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February 05, 2022

Canada Support Ukraine's Self-determination And Independence ... As Long As It Does As Canada Says

On January 28 I wrote in

Why Washington Will Soon Dump Ukraine's President Zelensky:

[T]he U.S. is still claiming that Russia intends to attack the Ukraine any moment now. But the Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky publicly disagrees with that false evaluation. He sees no war coming and wants to avoid one as much as possible. That might mean that he has to be removed before a war can be launched.
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As Zelensky is not willing to do Washington's bidding he must be pushed out.

Zelensky is in a weak position. His poll numbers are way down. The U.S. has him by the balls over his offshore accounts and money laundering. His attempt to arrest former president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who recently returned to the Ukraine, was stopped by the U.S. embassy. That the U.S. wanted Poroshenko back in the Ukraine in the first place may point to a replacement strategy.

The claim that Zelensky 'was stopped by the U.S. embassy' from arresting Poroshenko was not supported by any of the links I had provided in the piece. I had simply concluded that myself from the previous developments of the events in Kiev.

The conclusion was wrong.

It wasn't the United States which prevented Zelensky from arresting Poroshenko.

It was Canada.

From today's Globe & Mail:

Canada moved to stop arrest of former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, sources say

Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland made personal appeals to persuade the Ukrainian government to not arrest and imprison former president Petro Poroshenko when he returned home in mid-January, two sources in Ottawa and one in Kyiv say.

After the Canadian intervention, the Ukrainian leadership decided to de-escalate a burgeoning internal crisis at a time of heightened tension with Russia, the Ukrainian source told The Globe and Mail.
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Before Mr. Poroshenko planned to return to Kyiv on Jan. 17, the Canadian sources said they learned that President Volodymyr Zelensky was going to order the arrest of the former leader on charges of treason and financing terrorism. Mr. Poroshenko returned to face the charges and appeared in court but a judge ruled that the former president would not be detained as he awaits trial.

The Ukrainian source says Mr. Zelensky, who appoints the prosecutor-general, changed his mind after a direct appeal from the Prime Minister and what turned out to be a far more important call from Ms. Freeland, the Deputy Prime Minister, to the President’s top adviser.
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Ms. Freeland, who speaks fluent Ukrainian and has been a strong external voice for Ukraine’s independence from Moscow, spoke to Mr. Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, in the days before Mr. Poroshenko was to fly to Kyiv. The sources in Ottawa and Kyiv say she warned that the arrest of the former president would send an antidemocratic message to the world and undermine efforts to bolster the country in the face of a threatened Russian invasion.

One of the Canadian sources said Ms. Freeland spoke about the importance of not undermining Ukrainian national unity as the country faces the threat of Russian aggression.

The source in Kyiv credits Ms. Freeland as the key intervention that changed the Ukrainian government’s plan to arrest the former president.

The other Canadian source said the Prime Minister made a similar appeal to Mr. Zelensky, ..
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The blunt message from Ms. Freeland, the source said, and the more diplomatic appeal from the Prime Minister got through to Mr. Zelensky. The source stressed that other Western officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken later delivered similar messages.

Ms. Freeland, whose mother helped draft Ukraine’s constitution, is a highly respected voice in Kyiv. President Vladimir Putin banned her from travelling to Russia after she became one of the leading Canadian voices calling for economic sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

Much of the drama about Mr. Poroshenko unfolded while Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly was in Kyiv on an official visit. The Ukrainian source says Ms. Joly also made the case with her counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba.

Chrystia Freeland is one of those children of European emigrants who still carry their families relations with their former country with them. Canadian governments, as well as U.S. governments, include many people who try to use their new country's powers to favor this or that faction in their heritage country.

Chrystia Freeland's heritage in that regard is - let's say 'interesting':

There have been a number of articles circulating about Freeland’s Ukrainian grandfather Michael Chomiak and his ties to the Nazis.

Some of those articles have appeared on pro-Russian websites. Freeland, who strongly supports Ukraine and is a major critic of Russia’s seizure of the Crimea, suggested to journalists that the articles about her grandfather were part of a Russian disinformation campaign. (The Russian government sees Freeland as virulently anti-Russian and has placed her on their travel ban).
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Well it actually isn’t so outlandish. Michael Chomiak was a Nazi collaborator.

What are the sources for the information that Freeland’s grandfather worked for the Nazis?

For starters, The Ukraine Archival Records held by the Province of Alberta. It has a whole file on Chomiak, including his own details about his days editing the newspaper Krakivski Visti. Chomiak noted he edited the paper first in Crakow (Cracow), Poland and then in Vienna. The reason he edited the paper in Vienna was because he had to flee with his Nazis colleagues as the Russians advanced into Poland. (The Russians tended to execute collaborators as well as SS members).
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So what was the Krakivski Visti? It, like a number of publications, had been seized by the Nazis from their Jewish owners and then operated as propaganda outlets.

Here is what the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum has to say about Krakivski Visti and a similar newspaper, Lvivski Visti, both publications associated with the Nazi regime.

“The editorial boards carried out a policy of soliciting Ukrainian support for the German cause,” the Holocaust Museum noted. “It was typical, within these publications, to not to give any accounts of the German genocidal policy, and largely, the editions resorted to silencing the mass killing of Jews in Galicia. Ukrainian newspapers presented the Jewish Question in light of the official Nazi propaganda, corollary to the Jewish world conspiracy.”

“In 1943 and 1944, both Lvivski Visti and Krakivski Visti hailed the German-approved formation of the 14th Waffen SS Division Halychyna, composed of Ukrainian volunteers,” the museum pointed out.

So much for Russian disinformation.

John Helmer has a bit more to say about Ms. Freeland's grandfather who most likely was actually a German trained double agent.

Ms. Freeland has been very fond of the 2014 coup in Kiev and especially of those Gallican (west-Ukrainian) Nazis who were the storm troopers during that event. (The 14th Waffen SS Division Halychyna is also known as the 1st Galician Division. Freeland's grandfather hails from Lemberg aka Lvov aka Lviv as it is known today) The Ukrainian Nazis who fought the police during the coup are the children and grand children of those who fought for the Nazis against the Soviet Union.

The same people protected, just like Freeland, Petro Poroshenko when he recently returned to the Ukraine:

Mr. Poroshenko’s supporters gathered at Kyiv’s Boryspil airport ahead of his arrival. There was talk that allies of Mr. Poroshenko – who was a key player in Ukraine’s 2014 revolution – would move against Mr. Zelensky if the former president was jailed.

The crowd followed Mr. Poroshenko to the Pechersky Court in central Kyiv, and staged a vigil outside. Supporters told The Globe that they were ready to launch “another revolution” if the court ordered Mr. Poroshenko into custody.

The U.S. and Canada are all for the Ukraine’s right to self-determination and independence.

Unless its dully elected president and its prosecutor general try to arrest a crook that the U.S. and Canada favor for his Nazi connections.

