Nobel Peace Prize Committee replaces its ass kissing, ignorant chairman

•March 5, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/norways-nobel-peace-prize-committee-replaces-chairman-29354346

The Nobel Peace Prize awarding Norwegian Nobel Committee on Tuesday elected a new chairman to replace Thorbjoern Jagland, whose six-year tenure has been lined with controversies.

Jagland will remain a member of the voting panel but was a contentious leader, attracting criticism for his dual role as committee chairman and head of the European Council when the prize was awarded to the European Union in 2012. His leadership also was clouded by the decision to give the prize to Barack Obama in 2009 after he had just been elected president, and the 2010 prize to the jailed dissident Liu Xiabo drew fury from China.

The former labor politician was replaced by the panel’s deputy chairman, Kaci Kullmann Five, a former conservative party leader. She denied that Jagland’s ousting had anything to do with pressure from China, which froze diplomatic ties to Norway after the 2010 award.

The composition of the committee reflects the power structure in Norway’s Parliament which appoints the members. The leadership change follows 2013 parliamentary elections that brought the Conservatives into power after years of Labor Party rule.

Tuesday’s panel meeting also reviewed the candidates for this year’s prize after nominations closed at the beginning of February. The committee said they numbered 276 — two less than last year’s record — with 49 nominations for organizations and 227 for people.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute keeps the names of nominees locked up for 50 years, but lawmakers and members of peace organizations who are qualified to name candidates can reveal their choices independently.

Nominees mentioned include Saudi blogger Raif Bedawi, jailed for 10 years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam and Flemming Rose, an editor at Danish broadsheet daily Jyllands-Posten, which published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005-2006.

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor turned fugitive, Edward Snowden, and Pope Francis have been nominated for the second year in a row.

Other candidates include the often-nominated Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, a group committed to Japan retaining its pacifist constitution and Egypt’s Maggie Gobran, a Coptic Christian who works in the slums of Cairo.

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good riddance..total shill..wait for the knighthood now..

“Jagland will remain a member of the voting panel but was a contentious leader, attracting criticism for his dual role as committee chairman and head of the European Council when the prize was awarded to the European Union in 2012″

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Is this the man to replace Buffett?

•March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Ajit Jain of Berkshire's insurance operations plays a game of bridge during Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders annual meeting in Omaha

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/02/us-berkshire-buffet-jain-idUSKBN0LY00B20150302?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews

Warren Buffett, at a news conference in Bengaluru in 2011, lavishly praised Berkshire Hathaway executive Ajit Jain for smoothly running much of the conglomerate’s insurance businesses.

Buffett, the billionaire chief executive officer and chairman of Berkshire, said he would also support Jain if ever he decided to seek Buffett’s post.

“He loves what he does, he’s not looking to take my job,” Buffett then said about Jain, who was born in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. “If he was, the board of directors would probably put him in there in a minute.”

Speculation has been mounting among Berkshire investors as to who will eventually succeed the 84-year-old Buffett. The field was finally narrowed when, in a letter to shareholders on Saturday, Buffett revealed that he and the board had found his successor, and his second-in-command, Charlie Munger, identified Jain and Greg Abel, the head of Berkshire’s energy companies, as front-runners for the top job.

Munger said on Saturday that Jain, 63, and Abel, 52, were each in some important ways, “a better business executive than Buffett.”

Jain joined Berkshire in 1986, and Buffett immediately put him in charge of National Indemnity’s small, struggling reinsurance operation. He has since “built this business into a one-of-a-kind giant in the insurance world,” Buffett said in an annual shareholder letter.

In Berkshire’s 2014 shareholder letter posted online on Saturday, Munger said Jain’s reinsurance operation combines capacity, speed, decisiveness and, most important, “brains in a manner unique in the insurance business.” Munger stressed Jain “never exposes Berkshire to risks that are inappropriate in relation to our resources.”

Munger even went so far as to give an example of Jain’s “unmatchable” underwriting skills: If the insurance industry should experience a $250 billion loss from some mega-catastrophe, “Berkshire as a whole would likely record a significant profit for the year because of its many streams of earnings.”

Jain received an undergraduate degree in engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur in 1972 and worked for International Business Machines Corp in Indiabetween 1973 to 1976 before earning a business degree at Harvard University in 1978.

