Media War: The Battle for Crimea

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Media War: The Battle for Crimea

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The Western press has been deceiving readers, listeners, and viewers since
the beginning of the so-called “Euromaidan” protests - from covering up the ultra-right wing ideology and literal Neo-Nazi flag wavers leading the mobs, to the role the West has played in organizing, funding, and equipping the protesters in the first place.
With
their proxies now entrenched in Kiev after violently overthrowing the
elected government of Viktor Yanukovych, the truth has begun to trickle
out, and with it, Russia has gained ground against the West in its
defense of the Ukrainian people from what is essentially and quite
obviously a right-wing Nazi regime backed by foreign interests from the
West once again occupying Ukrainian territory just as they had in World
War II. And just like in WW II, the Crimea peninsula has become a pivotal battleground.
While
there are Russia troops, permanently stationed in Crimea under a
long-standing treaty, and the West has begun to posture militarily – the
battle is currently being fought across the media.
Laying Out the Battleground in Crimea: Russia’s Case


Russia
has defended Ukraine from fascism for decades, spending the blood of
millions pushing the Nazis out of the region in the 1940′s and now again
against literal Neo-Nazis occupying Kiev after yet another
Western-backed coup has overthrown Ukraine’s elected government – the
first being the US-engineered 2004 “Orange Revolution” (as covered in
the Guardian’s article, “www.theguardian.com/world/2004/nov/26/ukraine.usa“).
Russia
insists that once again, fascism threatens the lives and freedoms of
the Ukrainian people with whom Russia shares a collective history,
long-standing socioeconomic and even linguistic and cultural ties. This
is based not on “Russian propaganda,” but on demonstrated actions
already carried out by the new Western-backed regime in Kiev.
Immediately after seizing power, the assault on Russian-Ukrainians began. The International Business Times in its article, “www.ibtimes.com/watch-your-tongue-language-controversy-one-f,” pointed out that:

Immediately after the removal of President Viktor
Yanukovych from power on Feb. 22, the Ukrainian Parliament repealed a
controversial law passed in 2012 that allowed the use of “regional
languages” – including Russian, Hungarian, Romanian and Tatar — in
courts and certain government functions in areas of the country where
such speakers constituted at least 10 percent of the population. (In
1991, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the newly
independent state of Ukraine established Ukrainian as its sole official
language.)
The West’s Organization
for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) would also find it
necessary to condemn moves by the regime in Kiev to censor Russian media
in Ukraine. A post appearing on OSCE’s official website titled, “www.osce.org/fom/116312,” stated:
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja
Mijatović today expressed concern about demands that cable operators in
Ukraine stop transmitting certain Russian television channels.
“I repeat my call to the authorities not to initiate
these repressive measures,” Mijatović said. “Banning programming without
a legal basis is a form of censorship; national security concerns
should not be used at the expense of media freedom.”
On 11 March
the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine
demanded that all cable operators stop broadcasts of the Russian
television channels Rossiya 24, ORT, RTR Planeta and NTV-Mir.
It is clear that the West’s newly
created regime in Kiev is pursing a dangerous and oppressive policy that
amounts to fascism. With parties such as “Right Sector,” Svoboda, and
the “Fatherland Party” forming its leadership and openly espousing
hatred toward Jews, Russians, homosexuals and other minorities, it is no
surprise that Ukraine’s predominantly Russia regions in the east seek
to disassociate and remove themselves from the current regime in Kiev.
Nor is it a surprise that Russia is mobilizing resources to defend
against a historically familiar threat that once again lies directly
along their border.
The West’s Front in Crimea


