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FTR #803 Walkin’ The Snake in Ukraine

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [1] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

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Side 1 [2]  Side 2 [3]

This descrip­tion con­tains infor­ma­tion not includ­ed in the orig­i­nal broad­cast.

Intro­duc­tion: The ongo­ing, Orwellian cov­er­age of the civ­il war result­ing from the OUN/B‑derived coup in Ukraine is ana­lyzed in terms of the Nazi tract Ser­pen­t’s Walk, a book we feel is far more than just a nov­el. In that book the SS go under­ground (true [4]), build up their eco­nom­ic mus­cle (true) [5] and buy into the “opin­ion-form­ing media” (true [6].) Fol­low­ing a series of ter­ror­ist attacks on the U.S. involv­ing WMD’s, mar­tial law is decalred and the Under­ground Reich, which has infil­trat­ed the mil­i­tary, takes over the Unit­ed States.

In this pro­gram we note that OUN/B ele­ments are at the fore­front in the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of events in Ukraine to the gen­er­al pub­lic, there­by manip­u­lat­ing puplic opinin in the very man­ner that Ser­pen­t’s Walk details.

(We have cov­ered the ascen­sion of the OUN/B heirs in the Ukraine in a num­ber of pro­grams: FTR #‘s 777 [7]778 [8]779 [9]780 [10]781 [11]782 [12], 783 [13]784 [14]794 [15]800 [16].)

Almost obscured is the fact that a Pravy Sek­tor ban­ner was flown from the Inte­ri­or Min­istry build­ing in Slovyan­sk after its cap­ture by pro-gov­ern­ment forces. A tweet from a BBC jour­nal­ist [17]dis­clos­es that infor­ma­tion.

Exem­plary of the manip­u­la­tion of pub­lic opin­ion is the uncrit­i­cal cov­er­age [18] of Swo­bo­da mem­ber Andriy Paru­biy, the high­est rank­ing defense offi­cial in Ukraine. He is quot­ed at length, in an author­i­ta­tive con­text on the con­flict, with no com­ment on the fact that he is a Nazi.

We should not be sur­prised that the Pravy Sek­tor ban­ner should fly over the Inte­ri­or Min­istry build­ing in Slovyan­sk after its cap­ture by pro-gov­ern­ment forces. The Ukrain­ian Inte­ri­or Min­istry mus­tered the Azov Bat­tal­ion, which, despite the Min­istry’s denials, is obvi­ous­ly Nazi [19] in char­ac­ter.

Before vis­it­ing the sub­ject of the downed Malaysian Air­lines plane, we recap some of the his­tor­i­cal ele­ments [20] of the evo­lu­tion and ascen­sion of the OUN/B suc­ces­sor gov­ern­ment in Ukraine.

The down­ing of the Malaysian air­lin­er takes place against the back­ground of unre­strained [21], all-out war­fare [22] by the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment against the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion of East­ern Ukraine.

Although are media are uncrit­i­cal­ly accept­ing the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­men­t’s asser­tion that sep­a­ratists (with Russ­ian back­ing) brought down the plane, the coura­geous Robert Par­ry [23] is report­ing that U.S. recon­nais­sance satel­lites [24] may well have record­ed Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment forces [25] fir­ing the fatal mis­sile.

The “Go-To-Guy” for much of world polit­i­cal and jour­nal­is­tic opin­ion in the down­ing of the Malaysian air­lin­er is Michael [“Mykhai­lo”] Boci­urkiw, head of the OSCE’s Spe­cial Mon­i­tor­ing Mis­sion in Ukraine. [26]

Boci­urkiw is a for­mer assis­tant edi­tor [27] for the Ukrain­ian Week­ly [28], which man­i­fests a def­i­nite pro-OUN/B [29], anti-OSI stance.

Boci­urkiw also net­works [30] with a Malaysian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood [31] nexus with evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries run­ning in the direc­tion of the polit­i­cal milieu under­ly­ing the “dis­ap­pear­ance” [32] of Malaysian Air­lines Flight 370. That same net­work also over­laps the Al-Taqwa milieu impli­cat­ed in the jihadist activ­i­ty in Chech­nya [33] and else­where in the Cau­ca­sus [34], as well as the Boston Marathon bomb­ing [35].

Pro­gram High­lights Include: The fact that Russ­ian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s flight [36] flew through rough­ly the same air­space as MH 17, rough­ly a half-hour ear­li­er; the fact that the SA-11 “BUK” mis­sile sys­tem requires a seper­ate radar track­ing vehi­cle [37] to oper­ate properly–there is no indi­ca­tion that the seper­atists have such a vehi­cle; review of John Lof­tus’ work [38] head­ing the OSI (rou­tine­ly dis­par­aged in the Ukrain­ian Week­ly); review of Anwar Ibrahim’s links to both the Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute of Islam­ic Thought [39] and Zaharie Shah [40], the pilot of Malaysian Air­lines Flight 370 [41]; the pres­ence of a large con­tin­gent of AIDS researchers [42] on MH 17; links between Michael Boci­urki­w’s Malaysian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood net­work­ers and the Nation of Islam [43]; the unlike­ly coin­ci­dence of Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jong [44], who was booked to fly on both Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370 and MH 17.

1a. Ser­pen­t’s Walk sum­ma­rizes its the­sis on the back cov­er:

Ser­pen­t’s Walk by “Ran­dolph D. Calver­hall;” Copy­right 1991 [SC]; Nation­al Van­guard Books; 0–937944-05‑X; Notes from back cov­er. [45]

. . . . It assumes that Hitler’s war­rior elite — the SS — did­n’t give up their strug­gle for a White world when they lost the Sec­ond World War. Instead their sur­vivors went under­ground and adopt­ed some of their tac­tics of their ene­mies: they began build­ing their eco­nom­ic mus­cle and buy­ing into the opin­ion-form­ing media. A cen­tu­ry after the war they are ready to chal­lenge the democ­rats and Jews for the hearts and minds of White Amer­i­cans, who have begun to have their fill of gov­ern­ment-enforced mul­ti-cul­tur­al­ism and ‘equal­i­ty.’

1b. The broad­cast address­es the shap­ing of pub­lic opin­ion in such a way as to sway the pub­lic to a fascist/Nazi view­point.

Ser­pen­t’s Walk by “Ran­dolph D. Calver­hall;” Copy­right 1991 [SC]; Nation­al Van­guard Books; 0–937944-05‑X; pp. 42–44. [45]

. . . . Hell, if you can con granny into buy­ing Sug­ar Turds instead of Bran Farts, then why can’t you swing pub­lic opin­ion over to a cause as vital and impor­tant as ours?’ . . . In any case, we’re slow­ly replac­ing those neg­a­tive images with oth­ers: the ‘Good Bad Guy’ rou­tine’ . . . ‘What do you think of Jesse James? John Dillinger? Julius Cae­sar? Genghis Khan?’ . . . The real­i­ty may have been rough, but there’s a sort of glit­ter about most of those dudes: mean hon­chos but respectable. It’s all how you pack­age it. Opin­ion is a godamned com­mod­i­ty!’ . . . It works with any­body . . . Give it time. Aside from the media, we’ve been buy­ing up pri­vate schools . . . and help­ing some pub­lic ones through phil­an­thropic foun­da­tions . . . and work­ing on the church­es and the Born Agains. . . .

2. High­light­ing an impor­tant fact, delib­er­ate­ly omit­ted by our media, a BBC jour­nal­ist not­ed a Pravy Sek­tor flag fly­ing over Slovyan­sk, short­ly after the city was “lib­er­at­ed” by Ukrain­ian pro-gov­ern­ment forces.

“Pravyi Sektor/Ukrainian Insur­gent Army (red & black) flag was fly­ing from Inte­rior Min. build­ing in #Slovyan­sk [46] today. Dan­ger­ous & wor­ry­ing— Will Ver­non (@BBCWillVernon) July 7, 2014 [17]

3.The Ukrain­ian defense estab­lish­ment is still head­ed by Andriy Paru­biy of Swo­bo­da. Our media quote him in a lengthy, author­i­ta­tive way, with no com­ment what­so­ev­er on the nature of his Nazi affil­i­a­tion.

