Zivadin Jovanovic, president of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, President of the Silk Road Connectivity Research Center (COREC)
An Interview with the People’s Daily
China’s annual "two sessions" or “lianghui” of 2017 are just around the corner. It comprises plenary meetings of the country's top legislative and consultative bodies, the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. It draws worldwide attention every year and becomes a hot topic in China and beyond.
1. How do you see the political system?
2. Some experts regard it as Chinese style democratic political system, which is different from western style democracy. Do you agree or not? Why?
3. China has made great progress not only in economy but also in politics. What impressed you most in the field of politics?
Zivadin Jovanovic, Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals
Approaching Silk Road Summit in Beijing
2. What are your suggestions for bilateral cooperation in the future under the Belt and Road Initiative?
3. The OBOR Summit is going to kick off on May 14th, what topics do you suggest that the summit should discuss? Or specifically, your ideas on how to have a fruitful summit.
4. Now EU is probing into the Budapest-Belgrade railway. Minister of Transport already gave her statement on this issue. How do you perceive this issue? Do you think the investigation will postpone the railway construction? Do you think the investigation issue will have a bad influence on Sino-Serbian Belt and Road cooperation in the future?
На конференции в Мюнхене представители стран НАТО обсудили стратегию альянса на фоне перемен в администрации США
Глава МИД Швеции Маргот Вальстрем после переговоров с Сергеем Лавровым заявила, что ее страна не будет стремиться в НАТО. Швеции в этой организации делать нечего. А Швецию в НАТО тянут. Как и Черногорию, которой занялись особенно плотно. Что, казалось бы, эта страна с населением в 600 тысяч человек даст гигантскому военному альянсу? А порт есть - глубоководный. Давайте и его приберем, пригодится.
Придумали какое-то вмешательство России. Попытку государственного переворота. Помилуйте, за последнюю четверть века где Россия делала перевороты? Приведите пример российского вмешательства хотя бы в одной стране? Президент Путин неоднократно говорил: мы не вмешиваемся в дела других стран. Тем более, не организуем перевороты. И это так. Нет никаких фактов, опровергающих это утверждение.
Североатлантический альянс, НАТО, был создан для борьбы с Советским Союзом. Запад боялся советской экспансии. Запад боялся экспансии коммунизма. НАТО - это не просто военная организация. Она имеет идейную основу. Вот как сказано в договоре о создании НАТО: «Договаривающиеся стороны преисполнены решимости защищать свободу, общее наследие и цивилизацию своих народов, основанные на принципах демократии, свободы личности и законности».
Chancellor Angela Merkel has been dominating the German – and European – political landscape for over a decade. But after years of economic and refugee crises, unpopular decisions, and a growing divide between EU members, Merkel is facing opposition inside her country and across the Atlantic as well. With anti-establishment forces strong across Europe and a new leader in America, how will the German political landscape shape up this year? And with the new president in Germany standing against confrontation with Russia – should we be ready for a policy shift? We ask the former vice president of the OSCE Assembly, and former state secretary to Germany’s defense minister – Willy Wimmer.
January 23, 2017, EIRNS -- In an important development , on January 21, 2017, the Bank of China has officially opened its Balkan regional branch in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, to provide banking services for cooperation in investments, trade, tourism and other fields, for countries in the region – Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and others. The event dominated headlines in all major media in Serbia and beyond.
The bank of China is the fourth strongest bank in the world and the second strongest in China.
As Zivadin Jovanovic, President of the Belgrade Silk Road Connectivity Center and of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals in Belgrade noted in a TV commentary on Sunday, cooperation under OBOR, as global initiative, is not important only for development of CEE-countries, but for the whole of Europe. Through win-win OBOR-cooperation Europe and China are getting closer, which is equally positive from an economic, cultural and political point of view, particularly now when EU is passing through serious difficulties.
Lastly, he said, that cooperation under CEE-OBOR has proven to be very important for Serbia`s overall economic development, modernization of industry and infrastructure and improvement of international standing. (efi)
Liberal corporative capitalism, for reasons of lowering traveling costs, proposed not to travel to history alone but packed togather with NATO, EU and unipollar World Order.
Workers participation has good chances to step in provisionally, buying time for full scale workers selfmanagment.
Interview to ’’People’s Daily’’, China
1. Many people are still shocked at the result of US presidential election this year. Some experts say this is the abuse of the liberal democracy. What are main faults or wrongs of west democracies?
R. : I would say that lack of democratic substance is the main deficiency of nowadays western type of democracy. Western democracy has become opposite of what is meant to be. People who are supposed to be sovereign factor of the democratic decision making process have been reduced to a mere cover up for behind the scene informal but powerful groups deciding on any major issue, including decisions on peace and war. Democracy means freedom, objective information, and humanism. How much do we recognize this values in real life, in practice? Millions of citizens are being spied by their own governments, hundreds of millions misled daily by false information of global corporate information systems, daily abuse of human rights and international terrorism for promotion of imperial domination and greedy interests, rising massive unemployment and poverty, degradation of education, culture, revival of racism and xenophobia… Are those the values to be exported from the West to the rest of the world through “regime changes”, “colored revolutions” and other subversive methods?!
2. In 2016, some impressive referendums occurred in European countries, such as UK, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Can we say the phenomenon means the victory of direct democracy? Some people say this is only the victory of populism in Europe. What are your opinions on the frequent referendums? What's the limitations of direct democracy and why most countries didn't adopt such voting system in the long past?
3. Many Europeans feel angered about the inability of EU leaders to tackle the crisis such as refugees, terrorism and Brexit. Some people say the weakness of EU lies in the overuse of democracy. In the West, surveys show a fall in the level of support for democracy among young people. Many seem to think it would be nice to have a “strong chief” or a “big man” with a simple message and easy solutions. How do you see the failure of west democracy?
R.: Brexit has destabilized EU and has opened Pandora Box with unforeseeable consequences. Influential political forces in other EU member countries are advocating similar moves in a not too distant future. Up to now, EU leadership has not come out with any convincing answers about the common future. Rising problems of refugees, massive migration, growing international terrorism, unemployment, socio-economic gaps on national and international levels, slow economic growth and many other problems, have uncovered divisions, weakening of mutual trust, rise of egoism, euro-skepticism. All these problems, in my opinion, are interconnected consequences of the systematic crisis of corporate liberal capitalism and uni-polar world order. While defenders of the uni-polar World Order are losing ground and support to the multi-polar World Order is growing, even in the West, it is symptomatic that the need for parallel change of the concept of liberal multinational corporate capitalism is somehow out of the focus. It is still not understood that uni-polar World Order and corporate liberal capitalism are firmly interconnected. The system which is undergoing prolonged severe crisis, which is dehumanizing and even destroying societies and destabilizing international relations, which upholds profit above any civilization value, can hardly be sustainable. It is time to think ahead. Human needs, freedom, equality and solidarity should return to the center of national and international attention.
Civic and religious leaders in Germany are spearheading a new initiative to avoid war between Russia and the West.
By Gilbert Doctorow, Ute Finckh-Krämer, Ludger Volmer, Rolf Ekéus and Noam Chomsky
A transatlantic appeal for a new policy of détente with Russia has been launched. The declaration’s authors invite the general public to join leading political figures and social activists who have publicly rallied to support the call.
The initiative was born in Berlin several months ago in the days of deepest gloom engendered by confrontation with Russia over Ukraine, the Baltic countries, and Syria, with major war exercises held around Russia’s borders and bellicose language from both sides that suggested imminent hot war. As German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank Walter Steinmeier (SPD) said in an interview with Bild newspaper on October 8, present times are more dangerous even than during the Cold War that ended in 1990: “Previously, the world was divided, but Moscow and Washington knew each other’s red lines and respected them. In a world with many regional conflicts and dwindling influence of the great powers, the world becomes more unpredictable.”
The roll-out of the initiative called Détente Now aims at bringing civil society on two continents into play both to enforce and to support approaches to pursue dialogue and compromise with Russian counterparts, e.g., on confidence- and security-building measures between Russia and its neighbors. Détente Now will be a powerful voice for change of direction in foreign policy within Europe, and within Germany in particular, as it and several other key EU countries have their national elections in the course of 2017.
di Zivadin Jovanovic, Forum di Belgrado per un Mondo di Eguali, Serbia, settembre 2016
La visione, l'integrazione, l'apertura e inclusività sono le caratteristiche principali del Hangzhou Consensus del G20.
Socorro Gomes, President of the World Peace Council
With deep sorrow and sadness, we received the news on the passing, this Friday, 25th of November, 2016, of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution and hero of the peoples struggling for sovereignty, justice and peace, comrade Fidel Castro Ruz.
The World Peace Council expresses its sorrow for the loss of the great fighter for humanity and also reaffirms its conviction and commitment with the peoples' noblest principles, defended by Commander Fidel, fuelled with the strength of his inspiration and the courage of his struggle. We also express our solidarity with our Cuban friend organizations, the Cuban Movement for Peace and the Peoples' Sovereignty (MOVPAZ), a WPC member, and the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).
Fidel has dedicated his life to defend Cuba's popular and national sovereignty, the friendly peoples and the humanity, the de-colonization and the revolution, against the militarization, the foreign interferences and wars, facing the most aggressive power in the planet, the imperialism rooted in the hegemonic world order and numerous attempts at destabilization and the Revolution's destruction.
He has also defeated almost 600 attempts against his own life by the agents of the US intelligence services, who trembled before the revolution's power to face the system of domination, exploitation, threats and terror on which imperialism is sustained.
This year, among Fidel's cherished texts, we read about his conviction on the Cuban people's victory, in his speech at the 7th Congress, when Fidel said: "We will take the march forward and will perfect what we must perfect, with meridian loyalty and united strength, like Martí, Maceo and Gómez, in an unstoppable march."
With him we also remembered that "peace has been the golden dream and the desire of all peoples in each moment of History", and that "to struggle for peace is the holiest duty of all human beings, whatever their religion of homeland, the colour of their skin, their adult or young age."
The nation friend of the peoples, the Cuban people, mourns the Revolution's Commander in Chief, and with the people we grieve. But with Fidel's lessons, we know that we must continue forward, strong and resisting, while we build a world of social justice, national sovereignty, peace and friendship for which we have always fought, inspired by him and other brave heroes.
Together, the peoples can defeat imperialism and build a world of cooperation, justice and peace.
Hasta siempre, comandante!
President of the World Peace Council
The World Peace Council and the entire anti-imperialist peace movement worldwide, is in grief and pain with the loss of our beloved comrade Fidel Castro, Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, emblematic figure and leader of the Cuban people.
It is hard to find the adequate words to describe the life and character of such a leader, who dedicated his life to the revolutionary ideas, to the implementation of the noblest ideals of humanity in the construction of socialism on the island of Cuba.
Fidel , as all people were calling him, served as guerrilla leader, as defender of the sovereignty of Cuba as the soul of the dignity of the Cuban people. He championed as leader of the Cuban Revolution and as genuine internationalist he became the source of inspiration for dozens of nations and hundreds of millions of people in the world.
Fidel was awarded with dozens of medals amongst them by the World Peace Council for his lifetime contribution to the cause of Peace and Antiimperialist struggle. Fidel was respected by friends and opponents as a leader of principles and determination. Fidel was a symbol for the poor and the oppressed in Latin America, in Africa, in Asia, in the Middle East and in Europe. The masses of people worldwide identified themselves through him with the Cuban Revolution.
Fidel will be never forgotten, his example will be followed by the generations to come in Cuba and the world.
The World Peace Council is expressing its feelings of grief and its deepest condolences to his family, to the leadership of the Cuban Revolution, to the Communist Party of Cuba and to the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples (MOVPAZ).
Hasta la Victoria Siempre, Comandante!
Athens November 26, 2016
The World Peace Council (WPC) expresses its condemnation to the decision
Amongst them is the Peace Association (Baris Dernegi), which is the
The WPC expresses its solidarity with the people of Turkey, with the
We demand the lifting of the suspension of the Peace Associaition and of
12th November 2016
The WPC Secretariat
By:Srdja Trifkovic | November 09, 2016
Last night’s divine surprise is important more for the many bad things that will not happen than for the good ones that may happen. That Donald Trump won in spite of his many blunders, and in spite of the mainstream media machine acting as an integral part of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, indicates the magnitude of the elite-class debacle. Many disasters will be averted now.
The appointment of one, two, or even three Ruth Bader Sotomayor clones will not happen. There will be no mass amnesty for the illegals. The Clinton crime syndicate will no longer be able to operate with impunity, and its principals may face justice. (After all, Hillary Clinton has said that Nelson Mandela was her role model, and he was elected president only after he had served 27 years in prison.) There will be no second-generation Clinton dynasts. There will be no more mass pardons of hardened criminals. There will be no more bowing before Saudi royal kleptocrats, and no White House Iftar dinners with halal menus. There will be no mass influx of Syrian “refugees.” There will be no more “progressive projects” to erode the remnants of the Republic. There will be no more trashing of white working Americans. There will be no Humas in the Oval Office, no Nulands in the Cabinet and no Foundation donors in the anteroom.
‘Action vs. reaction,’ Russia responding to threats from the West, says Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos (VIDEO)
On Tuesday 25th October, 2016, at the House of Lords, the second chamber of the UK Parliament in London, Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos gave a speech on the origins of the current tension between America and Russia.
Below is a video and transcription of the speech:
If the winner is Clinton, a chorus of commentators will celebrate it as a great step forward for women. None will mention Clinton’s victims: the women of Syria, Iraq and Libya.
The American journalist, Edward Bernays, is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda.
The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psycho-analysis, it was Bernays who coined the term "public relations" as a euphemism for spin and its deceptions.
In 1929, he persuaded feminists to promote cigarettes for women by smoking in the New York Easter Parade - behaviour then considered outlandish. One feminist, Ruth Booth, declared, "Women! Light another torch of freedom! Fight another sex taboo!"
Bernays' influence extended far beyond advertising. His greatest success was his role in convincing the American public to join the slaughter of the First World War. The secret, he said, was "engineering the consent" of people in order to "control and regiment [them] according to our will without their knowing about it".
He described this as "the true ruling power in our society" and called it an "invisible government".
Long time ago US political leaders have proclaimed exceptional role and rights for USA in the world affairs. Accordingly they acted as being exempted from any responsibility, except to God. In recent history, for example, USA would proclaim to have national interests in any corner of the world and intervene even militarily, apparently, to protect them. Open or covert interference in other country`s internal affairs has become a routine matter within self attributed “right to democratize”, “right to protect”, “right to educate”, “humanize”, “standardize”, “inform”…
Now, has this policy based on American self attributed exceptionalism gained new arguments and strength after Presidential election campaign or it has come to close?
It is clear, however, that neither of the two candidates is ready to leave behind the global imperial USA role and strategy designed to suit the interest of military industrial complex and global financial capital (Wall Street).
It is also more or less, certain that the next US president cannot count to continue easily exporting of American style democracy as so far. Much before US presidential elections campaign started, the world relations have drastically changed introducing sovereign equality and true partnership based Order. These elections have only accelerated loses in value of American type democracy and neoliberal capitalism having been propagated in the past as “the main American export product”. Whoever wins, should understand that with these elections the policy based on the idea of American exceptionalism in the world scene has gone.
“For every dollar that the West 'gives' to Yugoslavia, we must pay back ten!"
Last week, “Solidaire” interviewed two activists of Otpor, the anti-Milosevic student movement. Today, it is Zivadin Jovanovic, Yugoslav Foreign Affairs Minister, and also one of the most important leaders in Milosevic's SPS party. This party, having held onto its share of the electorate, remains the most important political party in the country. In these troubled days, hundreds of international journalists have sought to interview a socialist leader. The honor went to “Solidaire's” special correspondent.
Tuesday, October 11, 2000, 11:30 a.m.
I entered the grand oval office of Zivadin Jovanovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs. It is probably one of the last times that he will be found here. Some people say that it's "the end of a reign." "An eclipse before a likely return," answer those who emphasize the fact that with 40 percent of the electorate (a fixed number), the SPS (Milosevic's Socialist party) remains the most important party in the country, while the present DOS coalition is quite fragile: 18 parties whose programs contradict one another, and whose electoral promises will be impossible to fulfill. Jovanovic, who is quite jovial and quick to smile, also has a number of questions to ask himself. The impassioned interview lasted three hours.
Author: ZIVADIN JOVANOVIC,
Vision, integration, openness and inclusiveness are the main features of the G20 Hangzhou Consensus. In both, the Communiqué and the Action Plan adopted at the G20 Summit , held in Hangzhou (September 4-5) innovationis are perceived as the key driver for sustainable global development.The leaders of the strongest economies on the Earth and the most important international organizations made it clear that only innovative approach can provide more and better jobs, inclusive development, higher productivity, cleaner environment and better people’s life. Thus, sustainability, in general, encompasses innovative economic, social and environmental sustainability. To be certain that this approach will be pursued participants have endorsed the G20 Blueprint on Innovative Growth as a new agenda featuring concrete measures in line with the new industrial revolution (NIR) and the digital economy.
G20 was formally established in 1999 and until 2008 it held regular meetings on the level of ministers and specialists for various fields. It was only after eruption of the international financial and economic crises in 2008 that G20 started to meet on the highest level of the heads of states/governments. At the beginning summits were held twice a year and since 2011 once a year .G20 members account for 85% of the General World Product (GWP), 85% of the World Trade and 75% of the world population. All members of G-7 (8), all permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as, all members of BRICS,are encompassed within G20.
Zivadin Jovanovic, the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals
1. Recently NATO held its summit in Warsaw. Warsaw used to be the place to sign the Warsaw Treaty. Is there something special for NATO to choose such place to hold its summit?
2. As a counterpart of the Warsaw Treaty Organization, is there any necessity for NATO to exist? How should it transform itself in the changed situation?
On March 11, 2006, President Slobodan Milosevic died in a NATO prison. No one has been held accountable for his death. In the 10 years since the end of his lonely struggle to defend himself and his country against the false charges invented by the NATO powers, the only country to demand a public inquiry into the circumstances of his death came from Russia when Foreign Minister, Serge Lavrov, stated that Russia did not accept the Hague tribunal’s denial of responsibility and demanded that an impartial and international investigation be conducted. Instead, The NATO tribunal made its own investigation, known as the Parker Report, and as expected, exonerated itself from all blame.
But his death cannot lie unexamined, the many questions unanswered, those responsible unpunished. The world cannot continue to accept the substitution of war and brutality for peace and diplomacy. It cannot continue to tolerate governments that have contempt for peace, for humanity, the sovereignty of nations, the self-determination of peoples, and the rule of law.
The death of Slobodan Milosevic was clearly the only way out of the dilemma the NATO powers had put themselves in by charging him before the Hague tribunal. The propaganda against him was of an unprecedented scale. The trial was played in the press as one of the world’s great dramas, as world theatre in which an evil man would be made to answer for his crimes. But of course, there had been no crimes, except those of the NATO alliance, and the attempt to fabricate a case against him collapsed into farce.
By Giullietto Chiesa
Outrageous: Slobodan Milosevic cleared of charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. But no-one is talking about it!
The ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia) has discharged Slobodan Milosevic from 1992-95 Bosnian war crimes allegations. This is definitely prime time news, while it holds endless political implications. Oddly enough, though, no major international mainstream media seems to have noticed.
Well, it is understable for everyone to be keeping it quiet: those who with one voice did dub him the “butcher of the Balkans”; those who associated him to Hitler, initiating a pattern which would later be extended to Saddam Hussein, Muammar Qaddafi, and which many would like to stretch further on to Bashar al-Assad. It is easy to read in the silence of the West’s chancellors, most notably the United States’, who doomed Yugoslavia and willed the end of Milosevic.
BELGRADE, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- China-proposed Belt and Road initiative offers new perspective for the growth of the friendly ties between China and Serbia towards achieving win-win results in various fields, Zivadin Jovanovic, a Serbian expert on international relations, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Jovanovic served as Yugoslavian foreign minister from 1998 to 2000 and is now president of the think-tank "Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals" founded in 2000.
Jovanovic said people in both Serbia and China shared in history a tradition of fighting against aggression and oppression and defending national dignity.
"Today our two countries share the same basic objectives, such as peaceful coexistence, independent internal and foreign policy, support to United Nations and respect for the international law," he said, adding that both countries acknowledge the need to build a new world order based on the principle of sovereign equality of all nations.
Both countries have "stable friendship" and are "trusted partners" in various fields, the Serbian expert said, citing China's solidarity with Serbia during the 1999 NATO bombing of then Yugoslavia as well as China's support for Serbia following the 2014 floods that struck Serbia hard as examples.
By Christopher Black
A recent report by Andy Wilcoxson, who has been following the trials at the ICTY, states that the judgement in the Dr. Karadzic case, issued in March of this year, “exonerated” or cleared President Milosevic of the allegations made against him by the prosecution at the ICTY. However, the judgement contains other findings by these judges that muddy the waters and remind us that though they did accept certain favourable facts regarding Milosevic, their purpose was not to “clear” Milosevic but to convict Karadzic and so they used legitimate disagreements on strategy and tactics between Milosevic and Karadzic to diminish the role of Milosevic in this case and exaggerate the role of and belligerency of Karadzic.
The report by Wilcoxson quotes the following from the judgement;
the Chamber is not satisfied that there was sufficient evidence presented in this case to find that Slobodan Milosevic agreed with the common plan” to permanently remove Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from Bosnian Serb claimed territory.
the relationship between Milosevic and the Accused had deteriorated beginning in 1992; by 1994, they no longer agreed on a course of action to be taken. Furthermore, beginning as early as March 1992, there was apparent discord between the Accused and Milosevic in meetings with international representatives, during which Milosevic and other Serbian leaders openly criticised Bosnian Serb leaders of committing ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’ and the war for their own purposes.
from 1990 and into mid-1991, the political objective of the Accused and the Bosnian Serb leadership was to preserve Yugoslavia and to prevent the separation or independence of BiH, which would result in a separation of Bosnian Serbs from Serbia; the Chamber notes that Slobodan Milosevic endorsed this objective and spoke against the independence of BiH.
The Chamber found that “the declaration of sovereignty by the SRBiH Assembly in the absence of the Bosnian Serb delegates on 15 October 1991, escalated the situation,but that Milosevic was not on board with the establishment of Republika Srpska in response. The judgment also says that “Slobodan Milosevic was attempting to take a more cautious approach.
Zivadin Jovanovic, Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals
- Interview to the “People`s Daily” -
It is true that Chinese GDP yearly rise is not any longer expressed in two-digit percentage, as decades before. But, - is it realistic at all that the country which has got so quickly out of poverty, which has so successfully reached the status of highly developed modern economy, continues endlessly to grow by the same pace of 10, or 12 percent every year?! With around 7 percent of actual GDP rise China still remains unique economy with the highest GDP rise among all major world economic powers. In addition, it is not the simple volume of the GDP growth that counts, but even more important criteria should be - stability, quality of production and quality of living standard of population. In the prolonged world economic and financial crisis, China remains steady leader of innovation, research and global green development.
2. What do you expect for the forthcoming G20 Summit to be held in China? What's the special significance of the summit to be held in China?
3. There are so many uncertainties in the world economy. What role can the forthcoming G20 Summit play in easing the world market anxiety?
Toronto, Canada, July 18 and 19, 2016
The World Peace Council Regional Meeting for the Americas and the Caribbean was held on July 18 and 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada, with the participation of representatives from ten peace organizations from the American continent, presided by the WPC President, Socorro Gomes, and the Regional Coordinator, Silvio Platero.
Present at the meeting were leaders and peace activists from the host organization, the Canadian Peace Congress, the Brazilian Peace Council (Cebrapaz), the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples (Movpaz), the U.S. Peace Council, the Mexican Movement for Peace and Development (MOMPADE), the Dominican Union of Journalists for Peace (UDPP), from COSI in Venezuela, the School of Peace in Colombia, the Jamaican Peace Council and the Committee in Defense of the National Patrimony of Sovereignty and Dignity (CODEPANAL) of Bolivia and Iraklis Tsavdaridis, Executive Secretary of the WPC.
The meeting approved the report submitted by the Regional Coordinator, which summarized the work in favor of peace in the continent. It was evidenced that, though modest, there were advances in the actions to denounce and social mobilization against the actions of U.S. imperialism and its allies.
Intervista a Zivadin Jovanovic, Presidente del Forum di Belgrado per un Mondo di Eguali, ex ministro degli esteri della Repubblica Federale Jugoslava
D: Lei è grande amico della Cina, paese che visita spesso. Cosa la impressiona più di tutto il resto?
D: Prima della nascita della Repubblica Popolare Cinese, era un paese sottosviluppato. Ma ora la Cina occupa un posto centrale sulla scena mondiale. Secondo lei, qual è la ragione principale per tale risultato? Qual è il ruolo del partito comunista in questo processo?
D: Facendo un confronto con altri partiti comunisti, qual è il segreto del Partito Comunista Cinese nell’aver raggiunto un così grande successo?
D: La Cina sta esplorando un nuovo cammino nello sviluppo di se stessa. Qual è il contributo che la Cina ha dato nello sviluppo mondiale?
D: La disputa tra Cina e Filippine è complicata e delicata. Il collegio arbitrale istituito ad hoc è composto da 5 persone, 4 dei quali sono occidentali. Possono giudicare in maniera adeguata il caso?
D: La controversia è sulla sovranità. Il Tribunale ha sufficiente autorità per risolvere la disputa?
D: A quale risultato può portare l’arbitrato nella soluzione della disputa?
D: Secondo lei qual è la soluzione migliore?
Traduzione di Pacifico S.
The UN war crimes tribunal has determined that the late Serbian president was not responsible for war crimes committed in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war. The judges determined that Slobodan Milosevic was not part of a "joint criminal enterprise" to victimize Bosnian Muslims and Croats.
Written By: Andy Wilcoxson
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has determined that the late Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
In a stunning ruling, the trial chamber that convicted former Bosnian-Serb president Radovan Karadzic of war crimes and sentenced him to 40 years in prison, unanimously concluded that Slobodan Milosevic was not part of a “joint criminal enterprise” to victimize Muslims and Croats during the Bosnian war.
March, 2016 — The UN war crimes tribunal has determined that the late Serbian president was not responsible for war crimes committed in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war. The judges determined that Slobodan Milosevic was not part of a “joint criminal enterprise” to victimize Bosnian Muslims and Croats.
The verdict of this Kangaroo Court in The Hague should not only outrage the people of Serbia, we should be seeing screaming headlines from all of those in the media that became the judge, jury and executioners of Slobodan Milosevic. The biased court to prosecute war crimes only for the war in former Yugoslavia was a ruse as the court totally ignored the real genocide in 1945 when 1.5 million Serbs, 60,000 Jews and 47,000 Roma were exterminated as the disgusting prejudice of the media fanned the flames for 96,400 victims on all sides in Former Yugoslavia in the 1990’s. This is the same media that profited from the 8 years of their claim of “250,000 deaths in Bosnia,” a total media hoax.
Michael Jabara CARLEY
If one wants to identify the people responsible for rising tensions in Europe with the Russian Federation, then look no further then the knaves, lunatics and yellowbellies of NATO.
Let's start with the knaves. The biggest knave of all is the US president Barack Obama. Many Americans voted for Obama hoping for a real change in government. Instead they got the same ol', same on neoliberal, neocon Republicanism, only worse. They got a slick, smooth-talking sharper who does not blanch at telling the most outlandish, outrageous lies. The dystopian world anticipated by Orwell in 1984 has arrived.
From Obama's point of view, he is not lying, of course; he is «creating new realities». It's a great line and it could have come from Orwell, but it didn't. It came from George W Bush's right hand man, Karl Rove. It was in 2004. The United States and its first butler, Great Britain, had just destroyed Iraq. The Bush administration was boasting of victory so it seemed at the time. Rove claimed that «reality» was a superfluous consideration. «That's not the way the world really works anymore», Rove said. «We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors...and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do».
Rove said it, and Obama demonstrates Rove's law, almost every time he speaks publically. You might laugh at how preposterous Obama has become, but it's no laughing matter when it comes to NATO and its encirclement of Russia. NATO had its big «summit» meeting in Warsaw this month. The city was plastered with posters comparing Russia to the Nazi SS. You know Poland, or maybe you don't, but its Russophobia dates back centuries and is rooted in its failure to gain control of the Ukrainian and Byelorussian borderlands between Russia and Poland. In its perennial wars with Russia, it almost always lost. So Polish nationalists, let's call them sore losers, want to even the score, and what better way to do it then with the help of NATO. Does the Polish government have a hidden agenda: to re-establish Poland's frontiers of 1772 and its great power status? Let's call it the tail wagging the dog.
That's alright with Obama because it suits his interests. He wants to put Russia in its place, force its submission to American hegemony. He can't abide the «truth teller» Vladimir Putin, whose refreshing public honesty so underscores Obama's dishonesty. It's a grave matter when an elected head of government lies to his people as a matter of course. Such conduct can only be dangerous. In Warsaw, Obama declared that Russia was an aggressor. «Russian aggression against Ukraine», he said, «threatens our vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace». Psychologists call such accusations «projection». I call it «pot calling kettle black» or the aggressor, Obama, accusing his targeted victim, the Russian Federation, of aggression. The accusation is preposterous, but it is the main NATO line to justify its military encirclement of Russia. Then there is this astonishing statement in the recent NATO communiqué. «...Large-scale snap exercises [on Russian territory are] contrary to the spirit of the [2011 OSCE] Vienna Document... [as are] provocative military activities near NATO borders, including in the Baltic and Black Sea regions and the Eastern Mediterranean...»
«Do as I say», insists the United States, «not as I do». Are not «NATO borders» now on Russia's borders? Does not the Russian Federation have security interests on its western frontiers or in the Baltic and Black Seas of all places and the eastern Mediterranean? The NATO communiqué denies Russia's right to defend its borders or centuries old national security interests. «We moved in», NATO has said to Russia in effect, «you move out».
Mary Martha Walsh and Basil Henry, humanitarians and authors from Ireland, have visited Belgrade forum for a World of Equals. They have been informed about activities of Belgrade Forum on national and international level. They have also expressed desire to participate in the future activities of Belgrade Forum, particularly at international conferences.
Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals,
Whenever President Vladimir Putin stresses Russia’s «all-embracing and strategic partnership» with China, one can hear the proverbial howls of anger emanating from the neocon/neoliberalcon axis in the Beltway.
As he met Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijng this past Saturday, Putin even allowed himself an understatement; «To say we have a strategic cooperation is not enough anymore. This is why we have started talking about a comprehensive partnership and strategic collaboration. Comprehensive means that we work virtually on all major avenues; strategic means that we attach enormous inter-government importance to this work».
Why understatement? Because this really ventures way beyond a stream of business deals.
Deals, of course, matter; in Beijing, China and Russia advanced 58 projects worth $50 billion. These include a $6.2 billion loan from Beijing to build the 770 km-long high-speed railway between Moscow and Kazan and $12 billion in loans to build an LNG plant in the Russian Arctic.
Russian Railways, Russian investment company Sinara Group, China Railway, and Chinese CRRC will also invest in a plant in Russia to build 100 high-speed trains, designed for the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway. The railway inevitably will be connected to the future, $100 billion, high-speed expansion of the Trans-Siberian between Moscow and Beijing.
It goes without saying, this is all part of an essential node of the New Silk Roads. And as if this was not enough, in a further, graphic instance of geoeconomic interpolation, Russia and China’s central banks are setting up a yuan clearing mechanism in Russia.
The inter-connectivity bonanza
Putin and Xi met for the 15th time just after Xi concluded a three-nation Eurasia tour – Serbia, Poland and Uzbekistan – where, alongside Foreign Minister Wang Yi, he explicitly laid down the bridge between the New Silk Roads, or One Belt, One Road (OBOR), as they are officially referred to in China, and the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Not by accident China has now also struck a «comprehensive strategic partnership» with Serbia, Poland and Uzbekistan – on the way to weaving a broad «China-Europe strategic partnership» in parallel to the development of the SCO.
This already translates into projects such as the Hungary-Serbia railway; the Pupin Bridge on the Danube River in Belgrade; the expansion and upgrading of a power plant in Kostolac; what Beijing calls the China-Europe freight train service (from eastern China to Duisburg in Germany and also Madrid); the Kamchiq Tunnel in Uzbekistan; and last but not least the massive China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline system.
No wonder Xi keeps stressing the «inter-connectivity» theme over and over gain, as economic corridors are being built at breakneck speed, and the China Railway Express all the way to Europe – although not yet on high-speed rail – is already a go.
So there was plenty to talk about at the 16th SCO Council in Tashkent. Plus, the acceleration of full membership to both India and Pakistan; next year will be Iran’s turn.
What this translates to in practice is the amalgamation of the New Silk Roads/OBOR; the Eurasia Economic Union, EEU (as Putin stressed in the St. Petersburg forum); the SCO; financing mechanisms such as the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB); and the overarching Russia-China strategic partnership.
No wonder a certain Sultan Erdogan was watching all this in Ankara with trepidation, and decided to make a move. Erdogan’s attempt at a rapprochement with Russia involves not being hopelessly sidelined in this OBOR/EEU/SCO amalgamation. Turkey cannot afford to be alienated from Russia; the Turkish Stream gas pipeline will be essential to consolidate Ankara’s position as a key energy crossroads towards Europe. At the same time, Ankara must imperatively position itself as a key hub in OBOR.
With India and Pakistan, and later Iran, as full members, the SCO will be able, in the medium term, not only to interface with OBOR on all sides (via the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, CPEC, and also the Indian investment in the Iranian port of Chabahar); but also to be the key player in brokering a solution to the Afghan drama, something that the Americans and NATO would never be able to accomplish. Russia and China have always insisted that Afghanistan needs an Asian solution.
Lean, clean and green
Almost simultaneously to the Putin-Xi meeting in Beijing, and also not by accident, the AIIB turbo-charged its operations.
The AIIB started doing business only six months ago, with 57 founding member countries and $100 billion in committed capital.
It’s scheduled to invest $1.2 billion in 2016. Once again with trademark understatement, Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said, «the AIIB needs to establish its comparative advantage», profiting from «lessons of developing countries' years of development».
The board approved its first four deals, worth $509 million, with three projects co-financed with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. They refer to a slum renovation in Indonesia and highways in Pakistan and Tajikistan. A power grid upgrade in Bangladesh will be solely AIIB financed.
