“Putin tells why Russia is seedbed of terrorism” and other neglected Russian stories

Putin. MH17: The blood on his hands. (Political cartoon by Ramirez, 2014)

 

Analysis & Opinion, News, Russia

The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are too indicative of broader developments to ignore.

Consequently, Windows on Eurasia each week presents a selection of 13 of these other and typically neglected stories at the end of each week. This is the 83rd such compilation, and it is again a double issue. Even then, it is only suggestive and far from complete, but perhaps one or more of these stories will prove of broader interest.

1. Putin Unwittingly Explains Why His Policies Have Made Russia a Seedbed of Terrorism

Vladimir Putin says that poverty and enormous income inequality create “a seedbed for terrorism.” Given that his own policies have increased income inequality in Russia to unheard of levels and sent enormous numbers of Russians into poverty, the Kremlin leader thus unwittingly and certainly unintentionally provided an explanation for why the Russian Federation is breeding ground for terrorists, both home-grown and among gastarbeiter populations.

In other comments this week Putin said that the Muslim world can always count on Russia and that there should be an end to “militaristic rhetoric” around the world.

Other Putin news included polls showing that young Russians support Putin even though they are angry about almost everything and commentaries suggesting the Kremlin must do more in schools beginning in kindergarten to ensure that young people don’t turn their anger against Putin.

2. ‘Hold on, President Trump. Russia is With You!’

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky who celebrated Donald Trump’s election with champagne only to denounce him as little better than Barack Obama earlier this year now says, in the face of investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia that the US president should “hold on” because he must know that “Russia is with you!”

Other Russian commentators continue to struggle to find just the right Russian analogy for Trump. One suggests he is the American Stalin, while another said that all of Trump’s problems arise because he thinks he is Putin and can act like the Russian leader.

At least Trump can be pleased that no one in Moscow this week described him as “the anti-Christ,” a term that was applied to the new French president. But while most Russian outlets backed Trump against criticism, at least one – Gazetasuggested that there is a real basis for his impeachment.

3. How Dire is Russia’s Economic Situation: Moscow TV Encourages Dumpster Diving

A Moscow television channel has encouraged Russians to search for food in the trash if they are desperate, an indication of just how bad Russia’s economic situation is, Vladimir Putin’s brave words notwithstanding.

Other bad economic news includes:

  • Predictions that the Russian government will use the pension fund to pay current expenses when the reserve fund runs out later this year
  • Findings that one in seven Russians lives in poverty now with the number increasing constantly
  • Capital flight this year has doubled from the same period last year
  • The government’s budget deficit has passed 500 billion rubles this year
  • Officials have stopped repairing roads in many places
  • Employment by small businesses has fallen by 3.2 million jobs over the last six years
  • One quarter of Russians can’t afford to pay for communal services and food at the same time
  • Pensions are slated to drop from 33 percent of wages to 23 percent.

4. Social Conditions in Russia Continue to Deteriorate. Living conditions for Russians of almost all kinds continue to deteriorate

Among the reports this week:

  • Officials announced that there is almost no money left for higher educational institutions in the North Caucasus
  • Moscow has raised tuition at Chelyabinsk higher schools
  • Parents in Irkutsk oblast have been told that there now aren’t any places for their children in schools
  • Infant mortality is now higher in Russia than in Belarus
  • Reductions in the number of medical personnel under Putin’s optimization program have led to higher death rates in many places
  • The number of scientists and scholars is slated to fall by 25 percent over the next three years
  • HIV infections are up by 5.3 percent this year
  • Russians in many regions don’t have access to safe potable water
  • To add insult to injury, in the poorest major city of the country – Volgograd, all the deputies in the city legislature are millionaires.

5. Moscow Becomes Ever More Repressive, Isolationist and Just Strange

  • The Russian government has decided to keep the list of Russians freed from taxes because of sanctions a state secret lest there be an explosion
  • The Duma is planning to legalize and license fortune tellers
  • The government is creating a single data base to keep track of all residents of Russia
  • Officials have banned champagne and live music at wedding palaces in Moscow
  • The government is spending 25 billion rubles (500 million US dollars) a year on government media
  • The FSB has been given the right to confiscate land for government purposes
  • Another rabbi has been expelled from Russia
  • The culture ministry wants to charge higher prices for those who attend foreign films as compared to those who watch domestically produced ones and to ban drinking in movie houses
  • A man has been threatened with four years in prison for stealing eight dollars worth of food
  • Debt collectors have become more aggressive and the number of complaints against them has skyrocketed
  • The government is now requiring cosmonauts to agree to propagandize Russian achievements in space as a condition of employment
  • Moscow has estimated that there are now as many as ten million illegal immigrants in Russia but says it has no money to deport many of them.

