British government censors petition against militarism in Ukraine


This video from the USA, about the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012, is called War Veterans Throw Medals at NATO Summit.

A video from Wales which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

27 May 2014

It is less than 100 days to go until the world’s attention is on Wales. It will host the 2014 Nato Summit where more than 60 world leaders will attend. It is said to be one of the biggest events the country will be hosting, but not everyone’s pleased. Cardiff News Plus spoke to Adam Johannes, the Secretary of Stop the War Coalition in Cardiff, about Wales’ economic opportunities with this summit and why they are protesting against it.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 29 May 2014

STOP NATO EXERCISES IN UKRAINE!

STOP The War yesterday condemned the government for blocking a petition submitted to its e-petitions website which called for an end to NATO exercises in the Ukraine.

A group of politicians, celebrities and campaigners submitted the petition on 7th May to highlight the participation of UK and US troops on Ukrainian territory in July as part of NATO’s Rapid Trident manoeuvres.

The petition stated: ‘No to Nato military exercises in Ukraine. We note with great concern that UK and US troops will participate alongside Ukrainian troops in joint military exercises on Ukrainian territory in July as part of NATO’s Rapid Trident manoeuvres.

‘Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Its participation in military exercises by a nuclear-armed alliance with a first-strike policy can only further destabilise the situation in the Ukraine, making it more difficult to achieve a political resolution to the crisis.

‘The existence since 1997 of the Rapid Trident exercises, their forerunner Peace Shield, and the associated Sea Breeze naval exercises in the Black Sea, make clear that NATO seeks to include Ukraine as part of its eastward expansion which has been taking place since the end of the Cold War.

‘We call on the UK government to urge the US and other NATO governments to cancel this July’s Rapid Trident exercise, and to give a plain and public undertaking that the UK will not participate.

‘We call on the UK government and the Welsh Assembly to make clear that NATO’s expansionist policies are adding to global instability, and urge everyone to join our protests at the 2014 NATO Summit which is due to take place in Newport, Wales, in September.’

Amongst the signatories are actors Mark Rylance and Miriam Margolyes, Caroline Lucas MP, Baroness Jenny Tonge, Jeremy Corbyn MP, and film director Ken Loach.

On 19th May the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons informed the Stop the War Coalition, the organisation behind the petition, that the Ministry of Defence was responsible for moderating petitions that dealt with the issues raised in the letter.

E-petition guidelines recommend that petitions are moderated within 7 days.

Three weeks after it was submitted, the petition remains censored. No explanation has been offered by the Ministry of Defence, despite an intervention from the Leader of the House of Commons office.

An anti-fascist activist kidnapped by Ukraine’s security forces was released from state captivity yesterday: here.

NATO generals elected as Greek nazi MEPs


This video, recorded in Greece, says about itself:

Golden Dawn Leader Says in His Own Words Hitler Was A Great Historical Figure. Denies Holocaust.

Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos says that there were no gas chambers [and] there were not any ovens in Auschwitz death camp.

Four decades ago, Italian NATO admiral Birindelli was a candidate for the neo-fascist party MSI.

Today, Helena Smith reports from Greece for the British daily The Guardian that two out of the three Greek nazi party Golden Dawn party’s newly elected MEPs are retired generals:

Georgios Epitideios, who served as a senior staff member of Nato’s Central Command – and as director of the department of crisis response and current operations of the European Union Military Staff – has promised to bring ‘dynamic and decisive support’ to representing Greece’s national interests in Brussels.

General Eleftherios Synadinos, who once commanded the Greek army’s special forces, is the other ex-top brass bigwig newly elected as a nazi MEP. Among other feats, he participated in the NATO occupation in Kosovo.

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After NATO’s bombs on Libya, bloodshed in Africa


This video from Libya says about itself:

Troops Allied to Renegade General Haftar Behind Attack on Parliament in Libya

18 May 2014

Para-Military Troops allied to Renegade General Khalifa Haftar, former Commander in Gaddafi’s Army [and later CIA agent] are Behind the Attack on Parliament in Libya.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Coups and terror are the fruit of Nato’s war in Libya

The dire consequences of the west’s intervention are being felt today in Tripoli and across Africa, from Mali to Nigeria

Seumas Milne

Thursday 22 May 2014

Iraq may have been a blood-drenched disaster and Afghanistan a grinding military and political failure. But Libya was supposed to have been different. Nato’s war to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 was hailed as the liberal intervention that worked.

