THE UK MUST STOP ALLOWING PAKISTANI PEOPLE INTO YOUR COUNTRY

AMERICA MUST STOP LETTING THESE DISGUSTING BROWN PIECES OF DOG SHIT INTO AMERICA

IF I FIND OUT ANYONE AROUND ME IS PAKISTANI I’M KILLING THEM.

I DON’T CARE IF THEY HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING – REST ASSURED THAT SOMEONE IN THEIR FAMILY IS PROBABLY GUILTY OF RAPING SOMEONE

IT’S IN THEIR BLOOD

THESE PAKISTANI COCKSUCKERS

RAPING IN GANGS

SELLING YOUNG WHITE AND PAKISTANI GIRLS

I’D LOVE TO SKIN EACH OF THEM ALIVE

HANNIBAL WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU – THESE MEN ARE VERY VERY RUDE!

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LUCY

Lucy, now 25, was groomed to be a rape victim starting when she was 12. The attacks, by individuals and groups of men in Rotherham, England, often happened outdoors, including an alley, and near the city’s war memorial. CreditTom Jamieson for The New York Times
ROTHERHAM, England — It started on the bumper cars in the children’s arcade of the local shopping mall. Lucy was 12, and a group of teenage boys, handsome and flirtatious, treated her and her friends to free rides and ice cream after school.

Over time, older men were introduced to the girls, while the boys faded away. Soon they were getting rides in real cars, and were offered vodka and marijuana. One man in particular, a Pakistani twice her age and the leader of the group, flattered her and bought her drinks and even a mobile phone. Lucy liked him.

The rapes started gradually, once a week, then every day: by the war memorial in Clifton Park, in an alley near the bus station, in countless taxis and, once, in an apartment where she was locked naked in a room and had to service half a dozen men lined up outside.

She obliged. How could she not? They knew where she lived. “If you don’t come back, we will rape your mother and make you watch,” they would say.

At night, she would come home and hide her soiled clothes at the back of her closet. When she finally found the courage to tell her mother, just shy of her 14th birthday, two police officers came to collect the clothes as evidence, half a dozen bags of them.

But a few days later, they called to say the bags had been lost.

“All of them?” she remembers asking. A check was mailed, 140 pounds, or $232, for loss of property, and the family was discouraged from pressing charges. It was the girl’s word against that of the men. The case was closed.

Lucy’s account of her experience is emblematic of what investigators say happened during a 16-year reign of terror and impunity in this poor northern English town of 257,000, where at least 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way. One girl told investigators that gang rape was part of growing up in her neighborhood.

Between 1997 and 2013, despite numerous reports of sexual abuse, only one case, involving three teenage girls, was prosecuted, and five men were sent to jail, according to an official report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham published last week.

Even now, the official reaction has been dominated by partisan finger-pointing and politics. The leader of the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has resigned, and the police chief is under pressure to follow suit. But criminal investigations continue, and more than a dozen victims are suing the police and the Council for negligence.

The scale and brutality of the abuse in Rotherham have shocked a country already shaken by a series of child abuse scandals involving celebrities, public officials, clerics and teachers at expensive private schools. The Rotherham report suggests that it continues unchecked among the most vulnerable in British society.

It has highlighted another uncomfortable dimension of the issue, that of race relations in Britain. The victims identified in the report were all white, while the perpetrators were mostly of Pakistani heritage, many of them working in nighttime industries like taxi driving and takeout restaurants. The same was true in recent prosecutions in Oxford, in southern England, and the northern towns of Oldham and Rochdale, where nine men of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Afghan origin were given long prison sentences in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls. Investigators in Scotland have reportedly uncovered a similar pattern of abuse.

Sexual abuse of children takes many forms, and the majority of convicted abusers in Britain are white. But as Nazir Afzal, the chief crown prosecutor in charge of sexual violence and himself of Pakistani heritage, put it, “There is no getting away from the fact that there are Pakistani gangs grooming vulnerable girls.”

The grooming tends to follow a similar pattern, according to Alexis Jay, a former chief inspector of social work who was commissioned by the Rotherham Council to carry out an independent investigation following a series of reports in The Times of London: a period of courting with young men in public places like town centers, bus stations or shopping malls; the gradual introduction of cigarettes, alcohol and sometimes harder drugs; a sexual relationship with one man, who becomes the “boyfriend” and later demands that the girl prove her love by having sex with his friends; then the threats, blackmail and violence that have deterred so many girls from coming forward.

But the report also outlined how those victims and parents who did ask for help were mostly let down by the police and social services, despite a great deal of detail known to them for more than a decade, including, in some cases, the names of possible offenders and their license plate numbers.

“Nobody can pretend they didn’t know,” Ms. Jay said in an interview.

Unimpeded, the abuse mushroomed. Over time, investigators found, it evolved from personal gratification to a business opportunity for the men.

Increasingly, the girls were shared not just among groups of men locally, but sold, or bartered for drugs or guns. They were driven to cities like Sheffield, Manchester and London, where groups of men raped them, sometimes overnight.

When parents reported their daughters missing, it could take 24 hours for the police to turn up, Ms. Jay said. Some parents, if they called in repeatedly, were fined for wasting police time.

Some officers and local officials told the investigation that they did not act for fear of being accused of racism. But Ms. Jay said that for years there was an undeniable culture of institutional sexism. Her investigation heard that police referred to victims as “tarts” and to the girls’ abuse as a “lifestyle choice.”

In the minutes of a meeting about a girl who had been raped by five men, a police detective refused to put her into the sexual abuse category, saying he knew she had been “100 percent consensual.” She was 12.

“These girls were often treated with utter contempt,” Ms. Jay said.

Lucy, now 25 but too scared to give her last name because, she said, the men who brutalized her still live nearby, knows about contempt. During an interview at her home outside Rotherham, she recalled being questioned about her abuse by police officers who repeatedly referred to the main rapist as her “boyfriend.”

The first time she was raped, there were nine men, she said, one on top of her, another to pin her down and force himself into her mouth. Two others restrained a friend of hers, holding open her eyelids to make her watch. The rest of the men, all in their 20s, stood over her, cheering and jeering, and blinding her with the flash of their cameras.

It was November 2002, and Lucy was 13.RECENT COMMENTS

When she went to bed that night, she found a text message from the man who had groomed her for months: “Did you get home all right?”

