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howeird beale

You don't get invited along much.

Fidel wrote:

Redcoats, Howeird.  They're under your bed and knocking at the front door. Don your tinfoil hat and run like a mad hatter for the hills.

Making fun of psychiatric issues now.

You're a real cool guy.

Fidel

No I'm just making fun of your and the chickenhawk brigade's Russophobia.

It doesn't matter what you or the chickenhawks think about Russia. It's actually none of their business. Putin is far more popular in that country than any of the cosmetic leaders can say for themselves similarly in Ottawa or Warshington D.C.

howeird beale

Anyway I went to a concert with some friends Friday, had a few overpriced beers. Was supposed to get together with some other friends yesterday, was too bushed from the nite before, couldn't be bothered. Gotta work all week again tomorrow so gotta take it easy once in a while. Did some chores, got out on the bike did a little work out some shopping, talked to a couple of female friends on the phone.

how 'bout you. How was your weekend? Lots of friends? Good times?

howeird beale

Just sat by yourself, alone, huh?

Go figure.

Fidel

And did you talk about Russia and the chickenhawks 100 year-long obssession with that country? Play some Vagina Riot on the iPod? 

Unionist

FULL DISCLOSURE:

I flagged post #203 as offensive, specifying "personal attack", because I'm concerned about the steady diet of harassment in hb's last few posts. I left the "comment" box blank, rather than belabour the obvious.

I got this message:

"Please provide a more detailed description - no links please."

Hahaha.

Fidel, carry on, brother. The opposition is folding fast.

 

Fidel

Thanks U. I sometimes wonder what in heck I'm doing in these threads. Oh well, perhaps a change of pace next week.

howeird beale

Unionist wrote:

FULL DISCLOSURE:

I flagged post #203 as offensive, specifying "personal attack", because I'm concerned about the steady diet of harassment in hb's last few posts. I left the "comment" box blank, rather than belabour the obvious.

I got this message:

"Please provide a more detailed description - no links please."

Hahaha.

Fidel, carry on, brother. The opposition is folding fast.

 

Oh No! Brrrrr!!

But the calling people nazis stuff, oh that's ok.

6079_Smith_W

As Partiarch Krill says about Pussy Riot, "They are not real punk musicians. They were paid to perform."

Here's some music we can all really get down to, dedicated to, and approved by the defender of freedom himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk_VszbZa_s

And a "making of" documentary:

http://www.pbs.org/soundtracks/stories/putin/

NDPP

'Pussy Riot Trial Not About Freedom of Speech'

http://rt.com/news/pussy-riot-freedom-speech-609/

"...The hype about the Pussy Riot trial has a lot to do with western attitudes towards Russia, says Italian journalist Enza Ferren. A Western prejudice against Russia is unquestionable, she argues. Ferren told RT that the West still buys into a stereotype that there is no freedom of speech in Russia, when in fact it is more democratic than many of its western counterparts and the Pussy Riot verdict prove it. The West has been very hypocritical when it comes to the Pussy Riot case, argues the journalist..."

 

Why Western Politiicans Support Pussy Riot [Like Paul Dewar, John Baird etc.]  -  by Clara Weiss

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/aug2012/puss-a25.shtml

"...In reality, behind the campaign against the Putin regime in the name of democracy, Western leaders are expressing their discontent with Russia's domestic and foreign policy and seeking to put pressure on the regime. First, Western politicians and businesses want an opening of the Russian market for foreign investors and deeper attacks on the working class. This is why they broadly support the free market economic agenda of Russia's liberal opposition which dominated  last year's protest movement against Putin and around which Pussy Riot itself was active..."

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

Ombudsman shocked over ‘Orthodox squads’ idea

 

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Russia’s top human rights official Vladimir Lukin has slammed plans by a Christian group to create “Orthodox squads” to defend churches and priests and urged President Putin to check into the matter.

“That’s a terrible proposal. I am calling on everyone, including the guarantor of the Constitution [the president], to sort out the issue. I’m seriously concerned about such suggestions in our country,” Russia’s Ombudsman Lukin told journalists on Thursday.

Under the country’s supreme law, only the state has the right for “measured violence,” he underlined. “Otherwise we’ll face grave consequences,” Lukin added.

A day earlier, the leader of the Holy Rus (Russia) movement, Ivan Otrakovsky, announced that volunteer Orthodox militia will be patrolling holy sites in Moscow and the Moscow Region.

