democracy - Page 5

  • #ukraine bored with computergames, go to Ukraine to play real war

    these kind of kids go around in Russian Occupied zone to shoot at gas stations and the like

    and we have also Russian journalists, western extreme rightwing tourists and Russian militias coming over to have some fun, try to storm something or fire some guns or tanks or artillery

    the same happened during the Bosnian war and for more Muslim-inspired bored youngsters there is ISIS now

    by the way, you can get killed by the Ukranian army (as a few hundred to thousand Russian families have experienced) - even if you are a socalled professional soldier and you go into Ukraine because you get a lot of money - and your family even more (relative) if you get killed (but don't get wounded).

  • this is why our military software and networks have so much vulnerabilities

    "Software assurance, the practice of designing and testing software to exclude vulnerabilities, has been apparently neglected completely by the Pentagon and the defense contractors that supply it with precision weapons, ISR, and command-and-control capabilities. With the famous Trustworthy Computing Memo written by Bill Gates, Microsoft embarked on a massive SA effort in 2002 when it became apparent that vulnerabilities in Windows and its applications represented an existential threat to its market. Software development was halted for a full year as every engineer was trained in the methods of code scanning and secure software design practices. While not perfect, that effort paid off eventually. A decade later, the latest versions of Windows are relatively good.


    The Pentagon made a mistake common to many manufacturers. They assumed that because their systems were proprietary and distribution was controlled there would be no hacking, no vulnerabilities discovered, and no patch-management cycles to fix them. This is security by obscurity, an approach that always fails over time.

    I couldn't say it better myself

    before a bullet or weapon is used it is tested and tested and tested over again

    not so with software and code and networks...... there are too many suppositions and there is so much neglected that you can't assume that they are safe, on the contrary

    this is why it is so interesting to build up cyberwar capabilities ..... because you know that they will work when battle arrives... but what Ukraine shows is that the real battles won't be with software and code but with soldiers, weapons and bullets.... like holding on to an airport with a few guys with only guns and a few tanks

  • #ukraine billions of dollars are frozen in offshore accounts to be transferred back


    "Our financial intelligence ... identified 42 non-resident companies registered in Cyprus, Panama, UK, Belize, Seychelles which are directly connected with Viktor Yanukovych and his closest associates. From 2010 to 2013 the above mentioned companies through the accounts opened in banks of one of the neighboring countries have transferred the total amount of 16 billion hryvnias," Yatsenyuk said.


    According to the Prime Minister, Ukraine has identified all of the above offshore companies, all the names of senior officials and their authorized persons who managed the companies and funds in cooperation with financial intelligence United States, Great Britain, Latvia, Cyprus, and Panama. The State Service for Financial Monitoring blocked the funds in the accounts of 19 non-resident companies.


    "The total amount of frozen funds constitutes 1 billion 340 million U.S. dollars," he said.


    Investigation materials were passed on to the Prosecutor General, the court's decision confirmed the arrest of these funds. "I would also like to note that a significant portion of the funds was channeled through offshore companies to purchase domestic treasury bonds of Ukraine and Ukraine paid up to 19% annual interest on the money they have stolen," he said.


    Yatsenyuk addressed the Prosecutor General, the Security Service and the courts demanding all arrested funds to be officially returned to the state budget. "We are talking about billions of dollars arrested in the accounts. We have all the evidence that it is money stolen from the Ukrainians. Therefore, we expect the completion of a court review and a very active role of the prosecution in investigation and return of the funds to the property of the Ukrainian state, " the Prime Minister said Source: Source:

  • #ukraine new pictures show that #MH17 was shot down by a Russian BUK missile


    so this is another discussion to disclose as to what happened 

  • #ukraine the international observers of the Russian-occupied 'elections' came from Russia

    the OSCE says it - but they didn't do anything else than observe and didn't check anything - as always

    there is a Belgian in that group

    On 1 November the OT observed the border crossing of a group of 23 civilians from RF to Ukraine. RF border officials later confirmed that the group were “election observers”, allegedly from eight different countries. On 3 November the OT observed the return of a group of so-called observers but could not find out more details about their number and citizenship as interaction with the group was not possible.

