Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ukraine - Russia Situation ( February 15 , 2015 ) - Minsk Agreement Ceasefire comes into Effect ( mostly holds , although note threat of martial law being imposed if it fails ) ....Michael Hudson Discusses New IMF Program ( " Has IMF Annexed Ukraine ? " ) ..... Kiev Post Blasts West ........Various items of news and views - including items on Russia


Anti War....

Violations, But Ukraine Ceasefire Mostly Holds

As Ukraine Ceasefire Begins, Threats From the Margins

The Govt Is Losing Territory in Eastern Ukrainians' Hearts and Minds

US Alleges Russian Fighting in Ukraine Hours Ahead of Ceasefire

Former UK Army Chief Condemns Armored Vehicle Transfer to Ukraine

Saturday, 14 February 2015


Ilargi: Ukraine – Trapped in Narrative: We're offering two posts on Ukraine tonight, in part because Greece do...


I’ve addressed the issue a hundred times, and it pains me to see it only gets worse. But it does. And it’s not my pain that counts, it has no meaning whatsoever, it’s the fact that we are inching ever closer to the kind of situations none of us would choose.
That is, war, people dying from sheer misery, people dying because they have no access to the services we take for granted, and even people being shelled by their own government.
All these things are happening as we speak, and we accept them lying down – on our couches -, and choose to ignore and even deny them, because we are trapped in narratives spun by those who see a profit in spreading these narratives. And who have a solid grip on what gets spun and what is not.
This is not going to end well. Not unless we speak up. Not for anyone amongst us. This one will not pass by your door, or mine. We’re approaching decision time. For the world, for your life and mine. It’s time to pick sides.


Michael Hudson: Has the IMF Annexed Ukraine?: Ukraine is going into an IMF program in even worse condition tha...


HUDSON: First of all, the terms on which the IMF make loans require more austerity and a withdrawal of all the public subsidies. The Ukrainian population already is economically devastated. The conditions that the IMF’s program is laying down for making loans to Ukraine is that it must repay the debts. But it doesn’t have the ability to pay. So there’s only one way to do it, and that’s the way that the IMF has told Greece and other countries to do: It has to begin selling off whatever the nation has left of its public domain; or, to have your leading oligarchs take on partnerships with American or European investors, so that they can buy out into the monopolies in the Ukraine and indulge in rent-extraction.

This is the IMF’s one-two punch. Punch number one is: here’s the loan – to pay your bondholders, so that you now owe us, the IMF, to whom you can’t write down debts. The terms of this loan is to believe our Guiding Fiction: that you can pay foreign debt by running a domestic budgetary surplus, by cutting back public spending and causing an even deeper depression.


HUDSON : Apparently there are reports that Putin told Europe, look, you have two choices before you. Choice one: Europe, Germany and Russia can be a very prosperous area. With Russia’s raw materials and European technology, we can be one of the most prosperous areas in the world. Or, Choice two: You can go to war with us and you can be wiped out. Take your choice.


's Right Sector statement on violation vanishes from website

Our editorial take on the Minsk agreement for West washes its hands

threatens martial law if cease-fire in fails

keeps bleeding. Gold and Currency reserves hit lowest since 2007.

Your new source for doom: 's news agency Anadoglu! Russian banks lose $370m in a month.

, not only , still believes should be a part of it: Donbas war goes on