Maybe Pussy Riot was a Russian Orthodox false flag operation... Egh?Wink

6079_Smith_W

And I have to say, aside from the Star Trek pants those are some pretttty manly duds.

Never mind the church. Maybe this whole thing is just a marketing campaign designed to introduce the fearless leader's new fall fashion line. We'll see if he shows up to strut his stuff for some photo shoots with these boys.

 

NDPP

Re: 'Orthodox Squads' . Old news, already done here by CIJA to protect against 'radical Islam'

http://rabble.ca/comment/1329707

Does Canada Need/Want CIJA's IDF Trained 'Community Security Network'

 

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

6079_Smith_W wrote:

And I have to say, aside from the Star Trek pants those are some pretttty manly duds.

Never mind the church. Maybe this whole thing is just a marketing campaign designed to introduce the fearless leader's new fall fashion line. We'll see if he shows up to strut his stuff for some photo shoots with these boys.

I think they blew it, they'd look way sharper in traditional Cossack dress... I bet the tourist would even like them hanging around the churches if they dressed like that.

 

MegB

Mr. Beale, your insulting posts are really offensive. And annoying. So stop.

NDPP

Pussy Riot Verdict  -  by Tim Kirby

http://rt.com/community/blogs/tim-kirby/pussy-riot-russia-church/

"...Then again it is a hate crime (yes liberals you are supporting  hate crime perpetrators) so maybe that justifies the sentence. Although the pop world blindly following the Pussy Riot trend is to be expected, the more sinister hypocrisy comes on the side of human rights groups. My question to these groups is whether this is really and truly a horrible human rights violation worthy of a media storm and how do you decide what to be outraged over?

The morning of the verdict I saw that striking miners in South Africa were SHOT DEAD. Isn't that something to get more outraged over? Or what about Julian Assange, he is kind of cool and liberal and hip, how come these groups are ignoring him? Bradley Manning also doesn't seem to be getting much human rights spotlight either. In short, when you look at all the awful things that go on in the world it seems insane to focus all of your 'human rights' energy on Pussy Riot. In order to do this you either have to be deeply ignorant or deeply wilfully ignorant.

The biggest and MOST IMPORTANT thing about this Pussy Riot verdict has nothing to do with the girls, the punishment, or Hollywood trendiness. It is the fact that this vague political stunt has used said vagueness to consciously or unconsciously evolve itself from insulting Putin and the Church to being a world wide call for Russophobia..."

6079_Smith_W

Hate crime?

Human rights violations?

Sinister hypocrisy?

Russophobia?

more outraged?

The girls?

Look NDPP, I know these guys get all jealous and bent out of shape when things deviate a little from their program. But maybe they should quit while they are behind. Because these last couple of articles are nothing but desparation.

I'm serious. It's starting to get a bit embarassing to read.

 

 

 

NDPP

I find the embarrasment is all on your side Smith for subscribing to such an evil scam by publicity seeking pro-West hucksters. The op ed accurately asks the question you should be asking yourself, why this and not so many other truly dire human rights abuses? That being said, there are far more important things to concern myself with than this bourgeois MSM shake and bake two-penny dreadful nonsense and you will indeed find me wasting less time here. Enjoy your brainwash..

The Western Onslaught Against International Law  -  by Paul Craig Roberts

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/08/the-western-onslaught-against.html

"...The Pussy Riot case shows the power of Washington's propaganda.."

6079_Smith_W

What I find offensive (beyond the casual racism and sexism) is the demand that we pay attention to what the authors demand, at the same time as insulting our intelligence - even to the point of reducing the Assange extradition to a hipster cause. It is nothing but a callous bait and switch. 

You did catch the part where he asks why we don't support his cause, because we are so stupid we should fall for the struggle to fight Assange's extradition... right?

Why does he even bother to mention the platinum miners' strike if he is going from the basic assumption that we are mindless, and just swayed by the media frenzy?

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

Ok I just found the YouTube of thier "crime"... I don't know if everyone here has watched it so I'll post it here for all to see. It's kind of lame if you ask me.

Pussy Riot in Church

And yes they are a politically motivated group that opposes Putin (how dare they). I guess that’s as good a reason as any for some here to throw them under the AIAAC bus.

