How the JIT Report Into Flight MH17 Appears to Refute the Scenario it Sets out to Prove

I’d like to begin this piece with a disclaimer. Although I have a keen interest in the MH17 plane crash, having written about it a few times in the past, I have no particular dog in this fight, other than a hope that the truth of what really happened will be established beyond reasonable doubt. If the plane was shot down on purpose, I hope that those who ordered it and perpetrated it will face justice after a free and […]

Brexit: Be Prepared for the Mother of all Stitch-ups

I don’t usually like to indulge in prophetic utterances, and I’m not sure I would describe this as such an attempt – more an informed hunch – but I believe that the 17,410,742 people who just expressed their opinion in a democratic vote to leave the European Union are about to find themselves involved in what can only be described as the mother of all stitch ups. Brexit just isn’t going to happen!!! What makes me so sure? Well there […]

Michael Fallon and Those Nice Chaps With the SS Runes

The United Kingdom Secretary of State for Stoking up Conflict, Michael Fallon, just announced during a visit to Kiev that the British Army is going to be investing more UK taxpayers’ money into training the Ukrainian army, increasing the number of soldiers in the programme from just over 1,000 to around 2,000 by the end of the year. Article 10 of the Minsk II Accords states the following: Pullout of all foreign armed formations, military equipment, and also mercenaries from […]

News Corp Australia Inadvertently Puncture Another Hole in the Western Narrative of MH17

News Corp Australia have, I believe, inadvertently released some of the strongest evidence yet as to why the official Western narrative behind the shooting down of flight MH17 is to be treated with the utmost suspicion. Even before any new evidence, that version of events — that flight MH17 was shot down by “pro-Russian” separatists using a BUK M1 missile system supplied to them by the Russian Federation — ought to have raised a number of questions in the minds of […]

The Tony Blair World Peace Tour Continues: Serbia 1999, Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003, Middle East 2007, Ukraine 2015

Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. He may have been right at the time, but these days there is a third of course: Anything which Tony Blair supports must axiomatically be wrong. Fresh from his successes in Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East, Peacemaker Blair, who just won’t give up, was invited to Kiev by the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko and has been asked to “share his experience of public administration” […]

Odessa one Year on: A Day of Infamy; A Day of Shame

Today marks the first anniversary of the massacre in Odessa, one of the most repugnant and shameful crimes committed in Europe since the defeat of Nazism in 1945. The official narrative has it that 48 people lost their lives when the Trades Union building in the city was set on fire. In all probability the number was far higher. How were these people killed? They were herded into the building by ultra nationalists from the Pravy Sektor who then set […]

Are you a Ukrainophobe?

The Ukrainian Security Services Chief Investigator, Vasily Vovk, has just added another phobia to the growing list of fears or hatreds that you or I might apparently suffer from. Speaking on the charmingly named programme, Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech), Vovk was asked to comment on the recent spate of “suicides” and murders of opposition politicians and government-critical journalists that have taken place in his country. This was his response: “I think that in our time, when there is practically a war […]

At Last the Eyes Are Being Opened

Someone once said that trying to supress the truth is like trying to hold a cork under water — sooner or later you will get tired of it and the cork will surface. Here we are, about 14 months after EuroMaidan in Kiev, and slowly but surely the truth about the nature of the nationalist regime there, which has been supressed under a barrage of lies and propaganda, is becoming more and more obvious to more and more people. As I […]

Sick to my Stomach

What would you think of a country where in the space just over 2 months, no less than 9 opposition politicians or journalists “committed suicide” or were murdered? You’d probably think there was something seriously wrong and corrupt with that country, wouldn’t you? You probably wouldn’t want your government to be giving it unqualified support to it, would you? So where do you think I’m talking about? Well, it’s actually our good old, democracy-loving, Western-values Ukraine I’m talking about. Here’s […]

An Appeal to Angela Merkel to Fulfil Her Obligations Under Minsk II

Sehr geehrte Frau Merkel, I write this appeal to the person who I believe more than anyone holds the key to peace or war in Ukraine and possibly even Europe as a whole. As you are well aware, thanks in part to the role you played in brokering the 2nd Minsk agreement, there is at this current point in time relative calm in Ukraine. Yes there are occasional ceasefire violations — ceasefires almost never bring about perfect peace — but the […]