Most distressing of all, some Russians are now talking about the death not just of villages and company towns but of entire oblasts.

6. Kadyrov Could Become Russian President – or Face Trial in the Hague

Ramzan Kadyrov continues to be a focus of Russian discussions with speculation ranging from the possibility that he could succeed Vladimir Putin as Russian president or end his career by being charged at the International Criminal Court, two fates that of course are not mutually exclusive (ivpavlova.blogspot.com and kavkazr.com).

Other “ethnic” developments in Russia this week:

  • Buryats have announced a new campaign to speak only Buryat over the next month
  • Russian officials have “liquidated” a Tatar organization that no longer exists
  • Buryatia may now license shamans
  • Tuberculosis has become epidemic in Daghestan
  • Russian scholars have found a non-Russian language they had decalred dead still has one speaker left
  • Bashkir activists attack what they say is Tatar historical imperialism
  • Antagonisms between Russians and Cossacks are on the rise
  • And the head of Daghestan has publicly compared himself to Imam Shamil.

7. Khrushchoby Fight Makes Moscow a Hotspot But Kremlin Says It Won’t Interfere

Fights between supporters and opponents of tearing down the ubiquitous five-storey apartment building in Moscow have transformed that city into a hotspot, but the Kremlin insists it is a local matter and that it won’t interfere (kasparov.ru, graniru.org, novayagazeta.ru, and newizv.ru).

Opponents of the renovations say that demolishing these buildings is really about money laundering and that the government is ignoring “no” votes in a referendum on whether to go ahead.

Meanwhile, protests continue to spread across the country about a variety of issues with the authorities seeking as much as possible to block them. Among the most notable developments in this front over the last week are the following:

  • Yekaterinburg has banned the latest monstration that it had permitted earlier
  • Russia’s Satanists have come out against religious extremism
  • Kazan residents demonstrated against local banks
  • Komi residents demand Lukoil apologize for its depredation of their land
  • Kurgan residents protest the arbitrariness of the legal system
  • And Chelyabinsk residents demonstrated against the erection of a statue to the founder of the Soviet nuclear program.

Given these protests, one Moscow commentator has suggested that those whose targets today are lower level officials may soon turn their anger against Putin himself.

8. Old Fronts and New in Russia’s Monuments War

The fight over St. Isaacs Cathedral in St. Petersburg continues with some suggesting the Russian Orthodox Church will seek to get the Hermitage Museum back next and others urging that the whole dispute be put off until after the presidential election.

Other monument developments this week include:

  • The reburial of two Tatar khans in Kazan’s Kremlin
  • A new outburst of conflict over the possibility of a monument to peasant revolts against Soviet power
  • A fight over whether Ilham Aliyev’s grandfather will get a monument in Makhachkala
  • Renewed conflict about memorializing the place of mass execution of priests in Moscow under Stalin
  • A new museum to the repressed in planned for Magadan, the site of major GULAG concentration camps
  • And a conflict about the possibility of establishing a museum to Boris Nemtsov breaks out.

9. Moscow Cutting Back Defense Spending in Many Areas

For all of Moscow’s rhetoric that Russia is back as a military power, the Russian government has been cutting back spending in almost all areas of the military and shifting what resources it has to less expensive branches like the infantry rather than the more expensive like the navy (graniru.org, newsland.comgraniru.org and vedomosti.ru).

  • The Kremlin has created cyberforces but has decided it can’t afford another icebreaker (ruskline.ru and versia.ru)
  • In addition, it has gone after soldiers in Syria for losing even one gun
  • And it is considering ending cooperation with the International Space Station.

10. Another Governor Creates His Own Personal Guards Force

The governor of Stavropol kray has become the second federation subject head – after Ramzan Kadyrov of Chechnya – to create his own personal armed guard force.

Other domestic security news includes:

  • Moscow is devoting as much effort to promoting spiritual values as to fighting terrorism
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses can’t apply for alternative service now that their faith has been officially banned
  • The Russian military has again stopped drafting Chechens, apparently because they are being taken into special Chechen units
  • And one in every five men called to the draft in Kaluga oblast are found to be physically unfit.

