 event succinctly and highlights the key smelly points. Mr. Black, an international lawyer based in Toronto, adds that the relentless onslaught of propaganda and incredible, as yet unproven, machinations against President-Elect Trump add serious gravity to the suspicions of thoughtful observers who haven’t let this farce go. The neocons are seriously spooked at the possibility that Trump will launch a proper investigation into MH17, one that I suspect will be hugely embarrassing to the American security apparatus, to the Obama democrats and humiliating to the American people themselves.

Below is a lot of information that I’ve collected in my study (ongoing since August 2014, less than a month after the shootdown) of MH17 and the Ukraine coup and its own background. Immediately following are other updates, and if you scroll down far enough you will see a very thorough chronological set of events and articles with links so that you, yourself, can analyze this puzzle to your heart’s content. 

2016 Introduction

September 11, 2016: This post, begun on August 13, 2014, was expanded to include the Ukraine coup d’état in February 2014 financed and organized by the US State Department. MH17 didn’t happen in a vacuum. Since MH17 went down 26 months ago on July 17, 2014, a mystery story has evolved for me that goes back to 2013.

Background: To properly illuminate and present this story, it was necessary to examine the events that led up to MH17 and ultimately spawned its horror. So, some time ago, at the bottom of this long post, a brief timeline listing the dramatic and violent events of the Euromaidan protests that began in November, 2013, three months before the coup, that forced the elected President Viktor Yanukovich to flee on February 21, 2014. The replacement of Yankovich with puppets selected by the US State Department alienated the citizens of Crimea and the Eastern provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk. Crimea acceded to Russia after a 90% referendum vote in March, and Donetsk and Lugansk proclaimed themselves independent peoples republics on April 7, 2014.

Scroll Down past “My Findings” for detailed Chronological Notes!!

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Aware of the tragedy of MH17 and curious about the narrow, one-note Blame Russia Chorus my once-precious CBC and all Western media were singing, I first turned my focused and serious attention to the Ukraine in early August, 2014. My attention grew into this “research project.” I check social media daily and frequently post a brief, descriptive comment that describes the gist of the article or event discussed in the embedded link.

MH17 would not have happened if the Ukraine hadn’t been destabilized eight months previously and, soon after, “blown up” politically by the USA and Europe in concert and competition with/against each other. It was a slam dunk that Russia would never have allowed its one warm water military port in Crimea to be put in jeopardy by the creeping expansion of NATO and possible absorption of Ukraine into the E.U. Ukraine is a big prize that American neocons and oligarchs from several nations have had in their sights for some years. For the USA, running the Ukraine is a way to encroach upon and destabilize Russia. Ukraine does also possess some natural gas, and Monsanto expect to buy prime Ukrainian farmland for their GMO crops. The USA maneuvers have forced Russia’s peaceful hand in Crimea and caused, some say, as many as 50000 deaths. elsewhere, primarily in eastern Ukraine.

Why Russia?

Russia is a major key to the success of the combined nations of Eurasia. Look at a globe for just a moment and see the huge, contiguous, East-West land mass that is Eurasia. Then compare it to the Americas – a much smaller, climatically diverse, North-South land mass with a very long skinny part in the middle – and a relatively small fraction of the world’s population.

Europe’s Gambit Excites Affluent, Educated Western Ukrainians:

In 2013 Europe started to woo the incredibly corrupt, economic mess of Ukraine into economic association. A small amount of money was offered that President Viktor Yanukovich (no doubt with some mathematical coaching from Vladimir Putin) eventually figured out was not enough to be much help. Then the spectre of IMF austerity measures must have occurred to Yanukovich and he decided (on November 21, 2013) to postpone signing the EU offer. At this point many well-to-do, pro-Europe Ukrainians in the western cities of Lvov and Kiev started peaceful protests, marching pleasantly behind huge, starry, EU flags. Babies, children and fashionable outfits were welcome.

Dissent in the East and Increasingly Violent Protests in Kiev’s “Euromaidan Square”:

Soon those humbler Ukrainians who did not like the rapprochement with Europe started turning out. Clashes occurred that eventually became extremely violent. The low point in Kiev was February 18, 2014, following three months of large protests that involved frequent violence upon protesters and some upon the police. The violence came at times from police, hotheads from both sides, Right Sector thugs, Svoboda Party Nazis and foreign “specialists,” the latter financed by powerful interests that likely include the USA and Ukrainian oligarchs. On February 18 over 100 people died. Snipers shot at and killed protestors and police. It is suspected by many that the snipers were foreign “specialists” hired to escalate the violence to such depths that Viktor Yanukovich would have to step down. On March 5 the Guardian wrote that a telephone conversation had been leaked in which EU High Commissioner, Catharine Ashton, was informed by the pro-West Estonian Foreign Minister that bullets found in police and in anti-Yanukovich protesters came from the same guns. This lends credibility to the above suspicion that the snipers, who quickly vanished, were indeed foreign “specialists.”

American Involvement – Opportunism or Deliberate “Mischief?”

Yanukovich declared February 22 and 23 as days of mourning – and fled. Was the USA foxily waiting for the stingy Europe-Ukraine deal to sour?  Was the CIA criminally involved in the ousting of Yanukovich? In early February, two weeks or more before the one hundred died, the State Department’s Ukraine manipulator, Victoria Nuland, was pulling strings to handpick the Ukraine’s new president and cabinet. You will remember Nuland’s “Fuck the EU!” comment on the telephone to Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to the Ukraine. That gem was uploaded onto YouTube on Feb. 6. Nuland even went across the pond to hand out cookies to the Euromaidan revellers, whose pyrrhic victory has led to enormous financial woes, the loss of Crimea and horrific violence in Donetsk and Lugansk. The USA has spent billions preparing the Ukraine for this historic moment.

Cui Bono?

When one looks to attribute responsibility in a political crisis, the question, “Who benefits?” often provides clues. From the list of beneficiaries, Europe and the Ukraine can quickly be removed. Russia has been victimized without proof. The media have tried to humiliate Vladimir Putin using fiery headlines and put Russia under severe, crippling sanctions. Putin is a formidable leader of a large nuclear power. No, the spoils (good word for this), as of February 8, 2015, go to the USA. The neocons and oligarchs who control Obama want Putin gone.  Their aim has been to put a weak puppet in charge of a shamed Russia, allow the oligarchs back in, and own, or neuter, Russia.

Then they will turn their eyes on, or “pivot to” Asia.

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The Nuclear Clock Is Ticking; Experienced Hawks Are Critical:

This dangerous, high-stakes, neocon plan could start WW III. The nuclear clock has recently been advanced to 3 minutes before midnight. We are back in the 1980’s, folks. Henry Kissinger has recently called the destabilization of the Ukraine “foolish.” Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton started expanding NATO into former USSR satellites, George F. Kennan wrote in the New York Times that expanding NATO would be the most fateful error of American Policy in the entire post-cold war era.

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The MH17 Tragedy – Some short questions with long answers:

  • On Purpose? Is it a false flag attempt, possibly with CIA help,  involving a Ukrainian Buk missile, Ukrainian Air Traffic Control and/or Ukrainian fighter jets with the intent of enabling lethal sanctions to discredit, humble and remove a demonized Putin?
  • An accident? Is it a Buk missile error by the pro-Russia rebels, by a careless Ukrainian Buk unit or by a renegade, billionaire-financed unofficial army, such as the Nazi-oriented Azov Battalion?

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Just some of the things that make this look really fishy:

  • the only proper evidence yet presented (Rostov radar evidence) points to the presence of Ukrainian fighter planes near MH17 when it went down. This evidence has not yet been proven false.
  • the USA reacted with immediate, categorical statements that Russia was guilty. Very quickly this changed to mere word-tricks and innuendo.
  • the USA has never provided the satellite evidence it claims it has. If it pointed at Russia,  they would be burying us repeatedly in it. So it probably points at Ukraine.
  • Russia’s statement that an experimental satellite operated by the USA was in place over the area at the time when MH17 went down has not been denied by the USA
  • The Ukraine, early on, interfered with the ability of experts to view the site, forbidding people to go (“too dangerous”) and shelling the area with 2-metre deep holes for good measure
  • the Western media have presented none of the many alternatives to the “pro-Russian rebel” story
  • the Dutch investigations appear to be designed to prolong the crisis and thereby the sanctions
  • the Ukraine, admitted by the Dutch JIT to be possibly involved, has a veto over what the investigation(s) eventually publish. Ludicrous!
  • the Western media are stepping up the attacks on Putin – at least three CBC stories in the past week
  • the West has relied on websites like bellingcat.com and correct!v.org that collect suspect social media posts and weave very tangled webs of so-called proof whose stories keep changing. Correct!v.org is financed by millions of Euros that came from a fund started by a German billionaire. Both these investigative sites started in July 2014. Coincidence?
  • Ukraine security immediately confiscated all air traffic control recordings and has not released them.
  • Pro-Russia rebels properly presented, intact, the black boxes to Malaysian officials, who hastily handed them over to the “trustworthy” Brits. Still secret. All we have is the (for me, suspect) Dutch Safety Board’s quotes for the period after MH17 disappeared and nothing from the much more relevant minutes before MH17’s disappearance. Hmmm…
  • Ukraine videos attempting to show pro-Rebel soldiers stealing from and disrespecting the victims were proven later to be falsely presented when the whole videos found were presented in context by Russian media. Damage to public opinion conveniently done, Western MSM ignored this.
  • Even the hawkish US Council on Foreign Relations considers the USA and EU responsible for the coup in the Ukraine.
  • Comments on signs of “very strong machine gun fire” and “no missile evidence noticed by me” made by Canadian-Ukrainian OSCE spokesperson, Michael Bociurkiw, a first responder. It was a precious minute and a half when aired on a CBC interview with Susan Ormiston in late July. I guess the kaka hit the fan at some point; to my knowledge, though parts of that program have been aired again, I have not seen a repeat of this tiny, important segment.