Posted by b on February 5, 2022 at 18:13 UTC | Permalink

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The US (and apparently Canada) are running Ukraine's President like an operative.

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Remember When
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A flashback to when Russiagate was in full 24/7 hysteria mode:

Revealed: The Secret KGB Manual for Recruiting Spies
The document is from the Cold War. But the material it teaches is still being used today by Vladimir Putin’s clandestine cadres.

https://archive.fo/WWice#selection-483.0-487.128


U.S. intelligence operatives understand this only too well. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN earlier this month Putin is “a great case officer,” suggesting he “knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the president”—that is, the president of the United States.

Posted by: librul | Feb 5 2022 18:30 utc | 1

Hard to believe that Canada can order anyone around but okay.

Posted by: Mike Adamson | Feb 5 2022 18:32 utc | 2

Great article!
However: I learned a lot about Ms. Freeland's grand father, but not too much about herself.
Shall I assume, that she inherited some attitudes?

Posted by: Linus | Feb 5 2022 18:41 utc | 3

How are the negotiations advancing?

Ukraine has asked Russia's gas behemoth Gazprom to extend the current gas transit deal that expires in 2024 for another 15 years and offered to cut transit fees in half.

Ukrainian gas storage facilities can become a ’gas safe' for Europe, says Denys Shmyhal | Ukraine Gov't Portal - Nov. 22, 2021 |

Ukraine expresses readiness to offer additional capacity for gas transit to Europe in the amount of at least 55 million cubic meters per day. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in a Saturday Interview program on Radio Svoboda.

Posted by: Oui | Feb 5 2022 18:42 utc | 4

The real question is how does Freeland have so much control over Trudeau. Could it have something to do with oil-patch donations to the Liberal Party?

Posted by: dh | Feb 5 2022 18:43 utc | 5

The whole openly Nazi element of the Ukrainian conflict is so insane, as is the connections to various officials and the glaring lack of even the slightest mention on MSM and even semi-MSM left media like a Democracy Now. The beginning of Oliver Stone’s doc on the Maidan coup should be seen by everyone. Ironically the Canadian mainstream press likes to smear the anti-passport protestors who are half conservatives, half old hippies and young people as being related somehow to Nazi’s every chance they get.

Posted by: James C | Feb 5 2022 18:47 utc | 6

thanks b... this is very interesting, thanks today's globe and mail article that you sourced.. that sounds about right.. i think there are however bigger players involved here... i have always thought of crystia freeland as george soros beachhead in canada.. john helmer has done a lot of coverage on her over the past 5 or more years.. the canuck media has not laid a hand on her either, in spite of the details you outline in your post... i can only suspect someone much higher up the food chain are directing what does or doesn't get said in the msm on this sensitive topic...

and the reality is the political class are attracted to the much bigger voting block of those of ukrainian heritage then those with russian heritage here in canada, for whatever reason... it is really unfortunate, but this plays into canuck politics...

this is a post from the moa open thread by dh-mtl that i want to repost as i think it connects to this and is really well said..

"The Canadian government supported violent protests and a coup in Ukraine. They called it 'Freedom and Democracy'.

They supported violent protests and a coup in Venezuela. They called it 'Freedom and Democracy'.

They supported protests by farmers in India. They called it 'Freedom and Democracy'.

But now when their own citizens are peacefully protesting for freedom and democracy, they call it terrorism.

Posted by: dh-mtl | Jan 31 2022 9:32 utc | 146"

it is fairly embarrassing to be a canuck right now when i see what this country i have lived in for my whole life is doing on the world stage...

Posted by: james | Feb 5 2022 18:51 utc | 7

@ dh | Feb 5 2022 18:43 utc | 6... see my comment above... some kind of deeper connections going on here is what i think.. soros or someone much higher up the food chain is pulling the strings and levers of power..

Posted by: james | Feb 5 2022 18:52 utc | 8

For Canada which is the dog and which is the tail?
Perhaps Canada is a dog that wags it's head as it walks backwards.

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Remember when Canada voted to glorify Nazism.
https://thecjn.ca/news/canada/canada-votes-against-un-motion-on-glorifying-nazism/

Lately, though, it decided not to heel and instead it just curled up on the floor and abstained from voting at all.
https://countercurrents.org/2021/12/u-s-and-ukraine-only-two-countries-vote-against-un-resolution-condemning-nazism/

Posted by: librul | Feb 5 2022 18:53 utc | 9

James C @ 8 said in part;"MSM left media like a Democracy Now."

Democracy Now is a long way from being "left". Better than regular MSM news, but, still part of "up the empire" cadre.

When Jimmy Dore gets a show on MSM, you can call it "Left".......

Posted by: vetinLA | Feb 5 2022 19:04 utc | 10

@10 So we have a Hungarian, a Ukrainian and a French Canadian (Cuban?). Where are the Anglos in all this?

Posted by: dh | Feb 5 2022 19:04 utc | 11

Posted by: dh | Feb 5 2022 18:43 utc | 6

Pehaps, her relationship with the WEF and Oxford has something to do with it. If you like Ehret

https://canadianpatriot.org/2021/02/11/chrystia-freeland-rhodes-scholar-trustee-of-the-wef-deputy-pm-of-canada-and-the-failure-of-the-super-elite/

"Freeland’s leading role as trustee of the World Economic Forum makes clear: Her role as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (which is nominally a position devoted to protecting the interests of Canadians) creates more than a small conflict of interest. "
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"Trudeau’s usefulness has withered away and now the decision appears to be seriously humored whether Freeland will take the reins of Canada after Trudeau is eliminated in order to impose a dystopic Great Reset of world government, depopulation and the dream of Cecil Rhodes. While the universe may be organized by a principle of reason, no one can say the same applies to the mind of an oligarchic."

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 19:09 utc | 12

(Just dropping in for one post.)
Whenever Freeland and the Ukrainians in Canada come up as a topic, I always post two comments. Firstly, the Ukrainian-Canadians generally form the base for the Conservative party. Secondly, Freeland was elected in a downtown Toronto riding, home to intelligentsia (University-Rosedale). One fact I have overlooked previously is that the riding that elected her is staunchly Liberal. So these are sophisticated liberal party supporters who elected her.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Feb 5 2022 19:10 utc | 13

@james, at least you don't have to live in the US. Canada HAS turned into a kind of candidate poodle if the UK ever relinquishes that job, though.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 19:29 utc | 14

dh@6...mark carney. he has slated her as justin's minder & then onward & upwards, like hitlery she is to be canada's next queen.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Feb 5 2022 19:29 utc | 15

The dispersion of large blocs of eastern European fascists into North America in the wane of WW2 has distorted and continues to distort domestic and foreign policies of Canada and US since. These moves were the responsibility of the OSS officers in Europe, such as Allen Dulles, who later set up the CIA. It is generally now understood that Bill Clinton's interest in his re-election in 1996 was considered partially dependent on these blocs in swing northern states, and that his NATO enlargement policies were motivated in part by this facet of the domestic political scene. Freeland, in turn, is highly partisan - in an entirely other country - and simply should not be contributing to Canadian policies in that region. But the "original sin" was made in 1944.