And this is just the beginning. The head of AIIB may be Chinese, Jin Linqun (he has promised a «lean, clean and green» AIIB), but one of the five vice presidents is British, Daniel Alexander. Beijing holds 30% of the initial capital but has only 26% of voting power. India holds 7.5% and Russia 5.9%, followed by Germany and South Korea. This is a real multipolar project.
Almost simultaneously to the AIIB in action, Russia and China’s foreign ministers signed a declaration supporting the role of international law, stressing sovereign equality of states; non-interference into internal affairs; and peaceful resolution of disputes. Considering the recent historical record, not exactly The Empire of Chaos’s cup of tea.
Commenting on Brexit, Boris Titov, the Kremlin’s small business ombudsman, ventured, «it’s not long until a united Eurasia – about 10 years». Considering the slowly but surely interpenetration of OBOR, EEU, SCO, AIIB, the NDB and the solid Russia-China partnership inside the G20, that’s more than feasible.
In Beijing, Putin and Xi did discuss their common position in the upcoming G20, only three months away in China; that’s where the real action is, not the G7. Compare it also with NATO’s upcoming warmongering summit in Warsaw; that’s what the West has to «offer» the global South.
In a nutshell; the option to a united Eurasia is chaos. And there’s no question the Empire of Chaos will stop trying to sow chaos. Expect Beijing ordering 1,000 heavy transport aircraft from Russia and Russian ships possibly spotted sooner or later in the South China Sea to add to those perennial howls of anger in the neocon/neoliberalcon galaxy.
The Shanghai Forum 2016, View from Serbia
The topic of the recently held 11th Shanghai Forum was “Interconnectivity, Integration and Innovation: Building Community of Common Destiny in Asia”. The work of this, in many was unique international gathering, brought together seven hundred scientists, experts, politicians and businesspeople from all over the work; during three days of this symposium were delivered some 100 presentations. Besides the participants from China and Asian countries, who have naturally comprised the majority of participants, other most numerous participants came from Europe, and thereafter from Americas, Africa and Australia.
The attendants found particularly interesting presentations of former President of Indonesia Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Secretary-General of the Nordic Council Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten, former Italian Prime Minister Mr. Enrico Letta, former US Secretary of Treasury Ms. Rosario Marin, Nobel Prize Laureate (2007 Climate change) Mr. Frans Berkhout, Fudan University prof. Wu Shinbo, Director in the Chinese Ministry of Finance Guoqi Wu, Vice President of the BRICS New Development Bank Mr. Paulo Nogueira Batista, and others.
Author: Christopher Black
The historic Brexit vote marks a victory of the working people over the capitalist elites who have used the European Union as a means of extending their exploitation of them to the limits, and which now, along with its imperial rival and overlord, the United States, is arming and preparing for a world war with Russia.
It is a victory of democracy against oligarchy.
It is a victory of real socialists against the fake, social democratic, cruise missile, NATO loving “left,” against Bernard Henri-Levy.
It is the turning of a searchlight onto the fascists’ connections with the corporate state and the use of fascist elements to discredit the Leave campaign; for how can we help thinking that the assassination of Labour MP Joe Cox was an attempt to discredit the Leave campaign instead of an attack on the Remain campaign?
It is a victory for the ordinary British worker who is fed up with a democracy that works only for the elite while reducing the rest to cheap labour for the elite.
It is a victory for those who can no longer stand to hear the litany of lies that come from the mouths of Obama, Hollande, Merkel, Cameron, and the others, whose interests are not ours and whose only objective is to exploit us to the maximum.
It is a victory for the sovereignty of the people, internationalism at its best, because people who are economic slaves and political pawns cannot join together in a true international union unless they throw off the chains that bind them to the oars of the neo-liberal galley.
It is the defeat of the tycoons by the people, who to them are invisible, the defeat of disillusionment, the reengagement of the popular will.
It is a victory for the Leave NATO movement, for the stop the war movement, the rejection of an imperialist structure that operates to create imperialist wars and serves as the machine by which the United States and Germany control Europe.
It is a victory for those who reject the corporate tycoons like Trump, or their eager servants like Clinton. It is a defeat for the United States and its leaders plans to rule the world.
It is a victory in France, for those who remember the Paris Commune; a reminder that the working people can take the power and govern themselves, a memory beaten out of most of us for so long now we feel ashamed to be called working class and so call ourselves middle class. For once we were proud, and fought for our voice to be heard, for our power to be recognised.
In Spain it is a victory for Podemos and its allies against the power structures that were never removed after the fascists stepped from power and called in a king.
In Italy it is a victory for the 5 Star Movement over a bankrupt polity.
In Central Europe it is a victory for those who oppose the criminal hostility to Russia, the NATO troop movements through their lands and the dominance of Germany over everyone.
It is the victory of Picasso over Madison Avenue advertising. It is the victory of those who struggle to build a world in which there will be no imperialist blocs, which live like parasites off the misery of Africa, Latin America and Asia.
It is a victory for those who were told they didn’t count, who had forgotten or never heard of the old dreams of building something better because they had been manipulated to accept the very worst.
It is a victory for those who realise we are all part of the union and either we act together to further our common interests or the far right, which has already been activated in many countries, and which in the UK assassinated a member of parliament in order to discredit the Leave campaign, will drag up all those rotten layers of society that capitalism always generates to guard its power at all costs.
Zivadin Jovanovic, president of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, former Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Yugoslavia
Topic One: 95 years of CCP
1. You are friend of China and often visit China. What impressed you most in China?
2. Before the foundation of PRC, China was backward in the world. But now China has been in the center of the world stage. In your opinion, what's the basic reason for such achievement? What role has CCP played in the progress?
3. Compared with other communist parties, what's the secret of CCP to make such great success?
4. China is exploring a new path in developing itself. What contribution has China made towards the world in the development?
Topic Two: The South China Sea Arbitration (if you have ready articles on this topic please send to me.)
1. The dispute between China and the Philippines is complicated and sensitive. The ad hoc arbitral tribunal is made up of 5 people, in which 4 are from the west. Can they understand and judge the case properly?
2. The dispute is about the sovereignty. Does the tribunal have enough legal authority to solve the dispute?
3. What will the result of arbitration bring to the situation of the dispute?
4. In your opinion, what is the best way to solve such dispute?
BELGRADE FORUM FOR A WORLD OF EQUALS
The decision of Great Bretain to leave EU is a consequence of lasting crisis of the EU system, unability and unwillingness of Brussels bureaucratic structure to understand new challenges, estrangement and arrogance of ruling elite as well as of extensive dependence of EU from USA. This crisis appears as political, economic, financial, but it is an esential expression of the crisis of neoliberal capitalism.
BREXIT will doubtless deepen the concept of EU system based on the deprivation of authorities of national states and concentration of the authorities within the bureaucratic Brussels center which is without meaningful control. EU region has entered a long period of political instability and uncertainty. Fleeing of corporate capital from EU appears as inevitable process with all consequences for development, socio-economic aggrarvation and political turmoil.
After illegal secession of Kosovo and Metohija in witch, paradoxical, Great Britain together with USA, played major role, separatism in Great Britain and the whole of Europe has got new encouragement. It is obvious that BREXIT is obliging EU to spare much of energy and time in trying to find solutions for profound problems. Hence, the policy of enlargement will be objectivly put aside. Countries of the Western Balkan, including Serbia, can not count on capital inflow and investments from the EU region which itself has a run into profound crisis and serious lack of capital.
Concerning Serbia, it is adviseble to pay much greater attention to own recources, however limited may be, to the concept of balanced foreign policy. Reformers are expected to take in account new circumstances and get rid of illusory expectations. Remaining open for reciprocaly beneficial cooperation with everybody, they should preserve national recources, such as vast arable land, waters, forests, minerals, as well as state owned Telecom, EPS, inssurance companies and others as a base for modern and strong public sector. Pressures and political conditionings should be rejected regardles on where from they are coming- from internationa financial institutions or from the states.
In new circumstances, Serbia's relations and cooperation with Russia, China, other members of BRIKS, as well as with other countries who had been supporting Serbia and cooperating without any political strings - are getting higher importance.
Zivadin Jovanovic, Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals
China's leader, Xi Jinping
Serbia and China cultivate a long tradition of friendship and mutual trust enjoying mutually beneficial cooperation. Presently, when certain European, American and other countries compete to win Chinese cooperation, Serbia is already endowed with the capacity and the basis to enhance cooperation with the second strongest economic power in the world and to upgrade mutual relations to the strategic level. In fact, that is exactly what Serbia is doing. The forthcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and expected signing of General agreement on strategic relationship will certainly accelerate this cooperation in all fields.
It seems that the importance of the rapid rise in economic cooperation with China goes beyond the point of its substantial input to GDP growth and employment, although both of them make very significant parameters. Provided that the current trend continues -- and there is no reason to expect otherwise -- it could gradually affect the layout of Serbia’s economic interests at the international level, focusing them into a more balanced position.
FRIENDS – RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN RECEIVED GERMAN POLITICIAN WILLY WIMMER (CDU), APRIL 7TH, 2016, IN SANCTPETERSBURGH
WIMER CONSIDERS EU SANCTIONS DAMAGING FOR EU AND GERMANY, IN PARTICULAR, AND USEFUL FOR GLOBAL USA OBJECTIVES
Einen Tag nach seiner Rückkehr aus Russland und Gesprächen mit Wladimir Putin, berichtete Willy Wimmer am 9. April 2016 auf dem ersten Anleger-Kongress des Dirk Müller Premium Aktien Fonds über seine aktuellen Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse und hält ein Plädoyer für den Frieden in Europa.
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On March 23 General Breedlove, Chief of Staff of the American
“Now, to my visit here. The security situation across Europe continues to evolve and become more and more
“To the South…Europe faces the daunting challenge of mass migration, spurred by state instability and
“As we work with allies and partners to respond and overcome both of these serious threats, we stand
There you have it-a declaration of war in all but name.
It does not take a military genius to look at a map and see that the build-up of NATO forces, particularly American,
The March 13 regional election results were a bitter setback for Die Linke and everyone fighting for social justice and democracy in Germany. The results of the parliamentary elections in Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Württemberg, and Rhineland-Palatinate signify a major shift in the political landscape.
Germany's regional elections.
The “grand coalition” has gradually adopted more right-wing positions, mediated by the racist public outbursts of Horst Seehofer and the Green Party's support for further restrictions to asylum law. In other words, the AfD is getting exactly what it wants: political discourse as a whole is drifting steadily to the right.
By Milos Mitrovic
Last week Croatia, as a European Union member state, blocked the opening of the Chapter 23 in accession talks between Serbia and the EU. Zagreb demands from Belgrade to apply a bilateral agreement which guarantees that the Croatian minority in Serbia would be represented in Parliament. Croatia also insists that Serbia should cancel its universal jurisdiction for processing war crimes committed in the whole territory of the former Yugoslavia, and fully cooperate with The Hague Tribunal.
I think that Croatia would never do anything to Serbia without, at least, the tacit approval of Berlin and Washington”, president of Belgrade Forum for the World of Equals and former FR Yugoslavia Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic said in the interview for IBNA. At the same time, Jovanovic says that Serbia should discuss its problem with Croatia “at many sides, despite the delicacy”.
“I believe that the right addresses for this kind of messages and politics are in Brussels, Berlin and Washington. While our public bothers itself with Croatian lack of cooperativeness and disrespect of good-neighboring relations with Serbia – the key is in the fact that Zagreb always does what Brussels, Berlin and Washington approve. Therefore, we can say that it is good that Serbia expects the reaction from Brussels. At the same time, Brussels is rather an international center, while concrete decisions are being made in Berlin and Washington. In each Croatian act toward Serbia we should recognize the handwritings of Berlin and Washington.
The Panama Papers: The People Deceived http://journal-neo.org/2016/04/09/the-panama-papers-the-people-deceived/
Umberto Eco in his last book, Numero Zero, in describing the reality of the manipulating and manipulated western media, has a newspaper editor say, “let’s just stick to spreading suspicion. Someone is involved in fishy business, and though we don’t know who it is, we can give him a scare. That’s enough for our purposes. Then we’ll cash in, our proprietor can cash in, when the time is right.”
And that is exactly what is happening with the appearance simultaneously in all the western media, on Sunday, April 3 of a story about what are called the Panama Papers. The story attributed to a shadowy organisation called the International Coalition of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has all the hallmarks of an operation by western secret services to attempt to subvert targeted governments. The primary target is of course President Putin in order to influence the coming elections and to further attempt to portray him in the eyes of the peoples of the west as a criminal.
But the targets also include FIFA directors, continuing the harassment of FIFA by the United States government, in order to keep Russia out of the next world cup football games, Lionel Messi one of the world’s best football players, perhaps because he refused a request by President Obama’s daughters to meet him when Obama visited Argentina, Jackie Chan, no doubt punishment for supporting the Communist Party of China, and various people blacklisted by the United States for dealing with North Korea, Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and other American designated enemies.
They include President Poroshenko of Ukraine, perhaps signalling they are tired of him, the prime minister of Iceland, since forced to resign, no doubt for jailing bankers, seizing their banks and giving the people some compensation for their losses in the financial crisis of 2008, Hosni Mubarak who has accused the United States of trying to overthrow him, the murdered Gadhafi, and Xi Jinping, president of China. No Americans or NATO leaders are named though David Cameron’s father is named, perhaps a slap at Cameron for allowing a referendum to take place on whether Britain should leave the European Union, which would reduce US influence in Europe.
Attendees at a conference with Vladimir Putin were surprised when the president decided to become a German interpreter
Vladimir Putin was engaged in one of his characteristic town hall press conferences when retired high-ranking German politican Willy Wimmer rose to ask a question. Wimmer doesn't speak Russian, but fortunately a Dresden KGB-veteran fluent in German, and current President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was there to interpret:
This no doubt must have had people wondering how important this man must be, in order to secure Vladimir Putin's services as his interpreter.
One wonders if it was actually Wimmer who, as related by Ronald Reagan, in the last days of the USSR managed to secure Mikhail Gorbachev's services as his personal driver:
But in all seriousness, in my view Putin once again showed off his great erudition and down-to-earth approach, something rarely seen in other contemprary polticians.
Two journalists - one American, one Serbian - travel across the former Yugoslavia to explore the human cost of NATO's 1999 military campaign against Belgrade and the media onslaught against the Milosevic regime. Anissa Naouai and Jelena Milincic discover the very different ways the war was portrayed in the US and Serbia; and meet the people still traumatized by the 3-month bombing, even today.
"Постскриптум с Алексеем Пушковым" - одна из ведущих аналитических программ российского телевидения. P.S. посвящен важнейшим событиям в стране и за ее пределами. В программе неоднократно принимали участие видные российские и зарубежные политики: Евгений Примаков, Сергей Степашин, Геннадий Селезнев, Игорь Иванов, Григорий Явлинский, Юрий Лужков, Патриарх Московский и всея Руси Алексий II, Кондолиза Райс, Генри Киссинджер, Джордж Робертсон, Зоран Джинджич и другие. Программа пользуется популярностью и авторитетом среди влиятельной политической и бизнес-элиты России и СНГ. Каждую субботу несколько десятков миллионов телезрителей, а это наиболее активная часть населения страны, отдают свое предпочтение Постскриптуму и ее автору и ведущему Алексею Пушкову.
GLOBAL INSTABILITY – HOW DID IT START
As clearly demonstrated by ensuing developments, NATO aggression of 1999 against Serbia (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) was the beginning of a series of aggression and interventionism. This has evolved into a dominant global trend of use of force, accompanied by huge problems such as the devastation of sovereign countries, massive influx of refugees, spreading of terrorism and militarization of international relations. Adding to this prolonged financial and economic crisis, the continuous deepening of the gap between the developed and the developing parts of the world and the growing distrust and confrontation, the resulting outcome is a global instability.
After NATO aggression on the FRY, there followed the assault of the “coalition of the willing” comprising mainly NATO members and the occupation of Afghanistan in 2001. Next was the armed aggression against Iraq.
Since the first attack of “the willing”, hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians, including women, children, wedding parties, doctors and medics have been killed. The production of heroin in occupied Afghanistan skyrocketed for more than 40 times over. As for Pakistan, many people have been killed as the victims of both - terrorists and “the willing” ones fighting the terrorists.
The military interventionism by the US-led NATO has developed into a global phenomenon. Its goal is also global – to forcibly introduce full control over all major resources on the planet, from geopolitical, infrastructural and economic ones to natural and human resources, by means of violating all norms of the international relations and by devastating international institutions that happen to be in the way of the ruthless greed and expansion.
Our friend Zahari Zahariev from Bulgria, has voiced a warning about the risk of global conflict. We hope and make all what we can to avoid it. Our hopes and expectations are stemming from the profound changes in the global constellation of power shifting in favour of the forces of peace, cooperation on an equal footing, observance of the international law and, most notably, observance of the principle of sovereign equality and the restoration of the role of the United Nations as the umbrella organization of the global community of nations. The era of the one polar world order and the system of liberal corporative capitalism are on an irreversible path to history; we hope and believe that, together with them, also go NATO as their key lever and the relic of the Cold War. Still, in spite of this, we must not ignore the fact that the minds of the ideologues of ‘exceptionalism’ and ‘missionary role’ do not function in the same fashion as the minds of ordinary people. Judging by their classifications of ‘the good’ versus ‘the evil’, of ‘friends’ vs. ‘foes’, ‘justice’ vs. ‘injustice’, ‘terrorists’ vs. ‘moderate opposition’, or their definitions of ‘fighters for freedom and democracy’, we cannot help concluding that there is still a big number of ‘strategists’ who believe that any means is allowed in the defending of privileges in international affairs and grabbing other people`s assets.
Those who have been enjoying impunity while trampling the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter, generating chaos and ‘low-intensity conflicts’, toppling and appointing leaders of other nations, those who pay no regard to the legitimate interests of other nations and states, those used to making others pay for the failures of their own policies, and those used to always have the last say, even deceiving their own people and the world public, will certainly not stop short of taking chances! And this is precisely the source of a great danger.
The revision of history was not triggered, but instead accelerated by NATO 1999 aggression. The process history revision involves great many interests and participants, but a special role has been assigned to the Hague Tribunal. This is a mechanism that, among other things, aims to replace the historians and leave its own – or rather, NATO’s – version of history, in particular a part refereeing to the last decades of history of former Yugoslavia. For the vast majority of people in Serbia, the Hague Tribunal is but an extended arm of NATO, one that does not dispense justice but instead pronounces verdicts, primarily against the members of the Serbian peoples.
On this 17th anniversary of NATO aggression a special merit is addressed to our Army, its soldiers and generals who have professionally and patriotically defended the country and the nation. The toll of the struggle took 1,008 soldiers and policemen. Today, we remember them, as well as more than 2,500 killed civilians, among whom there were more than 80 children. We pay tribute to all of them and express our condolences to their families and relatives.
The way out is in accepting the new realities in global relations, which do not support the setup of superior and subordinate actors, the privileged and the disenfranchised ones, the “exceptional” and the handicapped. The way out is in restoration of observance of the fundamental principles of international relations and international law, and most notably, in observance of the principle of sovereign equality of all states. In a broader sense, the way out is in strengthening the role of the United Nations and respect of the UN Security Council as the most responsible body for the matters of peace and security; in acknowledging that the multipolarization of global relations is a process that cannot be halted or stopped by any means; in the light of the increased powers of Russia, China and other BRICS countries, it multipolarity is inevitable; in orientation towards democratization of global relations which, in essence, means the recognition that medium and small countries also have a right to own interests; in renouncing the misuse of fight against terrorism so to spread and impose the geopolitical interests of major powers; in cutting the funding, arming, training, and dispatching terrorists to the crisis areas; in paying priority attention to solving growing socio-economic problems in Africa, Near and Middle East and in all other parts of the world, especially, those originating all kinds of extremism, terrorism and international organized crimes.
By Christopher Black
On March 11, 2006, President Slobodan Milosevic died in a NATO prison. No one has been held accountable for his death. In the 10 years since the end of his lonely struggle to defend himself and his country against the false charges invented by the NATO powers, the only country to demand a public inquiry into the circumstances of his death came from Russia when Foreign Minister, Serge Lavrov, stated that Russia did not accept the Hague tribunal’s denial of responsibility and demanded that an impartial and international investigation be conducted. Instead, The NATO tribunal made its own investigation, known as the Parker Report, and as expected, exonerated itself from all blame.
Protest NATO’s 2016 Warsaw Summit!
Build and Expand the WPC Campaign – Yes to Peace! No to NATO!
The 2016 NATO Summit will take place July 8-9 in Warsaw, Poland. It comes as NATO undertakes its “biggest collective reinforcement” of the past 2 decades. The World Peace Council is calling for mobilizations in all countries of the world, to coincide with the Warsaw Summit and to build the ongoing global campaign against NATO – Yes to Peace! No to NATO!
NATO: an enemy of peace and the people
Since its creation in 1949, NATO has been an aggressive military arm of imperialism. It is the largest and most dangerous military organization in the world, deeply interconnected with the foreign and economic policies of both the United States and the European Union.
Since the 1990’s, NATO has expanded its membership and theater of operations. NATO currently has 28 member states across North America and Europe. Another 22 countries are engaged in the Euro Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC). A further 19 countries are partnered with NATO through programs such as the so called “Partnership for Peace”, “Mediterranean Dialogue”, the “Istanbul Cooperation Initiative” or the “Partners across the Globe Initiative”.
This expansion alone reveals NATO’s fundamental purpose: to be a key tool of imperialist domination of the globe.
Over the past 2 decades NATO and its affiliates have attacked Yugoslavia (and its province Kosovo), Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria with the obvious goal of overthrowing these countries’ governments. In most of these cases the government was targeted by NATO because it refused to accept the dictates of US or EU foreign and economic policy. In none of these cases has the goal or result been democracy and peace – the only legacy is death for the people, destruction and displacement-with increased power control of resources and profits for NATO states.
NATO pressures its members to increase their national military budgets, whiole creating austerity for social programs, to further integrate their military, and to provide funding for more arms development, including nuclear weapons. The cooperation and coordination with the EU has been formalized through the various EU treaties and the creation of the EU-army.
In 2014 the United States and the European Union generated the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s government – partly by organizing, arming and equipping neo-Nazi storm troopers – and replaced it with an EU/US client regime, used to politically and economically dominate Ukraine and its strategy against the Russian Federation. In the face of violence and fascism, people of eastern and southern Ukraine took action to protect their lives, cultures and history, communities and interests, with Russian support. NATO used this as a pretext to increase military activities and expand its bases in every country throughout Eastern Europe and the Arctic, right to Russia’s borders. At the same time all EU governments have imposed and maintain economic and political sanctions against the Russian Federation.
NATO’s actions, as the favored military tool of US and EU imperialism, have led to ongoing climate of confrontation between the major nuclear-armed states. Such provocations lead inevitably to escalating tensions and the real threat of a nuclear confrontation and a generalized war that unavpidedly would destroy all civilization across the planet.
For a stronger, expanded campaign:
The World Peace Council has an ongoing campaign – Yes to Peace! No to NATO! – that has produced and supported large conferences, mass popular demonstrations and sustained campaigns in many countries. Through this campaign, the WPC has worked with numerous European and North American peace forces who also oppose NATO’s aggressions and existence. The Yes to Peace! No to NATO! Campaign calls for the dissolution of NATO at a global level, supports the struggle against NATO in each of its member states, and promotes the right of the people in each country to unilaterally withdraw from the NATO military alliance.
The struggle for peace and against war is an integral part and a necessary condition for progress and social justice.
In an effort to build and expand this campaign over the coming period, the World Peace Council commits itself to the following:
1. Working with its affiliate organizations and regional coordinators, the WPC will continue to call, organize and mobilize global days of action demanding the dissolution of NATO. The WPC will work to organize these actions on an annual basis. In an effort to build mass, public demonstrations against NATO, the WPC will reach out to international peace, labor and progressive forces who agree that NATO should be dissolved. The WPC will encourage its affiliate organizations to conduct similar outreach, wherever possible, at the national level.
Global Day of Action against NATO: July 8-9, 2016
In preparation for the Warsaw Summit, the World Peace Council recognizes the increasing global threat represented by NATO – by its increasing belligerence, size and geographic reach without limit. The WPC affirms that it will raise the mobilization in the streets of cities and countries to mobilize the people to struggle against NATO for its total dissolution, by calling for a global mobilization of action against NATO on July 8-9, 2016.
The WPC and its affiliates will urge peace and solidarity movements to organize protests at the Warsaw Summit site. Such a direct presence on the spot is a powerful reminder to all that NATO is the enemy of the peoples of the world and is actively opposed by them and demand:
• The Dissolution of NATO
Please inform the WPC as soon as possible of events in your country or region, and forward copies of promotional material.
On July 8-9, the peoples of the world say
Yes to Peace! No to NATO!
Donald Trump with Larry King on the occasion of the anniversary of the bombing of Serbia criticized Bill Clinton and criminal attack on Serbs, the ally of America in both wars.
- The Clintons have made a mess in the Balkans and Kosovo. Look what we did to Serbia in an aerial bombardment from a safe height. Those same Serbs rescued American pilots in World War II.
If I become the head of America the foreign policy will change the course that has until now often been wrong.
Zivadin Jovanovic, Belgrade, March 6th, 2016.
A few days ago I have returned from China where I participated at the International think tank conference on the Initiative New Silk Road of the 21st Century, held in Chinese Municipality of Shenzhen. This Initiative was inaugurated by Chinese President Si Djinping in 2013.
US seem to be unwilling so far to join or support the Chinese New Silk Road Initiative. US has not joined Asian (Chinese) bank for infrastructure development in spite of the fact that their closest European allies, including Great Britain, have joined this Bank which already attracted about 60 member countries. Instead, USA seem trying to get together all Asian and Pacific Ocean countries which supposedly have any reservation, or issue in dispute, toward/with China, to form an alternative integration counterbalancing if not obstructing Chinese Initiative. Not being pleased with EU joining Chinese Initiative and Asian Bank for Infrastructure, Washington apparently steps up pleasures on Brussels to approve TTIP and let it coming into force, as soon as possible. Kind of “dead race”, for some countries economic for the others geopolitical one, is going on not only among adversaries, but among some traditional allies, too.
Chinese investment and construction of the bridge Belgrade-Borca
Apart from EU, which has primarily economic interests to join the Initiative, the Group “China plus 16” has been established three years ago to cater for the interests of Central and South East European countries within the Initiative. For various infrastructural projects of this particular Group, for the time being, China has provided 10 billion US dollars. Serbia has been promised 1,5 billion which makes her rather high ranking partner. Part of that sum has already been engaged in construction of two very important bridges - one over Danube and the other over Sava River, with the rest reserved for modernization of the Belgrade – Budapest railway. It is only the beginning of modernization of the European corridor No. 10, connecting ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki, in Greece, with the Central and Northern Europe. China is also engaged in construction of Belgrade – Bar highway (Montenegro, Adriatic), thermo-electric project Obrenovac II, while negotiations are under way about construction of free zone Industrial Park, first of that kind in this part of Europe. In all Serb-Chinese joint projects special consideration is given to compliance with the highest EU standards of environment protection.
Chinese investment and construction of the bridge Belgrade-Borca
The Initiative of the New Silk Road, (a.k.a.“Belt and Road”) is only fourth year of age. Yet, it has already embraced 75 free zones and Industrial parks in 35 countries along the Belt. They employed about 950.000 persons and provided the tax revenue of over 100 billion of US dollars to the participating countries. New highways, railways, ports and bridges – in addition. Isn’t that promising start of New Silk Road Initiative, notwithstanding hardships in the global world economy.
Shenzhen, February 23rd, 2016.
It is great honor for me to convey to all of you the warmest greetings and the best wishes for success of this important Conference from the members and friends of the Belgrade Forum for the World of Equals, an independent association of scholars and intellectuals established in the year 2000. I would like to sincerely congratulate our hosts - Chinese Center for Contemporary World Studies, Shenzhen Municipal Government and Fudan University for founding Silk Road Think Tank Association, for adoption of Shenzhen Declaration and for starting organized global dialogue on multidimensional project of 21st century - “Belt and Road”.
The framework for continuous cooperation, exchange of ideas and proposals among think tank organizations of “Silk Road” of 21st century is established. Now we need to keep providing the substance to fill in this framework. Connecting business to business, professionals to professionals, students to students, artists to artists, journalists to journalists, scientist to scientists and families to families is continuous common challenge.
As for people to people connectivity, in my opinion, particular attention should be devoted to connectivity to four areas. Those are: culture, education, media and youth. In all those fields there is need for short and medium term cooperation programs. Culture, practically, commands with unlimited potentials for spreading and reinforcing understanding, respect and mutual trust among peoples. It is equally encouraging and inspiring that China has decided to build Chinese Cultural Center in Belgrade. I do hope that my country, Serbia will reciprocate by opening own cultural center in Beijing, as soon as her resources permit.
The theme of “Belt and Road” should be, in appropriate way, present in various levels of education. As governments have the interest of taking part in the implementation of this Project, political will and forms should not be a problem. In parallel, we should see how to improve cooperation and connectivity between academies of science and universities on all levels – researchers, professors, planners and students associations. Scholarships for studying Chinese and other languages along the “Belt and Road” should be priority.
Certain forms and fields of connectivity could be further considered within the framework of group of China and 16 central and southeastern European countries known as 1+16. This may give a space for flexibility and specific needs of the region. The Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals considers appropriate to initiate meetings of “Think tank” of China+16, as a branch of International Association which was established on February 23rd in Shenzhen. This would contribute to the flexibility, accommodation and efficiency of our joint efforts in the course of implementation of Shenzhen Declaration.
In closing, let me say that Serbia and China enjoy long tradition of friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation. This makes me very happy, the more so, that I had a privilege to be modestly involved in the development of relations between our two countries in the past. Therefore, our relations are neither of recent times, nor for the immediate period. Since long, the two countries have adopted strategic, long term approach based on principles, mutual trust and benefits. They cooperate intensively and openly in the implementation of the “The belt and Road”. Remarkable results have been already achieved. This trend of steady progress of our relations has been reinforced during the visit of Chinese Prime-minister Li Kechang to Serbia in 2014, when Serbia hosted Third 1+16 Summit. Last year Serbian Prime-minister Aleksandar Vucic paid a return visit to China.
Silk Road Think Tank Association
Lunching of Shenzhen Deklaration
We, about 80 representatives of around 70 think tanks from more than 50 countries, on February 22nd and 23rd, 2016, in Shenzhen, an important city for the “Belt and Road”, participated in the first Silk Road Dialogue jointly hosted by China Center for Contemporary World Studies, Shenzhen Municipal Government and Fudan University, and founded Silk Road Think Tank Association.
We hold the opinion that the ancient Silk Road promoted trade and cultural exchanges among Eurasian civilizations, giving birth to the Silk Road Spirit characterized by peaceful cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning, mutual benefit and win-win interaction. The Silk Road Spirit is renewed in the new era in the “Belt and Road” Initiative put forward by China. The endeavor also explores new possibilities of the concept of win-win cooperation.
We believe that the “Belt and Road” Initiative is committed to imparting new vigor into the time-honored Silk Road, bringing countries closer and pushing mutually-beneficial cooperation to new heights. Keeping in mind the trends in global economy and catering to the shared expectations of the world community, the “Belt and Road” Initiative will contribute to a balanced and sustainable development of world economy.
We believe that smoother connectivity is the foundation for the “Belt and Road” Initiative. Better connectivity in infrastructure like transport, energy and telecommunication will boost trade and cultural exchanges along the “Belt and Road”, injecting new energy into regional and global socio-economic development.
We believe that the synergy of development strategies is a critical step for the “Belt and Road” Initiative. It is imperative for countries to build multilevel mechanisms for policy communication, explore and expand the convergence of interests for different parties, make and implement cooperation plans together, and timely address the risks and challenges in cooperation.
We believe that embracing the concept of common and sustainable development is the inherent requisite for the “Belt and Road” Initiative. In order to achieve multiple, independent, balanced and sustainable development, the “Belt and Road” Initiative lays emphasis on the concept of green and low-carbon development, gives sufficient consideration to environmental protection, calls for innovation in technology, systems and management so as to explore new horizons for development.
We believe that the “Belt and Road” Initiative entails the vision and dedication of politicians, the active participation of enterprises, media, social organizations, etc, with think tanks playing an important role. The founding of Silk Road Think Tank Association has provided an important platform for think tanks to offer advice on governance and socio-cultural exchanges.
We propose that within the framework of Silk Road Think Tank Association, think tanks conduct discussions and research on the “Belt and Road” Initiative, providing consultation and making proposals to governments on coordination of development strategies and policies and on building mutual trust.
We propose that within the framework of Silk Road Think Tank Association, the participating think tanks boost cultural exchanges, improve the understanding of the “Belt and Road” Initiative while increasing mutual understanding and among peoples of partner countries along the “Belt and Road”, so as to contribute to further strengthening of the relations between peoples and the enhancement of public support.
We hope that the Silk Road Dialogue will follow the principle of being flexible and open, develop into a vehicle for sharing information, exchanging ideas and pooling wisdom, so as to provide intellectual support and social foundation for the “Belt and Road” Initiative.
We attach high importance to people`s diplomacy bringing closer associations to associations, professionals to professionals, students to students, artists to artists, journalists to journalists, scientist to scientists, families to families.
On February 1 the New York Times ran a front page story by two of their journalists confirming the intentions of the United States to increase its occupation of and military presence in Europe particularly the east. Under the title “U.S. Fortifying Europe’s East to Deter Putin” the story sets out just one in a continuing series of acts of aggression against Russia. At the same time as the Americans announced this action they pretended to negotiate with Russia in Geneva about a solution to the American and allied aggression against Syria.
Of course, the story begins with the lie in the headline of a need to “deter Putin.” It then continues with the standard set of lies and propaganda about world events that we always get from the government of that country. No one outside the United States can read these things without laughing or crying, but of course they are intended to justify the criminal actions of the American government and ruling elite to the people who have to pay for the criminal wars they conduct, that is, to justify the unjustifiable, to the citizens of the United States.
