Daily Archives: September 18, 2015

Soldiers detain Burkina Faso interim leaders

16 Sep 2015

Detention of president, prime minister and cabinet members raises fears of coup before elections.

Soldiers have detained Burkina Faso’s transitional president, prime minister and an unknown number of cabinet members, raising fears of a coup.

Ukraine | Urainian Nazi attacted their opponents in Odessa

One of local TV channels in Odessa organized a talk show. It was devoted to anticommunist laws adopted in April. Both supporters and opponents were invited. There were memberes of neo-Nazi “Svoboda” party among supporters. When talk show ended they decided to continue discussion in their favorite manner. They organized ambush near the TV center and attacted their opponents with tear gas.
Administration of the channel expressed regret over the incident and promised to take measures to punish those responsible.
Attack was organized at September 17. Apropriate video made by street watch camera was published today.

Canada | Putin’s Way: Frontline propaganda garbage, dressed as brave journalism

September 9, 2015
PBS documentary Putin’s Way: Half-truths and lies in the service of US warmongering against Russia
By Andrea Peters
Last week, PBS, the major public broadcaster in the United States, re-aired the one-hour exposé Putin’s Way on its “Frontline” television program. It is currently available for streaming on the “Frontline” web site.
The film was initially released in January 2015. Created by writer, director and producer Neil Docherty, it features the work of investigative reporter Gillian Findlay.
Putin’s Way is not so much a documentary as a propaganda piece intended to justify Washington’s confrontation with Russia and make the case for regime-change in Moscow, if necessary by military means. Proponents of the anti-Putin campaign among intellectuals and in the government and media are no doubt delighted by the combination of half-truths, omissions and hypocritical expressions of moral indignation that characterize the film. But the viewer genuinely seeking to understand the origins and character of the oligarchy ruling Russia will find little insight.
Putin’s Way begins by promising its audience “the inside story of the Russian president’s rise to power.” It provides a smattering of facts about Vladimir Putin’s childhood and early life and a rudimentary outline of his evolution from KGB officer working in East Germany, to deputy mayor of Saint Petersburg working under the tutelage of Anatoly Sobchak, to prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, and finally to the Russian presidency. This narrative is accompanied by a menacing, horror film-like score.
Along the way, the film presents evidence of corruption involving Putin and his allies. Examples include the future president filching money amassed through the sale of state resources for the designated purpose of purchasing food for Saint Petersburg; Putin’s use of his position as Saint Petersburg’s chair of foreign economic relations to cut special deals with overseas investors; the funneling of government money intended for construction projects into the purchase of vacation villas; cooperation with organized crime; and turning a blind eye to money laundering.
The documentary asserts that corruption in Russia today is more systematic that at any previous time in the country’s history. Russian investigators whose work has been censored speak to the camera.

Turkey | Turkey and its Kurds at war: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal quest for survival

September 16, 2015

The Kurdish town of Cizre, a settlement with a population of approximately 150 thousand souls in Southeastern Turkey, is now under siege of the Turkish armed forces and the so-called “special operation force” of the police for a second time, after a previous one-week long siege was lifted for an interlude of two days. A round-the-clock curfew is accompanied by power cuts and the interruption all means of communication including mobile telephones and the Internet. The evidence that came out when the first round of siege was lifted attests to a terrible human drama. Over 30 civilians are dead, ranging from a 35-day old infant to a 75-year old man. Before the siege was lifted, government sources claimed that security forces had killed more than a dozen fighters of the PKK, the Kurdish guerrilla army, denying any civilian deaths. How the baby and the old man could have contributed to the fight of the PKK remains a mystery unexplored by government spokespeople after the facts have come to light.