Posted by: jayc | Feb 5 2022 19:29 utc | 16

i'm longing for the day Jimmy Dore gets an MSM platform but it will never happen.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 19:30 utc | 17

More fun in Banderistan

The Misanthropic Division

Anti Maydan

Totally depressing. I fully agree that Chrystia is behind this all. As well as Chalupa in the USA. Zelenski better watch his back. I think he has a date with novichok soon. An excellent way to obfuscate the already muddied waters of this whole mess.

Posted by: lex talionis | Feb 5 2022 19:30 utc | 18

love the way the US and its poodles are spinning the fact that Russia hasn't invaded as some kind of triumph of US policy. see Caitlin Johnstone.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 19:31 utc | 19

Linus | 4
It's not her fault who her grandfather was. Until she chose to eulogize him on Victims of Nazism Day.

Posted by: Keith McClary | Feb 5 2022 19:34 utc | 20

"Canada Support Ukraine"

Sounds like the "American lapdogs of the world unite."

Posted by: d dan | Feb 5 2022 19:36 utc | 21

@ dh | Feb 5 2022 19:04 utc | 13... where is the anglo factor? all tied up in money as obsession... they will go where they think the money is..

@ pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 19:29 utc | 16.. we already have that role, as lesser poodle to the uk, lol... full on poodle status either way...

Posted by: james | Feb 5 2022 19:39 utc | 23

@23 lofl priceless. the clowns need to get their act together again, one clown fell out of the clown car prematurely.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 19:39 utc | 24

librul (11).

The US and Ukraine also voted against the resolution, the US can't have its Ukrainian beserker outfit the Azov battalion outlawed by voting against Nazism. They need them to cause murder and mayhem, and goad Russia into attacking, no doubt Freeland is onboard with this given her background.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2021/ga12396.doc.htm

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Feb 5 2022 19:44 utc | 25

Bloomberg News accidentally publishes its pre-written "Russia invades Ukraine" story

Posted by: Keith McClary | Feb 5 2022 19:38 utc | 23

Accidents sometimes happen. It is normal practice for papers to prepare such things in advance so that they can be the first to break the news.

There is a famous case of a US presidential candidate being declared the winner when he had in fact lost.

Posted by: jiri | Feb 5 2022 19:46 utc | 26

@ d dan | Feb 5 2022 19:36 utc | 22 who wrote just what I was thinking

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"Canada Support Ukraine"

Sounds like the "American lapdogs of the world unite."
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My only friendly suggested upgrade, as usual, is to change American lapdogs to Empire lapdogs....America is a lapdog, in case folks keep forgetting about the international core of empire.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 5 2022 19:53 utc | 27

According to her Wikipedia entry, Chrystia Freeland is not only Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, she is the Minister of Finance as well. Among her duties as Finance Minister, she has responsibility for the Bank of Canada and the body that makes investment decisions for the nation's pension fund.

Methinks Freeland has rather too many key decision-making powers. What could stop her from deciding that some of the monies that Canadian workers are required to set aside for their future pensions end up instead being channelled secretly into funding a Ukrainian invasion into the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics?

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 19:53 utc | 28

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 19:53 utc | 29

"Methinks Freeland has rather too many key decision-making powers."

You should read the Ehret article then. I will post again here. She is also on the board of trustees of the WEF.

https://canadianpatriot.org/2021/02/11/chrystia-freeland-rhodes-scholar-trustee-of-the-wef-deputy-pm-of-canada-and-the-failure-of-the-super-elite/

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 19:56 utc | 29

bit dodgy to focus on her father, surely her own actions speak more loudly

and the strong advice came via canada, not from it

weak article.

Posted by: Rae | Feb 5 2022 19:57 utc | 30

@ rae.. if you are going to be a real doofus, get some of your wrongness straight... her grandfather - not her father..

Posted by: james | Feb 5 2022 20:01 utc | 31

Unfortunately Freeland is being groomed to be the next PM of Canada. If the Conservatives had a brain they would nominate Rona Ambrose as their next leader. Rona would mop the floor with Freeland and is really their only option out of second place. But Rona isn't racist and bigoted enough for the modern Trump wanna be Conservative party.

Posted by: BraveNewWorld | Feb 5 2022 20:01 utc | 32

I generally prefer to read the comments, which are usually quite enlightening, but currently I cannot help but perceive what may be a conditioned reflex concerning people called 'nazi'.
The number of people who are called 'nazi/fascist' by their opponents and the number of people who can reasonably* be described as such does not necessarily coincide. Between mid 1941 and roughly the first half of 1945, the pool of potential allies for Ukrainian nationalists and anti-communists was somewhat limited. Would Ms. Nuland's actions be any better if her grand-parent's had been less vile? Honest question.

*for whatever you think is reasonable

Posted by: Fluesterwitz | Feb 5 2022 20:05 utc | 33

@rae, her own actions in supporting her nazi supporting grandfather speak loudly enough for anybody to hear.not to mention supporting the warmongering against Russia.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 20:06 utc | 34

Keith McClary @ 21:

My understanding is that some time back in the 1990s, Chrystia Freeland (working as a journalist then) wrote a family history about her mother and maternal grandfather. She must have done some research on Mihaylo Chomiak's background and how he came to Canada from Germany with his wife and small children in the 1940s. I believe John Helmer has written an article or two on Freeland's family history research at his Dances With Bears blog.

I believe Freeland has claimed in the past that Chomiak and his family fled the Soviet Army advance into Poland and were refugees in Bavaria where they received help to go to Canada. If Freeland had done her research thoroughly, she must have discovered Chomiak's family was evacuated by the Nazis who put up the family in comfortable accommodation in Bavaria. The Chomiaks were then given safe passage to Canada.

I am typing on smartphone at present so I am not able to provide links to Helmer's blog or other sources without risking the loss of my entire comment.

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 20:08 utc | 35

@jiri | Feb 5 2022 19:46 utc | 27

There is a famous case of a US presidential candidate being declared the winner when he had in fact lost.
Yes, he is still in the White House.

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:08 utc | 36

oh nazi supporters and murderers object to being called nazi supporters and murderers. ok. i think it is reasonable to call the azov battalion nazi supporters.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 20:10 utc | 37

@Jen | Feb 5 2022 19:53 utc | 29

According to her Wikipedia entry, Chrystia Freeland is not only Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, she is the Minister of Finance as well. Among her duties as Finance Minister, she has responsibility for the Bank of Canada and the body that makes investment decisions for the nation's pension fund.
Does this mean that Freeland will become PM after Trudeau is forced to resign (it seems not unlikely)?

