NYT’s One-Sided Ukraine Narrative

Exclusive: The U.S. press coverage of the Ukraine crisis has been stunningly biased and one-sided, placing virtually all the blame on Russian President Putin. One of the worst offenders in this journalistic travesty has been the New York Times, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

As part of the New York Times’ sorry descent into becoming a propaganda sheet for the U.S. State Department, the Times’ front-page story on the Ukrainian presidential election offered a near perfect distillation of Official Washington’s false narrative on the crisis.

“The special election was called by Parliament to replace Viktor F. Yanukovych, who fled Kiev on Feb. 21 after a failed but bloody attempt to suppress a civic uprising, and whose toppling as president set off Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea,” wrote David M. Herszenhorn, one of the most consistently biased reporters on Ukraine.

Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

Ukraine’s President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

Very little about the Times’ summary is either accurate or balanced. It is at best a one-sided account of the tumultuous events over the past several months in Ukraine and leaves out context that would enable a Times’ reader to get a more accurate understanding of the crisis.

Indeed, that false narrative, which has now become engrained as American conventional wisdom, has itself become a threat to U.S. interests because, if you believe the preferred storyline, you would tend to support aggressive counter-measures that could have dangerous and counter-productive consequences.

Beyond that, there is the broader risk to U.S. democracy when major news organizations routinely engage in this sort of propaganda. Just in recent years, the U.S. government has launched wars under such fake pretenses, inflicting casualties in faraway lands, engendering profound hatred of the United States, depleting the U.S. Treasury, and maiming and killing American soldiers.

That is why it’s important for journalists and news outlets to do all they can to get these kinds of stories right and not just pander to the powers-that-be.

Ukraine’s Real Narrative

Regarding Ukraine, the real narrative is much more complex and nuanced than the New York Times described. The origins of the immediate crisis date back to last year when the European Union rashly offered an association agreement to Ukraine, a proposal that elected President Yanukovych considered.

However, when the International Monetary Fund insisted on a harsh austerity plan that would have made the hard lives of the Ukrainian people even harder and when Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a more generous aid package of $15 billion Yanukovych turned away from the EU-IMF deal.

That provoked demonstrations in Kiev from Ukrainians, many from the west, who favored closer ties to Europe and who were tired of the endemic corruption that has plagued Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and since the “shock therapy” capitalism that saw a handful of oligarchs plunder the nation’s wealth and resources.

Though most protesters appeared motivated by a desire for better governance and a hope that an association with Europe would improve their economic prospects, a significant percentage of the crowd on the Maidan came from neo-Nazi and other far-right movements that despised Yanukovych and his ethnic Russian political base for their own reasons, dating back to Ukraine’s split in World War II between pro-Nazi and pro-Soviet forces.

The increasingly disruptive protests on the Maidan were also egged on by U.S. officials and pushed by U.S.-funded non-governmental organizations, some subsidized by the National Endowment for Democracy, whose neocon president Carl Gershman last September had termed Ukraine “the biggest prize” and a key step in undermining Putin inside Russia.

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, a neocon who had been an adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, personally urged on the demonstrators, even passing out cookies at the Maidan. In one speech, she told Ukrainian business leaders that the United States had invested $5 billion in their “European aspirations.”

Nuland also was caught in an intercepted phone conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt explaining whom she wanted to see running the government once Yanukovych was gone. Her choice was Arseniy Yatsenyuk or “Yats.”

Sen. John McCain, another prominent neocon, rallied the Maidan protesters while standing near a Svoboda party banner honoring Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, whose radical paramilitary force had helped the Nazis expel and exterminate tens of thousands of Poles and Jews during World War II.

The Putsch

Contrary to Herszenhorn’s boilerplate paragraph, the violence was not entirely from the embattled government. Neo-Nazi militias, which had secured weapons and organized themselves into 100-man brigades, launched repeated attacks on the police, including burning some policemen with firebombs.