11. Doping Scandal, Other Sports Problems Continue to Dog Moscow

The World Anti-Doping Agency has told Moscow that if it wants to get back in the organization’s good graces it must come clean and get rid of most of the senior people in its own problem-filled anti-doping operation (graniru.org and polit.ru).

It is far from clear that Moscow will be willing to do so. That was only one of the problems this week threatening Russia’s involvement in international athletic competitions and its hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and other games:

  • Venues being prepared for the World Cup continue to have problems with athletes complaining that they could be injured in some of them
  • Officials acknowledging chemical contaminations in others.

Then there were two new and unusual difficulties:

  • Russian television may not get the rights to broadcast the World Cup because Moscow says it shouldn’t have to pay FIFA’s price
  • And Russian fans who own guns complained that they should be allowed to carry during the competition even though they are notoriously violent and Putin has issued a ban on such a practice.

12. ‘Liberal Advance into Russia More Horrific than War with Hitler,’ Delyagin Says

Russian nationalist commentator Mikhail Delyagin made that remark in the wake of commemorations of Victory Day. Unfortunately, such outrageous statements are so common that they have become part of the background in Russian media and so are often not reported and denounced, although both things should be done.

13. Moscow Mayor Wants to Rename Street in Front of US Embassy for Jefferson Davis

Angry that the US Congress has mandated renaming the street in front of the Russian embassy in Washington for the murdered Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has announced a petition drive to rename the street in front of the US embassy in Moscow for Jefferson Davis, the president of the slave-holding Confederacy in the 1860s.

This appears to be part of the tit-for-tat response to US actions at the end of last year that Vladimir Putin famously did not react to. Now, Moscow is going far further than diplomatic protocol usually mandates.

14. Stalin is Everywhere: You can Even Get an Exact Copy of a Knife Beria Gave Him

A Russia-produced replica of the knife Beria, the infamous head of the NKVD (an earlier name for the organization later known as the KGB) gave to Stalin as a gift at the hight of the repressions the two conducted in the end of the 1930s when millions of Soviet citizens were murdered and sent to GULAG concentration camps. It has the emblem of the NKVD and an engraving: "To Comrade Stalin from Comrade Beria." (Image: i-korotchenko.livejournal.com)

A Russia-produced replica of the knife Beria, the infamous head of the NKVD (an earlier name for the organization later known as the KGB) gave to Stalin as a gift at the hight of the repressions the two conducted in the end of the 1930s when millions of Soviet citizens were murdered and sent to GULAG concentration camps. It has the emblem of the NKVD and an engraving: “To Comrade Stalin from Comrade Beria.” (Image: i-korotchenko.livejournal.com)

Wherever you look in Russia today, you see Stalin be it in the metro, in public offices, or even in unexpected places. This week, for example, it was announced that an arms factory in the Urals is now making exact copies of the knife notorious Soviet secret police chief Lavrenty Beria had made to present to Stalin, a must for collectors.

15. Russian Orthodox Abroad Aren’t Religious But They Do Believe in the Kremlin

Many Russian Orthodox people living abroad don’t practice their religion or even believe in God, experts say; but they do believe in a strong Russia led by a strong Kremlin – and are thus extremely useful allies for the Russian special services.

16. ‘Atheism is Also a Traditional Russian Value’

Many Russians as a result of Soviet anti-religious efforts are atheists, and an increasing number of them are demanding that the Russian government recognize their absence of faith as “a traditional Russian value” that ties members of the Russian nation together.

17. Moscow Hosts International Moonshine Producers Conference

The Russian capital has rarely been the venue for a conference more unusual than one that took place last week: an international gathering of producers of moonshine or samogon, as it is known in Russia. Many of them come from countries where such production is legal or barely so, but they were pleased to share trade secrets of their craft.

18. Russian Villages Seen as Going Extinct in a Decade

The village, the basis of much of Russian life, will not survive more than another ten years, according to Moscow experts who say that the institutions that held it together are simply falling apart and that in large swaths of Russia there will be no one left in the areas between large urban agglomerations.

19. Russia has Never Fulfilled All Provisions of Any Treaty It has Signed

A survey of the record over the last three hundred years finds that the Russian state in any of its various guises has never fulfilled all the provisions of any treaty or international agreement it has signed.