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:13 utc | 38

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 20:08 utc | 36
Jen,b has a link to it in the article

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 20:15 utc | 39

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:13 utc | 39

It seems to be the intent. You can read the Ehret article linked to above at 30

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 20:17 utc | 40

Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:13 utc | 39

No, the Deputy PM would perhaps only fulfill this role temporarily, but the Liberal Party membership (not just sitting MPs like in the UK) would have to elect a new party leader, who would then become the prime minister.

Posted by: Victor | Feb 5 2022 20:23 utc | 41

Blue Dotterel @ 30:

Thanks for the link. So Freeland is even more the eminence grise behind Justin Bieber Turdeau.

Turdeau is in hiding at present while the truck convoy is surrounding Ottawa and at least one other truck convoy is descending upon Toronto. I wonder who is running Canada at present and who will call out the RCMP or other forces to confront the truck drivers and their supporters.

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 20:24 utc | 42

It is generally now understood that Bill Clinton's interest in his re-election in 1996 was considered partially dependent on these blocs in swing northern states, and that his NATO enlargement policies were motivated in part by this facet of the domestic political scene.

Posted by: jayc | Feb 5 2022 19:29 utc | 18

Hello jayc. Is what you say really true?

I'm operating from memory here, but wasn't Clinton's opponent a decrepit Bob Dole? And didn't he run a completely content free campaign? This is the norm today, but back then it was unusual.

Bridge to the 21st Century or some such like.

I got the distinct impression at the time that Clinton was being gifted his second term.

Just looked it up. Clinton won the Electoral College by 379 to 159.

Not that it is important. Just an itch I wanted to scratch.

Posted by: John Cleary | Feb 5 2022 20:26 utc | 43

i dunno about Dole's campaign being unusual. american presidential campaigns are often vapid battles of talking points.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 20:29 utc | 44

Mister Putin will see you now

A month ago I wrote my analysis on how the US-Russia negotiations on security guarantees will unfold. As illustration I used a cover of The Economist showing Putin as a gangster boss.

WHY RUSSIA WILL MAKE NO CONCESSIONS

West: "Will you attack Ukraine?"

Putin: "No."

West: "Will you attack Ukraine if we agree to all your terms?"

Putin: "No."

West: "So what is the difference? Why should we dismember NATO?"

Putin: "Are you afraid that we will attack Ukraine?"

West: "Yes, very much so."

Putin: "Would we have a reason to attack Ukraine, if you dismember NATO?"

West: "???... no."

Putin: "You see."

The New York Times has now come to the same conclusion.

Europe Thinks Putin Is Planning Something Even Worse Than War - Ivan Krastev, Feb. 3, 2022

The answer is surprising, even paradoxical. Europeans and Ukrainians are skeptical of a major Russian invasion in Ukraine not because they have a more benign view of Mr. Putin than their American counterparts. On the contrary, it’s because they see him as more malicious. War, they reason, is not the Kremlin’s game. Instead, it’s an extensive suite of tactics designed to destabilize the West. For Europe, the threat of war could turn out to be more destructive than war itself.

In Washington and Brussels, the message has gotten through. There’s a general agreement on both sides of the Atlantic that the Kremlin, whatever it might do next, won’t stay still. Russia will not simply step back. But while Americans tend to believe that Mr. Putin needs a hot war in Ukraine to realize his grand ambitions, Europeans and presumably Ukrainians believe that a hybrid strategy — involving military presence on the border, weaponization of energy flows and cyberattacks — will serve him better.

Note, that Russia has never threatened war or even hinted that it would attack anything unprovoked. The threat is purely an artefact of and a result of NATO's expansion and its attack on Ukrainian neutrality.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Feb 5 2022 20:33 utc | 45

@ Linus | 4
“It's not her fault who her grandfather was. Until she chose to eulogize him on Victims of Nazism Day.”

Freeland has publicly expressed her pride in her Nazi grandpa on more than one occasion.

Why Is This Canadian Foreign Minister ‘Proud’ of Her Family’s Nazi Past?
https://observer.com/2017/03/chrystia-freeland-foreign-minister-canada-nazi-grandfather/amp/

Posted by: nwwoods | Feb 5 2022 20:35 utc | 46

pretzelattack@35
It is not a question of Freeland supporting her grandfather- a flagrant Nazi operative at the very epicentre of the 'Holocaust'. You may forgive that if you please- the University/Rosedale electors seem to have done so.
The real problem with Freeland is that she promotes fascism in Ukraine and elsewhere, on her own account in 2021.
It is not that she didn't learn the lessons exemplified by her grandfather's conduct but that she did- her fascism is neatly packaged with zionism and empty talk about freedom and equality. It calls what happened in the Maidan Freedom and Democracy.
And, worst of all, she pours money, troops and weaponry into the fascist militias, including the Azov Brigade, terrorising the Russian speaking population of the Donbass. These militias are not only trained by Canadians but stiffened with officers and NCOs seconded from the Canadian Armed Forces.
As James pointed out Freeland is a Soros protege- his designated official biographer, in fact. She is also a fine example of the fruits of Identity Politics, promoted rapidly because she is not just a fascist but a female.
The fact that, as mentioned above, she was elected by a downtown Toronto Riding (constituency) that includes the University of Toronto on the Liberal platform tells you as much as the average PhD thesis about Canadian politics

Posted by: bevin | Feb 5 2022 20:36 utc | 47

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 20:24 utc | 43

"So Freeland is even more the eminence grise behind Justin Bieber Turdeau"

As far as I can see, she seems to be the effective PM now, unofficial of course, sort of like Cheney was the effective president during Dubya's day. Freeland, at any rate, seems to have the brains. Trudeau is a pretty face having a positive political brand name in Canada. At least, until he ruined it.

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 20:37 utc | 48

Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:13 utc | 39

Does this mean that Freeland will become PM after Trudeau is forced to resign (it seems not unlikely)?

That's not how it works, but it would be ironic if she was tasked with putting down the Canadian Maidan (I'm waiting for any MSM to call it that).

Posted by: Keith McClary | Feb 5 2022 20:39 utc | 49

@ Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:13 utc | 39... i have been saying at moa for the last 3 years, chrystia freeland is being groomed to be pm for canada... it comes up every once in a while when b writes articles like this... i don't believe any of this has changed either...

Posted by: james | Feb 5 2022 20:41 utc | 50

Posted by: Keith McClary | Feb 5 2022 20:39 utc | 50
" the Canadian Maidan (I'm waiting for any MSM to call it that)"

Don't hold your breath!

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 20:41 utc | 51

@ keith mc - great idea to call it that in fact.. so, i very much doubt they will.... it would backfire on them horrendously... see my quote @ 9 from dh- mtl.

Posted by: james | Feb 5 2022 20:43 utc | 52

@Keith McClary | Feb 5 2022 20:39 utc | 50

Comparing what is happening in Ottawa with the bloody US instigated coup in Kiev is a bit much.