“Ukraine Mil­i­tary Finds Its Foot­ing Against Pro-Russ­ian Rebels” by David M. Her­szen­horn; The New York Times; 7/7/2014. [18]

. . . .  “I am con­vinced that there are many oth­er coun­tries which are not ready — prop­er­ly speak­ing, their armed forces are not ready, are unpre­pared, for this type of war,” Mr. Paru­biy said in an inter­view last week. “We, of course, stud­ied the expe­ri­ence of both Croa­t­ia and Israel, but here a lot of new fea­tures are added. And, if Rus­sia sees that this expe­ri­ence is suc­cess­ful, this expe­ri­ence can very eas­i­ly be used in any Baltic coun­tries, and even in Belarus and Kaza­khstan.”

Mr. Paru­biy invoked Igor Girkin, a Russ­ian mil­i­tary intel­li­gence offi­cer who has been a com­man­der of the insur­rec­tion in east­ern Ukraine, under the name of Igor Strelkov. “If we do not stop Putin here,” Mr. Paru­biy said, “nobody knows where his Girkins will appear next.”

In the inter­view, Mr. Paru­biy laid his hands on a table and, exhal­ing in dis­gust, described the paral­y­sis of the ini­tial response to the insur­gency.

“The key tac­tic of Russ­ian sabo­teurs is: Cap­ture a build­ing, sta­tion an armed gar­ri­son there and have a pick­et around, most­ly Com­mu­nists, who would pro­vide a human shield,” he said, offer­ing an exam­ple he wit­nessed. “They had it this way in Luhan­sk. There is a five-sto­ry build­ing where each win­dow is a fir­ing spot and, right next to the build­ing, are 500 peo­ple — a pick­et.

“When we tell Alpha, a spe­cial unit of the S.B.U., whose pur­pose is to fight ter­ror­ists, to enter the build­ing and con­duct the oper­a­tion, they tell us, ‘Take away the peo­ple because the oper­a­tion can only be con­duct­ed when we are able to enter with­out a scuf­fle with civil­ians,’ ” he said. “When we tell the inte­ri­or troops to make a cor­ri­dor and drag away civil­ians, they say, ‘How can we do that when ter­ror­ists in win­dows point guns at us? We’re not able to ful­fill this task.’ ”

The mil­i­tary was so under­fi­nanced that the gov­ern­ment issued a plea for dona­tions from cit­i­zens. Some of the country’s rich­est busi­ness­men used their per­son­al for­tunes to cre­ate mili­tias that are now effec­tive­ly part of a new nation­al guard.

“As one col­league from the Unit­ed States said, we have to repair a plane dur­ing flight,” Mr. Paru­biy said. . . . .

4. Next, we present an arti­cle about a trend that may well inten­si­fy the fight­ing: for­eign neo-Nazis [47] con­tin­ue to swell the ranks of the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary for­ma­tions. The neo-Nazi Azov Bat­tal­ion was formed and armed by the inte­rior min­istry, and the bat­tal­ion leader is also the leader of the “Social Nation­al Assem­bly.” We are informed by the inte­ri­or min­istry, is NOT a neo-Nazi group, even though it pro­claims that it’s fight to “lib­er­ate the White Race” and wants to severe­ly pun­ish inter­ra­cial con­tacts. The min­istry assured us that there are no for­eign fight­ers nor any neo-Nazis any­where to be seen.

“Ukraine Con­flict: ‘White pow­er’ War­rior from Swe­den” by Dina New­man; BBC News; 7/16/2014. [19]

The appear­ance of far-right activists, both for­eign and home-grown, among the Ukrain­ian vol­un­teers fight­ing in east Ukraine is caus­ing unease.

Mikael Skillt is a Swedish sniper, with sev­en years’ expe­ri­ence in the Swedish Army and the Swedish Nation­al Guard. He is cur­rently fight­ing with the Azov Bat­tal­ion, a pro-Ukrain­ian vol­un­teer armed group in east­ern Ukraine. He is known to be dan­ger­ous to the rebels: report­edly there is a boun­ty of near­ly $7,000 (£4,090; 5,150 euros) on his head.

In a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion from an undis­closed loca­tion, Mr Skillt told me more about his duties: “I have at least three pur­poses in the Azov Bat­tal­ion: I am a com­man­der of a small recon­nais­sance unit, I am also a sniper, and some­times I work as a spe­cial coor­di­na­tor for clear­ing hous­es and going into civil­ian areas.”

As to his polit­i­cal views, Mr Skillt prefers to call him­self a nation­al­ist, but in fact his views are typ­i­cal of a neo-Nazi.

“It’s all about how you see it,” he says. “I would be an idiot if I said I did not want to see sur­vival of white peo­ple. After World War Two, the vic­tors wrote their his­tory. They decid­ed that it’s always a bad thing to say I am white and I am proud.” [Com­pare this with the notes on the back cov­er of Ser­pen­t’s Walk cov­ered in item #1, as well as the excerpt in item #2–D.E.]

‘One stray lib­er­al’

Mr Skillt believes races should not mix. He says the Jews are not white and should not mix with white peo­ple. His next project is to go fight for Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-Assad because he believes Mr Assad is stand­ing up to “inter­na­tional Zion­ism”.

Not all of Mr Skillt’s views are wide­ly shared in the Azov Bat­tal­ion, which is about 300-strong in total.

He says his com­rades do not dis­cuss pol­i­tics much, though some of them may be “nation­al social­ists” and may wear swastikas. On the oth­er hand, “there is even one lib­eral, though I don’t know how he got there”, he adds, with a smile in his voice.

Mr Skillt says there is only a hand­ful of for­eign fight­ers in the Azov Bat­tal­ion and they do not get paid. “They see it as a good thing, to come and fight,” he explains. How­ever, Mr Skillt is expect­ing more for­eign­ers to join soon: he says there is now a recruiter who is look­ing for “seri­ous fight­ers” from out­side Ukraine.

The key fig­ures in the Azov Bat­tal­ion are its com­man­der, Andriy Bilet­sky, and his deputy, Ihor Mosiy­chuk.

Andriy Bilet­sky is also the leader of a Ukrain­ian organ­i­sa­tion called the Social Nation­al Assem­bly. Its aims are stat­ed in one of their online pub­li­ca­tions:

* “to pre­pare Ukraine for fur­ther expan­sion and to strug­gle for the lib­er­a­tion of the entire White Race from the dom­i­na­tion of the inter­na­tion­al­ist spec­u­la­tive cap­i­tal”

* “to pun­ish severe­ly sex­ual per­ver­sions and any inter­ra­cial con­tacts that lead to the extinc­tion of the white man”

This, accord­ing to experts, is a typ­i­cal neo-Nazi nar­ra­tive.

‘For­eign jour­nal­ists’

The Azov Bat­tal­ion was formed and armed by Ukraine’s inte­rior min­istry. A min­is­te­r­ial advis­er, Anton Gerashchenko, got angry when I asked him if the bat­tal­ion had any neo-Nazi links through the Social Nation­al Assem­bly.

“The Social Nation­al Assem­bly is not a neo-Nazi organ­i­sa­tion,” he said.

“It is a par­ty of Ukrain­ian patri­ots who are giv­ing their lives while the rich Euro­peans are only talk­ing about sup­port­ing Ukraine. When, may I ask, will Eng­lish peo­ple come here and help us fight ter­ror­ists sent by Russia’s Pres­i­dent [Vladimir] Putin, instead of lec­tur­ing us on our moral val­ues or people’s polit­i­cal affil­i­a­tions?”

Mr Gerashchenko was adamant, how­ever, that there were no for­eign cit­i­zens fight­ing in the Azov Bat­tal­ion.

“There are for­eign jour­nal­ists, from Swe­den, Spain and Italy, who have come to report on the hero­ic achieve­ments of the fight­ers in their strug­gle against ter­ror­ism,” he said.

He insist­ed he had nev­er heard of Mikael Skillt, the Swedish sniper. . . .


5. A Pan­do Dai­ly sto­ry notes the extent of the car­nage in the Ukrain­ian civ­il war, as well as the omis­sion by our news media of key details.