There is no need to enter once again into the real history of events in Ukraine, Syria, Europe, Asia, Africa and all the places in the world where American and European meddling have wreaked havoc and loosed Chaos with the dogs of war. The history is well known by those who are interested. But there is a need to comprehend the meaning of what the United States is doing by announcing that it will increase its military budget for eastern Europe by 400%, from a current budget of $789 million to $3.4 billion in 2017. Since the Russians are not the threat in the region, but the United States and NATO are, the placement of military hardware to support a full armoured combat brigade in the region, and right on top of Russia’s borders can have only one other purpose, aggression.
Once can even argue that the pattern of moving equipment and forces continually nearer to Russia’s border, the continuous military exercises and their increasing control of the governments of the east European states in lockstep with this military build up, looks far too much like Nazi Germany’s build of forces prior to Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. History never repeats itself exactly, we have learned that much. But the overall pattern is very similar and the objectives and motivations remain the same.
The story also quoted American officials as stating that the equipment could be used in Syria, another threat to Russia. But the main threat is against Russia itself. Indeed the writers stated,
“Still, there is no doubt the primary target of the funding is Russia.”
The Times admits that the 1997 agreement known as the NATO-Russia Founding Act stipulates that neither side can place forces along their respective borders and admits that the deployment of American and NATO troops along Russia’s borders is a clear violation of the agreement. But, being the weasels that they are, they always state that wrong is right and so they simply deny they are in violation of the agreement or excuse it based on ”Russia’s incursion” into Crimea. This makes no sense of course since the United States took over Ukraine as its protectorate in the coup in 2014. Its forces have been there ever since and it has been in violation of the agreement from the day it was signed as NATO occupied, one by one, the countries formerly protected from NATO by the Soviet Union. The agreement means nothing to them. They just shrug their shoulders if it is mentioned and chew their gum.
Since the build-up of American forces in Europe is explicitly directed at Russia and since a few months ago an American general stated that they expected Russia to engage in “hybrid warfare” in the Baltic states and regard this as a “certainty” for which NATO has to prepare, an objective observer must ask whether the US itself intends to stage a series of provocations in the Baltic and blame them on Russia.
The Americans, British and Turks have created a series of provocations in the past weeks, accusing Russia of killing civilians in Syria, of violating Turkish, therefore NATO airspace, of murdering Russians abroad on the personal orders of President Putin, and as with other leaders they have attacked and murdered in the past, now accuse President Putin of corruption, a charge they levelled at President Milosevic when he was attacked and then finally arrested in Serbia.
This writer had the opportunity of meeting with Serbian officials who were in charge of the case against Milosevic at that time and I asked them if the corruption charges were true. They told me that they were completely false but that the Americans pushed them to charge Milosevic in order to undermine support for him in Serbia and as an excuse to hold him until they could kidnap him and take him in chains to their NATO tribunal in The Hague. They further told me that the Americans had threatened to bomb them again if they refused to cooperate.
The accusations made against President Putin are in line with this strategy of setting him up to be labelled in the west as a criminal with whom negotiations are impossible and therefore, setting the stage for sowing confusion amongst the Russian people about their own leaders, and undermining support for their government. But this is only one purpose and since the Russian people are very aware of how the game works, it is unlikely that this campaign of defamation against President Putin will have any success inside Russia. So, the primary objective is to demonise him in the eyes of the western public in order to justify further aggression against Russia and since these stories receive saturation coverage in the west, the NATO propagandists are succeeding.
It took nearly ten years for Operation Barbarossa to be set up and put into effect, from the time that Hitler was made Chancellor of Germany and began to discuss with the British and French his intentions of attacking the Soviet Union. The British and French were very content for the Nazis to do that and there is no doubt that the primary objective of Hitler was always the crushing of Russia. That the attack failed is one of the reasons the NATO leaders snubbed the Moscow Victory Parade last summer since they now identify themselves with the objectives of the defeated Nazi regime.
Some doubt that the NATO powers will actually attack Russia and risk a world war and point out that the forces being placed in eastern Europe are too weak to mount any attack. But they miss the point, which is that the build up is steady, and it is increasing, along with the propaganda and increased economic warfare. The Americans are really prepositioning resources, stores, equipment and headquarters and logistics bases that can be rapidly used to build up NATO forces at the right moment. The question is when that moment will be.
Unless the European powers can escape the American pressure and become independent states once again and unless a new regime dedicated to peace arises in the United States, neither of which look likely for the foreseeable future, it rests with us, the citizens of the world to get off our chairs and get on the streets and demand that these preparations for world war be stopped. For, unless that happens, the march to war by the Americans and their NATO lieutenants appears to be inexorable.
Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto, he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and he is known for a number of high-profile cases involving human rights and war crimes, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
From: Sharon in StPetersburg
Le forum de Belgrade comptabilise 16 années d’activités investies dans la promotion du pacifisme et de la coopération, de l’égalité des individus, nations et états. Durant ces années, le forum a publié presque 200 livres, organisé de nombreuses conférences nationales et internationales, participé dans de multiples rassemblements internationaux, et pris part dans les efforts de consolidation de la paix à travers le monde.
Nous entretenons un contact et une coopération avec un nombre important d’organisations aux buts similaires, dans le pays et à l’étranger, à la fois bilatéralement ainsi qu’au sein du Conseil Mondial de la Paix.
De récentes conférences internationales consacrées au 100e anniversaire de la Première Guerre mondiale et au 40e anniversaire de la fondation de l’OSCE, organisées par le Forum avec des associations partenaires de Russie, rassemblèrent intellectuels, diplomates et autres éminents experts de Serbie, de la région ainsi que de près de 40 pays, illustrant ainsi l’éventail de contacts et la réputation du forum.
Ce sont quelques uns des points forts présentés à l’assemblée annuelle de cette organisation indépendante et impartiale, tenue dans la galerie « Progrès » de Belgrade et à laquelle ont participé de nombreux membres, amis et représentants d’autres associations, des institutions scientifiques et culturelles ainsi que le corps diplomatique.
Le Forum a été considéré comme un lieu avéré de rassemblement d’intellectuels indépendants et ouverts d’esprit ainsi que de chercheurs engagés dans le dialogue sur les plus importantes questions nationales, régionales, européennes et mondiales comme : le développement en période de crise, la politique de neutralité active, l’interventionnisme mondial, le contexte du révisionnisme historique ou encore le terrorisme international.
Le forum se bat pour le respect du droit international basé sur la charte des Nations unies et le renforcement du rôle de celles-ci, dont les Etats membres, égaux, incarnent la seule communauté internationale légitime. En accord avec cela, le Forum soutient que les accords de Dayton sur la paix en Bosnie et Herzégovine ainsi que la résolution 1244 du Conseil de sécurité sur le Kosovo et sur Metohija étant de nature permanente, fait partie intégrante du droit international.
Les moyens de persuasion et de manipulation utilisés par les pouvoirs étrangers vont bon train, visant à soit les réviser tous les deux, soit pousser la Serbie à les abandonner avec en retour la promesse de l’accélération de sa procédure l’adhésion à l’UE. Selon l’opinion du Forum, cela pose un risque de nouvelle déstabilisation dans la région et c’est inacceptable.
Le Forum a réalisé et publié de nombreux résultats significatifs. Ses publications sont devenues des références pour de nombreux chercheurs, analystes et scientifiques intéressés par les faits et les études non faussées de problématiques essentielles régionales et globales partout dans le monde. Il est particulièrement encourageant de voir grandir l’intérêt pour les éditions du Forum parmi les jeunes chercheurs d’Europe, d’Asie et des Amériques. Le livre intitulé « La Serbie dans la grande guerre de 1914-1918 » rédigé par le Professeur Mira Radojevic et l’académicien Ljubodrag Dimic, a été publié communément par le Forum de Belgrade et l’Association littéraire serbe en serbe, russe, anglais et en allemand.
Ce livre scientifique populaire a été promu à travers la région, en Europe, Asie, Amérique et Australie, suscitant un intérêt important parmi les scientifiques et le public de manière large.
La grande partie des publications du Forum est dédiée au problème de statut de la province du Kosovo et de Metohija, aux buts et conséquences de l’agression de l’OTAN contre la Serbie ainsi que sur la séparation de la Yougoslavie. Le dernier livre du prof. Radovan, ancien général, intitulé « Le caractère des Guerres séparant la Yougoslavie », récemment publié et présenté dans cette rencontre annuelle, révèle l’orientation thématique et l’amplitude analytique du Forum et de ses membres. Le livre fut présenté par le Dr. Stanislav Stojanovic, éditeur du livre et auteur de l’avant-propos.
Le terrorisme international est une menace globale de longue date qui ne pourra être éradiquée par la seule répression militaire, mais plutôt en ayant recours à une stratégie globale coordonnée sous l’auspice du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies. Une telle stratégie devrait comprendre des mesures conduisant rapidement au développement économique, social, éducatif et culturel des régions ou l’extrémisme et le terrorisme tiennent leurs origines. Un nouveau support fut accordé à l’initiative soutenant la tenue d’un sommet mondial en vue de préparer et d’adopter une convention internationale sur la lutte contre le terrorisme sous les auspices de l’ONU. A ce stade, il est essentiel de juguler tous les canaux de financement, d’armement, d’infiltration et d’entrainement des terroristes.
Le problème des réfugiés et de l’immigration économique de masse est le résultat de politiques d’exploitation prolongées et d’interventionnisme global contre les pays en développement, qui ont ouvert la voie au gouffre béant entre les parties riches et pauvres du monde.
En substance, l’égoïsme, la voracité et le racisme exercé par les multinationales a mené à l’essor de tous les types d’extrémisme, terrorisme et de migrations massives de peuples. Pire encore, certaines riches puissances détournent le terrorisme dans le but d’étendre leurs propres intérêts géographiques, stimulant ainsi l’actuelle montée du terrorisme ainsi que ses effets boomerang.
Les crises des réfugiés et des migrants évoluent vers un processus durable et propre à la civilisation moderne. Il est illusoire que cette crise puisse être résolue en employant des moyens palliatifs, technocratiques ou des méthodes issues de la Guerre Froide comme l’érection de murs, le déploiement de l’armée et de la police aux frontières, l’instauration d’un système de quotas séparant les immigrants en désirables et indésirables, l’établissement de centres collectifs colossaux, de faire appel aux règles de réadmission, etc.
Certains pays européens se comportent comme s’ils souhaitaient que les Balkans d’aujourd’hui fonctionnent en tant que barrière ou sanctuaire pour les migrants afin de permettre à ces pays de continuer de profiter des bénéfices de l’accumulation des richesses. Malheureusement, ceci n’est actuellement plus viable. Ce sont les changements fondamentaux, dans le long terme, des approches globales des Etats les plus responsables qui sont nécessaires : abandonner la politique d’expansion militaire et d’interventionnisme global, cette habitude de renverser violement les gouvernements légitimes des pays poursuivant des intérêts indépendants.
Il devrait être clairement déclaré que les guerres, instiguées par les pays occidentaux et l’OTAN, ainsi que les ravages et les doutes, sont les forces clés poussant des millions de gens sans espoir à immigrer. Ce n’est pas une question de fainéantise ces personnes ni le souhait d’une vie facile. Le rapport et les participants à la discussion ont souligné que la Serbie devrait prendre une position plus résolue concernant la persécution des Serbes du Kosovo et de Metohija ainsi que concernant la déchéance des droits civiques des habitants de parties de la Serbie demeurant dans l’ancienne république Yougoslave, spécifiquement ceux vivant en Croatie et au Montenegro. Egalement réaffirmée fut l’initiative du Forum d’établir un appareil consultatif afin que les Serbes de ces régions puissent y adresser leurs problèmes, mais également pour surveiller l’Etat du respect de leurs droits fondamentaux en accord avec les standards internationaux.
Le rassemblement a également exprimé une solidarité unanime avec Oliver Ivanovic et toutes les autres victimes de ces politiques, de la persécution politique et des politiques de deux poids, deux mesures très répandues dans les institutions européennes.
Les intérêts de la Serbie en tant qu’Etat et nation et la dignité du peuple serbe devraient avoir priorité sur toutes les autres valeurs et calculs à court terme.
Source originale : BEOFORUM
Translation par Gregoire Lalieu
FORUM OF INDEPENDENT THOUGHT:
The Belgrade Forum has accrued 16 years of activities invested in promoting the idea of peace and cooperation, equality of individuals, nations and states. Over these years, the Forum has published almost 200 books, organized numerous international and national conferences, participated in various international gatherings, and took part in peace building activities across the world. We maintain contacts and cooperation with a significant number of similarly oriented organizations, in the country and abroad, both bilaterally and within the World Peace Council. Recent international conferences dedicated to the marking of the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the OSCE, organized by the Forum with partner associations from Russia, brought together intellectuals, diplomats and other prominent experts from Serbia, the region and from about 40 countries, thus illustrating the range of contacts and the reputation of the Forum.
These are some of the highlights presented at the annual assembly of this independent, non-partisan association, held in the Belgrade`s “Progress” Gallery, attended by a large number of members, friends, and representatives of other associations, scientific and cultural institutions, and the diplomatic corps.
The Forum was appraised as an established meeting place of the independent and open-minded thinkers and researchers engaged in the dialogue on the most important national, regional, European and global issues, such as: development in the period of crisis, policy of active neutrality, global interventionism, the background of rewriting the history, international terrorism. The Forum stands for the respect for the system of the international law based on the UN Charter, and the strengthening of the role of the United Nations, whose Member States, as equals, embody the only legitimate international community. In accordance with this, the Forum holds that the Dayton Accords on peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and UN SC Resolution 1244 on Kosovo and Metohija, being of a permanent nature, make an integral part of the international law. The pressures and manipulation used by foreign power canters, aiming at either, revising both of them, or making Serbia abandon them in return for the promise of a faster pace towards EU membership, in the view of the Forum, pose a threat of renewed destabilization in the region, and are unacceptable.
The Forum has achieved significant publishing result. Its publications have evolved into references for numerous researchers, analysts, and scientist all over the world who are interested in facts and undistorted evaluations of vital regional and global issues. It is especially encouraging to see the growing interest for the Forum’s editions among the young researchers from Europe, Asia and Americas. The book titled “Serbia in the Great War 1914-1918”, prepared by Prof. Mira Radojević and Academician Ljubodrag Dimić, was published jointly by the Belgrade Forum and the Serbian Literary Association, in Serbian, Russian, English and German languages. This scientific-popular book has been promoted throughout the region, Europe, Asia, America and Australia, arousing significant interest among the scientist and the general public.
The majority of the Forum’s publications are dedicated to the problem of status of the province of Kosovo and Metohija, to the goals and consequences of NATO aggression against Serbia (the FRY), and the breaking up of Yugoslavia. The latest book of Prof. Radovan Radinović, retired General, titled “The Character of Wars Breaking Up Yugoslavia”, recently published and presented in this Annual Meeting, reveals the thematic orientation and analytical ranges of the Forum and its members. The book was presented by Dr. Stanislav Stojanović, as its editor and the author of the Foreword.
International terrorism is a long-standing, global threat, one that may not be eradicated by applying military and repressive measures only, but rather by resorting to a coordinated global strategy under the auspices of the UN Security Council. Such strategy should comprise measures conducive to an accelerated economic, social, educational and cultural development of the regions of the origin of extremism and terrorism. A renewed support was given to the initiative for holding a world summit to prepare and adopt an international convention on combating terrorism, under UN auspices. At this stage, it is essential to cut all channels of funding, arming, infiltrating and training of the terrorists.
The problem of refugees and mass economic migrations is the result of sustained policies of exploitation and global interventionism against the developing countries, which paved the way for a gaping social and economic chasm between the rich and poor parts of the world. In essence, the egotism, voracity and racism exercised by the multinational corporations led to the rise of all kind of extremism, terrorism, and mass migrations of people. Still worse, certain wealthy powers are misusing terrorism for the purpose of expanding their own geostrategic interests, thus stimulating the actual dissemination of terrorism and its boomerang effects.
The refugee and immigrant crisis are evolving into a lasting process and the state of the modern civilization. It is but an illusion that this crisis can be resolved by means of palliative, technocratic and/or Cold War methods such as erecting walls, deploying the military and the police along the borders, setting up a quota system, separating immigrants into desirable and undesirable ones, establishing mammoth collective centres, invoking the readmission rules, or the like. Certain European countries act as if they wished the Balkans of today to function as an updated Austro-Hungarian day Krajina, namely, as a barrier or an immigrants sanctuary, so to allow these countries keep enjoying the benefits of the accumulated wealth! Unfortunately, this is presently not viable. What is necessary are the fundamental, long-term changes in global approaches of the most responsible states: abandoning the policy of military expansionism and global interventionism, the policy of violent overthrowing of the legally elected governments of the countries pursuing independent policies. It should be clearly stated that the wars, instigated by the Western countries and NATO and the resulting uncertainty and havoc, are the key driving forces that push the millions of hopeless, rather than these peoples’ laziness or wish for an easy life!
The report and the discussion participants underlined that Serbia should take a more resolute stance concerning the persecution of Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija, and also concerning the disenfranchisement of parts of the Serbian nation residing in the former Yugoslav republics, especially those living in Croatia and Montenegro. Also reaffirmed was the Forum's initiative to establish the Council of Serbs from the Region, to address their common problems and monitor the state of human rights in line with the international standards.
The gathering also expressed unanimous solidarity with Oliver Ivanović and with all other victims of the politics, the political persecution and the policies of double standards prevalent in EU institutions. Serbian national and state interests and the dignity of the Serbian nation must take precedence over any other values and short-term calculations.
Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals
Belgrade, 23 January 2016
Enrico Vigna, Forum Belgrado Italia
Il 2015 ha visto per l’area balcanica un ulteriore colpo alla stabilità ed alla pacificazione dell’area. Gli scontri di piazza verificatisi negli ultimi mesi dell’anno, dopo che è partita una campagna propagandistica governativa che intende guidarel’opinione pubblica verso l’entrata nella NATO. Alcune forze come il Fronte Democratico e il movimento per la pace“NO alla guerra-NO alla NATO”, hanno deciso di scendere in piazza con proteste che la polizia, su ordine del governo, ha cercato di reprimere violentemente. Ma penso sia errato pensare che la protesta riguardi in primis la questione NATO (pur centrale). A chi segue da vicino le vicende montenegrine, non sfugge che, giustamente, queste forze stanno cercando di portare in piazza la gente con una lettura complessiva della situazione del paese. Uno stato che sta sprofondando, secondo le stime del FMI e degli economisti internazionali, verso lo stadio della povertà assoluta per fette sempre più consistenti della popolazione, ormai celebre a livello internazionale per una corruzione dilagante, una criminalità che ha messo salde radici nel paese(le varie mafie, italiana, russa, albanese hanno finanziariamente il paese nelle loro mani, come denunciato anche dai centri di investigazione italiani ed europei). Non bisogna dimenticare che lo stesso primo ministro del Montenegro, Djukanovic, è indagato dalla Procura italiana per connivenza con la Sacra Corona Unita pugliese. Il governo che cosa fadi fronte a questo scenario? Lancia una privatizzazione selvaggia, pratica un programma di riduzione o addirittura abolizione delle ultime norme di stato sociale, elimina i benefici rivolti agli investimenti sull’occupazione dei giovani, blocca le pensioni e i salari, inasprisce le leggi che limitano libertà sociali e politiche…ma investe milioni di euro per campagne mediatiche di pubblicizzazione e sostegno all’ingresso nella NATO come obiettivo fondamentale per la crescita del paese. Incontri della NATO organizzate nel più lussuoso hotel della capitale, ricevimenti nei ristoranti più costosi, meeting in cui il numero degli altoparlanti spesso superava il numero di cittadini presenti, continui spot televisivi a pagamento sulle TV, decine di cartelloni pubblicitari in ogni città del Montenegro. Ma tutto questo non per caso, come spiegano bene i leaders delle proteste: infatti il governo è cosciente che nel paese, la maggioranza della popolazione, o rifiuta la NATO come prospettiva, oppure la considera come una alleanza ad essa non benevola. Unaalleanza militare, che non solo ha bombardato il paese, ma ha utilizzato armamenti come quelli a base di l’uranio impoverito o le cluster bombs, devastando per sempre il territorio e l’ambiente.Il movimento di protesta, per far prendere coscienza di cos’è la NATO, ha prodotto documenti dove si cita l’opuscolo con le indicazioni obbligatorie, ai tempi dei bombardamenti sulla RFJ, per i soldati della NATO in Kosovo, dove era scritto testualmente: „L’inalazione di particelle insolubili di polvere di uranio è associata con conseguenze per la salute a lungo termine, tra cui il cancro e difetti di nascita.Questi effetti possono diventare visibili solo qualche anno più tardi„.Il movimento ha portato avanti una richiesta ufficiale al Ministro della Sanità montenegrino, il dottor B. Šegrta, perché presenti pubblicamente le statistiche ufficiali dal tempo della campagna di bombardamenti NATO, dove si rileva l’aumento di malattie e di decessi per malattie maligne, nel corso degli ultimi due decenni, e per avviare la formazione di un gruppo di esperti indipendenti,nonché per fornire una stima di quanta incidenza hanno avuto su questo, i bombardamenti NATO e l’uso di munizioni all’uranio impoverito.E’ proprio muovendosi in questo quadro complessivo e sociale che, in particolare a Podgorica, sono scese in piazza migliaia di persone, con una forma di autorganizzazione,su parole d’ordine che affermano che l’inclusione del Montenegro nel processo di integrazione euro-atlantica non porta sviluppo, consolidamento o prosperità al paese. Va rilevato che in questo momento non vi è in Montenegro un partito o una forza politica consistente, con una politica o una proposta chiara e concreta, all’interno dello stesso Fronte Democratico che guida le proteste di piazza; al suo interno vi sono esponenti che appoggiano le proteste ma in realtà sono legati ad interessi interni al sistema e lontani dalle reali esigenze e bisogni della gente. Si tratterà di capire nell’evolversi della situazione, chi manterrà una posizione ferma e chi si adeguerà per salvarsi lo scranno. Uno scenario già visto in Montenegro ai tempi della secessione dalla RFJ e anche in Serbia.
IL TEMPO E’ GIUNTO!
Questo per quanto riguarda la situazione interna al paese, ma è evidente che, come spiegato anche da analisti militari indipendenti, a Podgorica si svolge un “gioco globale“, in cui è coinvolta anche la Serbia, per creare ulteriori difficoltà alla Russia, che nei Balcani ha un retroterra culturale e politico molto radicato nelle popolazioni, e su questo sta cercando di riprendere un ruolo di primo piano e ostacolare l’occidentalizzazione completa della regione. Se la NATO non riuscisse ad egemonizzare completamente l’area, molte prospettive ed alleanze strategiche dovrebbero essere ridefinite.
Intanto dopo le manifestazioni di ottobre e i violenti scontri, a metà dicembre si sono svolte nuove proteste e manifestazioni con la parola d’ordine contro la guerra e contro la NATO, per un referendum popolare e per le dimissioni del governo.
„Se si impedirà il referendum e ci sarà un tentativo fraudolento in Parlamento circa la decisione di adesione alla NATO, il Montenegro sarà portato sull’orlo di uno conflitto interno molto pericoloso„, ha dichiarato al comizio, AndrijaMadic, il leader del Nuovo Partito Democratico Serbo, sicuramente il motore più deciso e consistente di queste proteste.
„Ci hanno bombardato per più di 70 giorni, quindi come possiamo perdonarli per le vittime e la distruzione del nostro paese? In nessun modo e mai potremo dimenticare questo„, ha detto Radomir, un elettricista di 46 anni in un intervento.
Il presidente del Centro NO Guerra-NO NATO, GojkoRaicevic ha dichiarato al sito Analytics che le possibilità di contrastare e piegare l’attuale governosono fondate sulla speranza che il popolo del Montenegro non abbia perso la voglia di cercarela libertà sopra ogni altra cosa.
Il Fronte Democratico è una coalizione politica di opposizione in Montenegro. E’composto dal Nuovo Partito Democratico Serbo, dal Movimento per il cambiamento, dal Partito Democratico del Popolo, dal Partito dei Lavoratori e dal Partito Unito dei Pensionati e Disabili, oltre ad associazioni, organizzazioni studentesche, accademici, personalità indipendenti e anche una frazione del Partito Popolare Socialista. L’obiettivo di questa alleanza è di rovesciare il Partito Democraticodei Socialisti del Montenegro di Milo Đukanović, che è al potere dal 1991.
Una breve cronaca degli avvenimenti.
Dalla fine di settembre alla fine di ottobre per 20 giorni le forze di opposizione all’attuale governo, insieme a sindacati, giovani e associazioni civili, hanno manifestato e occupato la piazza davanti al Parlamento a Podgorica, per chiedere le dimissioni del governo Djukanovic e contro le misure antipopolari sempre più dure riguardanti lo stato sociale, le privatizzazioni, la corruzione e la criminalità che hanno in mano il paese e la società montenegrina; a fianco di questo veniva richiesto un Referendum popolare per decidere la ventilata decisione di adesione alla NATO, diventata poi ufficiale il 2 dicembre. In tutto questo tempo decine di migliaia di montenegrini hanno occupato pacificamente notte e giorno la piazza del parlamento, ma a differenza di Piazza Maidan a Kiev, alle 5.45 del 16 ottobre 2015 un migliaio di membri delle unità speciale di polizia, portate da tutto il Montenegro, e di forze di polizia regolari in tenuta antisommossa, hanno brutalmente attaccato e sgomberato questa pacifica protesta.La polizia ha arrestato decine di manifestanti oltre ai parlamentari del FD SlavenRadunovic e Vladislav Bojovic. Nell’attacco ci sono stati anche decine di feriti tra cui uno molto grave.Anche il presidente del Partito Nazionale Democratico e membro del Presidium del FD Milan Knezevic è stato brutalmente e senza alcuna motivazione, picchiato e spruzzato sul viso con gas lacrimogeni e urticanti e trasportato con urgenza al Centro di Emergenza ospedaliero della capitale.
Il Metropolita della Chiesa Ortodossa serba Amfilohijealle manifestazionidi Podgorica
“Non vi èalcun motivo per la poliziadi starequia controllare chi è qui per costruire, altri sono i luoghi dovesi distrugge, si rapina, si ruba, distruggendo così il Montenegro e il suo onore…si allontani lapolizia da qui e da queste persone, lottanoper la libertà, per essa sono qui evoglionola libertà dicostruireil proprio futuro„, ha dichiarato alla piazza il metropolitaAmfilohije.
“Invece di favorire una equa ripartizione di tutti i beni, c’è chi ha collaborato con la criminalità europea; ora che sono diventati borghesi, si dicono a favore la democrazia. Tutto ciò che è stato costruito dal popolo, questi lo hanno ridotto ad una triste realtà. Quella che era una nazione, ora non c’è più. Ora abbiamo miliardari che insieme con altri miliardari europei e americani disgregano il paese. E dall’altra parte abbiamo sempre più poveri.” ‘Non va bene „, diceva San Pietro. Non si costruisce su questo il futuro del Montenegro„, ha detto l’arcivescovo. „La vera Europa è Dante, non questi che hanno bombardato il Montenegro non troppo tempo fa „.
Il leader del FD Andrija Mandic ha ringraziato Amfilohije per la sua presenza e ha detto che „avevano sperato tanto che lui fosse stato con loro lì in quella piazza, anche la notte„. Al che Amfilohije ha chiesto un posto in una delle tende della protesta.
Video attacco e arresti delle forze speciali montenegrine:
NON NEL MIO NOME!!
A cura di Enrico Vigna, portavoce del Forum Belgrado Italia, dicembre 2015
Published on Dec. 15th, 2015: KenFM (German audio)
Popular radio show host Ken Jebsen interviews Willy Wimmer, a special guest at RT's recent 10th anniversary dinner
Russia Today’s 10th anniversary celebrations saw a wide array of prominent guests attending a gala dinner, including former and current Russian presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin, Michael Flynn (top US spy chief until 2014) and Sergei Ivanov - Putin's chief of staff to name just a few.
Respected former German politician Willy Wimmer was also among them. Wimmer served in the German Bundestag from 1976 to 2009, and was State Secretary for Defense from 1988 to 1992. He recently sat down with popular German radio show host Ken Jebsen, relating his thoughts on the event, RT's work, and his country’s relations with Russia in general.
Reflecting on the evening, he described a cordial affair, saying he “enjoyed attending the international event and the opportunity to talk to American generals and other political figures from Russia and overseas,” and rarely “experiencing such an easy way of hosting an event of that magnitude.”
Putin’s light, yet filling speech
The subject turns to Vladimir Putin’s brief speech, in part about the work the Kremlin expects from Russia Today. That it’s meant to provide fair and honest reporting of the information at hand, presenting the Russian position on occasion, and is as free as it can be; while still expected to not conspire with enemies of the Russian Federation.
“There is hardly a person in Germany's Bundestag that would deliver as much valuable content in such a short time.” According to Wimmer, ”if a capable politician like Mr. Putin is being made out to look bad in the western media as is the case now, then we are witnessing another instance of Anglo-Saxon pre-war propaganda, which itself dates back to the past world wars.”
On RT in Germany
Mr. Wimmer says that he first came into contact with RT when the crisis in Ukraine began, and that if it wasn't for the media channel’s work, we would now be much closer to war. That’s coming from the former deputy head of Germany’s OSCE government committee.
“Nevertheless, the channel faces opposition on many fronts. Due to a particular prejudice of some politicians in Germany, speaking to Russia Today can cost someone their position in Universities or have other problems forced on them.”
But since other European countries (Germany included) finance their own worldwide program broadcasters, he makes the point that “any criticism based on it being 'Russian propaganda', as is so often the focus, is senseless. Any and every debate stems from the procedure of allowing all sides have their say, giving everyone the opportunity to present their own position.”
Germany, the West and Russian relations
In his opinion, Germany’s reunification was made possible foremost by the efforts of Russia, set in motion by Mr. Gorbachev above anything else. “He, was tricked by the Americans during the process of the Soviet Union’s collapse, just as Germany was tricked after WWI, which brought us Versailles and in turn, Adolf Hitler.”
Jebsen points out the contradictory situation we are in with Russia right now; maintaining sanctions on the one hand, while trying to forge an alliance against ISIS in the Middle East at the same time. Mr. Wimmer, a member of the German Bundestag 1976 - 2009, explained that this is the result of a problem with politics in Germany.
That “there is no interest in thinking or formulating anymore, or even to try and achieve goals and conditions that are in the interests of people living in Germany. Over the years, the intellectual capability of Parliament has degraded to an extent, that it's not possible to vote for legislation, not scripted by British or American law firms.”
That in light of these circumstances, they have reached a point where Germany, itself obligated to never participate in a war again, is being progressively dragged back into fighting imperial wars.
“When we look at the situation today, what do we see? The West stands for blood and thunder and chaos. In the entire region between Kabul and Mali. Everything was flattened by us, everything. And what does the Russian Federation stand for? For the law of nations, for family values and the empowerment of faith.”
The degradation being apparent in the current refugee crisis as well, also avoidable had planned development projects of Africa’s outer regions commenced as discussed with Danish and other politicians from various European countries. “Plans that were brought to an end by American and Israeli efforts in 1994 at the latest.” Wimmer discusses this topic in a recent Sputnik interview.
Giving Russia a second thought
On the question what we should expect from Russia in the future, Mr. Wimmer answers with the same position he expressed at the gala event in Moscow:
1. That we should take care to keep our neighbors happy.
2. We should give some thought about our next visit to the US.
3. A stable and friendly relationship with Russia is in our very own interests.
4. And that we need to sell our goods worldwide.
At one point in conversation at the gala, the Russian moderator of the event said that Wimmer spoke of Russia in a better way than Russians do. He replied that “one has to give Russia a second thought. And this is the very point that counts. That you need to keep in mind who your neighbor is. We (in Germany) do this with Luxembourg too, and Russia is at least as important as Luxembourg.”
Am 24. und 25. November fand in der Hauptstadt Serbiens eine Tagung des »Belgrad-Forums« unter dem Titel »Jalta, Potsdam, Helsinki, Belgrad: Auf der Suche nach einer Sicherheitsordnung« statt. Der Präsident des Forums, Zivadin Jovanovic, hielt eine Rede zum Thema »Instabilität und Konflikte – das Resultat der Strategie des Westens«, die jetzt auf deutsch vorliegt. Ein Auszug:
Siebzig Jahre nach den Konferenzen der Alliierten in Jalta und Potsdam, und 40 Jahre nachdem die Schlussakte von Helsinki angenommen wurde, sind die internationalen Beziehungen in eine Periode tiefgreifender Veränderungen eingetreten. Die Zeitalter bipolarer und unipolarer Weltordnung sind vorüber. Eine Wiederherstellung der alten Methoden und Konzepte ist nicht mehr möglich. Die Weltordnung entwickelt sich unwiderruflich zu einer multipolaren hin. (…) Der Prozess der Multipolarisierung verläuft nicht glatt. Besonders beunruhigend sind Tendenzen, die darauf abzielen, Vorherrschaft und Privilegien gewisser Länder zu erhalten, die das von ihnen beanspruchte Recht auf eine Ausnahmestellung, auf globalen Interventionismus und militärische Expansion Richtung Osten mit allen Mitteln, auch mit militärischer Gewalt, legitimieren wollen. Das Ergebnis einer solchen Politik der Gewalt, wie sie der von den USA beherrschte Westen anwendet, wenn es darum geht, diese Privilegien beizubehalten und den Reichtum unseres Planeten zu kontrollieren, bedeuten Destabilisierung, Konflikte, und die Verwüstung vieler Staaten und Gesellschaften. Die Verfechter einer solchen totalitären Politik tragen die Verantwortung für die Destabilisierung und die dramatische Eskalation, durch die der Menschheit eine Katastrophe droht.
Erste Opfer dieser Politik waren in jüngster Zeit die zwei Jugoslawien – einmal, als das Land Anfang der 1990er Jahre durch aufgezwungene Bürgerkriege zerrissen wurde, und zum zweiten, als es durch die illegale Aggression der NATO im Jahre 1999 verwüstet wurde. Damit wurde der Balkan zu einer Zone anhaltender Instabilität. Der vom Westen geförderte Prozess eines Umschreibens der Geschichte »in vivo« (»im lebenden Organismus«, jW) brachte mehrere Kleinstaaten hervor, die kaum eine Chance auf autonome Entwicklung und Unabhängigkeit haben. Und es hat den Anschein, als ob die gewaltsame Festlegung neuer Grenzen unter Verletzung der Grundprinzipien des Helsinki-Dokuments noch nicht zu Ende ist. (…) Die wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Probleme nehmen rasch zu, die Arbeitslosigkeit bei Jugendlichen erreicht dramatische Größenordnungen.
