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May 12, 2022

Matthew VanDyke - Some 3 Letter Agency Dude With An Obsessive Compulsion For Publicity

An American who fought alongside Libyan rebels, and who was detained in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison for six months before returning home to Baltimore in late 2011, has turned up on the frontline of the uprising in Syria.

Matthew VanDyke said that he was in Aleppo to film a documentary alongside the Syrian rebel army. But he claims he is also advising the rebels on weaponry based on his experience in Libya.

"I go to sleep and wake up to the sound of artillery shells, and Assad's jets flying overhead and bombing the city," VanDyke, 33, wrote in the first of a series of emails with the Guardian. "Most of these booms signal the death of more civilians in Aleppo."

VanDyke claims to be a journalist-turned-freedom-fighter-turned documentarian, but others accuse him of being a misguided thrillseeker who repeatedly puts himself at risk.
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He said he was also offering advice on weaponry, including the anti-aircraft Dushka machine guns he used while fighting in Libya, though that claim has been questioned by people who know him and who have spent time on the ground in Syria.

Yet for all the exciting adventures VanDyke experiences, it is impossible to get out of one’s head the idea of a reenactment, of middle-aged office workers walking through the woods in Civil War uniforms and young men playing paintball between mounds of dirt. It is all so clumsy, so sad and trivial. He travels to Afghanistan to place an American flag in Bin Laden’s house. He makes the first real friends of his life in combat. Van Dyke’s whole life, his whole idea of freedom, consists in this idea of acting, repeating typically dangerous situations under the gaze of the camera; and while the adventures he finds himself in are ostensibly new, they feel old and worn out.
VanDyke very much wants to believe otherwise. He wants to believe his experiences are immediately made hallowed through the ever-present camera, which turns the ephemeral and pointless violence he witnesses, the aimless and meandering journey he travels, into something much more. But it doesn’t quite come off. The camera instead dictates his adventures, hollowing out his experiences, transforming a war and people’s lives into an unfunny Jackass skit.

In late February, a Baltimore-born, self-proclaimed freedom fighter named Matthew VanDyke beamed into Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show from Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region. A few days earlier, he had announced on Facebook that he was in Iraq to “raise and train a Christian army to fight” ISIS and that he had formed a company called Sons of Liberty International (SOLI) to provide “free military consulting and training to local forces fighting terrorists and oppressive regimes.” For months, the so-called Islamic State had terrorized Iraq’s Assyrian Christians, forcing many to flee their homes and villages and seek safe haven among the Kurds. With ISIS on the march across Iraq and Syria—and making headlines for its brutal beheadings of journalists and aid workers—the story of an American taking an on-the-ground role in the fight sparked a media frenzy. VanDyke, who is 35 and holds a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown, was soon featured by media outlets across the country, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, and MSNBC.

This wasn’t the first time VanDyke had become a media sensation. A few years earlier VanDyke had made international headlines after he was captured in Libya, where he had been fighting alongside rebel forces to overturn the regime of Moammar Qaddafi. He eventually escaped, and he would later say that his Christian faith deepened during his six-month imprisonment. A film about VanDyke, who had traveled across the Arab world by motorcycle, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

In 2004, VanDyke graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a master's degree in Security Studies with a Middle East concentration. Georgetown is known to be a major CIA recruiting ground. He has since been 'filming', 'fighting with' and 'training' U.S. aligned forces in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq - all more or less in the Middle East. The Ukraine is thereby a curious geographic choice for new activities. Unless you probably work for some U.S. 3 letter agency.


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The war in Ukraine has attracted U.S. military veterans and Western legionnaires like no foreign battlefield in recent memory. But what motivates midcareer professionals – often now married, with children, and with their former military lives receding into memory – to drop everything and step into the trenches of another nation’s fight?
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“In the past, we didn’t get involved in Ukraine because, when it was just involving Donbas, there was no way to have an effect on the outcome of the conflict. Now there is,” says Matthew VanDyke, who founded SOLI in 2015. The former documentary filmmaker was motivated at the time by his own experiences being held captive for five months in Libya while fighting with Libyan revolutionary forces in 2011.

“It’s also just a very clear conflict, with a democracy being invaded by essentially an authoritarian state, and a land grab,” says Mr. VanDyke, who wears a beard, hair combed back, and tactical military clothes. “It’s a no-brainer as far as right and wrong in this.”

Well, if you say so ...

Related:

The United States has long used democracy as a tool and a weapon to undermine democracy in the name of democracy, to incite division and confrontation, and to meddle in other countries’ internal affairs, causing catastrophic consequences. 

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), as one of the US government’s main “foot soldiers”, “white gloves” and “democracy crusaders”, has subverted lawful governments and cultivated pro-US puppet forces around the world under the pretext of promoting democracy. Its disgraceful record has aroused strong discontent in the international community. 

In today’s world, peace and development is the theme of the times, and the trend towards greater democracy in international relations is unstoppable. Any attempt to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs in the name of democracy is unpopular and is doomed to failure.
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The Hollywood sniper is back in Canada I read. After leaving his fam to go way over there. To much incoming artillery, couldn't satisfy his blood lust I guess. Shame, he claims he did not get a single kill with his long gun.

Posted by: burt | May 12 2022 7:09 utc | 1

That character left Ukraine because he was concerned of being shot in the back while retreating.

Posted by: ERing46Z | May 12 2022 7:19 utc | 2

Freedom Fighter Matthew VanDyke's Speech at Georgetown University - April 2013

http://www.matthewvandyke.com/events/speech-georgetown-university.html

Did he join forces of CIA proxy rebel leader Haftar?

Posted by: Oui | May 12 2022 7:28 utc | 3

An ordinary messenger of evil.

Posted by: hes | May 12 2022 7:49 utc | 4

... he claims he did not get a single kill with his long gun.

Posted by: burt | May 12 2022 7:09 utc | 1

It’s become quite a thing, hasn’t it, salt-of-the-earth types returning from the front with a tale of how they never fired so much as a single shot, honest guvnor, as if everyone’s as stupid as they are.

On the other hand, anyone fighting in, or supporting, Ukraine’s oligarchic CIA-NAZO shithole is exactly that stupid.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 12 2022 8:06 utc | 5

When your conflict zone escapades mirror US foreign policy, you're profiled in The Guardian, NYT and MSNBC, and your film not only gets shown at Tribeca Film Festival but wins best documentary, only the most gullible of fools would believe it's organic happenstance. This guy is just another overt marketing tool (that's supposed to come off as grassroots) for US regime change policy, and he's terrible at it.

Posted by: francesca | May 12 2022 8:51 utc | 6

It’s become quite a thing, hasn’t it, salt-of-the-earth types returning from the front with a tale of how they never fired so much as a single shot, honest guvnor, as if everyone’s as stupid as they are.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 12 2022 8:06 utc | 5

They are returning because they realize that Russia has a Real Army. The places that they were in before were sniper galleries where they feared nothing because nothing serious opposed them.

Posted by: Tom_12 | May 12 2022 8:51 utc | 7

Ditto: No doubt “Shadow” and “Wali” and the rest of them, remembering their experience in a NATO war, expected to be on the giving end. Instead they found themselves on the receiving end.

Posted by: Maracatu | May 12 2022 9:45 utc | 8

Georgestown.

That’s the CIA faculty where all the retired ‘democracy’ murderers go for a cushy title and insane amounts of money to train the future generations of stormtroopers of Empire.

Any one with that on their cv is an easy clue especially if they came from some connected family and end up becoming high profile by their thirties.

