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CIA torture report : Tragedy for America

The United States released the report on horrible, inhuman tortures of prisoners in secret CIA jails. “Interrogation techniques such as slaps and “wallings” (slamming detainees against a wall) were used in combination, frequently concurrent with sleep deprivation and nudity. Waterboarding techniques causing physical harm were used. Detainees were sleep deprived for over 180 hours,” the report says.

Political analyst and Americanist Areg Galstyan told Pravda.Ru why this information was released now of all times.

“The Senate released only the first 500 pages, and the entire report is 6,000 pages. So far the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence obtained approval for release of only 500 pages. This report must have been released way sooner, its release was blocked several times when there were elections,” Areg Galstyan said.

He pointed out that the first 100 pages of the report were to be released as early as in March 2013, but since the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, despite being comprised of the majority of democrats headed by the Chairman, also had hard-line democrats. “In other words, democrats have their own hawks. They also blocked the report to be released,” the expert added.

According to him, it was simply implemented de facto, but it must be clear that the whole report is almost entirely classified, only a small part was released. “Human rights defenders are always in shock, everything seems to be a certain news for them.”

But there were many preliminary reports, and what would be written there could be expected. The release may completely endanger many US residents and Americans working abroad. It will just suffice to mention the assault on and killing of the American Ambassador to Libya in Benghazi.

mericans are wary of the situation, they will not play with fire, but at the same time they cannot close this case completely, that’s why they release bits of information. It all fits in the framework of the domestic policy sector of the President’s Administration and the Democratic Party in general,” Areg Galstyan said in an interview to Pravda.Ru.

But to the question what repercussions would follow this exposure and would this report affect anything, the expert answered that there would hardly be any substantial changes, especially now.

“Any attempts for further investigation in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence are doomed to failure. Because today a veto of the Chairman of the Republican’s Committee on Intelligence is enough to slow everything down. But even if there is nothing less than a miracle and the process goes on and there is another release of information, then the majority leader has an absolute right not to bring it to a public vote for it to be approved.

But even if he decides to do it, Speaker John Boehner will definitely block it on the level of the Lower House. Therefore, I don’t know what miracle must occur for this issue to expand further,” Areg Galstyan said.

In his turn, all that remains for Obama, according to himself, is to come out and say – we did all we could, everything we were able to. “Obama has to clearly understand that today there are very serious threats, especially threats of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, in particular the Islamic State, and he understands that without cooperation with the intelligence his policy cannot be effective.”

Obama is unable to do much in terms of law to make some fundamental changes, to make somebody answer for something, or initiate some serious proceedings on the level of courts, congress hearings, to do so he needs to revise the main provisions of the USA Patriot Act. They need to go back to methods of the Clinton’s administration. In other words, this is the process for decades to come.

Member of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation Yana Lantropova told Pravda.Ru why these tortures could to be used and if you could trust information received with their help.

“Tortures must not be used under any circumstances. Naturally, I would not trust information obtained as a result of torture without participants, witnesses,” she said.

Yana Lantropova told Pravda.Ru about her trip to the south-east of Ukraine. “Over there I talked with those who has been tortured and being held hostage by the Ukrainian National Guard. They were talking about absolute horrors, how they were tormented and beaten, how plastic bags were put onto their heads, and it is horrible,” the expert said having pointed out that such methods were unacceptable.

“It is important for the international community to pay attention to this situation because for some reason when some odd things happen with violation of human rights in any other country, for example, Russia or Ukraine, the United States pay attention to it. And when it happens in their own country, they are just ignoring it. It would be important for international human rights defenders from different countries to gather together and talk about all this chaos happening at the moment,” Yana Lantropova noted.

Answering the question, what repercussions would follow this exposure and would this report affect anything, she said that the United States would probably do everything so that this story was soon forgotten. But, Yana Lantropova pointed out, everything depends on the response of human rights defenders.

“Because at one of the meetings of human rights defenders V.V. Putin said a very right thing that in Donbass churches are being completely destroyed, priests are being killed, they are persecuted for some religious beliefs, their heads are being cut, and he said why international human rights defenders would keep silence about it.

In other words, when there is some high-profile matter which is beneficial for them, for other countries, all human rights defenders are raising a ruckus, and start talking about it, call authorities for something. But when there is a mass violation of rights in Ukraine, when there is a humanitarian disaster there, for some reason no one is responding to that,” the expert told Pravda.Ru.

She added that all this showed that there was no democracy, and “all action being made violate human rights”.