20. Duma Creates Its Own Office to Fight Extremism

Fighting extremism being the politically correct and useful thing to do in Moscow, Duma deputies led by their ambitious speaker Vyacheslav Volodin have set up their own office to fight extremism in culture (polit.ru, kasparov.ru, izvestia.ru and graniru.org).

21. Art Fraud Becomes a Big Business in Russia

As prices for Russian art of the 19th and 20th centuries have risen, criminals have moved in to offer fake reproductions as the real thing. As a result, experts say, art fraud is a booming business in Russia today.

22. Russian Gun Enthusiasts Push for Copying US Approach to Weaponry

Russian advocates of gun ownership favor adopting American-style stand your ground and right to defend your home laws and the radical expansion of gun ownership to defend Russians from growing threats (svpressa.ru and polit.ru).

23. Government Failing to Prosecute Russians Who Call for Dismembering Russia, Nationalist Says

The Russian authorities are failing to prosecute what he says are the increasing number of Russians who one way or another are violating the law prohibiting calls for dismembering the Russian Federation. That must be stopped or things will get out of hand, he says.

24. Good Russian People, Bad Russian Officials, and a Happy Ending for a Small Russian Dog

Russian pensioners for three years fed a dog that had taken shelter under a concrete walkway after being abandoned by his owners. The dog grew so much because of their help that he couldn’t climb through the hole he had first climbed into. The pensioners asked officials to help but the officials did nothing. Then the pensioners turned to animal rights groups in Russia and abroad. The latter helped and now the dog is in a loving family in Germany.

 

And 12 more from countries in Russia’s neighborhood:

1. Kremlin Completely Controls “DNR” and “LNR,” Former Officials There Say

The Kremlin via its agents maintains complete and total control over the activities of the two pseudo-statelets in Ukraine’s Donbas, a finding that means Moscow must be held accountable for everything that happens there rather than being allowed to present itself as a sympathetic outsider (reuters.com and obozrevatel.com).

2. Moscow has Plenty of Money to Rearm “DNR” and “LNR” Forces But None to Prevent a Humanitarian Disaster

The Russian government has been rearming its forces in the Donbas with ever more modern weapons. But despite having the funds to do that, it has no money to prevent a humanitarian disaster there that the United Nations says now is hitting 1.3 million people. Moscow prefers to blame Kyiv for this, and tragically some people who should know better accept that duplicity.

3. Russian Occupation Forces Block Crimean Tatars from Commemorating Deportation

The Russian occupiers of the Ukrainian peninsula prevented Crimean Tatars from commemorating the anniversary of their 1944 deportation by Stalin. That was in stark contrast to the rest of Ukraine and many other countries where that horrific event was recalled.

Some of the dwindling band of those who were actually deported at that time told journalists that at the time, they expected that Stalin would kill them just as Hitler killed the Jews.

4. West Fails to See How Russian World is Expanding into Belarus

Belarusian opposition leader Andrey Sanikov says that the West is failing to see how far and how fast Alyaksandr Lukashenka is integrating Belarus into the Russian world by forming analogues of Russian parties, symbols and institutions even as he tries to present himself as an independent figure (belaruspartisan.org, belsat.eu and nn.by).

5. Only 50 Percent of Belarusians Say They’d Like Their Descendants to Live in Belarus

Half of all Belarusians, according to a new survey, say that they would prefer to see their children and grandchildren live and work abroad rather than in the conditions of Belarus under and eventually after Lukashenka.

6. Uzbek Officials for the First Time Allow Commemorations of Andizhan Tragedy

For the first time ever – and only because Islam Karimov, the author of that tragedy, is no longer around – Uzbekistan officials allowed human rights activists to commemorate the 2005 massacre in which Uzbek siloviki killed upwards of 900 people, with Tashkent claiming that they were Islamic radicals.

7. Turkmenistan is Lurching Toward Instability, Russian Analyst Says

Turkmenistan, the most closed and at least nominally tightly controlled former Soviet republic, is in fact lurching toward instability both because of the threat from Afghanistan and because of domestic policies which have terrified but also alienated its population, according to a Russian analyst.

8. One of Last Leaders of 1953 Norilsk Uprising Dies

Yevhen Hrytsyak, a Ukrainian who led the uprising of GULAG prisoners in Norilsk in 1953, has died at the age of 90. He and his Ukrainian fellow prisoners played a disproportionate role in showing to Moscow that Stalin’s camp system could not long survive the dictator.