Across
the Western media, there have even been admissions that the “uprising”
in Kiev was led by outright Nazis. The BBC’s short video report, “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SBo0akeDMY,” exposes this otherwise intentionally ignored aspect of “Euromaidan.” http://journal-neo.org/2014/03/12/ukraine-how-to-hide-a-nazi-army/ is
intentional – and to further misled the public, they have begun
fabricating narratives portraying Russia as the “Hitler-style”
aggressor.
In
Crimea in particular, the West has attempted to portray the ethnic
minority Tartars as facing impending doom as a result of closer ties
with Russia. In the New York Times article, “www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/world/europe/crimean-tatars-on-gu,” it claims:
As Crimea
prepares to vote on Sunday on whether to secede from Ukraine and join
Russia, the prospect of a renewed Russian presence in Crimea evokes for
Tatars raw memories of Communist-era depredations.
A Turkic Muslim
minority with deep roots on the Black Sea peninsula, the Crimean Tatars
see themselves as a native population, though they have had to struggle
to maintain their place in their homeland. Under the Soviets, the Tatars
lived through collectivization, Stalin’s purges, World War II and, in
1944, a brutal ethnic cleansing that sent nearly 200,000 into exile in
the Gulag and Central Asia, unfairly accused of collaboration with the
Nazis. Nearly half are believed to have died.
The West is attempting to manufacturing
an impending crisis by citing baseless anecdotes and deportations that
occurred decades ago under Joseph Stalin and his political system that
has long since ended. Buried deep within the New York Times piece is an
admission that:
The Kremlin and the new Crimean government led by
Sergei Aksyonov have expressed strong sympathy for the Tatars’ concerns.
Russian leaders invited a former Soviet dissident and current member of
the Ukrainian Parliament, Mustafa Dzhemilev, to Moscow, where he met
with representatives of Russian Tatarstan and spoke for 30 minutes on
Wednesday by phone with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Crimean Parliament passed a
resolution providing for protections of Tatar rights, including
proportional representation in the new government and official status
for the Crimean Tatar language.

So
unlike the Western-backed regime in Kiev that has moved to oppress
ethnic minorities across Ukraine, the Russian and Crimean leadership
have taken steps to protect ethnic minorities in regions set to peel
away from Kiev. And while the West attempts to spin, defend, or simply
ignore the bigotry and oppression of their new regime in Kiev, they
attempt to sow doubt and fear across the public in regards to Crimea’s
closer ties with Russia.
While
the vast majority of Crimea’s Tartars will continue living in peace
with their neighbors, the West appears to be preparing to use a violent
minority tied to the fascist regime now occupying Kiev to create a
conflict they hope to exploit as they battle for Crimea. The New York
Times, which cited Chechnya, appears to be laying the groundwork for a
very unpleasant, armed destabilization orchestrated by the West.
Already, in the Christian Science Monitor’s article “www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2014/0315/Most-American,” calls for a wider (and armed) confrontation with Russia via Ukraine were signaled. The article reported:


“We may wish to believe, as President Obama has said,
that we are not ‘in competition with Russia,’” Sen. John McCain (R) of
Arizona wrote in a New York Times op-ed column Friday. “But Mr. Putin
believes Russia is in competition with us, and pretending otherwise is
an unrealistic basis for a great nation’s foreign policy.”
McCain urges sending arms and military trainers to Ukraine as soon as possible.


US Senator John McCain had taken to the
stage in Kiev, side-by-side with the Neo-Nazis and bigots of Svoboda,
and had previously been directly involved in the arming, funding, and
political support of Al Qaeda landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2012/03/john-mccain-founding-fath and
Syria. His intentions to “arm” and “advise” fascist militants in
Ukraine, only further vindicate Russia’s security concerns for
Russian-Ukrainians within Crimea, and for security within its own
borders.
Responsibility to Protect (R2P)


While the West has taken the
“responsibility to protect,” and abused it through a series of wars
fought under fabricated pretenses, in Kiev verified Nazis are stripping
the rights and liberties of Ukrainians and promoting an ideology that
has already killed millions. For Russia, this is not a case of sending
troops thousands of miles beyond its borders to “protect civilians,” it
is a matter of maintaining peace and stability directly on its borders,
within a nation its troops are already stationed in under treaty, and
involving people who share the same language, culture, and history as
the people of Russia.
The
West has knowingly and intentionally placed Nazis into power – literal
Nazis who are now oppressing the population both with legislation and
roving bands of armed militants in the streets. Their intention is to
erase Russian-Ukrainians and other “undesirables” from their culture,
just as the Nazis did during World War II.
If ever there was a time to invoke the responsibility to protect, it would in Ukraine, and the time would be now.


Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine http://journal-neo.org/

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