 

onlinediscountanvils

NDPP wrote:
Pussy Riot Verdict  -  by Tim Kirby

">http://rt.com/community/blogs/tim-kirby/pussy-riot-russia-church/

 

Your "quote" doesn't quite match the text in your link. You omitted the part where immediately after declaring this a "hate crime", he says; "I personally find the concept of “hate crimes” to be rather absurd and very selectively enforced, so I wouldn't have added time to their sentence for that." You also left out the part where he agrees that the sentence was "probably too long", and where he pejoratively refers to the trial's critics as "ultra-left".

So it's ok for this American to opine that Pussy Riot's sentence is probably too harsh. But when other Westerners come to the same conclusion - that's Russophobic. Maybe he's just taking his own advice from a [url=http://rt.com/community/blogs/tim-kirby/katy-perry-mock-russia/]piece he wrote earlier in the month[/url]:

Tim wrote:
We live in an age of absolute absurdity. Political correctness and tolerance are antithetical to human nature but this is the game we have to play. Russia is no exception. In a victimization culture the most victimized is somehow crowned king. Russia must put the pressure on anyone who is russophobic (and use that term) to the point that non-Russians will be afraid to speak of her (Russia) at all. If Russia can present itself as the ultimate victim and ridiculously overreact to racism like other groups do in the bizarre liberal dialog of our time, then it will get more respect. This would create a situation like when yuppie white Americans feel they have to quietly whisper in public to hide their criticism of their darker countrymen. In the future if you are going to insult Russia you’d better do it where there are no Russian ears present or you’re going to lose your job, you awful racist.

voice of the damned

For those positing Pussy Riot as a State Department plot to undermine Putin, Rachel Marsden of FOX News, pretty much the state-media of the American right-wing, has come out strongly against Pussy Riot...

http://tinyurl.com/9x7s2j8

 

 

voice of the damned

Anvils wrote:

You also left out the part where he agrees that the sentence was "probably too long", and where he pejoratively refers to the trial's critics as "ultra-left".

More precisely, it's "Hollywood liberals"(called by that name) whom he refers to as "ultra-left"!

The Hollywood world being involved is easy to understand – these people have a universalist (i.e. no other correct ways exist beyond theirs) ultra-left world view and this event is very cool, trendy and glamorous

Hollywood probably slants left, generally speaking, but if this guy thinks the Hollywood worldview is the most left-wing one there is, I really have to wonder where he is on the ideological spectrum.

Fidel

Massimo Introvigne wrote:
 “Freedom of expression does not include the right to enter a cathedral and shout insults at religion…If words such as 'bitch' and 'shit' were used in the song, it would be illegal under American, Italian, or European Union law."

Western hypocrisy-o-rama. Meanwhile our bosom Saudi Arabian friends funding "Al Qa'eda" and other western-backed terrorists have a strict ban against women even entering a mosque. And yet none of the lapdog newz media nor the corrupt military regime in Warshington or its treaty org minions of doom are hysterical over that oppressive regime. They think people are too stupid to notice their colder war nonsense. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. 

 

voice of the damned

Meanwhile our bosom Saudi Arabian friends funding "Al Qa'eda" and other western-backed terrorists have a strict ban against women even entering a mosque. And yet none of the lapdog newz media nor the corrupt military regime in Warshington or its treaty org minions of doom are hysterical over that oppressive regime.

I agree with you about Washington's hypocrisy, but I'm not sure you can say the same thing about the "newz media". I've somehow managed to acquire the knowledge that Saudi Arabia practices a strict form of gender segregation, mostly from reading the western mainstream press. Papers of ideological affiliation ranging from the Wall Street Journal to the Guardian have given this topic coverage, and I'd wager that it's generally well-known among people who regularly read the news.

 http://tinyurl.com/9j275wv

http://tinyurl.com/3l64nzs

 

 

voice of the damned

And if we're playing the game of "your allies are all right-wing creeps", check this out. From Fidel's pro-Putin link...

In Asia Times, Spengler writes about how the West refuses to understand where Moscow is coming from: "Putin has embarked on a monstrous enterprise….European Russia is dying, and Muslims will compose a majority of citizens of the Russian Federation by as early as 2040. But the successors of Imperial Russia, the Third Rome after the fall of Constantinople to Islam in 1453, refuse to slide without a struggle into the digestive tract of the House of Islam.

