The Tragedy of Uglegorsk: Exodus from the “City of the Dead”

Excellent Post- Civilians are just pawns, countries just strategic stepping stones and peoples wishes simply ignored. The Photo’s are precious inroads to what the people are feeling. Again excellent post

Original: Komsomolskaya Pravda
Translated by Alya Bailey / Edited by @GBabeuf
Photo credits: Aleksandr Kots, Dmitriy Steshin


The Militia opened a humanitarian corridor for the residents and organised the evacuation. The Ukrainian side did not want to let the civilians cross their front line.

People started leaving the town early in the morning. We ran into the first group of refugees already on Gorlovka’s outskirts. Packed cars with windows steamed on the inside and white sheets, scarves on aerials and mirrors. People had hardly any belongings with themthey escaped with only the clothes they were wearing and had filled the vehicles to the brim. Then we saw a few Urals with children in the cabs. The first transfer point is at the administrative building of one of the mines. Here, the Militia is checking ID papersa lot of Ukrainian soldiers are left in the city, hiding…

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Abbott dangles our Uranium under the nose of Poroshenko Ukraine’s Fascist Dictatorship Masquerading As Democracy

Yesterday we saw a gleaming beaming Toe Knee Ah Butt dancing like a crazed Loki around Ukraine’s Poroshenko.

So he wants to sell them our uranium, the little man is sickening.

Recently Steve Lendman’s article was posted on the Global Research site…….let’s just see who our country is supporting.

Ukraine: Fascist Dictatorship Masquerading As Democracy.

His shirt front relationship with Putin, supposedly over MH 17 also ignores the Ukrainian airforce implication in the downing of the plane based on a dodgy lack of details, as a recent post from a fellow blogger shows.

Finally comedian Shaun Micallef’s makes delectable fun of Toe Knee Ah Butt  TV series on ABC “MAD AS HELL”

IS and the Yezidi

So what is going on for the Yezidi in Sinjar? Why did this massive ‘problem’ fall off the radar after US decision to bomb IS in Iraq and Syria? What do the 200 girls taken by Boko Haram have that the Yezidi don’t in order to make their situation stay on a public radar? Does  our  media  only care about Christians and Jews?

I subscribe to Syria Comment and received this post yesterday. It is a fascinating 26 minute youtube video of an interview with Mathew Barber where Joshua Landis probes the circumstances in Sinjar for the Yezidi with IS fighters and discusses the situation in Mosul for Christians confronted by IS. The nonsensical framed hierarchy of religious fundamentalism is discussed with a focus on the simplistic term of being “of the book”.

Take some time with this its worth it. All you people with free downloads and unlimited spare a thought for those of us who pay exorbitant rates for bytes and think yourself privileged! For others get to a free wi-fi spot now.


Brief Post Script: On worthy blogging, ‘pain blindness’, bloody Tony Abbott and his Nazi friends

I have had some time away from my blog to consider where it is going and where it is taking me. Someone said they other day if my blog was about Arabs or Israeli’s they were ‘over that shit’ and we should just ‘nuke them all’ because things would ‘always be fucked over there.

I defended my postings saying the problem I was confronting was this sense that people who were comfortable didn’t care about most things happening outside their own lives until it directly effected them.

They recognised this was the case but maintained their position on ‘nuke em!’.

I then pointed out that mainstream information was pap and lies designed to deceive and maintain that ‘dumbed down’ zone.

They agreed and said they were sick of hearing about IS. They asked if I was writing about Putin.  I told them I had some posts on the Ukraine situation, and said my work was not solely on the Middle East. ( I must remember to put something on Abbot’s disgusting ‘matey’ bullshit with Poroshenko yesterday but maybe it’s enough to give you a link to read Stephen Lendman’s article on Global Research Dec 7th in new window, here. )

I told them I also had some music, I had posted political cartoons that might not be seen oversees and some posts relating to issues for Aboriginals and that I was not solely writing about the Middle East.

