Archive | March 26, 2015

Ukraine’s Oligarchs Eradicating Each Other*

Ukraine’s Oligarchs Eradicating Each Other*

Ukraine’s post-coup regime is facing what looks like a falling-out among thieves as oligarch-warlord Igor Kolomoisky, who was given his own province to rule, brought his armed men to Kiev to fight for control of the state-owned energy company, further complicating the State Department’s propaganda efforts, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

In the never-never land of how the mainstream U.S. press covers the Ukraine crisis, the appointment last year of thuggish oligarch Igor Kolomoisky to govern one of the country’s eastern provinces was pitched as a democratic “reform” because he was supposedly too rich to bribe, without noting that his wealth had come from plundering the country’s economy.

In other words, the new U.S.-backed “democratic” regime, after overthrowing democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych because he was “corrupt,” was rewarding one of Ukraine’s top thieves by letting him lord over his own province, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, with the help of his personal army.

Last year, Kolomoisky’s brutal militias, which include neo-Nazi brigades, were praised for their fierce fighting against ethnic Russians from the east who were resisting the removal of their president. But now Kolomoisky, whose financial empire is crumbling as Ukraine’s economy founders, has turned his hired guns against the Ukrainian government led by another oligarch, President Petro Poroshenko.

Igor Kolomoisky

Last Thursday night, Kolomoisky and his armed men went to Kiev after the government tried to wrest control of the state-owned energy company UkrTransNafta from one of his associates. Kolomoisky and his men raided the company offices to seize and apparently destroy records. As he left the building, he cursed out journalists who had arrived to ask what was going on. He ranted about “Russian saboteurs.”

From Haaretz (2014): The leading candidate for the Ukrainian presidency, former Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko, visited Israel over the weekend and met with President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Poroshenko told Lieberman he expected Israel to clearly declare support for maintaining the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which Israel has refrained from doing since the beginning of the crisis. Poroshenko arrived in Israel secretly last Thursday for a very low-profile, private visit of a few days. He did not make his arrival public, and both the President’s Office and the Israeli Foreign Ministry kept quiet about the visit. It was not until after his return to Ukraine on Monday night that Poroshenko reported on his visit. Poroshenko met separately on Friday with Peres and Lieberman in Jerusalem, discussing both the Ukrainian presidential elections, scheduled for May 25, and the crisis with Russia.

It was a revealing display of how the corrupt Ukrainian political-economic system works and the nature of the “reformers” whom the U.S. State Department has pushed into positions of power. According to BusinessInsider, the Kiev government tried to smooth Kolomoisky’s ruffled feathers by announcing “that the new company chairman [at UkrTransNafta] would not be carrying out any investigations of its finances.”

Yet, it remained unclear whether Kolomoisky would be satisfied with what amounts to an offer to let any past thievery go unpunished. But if this promised amnesty wasn’t enough, Kolomoisky appeared ready to use his private army to discourage any accountability.

On Monday, Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, chief of the State Security Service, accused Dnipropetrovsk officials of financing armed gangs and threatening investigators, Bloomberg News reported, while noting that Ukraine has sunk to 142nd place out of 175 countries in Transparency International’s Corruptions Perception Index, the worst in Europe.

The see-no-evil approach to how the current Ukrainian authorities do business relates as well to Ukraine’s new Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, who appears to have enriched herself at the expense of a $150 million U.S.-taxpayer-financed investment fund for Ukraine.

Jaresko has gone to great lengths to block her ex-husband Ihor Figlus from exposing what he regards as her questionable business ethics

Jaresko has gone to great lengths to block her ex-husband Ihor Figlus from exposing what he regards as her questionable business ethics.

Jaresko, a former U.S. diplomat who received overnight Ukrainian citizenship in December to become Finance Minister, had been in charge of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), which became the center of insider-dealing and conflicts of interest, although the U.S. Agency for International Development showed little desire to examine the ethical problems – even after Jaresko’s ex-husband tried to blow the whistle. [“Ukraine Finance Minister’s American ‘Values.’”]

Passing Out the Billions

Jaresko will be in charge of dispensing the $17.5 billion that the International Monetary Fund is allocating to Ukraine, along with billions of dollars more expected from U.S. and European governments.