"Western Europe may go with a whimper rather than a bang as Muslim immigrants replace the shrinking local population, but the Russians have no such intention. Putin and his comrades will employ all the guile and violence at their command to delay the decline of European Russia. The Europeans are the emasculated remnant of a fallen civilization; for better or worse, the Russians still are real men. Putin is playing a Great Game in Central Asia, comparable in scope to the long duel with Britain during the 19th century, but with a difference: Russia's object is no longer imperial, but existential."

However, if punk bands like Pussy Riot are allowed to run down the Russian Orthodox Church, Putin's project becomes difficult to implement.

So, Putin and the Orthodox Church are in a life-or-death struggle with "the digestive tract of the House Of Islam". The old "Muslim hordes" canard. And European civilization is in peril(approriate, I guess, from a source calling himself "Spengler"). And Russians are "real men".  

No wonder this stuff has such resonance with the commentators at Fox News.

Fidel

Russia in the Middle East: Return of a superpower?

Eric Walberg wrote:
A rational US policy to join with Russia and China to accommodate Iran could save the teetering dollar, or at least give the US a chance to prepare for an orderly transition to a new international currency. If Russia, China and Iran defuse the current nuclear crisis between the US and Iran peacefully, with a nod to Turkey and a resolve to make Israel join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, this could pave the way for a new Eurasian playing field. If and when the US withdraws from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India will be drawn in as well.

This would set off a chain of events that could change the whole nature of the current Great Game leading to a Russia-India-Iran-China axis (Russia-India-China summits have already been held yearly since 2001), leaving Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Israel to sort out their regional conflicts outside of a new, very different great game. US interests would be considered but without US diktat, forcing, or rather allowing the US to put its own house in order. Iran would finally be accepted as the legitimate regional player that it is. If the US cannot bring itself to make a graceful exit from its self-imposed crisis in the region, this will only accelerate its decline.

Russia inherits fond memories across the Middle East region as the anti-Zionist Soviet Union’s successor. It now has the chance to gain long term credibility as a principled partner not only in the Middle East but to non-aligned countries everywhere, and should hold the fort, the anti-imperial one, against what's left of empire.

Canadian Eric Walberg on Russia and plans to win friends and influence enemies in the Middle East and Central Asia.

6079_Smith_W

Fidel wrote:

From your Walberg article:

Russia inherits fond memories across the Middle East region as the anti-Zionist Soviet Union’s successor.

Yes, I'm sure they'll get a warm welcome in Afghanistan.

Fidel

6079_Smith_W wrote:

Fidel wrote:

From your Walberg article:

Russia inherits fond memories across the Middle East region as the anti-Zionist Soviet Union’s successor.

Yes, I'm sure they'll get a warm welcome in Afghanistan.

Afghans said the Soviets also used electric shocks when torturing, but added that the beatings are more vicious since 2001.

All in all the Sovs Russians still enjoy some level of support from Arab nations by having supported Palestine, Syria, Iran etc and becoming friendlier with Turkey and Pakistan. I think the Russians are keenly aware of their Muslim neighbors and citizens and know that the Stalinist divide and conquer(separation of the mullahs from state power) will not work this time and especially not with the Yanks, Brits and Saudis supporting militant Islam and the madrassa system.

The resolve of the fascist alliance is weakening in Central Asia. I think whether it's Obama or Romney they will try to do a Nixon of things and pull the troops out. The U.S. military regime is, once again, not only supporting the wrong side, they are the wrong side. Afghans long for freedom from war, grinding poverty and foreign military occupation.

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

Islamic cleric warns of civil war in Russia's Dagestan

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Russia's most senior Islamic cleric warned on Wednesday that civil war could break out in the southern region of Dagestan after a moderate Muslim cleric was killed in a suicide bombing that has heightened religious tensions.

An ethnic Russian, who was both wife and widow of Islamist militants, was named as the bomber who on Tuesday killed Said Atsayev, 74, a prominent Sufi sheikh in the mainly Muslim region who had spoken out against violent Islam.

The murder followed the killing of a moderate Islamic cleric last month in Tatarstan, also a mainly Muslim region, and was carried out as President Vladimir Putin made a rousing call for unity and tolerance to ensure Russia does not fall apart.

Oh no, another CIA plot...

NDPP

Romney Camp: Russia Top Geopolitical Foe, 'Reset' Failed

http://rt.com/news/romney-camp-russia-us-geopolitical-foe-886/

"Russia remains America's foremost 'geopolitical foe' top foreign policy advisors for Mitt Romney have stressed..."

