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Ukraine is dealing with a political crisis. 
Cold War-like rhetoric heats up over the crisis in Ukraine with the US and Russia trading accusations over the unraveling situation in the east European country. This as the crisis continues to deteriorating with government troops attacking pro-Russia protesters in the city of Slavyansk killing up to five of them.

Follow the Debate on Ukraine on Press TV tonight.

Ukraine is dealing with a political crisis.

Cold War-like rhetoric heats up over the crisis in Ukraine with the US and Russia trading accusations over the unraveling situation in the east European country. This as the crisis continues to deteriorating with government troops attacking pro-Russia protesters in the city of Slavyansk killing up to five of them.

Follow the Debate on Ukraine on Press TV tonight.

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A Bahraini girl shows her hands knotted with a writing reading in Arabic “No to dictatorship” during a pro-democracy rally in the village of Diraz, west of Manama, on January 17, 2014 .

A Bahraini girl shows her hands knotted with a writing reading in Arabic “No to dictatorship” during a pro-democracy rally in the village of Diraz, west of Manama, on January 17, 2014 .

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Doomed US targets China, Russia

US President Barack Obama kicks off his East Asia tour this week with a threat of military aggression towards China at the same time that vice president Joe Biden was stepping up similar provocations to Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

That is because the so-called American “pivot to Asia” is intimately connected with the crisis in Ukraine and the increasing tensions between Washington and Moscow. Both cases are the result of US imperialist aggression aimed at postponing the collapse of American global hegemony. Although in the laughable way that the Western corporate media invert reality Washington’s vice is turned into a virtue.

The Wall Street Journal tells us: “The US [Asian] pivot has repeatedly been thrown off-balance as Washington turned its attention to Syria, Iran, Middle East peace talks and now Ukraine.”

This is a version of America being the noble “global policeman”. Notice the way the WSJ implies that Washington is a benevolent force in several conflicts around the world, when in reality it is Washington that is actually the very source of conflict in every scenario cited. This is a textbook example of the Western “news media” - more accurately “brainwashing propaganda system” - at work.

The US is inflaming insecurity in Asia between China and its neighbors; it is Washington that is the chief sponsor of the covert terrorist war in Syria; Iran continues to be subjected to criminal US-led sanctions on the basis of trumped-up nuclear claims; the Middle East “peace process” in Palestine is deadlocked because the US supports the genocidal Israeli regime; and on Ukraine it was Washington’s illegal coup d’état in Kiev that has pushed that country to the brink of civil war and may even ignite a global war with Russia.

When Obama touched down in Japan this week at the start of his tour of four Asian countries, including South Korea, Philippines and Malaysia, it was tellingly significant that upon his arrival in Tokyo a keynote remark was that America backs Japan in its territorial dispute with China. Obama said that military support is part of the so-called “defense pact” with between the US and Japan.

How the Americans can claim to be “defending” a country that it dropped atomic bombs on defies any intelligent reasoning. That’s the power of brainwashing.

Nevertheless, Obama’s blatant meddling in the dispute between China and Japan was obviously a calculated provocation that will lead to more regional tensions, which in turn gives Washington further pretext to maintain tens of thousands of its troops, missiles, warplanes and warships there.

What Washington is saying to China is: your territorial claims against Japan are null and void and if you attempt to use military force in support of your grievances then the US reserves the right to launch a “defensive” war.

Never mind that the long running row between Tokyo and Beijing over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands is very arguably in favor of China’s claims. The islands are proximate to China’s southeast coast and hundreds of kilometers away from Japan. Japan continues to occupy the islands stemming from its imperialist war of aggression against China nearly seven decades ago. Also earlier this month saw the first expansion of Japanese military installations in Okinawa in more than 40 years, which signals an end to Japan’s postwar pacification vows.

Considering the appalling destruction that Japan wrought on China and other Asian neighbors during its imperialist expansion, within living memory, any such moves by Tokyo are bound to cause grave alarm. Yet, Washington barges in with hobnail boots to trample all over China’s sensitivities. What’s more, Washington and the supine Western media invert reality again by portraying China as behaving provocatively in the region.

America’s Asian pivot, which Obama launched back in 2011, is all about stoking military aggression with China under the guise of offering defense to neighboring countries - in the same way that a gangster boss sets up a protection racket.

The real purpose is to stymie China’s strategic economic importance and to thwart the inexorable shift in the global economy away from Washington’s hegemony. That shift spells doom for the bankrupt US dollar and its hollowed-out capitalist system.

While the conceited Western media make out that Obama is touring Asia at “an unfortunate” time of “crisis management” over Ukraine, the reality is that the two issues are deeply connected.

As former World Bank economist Peter Koenig points out it is Russia and China that are the key players in shaping the new Eurasian axis of the global economy. A significant portent of the future was given last month, when on a state visit to Germany Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled plans to re-open the famous Silk Road - one of the world’s oldest and most strategic trade routes.