Posted by: DunGroanin | May 12 2022 9:52 utc | 9

When I was young, guys 'started' rock bands when they wanted fame/chicks/dope etc. Most of those bands never actually played any gigs. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Posted by: Merkin Scot | May 12 2022 9:59 utc | 10

Dick VanDyke.....

Posted by: Zinko | May 12 2022 10:13 utc | 11

DunGroanin | May 12 2022 9:52 utc

Thanks for confirming what I suspected when I read about this guy earlier. I'm not very knowledgeable in these things but I regarded GT as a red flag for alphabet agence involvement.

Posted by: Leftblank | May 12 2022 10:21 utc | 12

Jeez I'd been hoping that the punchline would be that Matthew VanDyke had been named as one of a number of foreign mercenaries being held as human shield hostages by Azov Battalion thugs in the Azovstal steelworks complex underground labyrinth.

One wonders what draws people like VanDyke to wars and violence over and over and somehow managing to escape without suffering physical or psychological trauma. Such people must be spiritually empty in seeking vicarious thrills in courting and skirting danger and death.

Posted by: Jen | May 12 2022 10:22 utc | 13

A most interesting scenario.

Or two fools operating with single one thought a time 'mononeuron'......

Will down under OZ if it elects by the six million 'swing voters' a new "ALP" government!

Oz has zero waste the vote "two party preferred" system.

To see who governs Oz. On Tassie Devils island there are two swing seats. Currently held by the conservatives. Should they fall. Oz gets a new "Labour Party" government.

Since word "labour" to a normal yankee is deemed to a party evil ones. Will the new "Labour" Government of OZ. Be put on a new regime change required down under in Oz 'NED' hit list?

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | May 12 2022 10:37 utc | 14

Maybe he should apply for a gig in Mongolia next. Stuff is happening.

Will the US and Germany Turn Mongolia into a Biological Warfare Testing Grounds against Russia and China?

The results of Russia’s ongoing special operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine reveal with each passing day more and more documentary evidence of the criminal activities of the US and its allies in that country. One of its activities, as the information received has shown, is the development and creation by Washington of biological weapons in closed US biolabs in Ukraine, in close cooperation with Britain and Germany.

In particular, in addition to the facts of the joint development of bioweapons by Britain and the US, which have already become internationally known, the involvement of Germany in intensive bioweapons activities in Ukraine, along with the US, has also come to light. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said this, citing documents obtained by the Russian Ministry of Defense during a military special operation to protect Donbass. It has been revealed that the German government was implementing the German Biosecurity Program (GBP) since 2013, including in Ukraine, where the US has set up a network of at least 30 biolabs and where dangerous research has been carried out, among other things. On the German side, practical work in this program is carried out, similarly to the US, by military specialists, in particular from the Institute of Microbiology of the German Armed Forces (Munich), as well as from the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (Greifswald – Riems Island), Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (Hamburg) and the Robert Koch Institute (Berlin).

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 12 2022 10:46 utc | 15

It's becoming quite a thing, isn't it: these mercenaries who Never shoot anyone.

I hear the Ukraine is really short of cash. It should ask for its money back.

:-).

Posted by: JulianJ | May 12 2022 10:49 utc | 16

With luck, he and the rest of them will die, preferably from a TOS-1 salvo.

Yes, I'm that mean.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 12 2022 11:20 utc | 17

VanDyke aka the Red Rascal.

Posted by: mi | May 12 2022 11:30 utc | 18

Such people must be spiritually empty in seeking vicarious thrills in courting and skirting danger and death.

Posted by: Jen | May 12 2022 10:22 utc | 13

A slight lexical mistake:

vicarious: experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person

For example: observing lynching of a negro. Documented photographically as a pleasurable, picnic-like activity in certain areas. Sadly, those days are gone, but there are always replacements. E.g. "Christian" is replaced with "Judeo-Christian" and you can get a thrill of "Judeo-Christian" supremacy with lynch-type activity in Israel-Palestine. But if you are a part of Judeo- component, you can step up vicarious experience to personal by becoming a settler.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 12 2022 11:32 utc | 19

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 12 2022 11:32 utc | 19

sadly, those days are not gone, see the case of Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd, or the murder of Ahmaud Arberry. the latter two killers almost go away with the crime.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 12 2022 11:41 utc | 20

uncle tungsten @ 15. Yes this biolab stuff that’s coming out is very nasty and another good example of corporatism/fascism.

It took Russia to get us to look at hunters laptop. His father is spending billions to try and keep these things hidden.

Sometimes the right president shows up for the right job. Our brain dead example is a good reflection of us policy. (Hopefully he will be arrested before escalating to nuclear war).

Hopefully there are groups in the wings that can do responsible government once the ‘abusive father’ ie CIA/corporatism is out of the picture.

Posted by: financial matters | May 12 2022 11:42 utc | 21

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Will the US and Germany Turn Mongolia into a Biological Warfare Testing Grounds against Russia and China?
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On the German side, practical work in this program is carried out, similarly to the US, by military specialists, in particular from the Institute of Microbiology of the German Armed Forces (Munich), as well as from the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (Greifswald – Riems Island), Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (Hamburg) and the Robert Koch Institute (Berlin).

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 12 2022 10:46 utc | 15

Non-US involvement in this sort of reputation-vaporising stuff is completely surplus to any practical goal - yankee bio warriors can do all that heinous filth themselves.

It seems clear that it is primarily intended to generate obscene leverage over participating groups / nations, a bit like Ukrainian nazis covering the retreat lines of regular troops, so they end up getting obliterated by RF, as nazis look on and laugh.

There is a hot war “front” of leverage and blackmail, being prosecuted almost exclusively by 5-Eyes against their EU “allies”.

The bio labs story demonstrates the long-term nature of the 5-Eyes strategy.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 12 2022 11:46 utc | 22

Some of us have been following this VanDuke character for over a decade. I first posted about him on my Hands off Libya facebook page on October 4, 2011, after he had escaped from a prison in Tripoli. AFP interviewed him, the video is still available on YouTube:

One of the leaders of the Marines who killed the Libyan Muslim people - libyansons, Oct 3, 2011

My initial Facebook post also contains a collection of links to news stories about Matthew VanDyke during his captivity in Libya. There are more similar stories on the Free Matthew VanDyke Facebook page.

In late 2013 VanDyke had his Facebook account hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army and his private chats leaked. The original
page at sea.sy is no longer available, but a copy of the main page can be found at archive.is: VanDyke Exposed

SyrianGirl Mimi Al Laham was busy analyzing the leaks:

Mimi Al Laham - December 9, 2013

Matthew Vandyke's multiple warning to journalists and Elliot Higgins that rebels posses chemical weapons, have used them in Aleppo and may use them to trigger intervention. Via SEA leaks of his facebook conversations

Mimi Al Laham also posted a video on her YouTube channel, but her channel was censored years ago. (Strangely Facebook restored her FB account after a two year ban.)

Mimi Al Laham - December 20, 2013

LATEST VIDEO: Vandyke Hit piece, Wriging interviews, chemical weapons, sex tapes, kidnappings, oil deals, AlQaeda and much more. Watch and share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr4pHnIgSW8

Here is a longer post about the fate of another fool on the SyrianGirl blog:

Beheaded Journalist Sotloff Had Info Rebels Used Chemical Weapons - September 2, 2014

Journalist Steven Sotloff who was kidnapped and beheaded by ISIS believed the Syrian rebels possessed and possibly used chemical weapons on Aleppo and wanted to report it leaked conversations show. American foreign fighter Matthew Vandyke who fought along side the Libyan insurgency and also went to Syria on a pro Syrian Rebel mission, revealed to Sotloff that he had information that Syrian rebels posed chemical weapons before they were used in Aleppo.