Barack Obama & the BBC Unite to Burst Their Own Propaganda Bubble

A few weeks ago, President Obama made the following comment in an interview with CNN: “And since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine — not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan and [Ukraine’s then-President Viktor] Yanukovych then fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” There are two significant parts to this comment. The first is the bit about brokering a deal, and the question that some have asked is “which deal?” There […]

Chapter 21: In Which Barack Obama Gets the Wrong Country Again

I posed the question last week of whether Kiev has any obligations under Minsk II. This was not of course intended to be a serious question, but rather a cynical one, the point being that two of the guarantors of that agreement — France and Germany — along with the UK, US, Italy, and the European Council had made a statement speaking of Russia’s obligations (even though Russia has no such obligations, not being a party in the conflict, nor […]

Democracy or Idiocracy?

How many times over the past year have we heard some Western leader or other talking in their usual semi-tearful and utterly unconvincing way about Ukrainians sharing “our values”, and just wanting to be part of Europe and the West? Well here we are, a year after Maidan, and with the sinister intimidation of most of the opposition meaning that the Verkhovna Rada has for the most part been purged of any real opposition, surely we should be able to see those […]

David Cameron: Passionately Committed to the War Process

I am staggered. Less than two weeks after the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia sat down for nearly 17 hours to thrash out a peace plan, which at the time of writing they claim is still holding, the warmonger Cameron announces this: “UK commits troops and non-lethal aid to Ukraine” Can anyone still be in any doubt of Mr Cameron’s and the UK government’s passionate commitment to the War Process? I beg someone to pack this ignorant poseur […]

Squaring the NAZI circle

I’m assuming that you find this sort of thing disgusting? If not, perhaps best to click away as this site is probably not your bag. Actions like this are always sure to bring swift condemnation from politicians, and the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, for example, called it a “vile, anti-Semitic act.” Indeed it was. It’d be astonishing then, would it not, to find that the governments of the US and EU have been wholeheartedly supporting a country which openly uses neo-Nazi battalions to fight for it, wouldn’t […]

Maidan 3?

I wrote this a few days ago about the recent Minsk agreement: “The fact is he [Petro Poroshenko] was pressured by Merkel and Hollande to agree to this, yet if he were to seriously set about implementing the terms of the agreement, he knows he may as well go and buy himself a length of rope to prepare for his lynching. He knows that there is no way the hardcore nationalists will accept the points in this document, and in fact […]

All We Are Saying…Is Give Sanctions A Chance

The same week as the first Minsk agreement, the EU went and placed sanctions on Russia. The same week as the second Minsk agreement, the US announced it would be sending in troops in March to train Ukrainian battalions, and now the EU has followed up by imposing more sanctions. Some brief questions off the back of this: 1. What does this tell you about who are the real aggressors in this conflict? 2. How blind would you need to be […]

Dmytro Yarosh and the Tragedy of UK and US Foreign Policy

Here’s something I wrote in my post earlier today about Petro Poroshenko’s part in the Minsk talks: “I don’t believe Passport Pete believes this will bring lasting peace either. The fact is he was pressured by Merkel and Hollande to agree to this, yet if he were to seriously set about implementing the terms of the agreement, he knows he may as well go and buy himself a length of rope to prepare for his lynching. He knows that there is […]

Will Minsk Bring Peace?

