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[Disarmo] Nato a comando Usa: la più grande minaccia all'umanità - stopnato Digest Number 5216

Dalla lista stop nato un primo articolo che si integra bene con il lavoro inviato da Dinucci, che spazia dalla 'nuva strategia Nato' all'attuale approdo in Ukrajna.

Seguono alcune brevi su Georgia, Caucaso, Libia.

Jure Ellero


Oggetto: [stopnato] Digest Number 5216
Data: 26 Dec 2014 09:29:00 -0000
Mittente: stopnato at yahoogroups.com

There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. US-Led NATO: Humanity's Greatest Threat
    From: Rick Rozoff

2. Georgia: Pentagon Plans More War Games On Russia's Southern Border
    From: Rick Rozoff

3. War Training: NATO To Keep Georgian Troops In Afghanistan Indefinite
    From: Rick Rozoff

4. Ukrainian Junta Gives Absolute Power To Permanent War Body
    From: Rick Rozoff

5. Kiev: Ukraine's Strongman Effects Night Of The Long Knives
    From: Rick Rozoff

6. Libya: Aftermath Of NATO's First African War
    From: Rick Rozoff


1. US-Led NATO: Humanity's Greatest Threat
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:36 am ((PST))


December 24, 2014

US-Led NATO: Humanity's Greatest Threat
By Stephen Lendman

US-dominated NATO's post-Cold War transformation into a global police force threatens humanity's survival. America calls the shots.

Involving NATO in wars on three continents - Europe, Asia and Africa. After Soviet Russia's dissolution, the Alliance expanded exponentially.

From 16 to 28 members. Twenty-two Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) ones. Seven 
Mediterranean Dialogue countries. Four Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) states.

Comprising nearly one-third of world nations. Planning much more expansion. Intending new members and partners.

On all continents. Virtually everywhere. For a US-controlled global military alliance. A dagger at humanity's heart.

According to Stop NATO founder/editor Rick Rozoff:

"Post-Cold War NATO has repeatedly and without disguise identified its purview and its area of operations to be international in scope, and over the past 22 years its efforts to achieve that objective have steadily accelerated to the point where the military alliance is well poised to supplant the United Nations as the main, indeed the exclusive, arbiter of conflicts not only between but within nations throughout the world."

"A US-dominated armed bloc which includes three nuclear powers and accounts for an estimated 70 percent of global military spending has expanded deployments, operations and partnerships around the planet."

Rozoff quoted former UN Assistant Secretary-General/Iraq humanitarian coordinator Hans von Sponeck's scathing denunciation, saying:

"In 1999, NATO acknowledged that it was seeking to orient itself according to a new fundamental strategic concept."

"From a narrow military defense alliance it was to become a broad-based alliance for the protection of the vital resources needs of its members."

"Besides the defense of member states’ borders, it set itself new purposes such as assured access to energy sources and the right to intervene in ‘movements of large numbers of persons’ and in conflicts far from the boarders of NATO countries."

"The readiness of the new alliance to include other countries, particularly those that had previously been part of the Soviet Union, shows how the character of this military alliance has altered.”

“(T)he United Nations monopoly of the use of force, especially as specified in Article 51 of the Charter, was no longer accepted according to the 1999 NATO doctrine."

"NATO’s territorial scope, until then limited to the Euro-Atlantic region, was expanded by its member to encompass the whole world in keeping with a strategic context that was global in its sweep."

US-dominated NATO intends replacing the UN, says Rozoff. Initially as its military wing. Heading toward becoming an unstoppable freedom-crushing monster.

Operating globally. Proliferating violence and instability. Ravaging and destroying one country after another.

Raping them. Plundering them. Stealing their resources. Exploiting their people. Claiming exceptionalism and moral superiority.

Waging permanent wars in the name of peace. State terror on an unimaginable scale.

Replacing independent governments with pro-Western stooge ones. Making the world safe for monied interests.

Risking East/West confrontation. Possible global war. Threatening world peace. It hangs by a thread.

Perhaps severed if Ukraine joins NATO. Something Russia won't tolerate. Both countries share a nearly 1,500 kilometer land and sea border.

As an Alliance member, Ukraine threatens Russia's security. It took the first step toward NATO membership. Its parliament voting 303 - 8 for closer military/strategic Western ties.

By rescinding its nonaligned status. A 2010 pollcy of "non-participation…in military-political alliances."

Illegitimate oligarch president Petro Poroshenko is Washington's man in Kiev. He prioritized changing Ukraine's status.

To "deepen cooperation with NATO in order to achieve the criteria required for membership in this organization."