There is intense competition between:

  • the current geopolitical primate, the United States (with Israel, Europe, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Australia (the “West”) and
  • the emerging power base: the huge and geographically contiguous supercontinent of Eurasia that has been recently flexing its muscles in the areas of finance and in how oil will be traded. Eurasia has developed an increasing politico-economic involvement in resource-rich Africa. As scarcities appear, Africa will be something to war over. Again, the poor will suffer. In places like Nigeria there is already desperation over the stuff that comes with the ‘Black gold.”

My Findings:

Below, organized with the most recent stuff on top, you will find brief descriptions of each point or event. Links are provided to support everything I’ve stated within this post. There is much here. Take it as slowly as you want. I encourage thoughtful comments, criticism and will try my best to respond. I am not a fan of Russia or of any other nation. There has to be a better way of organizing our Earth. I simply have a naive, idealistic, long-time interest in securing justice, peace and truth – three, I hope, laudable and achievable goals.

I don’t claim to have the whole story, but have tried my best to figure it out and present some alternatives.

This is much more than I can say for the Western media.

These pages are the results of the research I have done since deciding to act on what seemed obvious to me, early on in the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, to be an orchestrated Blame Russia Chorus by our dangerously slanted Western media. All I’m saying, folks, is that the behaviour of the media surely points to the possibility of a deliberate attempt to blame Putin’s Russia, regardless of whether it is fact or fiction. It is not my purpose here to present both sides, but to highlight the fact that one side is being systematically ignored. I present below the ignored opinions of thoughtful observers and distinguished investigative reporters, some of whom, like Robert Parry of Iran/Contra exposé fame,  have a distinguished record.

You and I can find as much as we want of the mainstream side. I acknowledge that I cannot know with certainty what agency is responsible for this horrible tragedy that happened on July 17, 2014. Sometimes the ugliest truths are kept secret for decades.

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First, let me make this very important point before going to the dated, detailed chronological notes: Putting ourselves, for a very brief moment, in Putin’s shoes:

“Can you even imagine the US tolerating a situation in which Russians aid and abet a coup d’état in Canada or Mexico and then send troops and money across the Atlantic to aid this new regime that, say, was violently suppressing “ethnic” American freedom-fighters? ”

The above is one of my comments about the Ukraine situation on a friend’s blog, quoted back to me on February 5. I can see that Noam Chomsky in this interview on multi-award-winning Channel 4 News, republished on February 12,  makes essentially the same comparison. No one who looks at this question objectively can miss the point.

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Chronological Notes:

2017

January 13, 2017 Key Update: Christopher Black of New Eastern Outlook posted this on January 11: Trump and MH17: Just One Step Too Far? In it he ties the extraordinary detention at, for God’s sake, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, of journalists Michael Spekkers and Stefan Beck and seizure of all their cameras and electronic devices plus pieces of the MH17 wreckage still in the Donbass that they found with the help of Graham Phillips. All of their material, photos and data have been looked through but we’ll not get the chance to see it.

2016

September 28 and 29: The Dutch-“led”, Ukraine-fed JIT farcical report released on September 26: my comments and three reports, including quotes, from Robert Parry.

September 26: Here is an excellent presentation on the Russians presentation to the JIT of raw radar data from July 17, 2014, discovered by Almaz-Antey, which, they claim, proves that, if a Buk missile did bring down MH17, it could not have come from rebel-held territory. The Russians challenge the US and Ukraine to come up with the evidence that those two countries are obviously withholding that would cover attacks from the North or the West. To my understanding, the report, as described by all sources I’ve seen, does NOT eliminate the possibility of Ukraine jets being involved either alone (i.e. no Buk) or to clean up a disabled but flyable MH17 wounded by a “botched Buk” fired by Ukrainian-troops or a rogue Ukrainian paramilitary group such as the Azov Battalion. It stands to reason that on-board witnesses that might tell the truth that would implicate a Ukrainian-fired Buk or fighter jet(s) would be an embarrassment worth concealing. The Alma-Antey information seems limited to proving that no Buk left rebel-held territory. So, folks, you can once again ignore the latest malignant BS coming from Bellingcat.com, a paid neocon obfuscation website run by Elliott Higgins. Higgins has been proved wrong more than once on Syria and, of course, MH17 issues on which his interference is capable of doing a lot of humanitarian damage.

The RT interviewer talked with the distinguished British aircraft expert, Julian Bray, who  explained why, for real reasons of military secrecy, a nation might not want to reveal part of its jig-saw puzzle (raw radar data, for example) for fear that the data could be reverse-engineered by an adversary to determine what that nation (in this case, Russia) has “on the ground, in the air and into outer space.”

Mr. Bray (of Lockerbie investigation fame) also said near the end:

I take my hats (sic) off to the Russians for what they’ve done so far and hope the other people (US and Ukraine) will bring their information to the table.

Russia’s delay in “finding” the above-mentioned raw data, given the above comments from Bray, may show how desperate a military risk they are prepared to take to eliminate the economic and political bashing to which they are being subjected.

In view of the enormous loss of face and world-class shame that the US and the Ukraine would face if the real facts behind this shoot-down were to become known, I’m not holding my breath. I’ve been watching the tragic MH17 show for over two years, now…

September 11: In this Robert Parry article on the New York Times recent McCarthy-like attack on all things Russian, the US obfuscation on MH17 gets yet one more treatment.

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July 17: It’s been TWO YEARS since MH17 was shot down, and the truth still evades us. Ukraine’s SBU controls the investigation with a veto, and John Kerry and Obama keep only insinuating that Russian “rebels” shot it down, because it more likely was finished off with a Ukraine Su-25 fighter or two. If there even was a Buk involved, the more likely shooters were a rogue battalion (Kolomoysky’s Azov Battalion?) of Ukrainians and MH17 merely disabled. Did the fighter(s) finish it off so there would be no passenger witnesses and MH17 would not be brought down in a foreign country where a quick and more credible investigation (with passenger witnesses, even?) might have been conducted.  The question Cui bono? is easily answered. America gets the NATO nations to sanction Russia for years and gets to solidify, via Western MSM, a scary propaganda campaign against Putin and Russia that risks WW III and consolidates US neocon-controlled, corporate, world trade hegemony.

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July 3: Robert Parry discusses how the Ukraine SBU have been accused by a senior UN official of torture and are not coöperating with the torture investigation. That’s the same SBU that guides, with a veto, the supposed “Dutch” inquiry into MH17 and probably “disappeared” those, like the Ukraineian air-traffic controller, Anna Petrenko, who guided MH17 off course where it was destroyed,  Goes to show, once again…, how little the official MH17 inquiry version can be trusted.

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April 26: Robert Parry spells out quite specifically (for the first time?) here the “combination” Buk/Su-25 fighter  explanation as part of the early information his inside source gave him for the abrupt change in US State Department statements about how MH17 went down. See my note below of March 20, 2016 with the direct quote of Kerry’s original statement.

Parry stops short of naming Ukrainian-Israeli, Ihor Kolomoysky, as the oligarch whose Azov Battalion committed the Buk error but mentions his source’s information that Kolomoysky’s battallion thought they were shooting down Putin’s plane. From the article:

However, within days of the shoot-down, the official U.S. story blaming Russia and what U.S. intelligence was discovering sharply diverged, a source briefed by U.S. intelligence analysts told me. The source said U.S. spy data revealed what looked like an ambush by a Ukrainian warplane and a ground-to-air missile fired by a rogue element of the Ukrainian military associated with a hardline Ukrainian oligarch.

The source said CIA analysts gave serious weight to the possibility that the attack was originally intended to kill President Putin who was returning from a state visit to South America aboard his official plane with markings similar to MH-17.

My reporting from October 22, 2014 has this link to an interview with Ihor Kolomoysky in which he appears to admit the error.