I was basically told I was wasting my time because most people didn’t want to read this stuff, especially if it was too long.

Point taken, and stored for further reflection. Like many bloggers I am not writing for ‘followers’ I am writing because I have an interest in  questioning dominant discourse – especially bleedingly obvious lies and propaganda. But the black holes are equally intriguing if not more so.

‘Compassion fatigue’ was a term used to describe the withdrawal of people particularly in the ‘helping professions’ from the pain of others tragic tales. I think that was a very generous term when it was globally used to define populations.

The term I prefer to use is ‘Pain Blind’.

I would still like to catch some ‘pain blind’ readers if I can to provide them with something to think about.

I have also made some blogging decisions;

  • Only re-blog if;

a) Its interesting and not something readily available.

b) Put some of yourself into the repost, why you like it what it says to you etc.

  • Hone your writing skills.
  • Master categories and tags.
  • Chose your battles, write soundly.


Xanana Gusmao PM of Timor Leste speaks at the UN General Debate

Watch 30 minutes of SANITY in the UN from a tiny, poor nation with INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Timor-Leste, General Debate, 69th Session 25 Sep 2014 –

Statement by His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste at the general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014).

I Just saw Ukraine’s “Rabbit” Prime Minister and heard him say…..

Definitely not…… Xanana Gusmao…..(my last post)

Meet Ukraine’s PM, Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Photo: Andrew Kravchenko /AFP/Getty Images Photo: Andrew Kravchenko /AFP/Getty Images

Harriet Salem …..Kiev, Tuesday 4 March 2014 Arseniy Yatsenyuk Ukraine’s Prime minister Photo: Andrew Kravchenko /AFP/Getty Images

I just watched the last part of the recent PBS interview with The Ukrainian PM and couldn’t believe how he finished the interview with Margaret Warner……

Full PBS video interview and article in new window here

This is Margaret’s response to his bizarre answer to her question….

The hyper-kinetic Yatsenyuk, who has been nicknamed “The Rabbit” for his uncanny resemblance to the Soviet version in Winnie the Pooh, saved his best line for last — when I asked him what he thought it would take for Ukraine to prevail against the Russian bear. He leaned back and took a breath. “In my childhood, my mom told me a number of fairy tales. And the bear is a very good animal in Ukrainian fairy tales,” he mused. “But in reality, it’s better to have a bear somewhere in the zoo.”

“In a zoo?” I asked, not sure I’d heard him right. “The zoo,” he said. He needed say no more.

Vinni-Puh-Piglet-and-Rabbit from the Russian version of Winnie the Pooh. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is said to bear (excuse the pun) a strong resemblance to "Rabbit"

Vinni-Puh-Piglet-and-Rabbit from the Russian version of Winnie the Pooh. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is said to bear (excuse the pun) a strong resemblance to “Rabbit” Sourced:

List of Ukraine's Prime Ministers (1991-present)

List of Ukraine’s Prime Ministers (1991-present)

Well the only Bear in Russia’s Pooh land is Pooh so what the hell is he talking about! From the above ‘list’ doesn’t look like he’ll be around for long

The Twelve Clauses of Betrayal

When the 12 point plan was released see my previous post
…it looked on the face of it like providing a ‘peace’ for further negotiations to take place and it required as I had suggested a thirteenth point.
13. All parties will leave their nationalist ego’s and financial aspirations in this room to be expunged

It would seem I have much to learn….to understand just what is the underlying reality of the document. A reason these decisions should be embedded in understanding of what has been called ‘the street’.

The street is angry!
Yet again a case of this is my territory (Ukraine government) if you don’t like it (or we don’t like you)- LEAVE! (and don’t return)

In my naivety the agreement looked like the start of a separate independent area for those who want no part of this Ukraine. However as the article below, a repost from  shows – the truth is in whats ignored…
Independence and statehood? Novorossiya? A temporary special status in certain areas of the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions—here is all you have of independent Novorossiya.”