Russia intends going all-out to stop it. Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov saying "(w)e would like to hear a 100 percent guarantee that no one would think about Ukraine's joining NATO."

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg calls the "idea of giving some kind of guarantee…against the fundamental principles on which we are basing our security."

"It's up to each and every independent nation to decide itself what kind of security arrangements it wants to be part of," he said.

"So therefore there is no way we can guarantee. Or we don't want to deliver that kind of guarantees; because we are basing our policies on the open-door policy."

"Countries should decide themselves whether they want to become member of a military alliance as NATO or not."

"No third country outside NATO can veto the enlargement of NATO. That's a relationship between NATO and the aspirant country."

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called ending Ukraine's nonaligned status "counterproductive. It only pumps up confrontation, and creates the illusion that by passing such laws it is possible to settle a deep domestic crisis within Ukraine."

"A much more productive and sensible path is to start, at last, a dialogue with that part of their own people which has been completely ignored since the state coup was carried out."

"There is no other way. Only constitutional reform, with participation of all regions and political forces of Ukraine, can give a correct tone."

Russian lower house State Duma international affairs committee head Leonid Slutsky said rescinding nonaligned status "may mount tension in Russian-Ukrainian relations. (It'll) complicate restoration of very difficult talks."

United Russia party first deputy head Frants Klintsevich called Kiev's action "a direct challenge to Russia."

Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev was uncharacteristically harsh. Suggesting an appropriate Russian response.

"The US president signed an anti-Russian law empowering any US president to introduce sanctions against Russia anytime," he said.

"Like it was with the Jackson-Vanik amendment, our relations with America will be poisoned for decades to come."

"The Ukrainian President has submitted to (its parliament a bill on dropping the country's off-bloc status or, in essence, an application for joining NATO, which turns Ukraine into a potential enemy of Russia."

"Both decisions will have extremely deplorable aftermaths and our country will have to react to them."

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said NATO has an open door policy,

"Countries that are willing to contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic space are welcome to apply for membership. Each application will be considered on the merits."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reacted as expected. Through his spokesman. Saying Ukraine…has the sovereign right to decide on its own future."

Ignoring Kiev's putschist government illegitimacy. With no right to decide anything.

Following Tuesday's parliamentary vote, Poroshenko posted a Facebook comment saying "(f)inally we have rectified the error."

"European and Euro-Atlantic integration is a non-alternative way for Ukraine." Days earlier he called refusal to join NATO in 2010 "the (greatest) mistake of the former Ukrainian leadership."

NATO's Article 10 explains its membership process, saying:

"The Parties may by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area to accede to this Treaty."

"Any State so invited may become a Party to the Treaty by depositing its instrument of accession with the Government of the United States of America."

"The Government of the United States of America will inform each of the Parties of the deposit of each such instrument of accession."

Article 4 calls for members to "consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any" is threatened.

Article 5 considers an armed attack (real or otherwise) against one or more members, an attack against all. Collective self-defense is called for.

NATO membership requires ratifying and implementing numerous standardization agreements (STANAGs).

So weapons, equipment, communications procedures, processes and procedures comply with common guidelines.

Ukraine is nowhere near up to NATO standards. Nor will it be any time soon. It's close to economic collapse. Needs tens of billions of dollars to avoid bankruptcy.

Spends its resources servicing Western banker debt. Waging war on Donbas. Replenishing evaporating foreign exchange reserves. Paying for Russian gas supplies.

It'll take years at best to resolve its economic crisis conditions. No matter. The die is cast. Expect eventual Ukraine inclusion in NATO.

New US bases near Russia's border. Targeting its heartland. Flashpoint conditions for potential conflict.

Ukraine is a NATO partner. The Alliance pledge support.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told illegitimate prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk "NATO stands with you." An ominous sign of things to come.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen at sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.


2. Georgia: Pentagon Plans More War Games On Russia's Southern Border
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:08 am ((PST))


Trend News Agency
December 23, 2014

Georgia, US mull plans for joint military exercises
By Nana Kirtzkhalia

Tbilisi: A delegation of the general staff of Georgian armed forces and commanding general of US 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Major General Steven Busby discussed further plans for holding joint Georgian-US military exercises.

This meeting was held during the two-day visit of the Georgian delegation to the US.

Georgian delegation led by Deputy Head of the General Staff Colonel Roman Jokhadze was received by Chief of Staff of US Central Command, Major General Michael Garrett.

He thanked the Georgian side for participation in international missions. The sides also discussed the regional security issues.