Regarding Kolomoisky’s claim about “Russian saboteurs,” the government said that was not the case, explaining that the clash resulted from the parliament’s vote last week to reduce Kolomoisky’s authority to run the company from his position as a minority owner. As part of the shakeup, Kolomoisky’s protégé Oleksandr Lazorko was fired as chairman, but he refused to leave and barricaded himself in his office, setting the stage for Kolomoisky’s arrival with armed men.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported on the dispute but also flashed back to its earlier propagandistic praise of the 52-year-old oligarch, recalling that “Mr. Kolomoisky was one of several oligarchs, considered too rich to bribe, who were appointed to leadership positions in a bid to stabilize Ukraine.”

Kolomoisky also is believed to have purchased influence inside the U.S. government through his behind-the-scenes manipulation of Ukraine’s largest private gas firm, Burisma Holdings. Last year, the shadowy Cyprus-based company appointed Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to its board of directors. Burisma also lined up well-connected lobbyists, some with ties to Secretary of State John Kerry, including Kerry’s former Senate chief of staff David Leiter, according to lobbying disclosures.

As Time magazine reported,

“Leiter’s involvement in the firm rounds out a power-packed team of politically-connected Americans that also includes a second new board member, Devon Archer, a Democratic bundler and former adviser to John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Both Archer and Hunter Biden have worked as business partners with Kerry’s son-in-law, Christopher Heinz, the founding partner of Rosemont Capital, a private-equity company.”

According to investigative journalism in Ukraine, the ownership of Burisma has been traced to Privat Bank, which is controlled by Kolomoisky.

So, it appears that Ukraine’s oligarchs who continue to wield enormous power inside the corrupt country are now circling each other over what’s left of the economic spoils and positioning themselves for a share of the international bailouts to come.

As for “democratic reform,” only in the upside-down world of the State Department’s Orwellian “information war” against Russia over Ukraine would impose a corrupt and brutal oligarch like Kolomoisky as the unelected governor of a defenceless population be considered a positive.

(Early Wednesday morning, President Poroshenko dismissed Kolomoisky from his post as Dnipropetrovsk regional governor.)

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For Profit University of Phoenix Loses Half its Students*

For Profit University of Phoenix Loses Half its Students*

What else can be expected when the cash cow is slaughtered…

Enrollment at America’s largest for-profit university was about 460,000 students five years ago. Now it’s 213,000.

The University of Phoenix’s parent company, Apollo Education Group (APOL), announced more losses Wednesday. Its revenues and enrolment both sank roughly 14% in its latest quarter compared to a year ago.

Apollo CEO Greg Cappelli tried to strike an optimistic tone, but investors gave the stock an “F” for falling. The stock tanked almost 30% Wednesday.

“While we faced challenges in the second quarter, we believe Apollo Education Group has the right long-term strategy in place,” Cappelli said in a statement.

What happened: Apollo’s fast fall is another sign of the decline in for-profit education. Last July, one of Apollo’s former competitors, Corinthian Colleges, shuttered its doors. In 2012, the University of Phoenix closed 115 of its campuses.

Once a cash cow industry, for-profit education companies have struggled to overcome criticism of the quality of its education and the costs. They’re the sore spot in the national debate about value of higher education.

For-profit colleges only enrol roughly 12% of the country’s students, but students at for-profit colleges accounted for about half of student loan defaults in 2013, according to federal data.

On a call with analysts Wednesday, Apollo noted that default rates at the University of Phoenix have actually declined significantly in recent years.

But the headwinds continue for for-profit institutions in the U.S. Last March, the Obama administration proposed new limitations on federal aid doled out to for-profit colleges.

President Obama then announced another initiative in January to make community college free. For-profit universities compete for many of the same students that community colleges take in.

What’s ahead: The numbers are telling: Apollo Education Group had revenues close to $5 billion in 2010. This year it will be lucky to take in $2.7 billion.

Wall Street analysts have lowered their forecasts for Apollo in recent months, and most have a “hold rating” on the stock.

With rough earnings and mounting challenges, the University of Phoenix has a difficult road ahead.