On Feb. 20, as the violence worsened, mysterious snipers opened fire on both demonstrators and police, killing some 20 people and escalating the confrontation dangerously. Though the Western press jumped to the conclusion that Yanukovych was to blame, he denied ordering the shootings and EU officials later came to suspect that the attacks were done by the opposition as a provocation.

“So there is a stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych, it was somebody from the new coalition,” Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet told European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, as reported by the UK Guardian.

On Feb. 21, Yanukovych sought to tamp down the violence by signing an agreement with representatives of Germany, France and Poland in which he accepted early elections (so he could be voted out of office) and agreed to reduced presidential powers. He also pulled back the police.

However, when the police were withdrawn, the neo-Nazi militias completed their putsch on Feb. 22, seizing control of government buildings and forcing Yanukovych and his officials to flee for their lives. In effect, the storm troopers controlled the Ukrainian government.

I was told by an international diplomat who was on the ground in Kiev that the Western countries felt there was no choice but to immediately work with the shaken Parliament to put together an interim government, otherwise the “thugs” would remain in charge.

So, Yanukovych was hastily impeached through an illegal process that circumvented the Ukrainian constitution, and the Parliament picked a new government which ceded four ministries, including national security, to the neo-Nazis in recognition of their crucial role in the coup.

To head up this interim government, Yatsenyuk was named prime minister and one of his first orders of business was to enact the IMF austerity plan that Yanukovych had rejected. The intimidated Parliament also approved a ban on Russian as an official language, although that scheme was later dropped.

In other words, the Times misleads its readers when it summarizes the events by simply saying Yanukovych “fled Kiev on Feb. 21 after a failed but bloody attempt to suppress a civic uprising.”

The Aftermath

After the coup, ethnic Russians in the east and south were outraged that their elected president had been removed violently and illegally. In the southern peninsula of Crimea, the local parliament voted to arrange a referendum on secession in order to rejoin Russia, which had controlled Crimea dating back to the 1700s.

Russia did not “invade” Crimea since Moscow already had some 16,000 troops stationed in Crimea under an agreement with Ukraine for Russia to retain its historic naval base at Sevastopol. Russian troops did back up the local Crimean authorities as they planned their referendum which showed overwhelming public support for secession.

It became another U.S. conventional wisdom that the referendum was “rigged” because the turnout was high and the vote in favor of secession was 96 percent. But exit polls showed a similarly overwhelming majority of around 93 percent and no serious person doubts that most Crimeans favored escaping from the failed Ukrainian state.

Russia then agreed to accept Crimea back into its federation. So, while the Crimean referendum was surely hastily organized, it reflected the popular will and was central to the Russian decision to reclaim the historical peninsula.

Yet, the Times summarized those events as “Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea,” creating the image of Russian troops swarming across the border and seizing the territory against the will of the people.

If Herszenhorn’s paragraph were the first time that he or the newspaper had offered such a misleading account on Ukraine or other international hotspots, one might excuse it as just a rushed and careless synopsis. But the summary is only the latest example of the Times’ deeply biased pattern, marching in lockstep with the State Department’s propaganda themes for years.

The Times’ failures in the run-up to the disastrous Iraq War were infamous, particularly the “aluminum tube” story by Michael R. Gordon and Judith Miller. The Times showed similar bias on the Syrian conflict, including last year’s debunked Times’ “vector analysis” tracing a Sarin-laden rocket back to a Syrian military base when the rocket had less than one-third the necessary range.

But the Times’ prejudice over the Ukraine crisis has been even more extreme. Virtually everything that the Times writes about Ukraine is so polluted with propaganda that it requires a very strong filter, along with additives from more independent news sources, to get anything approaching an accurate understanding of events.

Since the early days of the coup, the Times has behaved as essentially a propaganda organ for the new regime in Kiev and the State Department, blaming Russia and Putin for the crisis. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Will Ukraine Be NYT’s Waterloo?”]