And from  this article that names the alleged pilot of the Ukrainian Su-25 warplane that was scrambled carrying two A2A missiles on the fateful July 17, 2014 and returned with none.

And this very detailed article by 21st Century Wire written 8 days after MH17 went down proposes a failed false flag Buk fired by US/Ukraine that left MH17 still capable of flying and possibly capable of landing in a place outside of Ukrainian territory where the pilots and passengers could give testimony embarrassing to the US/Ukraine side. This article gives a lot of background information and also discusses Carlos, employed in air-traffic control by the Ukraine, who tweeted many suspicious details as they happened on July 17th before disappearing when Kiev officials entered his building.

Regardless of whether the Buk was a failed attempt by Azov Battalion to shoot down Vladimir Putin’s plane, hitting the wrong plane, or a failed deliberate false flag Ukraine shoot down of a known passenger flight, the “combination theory” is a very plausible explanation for the confusion and obfuscation that has failed to establish responsibility after 1 year and nine months of farcical Dutch-led investigations in which the Ukraine has a veto over the publication of any findings that they don’t like.

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April 11, 2016:  “Yats” Resignation and the Dutch Referendum:

Gilbert Doctorow and Robert Parry  on the April 6 resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk – one of those chosen to lead the Ukraine when America’s regime change coup ousted the duly elected Viktor Yanukovych in February, 2014. The Dutch vote rejecting Ukraine joining the EU was a recent blow to U.S. plans to add yet one more country from which to point missiles at Moscow via NATO.

Yet, one might wonder what the Times thinks a coup looks like. Indeed, the Ukrainian coup had many of the same earmarks as such classics as the CIA-engineered regime changes in Iran in 1953 and in Guatemala in 1954.

The way those coups played out is now historically well known. Secret U.S. government operatives planted nasty propaganda about the targeted leader, stirred up political and economic chaos, conspired with rival political leaders, spread rumors of worse violence to come and then – as political institutions collapsed – watched as the scared but duly elected leader made a hasty departure.       Robert Parry

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Brazil appears to be the next “silent coup” target. We’ll soon find out. Note: Sept. 11: Yep!

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March 20, 2016: Still Only Obfuscation on MH17 from the USA and the Dutch:

Robert Parry, again, in this article from March 16, points out clearly that, despite the following quote from John Kerry while meeting the press on July 20, 2014, three days after the MH17 shootdown, the Dutch Safety Board admits that it has not even requested radar data from from the USA. Farcical, indeed!

“we picked up the imagery of this launch. We know the trajectory. We know where it came from. We know the timing. And it was exactly at the time that this aircraft disappeared from the radar.” John Kerry

And remember that Ukraine, reported by the DSB to be one suspect of the shootdown, has a VETO over whatever the investigations publish. And the Dutch said as recently as last October that Ukraine was the only possessor of BUK systems in the area at the time of the downing of MH17.

Scroll down to my entry on October 22, 2014 to see the link to a youtube video in which Ukrainian magnate and strongman, Ihor Kolomoysky, appears to admit that a Ukrainian BUK unit shot MH17 down – and dismiss the error as “a trifle.”

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January 29 – Robert Parry, one of the US press heroes who exposed Ronald Reagan’s involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal, just republished an article I had missed from his Consortium News archive about three Islamic Chechen units combining with Azov Battalion and other Right Sector battalions and units to fight against those in Donetsk and Lugansk who oppose the US-backed Kiev regime. This shows the unsavoury characters the Americans will ally with to achieve their sordid, neoconservative goals in Ukraine.

2015

October 20 – Robert Parry on MSM ignoring of Eric Zuesse et al. and promoting the social-media phoney, Bellingcat.

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August 31 – Butler article on New Eastern Outlook states that Russia and the U.S. can both prove precisely how MH 17 happened but Russia would then reveal possible gaps in its missile defence system that might expose vulnerability to U.S. nuclear attack. Interesting…

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 July 22 – On the eve of the anniversary of the MH17 shoot-down, VIPS, a group of distinguished retired American intelligence professionals, wrote, for the second time, to President Obama, asking Obama to release what the CIA knows about the tragedy. The report outlines all the possibilities. Here is the letter and the list of signatories, courtesy of Consortium News.

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July 17, 2015: MH17 One Year Anniversary: It appears that the sad MH17 tragedy is still being used by the Western media (read lackeys of the hegemony) to further advance the agenda of the neoliberal onslaught on Russia by means of a push to set up an inquiry to “prosecute the perpetrators” before the perpetrators are known. This is a ludicrous proposal when one realizes that known perpetrators of previous tragedies have never been the subject of such an inquiry or prosecution. Two examples of known perpetrators: Ukraine (1988: Siberian Airlines 1812)  and USA (2001: Iran Air 655). For a little published sanity (as an antidote for Kerry speak) see this from RT.

May 27, 2015: I’ve been away for much of May and returned to find that nothing much has changed on the tragic subject of MH17. Same old relentless, repeatedly exposed BS from the “investigative” (read propaganda) websites like bellingcat and the one-note Blame Russia Chorus of the Western MSM who basically LIE and just don’t wanna know, or check, if there is another story. Bellingcat’s Eliot Higgins is the darling of the “BRC.” His site was opened just two days before MH17 was shot down. It is financed by very deep, conservative, pockets. Coincidence??? Anyway, same old same old. But, I’m not saying nothing anywhere has changed… It increasingly appears that getting rid of Putin is a lot harder than closet neocon John Kerry and real live neocons like Assistant US Secretary of State, Victoria (“Fuck the EU!”) Nuland and veteran Iraq WMD warmongers like her  husband, Robert Kagan, and William Kristol hoped it was… Meanwhile, the Islamic State appears to be winning… all that bombing and resulting anti-American hatred has only made things worse (who knew?). And… Netanyahu  and King Salman of Saudi Arabia are turning a blind, almost winking, eye to ISIS-linked Sunni terror since their main, dogged fixation  is (Shia) Iran. And the previously foamy-mouthed John Kerry actually shook the hand of the “devil incarnate,” Vlad Putin,  the other day. Kerry put his billionaire coup-puppet, Ukraine President Poroshenko, in his proper, subservient place regarding not fouling up the possibility of implementing Minsk by foolishly (does this regime ever do ANYTHING sensible??) talking about recapturing Donetsk Airport. And maybe the fast-tracking powers given to President Obama to sign the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) is a sign that the US is serious about “Nulanding” the EU (I replace, here, a four-letter F-word with a new, six-letter N-word). Obama is being handed his fast-track powers by the likes of Kagan and Kristol, who are the string pullers in this puppet show called democracy. The US president is also getting very antsy about the fact that US-orchestrated sanctions on Russia are making Putin even more popular at home. Certainly the euro is suffering from these American bully tactics and America’s focus on the Pacific rim. Obama’s traditional Western European NATO allies are getting pretty hot under the anti-Putin dog collar. Obama and Kerry are beginning to look, to me, a little, er… desperate. The stakes are getting higher.July 19 – Anyone else noticed how you can scroll pages down on the #MH17 twitter feed without seeing anything by bellingcat?

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July 17 – MH17 One Year Anniversary: It appears that the sad MH17 tragedy is still being used by the Western media (read lackeys of the hegemony) to further advance the agenda of the neoliberal onslaught on Russia by means of a push to set up an inquiry to “prosecute the perpetrators” before the perpetrators are known. This is a ludicrous proposal when one realizes that known perpetrators of previous tragedies have never been the subject of such an inquiry or prosecution. Two examples of known perpetrators: Ukraine (1988: Siberian Airlines 1812) and USA (2001: Iran Air 655). For a little published sanity (as an antidote for Kerry speak) see this from RT.

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June 23 – Where are the following reported in Western MSM?: Murder of journalist Oles Buzina by Nazi thugs, Nazi-leaning battalions being trained and funded by West. Sabotage of Minsk II prescriptions. Ruslan Onischenko’s Tornado Battalion: smuggling for profit, lawless actions against ordinary civilians, including thefts, assaults, kidnappings and torture. Growing opposition to the PoroYats regime. Defections. June 17 demonstration at US Embassy. Canadian blind eye an embarrassment. And MSM keeps parroting: Russian Aggression… Russian aggression… Ru…

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June 22 – Major General Aleksandr Kolomiyets of the Ukrainian Army has defected to the Donbass. He is now working with DPR forces on  the anti-coup federalist side. He said the attacks on everyday people in the anti-coup republics have disgusted many Ukrainian soldiers and that there will be more defections.

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june 15 – Brothers Miroshchenko, disgusted with Ukraine violence and propaganda, defect from Kiev side to fight with the LPR.