Diese Einschätzung wird gestützt durch das Zerschlagen einer Reihe anderer souveräner Staaten und Nationen in der ganzen Welt auf ähnliche Weise. Offensichtlich verzichten die westlichen Machtzentren nicht auf ihre Strategie einer »territorialen Neuordnung« souveräner Staaten durch bewaffnete Überfälle, »Farb-Revolutionen« und andere unerlaubte Methoden, wie sie in Südamerika, Afrika und Asien angewandt werden. Das liberale Kapitalismussystem produziert Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrisen, Armut, Elend. Das hat zu einer Wirtschaftsmigration noch nie dagewesenen Ausmaßes geführt. Gleichzeitig treiben Aggressionen und bewaffnete Konflikte Millionen aus ihrer Heimat ins Exil.
Propositions of the International Science and Public Conference Yalta – Potsdam – Helsinki – Belgrade: In Search for Secure World Order on the Issues of Security and Cooperation in Europe in the XXI century 24-25 November 2015, Belgrade, Serbia
The participants of the International Science and Public Conference Yalta – Potsdam – Helsinki – Belgrade: In Search for Secure World Order dedicated to the historic agreements and pressing issues of security and cooperation in Europe, which has brought together representatives of many states around Europe, Asia and America, following the results of a widespread public dialog and opinion interchange that took place during the year of the 70th anniversary of the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, consider it necessary to declare:
The issues of security and cooperation in Europe and in the whole world have been a long established subject matter of interstate agreements and inter-country collaboration. At the same time, we believe that the current state of affairs makes a true progress and continuous headway movement impossible without the support of the public opinion and involvement of non-governmental initiatives in the development of the system of security and cooperation in Europe, based on mutual trust.
This has become ever more evident after Turkish military air force shot down the Russian fighter jet conducting a flight as part of the anti-terrorist operation in Syria and Iraq, which may lead to tragic consequences for peace in the whole world. The Conference also underscores that without Russia’s participation it is impossible to resolve the Syrian crisis and counteract international terrorism deeply rooted in many regions around the globe.
We are convinced that the terrorist attacks in Turkey, the explosion of the Russian jet over the Sinai peninsula and mass murders in Paris that claimed hundreds of lives have brutally challenged the global community and demonstrated the necessity of searching for the new approaches, reinforcing and joining the efforts for a coordinated fight against international terrorism and extremism as a global threat to humanity.
In this respect we consider it necessary to urge the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, other international organizations and the global community in general to consider specific proposals on optimization of activity in the sphere of security and cooperation, strengthening mutual understanding and the search of compromises on the pressing issues. We suppose that the International Science and Public Conference Yalta – Potsdam – Helsinki – Belgrade: In Search for Secure World Order, held in Serbia, a country with a non-aligned status and rich traditions of a European political center of the Nonaligned Movement, may start a meaningful international public dialog on the ways of creating an effective system of security and cooperation in Europe. Therefore we believe that the Final Document of the International Conference may be presented at the OSCE Ministerial Council that will take place on 3-4 December, 2015 in Belgrade.
December 1, 2015
Exclusive: The risk of Syria becoming a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia became real last week when Turkey and Syrian jihadists used U.S.-supplied weaponry to shoot down a Russian warplane and rescue helicopter, killing two Russians, a danger that ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explores.
By Ray McGovern
Belatedly, at a sidebar meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Paris climate summit on Monday, President Barack Obama reportedly expressed regret for last week’s killing of a Russian pilot who was shot down by a Turkish air-to-air missile fired by a U.S.-supplied F-16 and the subsequent death of a Russian marine on a search-and-rescue mission, apparently killed by a U.S.-made TOW missile.
But Obama administration officials continued to take the side of Turkey, a NATO “ally” which claims implausibly that it was simply defending its air space and that the Russian pilot of the SU-24 warplane had ignored repeated warnings. According to accounts based on Turkish data, the SU-24 may have strayed over a slice of Turkish territory for 17 seconds. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Facts Back Russia on Turkish Attack.”]
Immediately after the incident on Nov. 24, Obama offered a knee-jerk justification of Turkey’s provocative action which appears to have been a deliberate attack on a Russian warplane to deter continued bombing of Syrian jihadists, including the Islamic State and Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an Islamist, has supported various jihadists as his tip of the spear in his goal to overthrow the secular regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In his first public comments about the Turkish attack, Obama gracelessly asserted Turkey’s right to defend its territory and air space although there was never any indication that the SU-24 – even if it had strayed momentarily into Turkish air space – had any hostile intentions against Turkey. Indeed, Turkey and the United States were well aware that the Russian planes were targeting the Islamic State, Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and other jihadist rebels.
Putin even complained, “We told our U.S. partners in advance where, when at what altitudes our pilots were going to operate. The U.S.-led coalition, which includes Turkey, was aware of the time and place where our planes would operate. And this is exactly where and when we were attacked. Why did we share this information with the Americans? Either they don’t control their allies, or they just pass this information left and right without realizing what the consequences of such actions might be. We will have to have a serious talk with our U.S. partners.”
Putin also suggested that the Turkish attack was in retaliation for Russia’s bombing of a truck convoy caring Islamic State oil to Turkey. On Monday, on the sidelines of the Paris summit, Putin said Russia has “received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on industrial scale.”
Turkey’s Erdogan — also in Paris — denied buying oil from terrorists and vowed to resign “if it is proven that we have, in fact, done so.”
Was Obama Angry?
In private, Obama may have been outraged by Erdogan’s reckless actions – as some reports suggest – but, if so, Obama seems publicly more afraid of offending the neocons who dominate Official Washington’s opinion circles and who hold key positions in his own administration, than of provoking a possible nuclear confrontation with Russia.
Seventy years on after the Allies’ Conferences in Yalta and in Potsdam, and 40 years following the adoption of the Helsinki Final Act, international relations have entered a period of profound changes. The eras of bipolar and unipolar world order are over. Restoring to the old ways and concepts is no longer possible. The world order is irreversibly evolving into a multi-polar one. The new development fundamentally changes the relations established after the fall of the Berlin Wall, opening possibilities for democratization of these relations, and for higher observance of the international law and the United Nations Charter that lies in its core. This also offers possibilities for a better protection of interests of small and medium countries, Serbia including.
The process of multi-polarization does not run smoothly. Particularly worrisome are tendencies aiming to preserve domination and privileges of certain countries,to legitimize their self-imposed right to exceptionality, global interventionism and military expansion to the East, by all means, including use of military force. The outcome of such policy of force applied by the US-led West in seeking to maintain the privileges and put under its control the planet’s wealth, are destabilization, conflicts, and devastation of numerous states and societies. Proponents of such totalitarian policy bear responsibility for the destabilization and dramatic escalation of global relations threatening to inflict disaster of humanity. The first casualties of this policy in recent times were two Yugoslavia(s) – the first one torn apart by imposed civil wars at the beginning of 1990s, and the second one, ravaged during the course of illegal NATO’s aggression in 1999. Thus, the Balkans was transformed into a zone of long-term instability. The West-sponsored «in vivo» rewriting of history created several statelets that hardly have a chance of an autonomous development and independence. It seems that the forcible drawing of new borders in violation of the basic principles of the Helsinki Document is not over yet. The proof is the stealing of the Province of Kosovo and Metohija away from Serbia, and the reviving of plans of creating the so-called Greater Albania. The hardest-hit victim of the US-led destructive strategy in the Balkans is the Serbian nation, now shattered, disempowered and put under the control of puppet regimes. Paradoxically, the West proclaims that parallel unfolding of fragmentation of the Serbian nation, on the one side, and (re)integration of other nations, on the other, amount to no less than contribution to the peace and stability, and to the observance of European and democratic standards! Serbian national issue is more than simply an open one; it is further exacerbated by means of disruption and disenfranchisement. This forced-upon situation is hardly in the interest of peace and stability. Of course, it has to do with geopolitical engineering, nurturing imperialistic interests and nothing else. Economic and social problems are rapidly growing, whereas the unemployment of the youth reaches dramatic magnitude.
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Yalta Conference in February 1945 with (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin.
The ongoing war in Syria. The rise of Islamic State. Terror attacks in Sinai, Paris, Lebanon, Iraq and Tunisia. The shooting down of a Russian jet by NATO member Turkey.
Speakers from over 20 countries - myself included- addressed the key question: how can we build a more secure world order, where countries - large and small- respect national sovereignty and international law and where dialogue and diplomacy replaces war and the threat of war?
The International Public and Scientific Conference, held in the same Sava Centre building in Belgrade where the Non-Aligned movement was founded in 1961, commemorated three significant anniversaries. The 70th anniversaries of the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, (between the leaders of the USSR, US and Britain), and the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Accords, which established the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The conference preceded the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting that will be held in Belgrade in December.
Zivadin Jovanovic, Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals
Uniting against terrorism but - under UN umbrella. Immigrants and terrorism to deal with roots. Readmission, 21st century deportation method.
This month, 24rth and 25th of November, Serbian capital Belgrade will be the venue of the Scientific International Conference titled “Yalta, Potsdam, Helsinki, Belgrade: in search of security order”. The gathering of scientists, diplomats, politicians and public personalities from about 20 countries of Europe and the World is devoted to 70th anniversary of Yalta and Potsdam conferences (1945) and 40th anniversary of adoption of the Helsinki Final Document (1975). The Organizers are The Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals and two Russian organizations – Center of National Glory and the Fund of Saint Andrew. One week later (December 3rd and 4rth) Belgrade will host Ministerial OSCE Conference in order to sum up results of one year of Serbia`s presiding of this organization, commemorating important jubilee and giving impetus to strengthening its peace, security and cooperation role today and in the future.
Security and stability in Europe is indivisible from security and stability in surrounding regions and the world. That’s why the future of peace and stability in Europe cannot be properly perceived if it is not closely linked with peace and stability in the Middle East, Asia, Northern Africa (Maghreb) and Africa, as a whole.
Unfortunately, nowadays world is faced with growing risks and threats to security and stability. Mutual respect and trust among powers is in profound crisis. Some powers have proclaimed themselves exempted from the Law Order established and developed after the Second World War. Whenever the law stays on the way of their imperial expansion they simply ignore or remove it and abide by rule – might is right! Taking the role of an ultimate arbiter and executor at the same time, power centers have been intervening militarily all over the world. Violations the basic principles of International Law, including UN Charter, Helsinki Final Document, bypassing the authority of UN Security Council since 90th of the 20th century have become order of the day. It is appropriate to remember that Serbia (FRY) was the first European victim of unprovoked and illegal military NATO aggression in 1999. This turned to have become a blue-print to ensuing aggressions and military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Mali Syria… We need to ask ourselves what these aggressions have brought to the peoples of the Balkans, Europe, Middle East, Maghreb, Africa…? To the world? To UN and OSCE? To the International Law Order? Who can profit from fragmentation of viable states, from national, tribal and religious divisions, from chaos, hundreds of thousands of killed people, millions of refugees, displaced, emigrants…? Who were (are) those leaders, masters of our destiny, “independent” thinkers, philosophers, journalists, public figures in general, who believe(d) that taking part in, or publically defending, or justifying military aggressions, illegal regime changes and destabilization of sovereign states was the right way to reinforce human rights, introduce democracy, freedom and prosperity?
Following the first NATO war on European soil since Yalta and Potsdam agreements we have witnessed kind of a new edition the old strategy “Drang Nach Osten”, namely mushrooming in USA military basis towards Russian borders.
In 1999, taking part in NATO aggression, Europe participated in the war against itself, against own stability. More than that: This was a turning point binding NATO/EU member countries to take part in many other imperial wars and regime changes. Regrettably, Europe participated in destabilization of Ukraine and in sanctions, apparently, against Russia, in fact, again, against own interests.
Europe can hardly be amnestied of responsibility for destructions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria... Unprecedented flow of refugees and immigrants which has caused state of emergency on the continent has to be attributed to the lack of responsibility, vision and statesmanship of EU (NATO) leaders.
Nowadays, Europe is suffering consequences of own terrible mistakes. Of hazardous behavior. The level of egoism and unwillingness of EU leadership to recognize real causes of the problem and deal with roots, not only with consequences – are astonishing and do not promises positive outcome. Enormous flow of immigrants is certainly not only humanitarian, social and economic problem. It is security problem, too. Nevertheless the problem cannot be solved by erection of new wars, massive police and military border patrols, refugee centers like concentration camps of 21st century, even less by invoking the Dublin principles or so-called readmission agreements, kind of 21st century deportation models.
Right now the world public is mourning the victims of unprecedented terrorist attacks in Paris. While sincere expressions of solidarity with bereaved families and with the whole French nation come from all corners of the world, sense of uncertainty, insecurity and fear - who is next – is very much in the whole atmosphere. No doubt that the terrorism is universal, extremely serious threat to the security, stability and cooperation - in Europe and the world. In spite of all various actions and “successes” in the struggle against terrorism, it has not diminished, in reality, it has been rapidly growing. Spectacular military actions against international terrorism after 2001 may have killed some terrorist leaders, may have destroyed some terrorist headquarters but certainly have not dealt with ideology and roots of this evil. Calls to unite the world in the struggle against terrorism are logic, welcome and necessary. To act seriously and responsibly, to our opinion, means uniting under the authority of United Nations, i.e. UN Security Council. Further, this require coming to consensus as to definitions of terrorism, terrorist and terrorist acts in the manner that excludes “good” and “bed”, “our” and “your” terrorism and terrorists. Double standard approaches and abuse of the struggle against terrorism for promotion of egoistic or geopolitical objectives must be excluded. Struggle against consequences of terrorism, processing and punishment of the terrorists are beyond any dilemmas. But, what has been lacking is understanding of the complexity of the problem and dealing with its socio-economic, political and other roots as terrorism is long lasting problem of contemporary civilization.
Is it not the right moment to initiate convening of the UN World Conference on the struggle against terrorism with the objective to set up organization, mandate and time/table for adoption of World Convention on Terrorism?
The World Peace Council expresses its deepest sorrow for the deaths of over 20 civilians in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killed by a US criminal airstrike against a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, last weekend.
Besides civilians, a number of the victims were medical personnel working in the hospital, assisting the Afghans amid the escalated confrontation between the Afghan Army, the US and the Taliban, which took control over the city a few days before. This was a clear and blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions. At least three of the victims were children, who grow under constant impact of the foreign military presence and the destabilization of their country.
The subsequent statements given by the US and NATO's commanders are hypocritical and deserves our condemnation. They try to "pass on" responsibility to the Afghan Army after they committed to investigations on what they call "incident". This is obviously not enough and investigations would only be acceptable if indeed independent. Furthermore, their investigations cannot serve to evade any possibility of international prosecution.
We repudiate and denounce another war crime perpetrated by US imperialism, which since 2001 imposed again on the Afghan people, although in "coordination" with the local leadership, its bellicose and devastating intervention.
The world must hold the imperialist power accountable for maintaining its policies, which only result in the persistent destabilization and the disseminated violence, of which the main victim is the civilian population.
We demand an immediate end for the imperialists' interventionist actions and the war they sustain since 2001 on Afghanistan. We express our solidarity with the Afghan people in their struggle against terrorism and in their demand for the end of foreign intervention in their country.
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NATO has announced it will undertake large scale military manoeuvres in Spain, Italy and Portugal, from the beginning of October until the beginning of November 2015. These exercises will involve more than 36 000 personnel from the 28 member states of this political military bloc and from other “partner” countries and organizations.
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Europe is facing a backlash over its wrong policy in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, says Zivadin Jovanovic ,Yugoslav Foreign Minister from 1998-2000, now President of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals. The EU blindly joined the US strategy of global interventionism and now gets returns - opinioned Jovanovic.
Q: Just months ago, in the spring, the flow of migrants was relatively low, but now it's in the hundreds of thousands. What has changed?
Q: Germany has pointed the blaming finger at US foreign policy. But how much is Europe to blame?
Q: There is growing concern that there could be terrorists hiding among the refugees. How genuine is that risk?
Q. So far Europe has responded with fences, border checks, police and military troops. Will that work in the long term?
Q. There are fears that refugee inflow will inevitably change the face of Europe. Are these concerns justified?
Q. So, what in your opinion should be done?
(Part of this interview was published on TV RT, on September 21st, 2015. All questions authored by TV RT)
We want Europe to be based on peace and justice!
We, citizens of some European countries, are worried about the future of our continent.
A threat to freedom, democracy and peace
The high level of debt in nearly all European countries, high unemployment rates, especially
Europe‘s cultural heritage
The first codified European law originated in Ancient Greece. Politicians of Ancient Greece
Europe at the crossroads
Europe‘s history is a history of injustice and violence, but it is as well a history of overcoming
We therefore demand,
• that the protection of human life must have absolute priority and that the destruction
• that all anti-family ideologies in national and international regulations are cancelled;
• that all education slashings of our public schools are stopped; that professional content
• that it may not be a self-proclaimed international «elite» from politics, media and (financial)
• that the intelligence services and police authorities of all states should be limited to their
• that people and countries are not forced into dependenciessuch as debt bondage («odious
• that any interference in the internal affairs of the states of Europe, be it through political
• that all European countries renounce the use of military force to push economic and
Human acting must be based on ethics
Good faith must be the basis of all human coexistence and political activity again. Without
«All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with
Adopted by the 300 participants of the XXIII International Conference «Mut zur Ethik» which was devoted
Спустя 15 лет после натовских бомбардировок Сербии спецкор
Той весной в Белграде пятнадцать лет назад даже некурящие просили сигарет.
В ход шел дешевый контрабандный табак, от которого саднило горло и разрывало легкие от утреннего кашля, но несчастному городу было наплевать. Курили десятилетние пацаны, переставшие играть в войну, дымили гимназистки в коротких юбочках, смолили почтенные матери семейств и старухи с пустыми мертвыми глазами. Курили даже спасатели, когда вытаскивали из разбомбленного горящего телецентра тела шестнадцати журналистов.
Я помню их лица, выхваченные из тьмы багровым заревом пожара. Утро начиналось с чувства тошноты, рюмки ракии, обжигавшей голодный желудок, и «домачей кафы» (крепчайшего турецкого кофе, наследия времен Османской империи). Я даже не помню, что мы ели. И не помню, чтобы мы спали. Воздушная сирена начинала работать в два часа ночи, и в сизых от дыма комнатах люди вскакивали со стульев и бежали к окну. Уснула я лишь однажды, в доме моих друзей в Батайнице, пригороде Белграда, где находился военный аэродром. Мне дали бутылку и сказали пей, пока потолок не закрутится, как волчок. Нельзя же все время не спать. А в два часа ночи в моей комнате взрывной волной вышибло окна, и я скатилась на пол. И стояла на четвереньках в трусах, обезумевшая от страха, пока меня не вытащила на лестницу хозяйка дома по имени Мелани. «Сиди здесь, — сказала она. — Если дом рухнет, то лестница останется. Она железобетонная. Хочешь сигарету?» В ту ночь в Батайнице погибла трехлетняя девочка Милица Ракич.
78 бессонных белградских ночей закончились капитуляцией Югославии в июне 1999. Чудовищная военная машина НАТО с железной англосаксонской энергией вбомбила в средневековье цветущую балканскую страну. Потрясенные сербы оплакали мертвых и сказали себе: ужасы войны позади. Они еще не знали, что самое страшное только начинается.
«Они все обречены!»
Это было в Багдаде в 2003 за несколько дней до начала войны. Иракский переводчик привел меня в госпиталь, где лежали дети из Басры. Женщины в хиджабах с окаменевшими лицами сидели у кроваток своих умирающих от лейкемии и рака лимфы младенцев и двух- и трех-летних детей. Многие из них с трудом ворочали шеей, им мешали раздутые лимфатические узлы. Это были очень серьезные, тихие дети. Они совсем не плакали. «Почему вы привели меня сюда?» — лепетала я, ошеломленная увиденным. «Это жертвы той войны в Персидском Заливе», — объяснили мне. «Жертвы?! Но американцы бомбили Басру в 1991 году! Тогда этих детей на свете не было!» «Это была мини-ядерная война, — рассказывал доктор. — При операции „Буря в пустыне“ американцы использовали боеприпасы с обедненным ураном. Всего было сброшено 320 тонн урана. Матери этих детей получили серьезную дозу радиации, а их дети были обречены еще в материнской утробе. Это не самое страшное, что вы видите. В Басре рождаются дети без глаз
Спустя несколько суток я наблюдала с балкона отеля «Палестина», как снова бомбят город Багдад. Тогда самой страшной мне казалась мгновенная смерть под бомбами. Ведь я была еще молодой и наивной.
«Мальчику всего 15 лет, — объясняет доктор Джодич. — Рак щитовидки в тяжелой форме». 15 лет. Значит, он родился в год натовских бомбардировок, мысленно подсчитываю я.
Спустя два часа доктор Джодич держит в руках кусок человеческого мяса и объясняет: вот половина щитовидки, внутри которой опухоль. «Сейчас мы узнаем, есть ли метастазы». Несколько мучительных минут, и становится ясно: хрупкое мальчишеское тело насквозь прошито метастазами. «Что сможем, удалим. Потом зашьем, — с дежурным оптимизмом говорит доктор Джодич. — Мальчику предстоит еще одна операция и, возможно, химиотерапия. Вы, наверное, устали, идите. А нам нужно закончить работу».
Я иду по коридору больницы, мокрая от холодного пота и придавленная человеческим горем. Перед моими глазами стоит комната, где доктор Джодич осматривает молодых женщин. Некоторые из них рыдают навзрыд. У большинства — рак щитовидки в безнадежной форме.
«Щитовидная железа первой реагирует на радиоктивное излучение, — объяснял мне доктор Джодич. — За последние десять лет рак щитовидки в Сербии вырос на 300 процентов. Стремительно растет саркома и лейкемия. Правда состоит в том, что НАТО использовало наш регион как свалку для ядерных отходов. Мы до сих пор не знаем, сколько бомб с обедненным ураном обрушилось на нашу землю. За прошедшие десять лет мы не видели ни одного серьезного правительственного исследования последствий бомбардировок. Мы лишь врачи. Наше дело — лечить. Я работаю в онкологии хирургом 40 лет. И говорю как врач: рак становится все более молодым, агрессивным и неоперабельным».
After traveling to Russia for more than 30 years as a "citizen diplomat," Sharon Tennison isn't buying the war propaganda intended to demonize Putin and cast us back into a Cold War. Originally a nurse in San Francisco, she has traveled in Russia more extensively than most citizens of that country, taking fellow Americans there to see for themselves, finding future entrepreneurs to bring to the US on scouting trips, spreading the idea of Rotary International, speaking widely in both countries, writing an astonishing memoir called The Power of Impossible Ideas.
Recently, she took a group of Americans on a tour of some of her contacts. You don't have to agree with everything she says to admire her expertise, based on direct experience, not on propaganda. In contrast to most of what you see in the Western mass media, here is her report of the trip:
1. The most startling fact for me is how well Russian people are withstanding being cut off from their normal long-standing markets and trading partners in Europe--and how they are faring since their ruble lost about half of its value in the past year. They were concerned about how long this period might last, but none registered serious fear or diffuse apprehension. Unlike us, Russians have gone through so much worse in their past. This is apparently rather small by comparison.
2. Next, how healthy and vibrant Russia looks today. Not in my 32 years of traveling around Russia has this country looked so prosperous and orderly. It definitely doesn't look like an isolated country under sanctions. It looks like a healthy, robust place with a great deal of modernity present everywhere.
3. There is a definite pride in Russia's citizenry that I had not seen previously. Today Russians respect themselves and their country, as opposed to the former years when, when to one degree or another, they seemed burdened with insecurities and self-doubt.
4. Russia's structures, from 18th century buildings to today's skyscrapers, are well kept these days. Unlike yesteryear, streets and sidewalks are clean. We traveled by metros, minibuses, and cars inside these cities--and across the countrysides by train and occasionally by cars. Highways are finally in good shape, city streets also, and they are as well marked as ours--this is new. Pedestrians have the right away with traffic now! We saw few dilapidated houses, except for rows of original wooden houses in Volgograd. Russia's villages are disappearing which is a great loss to those who still revere village life. Khrushchev's five-story apartment buildings are being razed with numerous elegant residential buildings going up in each city. I counted 19 cranes from one vantage point in Ekaterinburg.
5. Beauty and Russian classicism "are back" in Russia. Having survived the ugliness of the Soviet period, the bleakness and breakdown of the 1990s, Russian designers and architects have finally come upon classic styles for new building construction and decorating.
6. It seems to me that Russian people have found their comfort zone. They don't aspire to be like Americans or Europeans or anyone else. They feel good about being Russian and belonging to Russia. I think this is due to finally settling into their "national idea" of themselves (a combination of classicism from the Tsarist era including the re-emerging Russian Orthodox faith, built-in social services from the Soviet era, plus a renewed sense of Russia's cutting edge scientists and the Russian nation rising in the world). They have been searching for "what" Russia would become since the 1980s and no doubt even earlier. They appear to have internally settled this issue for the present.
7. Russians are open and honest that they have a long road ahead of them, seeing that there is much to do to refine civic responsibility, law and order, health care, social issues, democratizing issues and to get corruption under control.
8. Russians know they are a major country coming up in the world, yet one gets no sense that they are hungry for power. They aspire to be part of a developing multipolar world, where nations cooperate as opposed to break into competing alliances. I agree, this is the only way that makes sense at this juncture of our world's evolution. Russians are still a modest people, and not given to grandiosity or exceptionalism, in private or in public.
9. Russian people are still questioning what system will be best for them to develop. Is it American Democracy? No. Is it full blown Socialism? No. Is it full Capitalism? No. Is it private sectorism? Yes, definitely. It is some combination of these with plenty of safeguards to support excellent education, culture, the needs of children, the disabled and pensioners, etc.
10. Political system: They seem to still be searching for what's best for Russia ". but are comfortable with their current trajectory at the moment. Putin's approval rate in the Levada independent poll this week is 89%--probably the highest in the world for a head of state. Are there those who dislike Putin, who think he should vacate the presidency and make room for someone younger without a KGB background? Definitely. Frequently they are the younger educated males in the major cities who believe that Putin is the root of all of Russia's challenges in the world. Those with whom I had long discussions have a lot of holes in their perceptions. They are a thin minority but it's good for Russian society for them to exercise other points of view--even if most won't agree with them.
11. Personal freedoms: Most Russians have the main freedoms that they cherish. Remembering communism, they feel great that they can travel abroad at will, be safe in their homes, safe on their streets, choose any kind of work they wish, move wherever they want, educate their children as they please, read whatever they like, have whatever friends they wish, and they are glad to lead a normal life in Russia. There are Russians who push for more freedoms, they too are good for society. However, those who do such acts as desecrating the National Cathedral are not among them. Average Russians don't respect exhibitionism in any form.
12. What would Russians change, if they could? First of all they wish for fewer taxes, less bureaucracy, less corruption and more incentives for private business. They want a more highly organized and efficient society. They want to better understand how to innovate and instigate new levels of Russian production.
13. Russians want to build the great society for themselves and for anyone who comes there to live. They don't tolerate outsiders' ideas of how to build their country. They are frank ". if you come to Russia to live, you are expected to learn the language, live by Russian laws, work and support yourself. You don't go to Russia in order to change it. Russians themselves have the right to change Russia, but foreigners do not.
14. Russians want to help develop a more egalitarian world, one that supports growth and also takes care of societies' less advantaged peoples.
15. Russians and their leadership in the Kremlin and elsewhere have ZERO interest in taking over more land. Nothing would cripple them more quickly than having angry Estonians, Latvians or Ukrainians under their roof. In addition, Russia has more land than they can use. They have more natural resources than they can extract and use/sell over the next 50 years. As far as Crimea goes, they and the Crimeans have understood themselves as the same people for centuries. But for a drunk Khrushchev who gave Crimea to Ukraine without consulting the Crimeans in 1954, Crimea would have been part of Russia up to this day. Rumors that Russia will take any of the Soviet space back into Russia, including Ukraine, are pure fabrications to benefit the objectives of those who are trying to reduce Russia's ability to be competitive in the world.
While London has rushed to point the accusing finger at Serbs for the Srebrenica tragedy, the British have apparently forgotten their own shameful history of the genocide of the people of India, Rakesh Krishnan Simha told Sputnik.
While British policy makers are expressing their "righteous" anger over Russia's decision to veto their resolution on the Srebrenica "genocide" of 1995 discussed by the UN Security Council earlier this month, London should obviously look in the mirror and recall its own colonial past, New Zealand-based journalist and foreign affairs analyst Rakesh Krishnan Simha told Sputnik.
There is no need to delve deep into history, the analyst noted, referring to the infamous Bengal Famine of 1943-44 that can be classified as the greatest disaster in the subcontinent in the 20th century.
Citing Australian biochemist Dr. Gideon Polya, Rakesh Krishnan Simha underscored that the Bengal Famine was a "manmade holocaust" directly caused by UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill's policies.
"Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh," the foreign affairs analyst narrated in his article "Remembering India's Forgotten Holocaust" in 2014.
Just in a year, the manmade famine had claimed the lives of over 3 million Indians.
The Famine in India: Natives Waiting for Relief at Bangalore
"Winston Churchill was just the last of the many murderous despots who presided over India's fate during the over 200 years of British rule. He said, "I hate Indians. They are beastly people with a beastly religion"," Rakesh Krishnan Simha told Sputnik.
Can We Classify the Bengal Famine as Genocide?
Can we classify the Bengal Famine as genocide? Genocide is a systematic killing of a people in great numbers and Churchill intentionally, and with open malice towards Indians, diverted grain from India to Europe, the analyst pointed out. He added that even when desperate pleas came from the administration in Bengal, Churchill refused to dispatch emergency food supplies. The UK prime minister even went so far as to blame Indians for the famine, saying that they "breed like rabbits."
The Bengal Famine happened despite India being a food-surplus country with a bumper harvest that year, he stressed. And that had not been the first time when the British rulers facilitated food shortages in India.
Photograph of a South India family in 1878 by W.W. Hooper
Rakesh Krishnan Simha stressed that during over 200 years of British rule, India saw at least two dozen major famines, which collectively killed 60 million people. The journalist added that the figure is based on numbers collated by British officials and economists and in reality it is significantly higher.
The analyst pointed out that during the 1877 famine in India, the only acquire to get some food was to work in the British labor camps. Within those camps, starving Indians received only 16 ounces of rice per day — less than the Jewish inmates of Buchenwald, the Nazi concentration camp of the Second World War.
One would say that India had faced famines even before the British colonial rule. However, "in the past 2000 years of Indian history, there were very few famine deaths because the Indian rulers ensured the well-being of the people through emergency food supplies and field kitchens," the journalist underscored.
India's Forgotten Holocaust
The history of manmade famines in India under the British rule can be obviously compared to the Jewish Holocaust of the Second World War, according to Rakesh Krishnan Simha.
"Hitler's hatred for Jews led to the Holocaust and Britain's malice towards Indians caused the deaths of at least 60 million Indians, including three million people during the Bengal Famine. Proportionately, the Bengal Famine was a holocaust on a bigger scale than the Jewish Holocaust. It took Hitler 12 years to murder 6 million Jews, but the British starved at least 3 million Indians to death in a 15 month period from 1943 to 1944. Indian estimates put the toll at 7 million," the journalist told Sputnik.
Rakesh Krishnan Simha pointed out that Hitler wanted to destroy the entire Jewish population of Europe because of race and religious reasons; furthermore, Hitler saw Jews as competitors in the German economy.
"Hitler also wanted to create Lebensraum in Europe for pure Germans. If you look at the history of English colonialism, they have created their own versions of Lebensraum in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand after the genocide of native populations," the analyst underscored.
"They [the British] may have wanted to do the same in India. But the British couldn't replicate armed genocide in India because Indians put up a ferocious counter attack and defeated the British in several wars. So the British may have decided to systematically eradicate Indians through famines. In fact, Churchill's scorched earth policy was intended to enfeeble the Indian population so the Japanese-armed Indian National Army which was planning to liberate India from the east would not find able bodied men in Bengal," he elaborated.
Why Does the Story of the Indian Genocide Remain Unspoken?
So, why does the story of the Indian genocide still remain unspoken? Why does the West that has recently rushed to blame Serbs for "genocide" of Bosnian Muslims remains suspiciously silent about its own hideous atrocities?
"First up, why would the US, UK, Spain or France admit at all to genocides they have committed? It is precisely because the scale of their own crimes is so staggering that they quickly latch on to other countries' internal problems. For instance, after an alleged 100,000 East Timorese were killed by the Indonesians, the West suddenly adopted the role of savior, conscience keeper and protector. It then invaded East Timor and illegally made it an independent country. It did the same in Kosovo," Rakesh Krishnan Simha elaborated.
"The UK and British immigrants in America wiped out Native Indians by the tens of millions. In Africa, the British massacred Kenyans," he added.
According to the journalist, considering the scale of the atrocities, the international community should conduct an official investigation into the Indian genocide.
"If the US Congress can condemn the Turkish genocide of Armenians a 100 years ago, then they can also censure Britain for even bigger holocausts in India. For this to happen, private Indian individuals must come forward to demand apology and reparations. There are a number of Indians who remember the holocaust and were affected by it," the analyst pointed out.
And there is a precedent, he stressed: "Kenya has asked Britain for an apology, and the British have rendered one."
However, there are a number of obstacles in the way of restoring justice. First of all it is not in the British interests to recognize such a hideous crime. Furthermore, the Indian elite have already established close ties with the British nobilities. Many of them have their children studying in American and British colleges, or have business connections, or have family living in Britain, Rakesh Krishnan Simha noted. Maybe that is why most Indians have no memory of these holocausts because they are not taught in Indian schools, the foreign affairs analyst emphasized.
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L’Aggressione della NATO contro la Serbia (RFJ) nel 1999, è un crimine contro la pace e l'umanità, un crimine i cui autori non sono stati assicurati alla giustizia.
L’aggressione NATO del 1999 e la creazione del campo militare "Bondsteel" in Kosovo e Metohija sono state il primo passo per l'attuazione pratica della strategia di conquista della NATO in Oriente, la sua dislocazione ai confini russi, e l’inserimento di un cuneo nei rapporti tra Europa e Russia. La guerra civile in Ucraina è il corollario della strategia di espansione della NATO verso est.