Embarrassing Gaffes

In the Times’ haste to perform this function, there have been some notable journalistic gaffes such as the Times’ front-page story  touting photographs that supposedly showed Russian special forces in Russia and then the same soldiers in eastern Ukraine, allegedly proving that the east’s popular resistance to the coup regime in Kiev was simply clumsily disguised Russian aggression.

Any serious journalist would have recognized the holes in the story since it wasn’t clear where the photos were taken or whether the blurry images were even the same people but that didn’t bother the Times, which led with the scoop.

However, only two days later, the scoop blew up when it turned out that a key photo — supposedly showing a group of soldiers in Russia who later appeared in eastern Ukraine — was actually taken in Ukraine, destroying the premise of the entire story.

Herszenhorn himself has been one of the most biased Times’ reporters. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Ukraine, Though the US ‘Looking Glass.’”]

Now, since Ukrainian voters with the exception of those in the rebellious eastern provinces have selected a new president, billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko, the question is whether the twisted and distorted U.S. narrative will stop President Barack Obama from taking pragmatic steps to defuse the crisis.

Poroshenko, who has done past business in Russia and knows Putin personally, appears ready to deescalate the crisis with Ukraine’s neighbor. After Sunday’s election, Poroshenko vowed to repair relations with Russia and Putin, who himself has made conciliatory comments about respecting the election results.

“Most probably the meeting with the Russian leadership will certainly take place in the first half of July,” said Poroshenko,. “We should be very ready tactically in approach to this meeting, because first we should create an agenda, we should prepare documents, so that it will not be just to shake hands.”

Poroshenko also has voiced a willingness to accept greater federalism that would grant a degree of self-rule to the provinces in eastern Ukraine. And, there are tentative plans for Obama and Putin to meet on June 6 in Normandy around ceremonies honoring the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Despite these few positive developments, the violence in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate with scores of ethnic Russian separatist rebels and pro-Kiev troops killed in clashes around the Donetsk airport on Monday.

Still, the major remaining obstacle to some reconciliation of the Ukraine crisis may be the deeply biased reporting at the Times and other mainstream American news outlets, which continue to insist that the story has only one side.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com). For a limited time, you also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.

20 comments for “NYT’s One-Sided Ukraine Narrative

  1. Андрей
    May 30, 2014 at 04:57

    Thank you for telling the truth about Ukraine.

  2. Ирина
    May 30, 2014 at 03:36

    Thank you Robert and all the American people who are telling the truth.

  3. Aleks
    May 29, 2014 at 10:45

    Merkel called Putin and asked to help Ukraine .
    Arayik Sargsyan, Academician, President of the Academy of Geopolitics …

    President of Ukraine in a telephone conversation with U.S. Vice President J. Biden , he said that he performed Maidan conditions . But maydanovtsi still standing ? It seems that it’s time to go home.
    Company leaders were surprisingly weak. No clear program of action . They want to sew Yanukovych genocide against his people. Power to provoke the use of force . Hoping for the support and the EU and the U.S.. Maidan turned into a perpetual failure . Based on the weight proved a miscalculation .
    But suddenly, President Yanukovych ill. Rather, it is a political disease . Huge load . Responsibility unreal . Pressured from all sides . All blackmailed . People – civil war , the Russian Federation – the money , the EU – sanctions. Within the government and observers have a very active , which is not good . Ukrainian oligarchs insured. They do not care who will be president . Buy any. This is their philosophy . In such a situation does not get nervous breakdown?..http://hayojax.am/hy/shows/yerkir-media-tv/yerkri-harc/3570/arayik-sargsyan-23012014.html

