When Puppets Lose Their Strings: "Yats" No Longer All That for US

‘Yats’ Is No Longer the Guy
by Robert Parry  - Consortium News

April 11, 2016

In reporting on the resignation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the major U.S. newspapers either ignored or distorted Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s infamous intercepted phone call before the 2014 coup in which she declared “Yats is the guy!” 

Though Nuland’s phone call introduced many Americans to the previously obscure Yatsenyuk, its timing – a few weeks before the ouster of elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych – was never helpful to Washington’s desired narrative of the Ukrainian people rising up on their own to oust a corrupt leader.
Several weeks before Ukraine’s 2014 coup,
Nuland had already picked Arseniy Yatsenyuk
to be the future leader, but now “Yats” is no longer the guy.

Instead, the conversation between Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt sounded like two proconsuls picking which Ukrainian politicians would lead the new government. Nuland also disparaged the less aggressive approach of the European Union with the pithy put-down: “Fuck the E.U.!”

More importantly, the intercepted call, released onto YouTube in early February 2014, represented powerful evidence that these senior U.S. officials were plotting – or at least collaborating in – a coup d’etat against Ukraine’s democratically elected president. So, the U.S. government and the mainstream U.S. media have since consigned this revealing discussion to the Great Memory Hole.
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Free Fire Israel: Impunity in Full View of the Entire World

The Logic of Murder: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World
by Ramzy Baroud - Middle East Monitor

April 12, 2016
"Whether he made a mistake or not, is a trivial question," said an Israeli Jewish man who joined large protests throughout Israel in support of a soldier who calmly, and with precision, killed a wounded Palestinian man in al-Khalil (Hebron). The protesting Jewish man described Palestinians as 'barbaric', ‘bestial', who should not be perceived as people.
This is hardly a fringe view in Israel. The vast majority of Israelis, 68%, support the killing of Abdel Fatah Yusri al-Sharif, 21, by the solider who had reportedly announced before firing at the wounded Palestinian that the “terrorist had to die.”
The killing scene would have been relegated to the annals of the many ‘contested’ killings by Israeli soldiers, were it not for a Palestinian field worker with Israel’s human rights group, B’Tselem, who filmed the bloody event.
The incident, once more, highlights a culture of impunity that exists in the Israeli army, which is not a new phenomenon.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Taliano, Eric de Place, Janine Bandcroft April 13, 2016

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


April 12, 2016 

Welcome to Canada 2016: Less a nation "strong and free" than a transnational oligarchy.

Though the infamous 'Panama Papers' are yet to wash up on Canadian shores, the message they bear is as apt in the True North as in any Banana Republic: Money trumps democracy, and notions of freedom and justice are illusions in the face of a Realpolitik predicated by what my first guest terms, a “full spectrum apparatus of domination and control.”
Listen. Hear.

Mark Taliano is an Ontario-based writer, researcher, and activist who, in his retirement from instructing the youth of the nation, has turned his attention to the rest of us.

Mark's essays appear at the American Herald Tribune, Global Research, and the Common Sense Canadian, among other places.

Mark Taliano in the first half.

And; time is running short for the public to weigh in on a xylene processing plant planned for the shores of the Salish Sea. April 15th is the deadline for those wanting to make their feelings on the Texas-based Tesoro Corporation's scheme to site the massive petrochemical facility on Anacortes Island known.

Eric de Place is policy director, researcher, writer, and policy analyst for Sightline Institute, a Washington State-based independent, nonprofit think tank. Eric leads Sightline’s energy policy work, and is a leading expert on regional coal and oil export schemes.

Eric de Place and the Tesoro Corporation's proposed horror next door in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good things coming this week to our city's streets, and beyond there too. But first, Mark Taliano and Canadian politicians: Controlled by the transnational oligarchy.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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The Democrats' Dilemma: Revolting or Revolution?

The problem’s that Clinton IS qualified for president: Is Bernie’s ‘Political Revolution’ the Real Thing or a Pathetic Joke?
by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening

April 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders had a shining moment last week at a massive rally in Philadelphia at the Temple University Liacouras Sports Center.
The high point came when he mentioned that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, had implied that he was “not qualified” to be president -- a charge that she has continued to make in a tense campaign for the April 19 Democratic primary in New York state.