  • #ukraine why France should't send the Mistral warships to mad Putin

    a very good article

    there is one very good reason not to do it

    there are already enough invasions, incursions and incidents to have another batch of them with warships with special troops on them going as far as the North Sea (like a Russian Nuclear ship did lately for the first time since .... the cold war)

  • #ukraine disband the #OSCE mission NOW and send new investigators

    The OSCE is playing with his credibility in a region where there will be a high need in the future for a mutually respected and trusted institution to inspect peace agreements and make both parties to respect them

    the OSCE can't play this role anymore in Ukraine and the people of the OSCE mission in Ukraine have lost all their credibility with one of the parties to be able to pursue their mission as if nothing happened

    * they have published reports which are pure propaganda for the Russians and are only based upon Russian versions and in the presende of Russian armed military (which make an objective analysis impossible). They have refused to consider any information or proof coming from the Ukranian side.

    * they have been seen to play taxi in their cars for armed russians

    * they have been refusing to go and monitor situations at the demand of the Ukranian side

    * they have stopped the monitoring of the enormously important border with drones because they were jammed by the Russians and they didn't protest loudly enough to the international community about this sabotage

    and so one could go on

    the result is that the Ukranians on the ground don't trust the OSCE mission, don't want to work with them and don't treat or see them as neutral (and some even think that they are just Russian spy missions - which is a normal paranoia in war times if the neutrality is not self evident).

  • #ukraine we are now living on the edge of military incidents with Russia anytime anywhere

    this is the risk that Putin is making with letting his nuclear and military planes, submarines and ships test our defenses all over the world and holding exercises that are so risky that they can spill over in military incidents and conflicts anytime

    maybe it is to make it even more clear to the rest of the world that he is really unpredictable as he tries to use this 'advantage' (our fear of his total unpredictability, doing nothing of what a normal responsable leader of a big 'empire' with nuclear weapons enough to blast the whole earth 100 times to pieces is supposed to do and doing always the opposite (ignoring the crashdown of his economy) and bordering on the totally stupid (not respecting a more than honourable temporary peace in Ukraine that the West has pushed down the throat of the Ukranians)

    these are our three moments on the edge for now

    "mid-air collision with passenger plane On 3 March this year, an SAS passenger plane taking off from Copenhagen with 132 passengers bound for Rome had a close encounter with a Russian reconnaissance plane which did not transmit its position. A collision was only avoided because of good visibility and the alertness of the SAS pilots, according to the report. The incident, which happened 50 miles south-east of Malmo, in Sweden, was before the shooting down of the MH17 passenger plane over Ukraine. Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were blamed for the July missile attack.

    Simulated cruise missile attacks on North America In early September this year, Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea near Canada practised cruise missile strikes. The Russian aircraft stayed out of Canada’s airspace but it was still a provocative move in light of the Nato summit at the time, according to the report. Cruise missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York, Washington, Chicago and America’s Norfolk naval base in range.

    Black Sea encounter On 7 September, the Canadian frigate Toronto was buzzed by a Russian aircraft in the Black Sea with the plane coming within 300 metres. The Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took no further action as the Russian plane was not armed. The incident coincided with larger Russian larger naval combat training activities near Sevastopol. “Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence,” the report says.

    meanwhile the communicationlinks between NATO and Russia are becoming every month even more limited as one or both sides are cutting them (and Putin didn't take the phone when Obama or Merkel wanted to reach him when there was a real crisis in the Ukraine and they were having more than enough of this kind of behaviour)

  • the paranoid worldview of Putin explained by himself #ukraine

    Putin went to speak before the Valdai international club - Moscow leaning research institute - where international observers and specialists went to listen because there is no other interview or congress where we would spell out so clearly his paranoid world view - enjoy (if you can)

    "Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in Valdai International Club discussion "World Order: New Rules or No Rules?" The modern global and regional security system is seriously fragmented and deformed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.