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:46 utc | 53

Great article. And John has truly done amazing work exposing Freeland and what he calls the "Blin-Needle-Gang" (Blinken and Nuland).. Or what i call the Galacia-Deep State in US and Canada.

Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPr. | Feb 5 2022 20:48 utc | 54

Blue Dotterel @ 40:

The issue I was referring to in replying to Keith McClary @ 21 is whether Freeland knows what her grandfather actually did during World War II.

I read the Helmer article that B linked to but it did not mention Freeland's own research into her family history (mostly her mother's side). I did some Googling after my reply to Keith McClary and found an essay by Freeland published online by Brookings in which she claims the Chomiaks were refugees fleeing Soviet advances into Poland. Her own research, if she had done it thoroughly, might have suggested otherwise. The question arises whether Freeland knows the truth and is denying it - because if she had admitted the truth in the first place, politics as a career option would have been impossible.

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 20:49 utc | 55

found this little gem on ZH comments.

Trudeau is such a sickening puppet. Unfortunately he is young.

O Canada

Posted by: lex talionis | Feb 5 2022 20:49 utc | 56

The currency of politics is loyalty. The East European diaspora to Canada and US knows that. I won’t accuse them of being smart about politics or anything else, they do know how to be loyal and how to use being loyal.

Have mentioned before on this page growing up with Banderistas, Ustashe, Arrow Cross. They never hid their past. Fuhrertag is still widely celebrated. The Horst Wessel Song is still sung. I have simply never heard of anyone being handicapped in civil society in any way for a history of Nazi collaboration or for exaggerated loyalty to the parents or grandparents politics. On the contrary, persons of very limited talents do very well in life by living in the past. Those with some ability have all doors opened for them.

Of course here in Chicago the old Nazis all became Democrats. Jewish and Black Democratic politicians and party faithful never have any problem welcoming and accepting Nazis. They are after all, loyal, and always turn out to vote straight Democrat. Just as Ukrainians from Alberta loom large in Canadian politics, East Europeans from Chicago loom large in US politics. It just never made sense to me that Ukrainian Banderas and Ukrainian Jews should be best buds in politics, but they are.

Posted by: oldhippie | Feb 5 2022 20:52 utc | 57

Jen | 36
Yes, Chrystia helped her uncle John-Paul Himka write the academic paper Krakivski Visti and the Jews, 1943: A Contribution to the History of Ukrainian-Jewish Relations During the Second World War in 1996, which revealed the collaboration.

I knew Chrystia's parents in University (before they got together) and I was once in her grandfather's house at an event in connection with Chrystia's mother's NDP(!!!) activities. We did not know his background in those days.

Posted by: Keith McClary | Feb 5 2022 20:54 utc | 58

@james | Feb 5 2022 20:41 utc | 51

Thanks, that is a dark thought. One might be tempted to think Freeland made Trudeau push "vaccine" mandates on people, knowing it would cause uproar which would result in her promotion. But I don't see such a scenario ending well...

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:57 utc | 59

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 20:49 utc | 56

Given her eager relationship with the Ukie neoNazis, she probably had a good idea. But only she knows for sure

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 20:57 utc | 60

@ BraveNewWorld 33

A problem with the Conservatives (among many) is cannot provide a vision for all Canadians and instead only look to promote their own worldview. You can see this in all of the Red Tories that were taken out of the United Conservative Party in Alberta. Federally, they just scored an own goal at the trucker convoy whose main goal was to remove Trudeau and instead they removed O'Toole. Just the like Republican/Democratic divide in the USA, the Conservative/Liberal divide in Canada continues to widen with neither party supporting working class Canadians and instead they simply go about their own forms of identity politics/class war.

@ Norwegian 39

Does this mean that Freeland will become PM after Trudeau is forced to resign (it seems not unlikely)?

I sure hope not but that seems to be where things are headed. Maybe the Russian Aerospace Forces will take 'military-technical measures' against her house if the Joint Task Forces get uppity in their war canoes in the Ukraine. As mentioned above, I cannot believe that this Nazism is allowed to be openly promoted. It just sickens me and I have no idea how else to tell friends and colleagues that we, Canadians, through our foreign policy, are supporting outright Hitler-hailing, swastika flag-waving Nazis.

Posted by: HCNorth | Feb 5 2022 20:58 utc | 61

I only wish Freeland was as concerned with Canada as much as she is with a country half way around the world. All she does is stick us with the bills….

Posted by: Reid McBain | Feb 5 2022 20:59 utc | 62

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 20:57 utc | 60

Freeland and Trudeau were likely following the WEF script, as were Australia and NZ

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 21:00 utc | 63

Posted by: Jen | Feb 5 2022 19:53 utc | 29

It would be interesting to know more about the Ukrainian diaspora in the Anglosphere. There is a SMH article this morning about Ukrainian-Australians who clearly are desperate to disassociate from the Russian element and call themselves 'Europeans'. The old ethnic fairy-tales that plagued the Hapsburgs is alive and well. In fact ethnic myths are stronger and more extreme in the diaspora (for obvious reasons) and coagulate around enclave religious sites. Their anxieties and influence must annoy the old country as all diasporas do. Reading it you'd think the Russians were the Golden Horde.

That said, Victoria Nuland also has a Ukrainian background but her grandparents were Jews who came to NY to escape pogroms (if I'm recollecting correctly) before ww1. I guess that was then and this is now. Nothing personal, just land-grabs long forgotten. 'Nuland' and 'Freeland': their names alone invite comment...

Posted by: Patroklos | Feb 5 2022 21:04 utc | 64

Canada is the only non latin country member of the Lima group. Chrystia Freeland was key to the promotion of Guaido as a replacement to MMaduro. Her ambition is to become another Margaret Thatcher

Posted by: Virgile | Feb 5 2022 21:12 utc | 65

A Galician Limerick

Between east and west is Ukraine
A quite complicated piece of terrain
the ethnic mix of the place
makes it a state basket case
Giving the Germans and French a migraine

Posted by: Patroklos | Feb 5 2022 21:20 utc | 66

Disturbing.

I feel sorry for normal Ukrainians

Posted by: lex talionis | Feb 5 2022 21:22 utc | 67

If I recall correctly Stalin collaborated with the Nazi---helped to get the killing started 8/23/1939
Just watched that old cold war classic "Ice Station Zebra"--best part is when "Jones" explains how the film was developed by the British captured Nazi scientist, the camera was developed by the US captured Nazi scientist and the rocket was developed by the Russian Nazi scientist. If we want to tar folks because of collaborating with Nazi--no war without 8/23/1939

Posted by: wobblie | Feb 5 2022 21:30 utc | 68

@Blue Dotterel | Feb 5 2022 21:00 utc | 64

Yes, it clearly seems to be the case. I used to have a positive impression of Canada's foreign policy years ago, but things changed.