“The Fog of Twit­ter: Ukraine’s Civ­il War and the Lim­its of Social News Gath­er­ing” by Yasha Levine; Pan­do Dai­ly; 7/3/2014. [21]

Just in case you missed it, there’s a real fuck­ing civ­il war rag­ing in East­ern Ukraine. On July 2, a day after new­ly elect­ed bil­lion­aire Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko called off a cease­fire, res­i­den­tial areas in sev­er­al towns and vil­lages [48] in the Lugan­sk and Don­estk regions came under intense shelling and air bom­bard­ment.

The town of Slavyan­sk, which has seen a lot of fight­ing, was shelled. The Ukrain­ian Air Force bombed the vil­lage of Stanyt­sia Luhan­s­ka. The attack oblit­er­at­ed an entire res­i­den­tial area, shred­ding hous­es, peo­ple and pets, and lit­ter­ing the area with pieces of intestines [49], toes and cats — yes, dead [50] kit­ties. There are sev­er­al very graph­ic videos of the after­math — faces of death [51] deliv­ered to YouTube for glob­al view­ing with­in a few dozen min­utes of it hap­pen­ing.

Here’s one of the less graph­ic videos from strike on Stanyt­sia Luhan­s­ka, where at least 10 peo­ple were killed and many more injured. . . .

. . . . But you wouldn’t know any of this from the U.S. news media, which has been soft-cen­sor­ing and white­wash­ing any­thing that could show the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment in a bad light from the very begin­ning of the con­flict. The New York Times allud­ed to yesterday’s”ground assaults and air bom­bard­ments” and mum­bled some­thing about “civil­ian casu­al­ties” — but made it unclear who was doing the shoot­ing or the dying. Oth­er news­pa­pers are equal­ly mum on Ukraine’s attack on Ukrain­ian civil­ians. Mean­while, US cable net­work news pre­tends none of this even exists.

For its part, the U.S. State Depart­ment praised Ukraine’s “restraint [52]” and accused Rus­sia of exag­ger­at­ing [53] — if not being behind — the attacks on civil­ians. . . . .

6. A Nation arti­cle fur­ther devel­ops the silence sur­round­ing what is tak­ing place in Ukraine.

“The Silence of Amer­i­can Hawks About Kiev’s Atroc­i­ties” by Stephen F. Cohen; [20]The Nation; 6/30/2014. [20]

The regime has repeat­edly car­ried out artillery and air attacks on city cen­ters, cre­at­ing a human­i­tar­ian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US polit­i­cal-media estab­lish­ment.

For weeks, the US-backed regime in Kiev has been com­mit­ting atroc­i­ties against its own cit­i­zens in south­east­ern Ukraine, regions heav­ily pop­u­lated by Russ­ian-speak­ing Ukraini­ans and eth­nic Rus­sians. While vic­tim­iz­ing a grow­ing num­ber of inno­cent peo­ple, includ­ing chil­dren, and degrad­ing America’s rep­u­ta­tion, these mil­i­tary assaults on cities, cap­tured on video, are gen­er­at­ing pres­sure in Rus­sia on Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin to “save our com­pa­tri­ots.”

The reac­tion of the Oba­ma administration—as well as the new cold-war hawks in Con­gress and in the estab­lish­ment media—has been twofold: silence inter­rupted only by occa­sional state­ments excus­ing and thus encour­ag­ing more atroc­i­ties by Kiev. Very few Amer­i­cans (notably, the inde­pen­dent schol­ar Gor­don Hahn) have protest­ed this shame­ful com­plic­ity. We may hon­or­ably dis­agree about the caus­es and res­o­lu­tion of the Ukrain­ian cri­sis, the worst US-Russ­ian con­fronta­tion in decades, but not about deeds that are ris­ing to the lev­el of war crimes, if they have not already done so.

* * *

In mid-April, the new Kiev gov­ern­ment, pre­dom­i­nantly west­ern Ukrain­ian in com­po­si­tion and out­look, declared an “anti-ter­ror­ist oper­a­tion” against a grow­ing polit­i­cal rebel­lion in the South­east. At that time, the rebels were most­ly mim­ic­k­ing the ini­tial Maid­an protests in Kiev in 2013—demonstrating, issu­ing defi­ant procla­ma­tions, occu­py­ing pub­lic build­ings and erect­ing defen­sive barricades—before Maid­an turned rag­ingly vio­lent and, in Feb­ru­ary, over­threw Ukraine’s cor­rupt but legit­i­mately elect­ed pres­i­dent, Vik­tor Yanukovych. (The entire Maid­an episode, it will be recalled, had Washington’s enthu­si­as­tic polit­i­cal, and per­haps more tan­gi­ble, sup­port.) Indeed, the prece­dent for seiz­ing offi­cial build­ings and demand­ing the alle­giance of local author­i­ties had been set even ear­lier, in Jan­u­ary, in west­ern Ukraine—by pro-Maid­an, anti-Yanukovych pro­test­ers, some declar­ing “inde­pen­dence” from his gov­ern­ment.

Con­sid­er­ing those pre­ced­ing events, but above all the country’s pro­found his­tor­i­cal divi­sions, par­tic­u­larly between its west­ern and east­ern regions—ethnic, lin­guis­tic, reli­gious, cul­tural, eco­nomic and political—the rebel­lion in the south­east, cen­tered in the indus­trial Don­bass, was not sur­pris­ing. Nor were its protests against the uncon­sti­tu­tional way (in effect, a coup) the new gov­ern­ment had come to pow­er, the southeast’s sud­den loss of effec­tive polit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the cap­i­tal and the real prospect of offi­cial dis­crim­i­na­tion. But by declar­ing an “anti-ter­ror­ist oper­a­tion” against the new pro­test­ers, Kiev sig­naled its inten­tion to “destroy” them, not nego­ti­ate with them.

On May 2, in this incen­di­ary atmos­phere, a hor­rific event occurred in the south­ern city of Odessa, awak­en­ing mem­o­ries of Nazi Ger­man exter­mi­na­tion squads in Ukraine and oth­er Sovi­et republics dur­ing World War II. An orga­nized pro-Kiev mob chased pro­test­ers into a build­ing, set it on fire and tried to block the exits. Some forty peo­ple, per­haps many more, per­ished in the flames or were mur­dered as they fled the infer­no. A still unknown num­ber of oth­er vic­tims were seri­ously injured.

Mem­bers of the infa­mous Right Sec­tor, a far-right para­mil­i­tary orga­ni­za­tion ide­o­log­i­cally aligned with the ultra­na­tion­al­ist Svo­boda par­ty, itself a con­stituent part of Kiev’s coali­tion gov­ern­ment, led the mob. Both are fre­quently char­ac­ter­ized by knowl­edge­able observers as “neo-fas­cist” move­ments. (Hate­ful eth­nic chants by the mob were audi­ble, and swasti­ka-like sym­bols were found on the scorched build­ing.) Kiev alleged that the vic­tims had them­selves acci­den­tally start­ed the fire, but eye­wit­nesses, tele­vi­sion footage and social media videos told the true sto­ry, as they have about sub­se­quent atroc­i­ties.

Instead of inter­pret­ing the Odessa mas­sacre as an imper­a­tive for restraint, Kiev inten­si­fied its “anti-ter­ror­ist oper­a­tion.” Since May, the regime has sent a grow­ing num­ber of armored per­son­nel car­ri­ers, tanks, artillery, heli­copter gun­ships and war­planes to south­east­ern cities, among them, Slovyan­sk (Slavyan­sk in Russ­ian), Mar­i­upol, Kras­noarmeisk, Kram­a­torsk, Donet­sk and Luhan­sk (Lugan­sk in Russ­ian). When its reg­u­lar mil­i­tary units and local police forces turned out to be less than effec­tive, will­ing or loy­al, Kiev hasti­ly mobi­lized Right Sec­tor and oth­er rad­i­cal nation­al­ist mili­tias respon­si­ble for much of the vio­lence at Maid­an into a Nation­al Guard to accom­pany reg­u­lar detachments—partly to rein­force them, part­ly, it seems, to enforce Kiev’s com­mands. Zeal­ous, bare­ly trained and drawn most­ly from cen­tral and west­ern regions, Kiev’s new recruits have report­edly esca­lated the eth­nic war­fare and killing of inno­cent civil­ians. (Episodes described as “mas­sacres” soon also occurred in Mar­i­upol and Kram­a­torsk.)