  4. Aleks
    May 29, 2014 at 10:43

    To Putin’s visit to China: the creation of a new world order.
    China has long started geopolitical and trade wars for awarding the world’s resources of raw materials, energy resources. China is the last pillar of the Judeo-Christian capitalist model of the world economy . In the West, the development of the Judeo- Christian economic capitalism is over, went into decline . The last bastion of this model of economic development was China . Labour productivity in agriculture in China has grown . Russia is preparing to announce energy deal with anyone otherwise , as with China – a step that can trigger a wave of geopolitical turmoil in the world , linking the two peoples raw cooperation. For Moscow – a deal to supply natural gas to China , which is now , apparently , is nearing completion after several years of negotiations . If it will be signed during the forthcoming visit of Putin in May in China , it will be an indicator of bias power pole on the east, as well as a sign that Russia no longer needs the West.Arayik Sargsyan, academician, President of the Geopolitical Academy, http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/RU_Direje.aspx?Jimare=16686

  5. JD
    May 29, 2014 at 08:50

    “Regarding Ukraine, the real narrative is much more complex and nuanced than the New York Times described.”

    CNN: “What I know I learned on TV.” © Madeleine Albright
    (about the presidential elections in Ukraine)

  6. JD
    May 29, 2014 at 08:25

    “Regarding Ukraine, the real narrative is much more complex and nuanced than the New York Times described.”

    CNN: “What I know I learned on TV.” © Madeleine Albright
    (about the presidential elections in Ukraine)

  7. Tom
    May 29, 2014 at 06:36

    Tragedy. Was so much bloodshed happening under Yanukovich? Not, so who is good and who is bad.
    The US use this “axis of evil” terminology. For the rest of the world apart from the US themselves and their poodles, the US is the very axis of evil, millions killed just during last ten years. All this Islamist extremism would not have existed if it was not for the US.

  8. Tom
    May 29, 2014 at 06:34

    People die when Obama comes up with “democracy”………..

  9. Roman
    May 29, 2014 at 05:20

    Thank you for this article. While reading Western mainstream sources I really feel that time of the Iron Curtain is back, but now I’m on the other side of it, here, in Russia.

  10. Oleg
    May 29, 2014 at 04:31

    Hi from Russia!
    The author, shortly, painted rightly picture.
    Nobody in Russia, including government, wants war in Ukraine.
    To many people are relatives, living in both countries.
    To many Russians live in Ukraine and to many Ukrainians live in Russia.
    Maidan is western creation.
    And, I very glad to see that US citizen’s opinion is not coincide with US government in Russians matter.
    Sorry for my English.

  11. rus_programmer
    May 28, 2014 at 17:43

    Excellent article.
    I would only disagree here.
    >>After the coup, ethnic Russians in the east and
    >>south were outraged that their elected president
    >>had been removed violently and illegally.

    Who does not have sympathy for Yanukovych, nor in Russia or Ukraine. However, the forces that have come to the real power is totally unacceptable for a large part of the population. Indeed it is the ideological heirs of Nazi accomplices. And they actually have repeatedly proven their beliefs. In YouTube you can find many videos on this subject.
    For example Nov 27. 2013 (Russian to the gallows, who does not jump that Russian)

  12. Alex
    May 28, 2014 at 17:38

    Robert Parry – thank you! After it article, I believe that whenever America will real freedom. Americans – wake up, open you eyes!

  13. Vladimir Crim
    May 28, 2014 at 06:22
  14. Андрей
    May 28, 2014 at 05:00

    Folks, this is worth a look for those who support the current
    Ukrainian authorities . And he wants to know the truth . The rest … if the nerves are not acting up .