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Amsterdam Revolts against the Neo-liberalism in Education

NWO: France Clamping Down on Cash in the Name of Terror*

NWO: France Clamping Down on Cash in the Name of Terror*

The recent round of false flags has proven productive as France rolls out the same Big Brother mechanisms as the Anglophile British colonies…

It was just a matter of time before Western governments used the trumped up “War on Terror” as an excuse to drastically ratchet up the very real war on the use of cash and personal privacy that they are waging against their own citizens.

Taking advantage of public anxiety in the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, France has taken the first step.

It seems the terrorists involved partially financed these attacks by cash, as well as by consumer loans and the sale of counterfeit goods. What a shockeroo!

The terrorists used CASH to purchase some of the stuff they needed–no doubt these murderers were also shod and clothed and used cell phones, cars, and public sidewalks during the planning and execution of their mayhem. Why not restrict their use?

A naked , barefoot terrorist without communications is surely less effective than a fully clothed and equipped one.

Despite the arrant absurdity of blaming cash and financial privacy for these crimes, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin brazenly stated that it was necessary to “fight against the use of cash and anonymity in the French economy.”

He then announced extreme and despotic measures to further restrict the use of cash by French residents and to spy on and pry into their financial affairs.

These measures, which will be implemented in September 2015, include prohibiting French residents from making cash payments of more than 1,000 euros, down from the current limit of 3,000 euros. Given the parlous state of the stagnating French economy the limit for foreign tourists on currency payments will remain higher, at 10,000 euros down from the current limit of 15,000 euros.

The threshold below which a French resident is free to convert euros into other currencies without having to show an identity card will be slashed from the current level of 8,000 euros to 1,000 euros.

In addition any cash deposit or withdrawal of more than 10,000 euros during a single month will be reported to the French anti-fraud and money laundering agency Tracfin.

French authorities will also have to be notified of any freight transfers within the EU exceeding 10,000 euros, including checks, pre-paid cards, or gold.

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France Gagging the Opposition*

The Whys Behind the How of Officials Investigating Charlie Hebdo and Argentina Committed ‘Suicide’*

Once a Rothschild, always a Rothschild Bankster Replaces Hollande’s Economic Minister*

French Muslims Join the protest against the Deceptive Gender Equality School Campaign*

Nuclear Tests: South Pacific Islands to Sue France for $1billion*

Interview with President Assad

Interview with President Assad

 

From Alexandra Bruce

 

This is a rare interview with Syrian President, Bashar Assad in English, recorded on March 4,

  1. It’s always interesting to see the other side of a story and this is a great opportunity to

know Assad’s point of view of what’s happening in his own country, for which we have

Portugal’s RTP TV network to thank.

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President Bashar al-Assad’s Inauguration Speech*

Syria: The Elite’s Compulsive Theft of a Country’s Art, Culture and Heritage While Colonizing It in One Form or Another

U.N. Report on How Israel Coordinates with ISIS inside Syria*

Israel Admits Aiding CIA’s al-Qaeda in Syria*

Syrians Want Foreign Interference and Terrorists out of their Country*

Syrian Victories Betray Last Year’s WMD Lies*

A Symbolic Blow to NWO’s Destabilization of Syria*

U.S. Excludes Syria When Syria has Made Great Strides against ISIL*

Death by Vaccine: 34 Syrian Children Die*

ISIL Camp near Syria Border Destroyed by Iraqi Army not U.S.*

Massacred Syrian Town Ten Months under Siege Freed by the Syrian Army not the U.S. Coalition*

The Hypocrisy of Turkey and Saudi Arabia on Syria is Challenged*

U.S. – Saudi Deal to Destabilize Russia and Syria Backfires*

U.S. Destruction of Syrian Oil Infrastructure has nothing to do with ISIS/L*

Hebrew Bibles from Syria Taken by MOSSAD*

Greater Israel” Requires the Breaking up of Existing Arab States*

ISIS Preserving Jewish Cultural Heritage in Iraq*

Costa Rica Only Uses Renewable Energy*

Costa Rica Only Uses Renewable Energy*

By Paul Heltzel

Costa Rica has now powered the entire country for more than 75 days using only renewable energy. The country hasn’t needed fossil fuel for all of 2015 thanks to hydropower and a heavy rainy season.

