Peace Efforts For Ukraine Ongoing Worldwide.

Posted May 6, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“In time of war men, civilized in peace, turn from their higher nature to their lower nature. But triumph is not beautiful. One who thinks triumph is beautiful is one with a will to kill. The death of a multitude is cause for mourning. Conduct your triumph as a funeral.”

– LAO-TZU (c. 565 B.C) Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism

Suits 1After the tragic fire in Odessa, Ukraine on May 2 that resulted in the deaths of, according to varying reports – forty-six to more than one hundred – men and women around the world have come to the conclusion that action must be taken to speak out for peace in that country. In nations around the Earth hundreds of thousands are joining together in solidarity with all the Ukrainian people in efforts and advocating for dialogue and reason to prevent any further violence.

Many university professors have been appearing on news programs with their views on what needs to occur for a peaceful resolution of the situation, and there seems to be more intensity in their messages after what is being called the “Odessa Massacre.” And rightly so. Frankly, because men and women in both governments and media companies are well aware of what occurred in Odessa, yet fail to convey in public addresses or reporting the full story, those who either “spin” events or lie by omission have forfeited any claim of being honorable human beings.

Some may think this is an overreaction and disrespectful of politicians in high offices or well-respected journalists. Those who hold that view are welcome to their opinions. However, those politicians who do not speak the truth about what happened to, depending on what source death figures come from, between 46 to over 100 fellow human beings, have lost any honor they may have earned. Any person with access to YouTube can see what happened at that Union Labor Hall. A lawless situation which, just as the Maidan Massacre, needs a multinational law enforcement team to investigate thoroughly and professionally.

The United States has sent a law enforcement team to Nigeria in the past days to help bring home some two hundred kidnapped girls, the same applies to Ukraine in the cases of Maidan sniper mass murder along with Odessa. Reports on the Odessa tragedy have surfaced which suggest the victims were killed with chemical weapons or may have been shot before the fires were set. The failure of the new administration in Kiev to properly investigate the Maidan Massacre is one of the causes of anti-Kiev sentiments in parts of Ukraine, and turning away and ignoring this major concern – mass murderers walking the streets – absolutely must be professionally and righteously investigated.

Any person worthy of honor and respect would see that a tragedy of immense proportion has occurred – a signal that in Ukraine things have gone very, very wrong – and condemn those responsible for such truly barbaric behavior in the strongest terms humanly possible. In the most logical analysis yet of the tragic Odessa deaths, one person spoke eloquently and asked what the reactions of United States/Western politicians – namely the Obama Administration – or American/Western news commentators would have been if the victims and murderers were turned around.

What would the response be from western news companies, and politicians from the Ukraine, European Union, the United States, if so-called Eastern Ukraine “terrorists” were to have chased hundreds of Ukraine-unity men and women into the same hall, blocked any escape routes, either killed them with chemical weapons or gunfire, then burn the building – killing 46-100 in the process?

What would be the response?

Professors are wise. It is time to listen to them. Alexander Buzgalin suggests that leaders – diplomats and presidents – from Russia, Ukraine, European Union, and United States need to sit down in a room and come up with an exact plan that they can then announce to their respective citizens. He suggests the plan takes into consideration all the pertinent, important factors which concern all the people of Ukraine including a proper investigation of both the Maidan and Odessa Massacres, disarming the lawless group responsible for violence, a new constitution, a federalized political system that decentralizes power throughout the nation, and other major citizen concerns identified through a nationwide dialogue.

And take the suggestion of Professor Nikolai Petro, and admit that the current differences in Ukraine between people of various parts is an indigenous set of problems, which needs to become settled by the people of Ukraine, not outside powers. Professor Petro also strongly suggests that the propensity to blame Russia for the problems in Ukraine is erroneous and, to repeat, the time has arrived to recognize and publicly announce the truth: Ukraine’s current problems are indigenous.

For the love of God – in respect for those sacred men and women who have perished in Ukraine – all people, and all leaders, absolutely must start thinking, speaking, and acting with the highest honor, truth, mutual respect, and most importantly love – for peace.

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(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)

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Kiev, Ukraine Woman Prosecutor On Maidan.