    Type in a search engine :
    1. Analysis Odessa Khatyn
    2. How Odessites killed in the House of Trade Unions – details of the scenario

    Conclusion: Provocation krasnopovyazchnikov associated with the Right, the shooting started on soccer fans apparently passed with the consent of the Odessa Police . Shooting at the building trade unions with ukryvshimisya there unarmed supporters federalization no one stopped . Deputy. D.Fuchedzhi police chief went on increasing . All the blame blamed on Russian , including arson. “

  15. Polina
    May 28, 2014 at 04:15

    I’m from Rossii.I now surprise that Americans have that you would see deystvitelnost.Spasibo eto.Nikto does not want war, neither Russian nor ukraintsy.No looking at how the Kiev authorities bombed the city and kill the local population makes me terribly . and sponsors murder west and the USA. Everyone understands it, Ukraine has no money for war. More recently, the legitimate President Yanukovych forbidden to use weapons, and now, it is not lawful, allowed to bomb the city (??) Why does the U.S. not live peacefully, why poke their noses everywhere, really hectic there is no problem, but to kill civilians throughout mire.Obama stop! People are dying!

  16. F. G. Sanford
    May 27, 2014 at 17:39

    The House of Representatives just passed a $600,000,000.00 bill to augment Israel’s “missile defense” program. Never mind that there is not a single country in the Middle East which could realistically threaten Israel with a missile attack. Meanwhile, the VA notes that on any given night, there are 300,000 American Veterans sleeping on the streets. At the same time, John Boehner made a statement to the effect that he’s “not ready to fire Eric Shinseki, but he’s getting there”. It’s pertinent to keep in mind that Eric Shinseki, who now oversees the VA, is the retired General who told the truth to the Bush administration. He was forced to retire because, based on realistic battle planning and solid military strategy, he audaciously told the Bush administration that it would take between 300 and 400 THOUSAND troops to avoid a fiasco in Iraq. We’ve all forgotten the Walter Reed scandal which got into high gear around 2007. Funds needed for remedies were requested but denied by Congress as early as 1999. The solution was to “roll a few heads” and “relieve those responsible”. None of our treasonous elected representatives suffered any political damage. They were busy “supporting the troops”.

    Our “Israel Firster” press and our “Israel Firster” politicians are at it again. Ukraine is another ill-advised fiasco intended to disrupt potential Russian support for Israel’s imaginary enemies. Never mind that the coup was implemented by a bunch of neo-Nazis and orchestrated by Israel Firster neocons, the agenda now is to convince gullible, functionally illiterate Americans that it was all Russia’s fault. Blaming the unparalleled disaster on anyone but its real “masterminds” is why The Times’ neocon stalwarts are circling the wagons.

    The ethnic cleansing of apartheid Israel continues unabated. As pundits insinuate that the anti-Semitic elements in Ukraine are really sponsored by Russia, there will eventually be a flood of new “settlers” available to occupy more Palestinian land. The hypocrisy and double standards that have inspired our support for Israeli crimes against humanity have seeped into every aspect of our politics and foreign policy. The last thing we can do now is start telling the truth, and woe to the mainstream journalist who dares.

    Retired Lieutenant General Daniel Bolger has released a new book called, “Why We Lost”. I wonder if he mentions that the “counterinsurgency” strategy we embraced was based on Che Guevara’s tactics to liberate Cuba from Battista. Castro made it work; we couldn’t. Our propaganda is based on Josef Goebbels’ hate and fear-mongering techniques, and our persecution of “whistleblowers” is based on Stalinist repression. After Shinseki, McKiernan and others got fired for telling the truth, the rest of them quietly went along. A few of those Generals must find it distasteful. Having read the same books, attended the same training, studied the same history and worn the same uniform, I think I know a Nazi when I see one. Will any of them find Shinseki’s courage, or will he get fired TWICE before they speak up ONCE?

    P.T. Barnum was wrong. You can fool all of the people most of the time. Do we do support the troops? After all, we do give them streets to sleep on. The $5 BILLION we spent to destabilize Ukraine, we must believe, is keeping those streets safe. While we support neo-Nazis, Germany has rejuvenated a campaign to prosecute nonagenarian war criminals. Posters promoting the initiative read, “It’s never too late”. I hope that’s true. Alfred Rosenberg, a journalist, was hanged at Nuremberg. As the crimes against humanity accumulate, and America squanders its economy to support them, perhaps someday, The Times AND our politicians will tell the truth. Twelve feet of rope can be awfully convincing.