9. Ukrainian President Admits Not Recognizing a Crimean Tatar Autonomy Earlier was ‘a Mistake’

Petro Poroshenko says that previous Ukrainian governments had erred by not recognizing the ethno-territorial autonomy of the Crimean Tatars but that he is committed to ending that mistake and ensuring that there will be a Crimean Tatar autonomy within Ukraine once Kyiv recovers the Crimea from Russian occupation.

10. Will an Angry Baku Invite Turkey to Establish a Military Base in Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijanis are outraged at Moscow for its decision to liquidate the All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress in which the Aliyev family had so much invested, and the Baku authorities have said that they will examine all Russian organizations operating in Azerbaijan to see if they should be “liquidated” in response.

Azerbaijani anger is so great that some are speculating that Baku might even choose to invite Turkey to establish a military base on Azerbaijani territory, something that would outrage Moscow but that would be fully consistent with Baku’s “balanced” foreign policy.

11. Moscow Says Tallinn Cyber Defense Center Directed Against Russia

Estonia’s cyber defense center, set up in cooperation with NATO, to defend that country against the kind of cyber attacks Moscow has launched there and elsewhere is increasingly effective. The best evidence of this includes Russian attacks on the center as an “offensive” weapon directed against Moscow.

12. Tbilisi Furious at EU Representative’s Comments in Abkhazia

Some incautious remarks that Abkhaz and Russian media have trumpeted as an indication that Europe is edging closer toward recognizing that unrecognized state have infuriated the Republic of Georgia, although it is unclear whether the remarks were intended as a statement of official position or were simply taken out of context by Abkhaz and Russian officials to try to stir up trouble for Tbilisi (ng.ru and ekhokavkaza.com).


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  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Fantastic news for all kremtrolls: Moscow has earmarked $500,000 for the payment of cabbages from Belarus so that it can partially feed its legion propagandists. The Kremlin has also encouraged garbage picking from dumpsters to offset the gaseous effect from devouring too much cabbage. How incredibly insidious.

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      On another note: “Atheism is Also a Traditional Russian Value”. This is true and the proof in the pudding can be seen in Patriarch Kirill of the ROC.

  • Mykola Banderachuk

    the russia keeps getting stranger and stranger every week – good for a political comedy

    • Mr. Jackson

      Says the LYING Zionist ***MOLE***

  • Vasyl P.

    #3 definitely disproves the myth that Putin’s for the people. Putin is for Putin.

    Also 10 million illegal immigrants. LOL have fun.

    • Andrew Chmile

      STFU YOU LYING RUSKI ***MOLE*** & STUKACH (SNITCH)!

      Go to your BS Ruski controlled “Disqus Chanels”.

      • Vasyl P.

        Lol

        • Mr. Jackson

          LOL indeed! CraZY aNDREW IZ AVID ZIONIST!!

      • Mr. Jackson

        STFU YOU LYING ZIONIST ***MOLE*** Are you regular or AVID ZIONIST?

  • zorbatheturk

    Summary: The RuSSia is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrkked.

    • Mr. Jackson

      Are you regular or AVID ZIONIST?

      • zorbatheturk

        I am a Lionist.

        • Mr. Jackson

          There is not such creatures in Lviv, try again!!

          • zorbatheturk

            You have not heard of Turkish Sikhs.

          • Mr. Jackson

            Zio-NaZZi and detrimental to the affairs of the Ukrainian people.

          • zorbatheturk

            Refer my earlier comment.

          • Mr. Jackson

            I am glad you agree that Zio-NaZZi alliance is detrimental to the affairs of the Ukrainian people.

          • zorbatheturk

            Suck Putin’s cork.

        • Mr. Jackson

          Zio-NaZZi !!

          • zorbatheturk

            Cork sucker.

          • Mr. Jackson

            Yes you are, Zio-NaZZi.

          • zorbatheturk

            Keep on corking.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    More proof that Dwarfstan is a vast lunatic asylum, with the craziest loons running it.

    • Mr. Jackson

      Yo, Flip-Flop Dumbstead – are you considering yourself a regular or AVID ZIONIST?

  • Murf

    22) increased gun ownership-
    Given that Russia has half the population of the US, 1/10th of the gun ownership and x10 the murder rate; I LOVE THIS PLAN!
    Russians will do ISISs job for them!
    Of course I don’t see Putin the Paranoid being a real fan of an armed citizenry.