I searched through our Libyan Civil War blog (now "Massacre Marketing") for mentions of VanDyke. He was only mentioned twice, first on May 22, 2012 and again in 2021:

Higgins and Me - Adam Larson, September 3, 2021

Also of note: Higgins was apparently informed in May, 2013 that Jabhat al-Nusra had seized some of Syria's chemical weapons in the Aleppo area some time before, and although the type(s) weren't clear, they may have used them at Khan al-Assal (which, again, used sarin). He was asked to keep that off the record, and has accordingly deferred to Syrian claims that none of their CWs have been stolen. As it so happens, that's probably the right call; as I may explain in another post, this story from Matthew Van Dyke is rather dubious anyway. (they probably did have sarin, just not by the route he was told about.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | May 12 2022 11:48 utc | 23

I've kept silent but for all kinds of reasons all of these "returnee" stories trigger my bullshit detector. I also notice it's the MSM pushing them.

Maybe they're only meant to illustrate and argue for how much more support (weapons, money, people who have a clue) the nazis need?

Maybe I'm being too harsh.

To me the very idea that an actual mercenary (rather than plain "idiot criminal" for hire) would arrive without his/her own "support system" involving a rock solid legal contract (including some sort of cover) between one's own employers and the customer and in addition good weapons etc. (supplied either by oneself or the direct employers rather than the customer) is kind of ridiculous.

Snipers? It goes many times over for them since they're even more picky about arms (doesn't have to be new but does have to be good which includes having been well kept —both weapon and ammunition). Doesn't anyone writing these fantasy stories realize how important it is to get the sights right on any weapon or that every single bullet will be crucial for a sniper? All of this also holds true for "fancy new stuff" like red dot and off the shelf thermal, no shortcuts: ones own life is at stake.

Easily a minimum of fifty bullets (ten groups) just for that if you get some random unfamiliar weapon.

Even if one is an exceptionally good shot, one wants to make sure.

No actual snipers have written or been part of any of the stories bandied about.

In addition most real snipers would be used to working team with a spotter. Just another thing never even mentioned.

Bunch of actors. No wait there's another more suited English word for it: posers.

Meh. Bullshit world (or rather; bullshit humans).

:)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 12 2022 12:08 utc | 24

By the way just to be clear: I'm not nor never was a sniper or a mercenary.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 12 2022 12:24 utc | 25

Posted by: Petri Krohn | May 12 2022 11:48 utc | 23

Mimi Al Laham also posted a video on her YouTube channel, but her channel was censored years ago...

I found a copy of the video on the Altcensored video server. Enjoy!
CIA agents Emails Leaked - CW's, Sex Scandals, Rigged interviews...etc - SyrianGirlpartisan, Dec 19, 2013

Posted by: Petri Krohn | May 12 2022 12:24 utc | 26

Another reason I find these "mercenary" stories suspect is that any real military man would be trained to use better OpSec.

Boasting on TV and social media is going get one of them killed. It is not like there aren't Russians in Canada who might want to settle a score in a dark alley, and last I checked the Russian mafia was still around.

Anyone with half a brain would keep quiet about their activities.

Posted by: Chris | May 12 2022 12:35 utc | 27

#---Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | May 12 2022 10:37 utc | 14

As long as they labor for the US, it's OK - I'm a Norwegian - our labor party got us into NATO, and it groomed the current leader of said org.

Posted by: Anne B | May 12 2022 12:47 utc | 28

#--Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 12 2022 11:32 utc | 19

Anyone who has read The Bible, should know Judeo-Christian is an oxymoron. But most who call themselves christian never do. They want the Readers Digest version.

Posted by: Anne B | May 12 2022 12:52 utc | 29

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 12 2022 5:19 utc | 228

Overdetermination may also be utilized in determining the causal factors of any event. These causes may derive from multiple constructs social, economic, mechanical, etc.

With respect to the SMO it is can be asserted that the causal factors include:
RF motive to protect "moskals" from military attack
UA motive to regain rebel held territories
US motive to displace EU energy dependence on RF with dependence on US LNG
US motive to bleed RF white and undermine RF economy
US motive to create social upheaval leading to RF regime change
US motive to impair BRI connections to EU with RF as a key link
German motive to transition to "green" renewable energy
US motive to reduce RF strategic depth
RF motive to increase RF strategic depth
Biden needing a foreign policy "win" after the Afghanistan imbroglio

These are of course all "ïsms" in that they speak directly to realism in a way that structural concepts such a fascism, Marxism, imperialism, and neo-liberalism do not.

Cheers!

Posted by: Sushi | May 12 2022 13:15 utc | 30

No mention of Russian counter sanctions? I linked them in the last thread. I don't have a full understanding of their impact yet but many entities in Europe that by, transmit, store, distribute gas have been sanctioned. Yamal line will only operate if Poland charges no transmission fees. Interesting part is Ukraine is one country Russia has not sanctioned.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 12 2022 13:16 utc | 31

I had thought Russia would sanction US energy but it has not done so. Sanctioning the prostitutes but not the pimp?

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 12 2022 13:24 utc | 32

I take it all these adventurers first read Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" to learn how he watch POUM be liquidated by Stalin's agents instilling "the one truth faith" and just how treacherous the International Brigade really was ?

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 12 2022 13:35 utc | 33

Posted by: Anne B | May 12 2022 12:52 utc | 28

It is bemusing to think the first seven (I think) leaders of the Christians were Jews and it was Jews that expelled the Christians from the synagogues.

Nowadays it is a political nicety from the USA to speak of "Judaeo-Christian" but the influence is held to be one-way as if the latter owed royalties in perpetuity to the former

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 12 2022 13:38 utc | 34

Boasting on TV and social media is going get one of them killed. It is not like there aren't Russians in Canada who might want to settle a score in a dark alley, and last I checked the Russian mafia was still around.

Anyone with half a brain would keep quiet about their activities.

Posted by: Chris | May 12 2022 12:35 utc | 27

The well publicized flight of the Canadian sniper is excellent PR for Russia as it discourages other volunteers going to Ukraine. Only a person with 1/4 of a brain would turn them into a martyr.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | May 12 2022 14:16 utc | 35

Will the US and Germany Turn Mongolia into a Biological Warfare Testing Grounds against Russia and China?
I think the correct word is not 'will' but 'have', there has been yearly outbreaks of bubonic plague in the Mongolia in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Note that due to the mass die-off during the Black Death, the descendants of the surviving Western European have a natural resistance against bubonic plague, which is most likely absent in the Chinese population.

Posted by: Sid Victor Cattoni | May 12 2022 14:33 utc | 36

Although many of you may have seen this, I’ll just post it because it relates to the comment-discussion:

https://thesaker.is/briefing-analysis-of-documents-related-to-the-military-biological-activities-of-the-united-states-on-the-territory-of-ukraine-may-11-2022/

In regard to the dude in question: These types are a dime a dozen, all they do is thaw out another one from the MK walk in freezer and set it to LARP….and off they go!

Posted by: Chevrus | May 12 2022 14:48 utc | 37

Send all these f-ers over there to be sent to their "gods." If only we could force all the neocons to go as well we actually might end up down the path toward true global peace.

Posted by: Seer | May 12 2022 14:53 utc | 38

Posted by: francesca | May 12 2022 8:51 utc | 6

"This guy is just another overt marketing tool (that's supposed to come off as grassroots) for US regime change policy, and he's terrible at it."

Dungroanin called it. This guy has an MA in Georgetown in Security...