As 10,000 people in the stadium erupted in an enthusiastic chorus of boos, Sanders declared that in his view it is Clinton who’s “not qualified” for the presidency. He cited her $15 million in “donations” from Wall Street banks, her vote to support the Iraq War, and her support for “almost every trade agreement” sent to Congress during her years in Washington.
If being owned by corporations and the rich is a
qualification for the presidency, who's qualified:
Bernie or Hillary?
If Sanders had at that point said, “Well I’m nonetheless going to endorse her for president if she ends up winning the nomination in this primary campaign,” I am certain he would have been shouted down. He didn’t though. Instead, he made that submissive statement two days later in a CBS interview with the execrable Charlie Rose, who pressed him and pressed him (but who has not pressed Clinton similarly) to renounce his claim that Clinton is “not qualified” for the White House.
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Not Taking the Hint, Mulcair Clings to NDP Leadership Despite Non-Confidence Vote

NDP Convention Delegates Show Party Leader Mulcair the Door; and a Note on Ukraine
by Roger Annis
April 10, 2016

Hello friends; so in the end, Tom Mulcair's bid to stay on as New Democratic Party leader following the disastrous election campaign he and his advisers perpetrated six months ago went down in flames. It was not even close, as 52 per cent of NDP delegates assembled at the national convention in Edmonton voted to proceed to a leadership contest.
The bandied-about number for Mulcair to stay on for at least the next few years was 70 per cent. Anne Lagace-Dowson, a delegate from Montreal, later told CBC that delegates were "surprised, even stunned" by how lopsided was the vote.

I listened to CBC's live feed of Mulcair's speech to the convention today. It was utterly lacklustre, merely repeating vague phrases and nostrums from NDP platforms in the past--'fairness', 'equality, 'make the rich  pay more taxes', etc. Given the gravity of the electoral defeat the party suffered last year, the speech was surely interpreted by many delegates as insulting to their intelligence. There wasn't the slightest hint of reflection on the right-wing ('no deficits') platform on which the party waged the Oct 19, 2015 election campaign, a platform that was outflanked on the left by the Liberal Party! Indeed, Mulcair concluded his speech to the convention with a ringing "We go forward", ie, 'nothing changes'.
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Trektopia Rising

Is Star Trek's Utopia Achievable? 
by Kim Petersen - American Herald Tribune

April 1, 2016

All fans of science fiction are familiar with Star Trek. It is an iconic science fiction show that spans five TV series (a sixth series will debut in 2017), one animated series, and a number of films over five decades.

The storyline of Star Trek, however, spans three centuries. What makes Star Trek particularly attractive for many viewers is its progressivism. Star Trek depicts a future where the scourges of sickness, racism, poverty, and war have been eradicated on Earth and throughout much of the Federation, an inter-planetary alliance of which the Earth is a founding member.

The elimination of poverty, hunger, and wage slavery has resulted from transcending capitalism, markets, and currencies.
Manu Saadia, Star Trek fan and contributing writer for Fusion.net, has written a book that delves into the utopian economics of the Trek universe: Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek (Piper Text Publishing, 2016).1 Trekonomics addresses a future from the mind of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry where intellectual property rights, greed, and racism have been replaced by altruism and tolerance.

How did this economic cornucopia/utopia become possible?
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Unmoored and Unhinged: Corporate Press Loses Reality Bowline

A Media Unmoored from Facts
by Robert Parry  - Consortium News

April 7, 2016

Several weeks ago, I received a phone call from legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh who had seen one of my recent stories about Syria and wanted to commiserate over the state of modern journalism. Hersh’s primary question regarding reporters and editors at major news outlets these days was:

“Do they care what the facts are?”
Hersh noted that in the past – in the 1970s when he worked at The New York Times – even executive editor Abe Rosenthal, who was a hard-line cold warrior with strong ideological biases, still wanted to know what was really going on.

My experience was similar at The Associated Press. Among the older editors, there was still a pride in getting the facts right – and not getting misled by some politician or spun by some government flack.
Washington Post’s editorial
page editor Fred Hiatt.
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All or Nothing: Call to Make Complete Panama Papers Leak Public

The Empire Strikes Back
by Craig Murray

7 Apr, 2016 
If you argue a case strongly on the internet you must expect to receive robust argument back. Plus the odd insult.