Says Koenig: “China will re-open the old Silk Road as a new trading route linking Germany, Russia and China, allowing to connect and develop new markets along the road, especially in Central Asia, where this new project will bring economic and political stability.”

That development will also be good news for Iran, a preview of which was the major oil deal reported earlier this month between Moscow and Tehran - much to the ire of Washington.

The tectonic movement in the global economy towards a Eurasian axis has been under way for several years and is integrated with the emergence of the so-called BRICS nations, which also include India and Brazil. This paradigm shift is also integrated with these nations extricating themselves from using the American dollar as international reserve currency.

As Koenig notes Russia dropped “a bombshell” this month when it announced that it was going to conduct all its future international trade in the Russian ruble or in other national currencies. That decision by Moscow - which the Western media avoided to report - was prompted by Washington’s provocative sanctions towards Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Russia’s dropping of the dollar will hasten the dynamic against the US currency.

This why China and Russia are now being targeted - almost in desperation by Washington. Their rise portends the fall of America’s bankrupt empire.

While Western media launder hackneyed propaganda about Washington’s selfless role as global policeman, the real story is one of a dying American hegemonic thug trying to postpone its demise - by striking out at both China and Russia even if that means igniting a catastrophic global war.


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McCain:Obama begging Putin on Ukraine

Republican Senator John McCain has strongly criticized the US administration for mishandling the situation in Ukraine, saying President Barack Obama is begging his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

“We are begging him to come around and negotiate and talk and all that, and he just moves steadily on. And it is disgraceful and the rhetoric does not match the action,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.

“This president does not believe in American exceptionalism, America’s role of leading the world,” McCain added.

The Arizona senator also attacked Vice President Joe Biden for his comments in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Biden said that “we call on Russia to stop supporting men hiding behind masks in unmarked uniforms sewing unrest in eastern Ukraine.” McCain responded to his remarks with a question: “Or else what?”

“Or else what?” he repeated. “If they continue to do this, what will we do?”

The 77-year-old senator also urged the White House to “tell the American people why it’s important that Putin’s aggression not continue.”

“It’s time we said the people of Ukraine deserve free and fair elections, they deserve our support,” he said.

He also said that Obama “does not appreciate, in my view, the importance of American leadership.”

The United States has repeatedly threatened Russia with sanctions over the situation in Ukraine.

The US military is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the paratroopers will take weapons and ammunition for “infantry exercises” and be in place by the end of the week.

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Israeli women sell organs due to economic distress

Many young Israeli women agree to sell their organs because of their dire economic situation, police report says.

The women reportedly travelled to Turkey to undergo surgery. The removed organs — usually kidneys — were then transplanted into patients.

“This is a very severe case involving the exploitation of young women in very serious economic distress, who were convinced to travel to other countries and donate their organs, with some having second thoughts at the end of the process, only to realize it was too late,” said officer Peretz Amar, commander of the Negev subdistrict police.

According to Israeli police on Tuesday, an inquiry has begun into an international organ trafficking ring stretching from Israel to Turkey. The probe is focused on the southern Israeli town of Be’er Sheva and involves cases of women aged 18 to 20.

A physician from central Israel is also suspected of carrying out tissue tests of the patients and the donors and advising them before the surgery, police said.

A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in August 2013 indicated, “The incomes of about one in five Israeli households fall below the (relative) poverty line.” 

In 2012, at least 10 Israeli citizens were arrested for membership in an organ trafficking gang. It also included organs of the Palestinians killed by the Israelis.

Israel admitted in 2009 that it had harvested organs from dead Palestinians without permission from their next of kin in the 1990s.


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Hillary Clinton ‘running’ for president

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is already running for president in the next presidential election in 2016, her biographer has revealed.

"I will say this: she’s already running," Jonathan Allen told The Huffington Post on Monday.

Allen is a White House reporter for Bloomberg and the co-author of “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.”

He discussed plans for the sequel to “HRC.” The next book will focus on 2016, according to the reporter.

"We’re really just in the beginning stages right now," Allen said about the book.

Allen added that there are already super PACs backing Clinton and that she will tour the country for her new book, “Hard Choices.”

"She’s campaigning for president right now, she’s just not an official candidate," Allen said.

A new poll conducted by Fox News showed last week Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings hitting their lowest point in six years.

According to the survey, 49 percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, while 45 percent see her unfavorably.

This is the first time the former secretary of state’s approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a Fox survey since April 2008. The drop is surprising for many people as she is widely considered to be the Democratic favorite for the 2016 presidential election.

She has not officially announced her bid for the presidential post yet.

When asked about seeking the Democratic nomination for president, Clinton did not reject the idea last month.

"I am thinking about it," she said. "I’m not going to make a decision for awhile, because I’m actually enjoying my life."


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