Il Presidente della Serbia, Tomislav Nikolić, nel discorso del suo ultimo anno a Uzice, in occasione della Giornata Nazionale dell’Indipendenza, ha reso pubblica la richiesta per il risarcimento dei danni di guerra provocati dall'aggressione della NATO. Ciò presuppone che il governo della Serbia dovrebbe adottare idonee misure concrete al fine di presentare ufficialmente questa iniziativa sollevata pubblicamente dal Presidente della Repubblica a nome della nazione, alla NATO e ai suoi membri, e di avviare i relativi negoziati.
Sixty five Nobel winners were meeting in Mainau, Lake Constance in Southern Germany at their annual conference of Nobel Laureates sponsored by the Lindau Foundation.
by John Pilger
The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.
“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”
Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, Auschwitz and the Holocaust would not have happened. Had the United States and its satellites not initiated their war of aggression in Iraq in 2003, almost a million people would be alive today; and Islamic State, or ISIS, would not have us in thrall to its savagery. They are the progeny of modern fascism, weaned by the bombs, bloodbaths and lies that are the surreal theatre known as news.
In 2011, Nato launched 9,700 “strike sorties” against Libya, of which more than a third were aimed at civilian targets. Uranium warheads were used; the cities of Misurata and Sirte were carpet-bombed. The Red Cross identified mass graves, and Unicef reported that “most [of the children killed] were under the age of ten”.
The public sodomising of the Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi with a “rebel” bayonet was greeted by the then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, with the words: “We came, we saw, he died.” His murder, like the destruction of his country, was justified with a familiar big lie; he was planning “genocide” against his own people. “We knew… that if we waited one more day,” said President Obama, “Benghazi, a city the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.”
This was the fabrication of Islamist militias facing defeat by Libyan government forces. They told Reuters there would be “a real bloodbath, a massacre like we saw in Rwanda”. Reported on March 14, 2011, the lie provided the first spark for Nato’s inferno, described by David Cameron as a “humanitarian intervention”.
Secretly supplied and trained by Britain’s SAS, many of the “rebels” would become ISIS, whose latest video offering shows the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian workers seized in Sirte, the city destroyed on their behalf by Nato bombers.
For Obama, David Cameron and then French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Gaddafi’s true crime was Libya’s economic independence and his declared intention to stop selling Africa’s greatest oil reserves in US dollars. The petrodollar is a pillar of American imperial power. Gaddafi audaciously planned to underwrite a common African currency backed by gold, establish an all-Africa bank and promote economic union among poor countries with prized resources. Whether or not this would happen, the very notion was intolerable to the US as it prepared to “enter” Africa and bribe African governments with military “partnerships”.
Following Nato’s attack under cover of a Security Council resolution, Obama, wrote Garikai Chengu…
“confiscated $30 billion from Libya’s Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of an African Central Bank and the African gold backed dinar currency”.
There was an interesting announcement recently that went almost entirely unnoticed in the Canadian media.
On June 17, Peter Szijjarto, foreign minister of Hungary’s centre-right government, made the startling declaration that his national security forces will erect a four-metre wall along the entire 175 kilometres of shared border with Serbia.
Szijjarto’s rationale for resorting to such a drastic measure results from a months-long flood of asylum seekers pouring into southern Hungary. While tens of thousands of these desperate illegal immigrants have been caught, detained and returned into Serbia, the vast majority have used the processing time for their asylum applications to simply disappear into other western European countries.
This, of course, explains why there is no public outcry from other members of the European Union over Hungary’s decision to fence out this wave of desperate humanity.
For impoverished Serbia, staunching the flow of these refugees at its northern border has generated the opposite reaction.
“I thought the Berlin Wall had fallen, but now new walls are being constructed,” stated Serbia’s foreign minister, Ivica Dacic, referring to the Cold War barrier that stood from 1961 until 1991.
“We are absolutely and fiercely against (Hungary’s) decision to build a fence.”
While the nationalities of those fleeing through Serbia into Hungary and beyond include Syrians, Somalis and even Afghans, the irony is that the vast majority of asylum seekers are ethnic Albanians from Kosovo.
The most recent exodus began in earnest in the fall of 2014, when the Serbian government relaxed travel restrictions on Albanians entering from the declared independent state of Kosovo. Serbia has never recognized Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence and still legally considers the region to be sovereign Serbian territory.
In 1999, Kosovo was ravaged by a brutal civil war between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbian security forces. The root cause of the public discontent was a severely depressed economy, overpopulation and unemployment. The Albanian underworld was able use that unrest to ignite and impassion a wave of nationalist sentiment that soon boiled over into a full-scale armed insurgency.
That year was the 50th anniversary of NATO and, given the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, there was a strong desire for NATO leaders to prove that the alliance was still relevant. Thus, NATO threw its full weight behind the Albanian Kosovo rebels.
In the spring of 1999, NATO warplanes, including Canadian CF-18s, launched a 78-day bombing campaign — not just against Serbian military targets in the disputed territory of Kosovo but against civilian infrastructure and utilities throughout all of Serbia. With NATO combat forces, including Canadians, massed in Macedonia for a possible ground war, the Serbian government negotiated a ceasefire on June 10, 1999.
Under the negotiated terms of UN Resolution 1244, Kosovo was to remain the sovereign territory of Serbia after a brief military occupation by NATO troops. Serbian security forces were to resume control of Kosovo’s border crossings and provide protection for the numerous sacred Serbian religious sites and monasteries within the disputed territory.
Of course, that was never actually in the cards. NATO negotiators had never wanted to have ground troops fight their way through Kosovo’s forebodingly steep mountain passes. Therefore, they agreed to all Serbian demands, knowing full well that they would never honour the deal.
In February 2008, that duplicity was formalized when the United States hastily recognized Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence and strong-armed allies such as Canada into following suit.
However, the precedent of such declarations of territorial independence based upon ethnic regional majority has prevented many countries from recognizing Kosovo. For instance, Spain, with its Basque separatist movement, and Azerbaijan, with its claim over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, cannot recognize a unilaterally declared independence.
With Russia using its veto to deny Kosovo membership in the UN and Spain, Slovakia, Greece and Cyprus doing likewise to keep it out of the European Union, Kosovo has remained in a strange quasi-limbo status on the international stage.
What matters most, however, is that at the end of the day, you cannot subsist on flags. Despite its declared independence, unemployment, poverty, corruption and widespread crime are driving a new flood of Albanian Kosovars to seek a better life — anywhere but in Kosovo.
The people of Ukraine who see their salvation in the form of a NATO intervention should take a good look at NATO’s “success” in Kosovo. Short-term military solutions do not solve long-term economic problems.
"В анналах мировой дипломатии останется в памяти жест Примакова, когда в ночь с 23 на 24 марта 1999 года он, узнав о решении начать военную операцию НАТО против Югославии, распорядился развернуть самолет, на котором во главе государственной делегации летел в Вашингтон, где должны были состояться его переговоры с (вице-президентом США) Альбертом Гором. Когда он узнал, что принято решение о начале бомбардировок, о начале агрессии США против Союзной Республики Югославии, он распорядился, чтобы над Атлантикой российский государственный самолет развернулся и вернулся назад в Москву", - напомнил бывший министр иностранных дел Союзной Республики Югославии Живадин Йованович, возглавляющий ныне сербскую неправительственную организацию "Белградский форум за мир равноправных".
По его мнению, "тот жест показал, насколько Примаков был привержен соблюдению и уважению принципов международного права и насколько понимал, что атака НАТО не была направлена только против одной маленькой, миролюбивой европейской страны, какой была Союзная Республика Югославия, - это была в такой же, если не больше, степени атака на стратегические цели России и на ее легитимные интересы". "Он хорошо знал, что господство НАТО на Балканах - это только предлог для экспансии НАТО к российским границам", - отметил Йованович.
"Он был человеком, которому мы тогда в руководстве Югославии доверяли больше, чем кому-либо другому из российского руководства. У нас есть впечатление, что если бы тогда больше зависело от Примакова, то и политика тогдашней России была бы другой и по отношению к Югославии, и по отношению к Сербии, и к Европе. И, возможно, если бы Россия тогда следовала принципам Евгения Примакова, то, может быть, сейчас у нас было бы меньше проблем и на Балканах, и в Европе", - считает экс-министр.
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В начале июня месяца 2015 г., гостиница «Интеральпен», г. Бухен под Трельфсом,
By Jochen Hellbeck
Poroshenko wants his nation to forget its role in Nazi atrocities
Few Western observers took notice when Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko signed a package of laws last Friday. They should have. The laws, which were rushed through parliament without public debate, strive to provide the country with a "correct" and binding historical memory. Those holding alternative views of Ukraine's past risk prison terms of up to ten years. Vedomosti, a liberal Russian newspaper generally sympathetic to Ukrainian reformers, lamented the passage of the laws: "The attempt...to turn history into a handmaiden of ideology is removing Ukraine from democratic values, bringing it troublingly close to contemporary Russia."
Vedomosti understates the problem. Existing laws in Russia criminalize historical views that "relativize Nazism" and question the narrative of Soviet victory in World War II. The new laws in Ukraine go further. Their aim is to impose a sharp break between present-day Ukraine and its entire Soviet past, now deemed criminal. As they foreground a questionable story of ethnic Ukrainians who throughout their history fought Russian domination, these initiatives also whitewash dark areas of the country's past.
One of the laws condemns "the Communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and bans propaganda of their symbols." For the most part, however, the law focuses on the Soviet era. All that it has to say about Nazism is that its racial theories drove certain groups out of their professions. It makes no mention of the mass murder of Jews, let alone the participation of Ukrainians in these atrocities.
The omission is strategic: This is made clear by another law, which hails soldiers and partisans who fought in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) as national freedom fighters. During World War II, the UPA collaborated with the German Wehrmacht against the Soviet Red Army. As the Germans withdrew from Ukraine in 1943, scores of Ukrainian policemen who had served with the occupiers, killing communists and Jews, joined the ranks of the UPA. During its prolonged fight for independent statehood the insurgent army committed numerous atrocities against ethnic minorities. Roman Shukhevich, the army's commander, was a notorious anti-Semite. The new law glorifying the UPA was drafted by Yuri Shukhevich, Roman Shukhevich's son.
In an open letter to President Poroshenko this April, a group of scholars and Ukraine experts lamented that the law would make it "a crime to question the legitimacy of an organization (UPA) that slaughtered tens of thousands of Poles in one of the most heinous acts of ethnic cleansing in the history of Ukraine."
Earlier this month, for the first time in Ukrainian history, veterans of the UPA were invited onto a national stage. At a ceremony in Kiev marking the seventieth anniversary of VE-Day, they occupied the front row of an honorary stand and were cheered by spectators. Next to them, separated by a corridor, sat a contingent of Red Army veterans. The rows behind the veterans were reserved for young Ukrainian soldiers who had been recalled from the front in Eastern Ukraine. The image conveyed the passing of the torch from the generation of the grandfathers, who had supposedly all fought for Ukraine during World War II, to their grandsons, who are continuing the same fight today.
As I observed the ceremony, I spoke with Volodymyr Viatrovych, the 38-year-old director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory. A native from Lviv in Western Ukraine, the historic center of Ukrainian nationalism, Viatrovych has been instrumental in applying an ethnic understanding of Ukrainian history to the country as a whole. His institute had also prepared the choreography of the national commemorations surrounding VE-Day. As the UPA veterans entered the stage, Viatrovych excitedly pointed to one of them, explaining that the man had served as Roman Shukhevich's aide-de-camp.
The evening culminated with Poroshenko's address to the soldiers. The president invoked the spirit of May 8, a new national holiday that was introduced to directly precede Victory Day, the traditional Soviet-style holiday that falls on May 9. He spoke of the need to commemorate the end of the war in a non-Soviet, "European" manner. He went on to evoke the valiant efforts of Ukrainians during WWII and their valiant fight today. Poroshenko detailed the sufferings of millions of Ukrainians, as well as those of the Crimean Tartars who had been deported wholesale by Stalin for ostensibly collaborating with Nazi Germany. It was a pointed reference to what might be in store for the Crimean Tartars today, now that they have fallen under Russian rule.
Poroshenko said nothing about Ukraine's Jews. His silence felt eerie on this European holiday, and all the more so because the event took place a few miles from Babi Yar, one of the greatest killing sites of the Second World War.
Towering over the president, and making for jarring symbolism, were illuminated flags of Ukraine and the European Union. Following Poroshenko's speech a choir sang Beethoven's Ode to Joy, the anthem of the European Union. The frigid evening concluded with the crowd boisterously singing the Ukrainian national anthem.
My friends in Kiev—all of them professional historians—seem to understand my concern. But they keep saying that Ukraine is under siege, and that a critical discussion of the country's past has to wait until after the war. I disagree. Nationalistic narratives of suffering and struggle against external enemies have great mobilizing power, particularly in times of war. Left unchecked, they will only intensify and perpetuate the war.
The new laws that criminalize the Soviet past and glorify the UPA "freedom fighters" are certain to alienate countless Ukrainians. Already in December 2013—this was before the fall of Viktor Yanukovych's regime—political scientist Andreas Umland warned that the imposition of a narrow ethnic-national vision of Ukraine's past would estrange the populations of the Crimea and the Donbass where UPA rhymes with fascist. Looking back, the fact that one of these two regions now is part of Russia, and the other yearns to become absorbed by Russia, seems far from accidental. Ukraine needs to embrace a history that excludes no one and recognizes the country's complex past.
Europeans should not watch passively as core European values are being silenced or denied in Ukraine's hybrid war against Russia. What unites Europe today is the memory of the Holocaust as a singular crime and a starting point for a new era. This memory is shared not only by French and Germans, Poles and Greeks; it also extends to a Russia that affirms the central role played by the Red Army in liberating Europe from fascism. Indeed, Soviet soldiers—Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, soldiers from the Caucasus and Central Asia—stopped Hitler's forces at Stalingrad and proceeded to liberate scores of death camps in Poland and the Baltic states. On the seventieth anniversary of VE-Day, it is worth reflecting on the way Europe was rebuilt on the ashes of Auschwitz. As we envision a new Europe after the current war, it is clear that both Ukraine and Russia must have a place in it.
Belgrad, den 26. Mai 2015
Sehr geehrte Frau Bundeskanzlerin,
aus unseren Medien haben wir erfahren, dass Sie demnächst einen offiziellen Besuch der Republik Serbiens abstatten werden. Es ist ein großer Wunsch von uns allen, dassIhr Besuch und Ihre Gespräche mit den führenden politischen Vertretern Serbiens zurVetiefung der gegenseitigen Beziehungen unserer Länderund Völker beitragen werden.
Unser Belgrader Forum für die Welt der Gleichberechtigten, ein unabhängiger, nicht parteigebundener und nicht profitorientierter Verein, möchte zum Ausdruck bringen, dass Ihr Besuch im Zeitraum des Gedenkens an 70 Jahre nach dem Sieg ueber den Nazifaschismus und an 16 Jahre nach der NATO-Aggression gegen Serbien und Montenegro zustandekommt.
Ungeachtet weiterer Folgen wollen wir Ihre Aufmerksamkeit darauf lenken, dass in beiden Kriegen auch eine sehr große Anzahl an Kindern ums Leben gekommen ist.
Wir sind zutiefst davon überzeugt, dass Sie den 1941. von Faschisten erschossenen 300 Schülern und Professoren des Gymnasiums der Stadt Kragujevac und den beim NATO–Angriffums Leben gekommenen Kindern durch eine Blumengabe in der Gedenkstätte ŠUMARICE Kragujevac und am Denkmal im Park TAŠMAJDAN in Belgradeine große Ehre erweisen würden.
Die serbische Öffentlichkeit würde sicher solche symbolische Gesten als wichtige und staatsmännisch verantwortliche Schritte zur Versöhung und Verständigung pozitiv aufnehmen.
Dies verdienen nicht nur die imensen Opfer Serbiens, sondern auch die großen und bedeutenden Persönichkeiten der serbischen, deutschen und europäischen Kultur wie Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, Gebrüder Grimm und Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Ihr Werk stellt ein leuchtendes und inspirierendes Vorbild für den Aufbau fruchtbarer Beziehungen und gegenseitiger Achtung des serbischen und deutschenVolkes.
Mit respektvoller Hochachtung
Ферреро Бротонс Анхель
1) In his recent visit to Serbia, Sergey Lavrov voiced the worries of Russia over the violence in Macedonia and the idea of a ‘Greater Albania’. What kind of support do Albanian nationalists have in the Balkans? And internationally?
2) Do you think that the current protests are an attempt to destabilize the current Macedonian government? And do you believe that they can be compared to the ‘color revolutions’ and ‘regime change’ operations sponsored by the West i.e. in the former Yugoslavia (Otpor! movement), Georgia (Revolution of Roses) or Ukraine (Euromaidan)?
3) Lavrov said that latest developments “occur as the Macedonian government refuses to join sanctions and supports the Turkish Stream”. Is the US interested in destabilizing the region for geopolitical purposes?
We, the representatives of international democratic organizations – the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), the World Peace Council (WPC), the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF), the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) , the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), the International Federation of Resistance Fighters – Association of Anti-Fascists (FIR), who have gathered in Moscow for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory over Fascism, hereby declare:
It is 70 years since our great common victory over fascism, under the banner of Victory, progressive, anti-imperialist, anti-fascist forces of the world have united for joint actions to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that carried away tens of millions of lives by fighting together against the root causes of war and oppression.
The victory over world fascism and militarism gave a powerful impetus to the spread of the ideas of social justice and national equality. The year 1945 saw an upsurge of the movement for national liberation of many countries from the dominance of imperialism and colonialism as well as universal social transformations aimed at solving acute social problems and democratization of social and political life along with creating new societies. The lessons from the Victory over fascism as well from the causes which have led to the war are present today in a period of growing imperialist aggressiveness, occupation and threats to the sovereignty of the peoples, in a period of deep global economic crisis of capitalism. We declare our vehement opposition and denounce under this light the role of NATO, the armed wing of imperialism which is committing for more than 66 years crimes against humanity under old and new pretexts. We condemn likewise the efforts for the further militarization of the EU, with the plans to establish a permanent EU army.
The activities of our international organizations over the seven decades of their existence contributed greatly to the preservation of world peace, to the achievement of national independence by many countries, to social and political progress of humankind. The relevance of our experience is particularly evident in our day in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. The events of recent years have shown that peace has not grown stronger. Wars are raging in various regions, neo-fascists and extremists are rearing their heads, and efforts are being made to pervert the history of the Second World War and rehabilitate fascism. The forces which at the end of 1945 were hiding like cowards in European forests or were secretly harboring their evil designs now openly take to the streets of European cities perpetrating barbaric acts of violence with regard to the civilian population. In some countries of the world medieval customs and procedures are being revived that violate the social and political rights, especially of women. The call “People, Be Vigilant” is relevant again. There is greater need for joint actions by all the progressive forces.
We condemn all efforts of re-writing and falsification of history, including the one of the 9th May and call upon all people to denounce and condemn the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism and xenophobia.
We, the representatives of international organizations, are launching an appeal to defend historical memory. We call for a decisive end to the propaganda of the ideas of racism and genocide. We are sure that the experience of seven decades of the struggle against fascism and war, for peace and democracy, for social and political rights may once again provide a powerful impetus to protecting humanity from new threats to its existence.
We bow our heads in memory of those who gave their lives in the struggle for our freedom. We bow our heads to the courage and the heroic feat of the Soviet people who have made the decisive contribution to Victory. We remember the names of the best sons and daughters of European peoples who fought in the Resistance units. We call on the peoples of the world to make their historic contribution to the struggle for peace, for freedom from tyranny, for a world where the peoples will be the masters of their fortunes, without imperialist domination and exploitation.
Moscow, May 7, 2015
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Вы выступаете в газете «WeltamSonntag» («ВельтамЗоннтаг») от 26.04.2015 за оснащение танков Леопард-2 Бундесвера высокотоксичными, радиоактивными урановыми боеприпасами для «боев против русских танков Т90». Итак, Вы выступаете как «Эксперт по оружию массового уничтожения» (Википедия) за приобретение вышеназванного вооружения, соответственно оружия истребления, чей запрет по причине ужасающих последствий для солдат, гражданского населения и окружающей среды годами требует мировая общественность, из-за мнимой предстоящей борьбы против русских танков. По чьему заданию Вы действуете? Разрешите мне, как вашему соотечественнику, выросшему после неописуемых, чудовищных злодеяний нацистской диктатуры в надежде, что никогда больше не начнется разжигаемая с немецкой территории война, сказать то, что я почувствовал, читая вашу манипулированную статью.
Как просвещенный гражданин, который уже много лет следит за ведением военных действий США-НАТО с применением нарушающих все нормы международного праваурановых боеприпасов в Сербии, Афганистане, Сомалии и в Ираке, я пришел в ужас, был возмущен и одновременно мне было по-человечески стыдно за такое извращенное и бесстыдное требование юриста, обладающего объективной информацией, но говорящего о лишь «минимально излучающих» урановых боеприпасах. Считаю своим долгом сказать об этом прямо.
От, к сожалению умершего профессора доктора Зигварда-Хорста «Отца движения против уранового вооружения», от кинематографиста, автора документального фильма «Смертельная пыль» («Todesstaub») Фриедера Вагнера и от близких друзей из вышеперечисленных территорий военных действий, мне стало известно уже в 90-х из первых рук об эпидемически возникающих уродствах у новорожденных и о высоких процентных показателяхлейкемии и различных видов онкологических заболеваний, возникающих как следствие воздействия радиоактивной, высокотоксичной пыли при ударах и взрывах урановых снарядов как у непосредственно участвующих в боевых действиях солдат и их жен, так и у гражданского населения (вся информация в интернете!).
А так как требуемые Вами снаряды их обедненного урана (DepletedUranium – DU), и применяемое в обеих Мировых войнах химическое вооружение являются немецкими изобретениями, вспоминаются книга и документальный фильм с названием «DerTodisteinMeisterausDeutschland» (Смерть – эксперт из Германии») об уничтожении евреев в нацистской Германии. Должно это продолжаться и дальше? Эти опасения вызывают постоянные подстрекательства безответственных политиков, военных и журналистов к войне против России, а также бурные требования применения оружия массового уничтожения.
США, Великобритания, Франция и Израиль проголосовали в декабре 2014 года против Резолюции предложенной Генеральной Ассамблеей ООН. В ней говорилось о международной поддержке стран, пострадавших от последствий применения уранового вооружения. Таким образом эти страны сняли с себя ответсвенность за последствия применения DU-вооружения (вооружения с обедненным ураном).
Господин Рюле, Вы также написали в упомянутой статье, что урановое вооружение надо было бы приобрести еще 30 лет назад, но это было невозможно ввиду политической ситуации, когда в 80-х годах «Движение за мир задавало тон». По вашему мнению сегодня – через 70 лет после конца нацистской диктатуры – тон снова должны задавать военные? Вы думаете, что бесконечная военная пропаганда уже настолько повлияла на граждан, что мы согласимся с вашими требованиями, направленными против человечества? Нет! Нас невозможно бесконечно манипулировать и при этом бесконечно обманывать.
Если мы, граждане, привыкнем беспрекословно терпеть такое, то не останется ничего, что бы мы смогли отклонить.
Доктор Рудольф Хэнзель из Линдау (Боденское озеро) написал это открытое письмо перед 8 мая, Днем Памяти об освобождении Германии от нацистской диктатуры.
День победы над фашизмом, как величайшим злом в новейшей истории, и День Европы, посвещен созданию Евросоюза, отмечаются 9–го мая, которое должно стать предупреждением и напоминанием о тех ужасах, к которыми приводит ненасытное желание к абсолютной власти. Но 17 лет спустя в Европе и в мире, может быть, ничего не изменилось. Кажется, что сегодня НАТО, во главе со США, своей империалистической экспансией на Восток продолжает политику Сил оси (известну как Drang Nach Osten), в результате чего Европа и мир теперь в новых подразделениях и конфликтах. А где в этих подразделениях и конфликтах находится Сербия?
Вторая мировая война принесла сербскому народу неизчеслимые страданиа. После русского и польского народа, сербский пострадал больше всех. 1 700 000 жертв было воплащено в освобождение и создание новой Югославии. Лагерь Ясеновац, где умерло 700 000 людей, является символом стратегии геноцида НГХ. Карстовые пещеры Велебита, система лагерей смерти Госпиче, Паг, Ядовно, а также подготовка к лагере Ясеновац проглатали сотни тысяч сербов, евреев, цыган и других антифашистов. В единственном в мире детском концентрационном лагере Ястребарско вечный покой нашло 700 детей из г. Козара, в лагере Ясеновац более чем 20 000 детей, а в целом в усташеском Независимом государстве Хорватии из жизни ушло более чем 70 000 сербских детей. В то время, как на территории НГХ, которое стало фашистским спутником Гитлера, сербский народ убивали самыми страшными способами, которые порaжали даже немецких оккупантов, пока в Сербии те же оккупанты свой план проводили арийский и просто - расстрелом. За каждого убитого немецкого солдата расстреляли по 100 сербов, за каждого раненнного - 50. Из-за неспособности справиться с партизанским способом ведения войны, нацистские оккупанты не гнушались ни массового расстреления детей, чтобы запугать и наказать. Вместе с сотнями учеников пошел на смерть Милойе Павлович, директор крагуйевацкой гиманзии и его слова «Стрелайте, я и сейчас веду урок!» стали заветом будущими сербскими поколениями как защищается свобода и достоинство.
В Крагуевце и Кралево в октябре 1941 г. страдало 5 000 сербов – гражданских лиц, детей, женщин. Хладнокровие немецких оккупантов и палачей имелo своих слабых точек. Ликвидации десятков тысяч сербов, цыган, евреев и других антифашистов в лагерях Старо Саймиште, Баница, Яинци, Црвени Крст и др. предшествовали ужасные мучения.
Сегодня нам видно, что всеобъемлющий процесс ревизии пронизывает политику, искусство, культуру, СМИ, почти все аспекты жизни, и что цель того оправдать виноватых и присоединить их к победителям. Пересмотр результатов Второй мировой войны и подразделения, которые мы видим сегодня в Европе и мире имеют единственное начало. Это начало – насильственный расспад Югославии, как организации общества и государства, без прецедента. Югославия была примером сопрaтставления любому виду господства, гегемонии и империализма, а также зародыш государственной системы будущего, в которой человек и его потребности на переднем плане, а не прибыль и эксплуатация. Именно это возможный ответ на вопрос сербского национального индентитета, со всеми дефектами и недостатками.
Местью против сербского народа, выраженной разрушением СФРЮ, Германия начинает кровавую балканскую трагедию. Так называемый «югославский криизис» является якобы нейтрльным сочетанием, за которым скрывается долго планированное участие Германии, Ватикана, Аврстии и США, которые на СФРЮ смотрели, как на препятствие к осуществлению собственных империалистических планов в Средиземноморью, Юго-Востоку и Востоку Европы. Джинна выпустили из бутылки и эффект домино была неваыможно останавить, и он на долго просуществует. Таким же образом, немецкий реваншизм, который совсем ясно проявляется и в отношении Германии к вопросу Косово и Метохии, а именно это цена, которую Сербия должна заплатить на бесконечно длинной дороге к Европы.
Мир сегодня отмечен серезной конфронтацией, прежде всего из-за конфликтов на Украине, хотя и не только из-за этого. Существенной причиной конфронтацией является стратегия США и НАТО о расширению на Восток. Если Германия, Ватикан и Австрия зажгли войну в Хорватии и Словении, то американцы в Боснии огонь тушили бензином, чтобы как можно большим пожаром на Балканах продемонстрироавали Европе и России, что они беспомощные, зависимые, что синоним нового мирового порядка господства Америки и что все должны беспрекословна уважать и поддерживать эту идею. Так как на пути полного мирового господства НАТО стояли международное право и порядок, установленные после Второй мировой войны, то американцы решили его снести в Косово. Россия была нейтрализирована, а Европу втянули в темноту и вольно и невольно.
Все, что произошло в течение 90-х годах в Балканах был только этап в долго придумываном походе на Восток. Начал период нового Drang Nach Osten. Сербия вольно или невольно страданиям и борьбой против вооруженной агрессии в 1999 г., снова отдала времени России понять, что покорение Балканах не само по себе цель, а лишь этап в стратегическом походу на Россию, Сибирь, Касспийский бассейн, Центральную Азию. Сербия снова выдержала первый удар мировой войны, настаящая цель которого Россия. Сербия таким образом внесла свой не так малый вклад в восстание России против стратегии расширения США и НАТО, которые опираются на неофашистских и неонацистских сил. США и НАТО вместе с террористами АОК пользовалась бомбами, ракетами, обедненным ураном, чтобы разрушить Сербию (СРЮ). Они терроризовали и изгнали сотни тысячь сербов. А все это и на много больше было только демонстрационным упражнением для России.
У Германии моральное обязательство компенсировать за ущерб, понесенный в годы Второй мировой войне, а также ущерб, нанесенный в ходе агрессии НАТО в 1999 г. Говоря о компенсации, нельзя только говорить о правовой, но и моральном и цивилизационном обязательстве Германии. Кто возмещал ущерб, нанесенный в Белграде, Крагуевце, Кралево...? Кто компенсировал для убитых женщин, детей, учеников? Или для «сто граждан за одного солдата»? Или для разрушенной национальной библиотеки, безвозвратно уничтоженом культурном и национальном наследии? Или для...
Шредер, предшественник Меркель на посту канцелера Германии, публично признал, что нападением НАТО на Сербию (СРЮ) в 1999 г. были нарушены международные законы. НАТО отдал похожее признание. Разве не европейский стандарт, чтобы тот кто нарушает законы, был в обязанности возместить нанесенные убытки? После заявления президента Германии Йоахима Гаука о поддержке запроса Греции за возмещение ущерба, понесенного в период войны, было бы нормально ожидать, что похожую поддержку окажет и возмещении ущерба, нанесенного Сербии в течение Второй мировой войне и в течение агрессии НАТО в 1999 г.
Где Сербия сегодня?
Сербия сегодня на Красной площади в Москве. Отмечая День победы с Россией, своим величайшим союзником в этой войне, Сербия ясно выражает свое антифашистское определение и снова защищает достижения своих предков из Второй мировой войне. В данный момент, когда потомки нацистов появляются во всей Европе, а в Киеве видна свастика, спонсоры и приверженцы которой снова стану искать «крестового похода» против России, Сербия в своих внешнеполитических странствии не потеряла из вида на какую сторону должна повернуться на этот великий день.
Пока Запад стращает Россию санкцями и изоляцией, безуспешно пытаясь уничтожить ее, ощущается горький вкус во рту из-за подписания соглашения ИПАП Сербии с НАТО. Что это? Признак балансировки Сербии или принятие новой стратегии НАТО о походу на Восток? Какая это сбалансированная внешная политика, если принимаются только стандарты и политика военного альянса НАТО? Что в этой «сбалансированной» политики противовес праву, которым Сербия позволила НАТО бесплотно пользоватся ее гражданской и военной инфраструктурой, наслаждатся дипломатическим статусом, даже позволила им не отвечать за преступлени.
Сербия и Россия – союзники и победители в мировых войнах. Благодаря усилиям России, сербская армия была спасена после страдании в Албании и подготовлена к Солунскому фронту. В Второй мировой войне единицы Красной армии стояли плечем к плечу с ожесточенной Народно-освободительной армией и они вместе освободили Белград, части Сербии и Югославии. Красная армия – самая отвественная за oсвобождение Европы от фашизма, а русский народ из-за этого много пострадал. А Сербия по числу пострадавших находится рядом с Россией и русским народом. Именно из-за этого Сербия сегодня отмечает победу над фашизмом с найболее достойным – с русским народом, пока ее высокие представители на трабунах на Красной площади в Москве, а преставители сербской армии принимают участие в марше. Сербия таким образом проявляет уважение жертвам и отправляет ясное сообщение: мир - да, неофашизм и неонацизм - НЕТ!
Россию не могут сломать санкции, ее невозможно изолировать, ее развитие и укрепление не могут останавить. Европа и мир меняются, но историю невозможно остановить и изменить. Нет человека, дома, церкви или учреждения, которое сегодня не имеет желто-черную георгиевскую ленту. Россияне сегодня черают сил из великих побед своих предков.
Для серских, как и для русских, святой Георгии символ победы духа, свободы и сопротивления оккупантам. Но сегодня в сербском народе не видны ленты, сегодня страдания наших дедушек и предков на отмечаются, так как их жертви заслуживают. Великие даты как призраки, а страдания за свободу обессмыслены как поражения. Жертви забываются, и таким образом мы их снова убиваем. Но все жертви и в победах и в поражениях являются бесконечной потери, которая превращается в нашей памяти и душе в вечную победу. На самом деле, черепанием духовной силы из старания и страдания предков единственый способ выживания трудных времен. Если народ – солидарность жертвам, упавших для отечества, то в темноте в которой сегодня Европа, участие на военном параде на Красной площади представляет собой луч света. Этот свет Сербию соединяет с своими великими делами и жертвами.
Участие в военном параде дает надежду, что Сербия и Россия после многих лет страдания и жертвах, положенных для Европы, найдут в себе силу встать и укрепить свою позицию. А укрепление всех антифашистских народов пробуждает надежду, что Европа, как слепая последовательница политики НАТО, может найти в себе силы, чтобы избежать еще одну мировую войну на своей почве. Но до тех пор, как это духовное напрежение не увенчится успехом, во время новых подразделении и конфликтов, Сербия принимает участие на военном параде за День победы и принимает сторону антифашизма и победы. Каждый по своей совести выбирает сторону. Помните и не забывайте!
С Днем победы!
On February 2nd, 1943, the 6th German Army, under the command of Field Marshall Von Paulus, and elements of the 4th Panzer Army, surrendered to the Red Army at Stalingrad. This stunning victory is considered the turning point in the war in Europe, heralding the defeat of fascist Germany.
That defeat came on May 2ndth 1945, when the German forces in Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich, surrendered to the forces of the Red Army that had captured the city. On May 9th the official act of surrender of the German government and military forces took place in Berlin when the Germans surrendered to the Soviet commander, Marshal Zhukov, a surrender witnessed by representatives of the American, British and French forces. This was the end of the war in Europe.