There has been plenty of both in reaction to my posts about corporate media control of access to the data in the Panama Papers.
But I believe it is fair to say that the overwhelming public feeling I have picked up through monitoring online discussion worldwide, is that the full data should be made available online in searchable form so that the public can look through it and form their own conclusions.
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Big Labor Lines Up with Wall Street for Clinton Endorsement

Big Union Leaders Betray Sanders and Workers
by Ralph Nader - CounterPunch

April 8, 2016

Around a conference table inside the large Washington headquarters of the AFL-CIO, a furious exchange occurred between labor union presidents. It was late February and up for decision by the Executive Council was whether the country’s principal labor federation was going to make a primary season endorsement of Hillary Clinton as favored by the leaders of the largest unions.
According to insiders, tempers flared when smaller unions challenged the Hillary-endorsing big unions such as AFSCME (public employees), the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the Service Employees (SEIU) and the Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).
These large unions came out for Clinton in late 2015 and early 2016 before they sensed the growing rank and file workers’ preference for the lifetime advocate for workers and union backer, Bernie Sanders.
Listening to the nurses union head speak out for Sanders’ strong pro-labor history, Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, interrupted her, exclaiming: “I will not allow you to do a commercial for Sanders.” She retorted, “You mean for the only candidate who has a 100% labor record?”
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Panama Papers Trigger International Mayhem

Panama Papers revelation triggers political crises around the globe
by Jordan Shilton  - WSWS

7 April 2016
The global fallout from the Panama Papers continued to expand Wednesday, as new revelations about the tax arrangements of British Prime Minister David Cameron increased pressure on his government and other world leaders came under scrutiny.
The release of reports based on 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca by 100 media outlets around the world in alliance with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has exposed once again the criminal practices at the heart of global capitalism. High profile figures from around the world have been affected, with a total of 72 current and former heads of state cited as having offshore accounts.
A full-scale political crisis continued to deepen in Iceland Wednesday in the wake of the resignation of Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson the previous day. The government stated later Tuesday that Gunnlaugsson had only stepped aside temporarily, and would resume his duties at some unspecified time. The revelations implicate broader sections of the ruling elite, including the leader of Gunnlaugsson’s coalition partner, the Independence Party.
Criticism of UK Prime Minister Cameron grew after the Daily Telegraph reported that Blairmore, his father’s offshore firm, moved its office from Panama to Ireland in 2010 to evade examination of its tax affairs. Ireland has notoriously low corporation tax rates, which are rarely paid in full by companies.
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What Does "Focused Civilian Elimination" Mean for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction Movement Against Israel?

Non-violent BDS Should Be Welcomed, Not Condemned
by Ramzy Baroud - ramzybaroud.net

April 5, 2016

Yisrael KatzA thousand Israelis and their supporters gathered in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on March 28 at a conference aimed at combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).
The conference was a display of “fear, paranoia, anger and determination,” as described by Antony Loewenstein, and featured top government officials, members of the oppositions and a strange conglomerate of guests, including celebrity has-beens like Roseanne Barr.
Statements made at the conference were predictably frightening and antagonistic – they amounted to nothing more than a display of the language of blood and vengeance that people have grown accustomed to within the Israeli political discourse.
One of the most alarming of the statements was made by Israeli Minister of Transportation, Israel Katz, who called for the “focused civilian elimination of the leadership of BDS.”
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Hidden Agendas and the Panama Papers "Leaks"

History of the Panama Papers - Offshore Banking Havens: Hidden Agenda behind the 2013 Operation “Offshore Leaks”?
by Valentin Katasonov and Prof Michel Chossudovsky - Global Research, Strategic Culture Foundation

April 05, 2016

Introduction by Michel Chossudovsky
The following article by Prof. Valentin Katasonov, a distinguished Russian economist was published three years ago by the Strategic Culture Foundation and Global Research.
The planning of the Panama Papers leaks on April 4, 2016 bears a canny resemblance, to a previous leak entitled Operation Offshore Leaks which was also implemented on April 4th (ie. exactly three years ago April 4, 2013) by the same consortium of international journalists (ICIJ).

ICIJ website, dated April 3, 2013, released to media on April 4
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