Intelligence asset. Not worth paying attention to - IMHO.

Posted by: Scorpion | May 12 2022 15:03 utc | 39

It seems to me that a number of these soldiers of fortune are, well, not having much fortune in the private sector. It also seems that many of the genuine operators are not involved, instead leaving this kind of work for the canon fodder types with their basic 2-5 years of grunt experience.

With all due respect, I'm guessing those three are generally down on their luck losers in every other meaningful regard. They'll be bigger losers when these lose a limb or their lives under Russian artillery.

Posted by: WastelandChic | May 12 2022 15:13 utc | 40

Career of Evil

Posted by: Norwegian | May 12 2022 15:42 utc | 41

This MVD strikes me, as a wealthy guy, living out his fantasies, like so many Americans do with their I-phones, but, unlike them, he has the wealth to do it internationally.

Maybe he is a agency dude, who knows? Whatever and whoever he really is, I wish he'd cast his gaze and attention on the Nazis who run, and own, the Govt. of Israel. Who, as a matter of policy, just executed another journalist, working on behalf of the Palestinian people.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/11/shireen-abu-akleh-israeli-forces-kill-al-jazeera-journalist

Posted by: vetinLA | May 12 2022 15:49 utc | 42

WastelandChic @ 40
Preferably an arm and both legs. That way they get time to reflect on their excellent contributions to their own hell. Maybe an eye, too, for good measure. Of course, full spectrum, year's long fully aware paralysis with no voice, no limbs, no movement of any kind, no ability to communicate in any way, just fixed eyes staring at the same spot on the ceiling forever and ever, with only the darkness of their own imprisoned thoughts to keep them company, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, with no way to end it, might be more than we can hope for.

Posted by: hoggy | May 12 2022 16:01 utc | 43

sadly, those days are not gone, see the case of Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd, or the murder of Ahmaud Arberry. the latter two killers almost go away with the crime.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 12 2022 11:41 utc | 20

I meant vicarious experience of a lynch, local newspaper having headline "Lynch Negro tomorrow" and a large gathering complete with picnic baskets, there are records of those. Direct murder is not vicarious. But our Judeo-Christian friends can read with vicarious pleasure what "Judeans" do, like the recent killing of one Arab journalist and wounding another. That was the nature of my example, and my conjecture who and why talks about Judeo-Christian values (although I did not study carefully when this term appeared, it seems that Southern congress creatures and preachers like it).

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 12 2022 16:04 utc | 44

from today's CBC "Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has accused Russia of stealing the country's grain and trying to sell some of it on global markets". I don't know why CBC decide to publish this garbage, without a disclaimer.

Posted by: Calgary Guy | May 12 2022 16:06 utc | 45

the latter two killers almost go away with the crime.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 12 2022 11:41 utc | 20

Actually, reading comments here and there, there are many who got vicarious pleasure from that.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 12 2022 16:07 utc | 46

yuppie twat. he's like malcolm nance without the gravitas.

georgetown was well out of my tax bracket but i dated several girls that attended (i worked a crap retail job in the area and i guess some rich chicks love slumming). it is indeed a favorite of the alphabet agencies but all they get is pampered little shits whose parents pay the tuition in cash. a bunch of effete little lord fauntleroys whose closest brush with violence is getting drunk on red bull and vodka in adam's morgan while they rap along to dr dre songs that came out before they were born.

they're like battlefield elon musks. after everyone else does the heavy lifting and gets shot at, they pop up to go on camera ("for the 'gram!") and pretend it couldn't happen without them. he's probably safer where he is than he would be in some neighborhoods of baltimore.

Posted by: the pair | May 12 2022 16:17 utc | 47

Posted by: WastelandChic | May 12 2022 15:13 utc | 40

In those post-feudal time, it is hard to keep a good job if you are a homicidal maniac, even on a public payroll.

Note that due to the mass die-off during the Black Death, the descendants of the surviving Western European have a natural resistance against bubonic plague, which is most likely absent in the Chinese population.

Posted by: Sid Victor Cattoni | May 12 2022 14:33 utc | 36

Bubonic plague seems endemic for some steppe rodents, and Western Europeans have fewer contacts with them, and the same holds for non-nomadic Chinese (needless to say, a majority).

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 12 2022 16:18 utc | 48

The NED and its European counterpart, the EED, should be declared terrorist organizations by China, and treated accordingly.

They are toxic organizations financing and training terrorists, um, freedom fighters that is, in Thailand, Myanmar, Taiwan, Hong Kong and many other countries. All behind the democracy mask.

Whenever an American organization has words like democracy or human rights in its name, you can safely assume it is about the opposite.

Posted by: Nico | May 12 2022 16:21 utc | 49

@Piotr Berman (48)

One widely believed claim is that the bubonic plague actually came from East Asia, via the Central Asian steppes, possibly even carried by the Mongol armies. One would assume that, if so, East and Central Adians would also have a high degree of resistance to it.

Posted by: hk | May 12 2022 16:23 utc | 50

By choosing to join NATO, Finland has broken two key treaties with Russia. What follows is the MFA's machine translated PR on the event:

The statement by President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister of Finland Sauli Marin, who spoke today in favour of Finland's accession to NATO, is a radical change in the country's foreign policy.

For decades, the policy of military non-alignment has served as the basis for stability in the Northern European region, ensured a reliable level of security for the Finnish state, and was a solid basis for building mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership relations between our countries, in which the role of the military factor was reduced to zero.

Neither Russia's assurances of the absence of any hostile intentions towards Finland, nor the long history of good-neighborly and mutually beneficial cooperation between our countries have convinced Helsinki of the advantages of maintaining the course of military non-alignment.

The goal of NATO, whose member countries assertively convinced the Finnish side of the fact that there is no alternative to membership in the alliance, is clear - to continue expanding to the borders of Russia, to create another flank for a military threat to our country. But why should Finland turn its territory into a line of military confrontation with the Russian Federation, while losing its independence in making its own decisions, history will judge.

The Russian side has repeatedly noted that the choice of ways to ensure its national security rests with the authorities and people of Finland. However, Helsinki should be aware of the responsibilities and consequences of such a step. Finland's accession to NATO will cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations, maintaining stability and security in the northern European region. Russia will be forced to take reciprocal steps, both military-technical and otherwise, in order to stop the threats to its national security that arise in this regard.

Joining NATO would also be a direct violation of Finland's international legal obligations, primarily the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty, which provides for the obligation of the parties not to form alliances or participate in coalitions directed against one of them, as well as the 1992 Treaty between Russia and Finland on the Foundations of Relations, which establishes that the parties will refrain from the threat or use of force against territorial integrity or political independence. the other party shall not use or permit the use of its territory for armed aggression against the other party. However, given the collective West's current indifference to international law, such behavior has become the norm.

We will respond to the situation. [My Emphasis]

The Finns may think they face the same weak USSR that attacked them in 1939-40 which it prevailed over, but that would be a major mistake. Just as bad a mistake is belief that NATO would collectively come to Finland's aid if it were to attack Russia at the behest of the Outlaw US Empire, which IMO has clearly bribed Finland's leaders to break the longstanding treaties with Russia that benefitted both nations. As I've previously commented on this possibility, both Turkey and Hungary have voiced their opposition to both Finland and Sweden becoming NATO members.

I find the blindness of most European "leaders" to the assault being made on them by the Outlaw US Empire extremely unnatural strongly suggesting they were coerced in some manner, or most likely bought, which is the Empire's longstanding modus of buying the allegiance of Right Wing Dictators--who are Neoliberals today--via CIA channels. IMO, the vast majority of European nations are being drawn into the WEF's Reset Trap, which I see as today's equivalent of the 1930s Fascist Trap.

