Trouble in the Balkans

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Trouble in the Balkans

US-Russia Round Three: Macedonia

http://orientalreview.org/2015/05/15/us-russia-round-three-macedonia/

"The latest flare-up between the two Great Powers is now gearing up to be for Macedonia, with the US following the template it's learned in the previous two cases to throw the country into chaos during the forthcoming 17 May Color Revolution offensive.

With all eyes on Macedonia to see what will happen this Sunday, it's worth recalling the previous two rounds of their confrontation in better understanding how Round Three repeats the seamless continuation of their New Cold War rivalry.

The underlying theme connecting Syria, Ukraine and now Macedonia is that they're proxy wars between the US and Russia, with Washington playing the destructive offensive role while Russia holds the stabilizing defense.

To explain, the US strives to force regime change on those targeted states, while Russia actively wants to reinforce their governments in resisting the attacks..."

Macedonians Rally for Government Resignation Amid Surging Political Unrest (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/257661-macedonia-conflict-political-unrest/

"Anti-government protesters have gathered near the parliament building in Macedonia's capital demanding the government's resignation after a wiretapping scandal. The protests come as 30 people were charged with terrorism after 22 were killed this weekend.

The latest armed attacks in Macedonia have 'confirmed that the EU and NATO still have much unfinished business in the Western Balkans,' said senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe, Judy Dempsey on Monday.

Foreign affairs analyst Srdja Trifkovic told RT that the rise in ethnic tensions in Albania could have been orchestrated with foreign help. Critics suggest that the unrest in Macedonia comes at an inconvenient time with reference to the construction of the Turkish Stream project, which would deliver Russian gas to Europe via Greece and potentially via Macedonia.

'If the Russia-Turkish pipeline goes through then US plans to send gas into Europe via Qatar will be sacrificed,' Marko Gasic said..."

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What is Behind the Events in Macedonia?

http://fortruss.blogspot.ca/2015/05/macedonia-next-hot-spot-after-ukrain...

"The geopolitical games of USA around Ukraine have already led to a civil war in that country. Now to maintain the chaos near the borders of Russia and preserve the tensions in the center of Europe, the US is ready to plunge another European country into chaos, Macedonia..."

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Thousands of Anti-Govt Protesters Rally in Macedonia

http://rt.com/on-air/macedonia-rally-against-government/

"At least 20,000 people march from the Government Building to the Macedonian Parliament in Skopje to protest police brutality and alleged government corruption. Protesters have taken to the streets to call on the government to resign after opposition leader Zoran Zaev accused the country's leadership of covering up the 2011 police killing of 21 year old  Martin Neskovski."

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Anti-Government Protests in Macedonia are 'Scripted' - Political Analyst Pandovski (and audio)

https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/pandovski

"Anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Skopje, capital of Macedonia on Sunday, demanding the recognition of PM Nikola Gruevski. Radio Sputnik discussed the latest protests in Macedonia with Vladimir Pandovski, Skopje-based political analyst focusing on social media and propaganda."

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Macedonia Under Attack By NATO (and vid)

http://fortruss.blogspot.ca/2015/05/macedonia-under-attack-by-nato-video...

"...Flores discusses some of the details and history of the recent Albanian terrorist attack in Macedonia. He categorizes these as classic Color/Spring type attacks, which are coordinated by an astro-turf (fake 'grass roots') protest movement in Macedonia."

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Breaking: Over 90,000 'Anti-Maidan' Rally Against Sunday's Western Backed 'Demo' (and vid)

http://fortruss.blogspot.ca/2015/05/breaking-in-macedonia-over-90000.html

"Tonight VMRO-DPME and its coalition parties are holding a rally under the slogan 'Macedonia Strong!' Initial assessments count over 90,000 citizens, making this rally the largets in the history of Macedonia."

 

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A Color Revolution For Macedonia  -  by Paul Craig Roberts

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/05/23/paul-craig-roberts-colo...

"During the Cold War, Washington was concerned about communists fomenting street-protests that they could turn into revolutions, with groomed politicians waiting in the wings to take over the new government, thus expanding the Soviet empire.