She hesitated, then texted back: “Yes, I’m fine.”

At that moment, she said, rape became normality. “I thought, ‘This must be my fault, I must have given them a signal,’ ” she said.

Unlike other victims, Lucy came from a stable family. Her parents owned a convenience store and post office. They lived in a middle-class neighborhood. “I had been brought up in a nice world,” she said. “I thought rapists were people hiding in bushes, and pedophiles were people who drive white vans and park outside schools.”

After that first rape, she said, she began to think she had overreacted, and told her friend that she had been upset because she had lost her virginity. After school, they went back to the town center. The leader of the group took her to McDonald’s and rolled her a marijuana cigarette, she said. For a week, it was as if nothing had happened.

Then he raped her again, and soon the rules changed. The girls were to speak only when spoken to. They had to sit quietly in town and wait. Taxis would come by and pick them up. They were raped by different men in different places, mostly outdoors.

There seemed to be no way out. “They threatened to gang-rape my mother, to kill my brother and to firebomb my house,” Lucy said.

Once, she said, when they thought she might go to the police, a man with gold teeth whom she had never seen before dragged her into his car, a dark-green Honda with left-side drive, and put a gun to her head: “On the count of three you’re dead,” she said he told her. He pulled the trigger on three, but nothing happened. “Keep your mouth shut,” he said. “Next time there will be a bullet inside.”

Eventually, Lucy’s parents sold their business and moved to Spain for 18 months. “It became quite clear that leaving the country was the only way we could save Lucy,” said her mother, who participated in parts of the interview.

Lucy experienced years of depression and anorexia, her mother said. She now works as a consultant on child sexual exploitation issues for police departments and charities.

“They say it’s vulnerable girls these people are after,” her mother said. “Well, of course they’re vulnerable. They’re innocent. They’re children.”

PAKISTANI RAPISTS ARE THE NIGGERS OF THE EARTH – WE MUST KILL THEM ALL!

AS A WORLD SOCIETY WE CANNOT ABIDE THESE CHILD RAPISTS ANYMORE

KILL ALL THE PAKISTANI RAPISTS OF CHILDREN IN THE UK AND ANY PAKISTANI COWARD IN THE UNITED STATES

THAT THINKS HIS PENIS HAS PRIORITY OVER MY VAGINA.

MY VAGINA RULES

YOUR DICK – IF YOU ARE A PEDOPHILE OR A RAPIST – HAS SEEN ITS LAST DAY ON EARTH

I WILL CHOP IT OFF WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF ANESTHESIA AND WATCH YOU BLEED OUT AS I POUR VINEGAR ALL OVER YOUR OPEN WOUND.

HAPPY DAY FOR ME

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Rotherham Shocked By Revelations Up To 1,400 Children Were Sexually Abused

Posted: 09/02/2014 9:20 am EDT Updated: 3 hours ago
ROTHERHAM

By Jack Stubbs

ROTHERHAM, England, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Swapping cigarettes and chewing gum, the teenage girls outside Rotherham’s Centenary Indoor Market are not engrossed in the conversations students should be having on the first day of term.

Instead of timetables and summer gossip, theirs is a new school year dominated by revelations that as many as 1,400 children in this northern English town were sexually abused by gangs of predominantly Asian men over a 16-year period.

An independent report last week exposed the scale and graphic nature of the crimes and raised difficult questions about whether timidity about confronting the racial aspects of the abuse had prompted authorities to turn a blind eye.

Some of the victims, mainly white girls in social care homes, were as young as 11 and were plied with drugs and alcohol before being trafficked to cities across northern England and gang-raped by groups of men, predominately of Pakistani heritage, the report said.

Those who tried to speak out were threatened with guns and made to watch brutal gang rapes. Their abusers said they would be next if they told anyone. One girl was doused with petrol, her rapist threatening to set her alight.

The report added that senior managers in social care “underplayed” the problem while police regarded many victims with contempt.

“The council motto is ‘Where everybody matters,'” one girl outside the market, a 16-year-old sports and public services student who didn’t want to be named, told Reuters.

“But them there girls didn’t matter. People like us, we don’t matter.”

On a newsstand across the street, the front page of the Rother Advertiser newspaper calls for the resignation of council members and police officials.

“Rotherham is in disgrace,” the editor writes in his paper’s leading article. “It is this week the most shameful town in Britain.”

Rotherham council leader, Roger Stone, resigned following the report’s publication and South Yorkshire Police have commissioned an independent investigation into their handling of the scandal.

RACIAL SENSITIVITIES

Last week’s report said misplaced racial sensitivities perpetuated the failure by police and local authorities to investigate the crimes over the last 12 years.

“Several councilors interviewed believed that by opening up these issues they could be ‘giving oxygen’ to racist perspectives that might in turn attract extremist political groups and threaten community cohesion,” wrote the report’s author, Professor Alexis Jay.

Allen Cowles, a Rotherham councilor for Britain’s United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which campaigns against what it calls “open door” immigration, said local politicians were too scared of losing votes from Rotherham’s large Muslim population to speak up about the allegations, a view reiterated in much of the British press.

“Quite clearly, an excessive adherence to political correctness led to a failure to do or say the right thing for fear of being called ‘racist,'” he said. “This hindered the investigation of these awful crimes from day one.”

But others say concerns over racism are a weak excuse put forward by those who failed to protect some of the most vulnerable members of society.

On a residential street in Rotherham’s Eastwood estate, groups of Pakistani men gather outside the Jamia Masjid Abu Bakar mosque, to talk and make plans before attending afternoon prayers. Their voices drown out the Adhan Muslim call to prayer played on speakers through an open window.

“For all of these wicked things we have seen, I blame the police and council entirely,” said Mahir, a 63-year-old retired chemical salesmen. “They’re not scared of being called racists when they’re out arresting Pakistani drug dealers – then they are doing their job.”

Others nod in agreement. “Now they are scared,” says one man. “Scared that nothing was done. The whole world knows what happened here in Rotherham.”

POVERTY AND VULNERABLE PEOPLE

A small town just outside the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, Rotherham was once known to the world as a prospering hub of Britain’s steel and coal industries.