Many have opined that Russia isn't going to save Europe. Unfortunately, I don't see how it can refuse to do so when Neoliberal/NATO/EU becomes the same type of threat as Hitlerian Fascism, which is rapidly happening.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 16:40 utc | 51

thanks b... i am more into van dyke parks myself... i would just skip this matthew van dyke doofus..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Dyke_Parks

Orange Crate Art

Posted by: james | May 12 2022 16:43 utc | 52

Western governments have over past decade have diverted hundreds of millions of tax dollars into information and narrative management programs, which support, among other things, "independent documentaries". Topics over recent years have included Ukraine's "revolution of dignity", the White Helmets, and Hong Kong's "pro democracy" movement. These films generally feature slick professional production values, get screened at high-profile film festivals, get distributed on high-profile cable networks, and at times receive Oscar nominations.

The latest one is called "Navalny". The credulity with which it is publicized is remarkable. This interview with the film's director Daniel Roher, who admits he didn't even know who Navalny was 24 hours before starting shooting, is from film site Indiewire:

"Roher was in Ukraine in the fall of 2020, working on another sensitive project that led the government there to ask him to leave. (He declined to specify the details.) The Canadian director resettled in Austria while contemplating his next moves. “I was sort of adrift,” he said. “I had no film to make and the pandemic was destroying any job prospects I had...Then he heard from Bulgarian journalist Christo Grozev, a collaborator on the Ukraine project, about the possibility of directing a documentary on Navalny in Germany while he recovered from the government’s attempt to poison him...His initial meeting with Navalny and activist partner-in-crime Maria Pevchikh went well enough that Roher was able to start shooting material for the project the next day."
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/04/navalny-director-interview-putin-russia-failed-state-1234719497/

Grozev is from bellingcat. Pevchikh ran the Navalny novichuk op. No one who showered the film with praise knows this or understands the implications - they think it's a "brave" independent documentary telling "truth to power".

Posted by: jayc | May 12 2022 16:46 utc | 53

Need to create a bunch of signs and banners and plaster them everywhere:

"Are We The Baddies?"

How in the F are we going to get people to think/wake up?

Posted by: Seer | May 12 2022 16:52 utc | 54

@ jayc | May 12 2022 16:46 utc | 53

thanks jayc... this bullshit needs greater light to expose just how desperate the west is...

Posted by: james | May 12 2022 16:56 utc | 55

WSJ had an article today describing how Ukrainian troops have been successfully holding off the Russians in Donbas.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ukrainian-forces-hold-the-line-in-donbas-as-western-heavy-weapons-join-the-battle-11652362422?

While I fully expect western media to be biased and mostly propaganda, this one painted a rather compelling picture. Reading MofA, Saker, Scott Ritter, i had expected the Russians to really start to gain ground. I do think the Russians are “winning”, are gaining ground, but it is much slower going.

Of note: the wide use of drones for targeting intelligence which is then fed to artillery.

Posted by: Joe | May 12 2022 16:59 utc | 56

usually the terms for such psychopaths is Murder or serial killer! the fact these b@st@rds get a pass, shows that they work for the Evil Empire of Lies! 1 way ticket to hell! both in this Life,and the next!

Posted by: CryptoAlchemist Bern | May 12 2022 17:09 utc | 57

51 Cont'd--

In Putin's meeting on economic matters today, his leading statement connects to my two closing paragraphs:

"We recently celebrated our main holiday, Victory Day, and I want to remind you that it was achieved not only in the battles on the fronts, but also at the expense of the economic power of our country, which then opposed the industrial potential of not only Germany, but almost the entire Europe, which the Nazis enslaved. That's by the way."

That short "by the way" sentence IMO was Putin's way of saying that today we face a similar challenge. The report shows the attempt by the Outlaw US Empire to inflict heavy damage on Russia's economy is an absolute failure and economic conditions have decoupled from those of greater Europe. For example, most EU nations have inflation running at an annualized rate of 20%+ while in Russia it continues to decline below 7% and will possibly end the year between 4-5%. To alleviate inflationary pressure on the purchasing power of Russia's citizenry, a number of programs have been passed thanks to the problem being foreseen very early--late last year--by Putin and his advisors. The strength and stability of Russia's economy means it can continue to accelerate its development plans while still conducting its SMO and without harming the consumer economy unlike the conditions its adversaries face.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 17:09 utc | 58

Posted by: Joe | May 12 2022 16:59 utc | 56

The lesser (Finland NATO) tabloid headlines today is Russian forces sustained remarkable losses from the failed bridging attempt over the Siverskyi Donets River and Breakthrough deaths comprise increasing proportion of those who died from COVID-19

"These data should not be interpreted as vaccines not working," one expert said. ... Experts said the increase in breakthrough deaths is expected with more Americans reaching full vaccination status.

Which fits neatly with the erroneous assumption that anyone is born with natural immunity to bacteria such as BLACK DEATH.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 17:10 utc | 59

the erroneous assumption that anyone is born with natural immunity to bacteria such as BLACK DEATH
Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 17:10 utc | 59

Immunity that you're "born with" is otherwise known as "innate". Innate immunity to yersinia pestis (black death) and similar bacteria is apparently a subject of active research.

Innate immune response during Yersinia infection: critical modulation of cell death mechanisms through phagocyte activation

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 12 2022 17:24 utc | 60

Joe @56--

Hmm... Being subjected to heavy artillery bombardment 24/7 and losing hundreds of KIA daily isn't my idea of successfully holding off anything. Few realize that what's known as the Contact Line was turned into a modern version of France's Maginot Line that the German's bypassed then attacked from the rear thus defeating it. Russia's assault is similar but is being done with an emphasis placed on husbanding its own forces as much as possible, thus the massive use of artillery and slow movement forward. Furthermore, the method employed is also aimed at forcing Ukie troops to surrender while also protecting civilians as much as possible. Well before the SMO began, I described how this part of it would proceed and the extreme misery and casualties it would deliver to Ukie troops inside their forts. It is indeed the meatgrinder I described it becoming. I'd compare the Russian assault to that of Operation Bagration during WW2, but on a much smaller scale, although the outcome will be similar--the annihilation of the Ukie forces.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 17:28 utc | 61

@45 BECAUSE CBC is the Criminal Broadcast Corporation of the Canadian vasal state of the ussa evil empire! Trust-in jew-doh has made that well known!

Posted by: CryptoAlchemist Bern | May 12 2022 17:31 utc | 62

News’ outlets like the Guardian, lie, lie and lie again, their part in the integrity initiative propaganda Unit set up by the ministry of defence exposed in leaks and the rest completely clueless about what Russia is, obsessed only with what Russia was and again the elites blame the East for

Posted by: Soi | May 12 2022 17:33 utc | 63

would also advise not to read Western MSM because those are active participants in war crimes and many of those people who run them are directly responsible for many atrocities around the world and a good number of BBC, sky TV, almost all British junk headed by the guardian, mail, telegraph's etc, CNN, MSNBC, NYT and WaPo presstitudes should be persecuted for war crimes. There is a chance some of them will be, but about this--later. Atleast they deserve to be put before firing squad all of British anglo spy journalists.