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 5 2022 21:30 utc | 69

Victoria Nuland's father's name was Shepsel Nudelman until he changed it to Sherwin Nuland.

Posted by: Lysias | Feb 5 2022 21:36 utc | 70

44 - John Cleary

The National Security Archive has been publishing declassified documents from the 1990s outlining the communications and politics guiding the expansion of NATO. Clinton’s domestic political concerns are expressed in several documents found in the Briefing Book titled “NATO Expansion: What Yeltsin Heard”.
https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2018-03-16/nato-expansion-what-yeltsin-heard

Also, a recently published on the site are transcripts from interviews with former US Ambassadors to Russia. Jack Matlock is pertinent, discussing reaction from colleagues to his opposition to NATO expansion in mid-90s:

“They said, "Look, Clinton wants to get reelected. He needs Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois ; they all have a very strong East European..." Many of these had become Reagan Democrats on East-West issues. They're insisting that the Ukraine [NATO] expand to include Poland and eventually Ukraine. So, Clinton needs those to get reelected. But the fact is that, I think, the concluding issue there was domestic politics, and really not an understanding of, you might say, how best to handle the international relations.”
https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2022-01-25/us-ambassadors-russia-interviewed

Posted by: jayc | Feb 5 2022 21:37 utc | 71

On a side note...b you need to update John Helmer's link on your Blogroll and Links page... should be http://johnhelmer.org...thanks

Posted by: notlurking | Feb 5 2022 21:37 utc | 72

@ 69 wobblie - If I recall correctly, you are wrong. I presume you are talking about the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. I am no fan of Stalin, but the Soviets saw the threat that Nazi Germany posed. They were buying time. I wont say anything about the Poles.

And I have read somewhere - I tried to find it - that Howard Hughes watched Ice Station Zero every day when he was losing his mind in his Las Vegas penthouse. I haven't seen the film, but I am quite interested now.

You might want to choose a different name. You do the Wobblies a disservice.

Anyways, this conversation is about Canada and Ukraine.

Posted by: lex talionis | Feb 5 2022 21:45 utc | 73

What a lousy reason electoral politics was for expanding NATO when Bill Clinton's reelection in 1996 was not in any doubt. Didn't the powers that be engineer Bob Dole's nomination by the Republicans that year precisely to assure Clinton's reelection?

Posted by: Lysias | Feb 5 2022 21:49 utc | 74

What a lousy reason electoral politics was for expanding NATO when Bill Clinton's reelection in 1996 was not in any doubt. Didn't the powers that be engineer Bob Dole's nomination by the Republicans that year precisely to assure Clinton's reelection?

Posted by: Lysias | Feb 5 2022 21:49 utc | 75

Petri Krohn @46

A fundamental assumption I have is that Russia has a right to protect its sphere of influence or what it considers its core geographic interests on the European continent.

I also assume that Russia has lost faith in the U.S. and no longer believes it can achieve a protection of its spheres of influence in Europe through diplomacy.

As a consequence Russia, on its own initiative, is preparing for a potential invasion of Ukraine in order to achieve, through potential military means its diplomatic goals concerning European security.

You argue that any Russian "...threat is purely an artifact and result of NATO's expansion and its attack on Ukraine's neutrality."

And you also note that "Russia has never threatened war or even hinted that it would attack anything unprovoked."

Doesn't the apparent fact that Russia has an estimated 83 BTGs near Ukraine with another 14 in transit (meaning it appears to now have at least one-half of its total ground combat power mobilized) give you at least pause as to your assumption that Russia would never, on its own initiative, choose a military solution?

What is the foundation for you being so confident in your own assumptions about potential Russian behavior?

Posted by: Gulag | Feb 5 2022 22:01 utc | 76

I wouldn't necessarily call Chomiaks' Nazis. Collaborators yes. Definitely ultra-nationalists, trying to cleave away their "Ukraine" from the Soviet federation. So far so good.

However, Chomiak's Ukraine did not include Crimea and present day Crimeans manifested the same aversion of being with the Ukrainian state as the Chomiak and his ilk expressed about being part of the Soviet state (ideology also likely added a layer of displeasure beside sheer nationalist feelings). Shouldn't Chrysta consider that what is good for the goose should be good for the gander? This is an example of double standards and irrespective of her high credentials, she deserves the banning by the Russians.

Posted by: Kouros | Feb 5 2022 22:02 utc | 77

@Keith McClary | Feb 5 2022 19:34 utc
@nwwoods | Feb 5 2022 20:35 utc | 47
Thank you for the background info. I think Ms. Freeland's words and actions speak for themselves.

Posted by: Linus | Feb 5 2022 22:11 utc | 78

Expats always live in the past. A fictional past. Children and grandchildren of expats who have grown up in a tribe where revanchism is the most important thing in the world are wholly delusional. That is who we put in charge of foreign affairs. Because no one else in America knows which side of the map goes up.

Posted by: oldhippie | Feb 5 2022 22:21 utc | 79

Thank you, b, for your comprehensive coverage on the Ukraine conflict and its subsequent ramifications since the 2014 Maidan color revolution. All those utterings by the pawns of NATO/EU, such as Canada, are nothing but noise and babbles to please their lord, and to some extent their dumb voting public. These pawns can't even win a war against a third world nation, let alone in a confrontation against one of the tri-super power of today. Their noise exposes their clownish nature more than a demonstration of their muscle.

But you seem to have overlooked one important element of the Putin/Xi meeting on Feb. 4. The Joint Statement that was issued didn't get the decipherment it deserved. As some barflies have suggested, it actually is of the caliber of a historical document. It defined the areas of concerns for both Russia and China in today's geopolitics. It will also serve the basis of Russia/China partnership taking proactive measures against certain western maneuvers and unilateral actions in the world. It won't be just Empire's mischiefs directed at Russia or China alone. It will include Empire's mischiefs directed against nations such as Iran, Syria, Cuba, DPRK et al. Note what Xi said after issuance of the Joint Statement:

"Xi emphasized that: faced with the deep and complex changing global status quo, China and Russia are determined to stand back to back on strategic cooperation, and act shoulder to shoulder on maintaining international fairness and justice" The quote is just my translation of a news report on a Chinese newspaper.

Maintain international fairness and justice. Yes indeed! We'll stick our noses into your misdeeds when they arise from now on!

Western entities: G7, NATO, EU, 5-Eyes, and various lackeys, take note. You could be sanctioned, deprived of certain necessity resources, or even be punched in the noses. That's the essence of the bilateral meeting and the Joint Statement.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Feb 5 2022 22:45 utc | 80

Posted by Oui | Feb 5, 2022 18:42 UTC
"Ukraine has asked Russia's gas behemoth Gazprom to extend the current gas transit deal that expires in 2024 for another 15 years and offered to cut transit fees in half"

I expect that Zelensky wants to get as much of the money up front as possible. I wonder why? Anyway it's several years until the current contract expires. With any luck the whole stinking mess will collapse and break into pieces before then.