    • Mr. Jackson

      You make no sense… you would be fulfilling your Rabbinical orders better if you start agitating less for the Khazarain Interests in Ukraine – home of the ancient Khazars later converted to Fake Jews of which you are a descendant. .

      • Murf

        Speaking on making no sense; what the fu*k are you talking about?

        • Mr. Jackson

          What are you going about now? Tell us more about why you Talmudist do not like light and thrive in darkness, war and misery.

          • Murf

            Once again you start babbling your anti Semitic neo Nazi nonsense.
            You keep talking about Kazakhstan or some sort sh*t.
            I realize I am supposed to be insulted or even enraged but I honestly have no idea what you are gibbering about.

          • Mr. Jackson

            Referring to Hitler, London Mayor Livingstone once said: “Hitler didn’t just sign the deal with Zionist. The SS set up training camps so that German Jews who were going to go there could be trained to cope with a very different sort of country when they got there. When the Zionist movement asked, would the Nazi government stop a Jewish rabbi doing their sermons in Yiddish and make them do it in Hebrew, he agreed to that.

            “He passed a law saying the Zionist flag and the swastika were the only flags that could be flown in Germany. An awful lot. Of course, they started selling Mauser pistols to the underground Jewish army. So you had right up until the start of the second world war real collaboration.”

          • Andrew Chmile

            ***Serbians*** are just @ssholes.

          • Mr. Jackson

            GALICIAN SCUM ( ANDREW CHMILEWSKY) Murf being an avid Zionist, you are now a known “zionist-ass kisser” and “lover”! Proud of it, eh? Is that why you gave your son name Zenon.. “Z” demonstrating support for Zionism?

            So said for Ukraine to have such sicks “shmucks” like yourself!

          • Andrew Chmile

            “So said for Ukraine to have such sicks “shmucks” like yourself!”
            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

            Speaka da Anglish! — You UNEDUCATED, Ruski @ss kissing ***SERBIAN*** MENTAL CASE ON PSYCH DRUGS!!!

            Is being a ***SERBIAN*** moron on Ukr. web sites your ***SERBIAN*** mental case
            “career” ?!?! :))))))

            Go RAPE little **3** YEAR OLD LITTLE BOSNIAN & CROATIAN LITTLE GIRLS!!!
            Likw you ***SERBS*** now do in Ukraine & Syria!!!

            COWARDS!!!! — You are too COWARDLY to even ADMIT you are **SERBIAN** & you *HIDE* like the Russo-mongolian COWARDS do!! :)))

            Eat your “medicine” !!! :))
            GET A JOB !!!

            Serb Fighters’ Mercenary Path from Ukraine to Syriahttp://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bosnian-serb-fighters-mercenary-path-to-syria-04-22-2016

          • Mr. Jackson

            You are MESSED UP in the HEAD… the Ukrap-Empty head, which means REAL EMPTY – ANDREW CHMILEWSKY THE SWINE!!

          • Mr. Jackson

            Nope! Zionism is NOT Judaism! You Zionist never going to get this. Despite the outrage of many pro-Israel groups, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion Israel is committing genocide, according to a statement from the Center for Constitutional Rights.

            Palestinians have claimed “that what the state of Israel has done is try to deny the very existence or presence of Palestinians in the area that was mandate Palestine before 1947,”

          • Murf

            Genocide huh?
            Tell me, isn’t the point of genocide is to REDUCE a population.
            Yet there are more Palestinians now than there have ever been.
            In fact there are more Palestinians living in Israel it’s self now then before the state was from in 48.
            If Israel is trying to do a genocide they are doing a lousy job of it.
            Maybe they need to take lesions form Russia huh?
            And you are still an anti Semitic bigot spewing hate.

          • Mr. Jackson

            Sure it is. You keep bringing Srebrenica. Srebrenica was a joke comparing to what Zionist did to Palestinian civilians. According to Benny Morris, Yishuv (or later Israeli) soldiers killed roughly 8000 Arab civilians and prisoners of war. Most of these killings occurred as villages were overrun and captured during the Second phase of the Civil War, Operation Dani, Operation Hiram and Operation Yoav.

            According to Benny Morris, Jewish forces were responsible for 24 massacres during the war.