Surrenders of elements of the German armies in the Italy and Austria on May 2nd and German forces in northern Europe, on May 7th, at first claimed by the western allies to be the official surrender of Germany, were not recognised as such by the Soviet government, since they were in violation of the agreement of the European Advisory Committee of the three Big Powers, that was finalised in March, 1944. That agreement required that the surrender would be one event, would be of the German government itself, not just of army elements in impossible positions, and was to take place at the seat of government from which German aggression had been launched, Berlin.
The western allies had no choice but to agree, and to regard the May 9th ceremony as the official act of surrender of the German government. But it was clear even then that the western allies had tried to arrange a separate peace with the Germans while the Soviets were still fighting and it was made very clear that the Americans and British wanted to steal the show from the Russians. Now 70 years later, the propaganda machine in the west once again claims that the earlier date was the end of the war in Europe.
It is well to remember the significance of this attempt by the Americans and British to conclude a separate peace with the Nazis, while Soviet forces were still engaged in the fierce Battle of Berlin and what a betrayal it was of the promised solidarity between the nations fighting against fascist aggression to which the Soviet forces at Stalingrad had dealt the fatal blow.
During one of his fireside chats on American radio on July 28, 1943, American President Roosevelt said,
“The world has never seen greater devotion, determination and self-sacrifice than have been displayed by the Russian people…under the leadership of Marshal Joseph Stalin. With a nation, that in saving itself, is thereby helping to save all the world from the Nazi menace, this country of ours should always be glad to be a good neighbour and a sincere friend to the world of the future.”
Fine words, and true, but where is the good neighbour now?
Instead of international solidarity between the victors and recognition of the sacrifice of the Russian people that Roosevelt praised, the NATO countries now refuse to attend the Moscow Victory Parade commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany. But why do they insult the one nation that suffered the most, sacrificed the most, fought the hardest and won the greatest victories against the fascists? Is it really about Ukraine? The answer is simply that they see the defeat of fascist Germany not as a victory over fascism but as a failure of the western attempt to crush Russia.
We must also remember that NATO includes the occupied German state whose forces attacked the Soviet Union on June 22nd 1941, a state that still has no sovereignty and is still occupied by American forces two decades after Russian forces left, and whose leaders, now revealed as permitting American intelligence to spy on German companies for economic advantage, are evidently in the pocket of the American government.
It includes Britain, whose war time leader, Winston Churchill, echoing public calls by American General Patton, proposed an attack on the Soviet forces in Europe to take place in July 1945, using combined American-British-Canadian forces as well as the remaining German armies. The plan even included the use of nuclear weapons. It was called Operation Unthinkable, but it was clearly very thinkable and was a plan to pick up where the Nazis had failed, to subjugate Russia, and was only shelved when analysis proved that Soviet forces were too strong to overcome.
It is clear that the fire bombings of Dresden and Tokyo and the nuclear attacks on Japan, in which hundreds of thousands of civilians were incinerated by the Americans and British, were meant as demonstrations to the Soviet Union of their power, as an attempt to intimidate and subdue their supposed ally before the war with Germany was even concluded. The threat of a continued world war against Russia was made with the attacks on those defenceless cities. But with Operation Unthinkable put on hold and the formation of the Warsaw Pact as a defense against the NATO threat, the war against Russia was continued using other means and came to be called the Cold War, a political euphemism, since Soviet forces fought against the NATO allies directly in Korea and Vietnam and by proxies in many countries seeking liberation from western colonialism in Asia, Africa and Afghanistan.
We must also remember that in 1939, when Hitler attacked Poland, both Britain and France reneged on their promise to Poland to defend it in the event of an attack by Germany because they wanted German forces to be able to move right up to the borders of the Soviet Union to make it easier for Germany to launch its invasion of Russia just two years later. The so-called phoney war after the fall of Poland until the May, 1940 German attack on France, gave crucial time to Germany to advance its plans to attack Russia.
The entire focus of the NATO alliance, formed immediately after the defeat of Germany, has been on war with Russia and, since the fall of the Soviet Union and the weakening of Russian power, the NATO alliance has steadily advanced its attack position with a series of wars from Yugoslavia to Georgia and Ukraine, from Chechnya to Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, all designed to eliminate Russian allies and to put NATO forces right up against Russian territory on its southern and western flanks.
In a document known as the Atlantic Charter, drafted on a battleship off the coast of Newfoundland in the middle of 1941, the Americans and British promised that the goals of the world war were not to increase their territories, but to guarantee the self-government of peoples, free trade, global cooperation to secure better economic and social conditions for all, freedom from fear and want, freedom of the seas and abandonment of the use of force as an instrument of policy, and disarmament. The Soviet Union adhered to these principles in the January 1, 1942 Declaration of the United Nations.
But aside from the relentless forcing of “free trade” treaties down workers throats across the world, which really means the freedom to exploit workers everywhere for the profit of a few corporations, the western signatories have violated every one of the clauses in the Atlantic Charter document.
The world was assured that there would be peace but they have given us nothing but 70 years of war. They promised us freedom from want but have relentlessly tried to destroy any government that protects the rights of workers, and poverty has increased dramatically in every western country since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Nations that were promised liberation at the end of the world war, had to fight these same powers to attain that justice. Some like China and Vietnam, Cuba, and North Korea, succeeded after long and bitter fighting, while the struggles of many others were crushed or subverted.
In Ukraine now we are witnessing a national army and formations of outright fascist militias, the new SS, firing on, and shelling fellow citizens who protest the lack of legality of the government and the American agenda of using it as a base to attack Russia. The interests of the War Party in the west prevail over the basic demands of their peoples for social and economic justice, and freedom from fear and war.
The whole world owes the peoples of the Soviet Union, of the Russian Federation, a debt that can never be repaid for their defeat of fascism in Europe. They suffered the heaviest losses, the most destruction, the heaviest burden of fighting the Nazi war machine.
The refusal of NATO leaders to attend the Moscow ceremonies on May 9th is an insult to history, to the sacrifices of scores of millions of Russians, and is tantamount to a repudiation of the principles of the Atlantic Charter and the Charter of the United Nations. But it is more than that. It is proof, if ever it was needed, that the main objective of the world war in Europe was the crushing of Russia for the benefit of the three powers, the USA, Britain and Germany. While scrapping among themselves to see who would be top dog on the world street, they were united in their desire to subdue Russia to their will. This objective was long held in check by Soviet power. The fall of the Soviet Union and its replacement by a government initially composed of compradors for the west gave the Americans and their allies the impression that they had succeeded in bringing Russia under their complete domination. But the rise of new leaders in Russia, reinvigorating Russian sovereignty and reviving Russian power and prestige in the world has angered these wolves of war who now circle, and harass, waiting for the opportunity to strike.
Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto, he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and he is known for a number of high-profile cases involving human rights and war crimes, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”
niko i netko – This is a word play. Poet is referring to two things: niko and nitko are same as neko but voiced in two different dialects (Dalmatian and Croatian); niko also means no one or nobody.
(translated by Slobodan Skerovic)
By Christopher Black
Spring has arrived in the north but the flowers poking their heads above the warming ground do not bring smiles to those who see them. The song of birds, so pleasant to the ear tired of the winter winds does not warm the heart. The rising sun that brightens each day more than the last brings no promise of a happy summer. Instead the world sinks into an abyss so dark that it seems no light can ever escape it, dragged down a black hole of despair by greed and ambition, barbarity and cruelty, criminality and ignorance.
We need reason and kindness applied to the problems that face us but instead violence and brutality are the norms of modern conduct. How low mankind has sunk since the Enlightenment promised to bring us the benefits of our intelligence and curiosity about life, nature, science, law, and government. Voltaire is dead. Marx slandered. Shelley, Zola, Hugo, Steinbeck, who carries their torch now?
The hopes that mankind expressed then have been smashed by the economic system that produces the misery of the many for the riches of the few. The golden tree of democracy that sprang from the seed of the sacrifice of the people who struggled to plant it has been hacked and cut down to its roots, and struggles to rise again.
The world over, the people, the common people, the people who have to work for their living call for peace, for the elimination of ignorance, of superstition, for a chance to have a say in how their lives unfold. In a few countries modest successes have been achieved and in a few, great ones. But in the countries that make up what is termed the west, Europe and North America, the successes of the social revolutions of the past have been overturned, reaction has replaced progress and brute force and gangsterism are applauded by the servile and their intellectual apologistsalike.
The threat of nuclear annihilation is so immediate that we talk about it openly every day. The western leaders, drunk with their own hubris and arrogance, push the limits of tolerance and threaten the mass murder of millions, and yet their peoples sit by their computer screens, their television sets, their mobile phones and instead of going onto the streets to demand the overthrow of this system, yearn only for more popcorn to stuff their mouths or easier ways to send strangers “selfies”, sad photos of themselves, the only way they have of confirming their ownbleak existence. Instead of being involved outside themselves to find meaning in life they descend into the sterility and the vacuity of their own vanity. Citizens, with a responsibility to those around them to ensure the justness of their societies have become bored consumers, each one expendable once the money runs out, as it always does.
Law, once seen as a means to ensure fairness and the smooth interaction of all the components of a complex society has become a tool for the oppressor instead of a guarantor of the right of the individual to express their full humanity. Instead of being used to liberate, it is used to dominate and suppress, to manipulate and exploit, to obfuscate and mislead. International Law, once the hope of mankind for a secure peace and rational and respectful relations among nations, is cynically twisted into a rope to hang those who resist the new barbarians who control the gates and levers of power.
Religion and philosophy are at an impasse. The wise words of their teachings seem to have little effect on the behaviour of most of mankind. Every religion shares the golden rule that no one should do to others what they are not willing to have done to themselves, but who lives it? Today we have no saints. Instead the masses are for whoever gives them a living.
During the 60’s and the years after, of the last century the liberation movements in the European colonial empires and the reaction of the people to the Second World War produced an energy and an optimism that is now a fond memory of youth. The world was different then. The poor of the world, the working people of the world, had the Soviet Union to look to as a example of what they could do, the remarkable rise of socialist China, the historic victory of Vietnam over America, the heroic resistance and example of what humanity was capable of in Cuba, that giant among nations. There was revolution in the air in London, in Paris, in America, in politics, in music, in film, in philosophy. But now everything in the west has become grey, banal and uniform. Where are The Clash now or The Beatles? Where are the Sartre’s and Camus’, the Ginsberg’s and the New Wave?
International Law had some application and effect then. But let’s admit it. The whole structure depended on force, and counter force. Remove the one and the other ran riot over the world, a gangster drunk on power, pawing and raping every country it could for whatever it could get. Now we are reduced to the law of the savage whose only rule is that there are none, preying on the small and vulnerable, recognizing nothing but the power to take. Their philosophy is “Law? We make our own laws and we take what we need.” Only the old Arab proverb describes our condition; “ The world is a carcass and those who seek it are dogs.” The western armies feed on the carrion of the dead on every continent, their cruelty so deep that it brings to mind the words of Ovid,
“Though men in shape, they scarce deserve the name;
And everywhere there is fear and anxiety.
The West is politically and morally bankrupt. The free market has reduced everything to the status of commodity, human beings to ciphers, the state to a universal spy. Yet, in the east, in China, in Russia, in Latin America, a new energy has shone its light on human possibilities, on sharing, cooperation, love of mankind instead of hatred, peaceful cooperation instead of conflict and death. We in the west need now to look to the east, to the south, to our own past, to find the strength and the will to regenerate ourselves, to save ourselves, and the planet we live on, from those in our midst who would reduce us to slavery and hopelessness,
The way forward is marked out. We just have to take it and soon forstorm clouds and thunder threaten. The path is dangerous and long. The fascists are revealed and the knives are drawn. In May we celebrate the final victory of the Red Army over European fascism, the liberation of Europe from the black shirts and the brown. The armies of the west fought on the same side then. Now they are with the fascists. No doubt they always were. We need a new liberation, a liberation of the west that can come only from the peoples of the west who only have to look up at the sky instead of down at the mud. We have no Red Army to help us now. We have to help ourselves. And, so I end this Lament, for there is not much more I can say, but let me share with you the words of the great revolutionary poet, Shelley, for they speak as I wish I could,
“And these words shall then become
Rise like Lions after slumber,
“In order to survive and preserve its leading role on the international stage, the US desperately needs to plunge Eurasia into chaos, (and) to cut economic ties between Europe and Asia-Pacific Region … Russia is the only (country) within this potential zone of instability that is capable of resistance. It is the only state that is ready to confront the Americans. Undermining Russia’s political will for resistance… is a vitally important task for America.”
-Nikolai Starikov, Western Financial System Is Driving It to War, Russia Insider
-The Wolfowitz Doctrine, the original version of the Defense Planning Guidance, authored by Under Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, leaked to the New York Times on March 7, 1992
The United States does not want a war with Russia, it simply feels that it has no choice. If the State Department hadn’t initiated a coup in Ukraine to topple the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, then the US could not have inserted itself between Russia and the EU, thus, disrupting vital trade routes which were strengthening nations on both continents. The economic integration of Asia and Europe–including plans for high-speed rail from China (“The New Silk Road”) to the EU–poses a clear and present danger for the US whose share of global GDP continues to shrink and whose significance in the world economy continues to decline. For the United States to ignore this new rival (EU-Russia) would be the equivalent of throwing in the towel and accepting a future in which the US would face a gradual but persistent erosion of its power and influence in world affairs. No one in Washington is prepared to let that happen, which is why the US launched its proxy-war in Ukraine.
The US wants to separate the continents, “prevent the emergence of a new rival”, install a tollbooth between Europe and Asia, and establish itself as the guarantor of regional security. To that end, the US is rebuilding the Iron Curtain along a thousand mile stretch from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. Tanks, armored vehicles and artillery are being sent to the region to reinforce a buffer zone around Europe in order to isolate Russia and to create a staging ground for future US aggression. Reports of heavy equipment and weapons deployment appear in the media on nearly a daily basis although the news is typically omitted in the US press. A quick review of some of the recent headlines will help readers to grasp the scale of the conflict that is cropping up below the radar:
“US, Bulgaria to hold Balkans military drills”, “NATO Begins Exercises In Black Sea”, “Army to send even more troops, tanks to Europe”, “Poland requests greater US military presence”, “U.S. Army sending armored convoy 1,100 miles through Europe”, “Over 120 US tanks, armored vehicles arrive in Latvia”, “US, Poland to Conduct Missile Exercise in March – Pentagon”
Get the picture? There’s a war going on, a war between the United States and Russia.
By Christopher Black
On March 11, 2006, President Slobodan Milosevic died in a NATO prison. No one has been held accountable for his death. In the 9 years since the end of his lonely struggle to defend himself and his country against the false charges invented by the NATO powers, the only country to demand a public inquiry into the circumstances of his death came from Russia when Foreign Minister, Serge Lavrov, stated that Russia did not accept the Hague tribunal’s denial of responsibility and demanded that an impartial and international investigation be conducted. Instead, The NATO tribunal made its own investigation, known as the Parker Report, and as expected, exonerated itself from all blame.
But his death cannot lie unexamined, the many questions unanswered, those responsible unpunished. The world cannot continue to accept the substitution of war and brutality for peace and diplomacy. It cannot continue to tolerate governments that have contempt for peace, for humanity, the sovereignty of nations, the self-determination of peoples, and the rule of law.
The death of Slobodan Milosevic was clearly the only way out of the dilemma the NATO powers had put themselves in by charging him before the Hague tribunal. The propaganda against him was of an unprecedented scale. The trial was played in the press as one of the world’s great dramas, as world theatre in which an evil man would be made to answer for his crimes. But of course, there had been no crimes, except those of the NATO alliance, and the attempt to fabricate a case against him collapsed into farce.
The trial was necessary from NATO’s point of view in order to justify the aggression against Yugoslavia and the putsch by the DOS forces in Belgrade supported by NATO, by which democracy in Yugoslavia was finally destroyed and Serbia reduced to a NATO protectorate under a Quisling regime. His illegal arrest, by NATO forces in Belgrade, his illegal detention in Belgrade Central Prison, his illegal rendition to the former Gestapo prison at Scheveningen, near The Hague, and the show trial that followed, were all part of the drama played out for the world public, and it could only have one of two endings, the conviction, or the death, of President Milosevic.
Belgrade, Sava Center, 23 March 2015
NATO Aggression against Serbia (the FRY) in 1999is a crime against peace and humanity, a crime whose perpetrators have not been brought to justice.
NATO demonstrated a new principle: wherever the law presents an obstacle for the achievement of its goals of conquest, the law should be removed.
The panelists and all participants in the Round table have unanimously assessed that NATO, as an aggressive imperialist alliance, has nowhere in the world been a part of the solution, but rather the factor of conquests, contributor to divisions and conflicts, tearing the states apart, wreaking a “controlled” chaos (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya.
The gathering voiced are solute opposition to Serbia’s entry to the NATO military system through the means of accepting the “Individual Partnership Action Plan”, assessing this document as the single most serious blow to sovereignty, freedom and dignity of the nation, as abandonment of the status of military neutrality, and the act of surrendering the fate of the country into the hands of NATO.
NATO aggression of1999and establishment of military camp “Bondsteele” in Kosovo and Metohija were the first step in the practical implementation of NATO’s conquest strategy in the East, its deployment to the Russian borders, and nailing the wedge in the relations between Europe and Russia. The civil war in Ukraine is the corollary of NATO’s strategy of Eastward expansion.
The UNSCR 1244 and the Constitution of Serbia are the enduring basis for a peaceful and just political solution for the status of the Province of Kosovo and Metohija. Nobody is entitled to undervalue, violate, or replace this basis. Nobody is entitled to trade the rights Serbia has to Kosovo and Metohija as an integral part of the Serbian state territory, in exchange for any short-term interests, since this would be tantamount to undermining Serbia as a state.
The government institutions of Serbia are invited to promptly request satisfying of all obligations towards Serbia as set forth under UNSC Resolution 1244, and, in particular, the following:
Finally, the gather requested the prompt reconstruction and completion of the ”Eternal Fire”, Monument to the victims of NATO aggression, in the Park of Friendship, Ušće, Novi Beograd.
Belgrade, 23March 2015
Srdja Trifkovic on RT International
Conférence au Cercle de l'Aréopage:
The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.
"To initiate a war of aggression...," said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, "is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."
Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, Auschwitz and the Holocaust would not have happened. Had the United States and its satellites not initiated their war of aggression in Iraq in 2003, almost a million people would be alive today; and Islamic State, or ISIS, would not have us in thrall to its savagery. They are the progeny of modern fascism, weaned by the bombs, bloodbaths and lies that are the surreal theatre known as news.
Like the fascism of the 1930s and 1940s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome: thanks to an omnipresent, repetitive media and its virulent censorship by omission. Take the catastrophe in Libya.
In 2011, Nato launched 9,700 "strike sorties" against Libya, of which more than a third were aimed at civilian targets. Uranium warheads were used; the cities of Misurata and Sirte were carpet-bombed. The Red Cross identified mass graves, and Unicef reported that "most [of the children killed] were under the age of ten".
The public sodomising of the Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi with a "rebel" bayonet was greeted by the then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, with the words: "We came, we saw, he died." His murder, like the destruction of his country, was justified with a familiar big lie; he was planning "genocide" against his own people. "We knew... that if we waited one more day," said President Obama, "Benghazi, a city the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."
This was the fabrication of Islamist militias facing defeat by Libyan government forces. They told Reuters there would be "a real bloodbath, a massacre like we saw in Rwanda". Reported on March 14, 2011, the lie provided the first spark for Nato's inferno, described by David Cameron as a "humanitarian intervention".
Secretly supplied and trained by Britain's SAS, many of the "rebels" would become ISIS, whose latest video offering shows the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian workers seized in Sirte, the city destroyed on their behalf by Nato bombers.
For Obama, David Cameron and then French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Gaddafi's true crime was Libya's economic independence and his declared intention to stop selling Africa's greatest oil reserves in US dollars. The petrodollar is a pillar of American imperial power. Gaddafi audaciously planned to underwrite a common African currency backed by gold, establish an all-Africa bank and promote economic union among poor countries with prized resources. Whether or not this would happen, the very notion was intolerable to the US as it prepared to "enter" Africa and bribe African governments with military "partnerships".
Following Nato's attack under cover of a Security Council resolution, Obama, wrote Garikai Chengu, "confiscated $30 billion from Libya's Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of an African Central Bank and the African gold backed dinar currency".
The "humanitarian war" against Libya drew on a model close to western liberal hearts, especially in the media. In 1999, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair sent Nato to bomb Serbia, because, they lied, the Serbs were committing "genocide" against ethnic Albanians in the secessionist province of Kosovo. David Scheffer, US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], claimed that as many as "225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59" might have been murdered. Both Clinton and Blair evoked the Holocaust and "the spirit of the Second World War". The West's heroic allies were the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), whose criminal record was set aside. The British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told them to call him any time on his mobile phone.
With the Nato bombing over, and much of Serbia's infrastructure in ruins, along with schools, hospitals, monasteries and the national TV station, international forensic teams descended upon Kosovo to exhume evidence of the "holocaust". The FBI failed to find a single mass grave and went home. The Spanish forensic team did the same, its leader angrily denouncing "a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines". A year later, a United Nations tribunal on Yugoslavia announced the final count of the dead in Kosovo: 2,788. This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered by the KLA. There was no genocide. The "holocaust" was a lie. The Nato attack had been fraudulent.
Behind the lie, there was serious purpose. Yugoslavia was a uniquely independent, multi-ethnic federation that had stood as a political and economic bridge in the Cold War. Most of its utilities and major manufacturing was publicly owned. This was not acceptable to the expanding European Community, especially newly united Germany, which had begun a drive east to capture its "natural market" in the Yugoslav provinces of Croatia and Slovenia. By the time the Europeans met at Maastricht in 1991 to lay their plans for the disastrous eurozone, a secret deal had been struck; Germany would recognise Croatia. Yugoslavia was doomed.
In Washington, the US saw that the struggling Yugoslav economy was denied World Bank loans. Nato, then an almost defunct Cold War relic, was reinvented as imperial enforcer. At a 1999 Kosovo "peace" conference in Rambouillet, in France, the Serbs were subjected to the enforcer's duplicitous tactics. The Rambouillet accord included a secret Annex B, which the US delegation inserted on the last day. This demanded the military occupation of the whole of Yugoslavia - a country with bitter memories of the Nazi occupation - and the implementation of a "free-market economy" and the privatisation of all government assets. No sovereign state could sign this. Punishment followed swiftly; Nato bombs fell on a defenceless country. It was the precursor to the catastrophes in Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria and Libya, and Ukraine.
Dear fellows in the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals,
• It is 40 years since Helsinki Final document;
• Destruction of SFR of Yugoslavia 1992.- 1995. aided by USA/NATO was a clear
• Bypassing UN Security Council, NATO violated sovereigntyandterritorial integrity of
• At the NATO conference in Bratislava, in April 2000, USA representatives presented
• 2008 unilateral secession of Serbia’s Province of Kosovo and Metohija from Serbia
• At 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest Germany and France resisted USA initiative to
• Ukrainian conflict was provoked in line of USA/NATO strategy of expansion toward
(SORCE: STRATFOR https://www.stratfor.com/image/new-containment)
• Chain of new USA bases in Europe started with 1999 erection of Bondstil base in
• Strategy of encircling Russia and dividing EU from Russia led to erecting network of
• New six permanent NATO bases with 30.000 troops for fast reaction, in Poland, Baltic
• Much before Maiden coup in Kiev and referendum in Crimea, the whole of Europe,
Victor Grossman - Berlin Bulletin No. 84, February 5, 2015
If you have ever read Edgar Allen Poe’s gruesome stories you may recall feelings of horror like those which made me, still a youngster, cringe and shudder. I have similar feelings when I hear of bloodthirsty, barely-hidden “concerts” by German “Neo-Nazis”, which too often lead to violence against subjects of their hatred: hippy-type leftist youngsters called “ticks” (their vocabulary), but above all people with other accents, clothes or skin colors.
ZivadinJovanovic, Belgrade Forum
SERBIA SHOULD STAY NEUTRAL, AWAY FROM NATO
The Belgrade forum for the world of equals a non-partisan, independent and non-profit association was established15 years ago. It was in March 2000. that the Forum hosted important international conference commemorating 4.000 human victims of NATO 1999. aggression against FR of Yugoslavia.
Forum believes in and struggle for sovereign equality of all states and peoples as foundation for equitable cooperation, peace, stability and development. Freedom of choice of internal development of each country, non-interference in internal affairs and solution of all conflicts and international problems by peaceful means are among most important Forum’s beliefs. Equality and sovereignty of states and nations, as enshrined in the UN Charter, at the same time, is essential precondition for implementation of universal human rights in their entiretyembracing political, economic, social, cultural, right to employment, education, health security, true informationand others. Forum stands for respect of basic principles of international law, especially for the respect of UN Charter and Helsinki Final Document (1975).
Since its foundation, Forum has published more than 150 books, hostedmany national andinternational conference, round tables, press conferences, performancesand other public events.Itsrepresentatives took part in many conferences around the world. During the last year, the Forum publishedsixnew books (7.000 copies), three of which were translated into several foreignlanguages and distributed worldwide.
The book “Serbia in the Great War 1914-1918 ", written by professorsMira Rаdojevic and LjubodragDimic, has had two editions in Serbian and one in Russian, English and German languages. Preparations are under way for publishing of this book in Slovak and Chinese languages.It is an outstanding contribution in defense of the truth against systematic, politically motivated revision of history of 20th century.
The book " New Cold War “, containing proceedings of the International Conference, held on 22 and 23 March 2014, on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of NATO aggression against the FR of Yugoslavia, has just appeared and was presented at the Forum’s Annual Assembly meeting held in Belgrade on January 24th, 2015.
In the past year, Forum hosted three major international conferences and two round tables attended by about 2.000 Serbian and by about 200 scientists and experts from more than 50 countries.
Speaking of the recent annual Assembly session,ZivadinJovanovic, president of the Forum presentedthe positions of the Forumon some crucial national and international issues. He said that stable and just solution of the status of the Province of Kosovo and Metohijacan be reached only on the basis of UN/SC resolution 1244 (1999) and constitution of Serbia. USA/NATO/EU dictate manifested at the so called “Brussels negotiations” is not the way to just and durable compromise – he said. “Negotiations” of that type have no legal base; Serbia’s legitimate interests are ignored.Those countries, who bombed Serbia in 1999 in alliance with the terrorist KLA, today continue pursuing same strategic objectives supporting former terrorist leaders from Kosovo and Metohija in civilian clothes.
Jovanovic criticized the "psychology of submissivenessto BrusselsEU/ NATOcommissars". He considered that the government officials also suffer of "inferiority complex towards neighbors, even then when they spit, insult, sue, slander, when openly express territorial claims and keep violatingthe basic human rights of Serbs". Just because some of neighbors became NATO and EU members!
Jovanovic urged the Government “not to sell public companiessuch as‘Telecom’, Electricity Company (EPS), ‘Danube insurance’, agricultural land, water and mines. If the most important national resources are in foreign hands, how we could claim to live in free and independent country” – questionedJovanovic.
Participants of the Forum’s Assembly strongly supported the view that “Serbia should permanently adhere to the principle of neutrality” and that “Serbia, as a small, peaceful country must not join NATO as aggressive military alliance". He also reiterated that the current warin Eastern Ukraine is the consequence of NATO strategy of expansion to the East. In that conflict Serbia should remain neutral resisting all pressures to apply sanctions against Russia. Sanctions do not help peace, but war mongers. Those are not sanctions of UN but of USA/NATO/EU sanctions where Serbia does not belong.
Implementation of the renewed strategy “DrangnachOsten”started in March 1999 by NATO military aggression against FR of Yugoslavia.This led to grabbing of Kosovo and Metohija, by force from Serbia. Precedent was made in violating basic principles of UN Charter (1945) and principles of OSCE Helsinki Final Document(1975). Such a practice has encouraged separatist movements in various parts of Europegiving at the same timestrong impetus to growing terrorism and organized crime.USA/NATO/EU position that “Kosovo is unique case” proved to be short-lived propaganda.Separatist tendencies in a number of EU member countries have grown, terrorism is expanding all aver.
Nowadays the top USA/NATO/EU representatives publically advocate for respect of sovereignty and territorial integrity, denouncing a“policy of redrawing the international borders” and alike! Only few intellectuals have publically reminded to the precedent of destroying Yugoslavia, to NATO aggressions on Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995) and on Serbia (1999), in fact, to the NATO strategy of redrawing internationally recognized boarders in Europe, but not only. Why? Short of memory? Short sightedness? Over-impressed? Shouldn’t we, at least, for the sake of records,say: it were you, the leaders of USA, NATO and EU who did first violate basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Yugoslavia (SFRY, then FRY), then of Serbia; weren’t you, or some of you, who prevented implementation of peaceful political solution in Bosnia,based on Jose Cutiliearo’s 1992 plan; weren’t you, or some of you, who helped bringing and arming mujahidin’s from Chechnya, Middle East and North Africa, to Bosnia (1992-1995). Now you seem to be disturbed by wehabist movement and Islamic extremistsin Bosnia who keep under control villages, towns, parts of territory in Bosnia! Weren’t you whoviolatedHelsinki OSCE basic principle of consensus by imposing in 1992 formula - “consensus minus 1”, thus excluding Yugoslavia, founder of the OSCEand favoring separatists; you did nothing to stop financing, arming and training of Albanian terrorist KLA from your countries. Was it not preparation for the war and separation?! In the eve of NATO aggression, it were you whoremoved KLA from your list of terrorist organizations adding it to the list of liberation movements (1998). Was it notstep toward ensuing alliance in attacking Serbia and Montenegro in 1999?! So much about your principles and standards in the struggle against terrorism.Now you seem to be worried why so many young Albanians from Kosovo and Metohija fight on the side of ISIS in the Middle East!Why these days thousands of them desperately flee to your countries. It was you who started redrawing international borders in Europe by violating not only basic principles of the international law but violating concrete decision of the UN Security Councilcontained in the resolution 1244 (1999); it were you who prevented political peaceful solution in Kosovo and Metohijaby ultimately demanding total military occupation of territory of FR of Yugoslavia, in Rambouillet,exactly 15 years ago;it were you, who violated constitutions of your own countries/organizations in launching aggression against Serbia (1999); aren’t you responsible for the death of about 4.000 citizens of Serbia and Montenegro, for the use of missiles with depleted uraniumcontinuously taking death toll of present and future generations? Aren’t you obliged tocompensation for the material war damage of over 100 billion dollars?!
First step after 1999 NATO aggression was construction of USA “Bondsteel” military base in Kosovo and Metohija, one of the largest in the world. As development has confirmed, “Bondsteel” was only the first ring of the long chain of USA military bases in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Baltic states... About 30.000 NATO fast reaction troops, stock piles of new military hard ware and five new “rotating commands” are engaged inadvancing NATO expansion toward Russia. New iron curtain is placed to divide Europe from Russia, to exclude Russia from Europe.
Is this the vision of the new security and cooperation in the year marking 40th anniversary of Helsinki Final Act?
«Толстой — это Русь прошлая, а Достоевский — будущая»
Космичностьсудьбы,символичностьистории,с одной стороны,и неизбежность истории как системы причин и следствий,с другой, – являются негласными составляющими жизни. Как и чувство,порождающее разум. В результате противоположного процесса (когда разум порождает чувство) конечный смыслнеизбежно обретает некий холод.
Память – своеобразныйпринцип образования генетики, пронесённый нами через историю. Мы – это наше прошлое, мы это то, что с намибыло, - вот где стирается грамматическая граница между прошлым и настоящим. В ходе нашей истории всё прошлое обрело форму единственной возможной истины, по которой мытеперь отличаемся от всехостальных. А раз прошлое определяет нас настоящих, то вместе с нами оно вольётся и в будущее. В противном случае, разве бы сегоднясуществовало то, что мы называем генетикой?
Безрождаемых душой чувств мы никогда бы не моглиосознать того, что собираемся постичь с помощью одного только разума. Вот почему,если мы будем понимать народ как некое единство Души, тогда мы сможем понять и символику, проносимую им сквозь историю. Но если мы будем рассматривать народ как группу индивидов, защищающих разные интересы, то и понимание нами символики завершится где-то на уровнефактов и событий, которые могли произойти где угодно и с кем угодно. Только символика как видимая форма генетики народасоздаёт дух этого народа.
Гегель бысказал, что именно факты наиболее сильнострадают из-занародной души. Рассматривая европейскую территорию как противопоставление Востока и Запада (так уж исторически сложилось, хотя я склонен думать, что такова была Воля Божия), очевидно, чтовсё духовноев основном принадлежит Востоку, рациональное же – Западу. Духовное – первично и естественно, рациональное – вторично, опосредованно, неестественно и всегда граничит с лукавством, скрытностью и всемитеми чертами,которые объясняют его отрицательную сторону. Проще говоря, чувство мы относим к областям духовного, душевного и телесного, разум – биологического и социального. Первое – (православный) Восток, второе – Запад. Это утвердившийся в истории, вечный конфликт чувства и разума: чувство порождает разум, в то время как стремящийся к абсолютуразум уничтожает чувства; по сути, разум собой являет невыносимый холод.
Символы –это манифестное проявление и материальное воплощение чувств, эхо судьбы, историческая игра народа. Сколь символичной стала состоявшаяся в Белграде 17 и 18 сентября 2014 года Международная научная конференция под названием «Великая война – уроки для человечества»! Конференция была организована Белградским форумом за мир равноправных и Центром национальной славы России, а после её проведения состоялосьи открытие памятника погибшим в ходе Первой мировой войны на Калемегдане солдатам.
Памятник выполнен в форме купольного креста, в центре которого расположена фигура Святого Георгия Победоносца, убивающего змия. Если вспомнить, что Первая мировая и «приход» коммунизма в Россию стали временем «ухода» России из Сербии, то очевиден и первый символ – Святой Георгий как герб Москвы спустя век возвращается в Белград!..