Posted by: kral | Feb 5 2022 22:50 utc | 81

@Kouros | Feb 5 2022 22:02 utc | 78
I would definitely call Ukrainian OUN Nazis in WWII Nazis, not just belittle as "collaborators".

In fact, the Holocaust as full fledged extermination of Jews started in Lemberg (Lvov/Lviv) June 30, 1941, perpetrated by OUN mobs who killed 4000 Jews on a single day, abusing, robbing, raping a much larger number, under the command of Bandera's lieutenant Stetko and supervised by himself from the Kholm area in Poland ("Generalgouvernement"). The mass murders, killing overe 100,000 Jews til end of July, were fully coordinated with the German RSHA, and planned in the "struggles and activities" (“Borot’ba i diial’nist’ OUN pidchas viiny") draft written by Bandera in the months before.

The OUN was in the core of Nazi activities (quarrels over a Ukrainian state notwithstanding), they started their own anti Polish genocide in Galicia and Volyn a year later. And the bestialities went on during the unsuccessful CIA supported guerilla fight after the world war. German historian Franziska Bruder, in her doctor thesis " Den ukrainischen Staat erkampfen oder sterben" (Gain the State of Ukraine in fight or die - History of the OUN, Berlin 2007) describes the return of an OUN militant to his parents' home in 1946. Learning that they had joined a kolkhos in the meantime (I reckon they got an offer they could hardly refuse ..) he stabbed his mother to death and shot his father who barely survived before being overwhelmed by the villagers. Such is the ilk of the Freelands.

Posted by: aquadraht | Feb 5 2022 22:58 utc | 82

Posted by: dh | Feb 5 2022 18:43 utc | 6 and others:

Yes, Chrystia is essentially an employ of the 'Atlantcist-Globalists' and has deep ties to Soros.
And this is not her first adventure into running a coup. Remember that she was the organizer of the Lima Group of countries that participated in the attempt to overthrow Maduro (https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/07/how-chrystia-freeland-organized-donald-trump-coup-in-venezuela/.)

As for Trudeau, he is, like Biden, an empty suit. His role is to present a pretty face to the public, and to draw the spotlight away from the fascists who are really running the country (the same fascists who now control almost all of the anglophone countries, as well as the EU). It seems that when Canadians exchanged Harper for Trudeau they jumped from the frying pan into the fire.


Posted by: james | Feb 5 2022 20:41 utc | 51

As for Christia becoming Prime Minister, I am not so sure. She tried a putsch on Trudeay a couple of years ago during the fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair, but backed off when she found that she had no support. I doubt that her ratings have gone up since, in spite of the best efforts of the CBC.

Posted by: dh-mtl | Feb 5 2022 23:06 utc | 83

This brings to mind Biden bragging on camera about how he, as the sitting US Vice-President with US President Obama's implied backing, had extorted the Ukrainian government into firing Ukraine's state prosecutor in March 2016.

"I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid ..."

- Joe Biden during a 2018 Council on Foreign Relations event (1m 15sclip, a typo shows 2006 instead of 2016)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXA--dj2-CY

That state prosecutor had been actively investigating corruption at a Ukrainian gas company that happened to have been paying Biden's son, who had no Ukraine or gas industry experience, something like $50,000 per month.

Biden pressured Poroshenko into firing the state prosecutor, and now we learn that Freeland-Trudeau pressured Zelensky to not prosecute Poroshenko.

The US/Biden coercion was done by withholding $1 billion in desperately-needed promised loan guarantees. Did the Canadian coercion also involve a desperately-needed "loan"? The Freeland-Trudeau regime just gave the Ukraine a $120 million "loan" two weeks ago. What was the timing relative to Poshorenko's return? The Globe & Mail article writes "Poshorenko returned home in mid-January". The $120 million "loan" was reported January 21 ...

Our Orwellian TV news media will of course not ask any questions, if they even mention any of this ...

This is UKUSA yakuza/mafia behaviour, and Canada, under the Freeland-Trudeau regime, is one of the UKUSA yakuza's Five Eyes lieutenants.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Feb 5 2022 23:19 utc | 84

Is there an elephant or mole in the room? Oxford, like Yale, is a core recruiting ground for intelligence agents. "Journalist" is the preferred cover since it allows access without raising suspicion, international range, and the protection of "journalist/press" when things go south. Agents are more likely to be female than male, the opposite of what the stories play and the public believes. Other readers mention Freeland seems to be protected by powerful forces. Spouse Graham Bowley also flies under the radar. Trump was accused of being a Russian agent. The fabrication was suggestive of familiarity and projection. That is, projection reveals a reality in the projector. Is it possible intelligence assets and handlers sit at the highest levels of government in a number of US/UK allies and proxies? Ah, no doubt just another "conspiracy theory."

Posted by: Smuggle | Feb 5 2022 23:20 utc | 85

Chrystia Freeland became what I call Canada's Liberal government's Minister of Everything. She vaulted into cabinet immediately after the Liberal party's win and has held several portfolios, none of which she had any background in. While Minister of International Trade she was given the nod to negotiate Trump's do over of the NAFTA agreement which many would know deals mostly with trade between Canada, Mexico and the US. She has zero background in matters related to trade.

She went on to be Minister of Foreign Affairs, and again she has no background to justify that appointment. Not done yet, shiny face PM Trudeau appointed her Finance Minister although she has absolutely no experience in the world of Finance or economics.

She has however written several books and is known to those somewhat informed as a person who doesn't like Putin nor so it seems much of anything related to Russia. From her statements and positions one could be excused for thinking she is a Russiaphobe.

Personally I feel the citizens of a country are cheated when people like Freeland are given high profile portfolios without significant experience in that particular field. Besides the diversity craze that vaults many into positions they aren't qualified for, bringing someone like Freeland who obviously has very specific bias onto the world stage is not just irresponsible but an insult to the citizens of the country, in this case Canadians.

In summary, though I am not a fan of North American Conservative politics at all, I feel the woke putsch has traveled a bridge too far and is cheating nations by substituting unqualified people in very important roles for the sake of diversity and or their dogmatic bias.

From wiki;

"Freeland completed a bachelor's degree at Harvard University, studying Russian history and literature before earning a master's degree in Slavonic studies from Oxford University. She began her career in journalism working in a variety of editorial positions".

And they wonder why a lifelong liar like Donald Trump gains so much traction.

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 5 2022 23:41 utc | 86

Porochenko was on German TV (RTL) on the day after Zelensky warned of the war hysteria and that he thinks that there is no imminent invasion. Needless to say that Porochenko objected to Zelensky's assessment and spread further hysteria...