 

Foreign Forces Behind Muslim Cleric's Murder: MP

http://rt.com/politics/muslim-murder-cleric-dagestan-824/

"A Russian State Duma deputy is suggesting the murder of a Muslim leader from the Russian Republic of Dagestan was organised to destabilise the country and initiate inter-religious conflict.."

NDPP

The Decline of Political Protest  -  by Diane Johnstone

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/28/the-decline-of-political-protest/

"...Amnesty International has devoted extraordinary efforts to the Pussy Riot case, while totally ignoring, for instance, the threat of US prosecution threat for Julian Assange to seek political asylum. What is most notable about this attention, and the attention of the Western media in general, is its tone. The tone is by no means a diplomatic appeal to persuade authorities to free the women in question. Rather, it is a tone of provacation...

Many informed commentators ahve pointed out that Pussy Riot's not a 'rock band' made up of singers and musicians. They compose no songs, they make no recordings, they do not sing and dance at concerts for fans. At best they could be described as 'performance artists,' along the lines of the nutty Doonesbury character 'JJ'.

Their art consists of attracting attention by, among other things, taking off their clothes and copulating in a museum or masturbating with a dead chicken in a supermarket. Clever performance art may make a political point people can understand. But what is the message from public sex with dead poultry...?"

Fidel

Growing Eurasian Axis: Ukraine wants to join Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Warshington and London will be hopping mad over this.

Fidel

NDPP wrote:

The Decline of Political Protest  -  by Diane Johnstone

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/28/the-decline-of-political-protest/

They compose no songs and ...

 The Catholic Cathedral in Cologne called the police to arrest Pussy Riot copy cats.  It was not the first time the Pussy Riot group had invaded an Orthodox church, and this time the offended ecclesiastics were fed up.  The group had demonstrated “against Putin” several times previously without being arrested.  So where is the proof that they were “jailed by Putin” as a “crackdown on dissent”?

My gawd France is a killjoy dictatorship, too?

onlinediscountanvils

Fidel wrote:
Diane Johnstone wrote:
The Catholic Cathedral in Cologne called the police to arrest Pussy Riot copy cats.

My gawd France is a killjoy dictatorship, too?

 

I think this was the [url=http://www.koelner-dom.de/index.php?id=19167&L=1]Cologne Cathedral[/url] in Germany. Wink

6079_Smith_W

Was that political commentary NDPP, or criticism from the arts section of the Catholic Register?

Interestingly enough, the protesters in Koeln didn't come up with the idea. They got it from from the Koelner DomProbst Norbert Feldhoff. He gave an interview last month in which he said the same thing would happen if someone disrupted a service in his church.That's where they got the idea from.

In the German case, the protesters could have faced charges for wearing masks, which are illegal, but the decision to press charges - disturbing the peace, and disturbing a religious service - were made by the Catholic Church, not the state. And they were stopped by the church's own "swiss guard" security. Not the police.

The last charge carries a maximum penalty of three years. Most recent time it was used - in 2006 - a protestor got a sentence of 9 months for an incident in Berlin.

Source:

http://www.fr-online.de/politik/pussy-riot-proteste-im-koelner-dom-kirch...

I have offered my opinion about Assange, and spoken out against actions of the French and German govenrments in the past. So I guess that shell game isn't really relevant in my case, is it? Or are we ONLY supposed to pay attention to the things we are told to?

 

 

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Russia claims killer demands Pussy Riot freed

Quote:

The bodies of two slain women were found in Russia beneath a scrawled message demanding freedom for the jailed members of the Pussy Riot band, officials said Thursday.

While a Russian investigator cautioned that the killer was possibly trying to mislead police by drawing attention to the punk provocateurs, the alleged link between a killer and anti-Putin protesters was immediately seized upon by Russian media and pro-Kremlin publicists.

Some publications ran headlines claiming that Pussy Riot supporters "committed" or "inspired" a double homicide. The coverage was full of the mostly negative terms used by Kremlin-friendly television networks and media in their coverage of the protesters' trial.

So now Pussy Riot supporters are murdering women to free up other women?

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

So now Pussy Riot supporters are murdering women to free up other women?

I doubt that and besides isn't that NATO's job?

Fidel

Diane Johnstone wrote:

Clever performance art may make a political point people can understand.  But what is the message from public sex with dead poultry?