The nation of 5 million inhabitants also gets renewable energy contributions from a mix of solar, geothermal and wind power.

Because Costa Rica needs a steady flow of water to maintain such an impressive feat, the Central American nation has budgeted nearly $1 billion to tap into its many volcanoes, expanding its use of geothermal power.

Geothermal energy generated 10% of the nation’s power last year.

The country tops an impressive list of nations producing much of their power from renewable sources. Reports Quartz, Sweden, Bulgaria and Estonia have already met their 2020 renewable energy goals.

Denmark creates 40% of its energy from wind. And the Dutch territory Bonaire is already producing nearly 100% of its energy from renewables and hopes to go over the top using algae as a biofuel.

Costa Rica aims to be entirely carbon neutral by 2021, reports inhabit.com.

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Inspiring Youth Recycle Cooking Fat into Biofuel for Hard-up Families*

Nigerian Students Discover One Litre of Urine Produces One Hour of Electricity*

weden Recycles 99per cent of Its Waste*

How Nebraskans took Control of their Energy Grid*

Vermont, First US City to Run 100 Percent on Sustainable Energy*

Barbados Goes Solar and More*

12 Reasons to Ban DuPont Products*

12 Reasons to Ban DuPont Products*
By Christina Sarich

Sure, Monsanto is listed as one of the most hated companies on the planet, but what about other biotechnology giants such as DuPont?

This company has been terrorizing the planet for far too long, but they hide easily in Monsanto’s ominous shadow. It’s easy to lose sight of the other companies that are just as responsible for ruining our food supply and contaminating our water, soil, and air, as we just focus on a singular mammoth corporation. But we need to open our eyes to see the entire collection of carnage these companies commit – or to get to know the other rotten apples in the bunch.

DuPont is just as big in genetically-modified seeds and agricultural chemicals, and pursues largely the same policies as Monsanto with respect to pricing, IP enforcement, and other blatant, propagandizing, corporate manoeuvres.

Here’s a little lesson in Dupont history. I hope you get to know them better by the time you’ve reached the end of the page.

Getting to Know DuPont

Dupont is in the biotechnology business, with their main products being chemicals. The corporation is one of the top ten companies completely strangling the natural world – and it needs to stop.

If that isn’t enough reason to put them on your watch list, here are 11 more.

  1. Every war the United States has fought starting in 1802 with the war against Tripoli (today Ubya) and the Barbary Pirates until the incursion into Somalia this last year, the American military has depended upon DuPont gunpowder.

“Unlike Alfred Nobel, who felt so guilt-ridden about his invention of dynamite and its subsequent use in warfare that he established the Nobel Prizes, the DuPont family was apparently more interested in arranging marriages between cousins to maintain the family fortune.”

  1. The corporation has also manufactured DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange, just like Monsanto.

  1. DuPont developed nylon and polyester which don’t decompose very easily and junk up the planet. These fabrics are considered to be on the top six list of things to avoid wearing.

Then suffocate them to death

  1. The company has also helped to develop nuclear weapons.
  2. 5. DupPont has dumped carcinogenic chemicals into people’s water supplies repeatedly, and even though they’ve been sued for it multiple times, they continue to do so.

DuPont was ordered to pay $1.85M for killing trees in U.S. for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodentcide Act (FIFRA) by misbranding a herbicide product called Imprelis.

  1. DuPont helped to develop numerous carcinogenic agricultural products – i.e. pesticides and herbicides.

  1. Monsanto does indeed spend millions lobbying our government to have their way with our seeds and agriculture, but so does DuPont.

  1. They spend millions to make sure that GMO labeling initiatives are defeated. Just recently they spent more than $3.2 million to keep Americans from knowing what they are eating.

  1. Just like Monsanto, they like to sue farmers for patent infringement. They recently won more than $23 million from farmers for just that.
  2. DuPont shares the GMO corn market with Monsanto. They each own around 36% of it.

  1. DuPont has cornered the GMO soy market, owning more than 37% of it. GMO soy has been linked to infertility, birth defects, and infant mortality, for starters.

The most hated corporation on the planet may deserve some company.

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