Ini­tially, the “anti-ter­ror­ist” cam­paign was lim­ited pri­mar­ily, though not only, to rebel check­points on the out­skirts of cities. Since May, how­ever, Kiev has repeat­edly car­ried out artillery and air attacks on city cen­ters that have struck res­i­den­tial build­ings, shop­ping malls, parks, schools, kinder­gartens and hos­pi­tals, par­tic­u­larly in Slovyan­sk and Luhan­sk. More and more urban areas, neigh­bor­ing towns and even vil­lages now look and sound like war zones, with tell­tale rub­ble, destroyed and pock­marked build­ings, man­gled vehi­cles, the dead and wound­ed in streets, wail­ing mourn­ers and cry­ing chil­dren. Con­flict­ing infor­ma­tion from Kiev, local resis­tance lead­ers and Moscow make it impos­si­ble to esti­mate the num­ber of dead and wound­ed noncombatants—certainly hun­dreds. The num­ber con­tin­ues to grow due also to Kiev’s block­ade of cities where essen­tial med­i­cines, food, water, fuel and elec­tric­ity are scarce, and where wages and pen­sions are often no longer being paid. The result is an emerg­ing human­i­tar­ian cat­a­stro­phe.

Anoth­er effect is clear. Kiev’s “anti-ter­ror­ist” tac­tics have cre­ated a reign of ter­ror in the tar­geted cities. Pan­icked by shells and mor­tars explod­ing on the ground, men­ac­ing heli­copters and planes fly­ing above and fear of what may come next, fam­i­lies are seek­ing sanc­tu­ary in base­ments and oth­er dark­ened shel­ters. Even The New York Times, which like the main­stream Amer­i­can media gen­er­ally has delet­ed the atroc­i­ties from its cov­er­age, described sur­vivors in Slovyan­sk “as if liv­ing in the Mid­dle Ages.” Mean­while, an ever-grow­ing num­ber of refugees, dis­pro­por­tion­ately women and trau­ma­tized chil­dren, have been flee­ing across the bor­der into Rus­sia. In late June, the UN esti­mated that as many as 110,000 Ukraini­ans had already fled to Rus­sia and about half that many to oth­er Ukrain­ian sanc­tu­ar­ies.

It is true, of course, that anti-Kiev rebels in these regions are increas­ingly well-armed (though lack­ing the government’s arse­nal of heavy and air­borne weapons), orga­nized and aggres­sive, no doubt with some Russ­ian assis­tance, whether offi­cially sanc­tioned or not. But call­ing them­selves “self-defense” fight­ers is not wrong. They did not begin the com­bat; their land is being invad­ed and assault­ed by a gov­ern­ment whose polit­i­cal legit­i­macy is arguably no greater than their own, two of their large regions hav­ing vot­ed over­whelm­ingly for auton­omy ref­er­enda; and, unlike actu­al ter­ror­ists, they have not com­mit­ted acts of war out­side their own com­mu­ni­ties. The French adage sug­gested by an Amer­i­can observ­er seems applic­a­ble: “This ani­mal is very dan­ger­ous. If attacked, it defends itself.”

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Among the cru­cial ques­tions rarely dis­cussed in the US polit­i­cal-media estab­lish­ment: What is the role of the “neo-fas­cist” fac­tor in Kiev’s “anti-ter­ror­ist” ide­ol­ogy and mil­i­tary oper­a­tions? Putin’s posi­tion, at least until recently—that the entire Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment is a “neo-fas­cist junta”—is incor­rect. Many mem­bers of the rul­ing coali­tion and its par­lia­men­tary major­ity are aspir­ing Euro­pean-style democ­rats or mod­er­ate nation­al­ists. This may also be true of Ukraine’s new­ly elect­ed pres­i­dent, the oli­garch Petro Poroshenko. Equal­ly untrue, how­ever, are claims by Kiev’s Amer­i­can apol­o­gists, includ­ing even some aca­d­e­mics and lib­eral intel­lec­tu­als, that Ukraine’s neo-fascists—or per­haps quasi-fascists—are mere­ly agi­tated nation­al­ists, “gar­den-vari­ety Euro-pop­ulists,” a “dis­trac­tion” or lack enough pop­u­lar sup­port to be sig­nif­i­cant.

Inde­pen­dent West­ern schol­ars have doc­u­mented the fas­cist ori­gins, con­tem­po­rary ide­ol­ogy and declar­a­tive sym­bols of Svo­boda and its fel­low-trav­el­ing Right Sec­tor. Both move­ments glo­rify Ukraine’s mur­der­ous Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors in World War II as inspi­ra­tional ances­tors. Both, to quote Svoboda’s leader Oleh Tyah­ny­bok, call for an eth­ni­cally pure nation purged of the “Moscow-Jew­ish mafia” and “oth­er scum,” includ­ing homo­sex­u­als, fem­i­nists and polit­i­cal left­ists. And both hailed the Odessa mas­sacre. Accord­ing to the web­site of Right Sec­tor leader Dmytro Yarosh, it was “anoth­er bright day in our nation­al his­tory.” A Svo­boda par­lia­men­tary deputy added, “Bra­vo, Odessa…. Let the Dev­ils burn in hell.” If more evi­dence is need­ed, in Decem­ber 2012, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment decried Svoboda’s “racist, anti-Semit­ic and xeno­pho­bic views [that] go against the EU’s fun­da­men­tal val­ues and prin­ci­ples.” In 2013, the World Jew­ish Con­gress denounced Svo­boda as “neo-Nazi.” Still worse, observers agree that Right Sec­tor is even more extrem­ist.

Nor do elec­toral results tell the sto­ry. Tyah­ny­bok and Yarosh togeth­er received less than 2 per­cent of the June pres­i­den­tial vote, but his­to­ri­ans know that in trau­matic times, when, to recall Yeats, “the cen­ter can­not hold,” small, deter­mined move­ments can seize the moment, as did Lenin’s Bol­she­viks and Hitler’s Nazis. Indeed, Svo­boda and Right Sec­tor already com­mand pow­er and influ­ence far exceed­ing their pop­u­lar vote. “Mod­er­ates” in the US-backed Kiev gov­ern­ment, oblig­ed to both move­ments for their vio­lence-dri­ven ascent to pow­er, and per­haps for their per­sonal safe­ty, reward­ed Svo­boda and Right Sec­tor with some five to eight (depend­ing on shift­ing affil­i­a­tions) top min­istry posi­tions, includ­ing ones over­see­ing nation­al secu­rity, mil­i­tary, pros­e­cu­to­r­ial and edu­ca­tional affairs. Still more, accord­ing to the research of Pietro Shakar­ian, a remark­able young grad­u­ate stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, Svo­boda was giv­en five gov­er­nor­ships, cov­er­ing about 20 per­cent of the coun­try. And this does not take into account the role of Right Sec­tor in the “anti-ter­ror­ist oper­a­tion.”

Nor does it con­sider the polit­i­cal main­stream­ing of fascism’s dehu­man­iz­ing ethos. In Decem­ber 2012, a Svo­boda par­lia­men­tary leader anath­e­ma­tized the Ukrain­ian-born Amer­i­can actress Mila Kunis as “a dirty kike.” Since 2013, pro-Kiev mobs and mili­tias have rou­tinely den­i­grated eth­nic Rus­sians as insects (“Col­orado bee­tles,” whose col­ors resem­ble a sacred Rus­sia orna­ment). More recent­ly, the US-picked prime min­is­ter, Arseniy Yat­senyuk, referred to resisters in the South­east as “sub­hu­mans.” His defense min­is­ter pro­posed putting them in “fil­tra­tion camps,” pend­ing depor­ta­tion, and rais­ing fears of eth­nic cleans­ing. Yulia Tymoshenko—a for­mer prime min­is­ter, tit­u­lar head of Yatsenyuk’s par­ty and run­ner-up in the May pres­i­den­tial election—was over­heard wish­ing she could “exter­mi­nate them all [Ukrain­ian Rus­sians] with atom­ic weapons.” “Ster­il­iza­tion” is among the less apoc­a­lyp­tic offi­cial mus­ings on the pur­suit of a puri­fied Ukraine.