According to her, some Americans, in particular from non-profit organizations, can influence the situation. “If people will take to the streets demanding their rights, then it is possible. One or ten people will do nothing. If we look at the number of people in the United States who are discontent and support Russia, we can see rather interesting figures shown on the Web. It is important to pay attention to the response of ordinary citizens,” the expert believes.

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Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17

Source tells award winning reporter Washington lying about responsibility for tragedy

by Paul Joseph Watson | July 21, 2014

Award winning former Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

In the absence of any proper investigation, media rhetoric over the last few days has firmly pointed the finger of blame for the downing of the aircraft on Russian-backed Ukrainian rebels, but Parry’s source tells a different story.

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.

Although the establishment press has attempted to deride any questioning of the official narrative that Ukrainian rebels were responsible for the incident by invoking the tired “conspiracy theory” pejorative, Parry can hardly be dismissed as a crank given his key role in covering the Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press and Newsweek. Indeed, Parry’s investigative work on intelligence matters, for which he was awarded the George Polk Award, suggests that the information provided by his source is worthy of serious attention.

U.S. and Ukrainian authorities continue to insist that Moscow-backed separatists were responsible for the tragedy, asserting that a BUK missile system was used to bring down the airliner. However, this was contradicted by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema, who stated, “The military told the president after the passenger plane had been shot down that the terrorists did not possess our Buk missile systems.”

In a related development, audio experts who conducted a study into the authenticity of a recording released by Ukrainian authorities which implicated Russian-backed rebels as being responsible for the missile attack on MH17 concluded that the tape was fabricated.

“The tape’s second fragment consists of three pieces but was presented as a single audio recording. However, a spectral and time analysis has showed that the dialog was cut into pieces and then assembled. Short pauses in the tape are very indicative: the audio file has preserved time marks which show that the dialog was assembled from various episodes, the expert said,” reports ITAR-TASS.

Who Shot Down the Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine ?

A round-up of the latest facts, speculation and the blame game surrounding the alleged shoot down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Russia-Ukraine documents signed thanks to Putin’s political will – Yanukovych

Встреча Владимира Путина с Виктором Януковичем в Ново-ОгаревоUkrainian president Viktor Yanukovych stated “today’s fruitful work that resulted in the signing of the documents was done thanks to the political will of Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

“The talks were constructive and content-intensive,” the Ukrainian president noted.

He noted that the negotiators focused on “practical work in all spheres.” Yanukovich has made a statement to this effect after the signing ceremony of the Russian-Ukrainian documents in the Russian capital on Tuesday.

Russia plans to use other sources along with National Welfare Fund to buy Ukraine’s Eurobonds

The Russian Finance Ministry plans to use other sources along with the National Welfare Fund to buy Ukraine’s Eurobonds in 2014, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters on Tuesday.

“This can be not only the resources from the National Welfare Fund. We will consider other resources, proceeding from the variability of our resources in the next year,” he said, noting that the sum of 15 billion dollars will be confirmed within 18 months and the resources from the welfare fund will make a larger part of it.

Russia to invest $15bln in Ukrainian bonds, lower gas price 33% – Putin

Russia and Ukraine have signed an action plan to settle restrictions in bilateral trade for 2013-2014. Russia would convert $15 billion worth of its National Welfare Fund – a rainy day fund – into Ukrainian securities to help it stave off financial crisis. Russia’s Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukraine have signed an amendment that allows Gazprom – which it intends to do – to sell gas to Ukraine at $268.50 for 1,000 cubic metres, President Vladimir Putin said.

“The Russian government has made the decision to invest part of the National Welfare fund, to the sum of $15 billion, in Ukrainian government securities,” Putin told reporters.

Russian gas giant Gazprom (MOEX: GAZP) and Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy signed an addition to the contract concerning the purchase of Russian gas, its delivery, amount, and transit terms of January 19, 2009 on Tuesday, with the two countries’ presidents on hand, an Interfax correspondent reported from the signing ceremony.

The particulars of the document are not yet available.

Over the four years of the contract’s life, 28 additions have already been signed, almost every month and a half. The announced additions were associated with the payment schedule and forex payment for gas deliveries.

“As you have seen, Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukraine have signed an amendment that allows Gazprom – which it intends to do – to sell gas to Ukraine at a price of $268.50 for 1,000 cubic metres. As you know, the current price is around $400,” Putin said after Kremlin talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Russia, Ukraine sign action plan to settlebilateral trade restrictions for 2013-2014

Russia and Ukraine have signed an action plan to settle restrictions in bilateral trade for 2013-2014.