            Aryeh Yizthaki attests to 10 major massacres with more than 500 victims each. Palestinian researcher Salman Abu-Sitta records 33, half of them occurring during the civil war period.

            Saleh Abdel Jawad has listed 68 villages where acts of indiscriminate killing of prisoners, and civilians took place, where no threat was posed to Yishuv or Israeli soldiers.

            Number of Zionist massacres is unrivaled in modern history but Zionist own media hides the truth from the World and especially gullible and uneducated Americans who are sadly fooled to believe Zionist are the “good guys”.

          • Murf

            Where are they killing them?
            Gaza?
            Which is controlled by Hamas. A terrorist organization that specifies in its charter the destruction of Israel. The same organization that routinely fires unguided rockets indiscriminately in to Israel. They take cement meant to build houses for those children you are so concerned about and instead build terror tunnels. Then they locate in amoungist the civilians to make it harder for Israel to hit them. The Israelis have taken to calling the neighboring houses to warn them to evacuate prior to the strike. Hamas in turn makes them stay in their homes so their deaths will make good propaganda. When Israel does hit them and the civilians are killed it is Hamas and Khazars Jews like you(ie. fake ones) start blaming the Israelis.
            That;s not genocide that is Low Intensity Conflict.
            If you want Genocide just look at what the despicable Serbs did in Bosnia.

          • Mr. Jackson

            Hamas fueled, partially financed and manipulated by MOSSAD to justify interventions just as the Zionist participated in slaughtering of the non-zionist regular Jews during WWII to make them scared and make them want to go to “fake homeland” where some other Jews once lived but no European Jews that has nothing to do with Moses and 12 Tribes of Canaan.

          • Mr. Jackson

            Sure you understand very well what I am talking about – stop playing dumb!! It has been the age-old intention of Zionism to intentionally stir up anti-Semitism anywhere possible, and even more commonly, to take advantage of any Jewish suffering anywhere in order to enhance its cause Indeed, hatred of Jews and Jewish suffering is the oxygen of the Zionist movement, and from the very beginning has been to deliberately incite hatred of the Jew and then, in feigned horror, use it to justify the existence of the Zionist state – this is, of course, Machiavellianism raised to the highest degree.

            Thus, the Zionists thrive on hatred and suffering of Jews, and seek to benefit thereby through keeping Jews in perpetual fear, causing them to ignore the true nature of Zionism, and instead to consider the Zionist state is their salvation.

            You Zionist are the curse and the ultimate problem in Israel and in the US. Torah-true Jews wish to live in peace and harmony with their neighbors in every country among the community of nations, including in historic Palestine. They deplore acts and policies of violence carried out by those who, misusing the name of Israel our forefather, have substituted the ideal of chauvinist nationalism for the eternal values of the Torah, the eternal divinely bestowed inheritance of the Jewish people.

        • Mr. Jackson

          Even as the Third Reich became more entrenched, many German Jews, probably a majority, continued to regard themselves, often with considerable pride, as Germans first. Few were enthusiastic about pulling up roots to begin a new life in far-away Palestine. Nevertheless, more and more German Jews turned to Zionism during this period. Until late 1938, the Zionist movement flourished in Germany under Hitler. The circulation of the Zionist Federation’s bi-weekly Jüdische Rundschau grew enormously. Numerous Zionist books were published. “Zionist work was in full swing” in Germany during those years, the Encyclopaedia Judaica notes. A Zionist convention held in Berlin in 1936 reflected “in its composition the vigorous party life of German Zionists.”

          • Murf

            I guess it never registered I your conspiracy soaked mind that the Jews flocked to Zionism to get out of Germany BECAUSE of the oppression.
            Just like thousands have fled Putin’s Russia??

          • Mr. Jackson

            My conclusions are verifiable fact based. I guess that in your Zionist mind it never occurred that despite the outrage of many pro-Israel groups, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion Israel is committing genocide, according to a statement from the Center for Constitutional Rights.
            https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/why-israels-actions-can-be-called-genocide

          • Murf

            Your conclusions are based on hyour conspiracy laced paranoia.
            You want conspiracy so you cherry pic facts to justify it. The Jews in Isrel fought the Nazis in the British Army. Over the objections of several senior officers. the soldiers served as the core for the Israeli Army after Independence.
            It was your Arab Friends that collaborated with the Nazis and started rebellions in Iraq. Others fed intell to the Germans and one mullah traveled to Berlin an had a meeting with Hitler. However most stayed neutral and waited to see who would win. Because they did not participate in the fighting they never developed the military skill the Israelis had.
            You see these are all facts. Not conjecture.