Posted by: qubix | Feb 5 2022 23:42 utc | 87

@Bevin yeah like I said her support of warmongering speaks for itself.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 5 2022 23:51 utc | 88

"Her ambition is to become another Margaret Thatcher"

Posted by: Virgile | Feb 5 2022 21:12 utc | 66

I read a funny comment regarding shiny face Trudeau's minister of everything recently. Still makes me chuckle when I think of it.

Grandpa Munster in the power red dress....

Hey, the Readers Digest had a section for years and years called, "Laughter is the best medicine". :)

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 5 2022 23:56 utc | 89

On December 16, the UN General Assembly passed its annual resolution on "Combating Glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance"

Most countries naturally voted in favour of this. Only 2 countries out of 193 UN member countries voted against this resolution calling to eliminate all forms of racism and attempts to glorify Nazism: the US under Biden, and the Ukraine.

Canada, under the Freeland-Trudeau regime, of course - once again - abstained from voting on this. So much for Trudeau's principles and ostensible concern for human rights. And of course, our vaunted "free press" - once again - did not report on this to Canadians. We live in an Orwellian Ministry of Truth controlled state under the Five Eyes chain of command.

Freeland, like her grandfather, serves power. For her grandfather, back then, that was the Nazis. For her, today, it's the UKUSA yakuza. Justin serves establishment interests as well, looking forward to raking in millions in rewards after leaving office much like Obama and Blair.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Feb 5 2022 23:57 utc | 90

As mentioned by librul @11, too, with links.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Feb 6 2022 0:04 utc | 91

Needless to say that Porochenko objected to Zelensky's assessment and spread further hysteria...

Posted by: qubix | Feb 5 2022 23:42 utc | 87

Wikileaks published US diplomatic cables that refer to Poroshenko as OU and Our Man in Ukraine. That was before the putsch as I recall. Those cables were still available on the internet a few weeks ago when I look for them.

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 6 2022 0:05 utc | 92

Posted by: Virgile | Feb 5 2022 21:12 utc | 66

My understanding is that Freeland is/was pretty much the leader of the "Lima Group". Fortunately she is no longer Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, but her stench remains.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Feb 6 2022 0:16 utc | 93

I can't find any denials of this blatant interference in Ukraine's judicial system, but out of the other side of their mouths they will tell us that Ukraine is a corruption-free model of good governance since the 2014 "triumph of democracy".

Posted by: Keith McClary | Feb 6 2022 0:27 utc | 94

I feel the citizens of a country are cheated when people like Freeland are given high profile portfolios without significant experience in that particular field.

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 5 2022 23:41 utc | 86

This is something of a tradition in Canada. For example, Former Minister of State for Science and Technology Ed Holder, has a BA in Philosophy.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Feb 6 2022 0:30 utc | 95

Republicofscotland | Feb 5 2022 19:44 utc | 26

The US and Ukraine also voted against the resolution, the US can't have its Ukrainian beserker outfit the Azov battalion outlawed by voting against Nazism.

The US is the only country in the world to have consistently voted against on the UN resolution against the Glorification of Nazism. They have voted against it every year since 2012, when the resolution was first introduced.

Ukraine has only been voting against it since 2014. They voted in support of the resolution in 2012 and 2013.

Canada voted against 2012 - 2015, then switched to abstaining.

Kiribati voted against in 2013, and has either voted in support or abstained in subsequent years. They voted in support in the most recent vote in December 2021.

Palau voted against 2012-2015 and has abstained since then.

Every other country has either abstained (most of Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand) or voted in support each year.

Posted by: Kukulkan | Feb 6 2022 0:36 utc | 96

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Feb 5 2022 23:57 utc | 90

Shiny face Justin is a free rider. Riding on his fathers legacy. His Pa was a controversial figure, but he did move Canada forward in many ways that needed to be done. And he was not only the top of his class when it came to debating his opponents one on one, he had tremendous recall of facts related to issues being debated.

His greatest failing was trying to do too much in the time span allotted to a politician in the Western world's so called democratic system. In said quest to right so many long standing issues, he sold out Canada's control of it's currency to the usual suspects, and thus ultimately control of the Country's future.

Now Canada is burdened with his lesser son. Those who know more than I say Trudeau Sr's other son who died in an accident was more like the father than go along to get along gang member Justin.

Canada is a big country, rich in resources, and well educated people. Total subservience to the wishes of Washington should not be required if the Liberal Party of Canada wasn't in competition with the other major party, like the Americans do for favor of a select group of money manipulators. Money begets power and power begets more money. An unvirtuous circle that leaves so many innocents in it's wake.

I try to send $50 a month to UNHCR to help mitigate the horror, when I can.. It's so little tho, it makes me feel completely powerless to do anything helpful.

All that's left it would seem is to rage, rage, rage..against the dying of the light.

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 6 2022 0:39 utc | 97

Oui @ 5
Ukraine has asked Russia's gas behemoth Gazprom to extend the current gas transit deal that expires in 2024 for another 15 years and offered to cut transit fees in half.

They will make up the difference by siphoning off more natural gas

Posted by: circumspect | Feb 6 2022 0:44 utc | 98

Bubbles @97, thanks, your comment about selling out Canada's control of our currency is not something I know enough about, but I know that Canada sold off the last of our gold reserves back in 2016, and that we don't have much sovereignty. We're a suzerainty, vassal state, lapdog of UKUSA ...

farm ecologist @93, I suspect she still runs things. Justin and the new Minister of Foreign Affairs are just the pretty faces that do as they're told, the PR image front so to speak.

Pretty much as soon as Freeland was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs (on January 10, 2017), the US State Department boasted (in March 2017), that Canada had adopted an “America first” foreign policy.

"‘Canada Adopts America First Foreign Policy,’ US State Dept boasted in 2017, with appointment of FM Chrystia Freeland"
Grayzone link

That March 2017 US State Department / embassy assessment was entirely on target as we've repeatedly seen over the past 4 years (Venezuela, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Ukraine, Honduras, etc.)

And, as the Grayzone article states:

"No media outlets have reported on this cable. Indeed, its discovery has been entirely ignored by the North American press corps."

“If a formerly classified internal memo came out from the Russian or Chinese foreign ministry titled CANADA ADOPTS RUSSIA FIRST FOREIGN POLICY or CANADA ADOPTS CHINA FIRST FOREIGN POLICY, would the Canadian media be interested in that story?”

The Ministry of Truth prevails here in Oceania ...


Posted by: Canadian Cents | Feb 6 2022 0:51 utc | 99

"I feel the citizens of a country are cheated when people like Freeland are given high profile portfolios without significant experience in that particular field."

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 5 2022 23:41 utc | 86

Well, no DUH people. In case you haven't noticed, most societies work this way. If you're a member of a certain class ($), you always fail upward.

The most non-discussed subject in most media is class status. Instead they always turn to race.

The so-called "elites" love that, it costs them nothing...

Posted by: vetinLA | Feb 6 2022 0:56 utc | 100

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