Posted April 24, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe. The starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”

– Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) German philosopher

mountain33Natalia Poklonskaya was a prosecuting attorney living in Kiev – in Ukraine’s version of America’s Department of Justice –  during the final months of Maidan events leading up to a snipers’ massacre of over 100 police and protesters.  Because of what she saw and experienced, Ms. Poklonskaya resigned from the Ukraine government and is now apparently Crimea’s chief law enforcement attorney/prosecutor.

The 34-year old divorced mother of one daughter was born in Crimea and now is its chief prosecutor, whose version of events about what occurred in Kiev and the violent takeover of power in the national government represents a highly contrasting view from virtually all American media reports. As Ms. Poklonskaya mentions in this interview, “people have a right to their own opinion”, so such will be the case for those who hear what she has to say.

The reason her interview on Crimean television is shared here is to remain consistent in a philosophy that sees no “sides” in Ukraine’s situation or any other situation where problems associated with violence and war occur. This is a philosophy that asserts, in the majority of events where violence and killing happen, there have been, whether to a small or large extent, fatal errors committed directly related to an absence of spiritual awareness that there is but “one side” – humanity.

In previous posts, this writer has stated the absolute and critical importance of positively identifying those responsible for the over 100 murders in Kiev on and around February 20, 2014. In legal terms, there is now enough information available for people to know that there is “reasonable doubt” on the new Ukraine law enforcement division’s claim that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and his security force were responsible. The facts and theories which have surfaced since February 20 are so compelling that no person on Earth can deny the paramount need to find the mass murderers.

In simplest terms, any effort from any person to deflect attention away from what has come to be know as the “Maidan Massacre”, or any effort to cause others to ignore the highest importance of apprehending the killers, equals participation in the greatest potential failure and negative consequences for people in Ukraine and the region. In layman’s terms, law and order as it pertains to successful investigation leading to the arrest of the persons behind the massacre cannot be “swept under the rug.” The “Maidan Massacre” is now far, far too enormous to avoid or ignore – the highest moral, ethical, and just actions must be carried out to completion.

Ms. Poklonskaya:

“…an unconstitutional coup d’état and armed seizure of power. It’s not a ‘peaceful protest’ which everybody is talking about so proudly to this day. I don’t understand what kind of ‘peaceful protest is that.”

Interviewer:

“When events become warlike?…”

“Yes, because these are the decisive events, which will ultimately be forever remembered as the finale of all this Maidan 2014. It’s the rise of Nazism, the same Nazism our forefathers have liberated us from. They spilled their blood onto the soil so that we could live under a peaceful sky. But now, at government level, under the government in Kiev, it’s all being praised. Nazism is being equated with heroism and bravery. My dear compatriots, my dear Crimeans, those soldiers who died for our freedom are being ruthlessly vandalized (statues) and demolished offhand. How can we spectate this all indifferently? I couldn’t understand it.”

“What has the general prosecutor’s office been doing to try and prevent something?”

“…but all the actions of the new illegitimate authorities, who seized power by bloodshed of our internal troops as well as civilian casualties – testify – that the new government is not eager to punish those vandals. On the contray, they indulge such actions and other displays of Nazism. Look who’s running for president in the upcoming elections. A man who’s wanted by the international manhunt – a man who’s calling for arming and murdering. Yes, I’m talking about Dmytro Yarosh, who raised this army and was shouting loud at Maidan, not fearing anybody.”

“I’ve made my choice not to work for those law enforcements anymore, because I don’t support the new government which they must obey now… Everything that happened and all those people who seized power, and now are giving orders governning the country from Kiev – I don’t support any of that. That’s why I don’t want neither to stay in Kiev, nor to work for general prosecutor’s office anymore… My conscience simply won’t let me support that Nazism.”

“I am and all of you are being contemplated by your forefathers who died for you – soldiers who perished fighting in World War II and those from internal troops who perished trying to maintain order on Maidan, trying to stop those demented radicals. There’s absolutely no way I can support that.”

“What would the legal evaluation be to all this? You were witnessing Berkut riot police carrying out their duties and you saw what the radical mob is doing to them. Why are (were) authorities letting their employees get killed and burned alive?”

“That was something extraordinary and couldn’t be explained in sane words. It’s something I still can’t comprehend – how they put those teenage soldiers up as cannon fodder. Something I also want to point out… In Kiev, only the “Heavenly Hundred” are considered heroes, but those soldiers that got killed are not considered heroes at all. …When I went to hospital and had a conversation with one of them – he’s a young kid in service for four months, three of them on Maidan. His arm is broken, he is still being treated.”