Now it typifies the poverty of post-industrial northern Britain. The site of regional fairs and trade markets since 1208, the town’s medieval market square is today lined with bookmakers, “pound shop” bargain stores and empty retail spaces.

The founder of the British Muslim Youth community group, Muhbeen Hussain, said it was poverty and the exploitation of vulnerable people, not racial sensitivities, which led to the widespread sexual abuse of teenage girls in his home town.

“What happened is to do with poverty, social class and vulnerable people,” said the 20-year-old history and politics student who has been interviewed by media around the world since holding a news conference saying the scandal was not a racial problem and calling for the convictions of those accused.

“The reason the council didn’t take notice is because these children are from the most deprived backgrounds out there, not because they were white or the criminals were Muslim. (THIS IS THE SAME DISCRIMINATION AS IF THE VICTIMS WERE WHITE CHILDREN AND THESE RAPISTS WERE BLACK AMERICAN.  IF A RAPIST IS A BLACK AMERICAN MAN I HATE YOU AS MUCH AS I DO ANY OTHER RAPIST AND PEDOPHILE)

“They thought ‘it’s normal for these children to do these kind of things, they’re just those kind of girls.'”

Hussain’s raised voice attracts looks from other customers at the cafe on Rotherham’s All Saints Square.

Joining the conversation from a neighboring table, Isobel Greyling, a teacher from the nearby town of Worksop, said the debate about ethnic sensitivities has been driven by a desire to avoid uncomfortable truths.

“People are trying to make this about race and community segregation because that’s a conversation we’re used to having,” she said.

“It’s not nice, but it’s easier than facing up to the true horror – which is that these despicable things happened, on our doorstep, and nobody stopped them.”

Outside, children shout, playing in the fountain, and a young boy is scolded by his teenage mother. College students sit on benches discussing the events of the first day of term.

Hussain addresses the assembled crowd of older ladies who have stopped eavesdropping and are now openly listening to him speak. He says the debates about community and meaningful change are yet to come and the main focus is achieving convictions and the resignations of those responsible for the abuse.

“When you are falling down a cliff, the first thing you do is you stop. Then you think ‘how did I slip?'” he says, jabbing his forefinger into the table.

“Rotherham is falling down Mount Everest at the moment. Rotherham is falling down the biggest mountain there ever was, and Rotherham has to stop itself first.” (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Giles Elgood)

GAY ACTIVIST GETS ARRESTED DOWN SOUTH FOR DISTRIBUTING INFO RE: VOTING RIGHTS?

COPS DOWN SOUTH DON’T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT BLACK AMERICANS

THEY HATE THEM EQUALLY

DON’T CARE IF THEY ARE GAY OR STRAIGHT

THE DISTINGUISHING FACTOR ABOUT SOUTHERNERS IS “ARE YOU BLACK OR WHITE” – IT’S JUST

BLACK AND WHITE TO THEM

SAD TO SAY BUT TRUE.

AND I THOUGHT MICHAEL SAM HAD IT ROUGH!?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDzX8WEF5JM

Black LGBT Activist Arrested For Distributing Voting Rights Information

Posted: 09/02/2014 1:06 pm EDT Updated: 37 minutes ago

Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, arrested a black LGBT activist and former state Senate candidate Monday, saying that he violated a city ordinance by distributing literature about voting rights and candidates on parked cars.

The arrest of Ty Turner, who was attending a Moral Mondays-affiliated rally at a park in Charlotte, was particularly poignant given that the event was held to condemn the state’s record on voting rights and racial profiling.

“They said they would charge me for distributing literature,” Turner told ThinkProgress after he was released from jail. “I asked [the policeman] for the ordinance number [being violated], because they can’t put handcuffs on you if they cannot tell you why they’re detaining you. I said, ‘Show me where it’s illegal to do this.’ But he would not do it. The officer got mad and grabbed me. Then he told me that I was resisting arrest!”

Watch a video Turner took of his arrest ABOVE:

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The police took Turner to an empty parking lot after handcuffing him, rather than transporting him directly to the Mecklenburg County jail.

“They took me to three different spots other than the jail,” he told ThinkProgress. “They knew they were in the wrong.”

Though the officers told Turner he was “under arrest,” a police department spokeswoman told a local LGBT publication that he was detained, but not charged.

About 30 rally attendees marched to the Charlotte jailhouse to demand Turner’s release. The marchers included the Rev. William J. Barber II, the state NAACP president; the Rev. Kojo Nantambu, the Charlotte NAACP president; and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham. Turner was ultimately given a citation but was not processed.

Turner lost the primary race to run for the state’s District 40 Senate seat in May.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not return a request for comment.

h/t ThinkProgress

RUSSIAN DICTATOR PUTIN NEEDS TO BE TAUGHT A LIFE LESSON-BY OBA

OBAMA YOU HAVE TO STOP GOLFING

AND BOMB RUSSIA.

THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING

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Putin Says Moscow Could Take Kiev In Two Weeks

Posted: 09/02/2014 4:10 am EDT Updated: 9 minutes ago
UKRAINE RUSSIA
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As Russian forces become a more common sight in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly said that his forces could take Kiev “in two weeks.”

A Kremlin aide sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin making the remark.

Yuri Ushakov, the Russian leader’s foreign policy adviser, told reporters that Putin’s statement was “taken out of context and carried a completely different meaning.”

Ushakov lashed out at Barroso, saying it was a breach of diplomatic practices and “unworthy of a serious politician” to speak publicly about a private conversation. Barroso had briefed the EU’s 28 leaders hours after the phone conversation at a summit in Brussels — from where the information eventually leaked.

Putin’s comment reportedly came in response to Barroso pointing out Ukrainian and Western reports that Russia had sharply escalated the conflict in eastern Ukraine by sending regular army units into Ukraine. NATO estimates that at least 1,000 Russian soldiers have entered Ukraine, helping turn the tide in the last week in favor of the pro-Russian insurgents. The military alliance also says 20,000 other Russian soldiers have been positioned along the Ukraine-Russian border.

Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.

The statement on the Russians by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council, came after the country’s defense minister said Ukraine’s armed forces are expanding their strategy from just fighting separatists to facing the Russian army in a war that could cost “tens of thousands” of lives.

Lysenko told reporters Russian troops had been seen in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as other locations throughout the east. The claim could not be confirmed independently. Lysenko also said 15 servicemen had been killed over the previous day.