In a 2009 shareholder letter, Buffett proclaimed that “a hugely important event in Berkshire’s history occurred on a Saturday in 1985. Ajit Jain came into our office in Omaha – and I immediately knew we had found a superstar.”

Jeff Matthews, author of “Secrets in Plain Sight: Business and Investing Secrets of Warren Buffett,” said: “Having been Buffett’s favorite for decades, Ajit Jain would have the stature to attract companies to the Berkshire fold as Buffett has done.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajit_Jain

Jain worked for IBM in India from 1973 to 1976, then moved to the United States, where he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1978. He joinedMcKinsey & Co., but returned to India in the early 1980s. After a monthlong courtship, he married Tinku Jain, a girl his parents introduced him to. Then he went back to the United States to work for McKinsey.

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the new head of BH?

most of us couldnt care less who takes over but i like to know who is pulling the strings for a massive whale like BH..this good little harvard man will suit the bill you would assume..

and why is he so good?

“If the insurance industry should experience a $250 billion loss from some mega-catastrophe, “Berkshire as a whole would likely record a significant profit for the year because of its many streams of earnings.””

almost a prediction eh?

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Prince William meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

•March 5, 2015 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31683579

The Duke of Cambridge has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the prince begins the highest-profile UK royal visit to China in nearly 30 years.

The president said the Royal Family had contributed “positively” to co-operation between China and the UK.

Prince William presented him with an official invitation from the Queen to make a state visit later this year.

The meeting in Beijing’s Great Hall of People also saw the two men discuss their mutual love of football.

The prince’s trip will see him promote “brand Britain”, highlight the illegal wildlife trade and visit some of the nation’s most famous sites.

Chinese officials say the prince and the president discussed wildlife protection, one of the duke’s great passions.

Prince William is the most senior British royal to visit China since the Queen’s tour of the country in 1986.

Prince Charles has never visited China and he described Chinese officials as “appalling old waxworks” in a leaked diary, written at the time of the Hong Kong handover in 1997.

He has also hosted the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader who is viewed by China as a separatist threat, at Clarence House.

BBC China editor Carrie Gracie said the meeting between Prince William and the Chinese president symbolised an improvement in the relationship between the two countries. The relationship is now focused on business after a run of political differences over Hong Kong and Tibet, she said.

Speaking through an interpreter, President Xi told the prince: “The British Royal Family holds great influence, not just in the UK but across the world.

“Over the years the Royal Family has shown great interest in, and support for, Chinese/UK relations.

“And members of the Royal Family have done a lot and contributed positively to changes and co-operation between our two countries in areas ranging from trade to environment protection… and cultural exchanges.”

He also said the prince’s visit would “surely go a long way to developing mutual understanding and friendly ties between China and British people”.

Prince William thanked the president “enormously” for inviting him to the Great Hall of the People and said: “It’s been a long interest of mine, for many years, to come and visit China.”

The prince, who is an Aston Villa fan, talked about their mutual love of football.

“I’m looking forward to learning about China’s football,” he added.

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“Over the years the Royal Family has shown great interest in, and support for, Chinese/UK relations.

“And members of the Royal Family have done a lot and contributed positively to changes and co-operation between our two countries in areas ranging from trade to environment protection… and cultural exchanges.”

one elite family greeting another elite family..

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Obama-Netanyahu “Fallout” is Theatre..planned in 2009

•March 5, 2015 • 4 Comments

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http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/obama-netanyahu-fallout-is-theater.html

In a 2009 US policy paper published by the corporate-financier funded Brookings Institution, it was made clear that the US was determined to provoke Iran into a conflict and effect regime change at any cost – up to and including an outright military invasion and occupation of Iran with US troops.

However, before it came to that, the Brookings Institution’s policymakers explored other options including fomenting US-backed political unrest coupled with covert, violent force, the use of US State Department listed foreign terrorist organizations to carry out assassinations and attacks within Iran, and limited airstrikes carried out by either the US or Israel, or both.

In retropspect, 6 years on, all of these tricks have not only been attempted to one degree or another in Iran, but have been demonstrably employed in neighboring Syria to diminish its strength – which according to Brookings – is a necessary prerequisite before waging war on Iran.