He gave me that frightened look and said:

“Nobody has ever beaten me up so badly before.”

“And he’s only 19 years old.”

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(Thank you to batnik-subs at YouTube)

Kiev Dr. Olga Bogomolets: We Are Tired To Live With Corruption And Without Truth.

Posted March 28, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The press, important as is its office, is but the servant of human intellect and its ministry is for good or evil, according to the character of those who direct it. The press is a mill that grinds all that is put into its hopper. Fill the hopper with poisoned grain and it will grind it to meal, but there is death in the bread.”

– William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

ripple11On March 5, 2014 an intercepted phone call between European Union high official Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet about Ukraine was released to the  public, then quickly went viral on the internet, and has since been listened to by millions of men and women around the world. After more than three weeks no American news organization has investigated and reported on the air to Americans the issues discussed in that phone call.

The ultimate and overwhelmingly newsworthy message of that call was spoken of by Mr. Paet. He conveyed his conversations with the medical staff who were treating sniper victims on February 20, 2014, and in that phone call he referred to Dr. Olga Bogomolets, a physician who was treating Ukrainian protesters who were ruthlessly shot down. Mr. Paet suggested the possibility that snipers were killing both Ukrainian police officers and protesters, and that it may be the case that ousted President Victor Yanukovych was not behind the murders, but that entities of the new coalition may have given “shoot to kill” orders.

Mr. Paet conveyed to the European Union’s Ms. Ashton that the new coalition government was reluctant to investigate the sniper killings, then Ms. Ashton expressed her perception that there had been some signals that an investigation was forthcoming.

What is perplexing is the complete absence of any investigative work by the media news corporations in America, because what has been suggested by Mr. Paet is that what happened was an intentional destabilization of Ukraine’s government and a violent coup d’état. One would think that such a huge story would become investigated to the point where either the violent coup d’état theory was found true or false. This would be the logical action of any news organization with self-proclaimed qualities of journalistic idealism – going after the truth.

Those who have noticed the many hours – virtually wall-to-wall – of on-air reports from CNN in recent weeks on the Malaysian airliner that went missing have to wonder if it was not possible for CNN to squeeze a ten-minute report about the nearly 100 Ukrainian police officers and protesters who were shot dead. And in that 10-minute report CNN or BBC could have talked to Catherine Ashton, Urmas Paet, and Dr. Olga Bogomolets, so that their worldwide viewers would have a fuller understanding of events in Ukraine.

The following video was uploaded on YouTube March 27, 2014 and contains a press event at the “Ukraine Crisis Media Center” – the language in the video is Ukrainian until Dr. Olga Bogomolets responds to questions in English shortly after 39 minutes. Ukrainians will be interested in the entire event, but English-speaking viewers would be advised to begin listening at 39:00.

In Dr. Olga Bogomolets words (some paraphrases):

“On February 20 the first snipers shootings began at 9-10 am, the last person was killed at 4 pm, the most died from 11 am – 1 pm. Wounds were very heavy, so it was very difficult for doctors to save victims. Snipers were shooting directly to the heart, to the neck, to the brain and eyes. (I told the) mass media to talk to people, to explain in Ukraine now, people are dying, not because someone is giving command to shoot, not only because (of) that, but because millions are keeping silent at the same moment.”

“So, I was calling to our politicians of all political parties, news makers, anyone who can give the world the message, that a criminal… absolutely inhuman, criminal situation in the Ukrainian nation is happening in the 21st century. I was also telling everybody that I can prove that snipers were working and killing people because of the shots and the wounds. I didn’t have possibility to see the patients on the other side (police officers), those who were wounded.”

“After the help was done to the Maidan people, policemen asked me to go help the officers and soldiers, so I went there and was also helping them, but I have no information about. So, I had a meeting on that day with dozens of politicians (February 20), dozens of mass media. The message was the same for everybody – that snipers are killing people on Maidan – protesters because I was in the hotel treating them.”

“So, was it a misunderstanding or just trying to make provocation? I don’t know. I just think that we have to look for truth, and we have to ask for independent organization, expert group who’ll check the information and who will give the Ukrainian people the true answer – with no lying.”