    • jeremiah
      May 28, 2014 at 11:13

      It is not an exaggeration to state the New York Times and its fellow “news” organizations are fully complicit in the atrocities committed in Ukraine. If the people of this country were informed of the truth of what is going on, they would never permit their government to support it. The writers and editors who tailor their stories to meet the desires of the state are just as guilty as all the other perpetrators. Justice cannot be done because this time the international community has taken the side of the Nazis.

  17. Mark
    May 27, 2014 at 13:40

    First Poroshenko’s action after the elections was to “calm the unrest” in Donetsk.
    With jet-fighters and heavy artillery.

    100+ dead, including civilians. But I’m sure, it’s still a legitimate course of action for Obama since the locals are obviously “terrorists” as Kiev proclaims.

    Caution! NSFW

    • Ronald Beal
      May 29, 2014 at 22:48

      Thanks Robert for your article reflecting sanity in an insane western camp-USA! I am married to a Russian lady for the past 10 years. I have visited Ukraine and Russia several times; We have children and G-children remaining in Odessa, Ukraine. My wife watches Russian News on her computer and cries every day. I watch the damage and she translates for me- I despise this Nazi government more with each passing second! The demonstrations against the first president were intended to force him out of office. Immediately Joe Bidden- Mr. McGoo- was on site recommending a division of the country- i.e., Vietnam, Iraq and Korea. That was dropped after about two days- my question at the time, what the hell does Bidden and Obama have to do with Ukraine? Then I remembered, the ‘out-going’ president was the US puppet, similar to the Shaw of Iran, remember ?
      The demonstrators were immediately physically divided- Russian and Ukrainian- left and right, a large split down the middle. Immediately snipers opened up, killing several on each side. The local thought was that it was American snipers. At the time, Greystone, aka Blackwater, was in country. Later their number was increased to 500. While deigning any Americans were ‘on the ground’ US soldiers were seen, in uniform around Kiev. (OD Drab, US Army and rank evident). The bankrupt Ukrainian government suddenly had “new” tanks, with English numbering, APCs- jeeps, automatic weapons and all the ammo they needed. My wife, repeating the news, told me the bullets ‘exploded’. I thought she meant that they went in small and exited large- i.e., hollow points. Two days later, she described the ammo again: The bullet goes in and then actually “explodes” outward from the inside!!! Thanks Obama, Joe Bidden and John McCain!!
      Bidden told the temp-president the US put in office, that the Ukraine Army needed to get out of Kiev and “start killing people”. The launched an ‘assault’ on one of the east most cities and were met in the road by mothers, daughters and children. They asked, “What do you want?” The soldiers replied- “We have come to kill the terrorist.” The crown replied, “We are the terrorist, your mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. Kill us now, then go away!” The soldiers exited the tanks and APCs, saying “We will not kill you, but we are hungry. We have not eaten in 4 days.” The women and girls got food from home, and fed the soldiers, they returned to Kiev. (CNN reported this pretty accurately: “The Ukraine Army was ‘humiliated’ by the opposition today.” That was said twice, nothing more. Decide for yourself what that means or meant. Typical CNN propaganda!! (BS!) The second and third “assault” ended the same, with the soldiers being fed. Finally, Bidden informed Kiev that the Army was not going to kill their own people. “We” have to do something else! The Ukraine prisons were opened and murders, rapist, thieves were all made soldiers, given US provided uniforms, weapons etc. Tanks, helicopters, exploding bullets, NOW, GAS provided the America, is being used to kill the citizens of Ukraine. Homes, schools, hospitals, daycare centers, and private homes, apartment buildings are being destroyed day and night. It is not Russian against Ukrainians, it is Kiev AND the Obama White House against anti-Nazi, anti-corruption civilians. The prisoner army kills anyone and everyone. Attendees of a funeral service, which included some of the legal Ukrainian military, were shot from a helicopter flying overhead. Ref. the