Today this is precisely what Washington does.

We recently witnessed this operation in Ukraine and now it seems to be underway in Macedonia..."

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Macedonia: European Powder-Keg  -  by Natalia Meden\

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/05/26/macedonia-european-powd...

"The Balkans is a region known to be a European powder keg. The events in Macedonia prove that. One should see what is happening there through the prism of US Balkans policy. One of the goals is to prevent the construction of the Turkish Stream. With the South Stream pipeline project cancelled and the Turkish Stream on the way, Macedonia becomes a key country on the route."

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Are the Albanians and the Americans Now Deciding the Macedonian Question?   -  by Elena Goskova

http://www.voltairenet.org/article187876.html

"Beyond the immediate reasons which led the US to launch a destabilization operation in Macedonia last month, Senator Elena Goskova noted Washington's strategy for thirty years in the Balkans. To the famous historian, the US wants to end, by all means, the Russian influence in the region, even separating populations and destroying all existing states."

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Pro-West NGOs, Armenian Unrest and the Destabilization of Russia (and audio)

http://rt.com/op-edge/269566-armenia-protests-energy-ngos/

"In the midst of thse protests, and with the Ukrainian political crisis still smoldering on Russia's doorstep, attention is being given to some of the NGOs operating in the country."

 

Russian MP Says 'Foreign Instructors' Behind Yerevan Protests

http://tass.ru/en/world/803756

"The organizers of protests in Armenia are instructors from abroad, the head of Russia's State Duma committee on CWIS affairs, Leonid Slutsky told reporters..."

Perhaps America's Colour Revoution cookie lady, Vicky Nuland has been around recently..?

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The Interests that Power Armenia's 'Electric' Protests

http://sptnkne.ws/vZV

"Armenia's 'Electric Yerevan' protests against a hike in power tariffs coincide with Armenia's sale of a massive complex of dams to a little known US company with US government approval. We look at how it could impact US influence in the region..."

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Electric Yerevan and Lessons on the Color-Spring  -  by Joaquin Flores

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2015/06/27/electric-yerevan-and-lessons-on...

"The protest movement in Yerevan over the electric bill hike has many of the clear signs of the Color-Spring tactic.

The Electric Yerevan protest provides us with an excellent opportunity to review some of the basic underlying mechanics and psychology of the Color-Spring tactic. It is important to share these publicly, for it is indeed probable that the Color Spring tactic will be increasingly applied in the world as a 'hybrid soft-power/hard-power tactic'..."

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Hybrid War to Break the Balkans?  -  by Andrew Korybko

http://thesaker.is/a-hybrid-war-to-break-the-balkans-by-andrew-korybko/

"In the spirit of the New Cold War and following on its success in snuffing out South Stream, the US has prioritized its efforts in obstructing Russia's Balkan Stream pipeline. The extraordinary high stakes that are involved means that the Balkans will remain one of the main flashpoints in this dangerous proxy struggle." [MUST READ]

 

1000s of Protesters Slam Montenegro Plan To Join NATO (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/29/439583/Montenegro-protest-NATO-D...

"Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Montenegro to protest against the Balkan country's planned membership in NATO. Some 7,000 demonstrators gathered in Montenegro's second largest city of Niksic on Saturday, calling on Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic to step down over his proposal to join the Western military alliance..."

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NATO Foreign Ministers Agree To Offer Montenegro Membership (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/news/324220-nato-agree-montenegro-membership/

"NATO foreign ministers have agreed to invite Montenegro to join the military alliance. The move is likely to lead to further deterioration in NATO's relations with Russia, which sees the alliance expansion eastward as a threat to its national security.

'We congratulate Montenegro,' NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the meeting at the alliance headquarters in Brussels. 'This is the beginning of a very beautiful alliance,' he said.

Montenegro's parliament voted in September for a resolution to support the country's accession to NATO. The resolution passed by 50 votes out of 79, with the opposition calling for a national referendum on the issue.

Montenegro's NATO bid has received strong support from Washington..."

Slumberjack

Because stirring up shit in the Balksns has always panned out historically, at least for the arms makers.