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June 12 – The Who’s Asleep Score in Holland is starting to fall. Buk Plus R60 Air-to-air missile? Written by Max van der Werff – yet one more Dutchman who questions the Western story on MH17 – via @marcelsardo

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June 11 – PEW Opinion Poll on the Ukraine: Unity in Russia, Division in Europe and Poroshenko popularity at 22%. – via @RussiaInsider

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June 11 – Monsanto eyes Ukraine Farmland – via @RT_America

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June 11 – Obama’s Lies growing bolder by the day – via @mkj1951

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June 11 – Reuters: Russia says US coerces Ukraine and violates arms treaties – – via @mkj1951

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June 9 – Ukraine Fire sale: hoping to sell off its state-run companies to US investors – via @rt.com Once again the question of guilt will be established by answering the question: “Cui bono?”

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June 9 – Ukraine Crisis – Classic Disaster Capitalism – My post linking what’s happening in Ukraine to Naomi Klein’s 2007 book – The Shock Doctrine.

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June 5 – Ukraine initiated attacks on Marinka made out to be Russian aggression in the propaganda wars – via @marcelsardo

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June 3 – Bad Day for the Russia-Did-It Crowd – via @MaxvanderWerff. Novaya Gazeta publishes a report by buk missile manufacturer, Almaz-Antey, that their study of MH17 damage:

1- Shows the Buk couldn’t have come from Snizhne, but Ukrainian-occupied Zaroshchens’ke, and

2-Damage marks prove the Buk was missile type 9m38M1 – not used by Russia but very common in the Ukraine (991 missiles).

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May 25, 2015 – Dutch journalist Joost Niemoller says here that George Soros’ $$ is bankrolling bellingcat’s BS. He also says the Dutch media, and, as a result, the Dutch themselves, are still in never-never-land regarding the other possible MH17 shootdown suspects.

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May 15 –  What if Putin is Telling the Truth? – via @marcelsardo

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April 14 – Sputnik News reports: The US are making an enemy out of Putin, when they really need him as an ally. The views of Professor of Russian Studies, Stephen Cohen, of New York U. and Princeton U., on the dangerous folly of destabilizing Ukraine and sending troops are described here. Thinking that neocons like Victoria Nuland can handpick, for a vast powerful nuclear Russia, some oligarch patsy like Ukraine’s Poroshenko to run the place is total madness.

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April 4 – Reuters looks pretty suspicious in this story; looks like they lied to show testimony supporting the rebel buk theory:

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April 1 – European Commission on Human Rights slams the Ukraine for not cooperating with their investigation into the Euromaidan violence.

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March 20 – Robert Parry, once more, on the historic Robert Kagan, Victoria Nuland, Frederick Kagan, Kimberly Kagan family war-promotion multi-institute business.

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March 19 – Victoria Nuland is determined to interfere with any reasonable solution to the mess that she, with focused deliberation,  helped to create in Ukraine. Robert Parry – again.

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March 14 – A brilliant read by Ray McGovern on the over-the-top information warfare being practiced by the U.S. administration, with the doggy adherence of virtually 100% of the Western MSM.

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March 14 – Robert Parry on US sticking to their July 2014 assessment of the MH17 tragedy.

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March 13 – Dutch film maker Peter Vlemmix with a concise YouTube video that presents a realistic explanation of why we still do not really know what really happened to MH17. His video includes one of my favourite clips: Michael Bociurkiw on seeing the machine gun fire evidence first hand while MH17 was still smoking; a clip the CBC hasn’t aired since the first time in late July, 2014.
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March 12 – Commentary on RT from a US expert describes how the downing of MH17 “could only be” the result of an air-to-air attack.
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March 11 – Robert Parry on Victoria Nuland and her powerful husband, Robert Kagan, of Project for a New American Century  and more recent string pulling of Puppet Obama.
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March 8 – M. Chossudovsky on the “ultimate war crime”: the US “War on Terror.”
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February 27 – “Putin had Boris Nemtsov killed.” Putin’s convicted a priori. No decent evidence required. Think of this event in the context of the suspicious MH17 inquiry, for which Putin is already convicted in 90% of Western “minds” thanks to the Blame Russia Chorus – and be very careful before jumping to conclusions. The USA wants Putin’s head on a platter. A man whose major crime may indeed have been simply talking about trading oil in some currency other than the US dollar. Other notables possibly punished mainly for this “crime” include Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. There are others…
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February 26 –  John Pilger on “Why the rise of fascism is again the issue.” Another scathing, incisive piece on how public opinion is massaged, and sometimes hammered, by repetitive MSM until “permission” is obtained from a deluded population for yet one more massive Western military crime. Pilger lists several of almost 70 MSM brainwashing events since 1959 and links them to “fascism” of a geopolitical scope that is deliberately practiced by America, and, if foreign, ignored or co-opted into achieving several aims, including violent regime change for just doing stuff the USA doesn’t find “hegemonically” helpful. Incidents particularly discussed: Vietnam in 1959-1975, Serbia in 1999, Afghanistan in 2001-2014, Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011, and the Ukraine in 2014. Think about the demonization of Vladimir Putin in this context of relentless, regularly-practiced evil. A quote:
Since 1945, more than a third of the membership of the United Nations – 69 countries – have suffered some or all of the following at the hands of America’s fascism. They have been invaded, their governments overthrown, their popular movements suppressed, their elections subverted, their people bombed and their economies stripped of all protection, their societies subjected to a crippling siege known as “sanctions.” The British historian Mark Curtis estimates the death toll in the millions. In every case, a big lie was deployed.
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February 18, 2015 – Russia refers to Canada’s Prime Minister “Voldemort”‘s statement on increasing sanctions against Russia as “puffy advertising.” Some things actually get better after Google Translate does its thing. Puffy, indeed. LOL
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February 18 – Ukrainian Berkut police tell of Poroshenko lies, imprisonment and persecution following the manufactured violence that sealed the US/EU coup. The Berkut did not betray Ukrainians.
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February 17 – Recent interview with Ray McGovern, CIA analyst and activist member of group of eight ex-CIA people who, 2 or 3 times a year for the past 12 years, point out serious CIA bullshit. They are Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity. He laughs at the Western term “pro-Russian separatists” and points out what he considers a much better term: “anti-coup federalists.” Tune in at just after 7 minutes for this point, but the whole interview is excellent. It has been aired on LiveLeak.com. McGovern points out that the rebels are against the Ukraine being taken over by a foreign-led coup. They want, according to McGovern,  protection against a right-wing, USA-manufactured dictatorship in Kiev. The coup forced them to  act to protect themselves. Later McGovern describes the deal made between US Sec. of State, James Baker and Gorbachev, that in return for allowing a reunified Germany to join NATO, NATO would not expand “one inch” to the East. So much for American promises!
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February 17 – Vladimir Putin in Budapest urges the Ukraine to allow their troops in Debaltseve to surrender and not discipline them for laying down their arms.
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February 17 – This from Global Research written by Ernst Wolff. A little frothy at the mouth but making some valid points about the link between the IMF largesse and what the neocons want in return. Similar in approach to Michael Hudson’s points. See Feb. 13.
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February 16 – It appears that rebel forces are in possession of at least half the centre of Debaltseve and, despite the constant claims of the Western media that Russian forces are fighting in the Ukraine, the Ukrainian generals have stated that they are NOT fighting the Russian Army. This is why I continue to present the other side. Someone needs to do it.
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February 13 – This YouTube video on the Real News Network interviews Michael Hudson , Research Professor of Economics, at the U of Missouri, about how the IMF may be forcing the Ukraine to sell off its farmland to foreign corporations like Monsanto, farmland being “the main thing that foreign investors want.” He also says that the USA wants war with Russia and the 50-odd billion given to it was recommended by George Soros as a loss-leader “downpayment on war with Russia.” ……….. Very scary!
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February 13 – The Saker on Minsk-2 points out that Poroshenko will never permit the DPR and LPR to have any kind of satisfactory autonomy – and therefore the current territorial gains by the DPR/LPR resistance to what amounts to a corrupt junta in Kiev will not be given up. I now see, to some extent, but reservedly, why this apparent cave-in by Vladimir Putin was the result of the 16+ hour negotiation. Putin appears amenable to a settlement he knows is unacceptable and will not achieve peace. Where it goes from here is scary, but maybe he is gambling that the US will be soon seen to be the real aggressor: to have enabled the junta to form and to be aggressively risking all-out war to ruin Russia for other, long-term geopolitical goals.
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February 12 – BBC report claims that snipers in Euromaidan square a year ago were shooting from places controlled by anti-Yanukovich people. USA Coup sealed by false flag dirty tricks.
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February 12 – A careful piece by uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com that claims the USA have had hundreds of little blathering gnomes fighting an info war in Ukraine for a decade, preparing for the Euromaidan coup and civil war that began in with protests in Western Ukraine in November 2013. The article also suspects that the MH17 shootdown was planned for what could have been weeks and comes up with some speculation about why Malaysian Airlines has been the victim of two freaky mystery disasters – both in the same year…
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 February 12 – Paul Craig Roberts gives a well-thought-out analysis on the unlikely success of the German/French ceasefire initiative. Roberts sees Minsk 2 as Putin failing to defend the DPR and LPR rebels and that Russia should have permitted them to accede the way he welcomed Crimea.
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 February 11 – German agribusiness opportunists are claimed in this russia-insider article to be taking advantage of “all eyes on demon Russia.” They are buying huge acreage in Ukraine’s Texas-sized prime agricultural land that hopes for a relaxation in the current Ukrainian laws prohibiting the Monsantos and Bayers of this world to use GMO technology and bee-killing neoconics.
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February 11 – Robert Parry on the whitewash job that the biased NYT kas done on the Ukraine’s ugly Nazis in the Azov Battalion.
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February 6 – Joe Biden spanks uppity European dissent on sanctions, according to RT

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February 6 – TASS reports the Ukraine shelling of citizens during the evacuation of Debaltseve. Also not notifying citizens of their opportunity for evacuation. Human shield tactics?