The West, or at least Western media, politicians and humanitarians, seem to get the message.  They interpret Pussy Riot as a significant political protest against Vladimir Putin.

A small percentage of Russians, especially those who regularly visit U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul in his Moscow embassy for spiritual and material encouragement, may also see it that way.

With heavy emphasis on material support. Everyone and his dog knows it's a Russian politician's job to accept money and spiritual guidance from a certain foreign government. 

howeird beale

politician's job to accept money and spiritual guidance from a certain foreign government.

 

You mean China? Oh, never mind, I was thinking about U.S. politicians.

Fidel

howeird beale wrote:
You mean China? Oh, never mind, I was thinking about U.S. politicians.

It all depends on which countries' politicos are are accepting money from foreign sources and for what purposes. Uncle Sam is only ever on the take from friendly dictatorships, like Pakistan for example and probably the most corrupt nation in the world according to Tariq Ali.  Sibel Edmonds, another whistleblower fired and issued with a gag order for reasons of "national security", says that senior state dept. officials sold nuclear weapons secrets to the military dictatorship in Islamabad. Sibel has named names.

But as far as money from China is concerned, Canadian spooks are watching and watching like hawks.

Coruption among friendly dictatorships is on. China and Russia are still considered evol empire countries, though, and are not to be trusted. Uncle Sam supports anti-Chinese terrorism in the Xinjiang-Uigur region. Uncle Sam is like the godfather, and nations defying the godfather have to be punished lest word gets around that the godfather is losing control. Attacking small and defenseless countries defying empire is part of the routine. The danger comes when the godfather does realize he is losing control, and the empire becomes more violent in an attempt to reastablish dominance. This is true of empires in decline throughout history.

Fidel

[url=Al">http://www.globalresearch.ca/al-qaeda-blitzkrieg-wests-terror-battalions... Qaeda Blitzkrieg: West’s Terror Battalions Eye Russia Next[/url]

Quote:
Groundwork for Western support of Al Qaeda terrorists in Russia’s Caucasus region.With the US openly supporting, arming, and literally “cheering” for Al Qaedain Syria, it should be no surprise that their support for Al Qaeda’s other operations is now slowly revealing itself. For decades, brutal terrorist campaigns have been carried out in Russia by Al Qaeda’s Caucasus Mountains faction, constituting the backbone of the so-called “Chechen rebels.”

Muslims for 9/11 Truth  Al-CIA-duh exposed!

Indeed, most of "Al Qa'eda's" victims are not Americans or Israelis as per Elvis bin Laden's fatwa - most of Al CIA'duh's victims are Muslims.

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

Fidel wrote:

[url=Al">http://www.globalresearch.ca/al-qaeda-blitzkrieg-wests-terror-battalions... Qaeda Blitzkrieg: West’s Terror Battalions Eye Russia Next[/url]

Quote:
Groundwork for Western support of Al Qaeda terrorists in Russia’s Caucasus region.With the US openly supporting, arming, and literally “cheering” for Al Qaedain Syria, it should be no surprise that their support for Al Qaeda’s other operations is now slowly revealing itself. For decades, brutal terrorist campaigns have been carried out in Russia by Al Qaeda’s Caucasus Mountains faction, constituting the backbone of the so-called “Chechen rebels.”

Muslims for 9/11 Truth  Al-CIA-duh exposed!

Indeed, most of "Al Qa'eda's" victims are not Americans or Israelis as per Elvis bin Laden's fatwa - most of Al CIA'duh's victims are Muslims.

Well now I know where you get your BSC stuff from...

NDPP

Pussy Riot: Where's the Feminism? (and vid)

http://youtu.be/h_b0OlwuNTg

"the fact they're being portrayed as feminists is laughable'...

except on babble.

Jacob Richter

[url=http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20120907/175829926.html]Gennady Gudkov: From KGB Officer to Putin Foe[/url]

By Marc Bennetts

He may be facing a controversial expulsion from parliament, but opposition lawmaker and former KGB officer Gennady Gudkov had no inkling the row over his future would turn him into, as he jokingly puts it, “Russia’s second biggest newsmaker after Pussy Riot.”

“I didn’t expect this kind of attention at all,” he says as he fights his way through late afternoon Moscow traffic after a long day of interviews with journalists from across the globe. “But it won’t change anything. The Kremlin doesn’t pay any attention to – and I’m being ironic here – such trivial things as the opinion of the international community.”