    "Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the existing system of global and regional security can protect us from disruption. The system is seriously weakened, shattered and deformed. International and regional institutions of political, economic and cultural cooperation are going through a very difficult period," Putin said at the plenary session of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.


    The winners in the Cold War seem to be bent on reshaping the world so that it could better accommodate their own needs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday in a comment on US foreign policy.


    "It looks like the so-called 'winners' of the Cold War are determined to have it all and reshape the world into a place that could better serve their interests alone," Vladimir Putin said at the 11th conference of the Valdai Discussion Forum in the Russian city of Sochi.

    "The existing system of international relations, international laws, the system of checks and balances have been therefore declared useless, obsolete and ready to be torn down," the Russian president stated.


    The period of the Cold War is over, but the peace has never been made, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    “The ‘Cold War’ is over. But it did not end with peace. [Neither did it end with] a transparent and clear agreement on new rules and standards,” Putin said.

    The idea of "national sovereignty" has lost its significance for many nations and is interpreted as they see fit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

    "The very concept of 'national sovereignty' is regarded by many countries as something relative. The proposed formula is virtually that the more loyal a regime is to the One Center of Global Power the stronger its legitimacy is," Putin said at the 11th annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Russia.

    "In a world dominated by one country and a group of its satellites, the process of 'global decision-making' often boils down to pushing through their own recipes under the guise of a universal proposal. This group has in fact become so ambitious that its solutions are now passed off as decisions made by the entire global community," the Russian president said.

    Disobedience on the international arena is punished with force, economic pressure and meddling in domestic affairs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

    "The measures against the 'rebellious' actors are well-known and repeatedly used: forceful action, economic and propaganda pressure, interference in domestic affairs," Putin said at the 11th Valdai International Discussion Club meeting.

    Putin also mentioned that 'disobedient' governments could be displaced using "supra-legal" actors.




  • after the east-germany people 24 years ago it is now up to Ukraine to resist the Russian bear


    maybe that is the symbolic message that Putin wants to send us

    with Gorba playing the good cop warning for the bad cop Putin

    pfff that shouldn't impress us much - as we never have let Berlin since the liberation fall into the hands of Russia - even when Stalin blocked it during months and the US had to organize the biggest airlift  ever with coal and food to keep a capital city with hundreds of thousands of people alive

    there are still some people who think that we may make peace with Putin and that we don't have to stand up to get a real peace deal and that we have to accept his 'interests' and his 'demands' to be able to guarantee peace in the Balkan and elsewhere in Eastern Europe

  • #ukraine new big and small russian trucks and missiles arriving at Donetsk

    the winter is starting and so Russia needs to intervene now and put down their lines that they want to hold because it is much harder to fight in the winter - just like the last big Russian intervention - this was the last possible weekend for a real invasion - and Putin didn't hesitate

    let Gorbachev chose the role of puppet and showmaster in Berlin this weekend and talk about peace but also how right Putin is because Russia was betrayed and so on

    tanks on the way from Rostov

    Putin is sending all kinds of troops and missiles in Ukraine and to the border with Ukraine

     the big missiles ready to enter Ukraine at the border (or already in ukraine depending on source)

    and one of the more recent columns of military trucks and armor 


    if this ain't war and invasion

    than i don't know what is

  • #brussels two faces of the start of the social protests

    the massive protests (120.000) the biggest one since the 90's (on a weekday) - all 3 colors all kinds of people and many many young people (working age)

    never before in Belgian history did a government reduce our wage, our pension and our benefits at the same time while driving up the costs for about everything (without having announced anything of that during the election)



    the way workers in some industries like the metal industry and the ports 'let their anger shown'  (100) - still in progress


  • #luxleaks 28.000 leaked documents show which firms evaded taxes by having a postbox in Luxembourg

    go here to search for the firms or countries that are of interest to you

    follow #luxleaks on twitter for new articles and reactions and new research

    now the problem of tax evasion in Europe is on the table of ..... Juncker (from Luxembourg)