And of particular interest – considering what appears to be a growing diplomatic row between the United States and Israel – is just how precisely the US planned to covertly back what would be made to appear as a “unilateral” Israeli first strike on Iran – an attack that appears to be in the process of being justified through a carefully orchestrated propaganda campaign now unfolding.

The Brookings Institution’s 2009 policy paper titled, “Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran,” makes clear that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program is merely theater, and that it will be used to give the world the impression that the United States explored all possible “peaceful” options before resorting to violent regime change.  The report states specifically that:

…any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international context— both to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal.

Of course, Iran – as admitted to by Brookings themselves – is not governed by irrational leadership, and would not turn down a genuinely “superb offer.” The Brookings Institution admits openly that the US pursues a dual track foreign policy – one for public consumption (making “superb offers”) and another aimed at ensuring Iran looks as unreasonable as possible.

At one point in the policy paper, Brookings would state:

The truth is that these all would be challenging cases to make. For that reason, it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.)

Here, Brookings policymakers openly conspire to undermine global peace by “goading” another nation into a war it neither wants nor will benefit from. Provoking a nation that poses no threat to the national security of the United States is a clear violation of international law – with the Brookings paper serving as a literal signed confession.

Yet despite this open admission, conspiring against world peace, what is of more interest is the United States’ plans to disavow any responsibility for an attack it would use its regional proxy, Israel, to carry out in its place. It states specifically under a chapter titled, “Allowing or Encouraging an Israeli Military Strike,” that:

…the most salient advantage this option has over that of an American air campaign is the possibility that Israel alone would be blamed for the attack. If this proves true, then the United States might not have to deal with Iranian retaliation or the diplomatic backlash that would accompany an American military operation against Iran. It could allow Washington to have its cake (delay Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon) and eat it, too (avoid undermining many other U.S. regional diplomatic initiatives). 

To no one’s surprise the British Daily Mail now reports in an article titled, “President Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they attacked Iranian nuclear facilities last year, claim sources,” that:

President Obama is alleged to have stopped an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets, according to reports to emerge from the Middle East at the weekend

The threat from the U.S. forced Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to abort a planned attack on Iraq, reported Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.

Netanyahu will be in Washington for an address to Congress on Tuesday aimed squarely at derailing Obama’s cherished bid for a diplomatic deal with Tehran. 

Here, the Daily Mail repeats a growing narrative that dovetails neatly into long-standing US foreign policy described by the Brookings Institution’s report in 2009 – down to the letter. In fact, the prospect of “shooting down” Israeli planes was discussed as one of many props used in this geopolitical theater.

The US, as prescribed by Brookings, is portrayed as desperately trying to hammer out an almost unreasonably accommodation with Iran, while “mad dog” Israel seeks to unilaterally attack Iran – thus giving the US the plausible deniability it openly claimed it would disingenuously attempt to create ahead of any Israeli attack on Iran. It should be noted that the summation of Israel’s military might is a result long, extensive, and continuous US military support meaning that Israeli military operation is even possible without it.

Also of interest is Israel’s habitual, belligerent, serial acts of inhumanity against both its own people and the Palestinians whose land Tel Aviv has seized and continues to occupy. The nature of these acts is not one of self-preservation, but of intentional provocation – creating predictable political divides across the West easily manipulated particularly at times like these where a “regrettable” attack made upon Iran, a nation the West has thus far failed to topple with terrorism, US-backed sedition, sanctions, and covert provocations, is now in the cards.

It is also clear that the 2009 “Which Path to Persia?” policy paper still represents a vivid window into a much deeper and well-entrenched doctrine still to this day being used to reorder the Middle East into alignment with Western special interests.  It is a signed confession of a now evident conspiracy against global peace and stability. It should be read, in full, before the United Nations Security Council  before those who wrote it and the corporate-financier interests who sponsored it are brought to international justice.

Anything less proves that the United States and its regional proxies, not Iran, are the rogue states, working against global peace and stability, with many standing examples already of their atrocities on display, and more – apparently – still to come.

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excellent article by cartalucci..breaking it down and explaining it in clear terms..all the word IS a stage and we are surrounded by actors..

“it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it.”

can see that a mile away..