Posted by: Soi | May 12 2022 17:35 utc | 64

The Guardian and most of english media of USA and England are extreme pro nationalistic, extreme right wing and imperialistic for their own country but want other nations to be exactly opposite. They are for majoritism in their own country but not elsewhere

Posted by: Soi | May 12 2022 17:37 utc | 65

Maybe he's meeting up with Malcolm Nance. Funny how these white supremacists and Nazis suddenly realize that the enemy of their enemy is their friend. Until they aren't.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 12 2022 17:38 utc | 66

Evil bbc

Frederick Ogilvie, who succeeded the BBC’s founder, Lord Reith, as director general, wrote that his goal was to turn the BBC into a “fully effective instrument of war”. Ogilvie would have been delighted with his 21st-century managers. In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, the BBC’s coverage overwhelmingly echoed the government’s mendacious position, as studies by the University of Wales and Media Tenor show.
26 November, 2014 20:35
Anonymous said...

Indicting the Messanger BBC Joins Smear Campaign Against Assange and Wikileaks By ISRAEL SHAMIR The campaign by the establishment press against Julian Assange is intensifying. CBS’s 60 Minutes tried to trash him last Sunday, but Assange left CBS’ interviewer, Steve Kroft, floundering. Last Sunday also saw New York Times editor Bill Keller consume several thousand words in the NYT’s Magazine abusing Assange with disgraceful lack of scruple, Assange being a man who gave the New York Times some actual news scoops, instead of its regular staple of gastroporn from Sam Sifton. Here Israel Shamir reports, with some personal involvement, on the impending slurring of Assange on the BBC, and the attacks on him in The Guardian. AC/JSC
26 November, 2014 20:36
Anonymous said...

2011.The mainstream media, including CNN and the BBC have direct links to NATO, the Transitional Council and Rebel Forces. They are serving NATO interests in a direct way through massive media distortion about Libya.
26 November, 2014 20:37

Posted by: Soi | May 12 2022 17:38 utc | 67

I see the plague has surfaced for discussion. For those who haven’t seen it, on the Saker’s website, they posted a Russian MoD briefing yesterday on the results of the analysis of documents related to the military biological activities of the United States on the territory of Ukraine.

Public service announcement—

Satire from the Beaverton on getting ready for tick season
https://twitter.com/TheBeaverton/status/1524509660249837568

For Canadians, some help from researchers in Guelph…
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/waterloo-region-guelph-university-lyme-disease-research-1.6446128

…(Small Ontario city in Kitchener-Waterloo region, right along the US border)
https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/severe-acute-hepatitis-a-very-rare-event-says-regions-top-doctor-5357884

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | May 12 2022 17:41 utc | 68

Posted by: Joe | May 12 2022 16:59 utc | 56

The Russians went in with at best a 1:3 fighting force ratio. They never expected victory to be swift. The WSJ has been pumping CIA propaganda since before the MTO began.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 12 2022 17:42 utc | 69

"Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has accused Russia of stealing the country's grain and trying to sell some of it on global markets". Calgary Guy@45
The CBC is always first with the propaganda on the Ukraine file. We all know why.
And this time they are preparing the ground for the biggest story of the year which is going to be inflation/famine.
The war is being fought over some of the most important wheat growing areas in the world and a major source of exports to the international market. This year's harvest id going to be very bad, and every new shipment of arms to the Ukraine-arms designed to be used to terrorise populations and sow mines and explosives on the land- ensures that the crop will be smaller.
For most of North Africa, including Egypt, if there is no wheat for sale except at very high prices, lots of people are going to starve to death.
And next year's harvests are not likely to be any better.
This is what 'weakening Russia' and keeping the war going means- plunging tens of millions of people into starvation by cutting cereal supplies and making bread unaffordable.
The strategy involves constant propaganda aimed at convincing the victims that Russia and Putin in particular are to be blame for their kids starving and neighbours dying.
It is not a particularly clever or original game that the psychos, who run the psychos who have all the political offices, are playing. But it is a very easy one to start.
We have seen just how easy in the months since Minsk II, which would have, weather willing, led to bumper harvests in the black sea breadbasket. Which was one of the reasons why the collective fuhrer in Washington vetoed it.
As to the CBC, it can hardly be coincidental that north American cereal prices are likely to increase rapidly, just as the price of tar sands 'oil' benefitted from the farce of Guiado's accession to the Presidency in Caracas (in Freeland's evil but fertile brain.)

The bottom line on this and similar stories is that they indicate the complete contempt that the neo-cons and the neophyte-cons have for the people from whom they derive their power, because what they are doing is calculated to produce world wide economic distress and social upheaval.

Posted by: bevin | May 12 2022 17:49 utc | 70

Also, I detected some confusion in prior threads about "emerging market" open to RU/EEU commodity exports, infrastructure (CapEx) in particular. I will chalk this up to a decade of "advance market" indifference to rest-of-world capital formation up to "The Pivot to Asia" and, more recently vdL's "Global Gateway" sales sheet.

If one want's to keep tabs on objctive reporting (read: FDI), bookmark PLATTS portal. This three-years old article features a big butt map illustrating supply chain delivery schema--PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT--the very schema responsible for incremental increases of feedstock undermining today's westworld sanctions regime. Besides BRICS (alternative banking, finance, and trade developments) I mentioned here a few threads ago that KSA, for instance, has been diverting sovereign fund investment to the east (since ARAMCO IPO) in line with diversification of crude production into refining P&E. The mutual objctive of parties to public/private trade agreements is climbing up the "global" value chain, which entails wholly-owned production of intermediate and finished goods. And y'all know that beyond consumer- and industrial-use plastics (forms, textiles, etc), crude distillates are one of three options of hydrogen fuel, right? Also, RU and CN chemical engineers are ahead of that game in real time by comparison to US-EU wish fulfillment.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 17:52 utc | 71

Nico (49).

The Kyiv Independent a English newspaper in Ukraine that describes itself as a Brother-in Arms with the Azov Battalion, it was created with an “emergency grant from the European Endowment for Democracy,” a spinoff of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 12 2022 18:00 utc | 72

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 16:40 utc | 51


If Turkey and Hungary object to the inclusion in NATO of Finland and Sweden, then doesn’t this veto the admittance process?

Posted by: WJ | May 12 2022 18:00 utc | 73

subject of active research
Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 12 2022 17:24 utc | 60

Guess what? crypto-racist epidemiology is no substitute for real vector surveillance.

Today, modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague. Without prompt treatment, the disease can cause serious illness or death. Presently, human plague infections continue to occur in rural areas in the western United States, but significantly more cases occur in parts of Africa and Asia.

CDC
latest observations of ellusive zoonotic disease
Reported Cases of Human Plague - United States, 1970-2019

No labs in sight. oops.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 18:06 utc | 74

Posted by: Joe | May 12 2022 16:59 utc | 56

The last I read (from somewhere now forgotten but about a week ago) the KIA ration between U and R is somewhere in the region of 1 : 20.

IF that is more or less true and IF that continues then it doesn't matter much if the RF line is moving forward into the rest of occupied Donbass since basically they are grinding their enemy down. A tipping point will suddenly be reached and they will crumble in a matter of hours or days. Then things will look quite different. For now, though, they are killing 20 for every 1 lost. (Whilst not even using the bulk of their forces or the most deadly of their munitions.)

Posted by: Scorpion | May 12 2022 18:13 utc | 75

WJ@73
You are forgetting Catch-22: "No rules apply when they conflict with US whims."

Posted by: bevin | May 12 2022 18:16 utc | 76

#--Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 12 2022 13:38 utc | 34

It's even more so if you consider the fact that the "jews" chose a gentile as their leader, right when the apostles formed the christian faith.
BTW- The Herodian dynasty was of edomite origin,as was most of the priesthood, but don't tell ortodox jews. They think the west is Edom.

https://youtu.be/tbbmTlg9oK4

Posted by: Anne B | May 12 2022 18:17 utc | 77

There was Bubonic (aka Black) Plague research occurring at University of Miami, Florida about fifteen years ago. I knew a pHD who was involved with it directly.