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February 2 – A photo of Graham Phillips’ cameraman Patrick Lancaster in a grassy meadow holding up a piece of a machine gun bullet chain containing what look like 30 mm cannon shells in an article by Phil Russ in The Russophile. Russ says Phillips and Lancaster are going to Holland to give evidence of their findings, having been at the MH17 crash site for a very long time. In view of the evidence-free, gratuitous garbage we are getting from the MSM, my answer to the question,

“Whom do you trust?”

increasingly becomes (OSCE observer, Ukrainian-Canadian) Michael Bociurkiw (before he went silent after that early CBC interview), Peter Haisenko, Graham Phillips and Patrick Lancaster. Their combined evidence is backed up by Russian radar evidence from their Rostov location. To those who would dismiss the explanation of Ukrainian fighter plane(s) I humbly reply:

Show me what you say you got.

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January 30 – A report from Russia Insider on January 30 states that US military aid will help build (with money AND troops) the Ukrainian National Guard even though it (they say) includes the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion. This appears to be a clear escalation of the current destabilization of the Ukraine. The report quotes the BBC on the Azov Battalion:

According to the BBC, Azov’s aims are stated in one of their online publications: “To prepare Ukraine for further expansion and to struggle for the liberation of the entire White Race from the domination of the internationalist speculative capital,” and “to punish severely sexual perversions and any interracial contacts that lead to the extinction of the white man.”

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January 24 – RT News on the Mariupol shelling presents, typically, both sides, unlike Western MSM and Ukrainian over the top BS *** January 24 – be careful what you believe about the latest Mariupol situation. NYT propaganda abounds. Here again is Robert Parry:

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January 22 – I consider RT’s coverage of the MH17 tragedy informative and dignified. Some BBC-brainwashed folks in the UK complained to its press watchdog, Ofcom. Ofcom, as it turns out, agrees with me and did not find fault.

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January 19 – US non-release of satellite info leaves the guilty parties  time to cover their tracks.  If the Ukraine, as seems more likely as this drags on, is responsible, this policy IMHO makes the US a murderous accessory? after the fact – or worse. Here’s a great article by the distinguished Robert Parry on this.

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January 16 – Peter Haisenko in this Jan 16 Video “Reflections on MH17” by RT (see 17 minutes 24 seconds) indicates how Hilary Clinton used the “truth” in a misleading context to imply Russian guilt, by saying that MH17 was shot down by Russian made weapons. Of course, the Ukraine air force has always had Russian-made weapons. Clever (possibly evil…) wording, indeed. Haisenko, an expert, still believes it was an A2A missile that failed to down MH17 and the Ukrainian pilot(s) then finished the job by firing 30 mm cannon directly at the cockpit.

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December 25, 2014 – A Christmas gift for us skeptics: The Guardian, silent for 5 months on alternative theories on  the MH17 tragedy, finally reports a Russian proposal involving a Ukrainian fighter A2A takedown. Progress…

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December 24 -TASS reports that a book by Dutch author, Joost Niemoller, expressing the view that Ukrainian forces brought down MH17, is shunned by NL media. Niemoller quoted about Western media:

The problem is that in western media you only get one version of what happened: the separatists story. That is the only thing you hear, and it is almost impossible to get anything other through,” Joost Niemoller said. “We have so called freedom here in the West in the media, but in fact it is not freedom at all,” he added.

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December 23 – Several times I have wondered whether forensic autopsies on the pilots have been performed and if, or when, detailed results will be made public – ever… Seems I’m not alone.  I Googled “MH17 pilot autopsies” today and my search turned up absolutely no questions like mine being asked by mainstream media. Why/Why not? I’m beginning to suspect that the results show things the U.S. doesn’t want us to know. Wouldn’t be the first time… Totally incompetent, unsatisfactory and very suspect “research.” Being called the worst investigation ever performed, although some “performances” deserve academy awards – Dutch Foreign Minister, Frans Timmerman, comes immediately to mind (check out this video about 14 minutes in… gag me with a spoon!)

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December 22 – Interview on rusvesna.su with a defector from Ukraine who claimed fighters sortied every day, including July 17, on bombing missions in Donblast and that one downed MH17 in error. I don’t accept all of his account as accurate, but it does paint a picture of the shit raining down regularly on rebel contested villages. Disgusting, and, increasingly, the Ukrainians seem guilty of many war crimes.

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December 19 – James O’Neill in counterpunch with a lucid summary contrasting Russian MH17 data quickly offered vs stonewalling of FOI requests by any and all Western powers. Why the secrecy, indeed!

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December 18 – Robert Parry criticizes U.S. sanctions designed to oust Putin and replace him with a U.S. puppet as idiotic. The people of Russia remember the legacy of Glasnost: Harvard experts developing a flawed conversion to capitalism that produced oligarchs who took all spoils for themselves under Yeltsin’s “watch.” Putin worked with some success to disempower them and help the average Russian citizen. Should Putin be removed the person who takes his place might well be more hard line than Putin.

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December 16 – Russian FM Sergei Lavrov in an interview with France 24 on sanctions and the Russian people: “The population will express itself when elections come. I’m sure the population would know what to do to express what the Russian people feel. I don’t believe it helps Europe. As Joe Biden publicly said, it was the United States which ordered Europe to join sanctions against Russia, and frankly, it’s really a pity that we for some previous years overestimated the independence of the European Union and even big European countries. So, it’s geopolitics. Some people believe that sanctions are a sign of weakness or a sign of irritation, which is not the best quality of a politician, but I can assure you that Russia will not only survive, but will come out stronger out of this.”

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December 15 – “The BRICS Post” has some worthwhile reading on background to the current crisis. A new news source that tries to shed more light than heat

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December 14 – The Ukraine totally censors past leader, Elena Bondarenko, in a nazi-like process. Her months-old appeal for a return to democratic principles has finally escaped its Ukrainian/Western Press Limbo of silence and surfaced here on OpEdNews.com. “Democracy”, for years, has been an empty “blood word” for me (a word used to rally public fervour for war/battle), but in Kiev/Kyiv it becomes an especially sick joke.

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December 11 – A detailed explanation of the Rostov radar image I first noticed on the Internet on Nov. 13 reported by the Daily Mail: December 10 – Ulson Gunnar in NEO writes that, now that alternative media has contributed to the addition of Malaysia to the JIT, we must continue to ensure that Malaysia ask the right questions to ensure its access to all that has gone before and not bypassed in future work. The JIT remains a compromised investigation. Note Se 29, 2016: Appears that the Malaysian government, by whatever means the real puppeteers running the MH17 Show have used, are now on side with the Blame Russia crowd.

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December 8 – From NEO.org… Crisis in Ukraine the fault of the U.S. and Europe

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December 5 – Daily Mail describes as “ludicrous” the claim of documentary-maker Andrey Karaulov that forces controlled by Ukrainian/Israeli right-wing oligarch, Ihor Kolomoysky, brought down MH17 believing that it was Vladimir Putin’s plane. They identify the Ukrainian air traffic controller and the pilot by name and say that neither has reported to work for the four months since the tragedy. But at least the Daily Mail acknowledges that these claims are being made. The Dutch are finally realizing that the two investigations in which their officials are participating are not likely to reveal what happened – ever. The first does not have a mandate to assign blame and the second, the JIT, will keep the guilt classified “forever” if evidence points to one of their members being at fault. One of the suspects, Ukraine, has the power to veto every statement the JIT makes. Now THAT IS LUDICROUS!

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December 2 – Report shows parts of MH17 not collected by the Dutch, including the door, that contain what their commentators call bullet holes and smaller shrapnel typical of an air to air missile.

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December 1 – Malaysia at last is part of JIT. Interesting.

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November 27 –This article praising German veteran pilot Peter Haisenko’s July 30 analysis on the shooting down of MH17 as standing the test of logic and time. Written by Eric Zuesse, it  contains a link to the latest info and a video (in Russian) that points out the 4-month “absence” of Anna Petrenko, the air traffic controller alleged to be in charge of the Kiev office on July 17, and names the alleged pilot, Dmytro Yakatsuts. This pilot has also been unavailable for comment.