  • Russia today shows the Anonymous miniprotests Live and ends with this 'shit'

    says it all

    no seriously guys, Vendetta and Guy Fawkes and Russia Today don't go together at all

    and smoking pot in full face on youtube is not the wisest thing to do either

    and such minimanifestations don't change a thing

    this is not the power of Anonymous or it even shows the limitations of the power of Anonymous

    even if it makes for nice headlines and pics and some scuffles which are a bit like a preprogrammed piece of street theatre

    and Russia Today it tries to show that in the west the youth is protesting against the big corporations in the west (as long it is not against the big Russian corporations) and against the institutions (as long as it is not for more democracy in Russia) and our police (because in Russia police respect some manifestations, don't they)

    do something useful, change the world but for that you have to work and not run around with a mask and smoke pot - if you want to change the world, you have to work to do that, it doesn't happen like that out of nothing because you are just hanging around with max a few hundred kids

  • #ukraine the (un)known (un)knowns of the speculation against the Ruble Maginot defense line

    "The ruble weakened to a record as Russia’s central bank moved a step closer to allowing the currency to trade freely in an effort to shake out speculators.


    The currency slid as much as 3.1 percent against the dollar before trading 1.4 percent lower at 44.2255 by 3:07 p.m. in Moscow. The ruble pared declines after the central bank’s First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudaeva said further interest-rate increases have not been ruled out. Three-month implied volatility for the currency soared to a five-year high, while wagers for higher borrowing costs fell.


    Russia spent about $30 billion to shore up the ruble in October as oil’s slide and U.S. and European sanctions over Ukraine worsened the world’s worst currency rout. The Bank of Russia said today it was abandoning its predictable intervention policy to hamper “speculative strategies” against the currency. It also freed itself up to sell foreign currency at undisclosed quantities to defend against “threats” to the nation’s financial stability.

    I have seen this time and time again before we had the Euro and it made speculators like Soros very rich at the time. National currencies were defended by the Central Banks at a certain rate and than speculators tested it all the time, making lots of money at the same time. It was for this reason that over the weekend national currencies (Belgian franc, french franc, Italian Lire,....) were devaluated and than defended at that level by all the central banks which together had enough money to defend the currency. 

    And at the time these national currencies had a fixed exchange rate or one that the banks said publicly they wanted to hold. That is the known known (everybody knows it). The second known known the speculators have to know is the number of resources the central bank has at its disposal (publicly published lately for Russia). The known unknown is in how far China - the only other international rich player which may be willing to help Russia at this moment - is willing to give new loans to Russia to defend its currency. But this maybe a known known to speculators who have bought or got internal or confidential private political and financial analysis by their investigators (called analysts). The unknown known is if the Russian national bank lets its currency float how much lower the currency may sink and how much the speculators may lose, this is their unknown risk. And it is an unknown unknown to the speculators - as long as somebody has not sold that information or some analysts have figured it out - how low the currency may sink if it is floated. And it is basd on this description of what is known and what is unknown and what is possible that speculators are winning or losing (big) money lately with their attacks against the Maginot line of the Ruble.

    Why ? Because the Russian Central Bank has spoken so freely of its policy and its resources that there is little that is unknown now.  Even a fake reversal of the trend didn't last long enough because it was known known that this was of no importance. As long as Russia is preparing for war and the war drums are becoming louder and louder in their national media, the prospect of investing in a country in which the leadership seems adrift and disconnected from economic and international reality (which is a known known) makes you take your money and run from the known unknown (what can happen next without running into a new global war in Eastern Europe like some more troops in Ukraine but not enough to make the US send tanks over) and the unknown unknown ( these kinds of local conflicts with different international powers at different sides of the conflict can go out of control and spark the possibilities of a greater or longer conflict with a bigger regional or international impact over a longer period of time). 

    And if banks hate one thing now - after the crisis in 2008 - than it is to have enormous 'positions' (some many rubles for a dollar or so many Russian bonds or shares) that may turn out to bring enormous losses for which they have again look for new money to buffer those to pass any stress test or to be credible on the international financial market.