The document has been signed by the Russian and Ukrainian economy ministers based on the outcomes of the 6th session of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission in Moscow on Tuesday.

The two industry ministers also signed an agreement between the Russian and Ukrainian governments on government support for resuming the serial production of Antonov An-124 planes with various versions of the D-18T engines.

The Russian and Ukrainian governments also signed a protocol on shipments of goods under an industrial cooperation program in 2014 and an agreement on the joint organization of the construction of a transport link through the Kerch Strait.

Russia to invest $15 billion in Ukrainian government securities – Putin

Russia would convert $15 billion worth of its National Welfare Fund – a rainy day fund – into Ukrainian securities to help it stave off a financial crisis, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Ukraine’s president.

“The Russian government made a decision to invest part of the National Welfare fund to the amount of $15 billion in Ukrainian government securities,” Putin told reporters.

But Putin added that he and President Viktor Yanukovych had not discussed the idea of Kiev joining a Kremlin-led free trade bloc. “I would like to calm everyone down, today we have not discussed the issue of Ukraine joining the Customs Union at all,” he added.

Ukraine, Russia should resume cooperation in various industries – Yanukovych

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called for Ukraine and Russia to resume cooperation in aircraft building, shipbuilding, nuclear and other projects.

Speaking at a meeting of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission on Tuesday, he called for finishing the construction of Generating Units 3 and 4 at the Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant and said “a minor amount of work remains to be done” to finish the development of the Antonov An-70 airplane before An-70’s can be built on a regular basis.

He also said Russia and Ukraine “are ready to sign important documents” to simplify formalities for crossing the border between them.

He said, furthermore, that “the removal of trade barriers and signing an agreement on pipelines and on the cancellation of transportation duties” would be the Ukraine’s main achievement during its upcoming presidency of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Gazprom lowers gas price for Ukraine 33% to $268.5 per 1,000 cubic metres – Putin

Russian gas giant Gazprom (MOEX: GAZP) and Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy signed an additional to the contract concerning the purchase of Russian gas, its delivery, amount, and transit terms of January 19, 2009 on Tuesday, with the two countries’ presidents on hand, an Interfax correspondent reported from the signing ceremony.

The particulars of the document are not yet available.

Over the four years of the contract’s life, 28 additions have already been signed – almost every month and a half. The announced additions were associated with the payment schedule and forex payment for gas deliveries.

“As you have seen, Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukraine have signed an amendment that allows Gazprom – which it intends to do – to sell gas to Ukraine at a price of $268.50 for 1,000 cubic metres. As you know, that price now is around $400,” Putin said after Kremlin talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Russian-Ukrainian action plan aimed at normalizing bilateral trade – Putin

An action plan aimed at settling restrictions in trade between Russia and Ukraine is designed to normalize the volume of trade between the two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. The document has been signed by the Russian and Ukrainian economy ministers based on the outcomes of the 6th session of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission in Moscow on Tuesday.

“This is what the plan for settling trade restrictions is aimed at, and it should be endorsed based on the outcomes of today’s meeting,” Putin said at a session of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate consultations in Moscow on Tuesday.

Trade between Russia and Ukraine dropped to $45 billion in 2012 and by another 15% in the first nine months of 2013, he said.

Russia remains Ukraine’s main economic partner and accounts for 30% of Ukraine’s trade balance, Putin said.

“True, there are also problems, and we also talked about this today. What is alarming is that there has been a downward trend in our trade in the past two years. Trade turnover went down by 11% to $45 billion in 2012,” he said.

The interstate consultations are taking place at the right time, so that the two parties could “look what needs to be done in order to reverse this negative trend and not only reach the previous benchmarks but also provide conditions for moving ahead,” Putin said.

Putin also mentioned cooperation between the two countries in the grain sector; in particular, he said the Russian-Ukrainian-Kazakh grain pool is about to start operating.

The Russian leader also mentioned humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Ukraine. “We will celebrate the 200th anniversary of [the poet] Taras Shevchenko and an anniversary of Sevastopol’s liberation from the Nazi invaders next year,” he said.

Putin says he did not discuss Ukraine’s accession to Customs Union with Yanukovych

The Russian government’s decision to invest part of its National Welfare Fund reserves in Ukrainian securities has not been conditioned by anything, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“This is not tied to any preconditions, nor the increasing, or reducing, or freezing of any social standards, pensions, allowances, or costs. And I’d like to calm everyone down that we didn’t even discuss Ukraine’s accession to the Customs Union today,” Putin said following Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission consultations in Moscow on Tuesday.

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