Con­fronted with such facts, Kiev’s Amer­i­can apol­o­gists have con­jured up anoth­er ratio­nal­iza­tion. Any neo-fas­cists in Ukraine, they assure us, are far less dan­ger­ous than Putinism’s “clear aspects of fas­cism.” The alle­ga­tion is unwor­thy of seri­ous analy­sis: how­ever author­i­tar­ian Putin may be, there is noth­ing authen­ti­cally fas­cist in his ruler­ship, poli­cies, state ide­ol­ogy or per­sonal con­duct.

Indeed, equat­ing Putin with Hitler, as emi­nent Amer­i­cans from Hillary Clin­ton and Zbig­niew Brzezin­ski to George Will have done, is anoth­er exam­ple of how our new cold war­riors are reck­lessly dam­ag­ing US nation­al secu­rity in vital areas where Putin’s coop­er­a­tion is essen­tial. Look­ing ahead, would-be pres­i­dents who make such remarks can hard­ly expect to be greet­ed by an open-mind­ed Putin, whose broth­er died and father was wound­ed in the Sovi­et-Nazi war. More­over, tens of mil­lions of today’s Rus­sians whose fam­ily mem­bers were killed by actu­al fas­cists in that war will regard this defama­tion of their pop­u­lar pres­i­dent as sac­ri­lege, as they do the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by Kiev.


7. In sto­ries on suc­ces­sive days, Robert Par­ry has not­ed that a reli­able intel­li­gence infor­mant main­tains that U.S. sur­veil­lance satel­lite pho­tos appear to show the mis­sile being fired by a “Buk” mis­sile bat­tery being oper­at­ed by [pos­si­bly drunk] Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

“Air­line Hor­rors Spur New Rush to Judge­ment” by Robert Par­ry; Con­sor­tium News; 7/19/2014. [23]

. . . . Regard­ing the shoot-down of the Malaysian jet­lin­er on Thurs­day, I’m told that some CIA ana­lysts cite U.S. satel­lite recon­nais­sance pho­tos sug­gest­ing that the anti-air­craft mis­sile that brought down Flight 17 was fired by Ukrain­ian troops from a gov­ern­ment bat­tery, not by eth­nic Russ­ian rebels who have been resist­ing the regime in Kiev since elect­ed Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych was over­thrown on Feb. 22.

Accord­ing to a source briefed on the ten­ta­tive find­ings, the sol­diers man­ning the bat­tery appeared to be wear­ing Ukrain­ian uni­forms and may have been drink­ing, since what looked like beer bot­tles were scat­tered around the site. But the source added that the infor­ma­tion was still incom­plete and the ana­lysts did not rule out the pos­si­bil­i­ty of rebel respon­si­bil­i­ty. . . .

8a. Par­ry is also among the few to note the Swo­bo­da affil­i­a­tion of Andriy Paru­biy, in charge of defense mat­ters for Ukraine. U.S. pol­i­cy is behold­en unto an Under­ground Reich milieu cen­tered on the heirs to the OUN/B.

“What Did U.S. Spy Satel­lites See in Ukraine?” by Robert Par­ry; Con­sor­tium News; 7/20/2019. [24]

. . . . The dog-not-bark­ing ques­tion on the cat­a­stro­phe over Ukraine is: what did the U.S. sur­veil­lance satel­lite imagery show? It’s hard to believe that – with the atten­tion that U.S. intel­li­gence has con­cen­trat­ed on east­ern Ukraine for the past half year that the alleged truck­ing of sev­er­al large Buk anti-air­craft mis­sile sys­tems from Rus­sia to Ukraine and then back to Rus­sia didn’t show up some­where.

Yes, there are lim­i­ta­tions to what U.S. spy satel­lites can see. But the Buk mis­siles are about 16 feet long and they are usu­al­ly mount­ed on trucks or tanks. Malaysia Air­lines Flight 17 also went down dur­ing the after­noon, not at night, mean­ing the mis­sile bat­tery was not con­cealed by dark­ness.. . .

. . . . What I’ve been told by one source, who has pro­vid­ed accu­rate infor­ma­tion on sim­i­lar mat­ters in the past, is that U.S. intel­li­gence agen­cies do have detailed satel­lite images of the like­ly mis­sile bat­tery that launched the fate­ful mis­sile, but the bat­tery appears to have been under the con­trol of Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment troops dressed in what look like Ukrain­ian uni­forms.

The source said CIA ana­lysts were still not rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the troops were actu­al­ly east­ern Ukrain­ian rebels in sim­i­lar uni­forms but the ini­tial assess­ment was that the troops were Ukrain­ian sol­diers. There also was the sug­ges­tion that the sol­diers involved were undis­ci­plined and pos­si­bly drunk, since the imagery showed what looked like beer bot­tles scat­tered around the site, the source said.

Instead of press­ing for these kinds of details, the U.S. main­stream press has sim­ply passed on the pro­pa­gan­da com­ing from the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment and the U.S. State Depart­ment, includ­ing hyp­ing the fact that the Buk sys­tem is “Russ­ian-made,” a rather mean­ing­less fact that gets end­less­ly repeat­ed.

How­ev­er, to use the “Russ­ian-made” point to sug­gest that the Rus­sians must have been involved in the shoot-down is mis­lead­ing at best and clear­ly designed to influ­ence ill-informed Amer­i­cans. As the Post and oth­er news out­lets sure­ly know, the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary also oper­ates Russ­ian-made mil­i­tary sys­tems, includ­ing Buk anti-air­craft bat­ter­ies, so the man­u­fac­tur­ing ori­gin has no pro­ba­tive val­ue here.

. . . . In recog­ni­tion of the key role played by the neo-Nazis, who are ide­o­log­i­cal descen­dants of Ukrain­ian mili­tias that col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Nazi SS in World War II, the new regime gave these far-right nation­al­ists con­trol of sev­er­al min­istries, includ­ing the office of nation­al secu­ri­ty which is under the com­mand of long­time neo-Nazi activist Andriy Paru­biy.[See Consortiumnews.com’s “Ukraine, Through the US Look­ing Glass.”]

It was this same Paru­biy whom the Post writ­ers turned to seek­ing more infor­ma­tion con­demn­ing the east­ern Ukrain­ian rebels and the Rus­sians regard­ing the Malaysia Air­lines cat­a­stro­phe. Paru­biy accused the rebels in the vicin­i­ty of the crash site of destroy­ing evi­dence and con­duct­ing a cov­er-up, anoth­er theme that res­onat­ed through the MSM.

With­out both­er­ing to inform read­ers of Parubiy’s unsa­vory neo-Nazi back­ground, the Post quot­ed him as a reli­able wit­ness declar­ing: “It will be hard to con­duct a full inves­ti­ga­tion with some of the objects being tak­en away, but we will do our best.” . . .

8b. Robert Par­ry also con­tributes an arti­cle not­ing pos­si­ble “spin” on the story–that a Ukrain­ian army “defec­tor” may have fired the mis­sile.

“The Mys­tery of a Ukrain­ian Army ‘Defec­tor’ ” by Robert Par­ry; Con­sor­tium News; 7/22/2014. [25]

As the U.S. gov­ern­ment seeks to build its case blam­ing east­ern Ukrain­ian rebels and Rus­sia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Air­lines Flight 17, the evi­dence seems to be get­ting twist­ed to fit the pre­or­dained con­clu­sion, includ­ing a curi­ous expla­na­tion for why the troops sus­pect­ed of fir­ing the fate­ful mis­sile may have been wear­ing Ukrain­ian army uni­forms.