Стороны памятника, раскинувшиеся на восток и запад, являются вторым символом –символом христианского пути. Значит ли это, чтоРоссия возвращается в Сербию? Как «братство во Христе»? Или же как«товарищество в антихристе»? [Николай Бердяев, Новое средневековьe]. Третий символпо своей важности может посоперничать с двумя предыдущими: линия «восток-запад», по которой установлен Памятник,как бы пересекает линии двух других памятников: памятника коммунистам и памятника благодарности Франции. Случайно ли это? Выходит так, словно новый Всепамятник предлагает двум другимнекий новый путь? Третий по счёту?Нет, не третий, а единственный – православный путь любви. Не западный путь, не порождённый им многострадальный коммунистический путь, нет.
On December 4, the US House passed what I consider to be one of the worst pieces of legislation ever. H. Res. 758 was billed as a resolution “strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.”
In fact, the bill was 16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush, if they were capable of such a thing.
These are the kinds of resolutions I have always watched closely in Congress, as what are billed as “harmless” statements of opinion often lead to sanctions and war. I remember in 1998 arguing strongly against the Iraq Liberation Act because, as I said at the time, I knew it would lead to war. I did not oppose the Act because I was an admirer of Saddam Hussein – just as now I am not an admirer of Putin or any foreign political leader – but rather because I knew then that another war against Iraq would not solve the problems and would probably make things worse. We all know what happened next.
That is why I can hardly believe they are getting away with it again, and this time with even higher stakes: provoking a war with Russia that could result in total destruction!
If anyone thinks I am exaggerating about how bad this resolution really is, let me just offer a few examples from the legislation itself:
The resolution (paragraph 3) accuses Russia of an invasion of Ukraine and condemns Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. The statement is offered without any proof of such a thing. Surely with our sophisticated satellites that can read a license plate from space we should have video and pictures of this Russian invasion. None have been offered. As to Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, why isn’t it a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty for the US to participate in the overthrow of that country’s elected government as it did in February? We have all heard the tapes of State Department officials plotting with the US Ambassador in Ukraine to overthrow the government. We heard US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland bragging that the US spent $5 billion on regime change in Ukraine. Why is that OK?
The resolution (paragraph 11) accuses the people in east Ukraine of holding “fraudulent and illegal elections” in November. Why is it that every time elections do not produce the results desired by the US government they are called “illegal” and “fraudulent”? Aren’t the people of eastern Ukraine allowed self-determination? Isn’t that a basic human right?
The resolution (paragraph 13) demands a withdrawal of Russia forces from Ukraine even though the US government has provided no evidence the Russian army was ever in Ukraine. This paragraph also urges the government in Kiev to resume military operations against the eastern regions seeking independence.
The resolution (paragraph 14) states with certainty that the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 that crashed in Ukraine was brought down by a missile “fired by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.” This is simply incorrect, as the final report on the investigation of this tragedy will not even be released until next year and the preliminary report did not state that a missile brought down the plane. Neither did the preliminary report – conducted with the participation of all countries involved – assign blame to any side.
Paragraph 16 of the resolution condemns Russia for selling arms to the Assad government in Syria. It does not mention, of course, that those weapons are going to fight ISIS – which we claim is the enemy — while the US weapons supplied to the rebels in Syria have actually found their way into the hands of ISIS!
Paragraph 17 of the resolution condemns Russia for what the US claims are economic sanctions (“coercive economic measures”) against Ukraine. This even though the US has repeatedly hit Russia with economic sanctions and is considering even more!
The resolution (paragraph 22) states that Russia invaded the Republic of Georgia in 2008. This is simply untrue. Even the European Union – no friend of Russia – concluded in its investigation of the events in 2008 that it was Georgia that “started an unjustified war” against Russia not the other way around! How does Congress get away with such blatant falsehoods? Do Members not even bother to read these resolutions before voting?
In paragraph 34 the resolution begins to even become comical, condemning the Russians for what it claims are attacks on computer networks of the United States and “illicitly acquiring information” about the US government. In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations about the level of US spying on the rest of the world, how can the US claim the moral authority to condemn such actions in others?
Chillingly, the resolution singles out Russian state-funded media outlets for attack, claiming that they “distort public opinion.” The US government, of course, spends billions of dollars worldwide to finance and sponsor media outlets including Voice of America and RFE/RL, as well as to subsidize “independent” media in countless counties overseas. How long before alternative information sources like RT are banned in the United States? This legislation brings us closer to that unhappy day when the government decides the kind of programming we can and cannot consume – and calls such a violation “freedom.”
The resolution gives the green light (paragraph 45) to Ukrainian President Poroshenko to re-start his military assault on the independence-seeking eastern provinces, urging the “disarming of separatist and paramilitary forces in eastern Ukraine.” Such a move will mean many more thousands of dead civilians.
To that end, the resolution directly involves the US government in the conflict by calling on the US president to “provide the government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal defense articles, services, and training required to effectively defend its territory and sovereignty.” This means US weapons in the hands of US-trained military forces engaged in a hot war on the border with Russia. Does that sound at all like a good idea?
There are too many more ridiculous and horrific statements in this legislation to completely discuss. Probably the single most troubling part of this resolution, however, is the statement that “military intervention” by the Russian Federation in Ukraine “poses a threat to international peace and security.” Such terminology is not an accident: this phrase is the poison pill planted in this legislation from which future, more aggressive resolutions will follow. After all, if we accept that Russia is posing a “threat” to international peace how can such a thing be ignored? These are the slippery slopes that lead to war.
This dangerous legislation passed today, December 4, with only ten (!) votes against! Only ten legislators are concerned over the use of blatant propaganda and falsehoods to push such reckless saber-rattling toward Russia.
Here are the Members who voted “NO” on this legislation. If you do not see your own Representative on this list call and ask why they are voting to bring us closer to war with Russia! If you do see your Representative on the below list, call and thank him or her for standing up to the warmongers.
Voting “NO” on H. Res. 758:
1) Justin Amash (R-MI)
Taken from globalresearch.ca :
America on a War Footing: Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking
Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill, a hydra-headed incubator of poisonous conflict. The second provocative anti-Russian legislation in a week, it further polarizes our relations with Russia, helping to cement a Russia-China alliance against Western hegemony, and undermines long-term America’s financial and physical security by handing the national treasury over to war profiteers.
Here’s how the House’s touted “unanimity” was achieved: Under a parliamentary motion termed “unanimous consent,” legislative rules can be suspended and any bill can be called up. If any member of Congress objects, the motion is blocked and the bill dies.
At 10:23:54 p.m. on Thursday, a member rose to ask “unanimous consent” for four committees to be relieved of a Russia sanctions bill. At this point the motion, and the legislation, could have been blocked by a single member who would say “I object.” No one objected, because no one was watching for last-minute bills to be slipped through.
Most of the House and the media had emptied out of the chambers after passage of the $1.1 trillion government spending package.
The Congressional Record will show only three of 425 members were present on the floor to consider the sanctions bill. Two of the three feigned objection, creating the legislative equivalent of a ‘time out.’ They entered a few words of support, withdrew their “objections” and the clock resumed.
According to the clerk’s records, once the bill was considered under unanimous consent, it was passed, at 10:23:55 p.m., without objection, in one recorded, time-stamped second, unanimously.
Then the House adjourned.
I discovered, in my 16 years in Congress, that many members seldom read the legislation on which they vote. On Oct. 24, 2001, House committees spent long hours debating the Patriot Act. At the last minute, the old bill was swapped out for a version with draconian provisions. I voted against that version of the Patriot Act, because I read it. The legislative process requires attention.
Legislation brought before Congress under “unanimous consent” is not read by most members simply because copies of the bill are generally not available. During the closing sessions of Congress I would often camp out in the House chamber, near the clerk’s desk, prepared to say “I object” when something of consequence appeared out of the blue. Dec. 11, 2014, is one of the few times I regret not being in Congress to have the ability to oversee the process.
The Russia Sanctions bill that passed “unanimously,” with no scheduled debate, at 10:23:55 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2014, includes:
1. Sanctions of Russia’s energy industry, including Rosoboronexport and Gazprom.
2. Sanctions of Russia’s defense industry, with respect to arms sales to Syria.
3. Broad sanctions on Russians’ banking and investments.
4. Provisions for privatization of Ukrainian infrastructure, electricity, oil, gas and renewables, with the help of the World Bank and USAID.
5. Fifty million dollars to assist in a corporate takeover of Ukraine’s oil and gas sectors.
6. Three hundred and fifty million dollars for military assistance to Ukraine, including anti-tank, anti-armor, optical, and guidance and control equipment, as well as drones.
7. Thirty million dollars for an intensive radio, television and Internet propaganda campaign throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union.
8. Twenty million dollars for “democratic organizing” in Ukraine.
9. Sixty million dollars, spent through groups like the National Endowment for Democracy, “to improve democratic governance, and transparency, accountability [and] rule of law” in Russia. What brilliant hyperbole to pass such a provision the same week the Senate’s CIA torture report was released.
10. An unverified declaration that Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, is a nuclear “threat to the United States” and should be held “accountable.”
11. A path for the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty, which went into force in 1988. The implications of this are immense. An entire series of arms agreements are at risk of unraveling. It may not be long before NATO pushes its newest client state, Ukraine, to abrogate the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Ukraine signed when it gave up its nuclear weapons, and establish a renewed nuclear missile capability, 300 miles from Moscow.
12. A demand that Russia verifiably dismantle “any ground launched cruise missiles or ballistic missiles with a range of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers …”—i.e., 300 and 3,300 miles.
Read the legislation, which Congress apparently didn’t.
As reported on GlobalSecurity.org, earlier that same day in Kiev, the Ukrainian parliament approved a security plan that will:
1. Declare that Ukraine should become a “military state.”
2. Reallocate more of its approved 2014 budget for military purposes.
3. Put all military operating units on alert.
4. Mobilize military and national guard units.
5. Increase military spending in Ukraine from 1 percent of GDP to 5 percent, increasing military spending by $3 billion over the next few years.
6. Join NATO and switch to NATO military standards.
Under the guise of democratizing, the West stripped Ukraine of its sovereignty with a U.S.-backed coup, employed it as a foil to advance NATO to the Russian border and reignited the Cold War, complete with another nuclear showdown.
The people of Ukraine will be less free, as their country becomes a “military state,” goes into hock to international banks, faces structural readjustments, privatization of its public assets, decline of social services, higher prices and an even more severe decline in its standard of living.
In its dealings with the European Union, Ukraine could not even get concessions for its citizens to find work throughout Europe. The West does not care about Ukraine, or its people, except for using them to seize a strategic advantage against Russia in the geopolitical game of nations.
Once, with the help of the West, Ukraine fully weighs in as a “military state” and joins the NATO gun club, its annual defense budget will be around $3 billion, compared with the current defense budget of Russia, which is over $70 billion.
Each Western incitement creates a Russian response, which is then given as further proof that the West must prepare for the very conflict it has created, war as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
That the recent Russia sanctions bill was advanced, “unanimously,” without debate in the House, portends that our nation is sleepwalking through the graveyards of history, toward an abyss where controlling factors reside in the realm of chance, what Thomas Hardy termed “crass casualty.” Such are the perils of unanimity.
La Croazia schiacciata tra ricatti economici USA e della UE, pressioni militari della NATO, stagnazione economica e sociale interna, e il passato che riappare
di Vigna Enrico
Il Ministro degli Esteri russo Lavrov ha dichiarato che la visita del senatore statunitense Chris Murphy ad ottobre in Croazia, mira a fare “ pressioni vergognose” sul paese, in vista di decisioni decisive per la politica statale di quel paese. Infatti la visita è arrivata proprio mentre il governo croato si accinge a decidere alcune scelte economiche e militari che preoccupano le leadership statunitensi e occidentali. Da fonti locali è trapelato che il senatore ha cercato di ottenere una promessa da esponenti governativi della Croazia di escludere alcuna opzione di vendita di partecipazioni in Croazia della principale società di petrolio e gas la INA, a potenziali investitori dalla Russia che negli scorsi mesi avevano fatto proposte definite interessanti anche da membri del governo; come se non bastasse nei colloqui il senatore ha anche messo all’ordine del giorno degli incontri, addirittura una forma di veto ad eventuali forme di cooperazione con la Russia. In una conferenza stampa Lavrov ha detto: "…Secondo le informazioni che abbiamo, durante il suo recente viaggio in Croazia, il senatore statunitense del Connecticut, Chris Murphy ha cercato di ottenere una promessa dagli alti funzionari della Croazia, di escludere alcuna opzione di vendita di partecipazioni nella società leader del petrolio e del gas della Croazia INA, a potenziali investitori russi, in tal caso l'azienda potrebbe incorrere in interruzioni di altre collaborazioni con partner europei… Ha anche proposto ai funzionari croati di acquistare elicotteri americani in sostituzione di quelli di fabbricazione russa Mi-8, elicotteri attualmente in uso nell'esercito croato...", ha detto il ministro russo.
E’ evidente che queste mosse hanno come sfondo la politica USA di rafforzare le sanzioni contro la Russia, Washington sta costantemente esercitando una sempre più crescente pressione sugli stati del sud-est europeo, ultima la Croazia, ma in particolare l’Ungheria che recalcitrante alle imposizioni della UE e degli Stati Uniti, ha concluso numerosi contratti e progetti di sviluppo con la Russia. L’obiettivo delle politiche occidentali è quello di ostacolare al massimo la cooperazione con i paesi di quella regione nei settori dell'energia e negli ambiti delle tecnologie militari. Chiaramente queste pressioni, più appropriatamente definibili ricatti, fanno capire bene come e qual è, la concezione “democratica occidentale” del rispetto delle sovranità e indipendenza di ciascun paese, in un ottica di sviluppo e progresso nazionale. Inoltre sono in palese violazione di qualsiasi norma usualmente riconosciuta circa la cooperazione internazionale.
Mentre il governo croato è in aperta difficoltà nel prendere decisioni di questo tipo, che potrebbero rivelarsi anche disastrose per la sua già difficile situazione economica, sul fronte europeo è di ottobre la notizia rivelata d un comunicato dell’Ambasciata ucraina in Croazia, dove viene ufficializzato un accordo tra al Giunta golpista di Kiev e Zagabria, per la cura nel paese della ex Jugoslavia, dei feriti membri della Guardia Nazionale ucraina ( come documentato, in pratica i neonazisti ucraini). "…Secondo l’accordo tra la parte croata e in seguito ad una incontri dell'ambasciatore ucraino Oleksandr Levchenko presso il Ministero degli Affari esteri ed europei e il Ministero della Salute della Repubblica di Croazia, è stato raggiunto l'accordo che la Croazia fornirà cura e riabilitazione per i soldati della Guardia Nazionale dell'Ucraina, che sono rimasti feriti nelle operazioni militari nella parte orientale del Paese.. ", dice la nota. Nel protocollo siglato le parti hanno convenuto che la Croazia fornirà supporto medico e psicologico ai combattenti ucraini, che hanno partecipato o sono stati feriti; con la parte croata che coprirà tutte le spese di trasporto e di riabilitazione.
Questi sono i militi della Guardia Nazionale ucraina
E questi sono i moderni ustascia di Croazia
E’ impressionante quante similitudini e parallelismi politici, culturali e fideistici, di ferocia, fanatismo, disumanità hanno avuto ed hanno nei reciproci discendenti, le bande neonaziste in Ucraina con i secessionisti croati degli anni ‘90. Un dato su tutti, tratto dai documenti storici: il comandante nazista dell’Adriatisches Kustenland in Croazia, che invitava Berlino ad intervenire per fermare la “ferocia spropositata” degli ustascia croati e lo stesso, negli stessi anni faceva da Kiev, il nazista comandante la “piazza” ucraina, che inviava ai comandi di Berlino rapporti dove chiedeva di intervenire per frenare le atrocità dei banderisti ucraini.
Per comprendere cosa sono stati gli Ustascia nella storia della Jugoslavia e per comprendere il fanatismo, l’odio e il razzismo insiti dentro questo fenomeno storico atroce, ecco alcuni stralci di discorsi di esponenti religiosi della chiesa Cattolica, nella stragrande maggioranza non solo fiancheggiatrice, ma parte del governo ustascia, non dimentichiamoci del cardinale Stepinac, criminale di guerra, complice del massacro di 700.000 mila serbi, ortodossi, ebrei, zingari, comunisti e antifascisti nel campo di concentramento di Jasenovac in Croazia.
Esclusi alcuni padri cattolici croati eroici, che in solitudine stettero al fiano della popolazione senza discriminazioni razziali o religiose, in gran parte pagandone il prezzo con la loro stessa vita. E anche qui in perfetta sintonia con la chiesa Uniata ucraina, schieratasi al fianco dei “liberatori” nazisti e diventando parte dei piani di massacro in quella terra.
Estratti dal discorso pronunciato dal cardinale cattolico Dr. Viktor Gutic, tenutosi in una raduno a Sanski Most, il 28 maggio 1941. Il discorso fu pubblicato su "Hrvatska Krajina" n° 19, del 30 maggio 1941. "…L'esercito serbo non esiste più. Non ci sono più serbi. Non dobbiamo più avere a che fare con quei contadini assetati di sangue. La dinastia dei Karadjordjevic è scomparsa e presto dalle nostre parti, non ci saranno più da vedere alcun serbo, perché saranno scomparsi. Ho dato drastici ordini per la loro distruzione economica completa e nuovi ordini saranno emessi per il loro sterminio totale. Non siate deboli nei confronti di nessuno di loro. Non dimenticate mai che essi sono i nostri nemici più radicali. Distruggeteli ovunque entrate in contatto con loro e la benedizione del nostro Capo dello Stato e la mia saranno eterne...
Sempre il cardinale Gutic dichiarava ad un altro raduno ustascia a Banja Luka: "…Ma domani io prenderò le redini. Gli romperò la schiena. Ditelo ai nostri amici. Dite loro che le loro schiene saranno rotte e quindi la purificazione avrà inizio... Nessuna pietà ... Il capo dello Stato e i ministri croati non vedono l'ora di entrare in una Banja Luka purificata e questo sta per essere fatto molto velocemente. Ho intenzione di essere un manico di scopa di ferro e posso dirvi che non permetterò a nessuno di venire da me a supplicare per salvare qualche nostro nemico... "
Il 9 Giugno 1941 Gutic ha detto in una manifestazione a Prnjavor: "…Dichiaro al nido serbo in Prnjavor che io darò a me stesso 24 ore per spazzare via questo nido serbo. Io comincerò ad ucciderli e voi mi seguirete…."
Nel giugno 1941, il Frate Srecko Peric, un francescano del monastero di Livno, dall'altare della chiesa del monastero di Gorica, invitò i croati a cominciare il massacro dei serbi:
"…Fratelli croati, andate e massacrate tutti i serbi. Prima uccidete mia sorella perché lei è sposata con un serbo e poi trattate tutti gli altri serbi nello stesso modo. Al termine di questo lavoro venire da me nella mia chiesa, dove ascolteremo le vostre confessioni e vi sarà data la comunione e così tutti i vostri peccati saranno perdonati... ".
A cura di Enrico Vigna, Forum Belgrado Italia.
di Savo Strbac
Scheveningen, una targa commemorativa all'ingresso principale
La Corte penale internazionale, secondo il suo statuto, non può sancire la pena di morte, ma ciò non ha impedito che ci sono stati suoi imputati che la morte li ha comunque raggiunti e sono deceduti nella sua unità di detenzione, ed hanno comunque subito tale pena.
Nel mese di ottobre, sono stato per la seconda volta quest'anno, al Tribunale a L'Aia. Nel mese di marzo, ho partecipato al processo davanti alla Corte internazionale di giustizia in una controversia tra le parti croata e serba per accuse reciproche per genocidio e nel mese di ottobre per testimoniare davanti al Tribunale penale internazionale per l'ex Jugoslavia, nel processo "Hadzic".
La difesa di Hadzic mi ha convocato come testimone perché avevo avuto a che fare con lo scambio di prigionieri e perchè sono stato segretario del governo della RSK, nel periodo in cui Hadzic era presidente della RSK (dal febbraio 1992 al gennaio 1994). La mia dichiarazione scritta è stata accettata e ho anche risposto alle domande. Seguendo la prassi del Tribunale, la mia testimonianza è stata introdotta come prova, altri elementi di prova che ho portato sono stati accettati dalle parti, per esempio fargli delle domande per quanto riguarda alcuni documenti; la difesa dopo la risposta favorevole di accettazione ha presentato i documenti e poi ha domandato alla Corte di accettare il documento come prova. La difesa mi ha chiesto circa una riunione del governo della RSK, a cui avevo partecipato come segretario del governo, e circa diversi documenti di organizzazioni internazionali che avevano avuto rapporti con il presidente, in relazione ai suoi poteri decisionali, perchè la difesa intende usarli per dimostrare la tesi di fondo che Hadzic è stato presidente solo sulla carta, e che la prassi era non "interferire nel lavoro del governo".
Al mio arrivo a L'Aia scoperto che in detenzione all’Unità del Tribunale c’è ancora uno dei miei ex presidenti: Milan Martic (presidente dal gennaio 1994 ad agosto 1995), che sta scontando la sua condanna a vita in Estonia. Egli è stato temporaneamente restituito al TPI dell'Aja per la testimonianza nel caso Hadzic. Mi è stato riferito che le condizioni nel carcere estone sono molto più pesanti rispetto a quelle del Tribunale e degli altri in tutta Europa, dove i condannati dell'Aja scontano la pena, anche se l'Estonia è da dieci anni nell'Unione europea; egli ha richiesto al Tribunale di poter tornare alla loro unità di detenzione o di essere trasferito in una prigione di un altro Stato. Dall'inizio degli anni Novanta, avevo già testimoniato nei tribunali croati contro le accuse rivoltegli di "ribellione armata", quando sono diventato segretario del governo, avevo collaborato con lui, quando era ministro degli Interni (mentre Hadzic era presidente della RSK. Dopo la mia testimonianza ho chiesti di potergli fare una visita. Mi hanno fatto compilare una richiesta di diverse pagine, che contengono un sacco di domande e se vi è un divieto di visite. Purtroppo, la mia richiesta è stata respinta con la motivazione che era troppo breve il periodo per la richiesta del giorno della visita. Allora ho chiesto al personale del Tribunale di poter vedere l’unità di Scheveningen. Ho visto un complesso di edifici circondati da un alto muro; una persona designata, una donna olandese, mi ha spiegato che si trattava di una prigione per olandesi condannati, e che è solo una sezione, da qualche parte nel mezzo del complesso, è stata ristrutturata come unità di detenzione del tribunale. Girando intorno al complesso carcerario siamo arrivati davanti al cancello principale, allora ho ricordato il momento in cui le telecamere televisive registrarono l'ingresso di Milosevic attraverso di essa, e attraverso il quale, senza la presenza di telecamere, varcò quella soglia, anche un altro mio ex presidente: Babic, primo presidente della RSK. Milan Babic e Slobodan Milosevic, presidente della Serbia e della Jugoslavia: due parti di me, ricamati con il mio corpo e la mia anima.
Dopo il mio ritorno a Belgrado, mi ha raggiunto la notizia che nel secondo giorno della mia testimonianza, Hadzic aveva avuto un ictus, e che il Tribunale aveva ricevuto dal suo difensore la richiesta di Martic per il trasferimento dal carcere estone, e che il Consiglio nazionale serbo per la cooperazione con il Tribunale, ha chiesto il consenso di permettere ai medici di famiglia di poter visitare nel centro di detenzione Hadzic.
Dieci imputati dell'ICTY sono già morti prima del trasferimento definitivo alle unità di detenzione del Tribunale, di cui otto serbi, alcuni dei quali mediante suicidio pur di non accettare il carcere. Finora nell'unità di detenzione di Scheveningen sono morti nove detenuti, tra cui sette serbi. Nel numero di morti non sono inclusi quelli che a causa di malattie avanzate sono stati rilasciati dall'unità detenzione e subito dopo sono morti. Il Tribunale, secondo il suo statuto, non può imporre la pena di morte, ma non è riuscito a fare in modo, che molti di loro, malati gravemente sono morti nella sua unità di detenzione finora, come una pena di condanna a morte.
Tenuti eventi commemorativi per i civili uccisi in Varivode e Gosic, Krajina
Milorad Pupovac nel suo discorso ha sottolineato che, anche dopo 19 anni, non sono ancora stati puniti i responsabili della morte di queste persone, nonostante le promesse del presidente e del primo ministro dello stato croato. È per questo che ancora manca un senso di giustizia, ha sottolineato.
Cedomir Maric si è rivolto al pubblico dicendo: "Oggi con questa commemorazione dimostriamo che le vittime di questi misfatti non saranno mai dimenticati. Anche se sappiamo che è un lavoro duro, gli esempi di Varivoda, Gosic e Golubic, dove hanno eretto monumenti e cippi, dimostrano che è possibile coltivare una cultura della memoria.".
Il noto cantante Dragan Pjevac nel suo saluto ha sottolineato che per questi crimini commessi e per i civili innocenti uccisi, nessuno ha mai risposto delle sue responsabilità.
Due mesi dopo l'inizio dell’operazione militare, il 28 settembre 1995, furono uccisi nove abitanti a Varivoda: Dusan Dukic (59), Spiro Beric (55), Jovo Beric (75), Jovan Beric (56), Beric Radivoj (69), Mary Beric (69), Milka Beric (67), Marko Beric (82) e Mirko Pokrajac (84). Furono uccisi da colpi a distanza ravvicinata sulla porta di casa. Il villaggio non aveva alcuna postazione o attività militare e non furono trovate armi.
2 febbraio: Al posto di Babic, viene eletto Presidente dell'Assemblea di Krajina Mile Paspalj.
PER KRAJINA Notizie - novembre 2014
Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff
Stoltenberg again urges NATO to increase defense spending
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has again urged the member countries of the alliance to increase defense spending, according to Russian information agency RIA Novosti.
"That which was decided at the summit in Wales was a significant increase in collective security," Stoltenberg said at a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in The Hague.
“This will help us to deal with any threats wherever they come from: from the east or from the south. It is important that we implement the plan on time and in full," Stoltenberg said.
"All these efforts and priorities should be properly funded. All member countries should contribute to the implementation of the NATO Action Plan on preparedness," he said.
"We can cut our defense spending in more peaceful times, and this could be right, but we do not live in peace now. It is necessary to stop cuts and to increase investment in our defense," he added.
"All allies of the NATO should contribute their share," the secretary general said.
He said that during the summit in Wales NATO member countries decided to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP the for 10 years. According to him, the United States, the United Kingdom, Greece and Estonia have already done so.
"I expect all of us will achieve this goal," he said.
As reported earlier, on September 5 during the NATO summit in Wales, NATO member countries adopted a plan to strengthen a collective defense of the alliance, and agreed on the creation of a rapid reaction force. NATO said the moves were in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.
Most people in the English-speaking parts of the
In this speech, Putin abruptly changed the rules
History is a teacher of life, says the old proverb. Hence, it should be
We recall that the drive for redrawing the borders was one of the key objectives of aggressors in the First World War. The revision of history and results of the First and Second World Wars could prove to be but a front for the revision of borders
The Great War began following the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum, one that everyone clearly knew that Serbia could not have possibly accepted. At the end of that same, 20th century, Serbia (the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) was given A similar ultimatum by NATO in Rambouillet, also one that obviously could not be accepted. The request contained therein was: either accepting unconditional occupation of the entire country, or having war. NATO aggression against Serbia (the FRY) of 1999 was the turning point in global relations, marking the transition from the relative peace and a sort of observance of the UN system, towards the global interventionism and violation of the basic principles of the international relations. Many intellectuals, including the speakers at this Conference, believe that this has triggered the Third World War.
World War 1 began with an attack on Serbia by Austro-Hungary in 1914. Today’s ongoing World War 3 – of which the current US-led air strikes on Iraq and Syria are only the latest instalment – began with NATO’s attack on Serbia/Yugoslavia in 1999.
The subject of World War 1, its legacy and the new series of US-led wars of aggression which have marked the era of turbo-globalization, was discussed in depth at the International Science and Public Conference “The Great War and the Beginning of a New World: An up-to-date agenda for Humankind,” which was held in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia, where World War I started 100 years ago.
Scientists, experts and public figures from 15 countries attended and speakers gave their perspectives on both World War I and the current global situation. The speakers came from both the left and the right of the political spectrum, but nearly everyone agreed that the consequences of World War I are still with us today – and that the global position was at least just as dangerous as it had been in 1914.
This year we have already seen the Israeli military assault on Gaza, which cost the lives of over 2,000 people. Thousands have been killed or injured too in Ukraine, following a western-backed anti-constitutional coup against a democratically-elected president and government. Neocon hawks have been at the forefront of the propaganda campaign to demonize Russia and use the Ukraine crisis as pretext to start an economic Cold War war with Moscow and build up NATO forces in Eastern Europe. In Syria, according to UN figures, around 191,000 people have lost their lives in the conflict, which has been deliberately stoked up by the western powers and their regional allies. And now the US and its allies are going to war against the “monster” Islamic State, which their own interventionist policies in the Middle East have enabled.
Из завршне речи Владимира И. Јакуњина на Међународној конференцији „Први светски рат – поруке човечанству“, 18. септембра 2014.
Опираясь на осмысление уроков Первой мировой войны и осознавая угрозы новой военной эскалации, участники Конференции в ходе всесторонней дискуссии рассмотрели вопрос о необходимости противодействиия тенденциям, ведущим человечество к новым катастрофам.
The centenary of the outbreak of hostilities in World War One, was commemorated by special events in Belgium attended by among others the British Prime Minister David Cameron and members of the British Royal family. At a service at Westminster Abbey members of the UKs political elite sat solemn faced as first hand testimony of war experiences and moving war poetry was read out by distinguished actors.
Jean Bricmont, Belgium
There at least two things that are easier to start than to end: a love affair and a war. No participant in WWI expected it to last as long as it it did or to have the consequences that it had. All the empires that participated in the war were destroyed, including eventually the British and French ones.
Not only that, but one war leads to another. The British philosopher and logician Bertrand Russell remarked that the desire of the European monarchs to crush the French Revolution led to Napoleon; the Napoleonic wars produced German nationalism that itself led to Bismarck, the French defeat at Sedan and the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine. That in turn fueled French revanchism that gave rise, after World War I, to the Versailles Treaty, whose inequities gave a strong boost to Nazism and Hitler. Russell ended the story there, but it continues. Hitler's defeat gave rise to the Cold War and the creation of Israel. The Western “victory” in the Cold War led to the current desire to crush Russia once and for all. As for Israel, its creation produced endless strife and an intractable situation in the Middle East.
What is the way out of this dialectic? I would suggest the idea of institutional pacifism. Not pacifism in the sense of refusing violence under any circumstance, or as amoral exhortation, but in the sense of building institutions that can help the preservation of peace. The United Nations and its charter, at least as it was originally conceived, is probably the best example of such an institution.
The very starting point of the United Nations was to save humankind from “the scourge of war”, with reference to the two World Wars. This goal was to be achieved by defending the principle of the equal sovereignty of all states, in order to prevent Great Powers from intervening militarily against weaker ones, regardless of the pretext. But since there is no international police to enforce international law, it can only be enforced by a balance of power and, most importantly, by the pressure of the citizens of the various countries to constrain their governments to adhere to common rules.
Success of the international conference Lessons of World War I, held in Belgrade on 16-18 September 2014
More than 100 foreign guests from fifteen countriesin Europe, Americas and Asia
On 17-18 September 2014, the “Sava Center” in Belgrade was the venue of the International Conference titled “World War I – Messages to Humanity”, organized by the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, jointly with two Russian Civic Society Organizations - The Center of National Glory, and the St. Andrew the First-Called Fund. The first speaker in the Conference was Serbian Patriarch Irinej. The audience was then addressed by Prof. Oliver Antić, in the capacity of Personal Envoy of the President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. TomislavNikolić, and Bishop Nazarij, Episcope of Kroonstad, in the capacity of Personal Envoy of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. The Conference was attended by several hundred invitees and more than 100 foreign guests. Over 40 historians, diplomats, analysts and public figures from Serbia, Russia and fifteen other countries in Europe, America, and Asia presented their papers. The introductory paper was presented by Vladimir I. Jakunjin, President of the Council of Russian co-organizers, President of the Global Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, and President of the Russian Railways.
The audience and the media representatives were particularly interested in the interventions of VáclavKlaus, former President of the Czech Republic, Walter Schwimmer, former Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Aleksey Y. Meshkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Prof.Vasilije Krestić, Academician of the SANU, James Bissett, former Canadian Ambassador in Belgrade,Prof. Bim Singh from India, Prof. Momir Bulatović, former President of the Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Jean Bricmont, Member of the Belgian Royal Academy, Prof. Darko Tanasković, Neil Clarke, publicist from the United Kingdom, and many others.
The Conference was preceded by the Serbian-Russian Scientific Round table on World War I, held on 16 September in the Russian House, with15 historians and publicists as its participants, including Prof. Jelena Guskova, Foreign Member of the SANU, historian Dr Mile Bjelajac, and many other prominent scientists.
Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic, said at the Conference: “The First World War did start in Serbia, however it was not started by Serbia but by Austria, with a rather reluctant consent of Hungary and a crucial role of Germany with her growing ambitions to redraw the borders firstly in Central Europe, then across the entire Continent, and, finally, in the world”.
Among 500 present persons were representatives of Serbian Government, MPs of Serbian Parliament, ambassadors of Angola, Belorussia, Cuba, Russia, Venezuela and diplomats from other foreign missions in Belgrade.
Organizers and participants of the Conference and the Roundtable laid wreaths at the Russian Necropolis in the New Cemetery, and at the Monument to Children Victims of NATO aggression in theTašmajdan Park. In addition, they attended the ceremony of unveiling the Monument to Serbian and Russian soldiers fallen while defending Belgrade in World War I, in the old Fortress of Kalemegdan. On this occasion, the audience was addressed by Serbian Patriarch Irinej, President of SerbiaTomislavNikolić, President of the Council of Russian organizers and donors Vladimir I. Jakunjin, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandar V. Čepurin, and City Mayor of Belgrade Siniša Mali.
All these events have marked the Centenary of the beginning of the First World War.