Ushakov on Tuesday reaffirmed Moscow’s repeated denial that it has sent any soldiers into Ukraine, even though a rebel leader said last week that Russian servicemen on leave were among some 4,000 Russians fighting in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said on his Facebook page that the counter-insurgency operation against the rebels is over and the nation’s military was now facing the Russian army.

“This is our Great Patriotic War,” he wrote, using the local terminology for World War II.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry dismissed Heletey’s remarks as “shocking” and accused him of trying to shift blame and keep his position amid a series of defeats suffered by the Ukrainian military.

Pro-Russian rebels have been fighting Ukrainian government troops since mid-April in a conflict that has left more than 2,500 people dead and forced at least 340,000 to flee. In the last week, the rebels have scored significant gains on the ground, launching a new offensive along the Sea of Azov coast.

Efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the hostilities, which followed the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president and Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, have failed.

Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the pro-Russian rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe made another attempt Monday to reach an accord in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. Rebels presented a negotiating platform that dropped their previous demand for full independence and expressed readiness to negotiate a settlement that would respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity in exchange for a broad autonomy for its eastern provinces.

The talks lasted several hours and were adjourned until Friday, when the parties are expected to discuss a possible cease-fire and a prisoners’ exchange.

However, the prospect of talks between Ukraine and the rebels appear dim.

“We don’t cooperate with terrorist organizations,” said Iryna Herashchenko, the presidential envoy for eastern Ukraine, according to the Interfax news agency.

And Oleh Tyanhybok, leader of the nationalist Svoboda party, said “I would warn the president and diplomats from sitting at the talks table” with rebels.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday urged the United States to use its influence with Ukraine to encourage efforts to reach a political settlement.

“It’s necessary to restrain the party of war in Kiev and only the United States can do it,” he said at a briefing.

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Vladimir Isachenkov and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.

The UN’s refugee agency warns that more than a million Ukrainians have been displaced by fighting between separatist rebels and government troops.

Reuters reports:

More than one million people have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, including 814,000 Ukrainians now in Russia with various forms of status, the UNHCR United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Numbers displaced inside Ukraine by the fighting have nearly doubled in the past there weeks to at least 260,000 and more are fleeing, it earlier told a Geneva news briefing.

“It’s safe to say you have over a million people now displaced as a result of the conflict, internally and externally together,” Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR’s bureau for Europe, later told reporters. “I mean 260,000 in Ukraine, it’s a low estimate, 814,000 in Russia, then you add the rest … Belarus, Moldova, European Union.”

Today 8:44 AM EDT

Military: 15 Soldiers Killed

According to the Ukrainian military, 15 Ukrainian soldiers have died in fighting with separatists in the past 24 hours.

The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions.

EU summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy said early Sunday that the bloc’s 28 leaders tasked its executive body to “urgently undertake preparatory work for consideration within a week.”

He says “everybody is fully aware that we have to act quickly.”

Read the full story here.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that European Union leaders had agreed to prepare additional sanctions on Russia, Reuters reports.

He told a news conference after meeting the EU leaders in Brussels that the sanctions would be conditional on the success of his peace plan. “They will link to the success of the peace plan of the president of Ukraine.”

Reuters reports:

Several shots were fired on Saturday at a car carrying Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, but he escaped unscathed, another separatist leader, Sergei Kavtaradze, told Reuters.

“Zakharchenko wasn’t hurt. His driver was wounded and is being operated on,” Kavtaradze said, adding that an operation was under way to catch whoever had fired the shots.

Reuters reports:

European Union leaders will ask officials on Saturday to prepare urgently possible new sanctions against Russia over its involvement in Ukraine, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.

EU leaders, meeting in Brussels, will say that they stand ready to take further steps against Russia depending on developments on the ground, according to the draft.

They will ask the EU’s executive Commission and the EU’s diplomatic service to work together “to urgently undertake preparatory work” on further sanctions.

08/30/2014 10:54 AM EDT

EU Mulls New Russia Sanctions

The European Union is poised to slap new sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis at a summit in Brussels, the Associated Press reports.

French President Francois Hollande and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said the European leaders will ask the Unions’s executive arm to finalize the legal fine print of new sanctions.

More from the Associated Press:

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said “sanctions are not an end in themselves,” but a means to dissuade Russia from further destabilizing Ukraine.

“Russia should not underestimate the European Union’s will and resolve to stand by its principles and values,” he told reporters, adding that the escalation seen over the past week can’t go unpunished.

“The opening of new fronts and the use of Russian regular forces (on Ukrainian soil) is not acceptable and represents a grave transgression,” Barroso added.

Reuters reports:

Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment.

“It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. That means it is in a state of war against a country which would like to be closely integrated with the EU. Practically Russia is in a state of war against Europe,” she told reporters in English as she arrived for an EU summit.

“That means we need to help Ukraine to … defend its territory and its people and to help militarily, especially with the military materials to help Ukraine to defend itself because today Ukraine is fighting a war on behalf of all Europe,” the leader of the former Soviet state said.

Reuters reports:

Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defenses in response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

The aim is to create a division-sized joint expeditionary force for rapid deployment and regular exercises. The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.

Countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force next week, coinciding with the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales.

08/29/2014 3:57 PM EDT

Captured Soldiers Shovel Dirt

Reuters reports that a group of Ukrainian soldiers captured by separatist rebels were forced to shovel dirt.

The news service writes:

Watched over by separatist rebels with automatic weapons, a group of captured Ukrainian soldiers toiled with shovels and brooms on Friday to clear up dirt and rubble from the ruins of an eastern town.

Twelve prisoners aged between about 20 and 50 collected mud and earth into piles and loaded them into a lorry in the town of Snezhnoye, east of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

Looking exhausted but showing no signs of having been beaten, they said they had surrendered to the separatists five days ago after coming under fire near Amvrosiyivka, a town further south.

“Our column fell into an ambush and we came under fire. The leadership took the decision to surrender immediately because there was no point in putting up resistance,” said 21-year-old Maxim, a soldier with cropped brown hair.

Read the full story here.

08/29/2014 11:58 AM EDT

UK: Ban Russia From SWIFT

Bloomberg News reports that the U.K. will ask other European countries to consider banning Russia from the SWIFT banking transaction system.