On Tues­day, main­stream jour­nal­ists, includ­ing for the Los Ange­les Times and the Wash­ing­ton Post, were giv­en a brief­ing about the U.S. intel­li­gence infor­ma­tion that sup­pos­ed­ly points the fin­ger of blame at the rebels and Rus­sia. While much of this cir­cum­stan­tial case was derived from post­ings on “social media,” the brief­in­gs also addressed the key issue of who fired the Buk anti-air­craft mis­sile that is believed to have downed the air­lin­er killing all 298 peo­ple onboard.

After last Thursday’s shoot-down, I was told [23] that U.S. intel­li­gence ana­lysts were exam­in­ing satel­lite imagery that showed the crew man­ning the sus­pect­ed mis­sile bat­tery wear­ing what looked like Ukrain­ian army uni­forms, but my source said the ana­lysts were still strug­gling with whether that essen­tial­ly destroyed the U.S. government’s case blam­ing the rebels.

The Los Ange­les Times arti­cle [54] on Tuesday’s brief­ing seemed to address the same infor­ma­tion this way: “U.S. intel­li­gence agen­cies have so far been unable to deter­mine the nation­al­i­ties or iden­ti­ties of the crew that launched the mis­sile. U.S. offi­cials said it was pos­si­ble the SA-11 [anti-air­craft mis­sile] was launched by a defec­tor from the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary who was trained to use sim­i­lar mis­sile sys­tems.”

That state­ment about a pos­si­ble “defec­tor” might explain why some ana­lysts thought they saw sol­diers in Ukrain­ian army uni­forms tend­ing to the mis­sile bat­tery in east­ern Ukraine. But there is anoth­er obvi­ous expla­na­tion that the U.S. intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty seems unwill­ing to accept: that the mis­sile may have been launched by some­one work­ing for the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary.

In oth­er words, we may be see­ing anoth­er case of the U.S. gov­ern­ment “fix­ing the intel­li­gence” around a desired pol­i­cy out­come, as occurred in the run-up to war with Iraq. . . .

9. Pres­i­dent Putin’s plane flew through rough­ly the same area [36] less than an hour before. Amer­i­can main­stream media have been con­temp­tu­ous of Russ­ian media spec­u­la­tion that the mis­sile may have been intend­ed for Pres­i­dent Putin’s plane. In light of the state­ments of lethal intent against Putin by the OUN/B heirs now gov­ern­ing Ukraine, such a pos­si­bil­i­ty is not to be tak­en so light­ly, in our opin­ion.

“With Jet Strike, War in Ukraine is Felt Glob­al­ly” by Peter Bak­er; The New York Times; 7/19/2014. [36]

. . . . Mr. Putin was also in the air above East­ern Europe that after­noon, as he was return­ing from a six-day tour of Latin Amer­i­ca aboard his pres­i­den­tial Air­bus, referred to as Air­craft No. 1 by the media. The Russ­ian jet appar­ent­ly passed near the doomed Malaysian plane, both fly­ing in rough­ly the same air­space over War­saw at 33,000 feet some 37 min­utes apart, accord­ing to an Inter­fax report. He got on the tele­phone with Mr. Oba­ma short­ly after land­ing. . . . 

. . . . The coin­ci­den­tal prox­im­i­ty of Mr. Putin’s plane even led to con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries that who­ev­er destroyed the Malaysia jet was actu­al­ly try­ing to tar­get the Russ­ian pres­i­dent. Rossiya 24, the state-run cable net­work, played past clips of Ukrain­ian pub­lic fig­ures say­ing they wished Mr. Putin dead and then inter­viewed sup­posed experts about how the two planes might have been con­fused.

Mr. Putin released a state­ment 40 min­utes after mid­night, blam­ing Ukraine. “Cer­tain­ly,” he said, “the gov­ern­ment over whose ter­ri­to­ry it occurred is respon­si­ble for this ter­ri­ble tragedy.” . . . .

10. Accu­sa­tions against the rebels cen­ter on the asser­tion that they had the Russ­ian-made “Buk” SA-11 mis­sile sys­tem. That sys­tem’s abil­i­ty to effec­tive­ly dis­tin­guish between a mil­i­tary and a civil­ian air­craft is depen­dent on an inde­pen­dent, mobile tracked vehi­cle with the radar and elec­tron­ics nec­es­sary to make such a dis­tinc­tion. There is no indi­ca­tion that the rebels have such a vehi­cle.

“A Mis­sile Radar Might Have Saved Malaysian Plane” by Dani­ka Kir­ka, John-Thor Dahlburg; Talk­ing Points Memo; 7/19/2013. [37]

If Ukrain­ian rebels shot down the Malaysian jet­lin­er, killing 298 peo­ple, it may have been because they did­n’t have the right sys­tems in place to dis­tin­guish between mil­i­tary and civil­ian air­craft, experts said Sat­ur­day.

Amer­i­can offi­cials said Fri­day that they believe the Boe­ing 777 was brought down by an SA-11 mis­sile fired from an area of east­ern Ukraine con­trolled by pro-Russ­ian sep­a­ratists. U.N. Ambas­sador Saman­tha Pow­er said the Rus­sians might have pro­vid­ed tech­ni­cal help to the rebels to oper­ate the sys­tems.

But to func­tion cor­rect­ly, an SA-11 launch­er, also known as a Buk, is sup­posed to be con­nect­ed to a cen­tral radar com­mand — as opposed to act­ing alone — to be cer­tain of exact­ly what kind of air­craft it is shoot­ing at.

From the infor­ma­tion that has come to light so far, the rebels don’t appear to have such sys­tems, said Pavel Fel­gen­hauer, a respect­ed defense colum­nist for Novaya Gaze­ta, a Moscow-based news­pa­per known for its crit­i­cal cov­er­age of Russ­ian affairs.

“They could eas­i­ly make a trag­ic mis­take and shoot down a pas­sen­ger plane when indeed they want­ed to shoot down a Ukrain­ian trans­port plane,” he said.

On Fri­day, Rus­si­a’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency also quot­ed Kon­stan­tin Sivkov, direc­tor of the Acad­e­my of Geopo­lit­i­cal Prob­lems, as say­ing Buk mis­siles “should be pro­vid­ed with exter­nal sys­tems of tar­get iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, that is, radio-loca­tion sys­tems. It’s an entire sys­tem. And the insur­gents cer­tain­ly don’t have radio-loca­tion.”

With­out a back­up, a mis­sile can be fired by oper­a­tors who are not total­ly sure of what they are aim­ing at.

“Just see­ing a blip on a radar screen was in no away suf­fi­cient to make a tar­get­ing deci­sion,” said Keir Giles, asso­ciate fel­low for inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty and Rus­sia and Eura­sia pro­grams at the Roy­al Insti­tute of Inter­na­tion­al Affairs. “You need an addi­tion­al radar sys­tem to which these weapons sys­tems can be con­nect­ed for addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion.” . . . .

. . . . A NATO mil­i­tary offi­cer, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymi­ty because he was not autho­rized to make pub­lic state­ments, said a Buk launch­er, which is a self-pro­pelled tracked vehi­cle resem­bling a tank, is ordi­nar­i­ly under the orders of a sep­a­rate com­mand post vehi­cle.

“In a total­ly text­book way of set­ting up, the com­mand post vehi­cle assigns tar­gets and des­ig­nates the fir­ing units — launch­er 1 or launch­er 2,” the NATO offi­cer said. . . . .

11. In the wake of the rhetorical/political firestorm over the down­ing of Malaysian Air­lines Flight MH17, we note that the OSCE (Orga­ni­za­tion for Secu­ri­ty and Coop­er­a­tion in Europe) is front and cen­ter in the “inves­ti­ga­tion” into the event.

“OSCE Describes Process for Iden­ti­fy­ing Bod­ies from MH17 Attack” by Simon San­tow; ABC  News; 7/21/2014. [26]

The OSCE has told AM it has final­ly obtained bet­ter access on the ground near the site where MH17 was shot down in east­ern Ukraine. The spokesman for the Spe­cial Mon­i­tor­ing Mis­sion to Ukraine, Michael Boci­urkiw, says they have seen some remains and bod­ies stored in refrig­er­at­ed rail wag­ons in the town of Tores. He says after the ear­li­er chaos, there’s now greater co-oper­a­tion but there are still plen­ty of con­cerns about get­ting access for crash inves­ti­ga­tors and of secur­ing the perime­ter of the area 24 hours a day.