3. War Training: NATO To Keep Georgian Troops In Afghanistan Indefinite
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:09 am ((PST))


Civil Georgia
December 24, 2014

MPs Endorse Georgia’s Contribution to NATO’s New Afghan Mission

Tbilisi: The Parliament backed unanimously on December 24 ratification of an agreement on Georgia’s participation in the NATO-led new mission in Afghanistan, Resolute Support.

Georgia will continue contributing 750 troops to NATO-led mission in Afghanistan with one battalion stationed at Bagram Air Field under the U.S. command and one company in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.

A farewell ceremony for reconnaissance company from the fourth mechanized brigade, departing to Mazar-i-Sharif, was held on December 16; the company will assume the task of rapid reaction force at German army’s Camp Marmal.

Georgia’s first contribution to the Afghan operation came in 2004 when 50 soldiers were briefly deployed there under the German command as part of ensuring security during the presidential elections.

In November, 2009 Georgia deployed about 170 soldiers in Kabul under the French command. In 2010 Georgia increased presence in Afghanistan by sending an infantry battalion in the Helmand province serving along with the U.S. marines in October, 2012 Georgia added one more battalion in Helmand and at its peak Georgia had about 1,600 soldiers in Afghanistan. Georgian troops were withdrawn from Helmand in July, 2014.

Death toll of the Georgian soldiers in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan is 29 – all killed in action in the Helmand province.

Over 435 Georgian soldiers have been wounded. In the most recent incident three servicemen from the 51st light infantry battalion were wounded in a suicide attack last month while they were on patrol in the Parwan province.


4. Ukrainian Junta Gives Absolute Power To Permanent War Body
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:10 am ((PST))


Xinhua News Agency
December 25, 2014

Ukraine broadens powers of top security body

KIEV: The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved a bill granting more powers to the country's top security body -- the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), said the legislature's press service.

The bill, which gives the NSDC the right to make decisions independently in emergencies without approval from the head of state or government, was passed with 253 votes in favor.

According to the new law, the NSDC, which previously supervised only the Defense Ministry and the armed forces, now acquires the right to partially control law enforcement, anti-corruption and executive agencies.

Besides, the NSDC secretary is entitled to declare martial law or a state of emergency in the country should a threat to national security arise.

Previously the Ukrainian president was the only person who had the right to impose a special security status in the country.

Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appointed former parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov as secretary of the NSDC after the sudden resignation of his predecessor Andriy Parubiy.


5. Kiev: Ukraine's Strongman Effects Night Of The Long Knives
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:28 am ((PST))


Azeri Press Agency
December 24, 2014

Ukrainian president sacks heads of 77 district administrations

Baku: Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has dismissed 77 heads of district administrations with no explanations available as of yet, APA reports quoting İTAR-TASS.

They were sacked in 18 regions of the country, including the Kiev, Lugansk, Lvov, Poltava, Rovno, Kharkov and Kherson regions.

The decrees were posted late on Tuesday on the president’s website.



December 25, 2014

Rada votes to expand powers of National Security and Defense Council

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on Thursday approved a draft law that broadened the powers of the National Security and Defense Council, two days after MPs failed to pass similar legislation on the council.

The decision was supported by 253 MPs out of 372 registered in the session hall, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

A number of amendments to the bill were submitted before the voting. In particular, they concerned wording that was to bring the powers of the NSDC into line with the Constitution and other Ukrainian laws.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on December 23 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine failed to support a presidential bill "On Amendments to the Law "On the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine "on the improvement of coordination and control of the National Security and Defense."

The corresponding bill was supported by 223 MPs out of 368 registered in the session hall, with 226 votes needed for the vote to pass. The representatives of the Samopomich party, the Radical party and the Opposition Bloc did not vote.


6. Libya: Aftermath Of NATO's First African War
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:28 am ((PST))


Azeri News Agency
December 25, 2014

Attack in north Libya leaves 19 army soldiers killed

Baku: An attack by unknown gunmen on a power plant in the northern Libyan city of Sirte has killed 19 army soldiers, APA reports quoting Press TV.

The attack started pre-dawn Thursday when gunman targeted soldiers guarding Sirte’s main power plant. The ensuing clashes that erupted in the area of al-Qabiya in the western part of Sirte left 19 army soldiers killed, Libyan military sources said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the assault. However, military sources have said that Libya Dawn militants, who oppose the elected government and its loyal forces, were supposedly behind the attack.

Dawn forces seized the capital, Tripoli, in August after a month-long battle with rivals and set up their own government and parliament.

Libya has been gripped by militancy and factional fighting since the ouster of...Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. The militia groups that helped drive him out are now fighting for power and a share of the oil revenues.

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