So what to make of the marathon talks at Minsk? Will they bring peace? Were there any “winners”? Were there any “losers”? I have to confess that I have no great expectations that this agreement will bring lasting peace, for a number of reasons: 1. The first is that the four powers – Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine – signed nothing whatsoever. Contrary to the way this is being reported in the mainstream media, not one of these parties actually […]

Passport Pete

Standing on stage at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Petro Poroshenko provided new and incontrovertible evidence of the presence of the regular Russian army in Ukraine: “I take with me the passports and military ID of Russian soldiers, Russian officers who come to us. This is the best evidence for the aggression and for the presence of Russian troops.” Sadly, Mr Poroshenko’s solemn claims have been held up to ridicule on social media, some insidious examples of which appear […]

You Don’t Get it Angela: WE WANT WAR

I’m still in two minds what to make of Angela Merkel’s and Francois Hollands’s trip to Moscow on Friday. On the one hand, I simply don’t trust either of them enough to think that they are genuinely seeking peace. Why? Because since the start of this conflict, the two of them have known full well how this started, who was behind the violent coup, the calibre of people who gained power in Kiev, the neo-Nazi battalions, the constant bombardment of […]

Obama the Reckless

Robert Parry, the journalist that broke the Iran contra scandal back in the 80s, has been magnificent in his determination over the past year to expose the true story behind what has happened in Ukraine. I strongly recommend his latest piece, in which he gives a great summary of the real story behind all these events, and shows just how reckless Barack O’Bomber has been, to the point that unlike any of his predecessors, he seems to be prepared to […]

The End of the Kiev Junta?

Almost a year on from the illegal coup which toppled the elected government of Ukraine, I think the days of the Kiev junta are numbered. The President, Petro Poroshenko, who took the decision after coming to power last year to carry on the war which had been started by the acting President, Oleksandr Turchynov, now finds himself between a very hard rock and very rocky hard place. On the one hand, his army has been suffering catastrophic losses, after he took the […]

Obama Admits: I did it. It was me! Well Almost!

In a rare moment of candour, President Barack O’Bomber yesterday said the following in an interview with CNN: “And since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine — not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan and [Ukraine’s then-President Viktor] Yanukovych then fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” Well, well, well. Of course this doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been seriously following the conflict. The arch neocon, […]

It’s Not for Nothing that Poroshenko is Known as Porky

On January 21st, President Poroshenko of Ukraine spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos and claimed that Russia had sent 9,000 troops into the country. This was not the first time that a member of his government has made a claim of a Russian invasion. Nor was it the first time that this transparent lie has been repeated by Western media and governments. For a fairly comprehensive list of invasions that turned out to be non-invasions, see here. How do we know […]

US Special Forces in Ukraine? Out of my Face Please!

So after months of claiming a Russian invasion of Ukraine (laughable when you consider what a real Russian invasion of Ukraine would look like), without so much as a satellite picture of those thousands of Ruskies and their mass of equipment that are allegedly there, at last here is indisputable evidence that some foreign forces are operating in the country. Except that they happen to be … ahem … Western forces. Where is this guy from? Sounds American to me […]

Gun. Foot. Shoot. Bang. Ouch!

If you have a neighbour, and he supplies you with goods which you cannot do without, and which you cannot produce yourself, it would be good to try and remain on good terms with him, right? It wouldn’t be very clever to poke him and prod him, make up false stories about his intentions, and equate him with some of the worst people in history, would it? That would be very foolish and it’s possible that after suffering enough indignities at your hand, one day he might […]

Marie Harf’s Amazing Powers of Omniscience and Amnesia

12 people are killed in an attack on a bus in Volnovakha, in the Donetsk Region. There is not enough information to know who did it. The OSCE says it cannot even identify what type of weapon or weapons were used, let alone who was responsible and calls for an investigation. But why bother with an investigation when the folks who told you what happened to MH17 within minutes of its crashing (though they’ve still yet to share the satellite photos they’ve got, […]

Another Contender for Most Absurd Statement of 2015

Two days into the new year, I wrote here about what I considered would easily go down as the most absurd statement of the year uttered by someone in the public eye. Just to remind you, that statement was made by Pierre Moscovici, an EU Commissioner for economic affairs who claimed that in joining the Euro, the people of Lithuania were: “Choosing to be part of an area of stability, security and prosperity.” It seems that I may have been a little […]

Now Where Have I Seen Torchlight Parades Like That Before?