One might be correct to assume that there is a great deal more going on around in American Universities and other places.

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | May 12 2022 18:23 utc | 78

WJ @73--

Thanks for your query. Yes, according to NATO's rules, there must be 100% agreement on the admittance of new members. I trust Hungary to stand by its word; Turkey not nearly as much. But as we've seen many times, the Outlaw US Empire sees rules as things to be broken, not obeyed.

Bruised Northerner @68--

Thanks for linking to that report, which I just finished reading. I implore all barflies to read the fact that the Outlaw US Empire has illegally used Ukrainian subjects in its biowar experiments and conducted a biowar attack on Donbass citizens. Furthermore, the evidence shows a vertical Fascist structure between the Outlaw US Empire's D-Party, War Department, BigPharma, and D-Party donor foundations which ought to greatly alarm US citizens. That other NATO nations are doing similar work is also extremely alarming. IMO, the only way for Russia to protect itself from a Biowar attack is to eliminate all such facilities within Europe, Asia and Africa, and perhaps to the point of making preemptive attacks to destroy such facilities with the Outlaw US Empire since they present a threat to all humanity, not just Russia. This is an extremely dangerous situation exposing the barbaric nature of the Outlaw US Empire's ideologues, proving they present a clear and present danger to all humanity.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 18:25 utc | 79

When von der Leyen recently said that the EU should get rid of its unanimity requirement for making decisions, I took that as a trial balloon for making a similar change in NATO.

Posted by: Lysias | May 12 2022 18:35 utc | 80

... Of note: the wide use of drones for targeting intelligence which is then fed to artillery.

Posted by: Joe | May 12 2022 16:59 utc | 56

Funny you should mention that, I saw a quote from some Azov Battalion person, maybe even today, can’t remember where, lamenting the devilry of RF drone-spotted artillery (RF is also using laser-guided shells, ouch). The import of it was him implying that they really needed to “do something” about it. i.e. be given a drone suppression system of some sort.

The odd mixture of subject and tone might even suggest that he knows something is already in the post from the Axis Powers. As a minimum, it seemed greatly out of character for that sort of rabidly partisan nutter to emphasise the importance of a primary RF weapon system component.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 12 2022 18:40 utc | 81

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 18:25 utc | 79

"This is an extremely dangerous situation exposing the barbaric nature of the Outlaw US Empire's ideologues, proving they present a clear and present danger to all humanity."

Well said indeed. Which is why the 'demilitarization and denazification' of Ukraine is actually going to involve collapsing the USG (with neocon CIA etc) and the UK (with MI6 etc) without which any kinetic gains on the ground in Ukraine will prove only temporary.

That defeat can only happen with respective economic collapse, aka Depression, which in turn will provide pretext for the new techno fascist 'reset' for which, coincidentally or not, both China, Ukraine and Russia are already prepared.

Posted by: Scorpion | May 12 2022 18:41 utc | 82

Senate hits wall in $40Bn "aid" package to Ukraine

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 12 2022 18:45 utc | 83

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 16:40 utc | 51

The Finns may think they face the same weak USSR that attacked them in 1939-40 which it prevailed over, but that would be a major mistake. Just as bad a mistake is belief that NATO would collectively come to Finland's aid if it were to attack Russia at the behest of the Outlaw US Empire, which IMO has clearly bribed Finland's leaders to break the longstanding treaties with Russia that benefitted both nations.


As a finn who has followed finnish politics closely for a long time i really dont think this NATO business has anything to do with bribes or corrupted officials. Sure, like everywhere else in the west, there are some progressive atlanticist types in the government who are taking us deeper and deeper into irrevocable debt but ultimately the populace, our media and our politicians take the hook, line and sinker when it comes to western anti-russian agenda. There is deep-rooted fear for Russia in the finnish psyche (for obvious reasons) and the media simply doesnt offer alternative narratives unless you go out of your way to find some, which very few people do since the narrative fits perfectly in their prejudices.

Things have to get a lot worse before the average finn starts to put any kind of economical-, personal- or national well being above "standing strong against Russia". Finland is simply a small nation of agreeable and gullible people with equally agreeable and gullible leaders who are mostly interested in appearing respectable and getting good-boy-points from the EU and "the international community". There is no point even holding a referendum on NATO since in the current political climate the vote would pass with flying colors. I can only hope we dont end up getting US military installations in our country but even then we really need someone or something to point out that emperor has no clothes before its too late... the irrational fear for everything russian is deeply rooted and integral part of our national dogma. That makes it easily exploitable by the western mass media and applies to the entire political spectrum apart from few fundamentally anti-war leftists who still conceded to favorable party line when it comes to NATO. The Finns Party ("the right-wing populist party") is equally and fully on board with NATO.

Posted by: Apostate1984 | May 12 2022 18:46 utc | 84

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 12 2022 13:24 utc | 32

"I had thought Russia would sanction US energy but it has not done so. Sanctioning the prostitutes but not the pimp?"


The prostitutes are in the process of committing suicide. Just give them a little nudge and the pimp will be a nobody, soon enough.

Posted by: unimperator | May 12 2022 18:55 utc | 85

Posted by: Apostate1984 | May 12 2022 18:46 utc | 84
Anyone check Finland, RF trade balance yet?
Idly wondering what kind of reprecussion might occur that didn't occur back in 2014, I did a while ago.
Turns out RF is next exporter; Finland's riding a deficit.
So. Before RF thinks about pulling the big guns, what are the odds the Kremlin demonstates embargo options?

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 18:56 utc | 86

have no comment - now we in Suecia are all yankees! Må gud bevara oss.

Posted by: Ejnar Ekström | May 12 2022 19:07 utc | 87

Olga Sukharevskaya, an ex-Ukrainian diplomat, has authored an excellent essay, "How a century of political violence in Ukraine is linked to the atrocities of today: The history of Ukrainian nationalist cruelty is an important factor, barely discussed, or known, in the West." Her introductory paragraph:

"For many, graphic footage of Russian servicemen tortured and killed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and nationalist battalions, came as a real shock. But this did not surprise those who are familiar with the ‘traditions’ of Ukraine’s ‘fighters for national freedom’, as they have more than a century of history in this sort of thing."

Yes, it's somewhat long, but it's meant to be informative, not brief.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 19:12 utc | 88

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 18:56 utc | 86

From the OEC website I can see that Finland exported $3.46B to Russia in 2020 in paper, copper and refined oil. The same year, Russia exported $6.81B to Finland in crude oil, nickel and refined oil. Services are comparable.

Also, regarding your second point, the RF just threatened to cut off all gas exports to Finland as soon as Friday if their plans to join NATO continue moving at this pace.

Posted by: Lemming | May 12 2022 19:15 utc | 89

Ukrainian forces holding Russian civilians (crews of merchant/fishing boats hostage.

"The office of Russia’s Human Rights Envoy Tatiana Moskalkova reported on Thursday that it had received another two appeals about civilian ships with Russian crews being held at Ukrainian ship repair plants, with a total of 73 Russian sailors currently detained in Ukraine.

"Today, we received another two appeals about sailors and crews in custody. Dialogue is continuing to release sailors currently held illegally and groundlessly," the human rights envoy told reporters.

As the Russian ombudswoman specified, the Russian sailors are being held at ship repair plants in Izmail in southern Ukraine.