Gudkov, 56, could be ousted from the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in a vote set for September 12 over allegations that he has been directly involved in commercial activity while serving as a lawmaker, something forbidden under Russian law.

The vote was called after investigators asked for his expulsion so that they could charge him with fraudulent business dealings in a case that could also see him face jail time. State Duma members receive immunity from prosecution.

United Russia’s parliamentary faction has already indicated it will vote for Gudkov’s ouster should the allegations be confirmed, and the party’s slim majority would be sufficient to approve his dismissal.

The case is almost without precedent. Gudkov, who has been a member of parliament since 2001, would become only the second lawmaker in post-Soviet Russia to be removed from parliament without a court ruling. The only previous legislator to be ejected after a simple Duma vote was Sergei Mavrodi, head of the notorious 1990s MMM pyramid scheme, which cost millions of Russians their life savings.

But Gudkov denies the accusations against him and says they are the Kremlin’s revenge for his involvement in the mass opposition protests that broke out after last December’s disputed parliamentary polls.

“This is pure payback for my opposition activities,” he says. 

Storm Warnings

Investigators began probing Gudkov’s activities shortly after the clashes between police and protesters in downtown Moscow on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s May 7 inauguration to the Kremlin for a third term. But the portly, mustachioed lawmaker warns that political violence will only increase if he and those who share his moderate views are sidelined.

“The Kremlin is making a real mistake,” he says. “If it forces people like me – who insist on dialogue with the authorities – out of the protest movement, then my place will be taken by radicals and extremists. And the clashes we will see then with police will be no laughing matter at all.”

He links the attempt to expel him from parliament to what he says is part of a wider crackdown on dissent that has also seen opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny charged with large-scale embezzlement in a case that could land the popular anti-corruption blogger in jail for up to ten years.

Gudkov has frequently warned that tensions between the Kremlin and opposition forces could lead Russia into “civil war,” and he nods grimly when asked to confirm that he genuinely believes the country is on the threshold of yet another bloody upheaval.

“We’re likely to see something like what’s happening in the North Caucasus,” he says, referring to the low-level Islamist insurgency that plagues Russia’s mainly Muslim southern region. “An underground war, as it were, that gnaws away at the state from within.”

And Gudkov has a track record when it comes to prescient warnings of political turmoil.

With just more than two weeks to go before last December’s parliamentary poll, he delivered an emotional speech in the State Duma, simultaneously haranguing and warning lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party over what he says were plans to rig the vote to ensure a parliamentary majority that looked increasingly unlikely in the face of fading public support.

“Even a hare, when driven into a corner, will turn into a beast,” Gudkov raged. “And you are driving not only the opposition, but the entire country into a corner.”

“The people will go into the streets and we will go with them if the vote is falsified,” he went on, jabbing a finger at fellow members of parliament “We don’t want this, but you are forcing us into this situation.”

It was a remarkable transformation for Gudkov, who up until this winter’s protests had been a loyal member of the A Just Russia party, widely viewed by analysts as a Potemkin parliamentary opposition faction with no genuine desire to challenge the status quo.

But as allegations of vote fraud surfaced in the aftermath of the election, Gudkov joined tens of thousands of disgruntled Russians at a central Moscow protest to rally for a new vote and express their opposition to Putin’s plans to return to the presidency after a four-year hiatus.

Gudkov and his son, Dmitry, 32, also a State Duma lawmaker, are among a handful of members of parliament who have joined forces with an opposition movement that has seen an uneasy alliance among liberal, communist, and nationalist forces.

“They’ve taken parliament and elections away from us – there is no democracy there,” Gudkov says as he drives past the central Moscow square that played host to last winter’s first mass opposition demonstration.

“And now they are even taking the streets away from us with all these new laws,” he continues, in a reference to recently introduced laws restricting public protest.

Gudkov has been criticized by both Kremlin supporters and members of Russia’s fractured opposition over his decision to remain in a parliament he has dubbed illegitimate, but he dismisses allegations of hypocrisy.

“Look, in parliament I can give a voice to opposition sentiments,” he says. “Even in our undemocratic country, if there is a chance to make opposition statements, then we have to use that chance.”

KGB Dream

Gudkov is not your typical Russian opposition figure. Like Putin, he is a former KGB officer, and he also remains a reserve colonel in the Soviet security service’s successor, the FSB.