Welcoming addresses on behalf of: His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia KIRILL presented by His Grace NAZARIY Bishop of Kronstadt, Curate of St. Petersburg Archdiocese, Abbot of the Holy Trinity- St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra (Russia)
World War I and the Modern World
Vladimir Ivanovich YAKUNIN Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Center of National Glory, St. Andrew the First Called
A Look at the Lessons of World War I
Živodin JOVANOVIĆ: President, Belgrade Forum for the World of Equals Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Yugoslavia (1998 – 2000) (Serbia)
Исторический урок Первой мировой войны: бомбардировки Югославии в 1990-е гг. и опыт миротворческой миссии Русской Православной Церкви
Протоиерей Сергий ЗВОНАРЕВ: Секретарь Отдела внешних церковных связей Русской Православной Церкви по делам Дальнего зарубежья (Россия)
Причины Первой мировой войны как основа современного состояния Зарубежной России 1920-2014 гг.
Высокопреосвященнейший МИХАИЛ: Архиепископ Женевский и Западно-Европейский (Швейцария)
Владимир Иванович ЯКУНИН - Заключительное слово
Vladimir Ivanovich YAKUNIN Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Center of National Glory, St. Andrew the First Called
Живодин ЙОВАНОВИЧ - Заключительное слово
Živodin JOVANOVIĆ: President, Belgrade Forum for the World of Equals Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Yugoslavia (1998 – 2000) (Serbia)
Владимир Иванович ЯКУНИН - Пресс-конференция
NOT TO FORGET – NOT TO BE REPEATED
On the occasion of marking the Centenary since the beginning of World War I, this week Belgrade will be hosting several international events and activities. Within the rich program of marking this anniversary and paying homage to heroes and vast toll in human lives, tomorrow (Tuesday, 16 September), the Russian House will host “Serbian-Russian Symposium on World War I”. The International Conference titled “The Great War and Actual Messages to the Humanity” begins on Wednesday, 17th, and ends on Thursday, 18th September by act of adopting special declaration, in the Sava Center in Belgrade.
Organizers of these events are Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, and two Russian Civic Organizations, “Center of National Glory” and “St. Andrej Firstnamed Fund”.
Topic concerning World War I, also known as the Great War, will be scrutinized from the geopolitical, civilization, system, and project aspects.
Participants of the Conference will include prominent scientists, historians, military experts, diplomats, and public figures from Serbia, Russia, the Republic of Srpska, Montenegro, France, the United Kingdom, the USA, Greece, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Cyprus, Germany, Austria, India, the Czech Republic, and other countries. Among great many foreign participants in the Conference, it is expected to have as a speaker Vladimir I. Jakunjin, President of the Steering Council of Russian organizers, Founder and President of the Global Social Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, and President of Russian Railways, Aleksey J. Meshkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russian Federation, Vaclav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic, Walter Schwimmer, former Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Zivadin Jovanovic, president of Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals and and other distinguished guests.
Charity Program “The Great War in Historic Remembrance of Generations” includes opening and consecration of the Monument in Kalemegdan Fortres in honor of the Serbian and the Russian soldiers and officers fallen in the defense of Belgrade during the First World War, layin wreths at Russian Necropolis, New Cemetery, and at the Monument to Children, Victims of NATO aggression, Tashmajdan Belgrade Park.
On September 17th , memorial concert will be held the Great Hall of the Sava Center performed by the Serbian and the Russian artists, directed by Ms. Ivana Žigon, National Theater artist.
By:Srdja Trifkovic | September 12, 2014
By Karel van Wolferen • August 14, 2014
The European Union is not (anymore) guided by politicians with a grasp of history, a sober assessment of global reality, or simple common sense connected with the long term interests of what they are guiding. If any more evidence was needed, it has certainly been supplied by the sanctions they have agreed on last week aimed at punishing Russia.
by William Pfaff
Paris, August 7, 2014 -- I find it very disquieting that so few among the West European and American commentators on the Ukraine crisis, private or public, seem concerned that the United States has started this affair, and that it is not inconceivable that it may end in a war.
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And the stakes could not be any higher.
by Dmitry Trenin
Russia is learning to live in a new harsh environment of U.S.-led economic sanctions and political confrontation with the United States. More than five months after the change of regime in Kiev, which ushered in a new era in Moscow's foreign policy and its international relations, a rough outline of Russia's new security strategy is emerging. It is designed for a long haul and will probably impact the global scene.
The central assumption in that strategy is that Russia is responding to U.S. policies that are meant to box it in and hold it down—and back. The Kremlin absolutely could not ignore the developments in Ukraine, a country of utmost importance to Russia. The armed uprising in Kiev brought to power a coalition of ultranationalists and pro-Western politicians: the worst possible combination Moscow could think of. President Putin saw this as a challenge both to Russia's international position and to its internal order.
Taking up the challenge, however, meant a real and long-term conflict with the United States. Verbal opposition to U.S. global hegemony was not enough. Unlike the 2008 Georgia war, Ukraine was not an episode that could be safely localized and bracketed. Essentially, the current U.S.-Russian struggle is about a new international order.
For the foreseeable future, Ukraine will remain the main battleground of that struggle. Moscow's tactics can change, but its core interests will not. The main goal is to bar Ukraine from NATO, and the U.S. military from Ukraine. Other goals include keeping the Russian cultural identity of Ukraine's south and east, and keeping Crimea Russian. In the very long run, the status of Crimea will be the emblem of the outcome of the competition.
In broader terms, the competition is not so much for Ukraine as for Europe and its direction. Unlike at the start of the Cold War, with its pervasive and overriding fear of communism, the present situation in Ukraine and the wider U.S. conflict with Russia can be divisive. Western Europeans generally still see no threat from Russia; they also depend on Russian energy supplies and on the Russian market for their manufacturing exports.
Russia will seek to salvage as much of its economic relationship with the EU countries as possible, especially to retain some access to European technology and investment. It will also work hard to protect the market for its energy supplies to Europe. In this effort, Moscow will focus on Germany, Italy, France, Spain and a number of smaller countries—from Finland to Austria to Greece—with which Russia has built extensive trading relations.
Ideally, Russia would want to see Europe winning back a measure of strategic independence from the United States. Moscow may hope that the U.S.-led punishment of Russia, coming as it does mainly at the expense of the EU's trade with it, can lead to Transatlantic and intra-EU divisions. Yet, the Russians already feel that for the foreseeable future Europe will follow the United States, even if at a distance. Thus, at least in the short term, Russia will have to count with a more hostile Europe.
Longer-term Russian calculations are linked with the steady emergence of Germany as a twenty-first century great power and Europe's de facto leader. This process, over time, could give the EU the character of a genuine strategic player and make Europe's relations with the United States more equitable. Even though Berlin's and Moscow's interests differ significantly, and a stronger Germany may not necessarily lead to an easy understanding with Russia, Russo-German relations are a rising priority for the Kremlin.
This calculus however, is for the distant future. For the present, Russia is seeking to compensate for the losses in its Western trade and its standing vis-a-vis Europe and the United States through a new outreach to Asia. China's importance to Russia rises, as it is the one major economy impervious to U.S.-initiated sanctions. Concerned at the same time with potentially becoming too dependent on its giant neighbor, Russia will seek to engage others, such as Japan and South Korea, but, like in Europe's case, those countries' relations with Russia will be constrained by their alliances with the United States.
Given the fundamental nature of Russia's conflict with the United States, Moscow is seeking to cement its connections with non-Western countries. The BRICS group, which brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is a natural platform for that. The recent BRICS summit in Brazil made a first step toward creating common financial institutions. Russia receives some moral support from its partners and is working to improve relations with others in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. However, to really strengthen its ties with the non-West, Russia will need to considerably expand economic relations with them: a tall order. India is a key priority here, followed by ASEAN.
Politically, Russia already posits itself as a go-to country for all those unhappy with U.S. global dominance. These countries are watching Russia's confrontation with the United States with keen interest, and are making conclusions for themselves. In particular, they look at what a country like Russia can get away with, and what cost it has to bear for that. Given the very diverse nature of the non-Western world, which Russia has now fully joined, it is not realistic for Moscow to expect too much solidarity from its partners there. Yet,the Russo-Chinese duo at the UN Security Council could become a rallying point for those craving an alternative to Western domination.
The Kremlin understands, of course, that the most serious potential threats to Russian national security come from within the country. In his recent remarks to the national security council,President Putin ranged the Kremlin's priorities in the following order: improving interethnic relations in the vast and very diverse country; strengthening the constitutional order and political stability in Russia; fostering economic and social development, with special attention to the exposed, vulnerable or depressed regions of the Russian Federation. Any serious problem in any of these areas, Putin is convinced, can be used by the United States to undermine Russia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
This list calls for more government control of the domestic situation, a new economic policy to reindustrialize Russia and reduce its dependence on the West in critical areas, careful reallocation of resources to deal with weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and winning more allies for the government in different groups of society. It also calls for a more nationally conscious elite and patriotic upbringing of the younger generation of Russians. To a degree, the Western pressure aids the Kremlin's efforts.
In terms of military security, the principal threats to Russia, in Putin's view, come from NATO military infrastructure coming closer to Russia (almost a done deal now); from the U.S. ballistic-missile defenses, which are seen as clearly directed at devaluing Russia's nuclear deterrent; and from strategic nonnuclear systems that can attack Russian targets with high precision. This calls for redoubling Russia's own military modernization effort, with an emphasis both on the nuclear forces which should remain a credible deterrent, and on the conventional forces which can be employed in various scenarios on the perimeter of Russian borders and abroad. The United States and NATO are back as likely adversaries.
The competition, skewed and asymmetrical as it may be, is likely to be hard and long. The sanctions will not make Putin back off. He also knows that if he were to step back, pressure on him will only increase. The Russian elite may have to undergo a major transformation, and a personnel turnover, as a result of growing isolation from the West, but the Russian people at large are more likely to grow more patriotic under outside pressure—especially if Putin leans harder on official corruption and bureaucratic arbitrariness. If the Kremlin, however, turns the country into a besieged fortress and introduces mass repression, it will definitely lose.
It is too early to speculate how the contest might end. The stakes are very high. Any serious concession by Putin will lead to him losing power in Russia, which will probably send the country into a major turmoil, and any serious concession by the United States—in terms of accommodating Russia—will mean a palpable reduction of U.S. global influence, with consequences to follow in Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere. Ironically, the challenge to the world's currently predominant power does not come from the present runner-up, but from a former contender, long thought to be virtually defunct. China could not have hoped for such a helping hand.
(Russia Today 9/6/2014) - A photography exhibition dedicated to the 48 victims of the May 2 Odessa clashes opened in Belgrade's "Progress Gallery" on Monday. Zivadin Jovanovic, the former FM of Yugoslavia and President of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, organizer of the event, said the exhibition wanted to show "the truth about the developments in Ukraine". Jovanovic said that the West and NATO have an expansionist and imperialist strategy towards the East, and are using Ukraine to reach the borders of Russia as it holds a "huge strategically important space". One of the survivors of May 2nd clashes in Odessa, Oleg Muzika, said that there seems to be an "intention to tear Ukraine from Russia" because of "geopolitical reasons".
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Although the precise date of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel's visit to Serbia is still unknown, it is soon expected. There is little doubt this visit will prove to be very important, both for further development of bilateral relations between the two countries and the relations of Serbia and the European Union, the latter often referred to as Serbia's European agenda. No less present will be the topics covering actual developments in the region. With the crisis in Greece unrelenting, the region is experiencing a new one – this time in Macedonia. Further to this, political extremism, organized international crime and terrorism are on the rise. The heroin-transiting route goes through Macedonia, parts of Serbia, in particular Kosovo and Metohija, through Albania and some other countries in the region, to end up on the streets of Western Europe. That same route is also a major corridor for the transit of tens of thousands of refugees from the Near East, the Middle East, and Northern Africa, including so-called political asylum seekers. Scenes of badges and chants to so-called Greater Albania are on the rise on various occasions in Kosovo and Metohija, Albania и Macedonia, and slightly less so in Greece and Montenegro.
Speak loudly or keep silent as one may, or downplaying the above or some other incidents, it seems that the region has plunged into times of serous turbulences, if not destabilization proper.
The questions are obvious: to which extent are these events spontaneous versus being orchestrated; to which extent are they consequences of vividly deep socio-economic crisis, or of mass unemployment and disorientation of the youth, and to which extent the result of out-of-region powers "pulling strings"; why the mechanisms of preventive actions were not activated; what are possible outcomes; in case of escalation and, possibly, even more severe development of situation, how to prevent spillover or domino-effect, as this could hardly be controlled or contained to this region alone?
We believe that this question will also be tackled in talks during the Belgrade visit of Dr. Angela Merkel. Further, we hope that the joint efforts will result in realistic and useful initiative and outcomes. Reference to joint efforts implies Serbia's important geo-strategic position and capacity for partnership in areas and ventures of common interest. We deem that, in this, Serbia deserves by far greater understanding and support.
While keeping the pace with the public and political developments, we believe we are not mistaken to infer that the major segment of public in Serbia holds that – and this is historically important – it would be most beneficial for reconciliation, greater understanding and overall wider cooperation, if Chancellor Merkel would find it appropriate to issue a public apology to the Serbian nation during this visit, for crimes and enormous devastation inflicted by German occupying forces during both World Wars and NATO aggression in 1999, where Bundeswehr has had a leading role.
Not only decades, but also a century has passed since; yet, the Serbian nation still deeply and painfully remembers it all, and feels for its millions-strong victims being ignored, as there has never been any remorse or apology declared by any German official. If we understand the Serbian public at all, the majority expects apology from Germany for the crimes committed by German occupiers on the territory of Serbia. After Russia and Poland, Serbia comes third by number of human casualties perished during World War Two, and, as is historical fact, has given a vast contribution to the Allied victory over Nazis and Fascists
The forthcoming visit of Dr. Angela Merkel is already seen as appropriate opportunity for a public apology also because it comes in the midst of the series of marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi-Fascism, the centenary of the World War One, and the 16th anniversary of NATO aggression.
Serbian people are aware that the highest German officials have already publicly apologized for the victims of Nazi-Fascism: to Poland (Chancellor Willy Brandt, in Warsaw), to France (in Oradour), to Greece (President Johannes Rau, in Kalavriti, 2000, President Joachim Gauck, in Ligkiades, 2014), to Czech Republic (President Gauck, in Lidice, 2014), to Italy (President Gauck, in Sant'Anna di Stazzema).
Indeed, it would be very difficult to explain that Chancellor Merkel's official visit to the country and the nation that have so terribly suffered under occupation of Hitler Soldatesque, in the year of numerous jubilees, passes without due homage to the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi-Fascism, without tribute to millions of victims, and without public apology to the Serbian nation. This is paying a moral and civilizational debt to history, and also a far more important contribution to the reconciliation and the future, namely, the future of Serbian - German relations and the future of Europe. Here we talk about a Europe vying for reconciliation, and the vision of peace and equality.
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I am back from Russia’s capital, where I presented a paper at a conference on World War I at Moscow’s Lomonosov State University. Regarding Ukraine, the consensus of my numerous interlocutors of various persuasions and backgrounds is clear:
1. Russia will not invade. She will support demands for federalization in the east (Kharkov), southeast (the Donbas industrial area) and south (the Black Sea littoral), but there will be no boots on the ground and no annexation.
2. Russia will insist that Ukraine’s new constitution be based on federal principles, which will entail legal power of the yet-to-be constituted regions to enter into international commercial and security treaties with other countries and entities (e.g. the Donbas region with the Russian-led customs union that also includes Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia).
3. To that end Moscow will support the emerging, self-proclaimed authorities in the southeast and elsewhere with money and logistics. There is no need to send any weapons, apparently, as the police and security personnel in the said regions appear to be pro-Russian anyway, and have willingly handed over their arsenals to the gold–and-black-clad activists.
4. Belated offers of “greater autonomy for the regions” coming from the putschist regime in Kiev are dismissed with scorn (“way too little, way too late”). The three regions to be constituted as fully self-governing entities – formally within Ukraine, of course – are Izmail-Odessa-Nikolaev-Kherson in the south, Donetsk-Lugansk in the southeast, and Kharkov in the northeast.
5. Russia will demand money for Ukraine’s unpaid natural gas bills and future deliveries from the European Union, in whatever form.
6. The “sanctions” are meaningless, and Germany in particular is not committed to them. There will be business as usual, whatever Obama or Kerry say.
7. Putin is widely perceived as the master strategist, even among the traditionally pro-Western Moscow “intelligentsia” which is dismayed at Washington’s inaptitude in playing the geopolitical game.
The overriding impression, formed on my previous visit three weeks ago, is that Moscow no longer perceives Washington and Brussels as credible partners. The key moment came on February 22, when the EU-brokered deal to ease Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych from power was swiftly turned into a regime-changing coup that fitted in neatly with Victoria Nuland’s preferred dramatis personae. Vladimir Putin felt he was being brazenly cheated. Having just persuaded Yanukovych to sign his de facto abdication – to agree to a major reduction in presidential powers and an early election – he was presented with what looked like yet another Western fait accompli. As of now he has a game plan that is non-negotiable. VVP thinks has a strong hand, and he will play it.
This is not “analysis” but a value-neutral report.
Because, GEMA in Germany don't allow watching this video above because of used background music, we made video version without music here, so they don't have any reason to censor this video again:
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When the U.S. recruited its Western European military allies to jointly create the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1949, it was with the purpose of perpetuating American military presence on the European continent and to introduce nuclear weapons in Europe for the first time.
Currently, sixty-five years afterward, the Pentagon continues to maintain air, infantry and naval bases in Britain, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Norway, Greece, Turkey and other older NATO member states and, in addition, courtesy of the past fifteen years' NATO expansion, has acquired new bases directly and under NATO auspices in Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. These military facilities include (the permanent use of) air bases in Hungary (the world's first multinational global strategic airlift operation in Papa), Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, which the U.S. has spent millions of dollars modernizing and expanding over the past ten years.
Audio record of The International Conference “Global Peace vs. Global Interventionism and Imperialism”
15:30 hours of audio recorded International Conference "Global Peace vs. Global Interventionism and Imperialism" Held in Belgrade on 22nd and 23rd March 2014. in MP3 format:
By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade
In the interview for IBNA, Zivadin Jovanovic, president of Belgrade Forum for the World of Equals and former FR Yugoslavia Foreign Minister, said he has no doubts that Serbia is faced with pressure from the West. However, Jovanovic believes that Serbia should not sacrifice its own interests and good relations with Russia for the “so called European path” in return.
How do you assess the current position of Serbia toward the crisis in Ukraine?
“I think that Serbia took the neutral position. This is the expression of the policy of the neutrality which has been adopted by the National Assembly. Considering historical experience but also the changes in Europe and in the world characterized by the fall of unipolar world ant the rise of the multipolar one, Serbia should protect its friendship and alliance with Russia. At the same time, I think that Serbia should be prudent with regard to so called European path; Serbia should not sacrifice any national interest and let down the traditional alliance with Russia for the sake of this European path that has uncertain outcome”.
Ukraine and Yugoslavia
“I sometimes get the feeling that somewhere across that huge puddle, in America, people sit in a lab and conduct experiments, as if with rats, without actually understanding the consequences of what they are doing.”
Five years ago, I wrote a paper for a Belgrade conference commemorating the tenth anniversary of the start of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. In that paper I stressed that the disintegration of Yugoslavia had been used as an experimental laboratory to perfect various techniques that would subsequently be used in so-called “color revolutions” or other “regime change” operations directed against leaders considered undesirable by the United States government.
At that time, I specifically pointed to the similarities between the Krajina region of former Yugoslavia and Ukraine. Here is what I wrote at the time:
Where did the wars of Yugoslav disintegration break out most violently? In a region called the Krajina. Krajina means borderland. So does Ukraine – it is a variant of the same Slavic root. Both Krajina and Ukraine are borderlands between Catholic Christians in the West and Orthodox Christians in the East. The population is divided between those in the East who want to remain tied to Russia, and those in the West who are drawn toward Catholic lands. But in Ukraine as a whole, polls show that some seventy percent of the population is against joining NATO. Yet the US and its satellites keep speaking of Ukraine’s “right” to join NATO. Nobody’s right not to join NATO is ever mentioned.
The condition for Ukraine to join NATO would be the expulsion of foreign military bases from Ukrainian territory. That would mean expelling Russia from its historic naval base at Sebastopol, essential for Russia’s Black Sea fleet. Sebastopol is on the Crimean peninsula, inhabited by patriotic Russians, which was only made an administrative part of Ukraine in 1954 by Nikita Khrushchev, a Ukrainian.
The Final Doccument of the International Conference “Global Peace vs. Global Interventionism and Imperialism” Held in Belgrade on 22nd and 23rd March 2014.
The debate unfolded in a constructive and tolerant dialogue regarding most important aspects and problems concerning the international peace and security. The presentations mainly focused on how to preserve global peace and find the ways to stop global interventionism, destabilization of certain countries and provoking the crises all over the world, which undermine the international legal and political world order and pushes the world to the edge of a major confrontation.
- NATO is responsible for devastation of the international legal order, for the degradation of the UN, instigating a new arms race, militarization of Europe, destabilization and inducing crises in individual countries and regions all over the world. Therefore, NATO strategy goes against the goals of peace and security, contravenes the democratic and civilization values, and violates the fundamental human rights. Such an Alliance is not a place for peaceful countries who see their interests in compliance of the international law and the UN system. This is why participants of the Conference pleaded for the dissolution of NATO as a relic of the Cold War, for disengaging in policy of free interventionism, and for the respect of freedom, independence and equality of all countries and nations.
The Peace Committee of Georgia as a part of the coalition "Euroasian Choice" held the meeting front of the former Embassy of the Russian Federation in Georgia on 16-th of March. The meeting was dedicated to referendum in Crimea. The main aim of the meeting was to bring the truth to Georgian Society about events in Ukraine.
One of the organizers of the action is Temur Pipia, declared to mass media that the main responsibility for the lawlessness, the armed civil opposition and decay of Ukraine is not Russia, but the illegitimate power of Kiev, USA and European Union.
The meeting has turned into an action against NATO and the USA.
At the same time, the contraction was organized by United National Movement (UNM – the party of ex-president Saakashvili). They acted aggressively, tore a banner, cried out the Russophobic slogans, threatened with physical violence, throwing hard objects towards protesters.
Organizers of the contraction were: the mayor of Tbilisi, acting deputies of parliament of Georgia from UNM and senior ranks of former government, including the chief ideologue and so-called “gray cardinal” of the former government, ex-secretary of Security Council of Georgia – Bokeria.
Physical opposition took place. Two participants of fight were detained by police. After completion of the action, representatives of a contraction personally began to threaten with physical violence and "eviction from the country" to organizers of the meeting.
Abovementioned situation shows very intense political situation which exists in Georgia now. Everything points to the fact that UNM prepares for a fascist revenge according to the scenario of Ukraine.
Events front of the former Embassy of the Russian Federation have transferred all the major media of Georgia and some foreign media.
We remind that the Peace Committee of Georgia was founded in 2007and is the member organization of WPC.
Financial journalist Lars Schall talked with a former Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense in Germany, Willy Wimmer, about the crisis unfolding in the Ukraine. According to Wimmer, the intention of the US in the Ukraine is to split Europe one more time.
By Lars Schall
Willy Wimmer, born 1943, is a German lawyer. From 1988 to 1992 he has been the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense. From 1976 to 2009 Wimmer was a deputy of the German Bundestag. Here he was from April 1985 to December 1988 Chairman of the working group on defense policy of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. Wimmer has been Deputy Head of the German delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and was from July 1994 to June 2000 Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Another great interview from George Kenney and a breath of fresh air amongst the stale tripe we have served up to us now:
Last Saturday evening I interviewed Dr. Stephen F. Cohen about the crisis in Ukraine. Because of timeliness I thought it best to turn this interview around as quickly as possible, so here it is. Steve has been an expert on things Russian for a very long time indeed -- he was a professor at Princeton for about thirty years and taught at NYU for about another ten years after that. You used to see him regularly on the news but his brand of sympathy for the Russians has gone out of style. Well, more than that really. Any sense of objectivity regarding Russia seems to be forbidden these days. Thus you have Steve being sensible about the crisis in Ukraine and 99.99% of the other commentators taking a "let's hate the Russians and let's especially hate Putin" line. It reminds me very much of the atmospherics surrounding the Yugoslav civil war, except at least in that case a vocal minority in favor of a more objective approach was able to be heard. This is much worse. If, indeed, I hadn't lived and worked through the Yugoslav civil war I wonder whether I would be able to understand that the public debate over Ukraine could be so tragically unbalanced!
By Boris Aleksic
The authorities affirm that the country has completely changed during in the last 15 years. Podgorica has recognized the independence of Kosovo and Metohija and forgotten those who lost their lives during the NATO aggression. With German funds it is ready to erect a memorial to Hitler’s fascists, who occupied Montenegro during World War II. It is planned to reconstruct the German Nazi soldiers’ cemetery near the Golubovci airport, which was bombed by NATO in 1999.
The old and new fascists have one thing in common – they share the feeling of hatred towards the Russian people. Hitler eliminated the League of Nations. The NATO’s aggression against Yugoslavia has drastically diminished the role of the United Nations on the world arena, as well as the influence of United Nations Charter on international law. It’s not an occasion the US intelligence services during the Second World War were created with the help of German generals: Heinrich Müller, Reinhard Gehlen, Baron Otto von Bolschwing and Emil Augsburg.
Montenegro has really changed during the last dozen of years, but Milo Djukanovic is still the same. In his time he was assigned the role an ideal partner of NATO. There is a very important historic aspect to be remembered here. During WWII, the United States resorted to the help of mafia while liberating Italy. According to Swiss professor Daniele Ganser, the alliance between Italian mafia and the United States, as well as mafia and NATO still exists. For instance, Washington uses criminal structures to eliminate its opponents – independent politicians and journalists in Europe. The United States and NATO rely on mafia in the Balkans.
They have brought terrorists, drug dealers and illegal traders of human organs to power in Pristina on the territory of occupied Kosovo and Metohija.
According to documents in the possession of Italy’s prosecutor’s office and inquiries of independent journalists, Milo Djukanovic has had close ties with Italian and American mafia since a long time. A 409 – page report is added to the indictment brought by Italian prosecution.
Prosecutor Giuseppe Scelsi has formally stated that Milo Djukanovic is the top boss of Montenegrin mafia.
In the 1980s well-known mafiosi Della Torre organized large heroin supplies from Italy to the US East Coast. There was solid evidence that Della Torre was involved in money laundering. He got profit from heroin trade through Swiss banks, but Americans never brought charges against him with a string attached – he had to cooperate with the US special services. In 1996 the Italian mafiosi started to run his own chain involved in counterfeit cigarettes business. As sources confirm, he worked with Milo Djukanovic. The counterfeit cigarettes trade brought millions of dollars into the pockets of US intelligence. Many of truth pursuers, who stood in the way of the CIA and mafia alliance, paid with their lives, including two journalists: Dusko Jovanovic, the Editor of Montenegrin newspaper Dan, and Ivo Pukanic, Editor-in-Chief of Croatian weekly magazine National. Pukanic has published facts providing ample evidence of the Djukanovic and Subotić involvement in illegal cigarette trade.
In March 2011 US Senator Richard Lugar formally proposed to make Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro full-fledged NATO members. According to him, the expansion is of crucial importance for security and democracy in the Balkans. At the beginning of October 2013 Lugar met Djukanovic and said that «Montenegro is the number one candidate for membership in NATO». At the very same time Italian prosecutor Giuseppe Scelsi, who possessed irrefutable evidence of the fact that Djukanovic was involved in criminal activities, was charged in October 2013 with abuse of office. Today Washington lets Djukanovic know that if he makes Montenegro a NATO member, then all the accusations related to criminal activities will be lifted…
In 1999 NATO started its expansion to the Balkans by committing a grave crime – an aggression against Yugoslavia. Nowadays the creation of criminal regimes on the territory of former Yugoslavia is a logical continuation of its policy.
On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, a group of violent protestors attacked several facilities of the National Government in Karakas and other cities in the country, using firearms, and applying general vandalism and destroying public property. The violence took lives of three people, and left injured more than sixty others. The same group has also organized similar exercise of violence in April 2013, on the occasion of election of Nicolàs Maduro for President, when the death toll was eleven people.
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NOT TO FORGET
Fifteen years have passed since the beginning of NATO aggression against Serbia and Montenegro (24 March 1999). This aggression resulted in the loss of 4,000 human lives, including 88 children, and 10,000 people were severely wounded. Over two third of these victims were civilians. How many human lives have been lost in the meantime due to the consequences of weapons with depleted uranium, as well as of remaining cluster bombs, will hardly ever be established.
Breaching the basic norms of international law, its own founding act as well as constitutions of member countries, NATO was bombing Serbia and Montenegro during 78 days continuously destroying the economy, infrastructure, public services, radio and TV centers and transmitters, cultural and historical monuments. NATO bears responsibility for polluting the environment and endangering the health of present and future generations. Economic damage caused by the aggression is estimated at over USD 120 billion. War damage compensation has not yet been claimed, and judgments ruled by our court, by which the leaders of aggressor countries were convicted for the crimes against peace and humanity, were annulled after the coup d’état in 2000.
Governments of aggressor countries seized and occupied the Province of Kosovo and Metohija, and then formally delivered it to former terrorists, separatists and international organized crime bosses. An American military base was established in the Province – “Bondstill”, one of the largest beyond the U.S. territory.
After the aggression, over 250,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians have been forced out the Province of Kosovo and Metohija; even today, 15 years later they are not allowed to return freely and safely to their homes. Ethnic cleansing and even drastic change of ethnic population structure are tolerated by so called international community if only to the detriment of Serbs. The remaining Serbian population in the Province of about 120.000 continues to live in fear and uncertainty. Attacks upon Serbs, detentions and killings, including liquidations of their political leaders, have been continuing up to these days, and nobody is held responsible.
NATO aggression against Serbia and Montenegro (FRY) in 1999 is a crime against peace and humanity. It is a precedent and a turning point towards global interventionism, arbitrary violation of the international legal order and the negation of the role of the UN. The “Bondstill” military base is the first and crucial ring in the chain of new American military bases reflecting strategy of expansion towards East, Caspian Basin, Middle East, towards Russia and its Siberia natural resources. Europe has thus got overall militarization and the new edition of the strategy “Drang nach Osten” (“Thrust to the East”). Destabilization and the tragic developments in Ukraine are just the most recent consequence of that strategy.
15 years after objectives of US/NATO military aggression continue to be pursued by other means. Serbia has been blackmailed to de facto recognize illegal secession of its Province of Kosovo and Metohija through so called Brussels negotiations. The most of the puppet states of the former Yugoslavia are much dependant on and indebted to the leading NATO/EU countries, their financial institutions and corporations so that they could hardly be considered independent states but rather neo-colonies. There is no stability in the Balkans, redrawing of borders has not ended, overall situation is dominated by devastated economy, unemployment, social tensions and misery. Europe, particularly its south-east regions, are experiencing profound economic, social and moral crisis.
During and after the aggression, 150 Serb monasteries and churches built in the Middle Ages were destroyed. Killed or abducted were some 3,500 Serbs and other non-Albanians, and fates of many of them have not been established until today. Not even one of the thousands of crimes against Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija got a court clarification. Even such terrorist crimes as was blowing up the “Nis-express” bus on 16 February 2001, when 12 people were killed and 43 wounded, neither the murder of 14 Serb farmers reaping in the field in Staro Gracko, on 23 July 2009 remained without thorough investigation, be it by UNMIK, be it by EULEX, or by any other of so many structures of the so called international community.
The Swiss senator, Dick Marty, revealed documented report on trafficking in human organs of Serbs abducted in Kosovo and Metohija. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the oldest European democratic institution, adopted his Report as the official CE document. Although all factors stand verbally for an efficient investigation and bringing the perpetrators to justice, for many years now there have been no results whatsoever. The documentation on human organ trafficking submitted to The Hague Tribunal had been – destroyed!
The Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, with support of other non-partisan and independent associations from Serbia, from the region and from the Serb Diaspora throughout the world, are organizing a number of activities under the common title “NOT TO FORGET”, with the aim to remind domestic and international public of human loss, destructions and other consequences of NATO aggression.
On Friday, 21 March 2014 at 6 p.m., in Sava Conference Centre, Belgrade (Milentija Popovica No. 1) an opening ceremony will launch a photographic exhibition presenting consequences of NATO aggression.
On Saturday, March 22 and on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014, International conference “Global Peace vs. Global Interventionism and Imperialism” will be held (Sava Conference Centre. Conference starts at 10 a.m. Some 100 prominent personalities from all over the world have confirmed their participation.
On Monday, March 24th, 2014, at 09.30 a.m., the International Memorial Marathon Belgrade-Hilandar will start in front of Saint Sava Church.
The same day, at 11 a.m., civic associations, representatives of Serb Diaspora, guests from abroad and individuals will lay flowers at the monument to children - victims of the aggression, in the Tašmajdan park, and the same day at 12 a.m. flowers will be laid at the Monument to all victims of the aggression, Friendship park, Ušće, New Belgrade.
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NATO’s first act of illegal "humanitarian" aggressive war called "Operation Deliberate Force" in 1995 against the Republic Srpska which it got away with and emboldened it to later carry out "Operation Allied Force", the merciless brutal air campaign against civilian targets in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The fact that NATO was allowed to get away with these acts of aggressive war and that the US/NATO architects were allowed to carry out such scenarios emboldened the "alliance" even further and has led to the recent global expansion by NATO and the scores of "regime change" and "resource wars" presented as "humanitarian interventions". The scenario is almost identical every time and is currently being played out in Ukraine. On the 15 year anniversary of the aggression on Yugoslavia, in an exclusive interview, the Voice of Russia spoke to the last Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Živadin Jovanović.
This is John Robles, I’m speaking with Živadin Jovanović. He is the former Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia and the Chairman of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals. This is part 1 of a longer interview. You can find the rest of this interview on our website at voiceofrussia.com.
Robles: Hello Sir! How are you this evening?
Jovanović: Fine, John. I’m glad to be able to talk for the Voice of Russia.
Robles: Thank you! And it is a pleasure for me to speaking with you. I’ve read a lot of your work. Given your background as the Foreign Minister of the former Yugoslavia, you were the Foreign Minister during the upheavals and the foreign-initiated revolutions that destroyed the country, can you tell us a little bit about the histories, maybe, something we don’t know about and give us your views on what is happening now in Ukraine and in Bosnia etc?
Jovanović: Well, I would like to recall that the Dayton Peace Agreement about peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina was reached in 1995 and the key figure in reaching the peace in Bosnia was Slobodan Milosevic, at the time President of the Republic of Serbia and later on the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.