The western powers might have had to twist the meaning of the UN resolution about protecting civilians, the city of Sirte might have been reduced to rubble, large-scale ethnic cleansing taken place and thousands of civilians killed. But it was all in a noble cause and achieved without Nato casualties.

This wasn’t Bush and Blair, after all, but Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy. The people were free, the dictator was dead, a mooted massacre had been averted – and all this without any obvious boots on the ground. Even last year the prime minister was still claiming it had all been worthwhile, promising to stand with Libyans “every step of the way”.

But three years after Nato declared victory, Libya is lurching once again towards civil war. Over the past few days, the CIA-linked General Hiftar launched his second coup attempt in three months, supposedly to save the country from “terrorists” and Islamists. On Sunday, his forces stormed the national parliament in Tripoli, after 80 people were killed in fighting in Benghazi two days earlier.

Now Libya’s chief of staff has called on Islamist militias to defend the government in advance of new elections. Since the country is overrun with militias far more powerful than its official forces, riven with multiple divisions and prey to constant external interference, the chances of avoiding full-blown conflict are shrinking fast.

But these are only the latest of the clashes and atrocities that have engulfed Libya since Nato’s “liberation”: including bombings, assassinations, the kidnapping of the prime minister, the seizure of oil terminals by warlords, the expulsion of 40,000 mainly black Libyans from their homes, and the killing of 46 protesters on the streets of Tripoli in one incident — ignored by the states that supposedly went to war to protect civilians.

In reality, the west seized the chance to intervene in Libya to get a grip on the Arab uprisings. Nato air power in support of the Libyan rebellion increased the death toll by a factor of about 10, but played the decisive role in the war— which meant no coherent political or military force was ready to fill the vacuum. Three years on, thousands are held without trial, there are heavy curbs on dissent, and institutions are close to collapse.

But the US and Britain are still training Libyan troops to keep control. Before Gaddafi’s overthrow, Hiftar headed the military wing of the CIA-backed National Salvation Front. In advance of his latest coup attempt, a sympathetic US sent a force of marines to Sicily ready to intervene, and John Kerry has promised to help Libya with “security and extremism”.

Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are openly backing Hiftar, as is the military coup leader in Egypt, General Sisi. Having suppressed, jailed and shot in large numbers Egypt’s own Islamists, Sisi and his Gulf backers are determined to prevent them consolidating power in oil-rich Libya. There are signs that Sisi – who complains that the west failed to garrison Libya after Gaddafi’s overthrow – wants to use Libya’s crisis to send in his own forces.

But it’s not just Libya that’s living with the fallout from Nato’s intervention. Blowback from the Libyan war has spread across Africa, destabilising the Sahel region and beyond. After Gaddafi’s fall, Tuareg people who had fought for him went home to Mali, bringing Libyan arms caches with them. Within months, that had tipped northern Mali into full-scale armed rebellion and takeover by Islamist fighters.

The result was last year’s French military intervention, backed by the US and Britain. But Libya’s impact goes much wider. Among the groups whose armed campaigns have been fuelled by large-scale heavy weapons supplies from Gaddafi’s looted arsenals is Boko Haram.

Support for the fundamentalist Nigerian terror sectwhich kidnapped 200 schoolgirls last month and has been responsible for more than 1,500 deaths since the start of the year – has been fed by deprivation, drought and brutal state repression in the Muslim north.

But, as elsewhere in Africa and the Middle East, each outside intervention only spreads the cycle of the terror war. So the call for action over the outrage of the Boko Haram kidnapping has brought US, British and French forces to oil-wealthy Nigeria, just as the Mali crisis last year led to the establishment of a US military drone base in neighbouring Niger.

US armed forces are now involved in 49 out of 54 African states, along with the former colonial powers of France and Britain, in what’s becoming a new carve-up of the continent: a scramble for resources and influence in the face of China’s growing economic role, underpinned with an escalating military presence that spreads terror as it grows. That will bring its own backlash, as did the war in Libya.

Supporters of Nato’s Libyan war counter that, even if the country is now plagued by chaos and violence, there was no western military intervention in Syria and more than 150,000 have died in its horrific civil war. But of course there is large-scale covert intervention in support of the Syrian rebels by both the Nato powers and the Gulf states.