“Because we are tired to live with corruption and without truth. So, this was the message.”

At this point Dr. Bogomolets gets asked if she had direct experience to find the bullet wounds of police officer and protester victims were the same.

“Okay, look, I’m not a criminal expert – I’m a doctor – so it wouldn’t be professional for me to give any comments. Because we have criminal experts, you can talk to them and you can get this information.”

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(Dr. Bogomolets / English language begins shortly after 39 minutes)

Where Have All The Honest Oligarchs Gone?

Posted March 24, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Yet the fact remains that war is a school of strenuous life and heroism; and, being in the line of aboriginal instinct, is the only school that as yet is universally available… What we now need to discover in the social realm is the moral equivalent to war; something heroic that will speak to men as universally as war does, and yet will be as compatible with their spiritual selves as war has proved itself to be incompatible.”

– William James (1842-1910)

P1000889-1Looking at events in Ukraine one finds that they end up in a place where the question “why hasn’t humanity gotten beyond these depressing situations?” comes up. Let me first emphasize that my perspective is one that holds there are no nations, every human being is essentially the same as every other, and wars are the greatest mistakes and failures humanity can commit and experience. Besides the Golden Rule – “do unto others what you would have done unto you” – a related spiritual belief is “the most basic principle of all is that of not harming others”.

One nation, the United States, has taken sanctions against another, Russia, for its annexation of the Crimean peninsula. I do not take sides on Crimea, because there is only one side – humanity. Now, there is perhaps some value in looking back at a certain action taken by the George W. Bush administration, where lies were used to create justification for a war on Iraq, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, American soldiers, and others died. That war began in 2003, and even after it was widely known that the war was waged based on false pretenses, there were no calls for sanctions to isolate the United States.

There are people in jail now who got caught stealing $100 or because they got caught with a bag of marijuana. Oligarch oil and gas billionaires, those for whom the Bush administration started a disastrous, human nightmare-of-nightmares military war of aggression to control Iraq’s oil reserves, never mentioned the word “sanction”. Not once did any of the oil and gas billionaires mention the word “impeachment” or “war criminal”. Russian writer Leo Tolstoy of “War and Peace” fame said, “We must say what everybody knows but does not venture to say. We must say that by whatever name men may call murder – murder always remains murder… They will cease to see the service of their country, the heroism of war, military glory, and patriotism, and will see what exists: the naked, criminal business of murder!”

People in America, people in Ukraine, people in Russia, and people in every nation on Earth share the simple wish to have decent jobs, a roof over their heads, food on the table, good educations for their children, and clean water to drink. If any person on Earth sees videos of people from every nation and then gets asked to share their thoughts, they would say that all people look the same. Put a group of 50 five-year old children from Ukraine, Russia, and America side-by-side and nobody knows which is Ukrainian, Russian, or American.

Explain to those 50 five-year olds what has occurred in Ukraine and ask them what people should do. Among the responses would probably be “they should be nice to each other” or “war is really bad”. With all the “spinning” and propaganda surrounding Ukraine, perhaps nightly news talk shows should interview five-year olds – their advice seems more suited to beneficial results than advice coming from the “grownups”.

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.”

– Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Lawrence Wilkerson, a former Colonel in the United States Army and Chief of Staff for Colin Powell during the George W. Bush administration, was recently on “Conversations With Great Minds” with Thom Hartmann. During the interview he spoke about the Bush White House Iraq War decision being the greatest mistake by the United States ever, including the Vietnam War which Wilkerson participated in. He says that George W. Bush most certainly should have been impeached.

Mr. Wilkerson spoke about what he learned in his study of wars since 1900, and shared that “you would not believe the number of covert operations the CIA has headed up in the past 60-70 years. It boggles the mind, the number of crimes that have been committed in the name of the American people, and with their (taxpayers) money.”

He describes Ukraine as a “basket case” run by corrupt oligarch billionaires, in direct contrast to average Ukrainians who have no desire or interest in amassing personal fortunes. Mr. Wilkerson then states that he just described America so he had to be careful how far he went with the metaphor. Thom Hartmann mentioned to Mr. Wilkerson that America’s oligarch billionaires are throwing hundreds of millions of dollars around. He asks Lawrence Wilkerson what can be done about it.