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November 26 – Consortium News on the neocons’ latest target for Regime Change: you guessed it: Vladimir Putin. Brought to you by the sponsors of Saddam’s WMD: Neocons Claim to Fight Russian ‘Unreality’ | Consortiumnews

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November 25 – Just saw this from dosie.su dated Nov. 14. Proves zip, but Sesame Street fun: “One of these SU-27s is not like like the others.” Checks out on Google Earth 2014 as of 5:50 PM EST.

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November 23 – This by the brilliant Robert Parry from consortiumnews.com on Nov. 17. Letting the Neocons Lead.

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November 18 – “That Channel One Photo”. No enough space here so I posted it separately on November 23

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November 13 – This RT article reports new Rostov radar evidence shows more than one fighter present.

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November 13 – From the Daily Mail (that’s progress…) the following headline:

“Russia produce radar data which ‘proves’ military aircraft was flying close to MH17 when it was shot down above Ukraine”

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November 8 – Another article by Eric Zuesse on how, despite MSM censorship, evidence for a Ukrainian air to air takedown continues to grow…

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November 6 – Nothing new I see worth adding except my  sense that, if there really is the ability for potentially guilty countries to muzzle what the Dutch “find”, adding  Malaysia to the mix, unless it goes “rogue,” is mere window-dressing. Stay tuned.

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October 27 – Finally, in Reuters, a significant, new admission from the Dutch prosecutors:

Dutch prosecutors investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 believe the aircraft might have been shot down from the air but that a ground-to-air missile attack is more likely, a senior prosecutor said in a German media interview.

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October 22 – MH 17 The Untold Story An RTD Video with English commentary and subtitles under Russian speakers and the German expert, Peter Haisenko who has argued before for the Ukrainian fighter downing scenario. This is the best explained portrayal of the Russians’ version of what happened on July 17. Whether true or not, it is more thorough than the unsupported statements from the Western media and the proven B.S. from the Ukrainians. It will take some considerable effort – and, (duuuhhh…), unaltered public  evidence to argue against. The Russians actually shot at two old planes on the ground to demonstrate what cannon bullet holes look like. Then they compare the entry and exit holes with those in photos of MH17 that we have all seen on Western media. Locals tell tearfully of children’s bodies falling close to them. They also describe hearing “pops” they are familiar with. Bursts from the SU-25’s cannon in the above experiment are so fast that they sounded like “pops” to my ears as well. Pretty powerful stuff when you combine what we see in this Russian-produced video with Ukrainian Canadian, Michael Bociurkiw’s description of what he saw when he arrived as an OSCE investigator with the wreckage still smoking:

There have been two or three pieces of fuselage that have been really pock marked. It almost looks like machine gun fire – very very strong machine gun fire that has left these unique marks that we haven’t seen anywhere else. We’ve also been asked for example, have we seen any examples of missile – well, no we haven’t. That’s the answer. And even if it was there we don’t have those trained eyes to pick that up…

NATO, Europe, the US and Kiev “have a lot of splaining to do.”

WHY is no one putting one and one together here and asking questions out loud on MY TV?!

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October 22 – Ihor Kolomoysky, an oligarch who is funding the pro-Kiev militias in E. Ukraine, appears to admit that the pro-Kiev forces shot down MH17 but dismisses the error as “a trifle.” The YouTube interview can be seen here.

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October 20 – Thoughtful, cautious commentary from Robert Parry on the German BND’s alleged findings.

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October 20 – RT.com on the BND’s alleged findings, suspecting they are being used as a mouthpiece for the US, who haven’t made any of their satellite data public.

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October 14 – A quite compelling YouTube video in which many people with are interviewed showing the tender, sadness of the local people for the tragedy. Little or no looting. Everything still apparently left scattered where it was. We are taken around the crash site by a rebel leader in a way we have not seen before. He claims the rebels wanted inspectors to come quickly. And that Kiev didn’t. The video also states that international law requires that all pieces of the plane be listed, removed and pieced together in a suitable hangar. This has not been done and the Kiev forces, by intensive shelling of the 30 square kilometer site and energetic dissuasion, ensured that a proper and timely investigation could not take place.  I remember the Western news also pointing out that fact. Locals describe seeing two planes in the area that flew away as it broke up.  Kiev-backed shelling later created many 2 m deep holes on the crash site. A commentator claims that Malaysian investigators, forbidden by Kiev to go to the site, hired a car that was shelled by a SU-25 fighter and narrowly escaped another explosive disaster on their way to the site (ed. intimidation?). They show the two Australians who also visited the site to honour their daughter without Kiev permission speaking about their pain at not being able to visit the site soon after it happened. It is gripping human drama.

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October 11 – While this post by John Pilger in truth-out.org does not refer to MH17, it puts the whole situation into a very sad, very graphic context of historical violence and lies perpetrated by the cowboys in the “white hats.” (Scroll down to October 10 and beyond for MH17 stuff and background on the Russia-Ukraine situation. Apologies for digressing). It seems clearer that Obama and Cameron are not clueless about making people in the East hate their countries. They are prepared to do the ugliest things, causing resentment and hatred to fester, simply to preserve their global supremacy for as long as inhumanly possible.  One quote about the latest, and cowardly, bombing of Iraq:

…they prescribe more violence delivered from 30,000 feet on places where the blood of previous adventures never dried.

That quote hit home and hit hard. Raining yet more cowardly bombs on a country the U.S. and Britain have persecuted immorally and mercilessly via bombs and devastating sanctions for twenty-four goddamn years makes it abundantly clear that this is about oil. People, and their hatred, be damned. And, still more ironically, this is allegedly to combat the Islamic State – the very product of the past 24 years of petrodollar-driven hypocrisy.

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October 10 – This Reuters article states that Dutch victims will be suing their government for their inadequate, slow investigation into the July 17 tragedy. The revelation that an Australian passenger had an oxygen mask around his neck appears to be the last straw for victims’ families. While it doesn’t prove anything about whodunit, it does highlight the suspicious (even possibly irresponsible) slowness and caution that has characterized this investigation. If you scroll down to my September 10 section on the suspicious and obviously censored Dutch report you will find this, if I may quote myself:

The Dutch are in a very sad, Sisyphean situation if this year-long investigation turns out to be designed deliberately to hide the facts. With respect to the victims, one is reminded of the rape victim whose trauma is compounded by being forced to undergo the ignominy of a lengthy cross-examination in court.

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October 10: This from truth-out.org on how the mainstream media are all on board the propaganda train (what I call the the Blame Russia Chorus).  RW Canadian David Frum gets a (negative) shout-out.

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October 10: This from New Eastern Outlook on October 9 about how the failure of the West to support its rhetoric with hard evidence reminds the informed reader of what the US joint chiefs of staff are capable of cooking up in the witches’ kitchens of realpolitik. Again via Marilyn Justice (@mkj1951) with thanks. Seems an earlier article in the same vein may have been sabotaged. I posted about this article on September 19 (scroll down) but the link I added then doesn’t work any more so I deleted the link. Hmmmm.

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September 30 – Press TV on why the US, who apparently had a satellite over the area in which MH17 was downed, has not released satellite photos.

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September 27 – This article by Voltairenet.org  is very detailed and well-written with quality photos that I have only seen within the past two days. The very best explanation of these photos and other evidence, the article states,  is that the takedown was very quickly performed by a jet fighter that first used 20-30 mm bullets the instant it appeared in front of MH17 to instantly depressurize and kill the pilots before they could open their mouths. Then the fighter finished off MH17 in a second approach from the rear using one or more air-to-air missiles. The fighter jet was Ukrainian, this article states, because both the Ukraine and Russia have agreed that the Russians did not violate Ukrainian air space. (Two fighters used by the Ukraine have the capability do do this: a MiG 29 and an SU-25.) This theory sure beats what the west has thus far come up with in (apparent) thoroughness and logic. Therefore it deserves to be answered by the western powers and the Ukraine publishing unaltered evidence to contradict it.

Anybody holding their breath for that to happen?

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September 19 – One more subtle sign of suspicion from reading between the lines of the Dutch report: “The evidence that MH17 was shot down by a missile as the West insisted is missing because it never existed in the first place.” The opinion of an article in New Eastern Outlook by Tony Cartalucci. Note: the link I posted no longer comes up. But a further article in NEO dated October 9 follows the same theme and refers to sabotage on its site from a Ukrainian source.

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September 17 -The Russian engineers’ report stated that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter first fired 20-30 mm cannon bullets at the cockpit, instantly killing the pilots by depressurizing the cockpit (explaining the lack of communication), then let it fly on autopilot briefly before downing the plane with a surface to air missile. At the end it shows footage of the OSCE investigators, including Ukrainian Canadian Michael Bociurkiw among them taking photos and/or video with his iPad. It was Bociurkiw in his CBC interview with Susan Ormiston that described seeing what “almost looks like machine gun fire – very, very strong machine gun fire” in two or three pieces of fuselage. See my August 5 post MH17 – A Curious Lack Of Curiosity.