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, known as SWIFT, is one of Russia’s main connections to the international financial system. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government plans to put the topic on the agenda for a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels tomorrow, according to the official, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

“Blocking Russia from the SWIFT system would be a very serious escalation in sanctions against Russia and would most certainly result in equally tough retaliatory actions by Russia,” said Chris Weafer, a senior partner at Moscow-based consulting firm Macro Advisory. “An exclusion from SWIFT would not block major trade deals but would cause problems in cross-border banking and that would disrupt trade flows.”

Read the full story over at Bloomberg.

Senior U.N. human rights official Ivan Simonovic said Friday that 2,593 people — including civilians, Ukrainian troops and rebel fighters — have been killed in fighting in east Ukraine.

“The trend is clear and alarming. There is a significant increase in the death toll in the east,” Simonovic said at the presentation of the UN monitoring mission’s latest report, according to NBC News.

08/29/2014 9:59 AM EDT

‘Where Are Our Sons?’

08/29/2014 9:21 AM EDT

Separatists Will Allow Corridor

08/29/2014 9:09 AM EDT

EU Weighs New Sanctions

Via the Associated Press:

European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.

The meeting of the EU’s 28 top diplomats in Milan came a day after NATO said Russia has already slipped about 1,000 soldiers and much heavy weaponry into Ukraine, a development that funneled fears of a wider invasion.

The United States and the EU have imposed sanctions against dozens of Russian officials, several firms and the country’s financial industry. Moscow has retaliated by banning food imports. President Barack Obama said Thursday Russia’s support for rebel combatants in eastern Ukraine must incur “more costs and consequences.”

However, the EU ministers weren’t expected to make a decision on new sanctions. Instead, their discussions were set to prepare possible further steps that could be announced at a summit of the bloc’s 28 leaders Saturday.

In what appeared to be a last-minute bid for more support and tougher action on Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is set to meet the head of the EU’s executive Commission, President Jose Manuel Barroso, and summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels Saturday a few hours before the summit.

New EU sanctions against Russia would have to be agreed unanimously — a requirement that has in the past blocked tougher action as some nations fear the economic fallout of sanctions. Russia is the EU’s third-largest trading partner and one of its biggest oil and gas suppliers.

Ukraine said on Friday it will seek membership to NATO in response to the violence in the east of the country.

Reuters reports:

Ukraine said on Friday it would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine’s eastern provinces.

Formal Ukrainian membership in the Western military alliance – which would come with the full protection of a mutual defense pact with the U.S. superpower – remains an unlikely prospect, at least in the near future.

But by announcing that it is seeking it, Kiev is taking its most decisive step yet to pursue Western military protection from what it now describes as an invasion by its neighbor.

NATO’s secretary general said he respected Ukraine’s right to seek membership, and accused Russia of blatantly and illegally intervening in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow denies its forces are fighting to support pro-Russian rebels who have declared independence in eastern Ukraine, but the rebels have all but confirmed it, saying thousands of Russian troops have fought on their behalf while “on leave”.

Read more here.

Via Reuters:

President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States and its allies would look for ways to expand economic sanctions on Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of moving troops into southeastern Ukraine, but stopped short of calling the recent Russian aggression an invasion.

Obama also ruled out military action against Russia. “I think it is very important to recognize that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming,” he said.

08/28/2014 4:44 PM EDT

Obama: No U.S. Military Action

Obama said during the press conference that “there is no doubt that this is not a homegrown indigenous uprising in eastern Ukraine.”

“They are backed, trained, armed and financed by Russia,” Obama added.

In a press conference on Thursday, U.S. President Obama said he has spoken to German leader Angela Merkel about the crisis in Ukraine. Obama said the U.S. and Germany believe Russia responsible for violence in eastern Ukraine. Obama also said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit the White House next month.

08/28/2014 3:19 PM EDT

UN Security Council Meets on Ukraine

Via the Associated Press:

A top U.N. official told the Security Council Thursday further violence in Ukraine marked a dangerous escalation, but that the international body had no way of verifying the latest reports of a Russian invasion.

In an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine, members expressed outrage with U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power saying Russia “has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied.”

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin offered a spirited defense, saying Kiev “is waging war against its own people.”

Read more here.

08/28/2014 2:21 PM EDT

U.S.: Possible New Sanctions

Russia’s ministry of defense denied claims by NATO and the Ukrainian government that its troops are fighting alongside separatist rebels in east Ukraine.

Agence France Presse reports:

Russia’s defense ministry on Thursday denied US and Kiev claims of its troops’ direct involvement in the escalating fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Kremlin insurgents in the separatist east.

Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies that the “information has no relation to reality” and that army units believed by Washington to have crossed into Ukraine were conducting “tactical training exercises on their own and outlying ranges.”

Read the full story here.

08/28/2014 12:41 PM EDT

NATO Releases Satellite Images

NATO released satellite images which it says show Russian combat troops engaging in fighting in eastern Ukraine. The images were taken in late August. According to the organization they show Russian self-propelled artillery units moving in a convoy through the Ukrainian countryside and then preparing for action. Russia denies its troops are fighting in Ukraine.

08/28/2014 12:29 PM EDT

UN Warns Of Further Escalation

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COMIC JOAN RIVERS STILL ON LIFE SUPPORT? MIXED REPORTS are weird

I THINK JR IS NEAR DEATH

BUT THAT SILLY DAUGHTER OF HERS WHO CAN’T STAND ON HER OWN TWO FEET AND MAKE A COHESIVE DECISION IS TELLING THE NEWS “WE HAVE OUR FINGERS CROSSED”

THE WOMAN IS 81 YEARS OLD.

MY OWN MOTHER DIED AT 83 IN 2001 AND THAT WAS FROM CANCER.

THIS WOMAN HAD A HEART ATTACK DURING A THROAT PROCEDURE BECAUSE OF HER RASPY VOICE AND NOW HER “PEOPLE” ARE TALKING ABOUT SUING THE DOCTOR AND THE CLINIC?

HOW IS THE DOCTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR JR HEART ATTACK?

I’D LIKE TO KNOW CAUSE THEN I CAN JUST SUE COLUMBIA CORNELL FOR KILLING MY MOTHER WHO HAD BREAST CANCER IN 2001

TOTAL IDIOTS – LET THE POOR WOMAN GO!