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NATO Incorporates Montenegro, Escalating Anti-Russian Front in Balkans

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/nato-d04.html

"It is intended as a threat against Moscow and a signal that NATO intends to undermine any residual Russian influence in the Balkans. Further provocations loom as NATO prepares to extend its influence in the region, including potential membership by other ex-Yugoslav states, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Russian officials have responded to the announcement by noting that the move is part of broader efforts to encircle and lay siege to Russia. 'They [NATO] are ready to admit even the North Pole to NATO just for the sake of encircling Russia, Duma military committee chair Vladimir Komoyedov said."

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NATO Picks A New Fight With Russia

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43618.htm

"The Obama administration and much of Official Washington have dangerously lost touch with reality, ginning up a costly new Cold War with Russia even as expensive wars continue in Afghanistan and Iraq/Syria. The latest provocation against Russia is to invite Montenegro into NATO, writes Jonathan Marshall..."

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How US and EU Manipulate Public Consciousness: Montenegro

http://thesaker.is/how-u-s-and-eu-manipulate-public-consciousness-monten...

"It is well known that the US employs a sophisticated network of non-governmental organizations to manipulate public consciousness in multiple countries across the world. NGO's also play a key role in preparing color revolutions. These last months I've been closely following the efforts of its NATO 'partners' doing their best to integrate that Balkan state in the alliance.

It would be an understatement to say that a network of foreign controlled organizations is active in Montenegro. It's not just a network, it is a system of its own, a 'network of networks.'

As you can see, governmental structures, NGOs, media as well as commerical entities are involved in the unnatural process of pulling Montenegro into NATO. This method proved successful in Ukraine, where the US and EU have achieved their goals. As for Montenegro, only time will tell."

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Thousands in Montenegro Protest Against NATO Membership

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/12/12/441480/Montenegro-protest-rally...

"Thousands have staged an anti-NATO rally outside Montenegro's parliament."

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Hybrid Wars 5: Breaking the Balkans  -  by Andrew Korybko

http://orientalreview.org/2016/05/06/hybrid-wars-5-breaking-the-balkans-i/

"The Balkans are the most geostrategically important region in Europe today."

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What is Cooking in the Bosnian Pot? CIA Director's Visit to the Balkans

http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2016/05/08/bfp-exclusive-what-is-cooking...

"The prospects for the new stage of the US-Russia Cold War in S Europe."

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Does Washington Want to Start A New War in the Balkans?

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/29/does-washington-want-to-start-a-n...

"With Monday's procedural vote in the US Senate to allow Montenegro into NATO, the Washington elite proved once again that heightening tensions with Russia might not just be inevitable, but actually desirable. To press ahead with Montenegro's NATO accession would fly directly in the face of the will of its people..."

NorthReport

Montenegro at crossroads: toward the West, or back to Russia

Djukanovic’s pro-Western stance made him the target of an alleged election-day coup attempt in Montenegro in October when the Kremlin’s secret service operatives reportedly planned to kill him, topple his government and replace it with a puppet regime. All that because of Montenegro’s NATO bid which Djukanovic had led until he stepped down after the election.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/montenegro-at-crossroads-toward-...

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NATO Mission-Creep on Road To Russia Reaches Montenegro

https://on.rt.com/8ac8

"This week's vote by Montenegro's parliament to ratify the protocol for the tiny Balkan nation's admittance into the NATO alliance was a cruel irony..."

6079_Smith_W

Yeah, Trump signed this a couple of weeks ago. Another reason why I think this is less a case of him trying to take over the world than not knowing what he is doing from one minute to the next.

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Jihad 2.0: The Making of the Next Nightmare   -   by Pepe Escobar

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/02/jihad-2-0-the-making-of-the-next-...

"The Balkans may be about to explode - all over again."

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In Balkans Speech, Trump's VP Pledges Allegiance To The Swamp

https://on.rt.com/8jot

"Take this opportunity, through your actions, to draw even closer to each other and to the West; complete the unfinished business of the Western Balkans; and finish the journey that we started together so many years ago..."