burning government building incident: civilians were burned to death on the first floor, their charred bodies were kicked and called ‘niggers’ by the Prisoner Army. The second floor civilians suffered from some smoke damage. These had accelerate thrown on their faces, hands and feet, then set fire. After burning for a wile, they were shot in the head, face and chest. The third floor suffered no smoke or fire casualties. These were civilians, some government administrators working when the fire was set. They were killed with a shot to the head; a pregnant woman was raped then beaten to death with an iron rod. All civilians on the third floor were killed. Children in the building were killed with an axe, dismembered, placed in garbage bags, then boxes, and stored-hidden in the basement.
      All of this was instigated, sponsored and financed by the Obama White House!! Biden is the front man for Obama, shown at the ‘head’ table giving instructions to the Nazi leaders, Obama has put in power. John McCain has toured adjacent countries attempting to garner support for the US, or garner support against Russia. Few have agreed to anything. Moldova, the western adjacent country, after a survey indicating that 60% of the citizens disliked “Russia”, received a $2 Million gift from Obama. The blood, carnage, killing of civilians, women, children, old men, young men, ladies, young girls even infants continue hour by hour. Food is getting short, gas is being cut off because Kiev will not pay Russia their past bills, and Europe will not pay because they do not have the funds. Obama’s sanctions are destroying the European economy, because most of Europe has been trading with Russia, food, gas, meat etc. A European Trade Summit was recently held in St Petersburg, countries from all over the world. Obama objected, telling the worlds countries not to attend, or they would suffer. The worlds countries told Big Obama to “shove it”, and the meeting was held as usual.
      (Personal Comments) I am ex-military, but still naïve. I thought America was the greatest country on the planet, and I still think the people are! But this American governments is the most imperialist, war-mongering country in existence. Obama cannot fire a sling-shot, but uses our men and women to slaughter innocent people all over the world. The Ukraine situation was initiated, propagated and sustained by the Obama White House, the Three Stooges, Obama, Bidden and McCain. I am ashamed of the acts these Fascist have committed and instigated around the world. The Ukrainian people have had a hard life; 72% live in poverty because Kiev steals all moneys coming into the country. But they will feed you, give you the last piece of bread if you are hungry; the children are beautiful, cheerful and happy. The women are some of the most beautiful in the world; As an American, I have never been attacked, mocked or offended by a single person in either Ukraine or Russia. BUT, Obama, in his desire to rule over the world, and destroy Russia, will kill anyone to achieve his insane goals. NOTE: RUSSIA HAS DONE NOTHING- HAS NOT ATTACKED ANYONE; HAS NOT EVEN VERBALLY DUELED WITH OBAMA! Russia is innocent of all claims against it. Obama, Bidden and McCain are guilt of war crimes, crimes against humanity and numerous violations of international law. I have written 15 (R) Senators asking for an investigation into Ukraine and the WH. I have written Sean Hannity, Bill O’Riley and Sarah Palin. To date, they have done nothing!!! Do your part- please, let the world know- keep talking, making comments- do not let the wonderful people of Ukraine die in vain.
      Ronald E. Beal

  18. Meremark
    May 27, 2014 at 01:47

    Independent sources I like proving the Times lies and intentionally (by ignoring firsthand accounts) catapults the propaganda.





    I see NYTimes regurgitates CIA propaganda programs, not so much State Dept. -fed crap. In unison, State Dept. says what CIA orders them to say.
    Link to Allen Dulles’s notorious book, “The Craft of Intelligence” in which he boasts that since the 1950s his Agency does control (by pre-screening) all the news that is published, (by pre-censoring) all the news that is not published, and (by composing) every ‘official’ statement of the State Dept,
    Quite the boast. Read the book. The man was a sociopathically sick piece of work.
    The Craft of Intelligence, by Allen Dulles, ]1965],

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