IF SHE COMES OUT OF THE INDUCED COMA SHE MAY BE BRAIN DEAD OR WORSE – STUCK IN A WHEELCHAIR ALL THE REST OF HER LIFE – HOWEVER LONG THAT WILL BE.

DISGUSTING.

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Melissa Rivers Confirms Mother Joan Is On Life Support, Thanks Fans For Their Kindness

MELISSA RIVERS JOAN RIVERS

Melissa Rivers, 46-year-old daughter of Joan Rivers, has released a statement regarding her mother’s recent hospitalization.

“On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received. At this time she does remain on life support,” Rivers said in a statement released Sept. 2.

“I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers,” she wrote.

The 81-year-old comedienne was hospitalized in New York City on Aug. 28 after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

THE BOY IDIOT-JUSTIN BIEBER GETS ARRESTED WITH SELENA G IN CANADA

I HATE JUSTIN BIEBER

THOSE IDIOT CANNUCKS BETTER NOT KICK HIM OUT OF CANADA

I DON’T WANT HIM LIVING HERE

AND TAKE THAT STUPID SELINA WITH  HIM

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Justin Bieber Arrested On Assault And Dangerous Driving Charges In Ontario

Posted: 09/02/2014 11:35 am EDT Updated: 20 minutes ago
JUSTIN BIEBER ARRESTED 

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police said the incident happened Friday afternoon near Bieber’s hometown of Stratford and that he was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29. They said the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan “engaged in a physical altercation.”

Bieber, 20, went to a police station and was arrested, then released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29, a spokesman for Perth County OPP said.

OPP Constable Kees Wijnands said there were no injuries as a result of the collision, but could not say whether there were any injuries from the altercation.

Bieber was photographed recently in southwestern Ontario riding on an ATV vehicle with actress and singer Selena Gomez.

“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi,” Brian Greenspan, Bieber’s Toronto lawyer, said Tuesday.

“This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”

Bieber tweeted about an incident with paparazzi last week. “There should be laws against what I just experienced. We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana,” Bieber tweeted. He also tweeted: “I don’t have a problem with Paparazzi but when they act recklessly they put us all in danger.”

Earlier this month, Bieber pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of careless driving and resisting arrest seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race.

Bieber is also charged in Toronto with assaulting a limousine driver in late December. Police allege Bieber hit a limousine driver several times in the back of the head after he and five others were picked up by a limo in the early hours of Dec. 30.

His lawyers have said he is not guilty in that case.

Also in Miami, Bieber faces a lawsuit by a photographer who alleges he was roughed up while shooting pictures of the singer outside a recording studio.

Bieber rocketed to fame at age 15. He was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2010 full-length album debut “My World 2.0,” but sales of his latest records have fallen off.

COWARDLY ISIS BEHEADS STEVEN JOEL SOTLOFF IN DESERT-STILL HIDING BEHIND MASKS

FUCKING DUMB POS ISLAMIC TERRORISTS

WHO ARE TERRIFIED OF BEING INDENTIFIED BY FOREIGNERS

STOOD AGAIN IN THE DESERT WHERE THEY PRAY TO THEIR DEVIL god allah

AND GAVE STEVEN JOEL SOTLOFF A CLOSE SHAVE

KILLING NOT ONLY HIM BUT HIS POOR MOTHER WHO BEGGED THESE COWARDS TO REFRAIN FROM MURDERING

HIM IN COLD BLOOD

GO AHEAD MURDER OUR JOURNALISTS

MURDER BRITISH JOURNALISTS

WE WILL COME FOR YOUR SORRY ASS BUTTS AND KICK U SO FAR INTO HELL

allah WILL NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO SMELL YOU.

YOUR WOMEN ARE UGLY

YOUR RELIGION SUCKS

MUSLIMS MUST DIE

FUCK YOU ALL FOREVER

allah is a bleeding anus of pus

mohammed is a brown pedophile with a small dick.

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Steven Sotloff, American Journalist, Allegedly Beheaded By ISIS

STEVEN SOTLOFF

The militant Islamic State group has released a video in which it claims to have beheaded the captured American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

(Warning: disturbing image below)

In the video, which lasts for just under three minutes, ISIS murders Sotloff andthreatens the life of David Haines, a British citizen.

The video is almost identical in its tone and contents to the one which showed thebeheading of James Foley, another American journalist, two weeks ago. In that video, militants threatened to murder Sotloff next if the US bombing of ISIS targets continued.

Sotloff, 31, was kidnapped in 2013 while reporting on the bloody civil war in Syria. He had been a freelancer for outlets such as Time magazine and Foreign Policy.

Recently, the New York Times ran a profile of Sotloff. Friends of his told the paperthat he was a “selfless,” “loyal” and “caring” person.

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Last week, his mother, Shirley, recorded a video intended for ISIS. She pleaded with the group to be “merciful” towards her son.

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ISIS is believed to be holding several more journalists in captivity.

The new video was greeted with instant international condemnation.

The White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, was in the middle of his daily briefing with journalists when the news broke. He said that the Obama administration would work to confirm the authenticity of the video, adding, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family.”

British prime minister David Cameron called the beheading of Foley “an absolutely disgusting, despicable act.”

IS Behead Steven Joel Sotloff, Threatens to Execute Briton David Cawthorne Haines

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The Islamic State (IS) released a video of beheading American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff and threatening another captive, a Briton, David Cawthorne Haines.

The 2 minute, 46 second video was produced by the group’s al-Furqan Media Foundation, and was uploaded on a file-sharing website on September 2, 2014. In the video, Sotloff describes himself a “paying the price” for the U.S. intervention in Iraq with his life, and telling U.S. President Barack Obama: “You’ve spent billions of U.S. tax payers dollars and we’ve lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so where is the people’s interest in reigniting this war?” The same masked fighter who appeared in the video with James Wright Foley stands with Sotloff and states:

“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and [unclear] on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You, Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people…

“We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone.”

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I REFUSE TO SHOW YOU ANY BEHEADINGS

LET THESE COWARDS SHOW THEIR FACE

POTUS OBAMA SEND A DRONE INTO THEIR LAIR AND BLOW THESE LOWLIFE COWARDS TO HELL.