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September 17 – This very long article originally published in July is full of stuff about a complicated, botched US/Kiev false flag operation that downed Mh17. It claims Russia presented much verified satellite and other evidence publicly in July that has been ignored. The US has not presented publicly any properly verified evidence to date., resorting to tacky, easily faked, social media posts as “evidence.” The farce continues. Sorry, I just saw this on Sep. 26.

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September 17 – After a quiet week on the propaganda front, this is interesting: A client of a German fraud-investigation company, WIFKA, offers $30 million reward for any whistle-blower who can identify what agency killed MH17 and provide evidence.

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September 15 – Retired Lufthansa pilot Peter Haisenko shares my disdain for, and suspicion about, the super-carefully worded preliminary Dutch report in this sarcastic piece. See also my reference to Mr. Haisenko’s earlier piece here opposite the date, August 5 and my post, MH17 – A Curious Lack of Curiosity.

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September 10 – The preliminary Dutch report, on page 24, carefully reports – under photos of the cockpit fuselage – the following:

Noting that the investigation team has not yet had the opportunity to recover these components for forensic examination, photographs from the wreckage indicated that the material around the holes was deformed in a manner consistent with being punctured by high-energy objects. The characteristics of the material deformation around the puncture holes appear to indicate that the objects originated from outside the fuselage.

The report does not attribute these holes to a missile or to a fighter plane’s machine guns, yet mainstream media have again jumped to assert that this timidly worded piece designed (by whom?…) to find “cause”, not blame, “confirms” that a surface to air missile of the Russian BUK type was used. All of this may, just perhaps, make the Dutch process simply part of a farce designed to keep us hating in the dark long enough for NATO sanctions to mangle the Russian Bear and, collaterally, some hapless European farmers and workers. In 2003 phony WMD reports “justified” the US invasion of Iraq. Lies are commonly used to advance a nation’s interests. Blaming Russia for MH17 may be just one more critical lie. It still seems to me that the facts somehow do not line up with the NATO hawks’ wishful thinking. The Dutch are in a very sad, Sisyphean situation if this year-long investigation turns out to be designed deliberately to hide the facts. One is reminded of the rape victim whose trauma is compounded by being forced to undergo the ignominy of a lengthy cross-examination in court. Again ignored by Western media is Michael Bociurkiw’s statement in a CBC video (after observing the site while it was still smoking) that he observed what looked like bullet holes in the fuselage and had seen no evidence of a missile attack (see my paragraph dated August 5th below). The Dutch investigators’ use of the general word, projectiles and avoidance of the word, missile may be a subtle sign that they are aware of and respect Bociurkiw’s candid (and first-hand) observations. Our media are, sadly and predictably, following the US-EU script. “Same old shameful same old” from the Guardian, Time, The Telegraph, the WSJ, etc.

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September 4 – First Dutch report due on Tuesday and no press conference following

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September 2 – I went away for eight days and look what didn’t happen… Oh, there’s this: A preliminary Dutch report will be published “within a week.” With lots of questions still unanswered. Hmmmm…

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September 1 –  The Telegraph, at least, is talking to Russia and printing the interview. No new news. The usual party line, plus Russia asking, once more, for evidence held by the Ukraine to be revealed. I wish us all good luck on that one.

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August 31 –  Highlighting the extremely sudden change in Western media coverage I alluded to in my August 5 post. Michel Chossudovsky writes on globalresearch.ca.

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August 21 – A thoughtful Guardian article that points out how foolishly dangerous the anti-Putin rhetoric is. Backing a bear into a corner, indeed.

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August 19 – Russia’s English language media source, rt.com, reports that, at a UN Security Council meeting called by Russia, their UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin was concerned about why information possessed by the Ukraine government was being withheld and UN’s air watchdog, the ICAO, seems to have been excluded from the investigation. A quote from Churkin:

“How are the Ukrainians playing their part in the international investigation? What comes to mind: they must provide the records of communications of their air traffic controllers so that we could understand why they directed the Malaysian plane into the conflict zone.”

Here’s the link to thus far, the only media report of this UN meeting that I can find when I google MH17 news. And, later, in second place… the Daily Mail reports it. Good for you, Daily Mail. Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

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August 14 – American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine? by Ron Unz, an intelligent Republican. Mr. Unz boasts an IQ over 200.  That makes him very unusual – unique, perhaps in U.S. politics…

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August 14 – Karel Van Wolferen Article: The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith. The perspective of a respected Dutch analyst on the disgraceful state of the Western media. One quote:

The Dutch population was rudely shaken out of a general complacency with respect to world events that could affect it, through the death of 193 fellow nationals (along with a 105 people of other nationalities) in the downed plane, and its media were hasty in following the American-initiated finger-pointing at Moscow. Explanations that did not in some way involve culpability of the Russian president seemed to be out of bounds.

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August 5 – My Post, MH17 – A Curious Lack of Curiosity quotes links to articles by Eric Zuesse and to retired Lufthansa pilot, Peter Haisenko. Very importantly, Zuesse refers to a July 29 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interview in which Michael Bociurkiw, a Ukrainian-Canadian monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who arrived at the scene while the MH17 plane’s wreckage was still smoking and stayed to help organize, described evidence of seeming machine gun fire and none of a ground-to-air missile attack. In view of the possibility that shelling of the wreckage by Ukranian forces might have destroyed the evidence of 30 mm bullet holes in the MH17’s cockpit – this interview becomes particularly important.

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August 3 – The Robert Parry Article referred to by Eric Zuesse in his post on August 4.  Parry, an important, distinguished voice, suspects in this excellent article that – if the Ukraine is responsible for the tragic shooting down of MH17 – the truth will be suppressed. The article talks about many aspects of this complex power game. In my opinion this suppression would take place for the sake of avoiding mostly two things: 1: massive embarrassment for Obama’s premature (and SO categorical) statements that pro-Russian rebels did it 2: a setback for the US/EU goal of demonizing and destroying Vladimir Putin. In this high stakes and dangerous power struggle both sides, not just one, are demonic, ruthless and duplicitous. There are no white hats in this cowboy movie. None. Have you noticed (as I have) that the Western Media have had to resort to quoting pro-Kiev people to keep the Blame Russia Chorus going?

Obama and his administration have been kinda quiet lately on the accusatory front. Robert Parry thinks that Western intelligence is telling them stuff they would rather not hear.

Robert Parry is an award-winning journalist who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories that embarrassed President Reagan’s skullduggery in the 1980’s. His opinion is worth considering. To ignore it, and Russia’s evidence, is hugely, and stupidly, partisan.

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July 27 – an article by Roger Annis on Rabble.ca that picked up quickly on the extreme load of unsubstantiated BS spread by what I have since called the Blame Russia Chorus.

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July 27 – Flight MH17 – What You’re Not Being Told, published by StormCloudsGathering is a brilliantly ironic and informative YouTube presentation that points out how criminal activity (snipers in Maidan, the “new” Odessa Massacre, bombing of civilians in the Eastern Ukraine…) by Kiev is not reported or glossed over in Western media and that the US wants to destroy Russia’s resurgence on the world stage because BRICS (a group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has announced an international development bank to rival the IMF and the World Bank? And that Russia is one of a group that wants to base their bi-lateral trade on a different currency from the US dollar, a development that the US is really scared of. A crazy reason for a war? According to an article by FTM Daily entitled The Petrodollar Wars – The Iraq Petrodollar Connection, the Bush Republicans had a plan (before Bush came to power and before 9/11 happened) to invade Iraq and sell off their oil industry to interests that would maintain the US dollar as the currency in which oil is traded EVERYWHERE. Oil trade is so important that the USD’s use as the petrodollar has enabled the US to keep on printing money after 2008’s meltdown and not have it become worthless. The last remaining superpower maintains its huge war machine network largely to ensure that the US dollar remains the only currency in which oil is traded. Saddam Hussein announced plans to sell Iraq’s oil in euros on September 24, 2000… again, before 9/11. The article quotes William R. Clark’s book, Petrodollar Warfare on this.

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July 25 – MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed “False Flag” A long and varied piece by 21stcenturywire.com showing, among many other detailed evidence, a u-turn made by MH17 prior to being shot down.

July 23 – The BBC Russian Service broadcast this video by BBC’s Olga Ivshina then took it down on July 25. The date this version was put up is four days later. Ivshina interviews three local women who agree they saw a fighter near MH17 flying under it. Ivshina then interviews a man who said that Ukrainian jets frequently fly above domestic aircraft using them as shields, then emerging to bomb villagers. He showed Ivshina rubble where 11 people had been killed by such a bomb.