          • Mr. Jackson

            Nonsense! You Zionist are Anti-Jews. Jews are enjoined by their religious laws to be loyal to the country of which they are citizens, just like other religious groups. Ever since the destruction of the holy Temple in Jerusalem and the exile of the Jewish People some two thousand years ago, we have been enjoined to be scrupulously loyal to the countries we reside in.

            One of the great biblical prophets, Jeremiah, in chapter 29 of his book proclaimed G-d’s message to all the exiled; verse seven reads, “Seek out the welfare of the city to which I have exiled you and pray for it to the Almighty, for through its welfare will you have welfare.” This has been a cornerstone of Jewish morality throughout our history to this very day.

            The idea that Zionism and the State of “Israel” is the protector of Jews is probably the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the Jewish People. Indeed, where else since 1945 have Jews been in such physical danger as in the Zionist state?!

            More and more people are learning that Zionist propaganda is a one big lie. Nazi-perpetrated Holocaust had been exaggerated and that Zionists created “the myth” of six million murdered Jews, which he called a “fantastic lie” Haavara Agreement, in which the Third Reich agreed with the Jewish Agency to facilitate Jewish emigration from Germany to Mandate Palestine. Zionism and Nazism had the same backers and none Zionist Jews were specifically targeted by Zionist.

            While it is true that Israel automatically grants citizenship to any Jewish person in the world who desires it, many Jewish people don’t desire it. In fact, polls have shown that more and more American Jewish people are finding it hard to identify with Israel at all.

            Some prominent Jewish Americans rally to the defense of the Zionist state as a matter of reactive allegiance. Rabbis and lawyers are just some members of the American Zionist Jewish establishment who have an atavistic attachment to Israel. And Rahm Emmanuel doesn’t help things either; he volunteered with a non-combat division of the Israeli army during the first Gulf War. And he unwisely toured the occupied Golan Heights with an Israeli army escort while visiting Israel for his son’s bar mitzvah last week.

            But there are many Christian Zionists, too. Pastor John Hagee (who funds Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer — who recently delivered an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — are only two such examples.

            And yes, there are Muslim Zionists, too. Fouad Ajami, best known for his foolish prediction that Iraqis would greet Americans as liberators, is one notable example.

  • Bryan See

    There’s one thing you have missed: The prophecies of Vanga, the Russia-influenced communities on the Internet and Wikipedia, esp. BatteryIncluded, who railed against the WP system as “incapable of looking at the address of the users in question”, a comment amounts to a corrupt swamp of trolls running the site, and the real reason why Phobos-Grunt failed.

    Vanga states that “all melts and ice is melting, but only one remains intact – the glories of Vladimir, the glory of Russia. She’s going to become of the empire.”

    BatteryIncluded has spewed comments that’s similar to what Putin and Trump is making.

    The real reason why Phobos-Grunt failed is none other than Putin himself.

  • Mr. Jackson

    The Ukrainian defense industry received another serious blow to its already ailing public image when less than half of the BTR-4 armored personnel carriers supplied to Iraq turned out to be able to move, let alone be deployed in combat operations.

    In 2009 Ukraine signed a $457.5 million contract with Iraq to supply 420 BTR-4 armored personnel carriers to Baghdad.

    However, in 2013 Baghdad accused Ukraine of failing to deliver the vehicles on time, also citing the low quality of the vehicles that had been shipped to Iraq by that time.

    Also, in 2014 it became apparent that one does not need a weapon to crack BTR-4 armor as it became apparent that the APCs shipped to Iraq already featured clearly visible cracks in their hulls. Needless to say, this discovery prompted Baghdad to return 42 of the defective armored vehicles to the supplier.

  • Mr. Jackson

    The newspaper in Russia received copies of four criminal orders of the Security Bureau of Ukraine. The information that the documents contain suggests the following:

    – the new Kiev authorities – President Poroshenko and his generals – are entirely responsible for the shoot-down of the Malaysian aircraft;

    – Ukraine’s military aviation was involved in the plane crash;

    – to cover the traces of the monstrous crime, the SBU had been conducting special operations since the end of July 2014 to destroy the facts of the special operation that pointed to the presence of combat aircraft on combat missions on July 17, 2014.