“a dual track foreign policy – one for public consumption (making “superb offers”) and another aimed at ensuring Iran looks as unreasonable as possible.”

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Ukraine’s fourth largest lender Delta Bank is insolvent..Ukraine hikes rate to 30% to avert hyperinflation and currency plunge

•March 5, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://rt.com/business/237161-ukraine-nbu-deltabank-bankruptcy/

The fourth biggest bank in Ukraine, Delta Bank, has gone bankrupt after months of non-compliance, according to the National Bank of Ukraine. Two smaller banks in the Delta Banking group have also gone belly-up.

“The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) adopted a resolution on the assignment of JSC Delta Bank to the category insolvent on March 2,” says the NBU website on Tuesday. The failure of Delta Bank owner’s to take timely, efficient and sufficient measures to restore the bank’s financial health and viability and bring its operations into compliance with Ukrainian laws was given as the main reason for the NBU’s decision.

“The principal shareholder and the management team of Delta Bank JSC have opted for a high-risk strategy of rapid growth through the acquisition of poor-quality assets,” the statement said.

Ukraine’s monetary authorities have appeared desperate and nervous in their attempts to try to save the country’s ailing economy.

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s Central Bank announced an increase of its benchmark rate to 30 percent from 19.5 percent as part of a package of measures aimed at saving the collapsing economy and stabilizing the country’s financial system. The move came after the bank’s decision last week to end currency controls to stop the currency free fall. The Ukrainian hryvnia has lost half of its value in the last two months. However, the decision was overturned in less than 24 hours after criticism from Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and President Petro Poroshenko’s of the country’s Central Bank head Valeriya Gontareva.

On Monday, while revising the country’s budget for 2015 and introducing austerity measures, the parliament adopted a law which imposes greater responsibility upon bank owners and management for a financial institutions’ performance. The move is aimed at enhancing the banking sector’s resilience and ensures the protection of depositors’ and creditors’ rights. “The process of purging the banking system aiming to wind up insolvent banks and address the problems that have piled up in the banking industry over the years is still under way,” Gontareva said while commenting on the decision to declare Delta Bank insolvent.

http://rt.com/business/237229-ukraine-rate-inflation-hryvnia/

The National Bank of Ukraine is raising its benchmark interest rate to 30 percent from 19.5 percent, the biggest increase in 15 years. It reflects the bank’s attempt to save the collapsing economy from hyperinflation that some estimate at 272 percent.

The new refinancing rate becomes effective from Wednesday, Ukraine’s National Bank said Tuesday.

This is the second rate increase this year, as the bank raised it in February to 19.5 percent from 14 percent.

The decision was taken because the bank saw the “threat of inflation had risen strongly due to negative consequences from currency market panic,” the National Bank chief Valeriya Gontareva said in a media briefing.

The bank also kept in place the requirement for companies to sell about 75 percent of their foreign currency earnings, which is also hoped, will stabilize the hryvnia. Gontareva hopes it will return the currency to a level of 20-22 to the US dollar “quickly”.

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its falling apart..like a slow train wreck..if anything its more perilous than greece right now..

“The National Bank of Ukraine is raising its benchmark interest rate to 30 percent from 19.5 percent”

have a think about this..if you have a mortgage and pay interest..you will know that trying to absorb a 10% rise in how much you pay will send thousands to the wall..then what?

“It reflects the bank’s attempt to save the collapsing economy from hyperinflation that some estimate at 272 percent.”

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Hollande says the Internet needs to be “regulated” to suppress videos and even search results deemed “anti-Semitic”

•March 5, 2015 • 10 Comments

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/internet-needs-to-be-regulated-to-suppress-videos-and-search-results-deemed-anti-semitic-french-president-says/5433663

French President François Hollande says modern “anti-Semitism” stems from “hatred of Israel.”

French president François Hollande has said his government will soon announce a raft of tough criminal laws to crack down on anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and Holocaust denial.

He made the announcements in a speech to CRIF, France’s main Jewish communal body and Israel lobby group, on Monday.

Hollande said that the Internet needed to be “regulated” to suppress videos and even search results deemed “anti-Semitic.”

The president said that the appropriate model would be the laws used to prevent the dissemination of child pornography.

But the measures are likely only to make matters worse, among other things by criminalizing criticism of Israel and further conflating Zionism with Judaism.