EUROPEAN UNION GIVES RUSSIA FINAL ULTIMATUM –

BUT SANCTIONS ARE NOT GOING TO DO MUCH

WE HAVE TO GIVE THE UKRAINE BACK THEIR WEAPONS

NOT NUCLEAR BUT WEAPONS

AND FORCE RUSSIA AND PUTIN TO THEIR KNEES

ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS STOP BULLING THE UKRAINE

WE AS A WORLD

CANNOT GET INTO WORLD WAR 3

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EU Gives Russia Ultimatum: Pull Back In Ukraine Or Face Sanctions

Posted: 08/30/2014 7:23 pm EDT Updated: 08/30/2014 9:00 pm EDT
RUSSIA

BRUSSELS (AP) — Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia’s increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.

Instead, the 28-nation bloc’s heads of state and government tasked their executive body to “urgently” prepare tougher economic sanctions that could be adopted within a week, according to EU summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy.

The decision on new sanctions will depend on the evolution of the situation on the ground but “everybody is fully aware that we have to act quickly,” he added. The EU leaders call on Russia to “immediately withdraw all its military assets and forces from Ukraine,” they said in a joint statement.

 NATO said this week that at least 1,000 Russian soldiers are in Ukraine. Russia denies that. NATO also says Russia has amassed some 20,000 troops just across Ukraine’s eastern border, which could rapidly carry out a full-scale invasion.

The fighting between the military and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has so far claimed 2,600 lives, according to U.N. figures.

The U.S. and the EU have so far imposed sanctions against dozens of Russian officials, several companies as well as the country’s financial and arms industry. Moscow has retaliated by banning food imports.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the new sanctions would target the same sectors as previous punitive measures, which also included an export ban for some high technology and oil exploration equipment.

“If Russia continues to escalate the crisis it will come with a high cost,” said EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. “It’s time for everyone to get down to the business of peace-making. It is not too late, but time is quickly running out,” he said.

Several European leaders had called for additional sanctions at the outset of the meeting in Brussels, but the fear of an economic backlash apparently prevailed and led the bloc to grant Russia another chance at avoiding tougher action. New sanctions would have required unanimity among the leaders.

Russia is the EU’s No. 3 trading partner and one of its biggest oil and gas suppliers. The EU, in turn, is Russia’s biggest commercial partner, making any sanctions more biting than similar measures adopted by the U.S.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who briefed the leaders at the beginning of their talks, said a strong response was needed to the “military aggression and terror” facing his country. Efforts to halt the violence in eastern Ukraine were “very close to a point of no return” and failing to de-escalate the situation could lead to a “full-scale war,” he warned.

“Thousands of the foreign troops and hundreds of the foreign tanks are now on the territory of Ukraine,” Poroshenko told reporters in English. “There is a very high risk not only for peace and stability for Ukraine, but for the whole … of Europe.”

Conceding ground in the face of a reinvigorated rebel offensive, Ukraine said Saturday that it was abandoning a city where its forces have been surrounded by rebels for days. Government forces were also pulling back from another it had claimed to have taken control of two weeks earlier.

The statements by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the national security council, indicate that Ukrainian forces face increasingly strong resistance from Russian-backed separatist rebels just weeks after racking up significant gains and forcing rebels out of much of the territory they had held.

The office of the Donetsk mayor reported in a statement that at least two people died in an artillery attack on one of Donetsk’s neighborhoods. Shelling was reported elsewhere in the city, but there was no immediate word on casualties.

European leaders also issued dire warnings, reflecting their concern over the most recent military escalation with the opening of a new front by the Russian-backed rebels in southeastern Ukraine.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Russia’s meddling in Ukraine, which seeks closer ties with the EU, amounts to a direct confrontation that requires stronger sanctions.

“Russia is practically in the war against Europe,” she said in English.

Grybauskaite said the EU should impose a full arms embargo, including the canceling of already agreed contracts, but France has so far staunchly opposed that proposal because it has a $1.6 billion contract to build Mistral helicopter carriers for Russia.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also warned that Europe shouldn’t be complacent about Russian troops on Ukrainian soil.

“Countries in Europe shouldn’t have to think long before realizing just how unacceptable that is,” he said. “We know that from our history. So consequences must follow.”

Moscow, meanwhile, is preparing to send a second convoy of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Moscow has already received Kiev’s preliminary approval and insisted that it would send aid in coordination with the Red Cross. Lavrov wouldn’t say when the aid is likely to be sent, but said it could happen next week.

Russian state Rossiya 24 on Saturday showed trucks from the previous convoy at the border being loaded with humanitarian aid that was brought to the area by train. It was unclear when the new convoy could start moving.

Barroso said that the EU — a bloc encompassing 500 million people and stretching from Lisbon to the border with Ukraine — stands ready to grant Kiev further humanitarian aid and financial assistance if needed. The bloc will also organize a donors’ conference to help rebuild the country’s east at the end of the year, he added.

Ukrainian forces had been surrounded by rebels in the town of Ilovaysk, about 20 kilometers (15 miles) east of the largest rebel-held city of Donetsk for days.

“We are surrendering this city,” Ukraine’s Lysenko told reporters. “Our task now is to evacuate our military with the least possible losses in order to regroup.”

Lysenko said that regular units of the military had been ordered to retreat from Novosvitlivka and Khryashchuvate, two towns on the main road between the Russian border and Luhansk, the second-largest rebel-held city. Ukraine had claimed control of Novosvitlivka earlier in August.

Separately, Ukrainian forces said one of their Su-25 fighter jets was shot down Friday over eastern Ukraine by a missile from a Russian missile launcher. The pilot ejected and was uninjured, the military said in a brief statement.

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Jim Heintz reported from Kiev. Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed reporting.

PUTIN MUST DIE & SO MUST WHO FEELS THAT TAKING OVER UKRAINE & OTHER COUNTRIES IS A GOOD IDEA!

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First time I laid eyes on this KGB putz I knew he was trouble. He looks and acts like Hitler. He is the 2nd coming of that putz. I’m done with him. We need to get rid of him and curb Russian hostilities or we are all doomed to another world war we might not survive.