One of the ugliest aspects of western policy towards Syria is the turning on and off of that backing to keep their favoured armed groups in the game – without giving them any decisive advantage. In fact, US, British and Gulf support is being stepped up right now because of regime advances on the field.

But it defies logic to imagine that the death toll would have somehow been lower in Syria, or the sectarian conflict less brutal, if the US and its allies had launched a full-scale military attack at any stage of the conflict. The experience of Iraq, where the war is now estimated to have killed 500,000, makes that obvious enough.

But such is the expectation of routine war-making among parts of the western elite that they’re already impatient for another outright intervention. “What would America fight for?” asked the Economist plaintively earlier this month, echoing the US Republican charge of weakness in the White House. For the rest of the world, the reality of Libya and its disastrous consequences should be answer enough.

The US military launched a new deployment of 80 troops to Chad this week, in the latest expansion of a military “footprint” that stretches across the African continent: here.

Three years after the NATO-led campaign backed armed Islamist militias to overthrow the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Libya teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. With rival militias fighting for control of Libya’s vast energy resources, the coup bid by retired general Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army killed at least 79 and wounded more than 140 in attacks in the eastern port city of Benghazi and the capital Tripoli: here.

The State Department on Tuesday told U.S. citizens in Libya to leave immediately, warning that the security situation in the country was “unpredictable and unstable”: here.

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Hitler’s SS’ post-World War II secret army


This video says about itself:

Ukraine: Odessa Holocaust memorial vandalised with Nazi symbols

9 April 2014

A memorial dedicated to victims of the Holocaust was vandalised in Odessa overnight on Tuesday. Situated on the square named after Soviet commander Fyodor Tolbukhin, unidentified people painted the memorial with Nazi symbols including the swastika. Police have launched an investigation into the incident, while workers were seen Wednesday cleaning the memorial.

The memorial was unveiled in October 2013 in commemoration of the estimated 25,000 Odessa residents killed by Nazi occupiers in 1941. Approximately 22,000 of those killed were Jews.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

May 11, 2014 19:55

‘Ex-SS men founded a secret army in West Germany’

Former SS men and former soldiers of Hitler’s Wehrmacht already in 1949 started building a secret army in the Federal Republic of Germany. This happened at first without the government knowing about it.

When Chancellor Konrad Adenauer got to know about it in 1951, he did not object.

The secret army, which about two thousand men joined, wanted to be ready to fight the Soviet Union, if ‘the Russians’ would come.

For the weapons necessary for that purpose there were connections to the police and border guards. There were also plans to have war games in Spain, then still a fascist country.

The secret army also registered leftist West Germans. In the case of a civil war in West Germany they wanted to fight “communists”. This is reported by weekly Der Spiegel based on research in the archives of the secret service BND.

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West Germany only ten years after the Second World War, in 1955, got another “official” army. Many former members of the former secret army got jobs there.

One of them, Hans Speidel (general at the time of the Second World War), in 1957 even became supreme commander of the land forces of NATO in Central Europe.

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NATO kills its Afghan allies


This video is called NATO Airstrike Kills 5 Afghan Soldiers.

From Khaama Press news agency in Afghanistan:

NATO air strike kills or injures 13 Afghan soldiers in Logar province

By Ghanizada – Thu Mar 06 2014, 10:16 am

At least 13 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured following an air strike by coalition security forces in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan.

The ministry of defense of Afghanistan confirmed the report and said the incident took place in Charkh district early Thursday morning.

Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the defense ministry of Afghanistan said Thursday that the airstrike left 5 Afghan army soliders dead and 8 others injured.

Gen. Azimi further added that the incident took place around 3:30 am local time in Charkh district.

He said an investigation has been launched in this regard and further details will be disclosed soon.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, ”We can confirm that at least five Afghan National Army personnel were accidentally killed this morning during an operation in eastern Afghanistan.”

The Western media agrees that the Afghan assault was ‘UN sanctioned’ — but is that really the case, asks IAN SINCLAIR: here.

The bitter legacy of Western intervention in Afghanistan: here.

The mess NATO made in Afghanistan. After a war longer than either of the two world wars, the outlook in Afghanistan remains bleak: here.

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