The plans will worry civil libertarians already concerned about the crackdown on free speech since the January attacks by three French gunmen on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

Hollande said that details of the draft law would be announced in coming days by his prime minister Manuel Valls.

Meanwhile, Valls recently indicated his direction of travel by declaring that his goal was to fight “Islamofascism” – a term used by the neoconservative, pro-Israel far right to demonize Muslims.

Hollande promised that the laws would become more punitive, so that “no anti-Semitic word or act goes without a response.”

He promised “faster” and “more effective” punishments for “words or writing that are anti-Semitic, racist or homophobic.”

Only in passing, toward the end of the half-hour speech, did Hollande mention that anti-Muslim hate attacks in France in January alone exceeded the entire number recorded in 2014.

He did not announce any specific measures to combat this alarming phenomenon.

The president observed that “Muslims are the first victims of Islamist or jihadist terrorism, whether in the Middle East or Africa,” and called for more international military intervention in those regions.

Hollande did not consider that it was “Western” interventions in Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere that gave rise to the menace known as Islamic State (for an excellent account of that, see Patrick Cockburn’s new book The Rise of Islamic State).

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i must admit i initially thought this was a parody article but its true..hollande, who is also a jew, is going down a very slippery path here..regulate the internet to get rid of “hatred of israel”..please..get a grip..

“Hollande promised that the laws would become more punitive, so that “no anti-Semitic word or act goes without a response.”

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US is planning to send about 300 military personnel to Ukraine from March to October to train the Ukrainian army

•March 4, 2015 • 5 Comments

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http://rt.com/news/236953-us-logistics-troops-ukraine/

The US is planning to send about 300 military personnel to Ukraine from March to October to train the Ukrainian army, according to a tender on a US government website that requires logistics for the troops.

The US government has published a tender, saying it’s hiring services for the movement of equipment and approximately 300 US personnel in Ukraine, according to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

The contractor shall provide all equipment, vehicles, and personnel necessary to provide ground transportation in accordance with the ordering clause,” the tender states.

Transportation will be required from 5 March until 31 October for about three return trips from Lvov International Airport to the International Peace Keeping and Security Center (IPSC) in Yavoriv.

In February, Washington confirmed it will send troops to Ukraine to train Kiev troops fighting against the militias in eastern Ukraine.

“We’ll train them in security tasks, medical [tasks], how to operate in an environment where the Russians are jamming [communications] and how to protect [themselves] from Russian and rebel artillery,”US Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges was cited as saying by Reuters on February 11.

The Ukrainian government requested the training as “they work to reform their police forces and establish their newly formed National Guard,” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News in January.

Funding for the mission was requested by the President Barack Obama administration in the fiscal 2015 budget and comes from the congressionally authorized Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF). The US is reportedly ready to spend $19 million to put the Ukrainian National Guard through its paces.

The UK has followed the US and is planning to send up to 75 British military personnel in March. They will offer medical, intelligence, logistics and infantry training to the Ukrainian army.

Prime Minister David Cameron said in February that UK support would be given “well away from the area of conflict,” adding that the purpose of aid would be to improve Ukraine’s tactical advantage.

Poland voiced support by saying that Warsaw will send military advisers to Ukraine.

The defense ministry intends to send Polish instructors to support the training of Ukrainian non-commissioned officers,” Defense Ministry adviser Boguslaw Pacek told Reuters in February.

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=ae11d889a90b7a1ba1d0f706316bc098&_cview=0

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http://sputniknews.com/military/20150303/1018973141.html

The United States will deploy personnel by the end of this week to train the Ukrainian national guard, US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on Monday.

“Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion minus… to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that’s taking place,” Foster stated. “What we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer.”

The training will take place at the level of US and Ukrainian national guard companies, Foster explained, adding that “we have nothing above battalion staff level” engaged in the military training.

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and here is the yin to go with the UK yang..they all fall into line like good puppets..the US will now train ukraine defence forces to fight pro-russian troops in east ukraine..

“What we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer.”

companies playing the governments role? who are these companies?

i would suggest this is an escalation yes, but in hindsight there has probably already been US and UK involvement and help..so all is in place now..officially..

did you know nemtsov’s girlfriend was from ukraine? interesting isnt it?

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