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July 21 – Whistleblower: An article by Paul Joseph Watson in infowars.com quoted Robert Parry saying that a source told him that US satellite photos appear to show troops in Ukrainian military uniforms were operating a BUK that shot at MH17 on July 17. The story originally appeared on consortiumnews.com on July 20.

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July 21 – Article by humanrightsinvestigations.org. I added this October 7 from a reminder tweet from Marilyn Justice (@mkj1951): Film shown of a “BUK on a TRUCK” allegedly used by Ukrainian separatists to shoot down MH17. The rig shows #301, same as one known to be possessed by the Ukrainian forces. Video supplied from March 5 shows BUK #301 lined up with other Ukrainian BUKs.

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July 19 – Alexander Borodai, DPR leader, holds a press conference appealing for experts to come quickly to deal mercifully with the quickly decomposing bodies and to gather evidence. Borodai reports that they have been ordered not to touch anything so, please come and deal with it quickly. He offers to do his best to “Guarantee” security and housing to anyone, including relatives of crash victims and investigators.

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July 18 – OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) personnel arrive while the wreck is “still smoking.” They are simply monitors of the political/military situation on the Russia/Ukraine border, and not authorized or qualified to deal with bodies or analyze the wreckage. Among the group is Michael Bociurkiw, a Ukrainian-Canadian who is interviewed about 10-12 days later by Susan Ormiston of the CBC, aired July 29. In a response to her question about what evidence he observed about what might have caused the crash, Bociurkiw reports:

There have been two or three pieces of fuselage that have been really pock marked. It almost looks like machine gun fire – very very strong machine gun fire that has left these unique marks that we haven’t seen anywhere else. We’ve also been asked for example, have we seen any examples of missile – well, no we haven’t. That’s the answer. And even if it was there we don’t have those trained eyes to pick that up…

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July 17 – At 13:20 GMT(UT) Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashes in the Donetsk area of the Ukraine, a region occupied on this date by pro-Russian rebels opposed to the Ukraine joining the EU.

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Some background on this very scary conflict:

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June 30 – Fascism As It Is: A film by Andrey Karaulov – An exposé on the war crimes and atrocities in Mariupol and in “Euromaidan Square.” Lots of witnesses interviewed.

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May 6 – June 14 – Battle of Mariupol, described here on Wikipedia,  between 60 fighters from the Donetsk Peoples’ Militia and the combined forces of the Ukrainian National Guard, paramilitary “specialists” from the Dnipro Battalion and the Azov Battalion. Some Mariupol police were killed in this messy battle and the Police Station was destroyed (by the pro-Kiev forces, locals overwhelmingly say or DPR militia, Kiev says). A total of at least 36 were killed, 10 pro-Kiev troops and 26 DPR fighters. The pro-Kiev forces retook Mariupol. Locals say many of the dead were ordinary citizens and there is video evidence of war crimes (killing of unarmed ordinary citizens) presented here.

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May 2 – Two articles on the horrifying May 2 Odessa massacre in which it is claimed that right-wing thugs destroyed a peaceful demonstration in front of the Trade Union Building in Odessa (burning the tents in which protesters were sheltering?) and drove them into the building. The building was set on fire and thugs threw people out of the fiery windows. This view is contested. From The Economist (holy cow!) and, more predictably, but equally trustworthy, Eric Zuesse, who writes that Ukrainian/Israeli Donetsk governor, Ihor Kolomoysky’s “specialists” are responsible. A fascinating quote from the Economist article:

“Ukraine is a country where conspiracy theories are taken seriously.”

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April 16 – Mariupol: A peaceful protest is attacked by pro-Kiev thugs, killing or disappearing 104 citizens. For a video on this and other fascist-styled incidents, scroll up to June 30 for the film, Fascisim As It Is, by Andrey Karaulov.

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March 16: Crimeans voted over 90% to leave the Ukraine and accede to Russia.

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March 7 – Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University in a probing  interview with Michael Enright on the CBC’s The Sunday Edition following his March 1 article in the New York Times: Crimea the Tinderbox. The interview kicks in for 25 fascinating minutes at 4min 23 sec in the program’s 2 hour CBC podcast. Professor King understands the enormous complexities of Crimea and its history intimately. He would not have approved of the way things eventually have deteriorated, hoping that the crisis might have been resolved while respecting the Ukraine’s territory, but he recognized the importance of Russia’s use of their hugely important naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea and that Russia’s lease of that port from the Ukraine might be in jeopardy with the ousting of the duly-elected President Viktor Yanukovych in a coup. I realized after listening to that podcast that there was no way the Russians would risk losing this vital port once the Ukraine was brought into NATO. Three quotes from King I would like to record here; the first is from the NYT article:

Some things are not wrong because Russians happen to believe them

and the next two are from the interview:

If you would squeeze together Guantanamo Bay, San Diego and Kosovo you would get some sense of what Crimea is.

and

Whenever you have an international crisis … you don’t have countries going to war; you have analogies going to war… Hilary Clinton just the other day compared Putin to Hitler… others on the right in the United States picked it up. John McCain agreed… How you think about what this conflict – what this crisis – is analogous to is very important in how you think, (and on) how you structure the appropriate policy response. So, for example, if Putin is like Hitler and Crimea is like the Sudetenland, you better watch out because this is the first step in an attempt to recreate a former empire reconstituted based on ethnic lines… On the other hand, if this is Cyprus in 1974 when Turkey intervened on Cyprus after an attempt by the pro-Greek government in Cyprus to unite the island with the Greek mainland and after attacks on local ethnic Turks there – you have a different set of analogies and a different set of policy responses. The international community has managed to live with a divided Cyprus since 1974 without thinking that Turkey in the 1970’s was trying to re-constitute the Ottoman Empire.

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Euromaidan Protests Timeline:

February 22-23, 2014 – Yanukovich cannot be found. Oleksandr Turchynov stated that in fact most of the ministers had disappeared as well as Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and President Viktor Yanukovych, “The only one legitimate body left is the Verkhovna Rada – so we are here to vote today. The major tasks for today are: to vote for the new speaker, prime minister and interior minister.”

Also “Yulia Tymoshenko, former Ukrainian PM, ended her hunger strike and spoke that night at the Euromaidan protests. To highlight the hatred and over-the-top language of some of the players in this drama I will quote Ms. Tymoshenko’s words in March 2014 from Wikipedia here:

” In a recording (purportedly a leaked phone conversation with Nestor Shufrych, former deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine) Tymoshenko appeared to say, in reference to the reunification of Crimea with Russia:

“This is really beyond all boundaries. It’s about time we grab our guns and go kill those damn Russians together with their leader; and nuke 8 million Russians who are now exiles in Ukraine.” “

February 21- Viktor Yanukovich declares February 22 and 23 to be days of mourning for the dead.

February 18 – Over 100 died in on this day in the Euromaidan protests: Both protesters and police were killed. It is claimed that the same bullets (some likely from foreign “specialists” paid by the pro-Kiev people in a false flag operation) were found in these bodies/wounded. The BBC has confirmed that the USA-supported, pro-Kiev (anti Yanukovich) protesters used snipers, killing three government police dealing with the riot in “Euromaidan Square.”

February 6 -Victoria Nuland’s famous “Fuck the E.U!” comment made to US Ambassador to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt was uploaded onto YouTube. Nuland was telling him who the US wanted to take over from Viktor Yanukovich. Her guy, Yats, was “selected.”

February 3 – EU Foreign Affairs’ Catherine Ashton announces a US-EU deal is being arranged to solve the Ukraine’s problems.

January 21-22 – Three protesters died. Police may have been responsible for one or more of these deaths.

January 1 – Torchlight Parade of 15000 Svoboda Party types through Kiev. They were celebrating 105th birthday of Stepan Bandera, a WW II-era Ukrainian who supported the Nazis. The sheer, race-based and culture-based hatred preached by a significant right-wing fraction of Ukrainian society explains how divided the Ukraine is between the east and the Kiev west. It explains some of the atrocities occurring in Donetsk and Lugansk since these two territories decided to govern themselves after the ousting of Viktor Yanukovich.

2013

December 17 – Presidents Putin and Yanukovich announced a Ukraine-Russia Action Plan. A day later PM Azarov stated that the Ukraine-Europe agreement would have imposed strict IMF conditions creating a situation in which “bankruptcy and social collapse would have awaited Ukraine.”

December 8 – The right-wing Svoboda Party toppled and destroyed Lenin’s statue in Kiev. Third consecutive Sunday of Kiev protests.

December 5 – Jailed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko began a hunger strike.

December 3 – Protests continued and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’ s government survived a non-confidence motion.

November 22 – Peaceful pro-Europe protests begun in Lvov and in Kiev‘s Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

November 21, 2013 – Victor Yanukovich postponed the signing of the proposed agreement with the European Union. The deal would have threatened the Ukraine’s ties with Russia and, many now think, would have placed the Ukraine in a position that would have brought IMF-imposed hardship on its standard of living.

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