BELYAYEVOriginal: Mikhail Belyayev LiveJournal
Translation Gleb Bazov / Edited by @GBabeuf

Have you ever wondered how complete and unconditional betrayal looks? How a knife looks when it is stuck by a steady hand right between the shoulder blades during a friendly embrace? How poison looks when it is mixed into a glass of water given to a man dying of thirst? As it turns out, all this looks far more ordinary and prosaic than even the most meagre and impoverished human imagination could portray. As it turns out, betrayal is simply two sheets of paper with a row of signatures at the end of a column of dry, numbered paragraphs.

The publicized text of the ceasefire agreement that was signed in Minsk is what this very real betrayal looks like. The betrayal of everything that the Novorossiya Militiamen fought and died for. The betrayal of Novorossiya itself, because, based on…

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Protocol of the Trilateral Contact Group – Minsk, September 5, 2014

This is an impressive read.

There are 12 outcomes proposed and signed off by parties.

Very interesting both in the process and the outcome. I do wonder if they’ve covered most issues for now.

Maybe I am oppositionally defiant but I also think they will need to be following this up closely for some time. I wonder about the intent of those in the room, not knowing them but knowing others who see themselves active in such roles.

They did not say for example..

13. All parties will leave their personal and nationalist ego’s and financial aspirations in this room to be expunged.


Protocol of the Trilateral Contact Group – Minsk, September 5, 2014.

The Cost of War

Feed the War Cannibal Animal…
This post shows exactly what wars are about and who benefits…..brilliant post

01Ural Model 4320 Truck
Cost to fill with fuel around UAH 4500 / USD 396 / EUR 272
This amount is enough for 600 km on off road tracks,
or 1100 km on paved roads.

02Mil Mi8 Transport Helicopter
Cost to fill with fuel approximately UAH 40000 / USD 3282 / EUR 2414
This amount is enough for 5 hrs of flight.


Sukhoi Su25 Attack Aircraft
Cost to fill with fuel approximately UAH 41000 / USD 3364 / EUR 2474 


BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Cost to fill with fuel approximately UAH 7000 / USD 574 / EUR 422
This amount is enough for 420 km off road and 610 km on paved road.


BTR-80 Personnel carrier
Cost to fill with fuel approximately UAH 4500 / USD 369 / EUR 272
This amount is enough for 230 km off road and 625 km on paved road.


T64 Main Battle Tank
Cost to…

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Big thanks to two of my friends, Angela for your photo, and Peter for the written material from Fidel Castro’s office.

A good friend's travel photo of the ubiquitous face of Che Guevara on the wall of a house in Cuba

A good friend’s travel photo of the ubiquitous face of Che Guevara on the wall of a house in Cuba

An unheard of provocation

THIS morning the cables were full of reports about the unheard of news that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane had been hit at an altitude of 10,100 meters as it flew over Ukrainian territory, along a route controlled by the war-hungry government of chocolate king, Petro Poroshenko.

Cuba, which has always stood in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and in the difficult days of the Chernobyl tragedy provided medical care to the many children affected by the accident’s harmful radiation, and is always willing to continue doing so, cannot refrain from expressing our repudiation of the action of the anti-Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-imperialist government.

At the same time, coinciding with the Malaysian aircraft crime, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the nuclear state, ordered his army to invade the Gaza Strip, where, over the last several days, hundreds of Palestinians have died, many of them children. The President of the United States supported the action, describing the repugnant act as legitimate defense.

Obama does not support David against Goliath, but rather Goliath against David. As is known, young men and women from the Israeli people, well prepared for productive work, are being exposed to a death without honor, without glory. I am not aware of the Palestinian’s military strategy, but I know that a combatant prepared to die can defend even the ruins of a building, as long as he has his rifle, as the heroic defenders of Stalingrad demonstrated.

I only wish to express my solidarity with the heroic people who defend the last sliver remaining of what was their homeland for thousands of years.

Fidel Castro Ruz

July 17, 2014

11:14 p.m.