12a. We put the quo­ta­tion marks around “inves­ti­ga­tion” because the OSCE’s Spe­cial Mon­i­tor­ing Mis­sion is head­ed by one Michael [“Mykhai­lo”] Boci­urkiw. A Cana­di­an cit­i­zen of Ukrain­ian extrac­tion, he was an assis­tant edi­tor for the Ukrain­ian Week­ly [28].

Issues of the peri­od­i­cal avail­able online point to a “pro-OUN/B” bias.

PDF copies of issues are avail­able at their web­site [28]. This issue [29] appears fair­ly rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and man­i­fests a def­i­nite anti-OSI, pro Repub­li­can Her­itage Groups Coun­cil bias. (The RHGC is the Nazi/ABN wing of the GOP, dis­cussed at length in FTR #465 [55], among oth­er pro­grams. It heav­i­ly over­laps [8] the OUN/B.

A 1987 let­ter from the World Jew­ish Con­gress’ gen­er­al coun­sel notes an appar­ent anti-OSI bias on the part of arti­cles writ­ten by Boci­urkiw. Note that the Office of Spe­cial Inves­ti­ga­tions was the Jus­tice Depart­ment unit charged with inves­ti­gat­ing Nazi war crim­i­nals liv­ing the U.S.

The unit was for­mer­ly head­ed by John Lof­tus [38], who resigned his posi­tion as head of OSI as the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion was tak­ing office because many of the peo­ple he was inves­ti­a­gat­ing held staff posi­tions with Rea­gan.

Boci­urki­w’s posi­tion with the OSCE appar­ent­ly places yet anoth­er OUN/B advo­cate in the mix, charged with “inves­ti­gat­ing” actions tak­en by a gov­ern­ment inex­tri­ca­bly linked with OUN/B heirs such as Swo­bo­da, Pravy Sek­tor and the Ukrain­ian Nation­al Con­gress.

[Eli] Rosen­baum   Let­ter to Cana­di­an Jew­ish Con­gress  02-Feb-1987   World Jew­ish Con­gress Mon­i­tors Ukraini­ans [27]
Feb­ru­ary 2, 1987


Ms. Janet Ben­don

Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

Cana­di­an Jew­ish Con­gress

1590 Avenue Doc­teur Pen­field

Mon­tre­al, Que­bec H3G 1C5


Re: Michael Boci­urkiw

Dear Janet:

Enclosed, in accor­dance with your request of this date, is a near­ly com­plete run of The Ukrain­ian Week­ly (Jer­sey City, N.J.) from Vol. LIII, No. 40 (Octo­ber 6, 1985) through Vol. LV, No. 4 (Jan­u­ary 25, 1987).  These 61 issues come from my per­son­al library, and I appre­ci­ate your assur­ance that they will be returned to me by couri­er at your ear­li­est oppor­tu­ni­ty.

As I indi­cat­ed on the phone, Michael Boci­urkiw is a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to the news­pa­per.  Indeed, one of his arti­cles appears on the front page of the old­est of the enclosed issues (Octo­ber 6, 1985) [56], under the byline “Mykhai­lo” Boci­urkiw.  Vol. LIII, issue no. 50 (Decem­ber 15, 1985) reports that he has been named Assis­tant Edi­tor of the news­pa­per.  As you can see, I have made a prac­tice of not­ing on the front page of each issue those pages which con­tain arti­cles of inter­est (which, of course, would include all arti­cles, edi­to­ri­als, opin­ion pieces, adver­tise­ments, etc. regard­ing Nazi crimes and their per­pe­tra­tors).  Where more than one arti­cle of inter­est appears on a par­tic­u­lar page, I gen­er­al­ly have not­ed this fact through the use of par­en­thet­i­cals.  I am con­vinced, by the way, that many of the unby­lined “Nazi sto­ries” were penned by Mr. Boci­urkiw.  In any event, the anti-OSI, anti-Nazi pros­e­cu­tion bias in Boci­urki­w’s writ­ten out­put and in the news­pa­per gen­er­al­ly will be read­i­ly appar­ent as you read through the enclosed issues. . . .

Sin­cere­ly yours,


Eli M. Rosen­baum

Gen­er­al Coun­sel

12b. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of The Ukrain­ian Week­ly’s pro-OUN/B cov­er­age is this obit­u­ary of OUN/B leader Jaroslav Stet­sko (also “Stet­zko”). Note that the OUN/B is also known as the OUN’s “rev­o­lu­tion­ary fac­tion.”

Nowhere in this sto­ry do you see any­thing about OUN/B’s mur­der­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Nazis, nor the fas­cist nature and Third Reich ori­gin of the Anti-Bol­she­vik Bloc of Nations.

“Yaroslav Stet­zko, Nation­al­ist Leader and For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Dies” by Ihor Dia­bo­ha; The Ukrain­ian Week­ly; 7/13/1986. [57]

Yaroslav Stet­zko, head of the Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists (rev­o­lu­tion­ary fac­tion) and prime min­is­ter of Ukraine dur­ing World War II, died Sat­ur­day at the age of 74 after a pro­longed ill­ness. He is sur­vived by his wife Sla­va, head of the ABN Cor­re­spon­dence. . . .

. . . In Feb­ru­ary, 1940, fol­low­ing the split in the OUN, Mssrs. Ban­dera and Stet­zko assumed the lead­er­ship of the OUN’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary lead­er­ship.

Plans were imme­di­ate­ly set in motion to pro­claim the estab­lish­ment of Ukraine’s inde­pen­dence. This was fur­ther expand­ed with oth­er polit­i­cal par­ties through  Mr. Stetzko’s role in the Ukrain­ian Nation­al Com­mit­tee.

Inde­pen­dence was pro­claimed on June 30, 1941, less than two weeks after Nazi Ger­many invad­ed Sovi­et Russ­ian occu­pied ter­ri­to­ries. Mssrs. Ban­dera and Stet­zko, the rev­o­lu­tion­ary lead­er­ship and oth­er nation­al­is­tic fig­ures were impris­oned in con­cen­tra­tion camps by the Nazis. Mr. Stet­zko’ s work on behalf of the Ukrain­ian nation and its inde­pen­dence con­tin­ued after the war.

In 1947 he was elect­ed chair­man of the Anti-Bol­she­vik Bloc of Nations, which had its roots in the clan­des­tine Con­fer­ence of Cap­tive Nations con­vened by Gen­er­al Taras Chupryn­ka in 1943. Mr. Stet­zko served as its only chair­man.

In 1968, Mr. Stet­zko was elect­ed head of the OUN® cen­tral lead­er­ship.

Mr. Stetzko’s anti-Com­mu­nist activ­i­ty extend­ed beyond Ukrain­ian affairs. As chair­man of the Euro­pean Free­dom Coun­cil and a mem­ber of the pre­sid­i­um of the World Anti-Com­mu­nist League. Mr. Stet­sko met with inter­na­tion­al lead­ers and var­i­ous states­men impress­ing on them the need to wage a free­dom cam­paign on behalf of cap­tive nations.

Among the West­ern lead­ers he met were Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan and Vice-Pres­i­dent George Bush.

The funer­al litur­gy was to be offered on Sat­ur­day, July 12, at the Ukrain­ian catholic cathe­dral in Munich. Bur­ial was to fol­low at the Wal­fried­hoff Ceme­tery.

13. Boci­urkiw has net­worked with a Malaysian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood-con­nect­ed milieu that over­laps the Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute of Islam­ic Thought and–by extension–that of the pilot of Malaysian Air­lines Flight 370.

Inter­est­ing­ly and, per­haps sig­nif­i­cant­ly, Boci­urkiw edit­ed a puff-piece book about Dr. Mahathir Mohammed,  a hard­line fun­da­men­tal­ist Mus­lim and–like promi­nent Malaysian Mus­lim Broth­er Anwar Ibrahim–a for­mer Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter. Mahathir Mohammed is a rav­ing anti-Semi­te, as are the OUN/B knock-off groups like Swo­bo­da and Pravy Sek­tor.