“I joined the KGB when I was 25, but I’d wanted to join since I was as at school,” he recalls with a smile. “It was a dream job for young boys back then. I even wrote a letter to [KGB chief Yury] Andropov and got a reply – from his secretary, of course. But I was pretty pleased.

His decision to join the KGB came despite his family’s suffering at the hands of Stalin’s executors.

“My grandfather on my mother’s side was arrested and shot during Stalin years,” he says. “The state officially apologized later, but you can’t replace a man with a piece of paper.”

He says his desire to join the Soviet Union’s secret police was born of a desire to “bring about change from within.”

“As far back as I remember, I have always felt that the country was moving in the wrong direction,” he says. “I always read at school. Not all that Marxism-Leninism they fed us, but real books, and at a very young age I realized that they were saying one thing and doing another and that this couldn’t go on.”

He does, however, agree with Putin on one thing at least.

“The break-up of the Soviet Union really was, as Putin once put it, the greatest geo-political tragedy of the 20th century,” he says. “We could have kept the country together – not as a socialist state, but as a united country, instead of splitting off into separate republics.”

But that’s about all the common ground he finds with his fellow KGB officer.

“I don’t think Putin thinks good things about me right now,” he laughs, beeping furiously on his vehicle’s horn as he sits in a traffic-jam.

Putin’s ‘Taste for Power’

Putin’s victory in March’s presidential election was grudgingly recognized by many opposition figures who, despite allegations of an unlevel playing field and electoral violations, admitted that their arch-nemesis was, for now at least, Russia’s most popular politician.

Much of Putin’s popularity is down to the widespread opinion that he is the only figure with the experience and strength of character to hold Russia together. But Gudkov dismisses this argument with thinly veiled irritation.

“They say ‘If not Putin, then who?’ But if in a country of 145 million people there are no other worthy figures, then all I can say is woe to a people who cannot formulate a normal political system.”

“They also said ‘If not Stalin, then who?’ ‘If not Brezhnev, then who?’ Under the current system, anyone can become a great leader, so to speak, without having any outstanding qualities,” he adds.

But Gudkov admits he has generally positive memories of Putin’s first term in office.

“Putin seemed okay in his first term. He introduced some positive reforms that were necessary after the Yeltsin-era, but these have all now been overturned,” he says. “I think, you know, he just got a taste for power and it ruined him.”

“He is more the president of the regions than Moscow now,” Gudkov continues as he passes along the multi-lane, downtown thoroughfare through which Putin’s motorcade sped on its way to a glittering Kremlin inauguration this May.

“The less information and education people have, the more they love him. And the gap between access to information and education in the provinces and the capital is just enormous,” he says. “The current authorities don’t need clever people – they start asking inconvenient and unpleasant questions.”

Fears of Repression

Gudkov reacts with mock anger to suggestions his son Dmitry may have influenced his decision to take sides in Russia’s increasingly tense political divide, but expresses genuine concern for his future.

“He has a clear understanding of what needs to be done in government,” he says. “And I think that in the future this will serve him well. That is, of course, if the country doesn’t return to Stalin-era type repression.”

“And, you know, it’s already begun. 1937 didn’t happen straight away,” he adds, a reference to the peak of Stalin’s purges. “It was a gradual process.”

But Gudkov shrugs off suggestions that he might come to regret his dramatic transformation from establishment figure to the opposition’s “man in the Duma.”

“I regret only that I was born in Russia,” he says.

It’s a startling admission, even if he qualifies it as a “half joke.” Russians are by nature a very patriotic people and even the most radical of opposition figures are careful to stress their pride in the homeland.

“I envy people in other countries who have normal democratic institutions, stability in society, and healthy competition. And so on,” he explains.

“We have fallen a hundred years behind Europe, to say nothing of the United States, in so many spheres. We are even stating to lag behind some former third world countries now,” he adds.

“That’s how things are,” he sighs, as he arrives at the north Moscow radio station where he is due to give yet another interview. “But we have a saying in Russia. ‘Hope dies last’. There is,” he says, “always hope. Even when there is none.”

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Wow... You don't have to post the entire article.

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Encircling Russia with US Military Bases: Moscow Catches CIA Spy Red-Handed

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Using an anonymous gmail address is another twist. Russia’s FSB said:

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