Mr. Wilkerson shares that he has recently had discussions with people of consequence about the same issue. He tells Mr. Hartmann that one of those persons of consequence said something to the effect of “until the people rise up”. During the closing moments of that interview Mr. Wilkerson described how his view is one where there needs to occur not a revolution – but an evolution.

After speaking to Lawrence Wilkerson, Thom Hartmann then interviewed Joseph Cirincione, about his involvement with the nuclear non-proliferation group Ploughshares Fund. They talked about how, during the 1980’s and the Ronald Reagan presidency, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev came very close to an agreement to eliminate all American and Russian nuclear weapons. Mr. Cirincione pointed out that before the fall of the old USSR, the American anti-nuclear movement was very strong, and that one million people gathered in New York’s Central Park for demonstrations.

Once the USSR collapsed, the anti-nuclear movement in America diminished to a large extent, and hasn’t regained its former membership. Cirincione shares that Barack Obama has put together the most ambitious nuclear non-proliferation plan of any president in history. There are challenges to that plan, namely contracts for building a new generation of nuclear weapons, submarines, ships, etc.

The potential price tag for this new generation of nuclear weapons would be around a trillion dollars over several years. Thom Hartmann notes that is an amount which equals the nation’s total student loan debt, and if redirected could give generations of college students a free education. The two men agree that hardliners and neoconservatives are standing in the way of nuclear risk-reduction actions, then Ciricione talks about Obama’s constraint of getting out of the hole the George W. Bush administration had dug for America by going to Iraq and its trillions of dollars price tag, as well as squandering United States credibility and legitimacy.

Mr. Cirincione touches on the upcoming Nuclear Security Conference in the Hague, Netherlands, where a summit takes place with the leaders of 50 nations attending. He believes the greatest nuclear risks in the world are in Pakistan, the nation which is continuing to build nuclear weapons including smaller ones which increase the chances of transport without detection. Pakistan needs help with its economy, efforts to prevent any confrontation with India, and the United States must leave Afghanistan – a major factor in Pakistan’s political problems.

Scott Rickard is a person described as a former U.S. intelligence linguist. During a separate interview than the one here on RT, he describes the perception that Russia has “invaded” Crimea as propaganda. In that interview he mentions the Oliver Stone documentary “South of the Border” (previously posted on this blog). He touches on the documentary’s portrayal of South American nations’ overcoming of Western financial dominance, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez’ shutting down organized crime shipping of heroin through Caracas, and compares the current situation in Venezuela to a potential repeat of Libya or Iraq. Mr. Rickard goes on to say he thinks Israel has involved itself in Central and South American affairs through arms shipments and banking actions.

On Ukraine’s pipelines, Rickard notes that money paid by Russia to cross Ukraine will be lost, because it will go to repay IMF loans. He believes Russia has shown great restraint. Ukrainians will experience the effects of austerity measures established to repay IMF loans; pensions have already been cut in half for some. Crimea may have been a major focus of the groups behind the coup in Ukraine because of its high strategic importance; he notes that Ukraine has all the infrastructure in place and Crimea is seen by the West as the place where heavy business would be transacted.

Libya and Gaddafi became a challenge to the IMF and World Bank because Gaddafi was able to loan his many billions of dollars to African nations at 0% interest.

Rickard also touches on the software developed for Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Google, Yahoo, etc. that allows blocking of users’ actions that could result in Arab Spring movements like the first Egyptian mass demonstrations that led to the removal of Mubarek. Western nations, notably the U.S., do not want to see a repeat of Egypt, where a friendly leader became thrown from office. Rickard believes the same software is used to allow messages that create/lead to mass movements that western nations are in favor of.

Rickard share with the interviewers his discovery of Facebook’s ability to block certain search terms, thereby disallowing users from finding articles on certain issues. He wrote articles on the USS Liberty, told those he knew to do the same, then afterward typed “USS Liberty” in the search box. No results came up, giving what Rickard calls “proof” that the blocking of certain issues, and users’ ability to research or find information/writings on those issues, is now happening.

The preceding paragraphs are notes from listening to interviews of Lawrence Wilkerson, Joseph Cirincione, and Scott Rickard. Before today I had never heard of Mr. Rickard – the following video is a recent RT interview.

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