The book is titled: Mahathir: 22Years, 22Voices [58].

In addi­tion to an intro­duc­tion writ­ten by Michael Boci­urkiw, anoth­er was writ­ten by Abdul­lah Badawi. Both Mahathir Mohammed and Abdul­lah Badawi were pro­teges of Muham­mad M. Abdul Rauf, a Malaysian Mus­lim Broth­er and a per­son­al stu­dent of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood [59] founder Has­san El-Ban­na.

In turn, Abdul Rauf was very close to the IIIT, one of the orga­ni­za­tions raid­ed in the Oper­a­tion Green Quest Raids of 3/20/2002. Malaysian Air­lines Flight 370 was pilot­ed by Zaharie Shah, a devo­tee of Anwar Ibrahim [40], anoth­er for­mer Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter and promi­nent Malaysian Mus­lim Broth­er. Ibrahim was also a co-founder of the IIIT [39] and a lob­by­ing client of Grover Norquist. Recall that the flight com­put­er on 370 appears to have been re-pro­grammed [41] in the cock­pit.

For more about Shah, Ibrahim and the down­ing of Flight 370, see FTR #790 [32].

Also worth not­ing is the fact that Rauf has net­worked with the milieu of Louis Far­rakhan [43] and the Nation of Islam [60]!

As strange as it might appear to be at first, a jihadist/Nazi link vis a vis Rus­sia is not strange at all. Rus­sia appears to be under­go­ing a pin­cers move­ment, with West­ern intel­li­gence-con­nect­ed fas­cist ele­ments dri­ving East through Ukraine and West­ern intel-backed jihadists com­ing from the south.

It should be remem­bered that there is evi­dence [35] that West­ern intel­li­gence ele­ments [34] appear to sup­port jihadists in Chech­nya [33] and else­where in the Cau­ca­sus. The IIIT and the El Hara­main char­i­ty dis­cussed in FTR #381 [33] are linked to Al-Taqwa. The Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids–with the IIIT at the epi­cen­ter of the SAAR net­work raid­ed in that oper­a­tion, is inex­tri­ca­bly linked to Al-Taqwa [61] and Third Reich intel­li­gence agent Youssef Nada [62]. Al-Taqwa, in turn, dove­tails [63] with the Under­ground Reich in a num­ber of ways.

“Name: Muham­mad M. Abdul Rauf”; Unmask­ing the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Amer­i­ca. [30]


  • Strong­ly advo­cat­ed estab­lish­ment of sharia law in Amer­i­ca
  • Estab­lished Islam­ic “trust” con­trol­ling land and man­age­ment of New York Islam­ic Cul­tur­al Cen­ter, which employed at least two Egypt­ian MB imams, that, after 9/11 blamed the atroc­i­ties on Israel. One said Amer­i­can would “exter­mi­nate” the Jew­ish peo­ple like Hitler if they knew.
  • Co-authored book and reg­u­lar­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed with hard line MB leader Ismaʾil R. Al-Faruqi, a mid 1980s co-founder of the Hern­don, Va.-based IIIT, long sus­pect­ed of broad­ly fund­ing ter­ror.
  • Reg­u­lar­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed with IIIT and Asso­ci­a­tion of Mus­lim Social Sci­en­tists (AMSS), both among the 29 “friends” list­ed in the 1991 Mohammed Akram inter­nal MB mem­o­ran­dum out­lin­ing secret plans to replace U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion­al democ­ra­cy with sharia law.
  • Instruct­ed hard-line Islam­ic leader Abdul­lah Ahmad Badawi, who served as Malaysian prime min­is­ter from 2003 to 2009.
  • Close asso­ciate and friend of for­mer Malaysian prime min­is­ter and active anti-Semi­te Mahathir Mohamad, who in 2002, incit­ed glob­al anti-West finan­cial war as a “jihad worth fight­ing for.” . . . .
  • Rauf also great­ly admired the “accom­plish­ments” of Amer­i­can Mus­lim Soci­ety (AMS) founder W. D. Mohammed (Oct. 30, 1933–Sept. 9, 2008), the for­mer Nation of Islam leader  who reg­u­lar­ly met Mus­lim Broth­er­hood lead­ers, attend­ed their meet­ings and accept­ed gifts from their chief donors. In July 1997, Mohammed attend­ed the 22nd annu­al Islam­ic Cir­cle of North Amer­i­ca con­ven­tion in Pitts­burgh. In 2000 Mohammed joined Mus­lim Broth­er and Islam­ic Soci­ety of North Amer­i­ca (ISNA) gen­er­al sec­re­tary Sayyid Say­eed [64]  [64]in wel­com­ing Louis Far­rakahn into the “main­stream” of Amer­i­can Sun­ni Islam.

14. We also note in pass­ing that MH 17 went down with an impor­tant group of AIDS researchers on board, viewed by some observers as great­ly set­ting back inter­na­tion­al AIDS research. Nei­ther the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood nor the OUN/B milieu are sym­pa­thet­ic to gays. (The Euro­Maid­an demon­stra­tions fea­tured the beat­ing of a num­ber of gays, although it received lit­tle pub­lic­i­ty.)

It is also worth not­ing in pass­ing that there is dis­turb­ing evi­dence that AIDS was delib­er­ate­ly cre­at­ed [65]. IF any of the now-deceased researchers was aware of, and/or inves­ti­gat­ing this, that would have pro­vid­ed motive for the Under­ground Reich ele­ments [66] that appear to have cre­at­ed the dis­ease to dis­pose of them.

“Del­e­gates to Mel­bourne AIDS Sum­mit on Doomed Flight 17” by Rick Mor­ton; The Aus­tralian; 7/18/2014. [42]

More than 100 AIDS activists, researchers and health work­ers bound for a major con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne were on the Malaysia Air­lines flight downed in the Ukraine.

It is believed that del­e­gates to the 20th Inter­na­tion­al AIDS Con­fer­ence, due to begin on Sun­day, will be informed today that 108 of their col­leagues and fam­i­ly mem­bers died on MH17.

Stunned researchers, activists and devel­op­ment work­ers arriv­ing at Mel­bourne Air­port paid trib­ute to AIDS researcher Joep Lange and the oth­er atten­dees believed killed aboard MH17. . . .

15. Pos­si­bly apoc­ryphal under the cir­cum­stances, we note the unlike­ly coin­ci­dence of a Dutch cyclist who was booked to fly on both Malaysia Air Flight 370 and MH17. While pos­si­ble, it is unlike­ly from an actu­ar­i­al stand­point. Might there be more to Mr. De Jong than meets the eye? (De Jong, by the way, is one of the most com­mon [67] of Dutch sur­names, not unlike “Smith” in Eng­lish. This would be use­ful IF he were an oper­a­tive of some kind.

“Dutch Cyclist Maarten de Jonge Cheats Death Twice after Chang­ing Flights from Both Malaysia Air­lines MH17 and MH370” by Adam With­nall; The Inde­pen­dent [UK]; 7/20/2014.  [44]

A Dutch cyclist has revealed how he twice cheat­ed death after chang­ing his plans to fly on both the Malaysia Air­lines pas­sen­ger jets involved in inter­na­tion­al avi­a­tion dis­as­ters over the past four months.

Maarten de Jonge, 29, has to trav­el around the world to com­pete for Malaysia’s Tereng­ganu cycling team – and in doing so has now had two extra­or­di­nary near miss­es. . . . .
. . . . The cyclist said that he only decid­ed to swap flights at the last minute, after dis­cov­er­ing that trav­el­ling via Frank­furt today would prove cheap­er.

Tweet­ing a link on Thurs­day to a Dutch arti­cle about the MH17 dis­as­ter, De Jonge said: “Had I depart­ed today, then…”

Dur­ing his inter­view with the local broad­cast­er, the cyclist revealed some­thing even more remark­able – that he had also been plan­ning to trav­el on flight MH370, the Malaysia jet which van­ished on 8 March and which remains miss­ing some­where in the Indi­an Ocean. . . .