According to the information from the Russian ombudswoman’s office, the 73 Russian sailors in detention are crewmembers of eight civilian vessels: Volgo-Balt 193, Volgo-Balt 225, Volgo-Balt 224, Naviger-2, Omsky 6, Omsky 132, Rondo and Svir."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 12 2022 19:21 utc | 90

Apostate1984 @84--

Thanks for your reply and explanation of internal Finnish sentiment. Hopefully, Hungary will save Finland from the dire mistake it's trying to make, but I'd prepare do deal with what's beginning to be called EU Disease.

Scorpion @82--

Thanks for your reply. I don't know how Russian and Chinese leadership will react to this dire information. Just the fact that the Outlaw US Empire was brazen enough to carry out an act of Bio-Terrorism ought to awaken them to the fact that the stakes are far higher than they probably thought initially. Unlike nukes, a bio attack is much harder to prove as Covid has shown. I used Clancy's title for a reason.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 19:23 utc | 91

What is the procedure for nominating VD for a Nobel Prize (Peace Prize, of course)?

How many kills does this guy have?
Obama wasted no time in slaughtering women and children in Yemen
after receiving his Nobel Peace Prize. Obama returned from Oslo
and got right to work. 7 days after delivering his acceptance speech
he shredded dozens of women and children with cluster bombs.

Posted by: librul | May 12 2022 19:29 utc | 92

Posted by: Lemming | May 12 2022 19:15 utc | 88

LOL!

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 19:33 utc | 93

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 19:23 utc | 90

"I don't know how Russian and Chinese leadership will react to this dire information. Just the fact that the Outlaw US Empire was brazen enough to carry out an act of Bio-Terrorism ought to awaken them to the fact that the stakes are far higher than they probably thought initially. Unlike nukes, a bio attack is much harder to prove as Covid has shown. I used Clancy's title for a reason."

Well, the Chinese work with US scientists and receive US funding for their labs in China (including the infamous Wuhan lab) so I suspect they know the score quite well even before adding in espionage-derived data.

I don't believe labels like 'China' 'America' 'Russia' and 'Ukraine' are nearly as definitive as they seem. Unz has been pushing his thesis that the 'Americans' executed a biowarfare attack on 'China' whilst entirely ignoring that Chinese scientists work in American biolabs and Fauci's and others US agencies help fund Chinese biowarfare labs. They work together in other words.

It's therefore more likely that certain globalist networks control or greatly influence what happens in those labs far more than, say, President Trump did as the USG CEO; he probably knew nothing about any of this and quite possibly Xi knows little as well. Hard to say. In any case, the globalist agenda is against all sovereign nation states of the old school type and my suspicion is that they are really the target of this entire kinetic operation with much of the Ukraine-specific elements being used as pretext for a campaign whose wider-ranging effects are really the purpose behind the whole thing.

In any case, I doubt either Russia or China is surprised about the biowarfare labs. However, if properly handled information about them might greatly effect fence-sitting nations as well as domestic Western populations.

Indeed, perhaps one of the main objectives of this SMO period is to topple the West off its moral high ground perch. It's doable and certainly this biolab business can help greatly; and if achieved, a veritably world-changing dynamic which will usher in many other world-changing dynamics.

Interesting times...

Posted by: Scorpion | May 12 2022 19:45 utc | 94

Evan Reif has a great story at Covert Action Magazine (bookmark!) on the immense efforts and enormous number of people who have been involved- thanks almost entirely to the generosity of the poor bloody taxpayers in NATOlands- in promoting the Fourth Reich/Ukrainian division.
https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/05/12/army-of-secret-propagandists-in-ukraine-funded-by-u-s-to-win-western-hearts-and-minds-for-nato-policies/

"...the Media Development Foundation, a “media accelerator” founded in 2013 by the CEO and CFO of the Kyiv Independent, Daryna Shevchenko and Jakub Parusinski.

"The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a CIA offshoot that tries to advance U.S.-style democracy and capitalism in foreign nations, provided the seed funding, and provides about one-quarter of its overall funding. The remainder comes from either North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) affiliated agencies or right-wing groups.

"This predates the Kyiv Independent by almost a decade and is, I believe, the real linchpin of what it does. The goals of the organization are quite comprehensive....


Evan lists the names and names the media, of which there are dozens such as
"Ukrayinska Pravda
Not related to the original Pravda, this was founded in 2000 by Georgiy Gongadze, a Georgian right-wing terrorist. One of the most popular news outlets in Ukraine, they now have nearly one million followers on Twitter.

"As is fitting for their history, they are unbelievably far-right. Indeed, the site has an entire section dedicated to historical revisionism. They worship Bandera and the OUN, alternate between denying and justifying genocide, and defend the SS Galicia division, war criminals responsible for many atrocities, I am still surprised from time to time how brazen the Ukrainian far right can be, in this country which the press tells us has no Nazi problem.

"Their executive director, Andrey Boborykin, works for CORE. The editor-in-chief, Andrey’s wife Sevgil Musayeva, got somewhat famous back during the Maidan coup for founding Crimea SOS, an NGO founded with NED cash working for the return of Crimea to Ukrainian control, mostly by offering what they call “verified information” but given their funding, is likely anything but.

Posted by: bevin | May 12 2022 19:46 utc | 95

Yle | Key Finnish party leaders back Nato application

Nothing left to do but cry over the term sheet

It is highly likely that the President of the Republic together with the Government's Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy will propose application for Nato membership on Sunday. In that case, Parliament would be able to start processing the proposal this coming Monday. [...] "Basically, the so-called grey time has now begun. Although the proposal and decision are not yet official, the official position of the state leadership has now been announced. That, of course, increases the likelihood of malicious action by Russia," Purra said.
I supposed, that is to admit, the first 5 EU sanctions are accidents? Good humored pranks?

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 19:50 utc | 96

@84 Thanks for your first-hand knowledge about Finland. I get that Finns are afraid of Russia for various historical and geographic reasons

What I don't understand is why they think joining NATO will make them more secure. I would think making Russia angry would have the opposite effect.

Posted by: dh | May 12 2022 19:57 utc | 97

karlof1 @79

All I can say is that in Canada there has been pressure at times, through the media, rights groups, to close our only level 4 bio-lab in Winnipeg for these reasons. But then — a map is shown on the news, pinpointing the locations of all the similar bio-labs in the US (many near the border), and public pressure wanes.

Perhaps the Russians will work through the UN to dismantle them. From Dmitry Polyanskiy’s Twitter account:

“Russia demanded an open meeting of the UN Security Council to present new evidence on military biological programs carried out at the US biolabs in Ukraine. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am NY time tomorrow, May 13”

https://twitter.com/Dpol_un/status/1524785828802732033

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | May 12 2022 20:02 utc | 98

Seer @54

"How in the F are we going to get people to think/wake up?"

Good question. The USA's propaganda machine is so powerful that it will be very difficult to get them to think/wake up. It's such a powerful sleeping potion that USA propaganda. I think the only thing that would wake up Americans would be if Russia dropped one of those hypersonic missiles on CIA headquarters outside Washington, DC.

Posted by: Chas | May 12 2022 20:17 utc | 99

A very short fairy-tale :| Share it freely if you think it's any good.

Easy
‾‾‾‾

"Hah it is so easy" says a voice.

"'Oh no, not us, we are simple, gullible, and innocent!' said every population ever, at least when looking the other way, which is most of the time, and few would ever admit to not believing it to the core of their being' it continued.

"And if that's not enough then 'We're victims of all sorts of foul deeds!' will be, and if you nod along they'll call you 'Friend!' and shower you with love".

"You want to be loved don't you?".

"Very, very, easy. Simple. Gullible. And not so innocent".

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 12 2022 20:29 utc | 100

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