Whilst many of you were seeing in the new year, this was going on in Kiev. Somehow it reminds me of this. Actually, the BBC article in the link above should be framed. This is pretty much the closest that the BBC has come to admitting the existence of extreme nationalism in Ukraine and the part it played in toppling the democratically elected leader, Viktor Yanukovych, in February last year. Yet although this is welcome, their report is still seriously deficient […]

Petro Poroshenko: Peaceman or Psalm52man?

If you have believed the mainstream media that Putin is the new Hitler, and that we in the West are supporting the good guys in Ukraine, you may be surprised by this short excerpt from a speech made by Petro Poroshenko in Odessa, just prior to the parliamentary elections. Here he clearly sets out his diabolical intentions for the people of the South East of the country of which he is apparently President, and I have to say he does […]

Two Children Dead. But Who Did It?

Here is an extract from a typical report on the BBC, reporting on a recent incident in Ukraine. You can read the whole report here: “Two teenagers died and four were wounded when an artillery shell hit a school playing field as they played football in eastern Ukraine. The attack in Donetsk came as both sides in the Ukrainian conflict accused each other of tearing up a peace deal. A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 5 September, although hundreds […]

That’s Really Funny Chuck

The US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is apparently fed up with his current job and is looking to set himself up as a funnyman. Chuck Hagel is a good name for a comedian. In a particularly belligerent speech this Wednesday, Mr Hagel followed in the footsteps of his boss, Mr O’Bomber, who recently went to the UN to tell the world that the three biggest threats to the world are: 1) Ebola 2) Russia 3) ISIS Mr Hagel also […]

As Far as East is From West

Because some people believe much of what they read in the mainstream media, and because the mainstream media portray Vladimir Putin as a crazy insane madman who wants to revive the Soviet Union, build Gulags and probably destroy the world, there are many people out there who think Vladimir Putin is a crazy insane madman who wants to revive the Soviet Union, build Gulags and probably destroy the world. Meanwhile in the West, our leaders are portrayed as calm and rational […]

A Couple of Helpful Articles on the Defining Crisis of the 21st Century

I seem to be writing about Ukraine all the time. I promise I will write about some other issues shortly. However, my reason for doing so is that I believe this crisis to be the defining crisis of the 21st Century so far. It is something that has been brewing at least as far back as 1991, and in many ways all the way back to Otto von Bismarck in the 19th Century. It is also something that may well define the shape […]

Invasion, Incursion or Invention?

The Western-backed Kiev government found themselves facing a big problem last week. After weeks of telling the Western mainstream media that they were winning their so-called “war on terror”, it became obvious last week that actually they were losing, and losing rather badly. Until a couple of weeks ago, the Eastern militia were fighting what was essentially a defensive war against the Kiev regime, who have been raining down heavy artillery on civilian areas of the East, in what looks suspiciously like an attempt at ethnic cleansing the East of […]

A Prayer for our Lying Leaders

So the white trucks which we were all meant to fear meant an impending invasion of Ukraine by Russia turned out to contain what? Armoured Personnel Carriers? Missile launchers? ManPads? Well, no they contained aid to the people of Luhansk, much needed since they have been bombed to smithereens by the neo-Nazi junta in Kiev. What are we to make of the claims of invasion from the West? Even the most naïve and uninformed person getting their news from the mainstream media must be getting […]

The European Union: The Squirrel Nutkin of Geopolitics

If you haven’t read Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin story, you really ought. The story begins with Nutkin and his fellow squirrels crossing over to an island to gather nuts for the winter. The “governor” of the island is an aged and very respectable owl called Old Brown, and the squirrels seek his permission to gather nuts by bringing him an offering — mice, moles, minnows — every day. All, that is, except Squirrel Nutkin. Whilst the rest of the squirrels […]

Putin’s Real Missile: Aimed Right at the Heart of the EU

So after nine rounds of sanctions against the Russian Federation, the European Union is now waking up to the implications of the first round of retaliatory sanctions. It is clear that they are none too happy. What have Russia done? They have banned imports of certain foodstuffs from those countries that have imposed sanctions on them, for a period of one year. This includes the import of beef, pork, poultry, meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, cheese, milk, and dairy products […]