Putin Calls For Talks On Eastern Ukraine ‘Statehood’

Posted: 08/31/2014 7:31 am EDT Updated: 2 hours ago
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Putin’s comment, made to national TV network Channel 1 and reported by Russian news agencies after they were broadcast in Russia’s Far East, said Ukraine should “hold substantive, meaningful talks, not about technical issues but about the question of the political organization of society and statehood in southeast Ukraine, with the goal of safeguarding the legitimate interests of those people who live there.”

Despite the use of the word “statehood, Putin did not envision sovereignty for the two separatist eastern regions that style themselves as “Novorossiya” (New Russia ), his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later, according to a Russian news report.

Russia previously has called for talks between the central government and the separatist rebels in the east, which Ukrainian forces have been fighting since April and Russia has pushed for federalization that would devolve more powers to the regions.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko released a peace plan in June that proposed an unspecified level of decentralization of executive powers and budgetary matters. But rebels so have rejected any talks unless Ukrainian forces halt their offensive.

Rebel representatives couldn’t immediately be reached Sunday and Poroshenko’s spokesman, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, said he had no immediate comment.

Although Kiev and Western countries allege Russia has sent in troops and equipment to bolster the pro-Russia rebels, Moscow firmly rejects the accusations and distances itself from suggestions that it can wield influence on the rebels. Last week, after his first extensive meeting with Poroshenko, Putin rejected any suggestion that Russia could be involved in negotiating a cease-fire in the conflict, which has killed nearly 2,600 people according to the United Nations.

Putin said Ukraine should stop the offensive.

“If anybody believes that in a situation where the cities and villages of east Ukraine come under direct fire that the militiamen will have no reaction to that, but will simply wait for the promised talks, then these people are prisoner to some illusions,” he said.

The Russian leader’s statement comes as Ukrainian forces battle against newly strengthened resistance from the rebels. After making gains in recent weeks, Ukraine has been forced to pull out of several towns over the past week. In addition, rebels have opened a new front along the southeast Azov Sea coast which could indicate the intention to establish a land bridge between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula that Russia annexed in March.

Ukraine says Russian tanks and troops took part in the move against the coast and NATO claims there are at least 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine.

This week, Ukraine seized 10 Russian soldiers well inside the country. On Sunday, Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the national security council, said nine of them had been given back to Russia in exchange for 63 Ukrainian servicemen.

“Ukraine has made a step forward,” Lysenko said of the release. “This is one of the major steps towards the Russian Federation — they were not taken to court, they were transferred.”

NJ SENATOR MENENDEZ (D) WANTS TO ARM THE UKRAINE TO PROTECT THEM FROM RUSSIA

IN 1994 CLINTON WAS PRESIDENT AND HE PRESSED THE ALLIES (UK, RUSSIA & USA) INTO A TREATY CALLED THE

BUDAPEST MEMORANDUM on SECURITY ASSURANCES

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is a political agreement signed in Budapest, Hungary on 5 December 1994, providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Ukraine‘s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Memorandum was originally signed by three nuclear powers, theRussian Federation, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom. China and France gave somewhat weaker individual assurances in separate documents.[1]
The memorandum included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine as well as those of Belarus andKazakhstan. As a result Ukraine gave up the world’s third largest nuclear weapons stockpile between 1994 and 1996,[2][3] of which Ukraine had physical though not operational control. The use of the weapons was dependent on Russian controlled electronic Permissive Action Links and the Russian command and control system.[4][5]
Following the 2014 Crimean crisis, the U.S.,[6][7] Canada,[8] the U.K.,[9] as well as the other countries [10] all separately stated that Russian involvement is in breach of its obligations to Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum, and in clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia, however, argued that the Budapest memorandum does not apply to the 2014 Crimean crisis because separation of Crimea was driven by an internal political and social-economic crisis. Russia initially claimed it was never under obligation to force any part of Ukraine’s civilian population to stay in Ukraine against its will.[11]

IN SHORT if Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons the allies promised to protect them – included in this was RUSSIA who now broke this treaty when he “invaded” to help the pro-Russian rebels capture the CRIMEA and now he wants all of the UKRAINE which is it’s own country.

In short if we get involved with this conflict, & we should, because PUTIN is looking a lot like HITLER did back in the 1940s, we have to nip this asshole in the bud.

Menendez should recruit his ridiculous daughter who works for the rag HUFFINGTON POST (she got this through him believe me) Arianna Huffington is a political animal and a “democrat” but in reality both she and Menendez are neo-conic Republicans dressed up like Democrats.

Anyone looking to re-arm the Ukraine is a war hawk in my book. While I believe we have to re arm this country so THEY can protect themselves in no way/shape or form do I want to draft other Americans for yet another FOREIGN WAR.

I am sick to death of paying taxes to aid foreign countries in their conflicts with other neighboring countries but at the same time this agreement forced us to act as protectors  and since Bill Clinton as POTUS at that time forced the Ukraine to give up it’s weapons for protection, the USA and our allies are now in the position to aid them as protectors.

Short of getting into a World War 3 conflict with Russia – and against my better judgement I suggest that the USA stand by their agreement and ARM THE UKRAINE but just give them weapons – let their soldiers do the rest

OBAMA DO NOT ALLOW ONE TROOP OF OUR MILITARY INTO THAT CONFLICT. IT WILL START AND END THE REST OF OUR LIVES.

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MENENDEZ MUST GO – HE’S REALLY A FAKE DEMOCRAT EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO DOMINICAN PROSTITUTES.

I really want him out of the Congress!

Dumb pple in New Jersey keep voting him back in!?

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez: It’s Time To Arm Ukraine
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Posted: 08/31/2014 10:17 am EDT Updated: 23 minutes ago

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BOB MENENDEZ Committee chairman Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) questions U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing concerning the 2015 international affairs budget on Capitol Hill April 8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Senate Foreign Relations Chair Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said it’s time for President Barack Obama’s administration to arm Ukraine in the face of a Russian “invasion.”

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” from Ukraine’s capital Kiev, Menendez said Russian President Vladimir Putin has “sized up” the west and decided that it will not give Ukraine enough aid to defend itself.

NATO estimates there are 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine, but Obama has avoided calling that an “invasion,” perhaps worried about the obligations that might follow.

Menendez said what the Russians are up to is clearly an invasion, and argued that it’s time to act.

“We have to give the Ukrainians the fighting chance to defend themselves,” he said.