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 on: Jul 21, 2014, 06:23 AM 
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Georgian PM Reshuffles Cabinet, Fires Seven Ministers

by Naharnet Newsdesk
21 July 2014, 14:34

Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced an unexpected cabinet reshuffle on Monday that will require all government ministers to face a fresh confidence vote in parliament.

"I decided to make changes in the cabinet's composition," Garibashvili told a news conference, adding that seven cabinet members, though no key ministers, will be replaced.

"We need to double our energy, motivation and efficiency in order to deliver on all promises pledged by the (ruling) Georgian Dream (coalition)," he said, giving no further reasons behind his decision.

According to the Georgian constitution, the change requires for the entire cabinet to step down. President Giorgi Margvelashvili -- a Garibashvili's ally -- then has seven days to submit a new cabinet list for parliament approval.

The legislature dominated by Garibashvili's coalition is expected to approve the proposal.

The premier said he would name by Wednesday new candidates to replace outgoing ministers, including of agriculture, infrastructure, culture, and environment.

Georgian Dream, a coalition of parties assembled by former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, came to power in October 2012, ending the decade-long rule of the pro-Western then-president Mikheil Saakashvili's United National Movement party (UNM).

Since then, a slew of Saakashvili's top allies have been investigated and some jailed, prompting Western concerns over politically motivated trials.

Saakashvili -- who left office in November 2013 when his second term expired -- is currently in self-imposed exile in the U.S., and has refused requests to return for questioning related to the trials.

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 on: Jul 21, 2014, 06:21 AM 
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MH17: First major outbreak of hostilities since plane crash

Rebels say tanks are trying to break into Donetsk as first investigators reach Torez, where bodies from MH17 are stored

Shaun Walker in Donetsk and Harriet Salem in Torez
theguardian.com, Monday 21 July 2014 10.52 BST   

As Dutch forensic experts arrived at the scene of the Malaysian Airlines crash on Monday and promised that the train being loaded with the victims' bodies would be moved before the end of the day, heavy fighting broke out between the Ukrainian army and rebels on the outskirts of Donetsk, the main regional city and the hub of the insurgency.

There has been widespread international anger that the rebels have failed to allow proper access to the crash site to investigators, and suspicions that they have seized the black boxes and are attempting to destroy evidence.

But it was the Ukrainian army that seemed intent on disrupting expert work on Monday, as they apparently launched an offensive against rebel positions close to Donetsk railway station, as well as in other towns across the region.

"There is work on clearing approaches to the city, on destroying checkpoints of the terrorists. If there are explosions in the middle of the city, then it is not Ukrainian soldiers," said Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, in Kiev.

Adding to the chaos, Lysenko denied that the Ukrainian army was responsible for explosions in central Donetsk but said a "self-organised group" of partisans could be engaging the rebels.

"We have strict orders not to use air strikes and artillery in the city. If there is fighting in the city, we have information that there is a small self-organised group who are fighting with the terrorists," he said.

Vladislav Seleznev, spokesman for Ukraine's anti-terror operation, said the action was "a planned offensive" to push rebels away from Donetsk airport, and insisted that aviation and artillery were not being used against civilian residences.

However, there were reports of civilian casualties. The Guardian saw one 18-storey building where a shell had hit the courtyard, smashing all the windows on the first nine floors and destroying parked cars.

Trucks of rebels could be seen travelling past the station as reinforcements, and gunfire and artillery rounds were audible. One rebel fighter claimed the Ukrainians had tried to take the area around the train station with tanks and the rebels were fighting back.

The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, ordered a ceasefire across a 40-kilometre radius from the crash site, but this does not include Donetsk, which is further out.

The OSCE have arrived at the crash site, where they appear to be observing the situation under the watch of the rebels. So far the observers are still being confined to the main path into the fields where most of the debris is. They do not appear to have been allowed to move from the main path. The rebels have cordoned off the press into a separate section to allow the observers to do their work.

In the town of Torez, where bodies of the crash victims are being loaded on to refrigerated train carriages, OSCE monitors and the small team of Dutch forensic experts viewed the body bags in the three train carriages and said the train should be moved on Monday. Peter Van Vliet, one of the experts, said the storage of the bodies was acceptable.

"I just want the train to move as soon as possible to a place where we can do our technical work," he said, adding that it was not possible to do in this location. He was unable to confirm the number of bodies because they would have to walk on them and, he said, that would show no respect.

In a conversation between the investigator Alexander Hug and one of the rebels escorting the officials, Hug said: "We need to get the train out of here today. To wait any longer than today will not be good for anything – for the experts, or for the families."

Ukrainian authorities say they have prepared for the bodies to be brought to Kharkiv, a major city in the east of the country. However, the fighting at Donetsk railway station could complicate any transfer of the bodies by rail.

There has been a flurry of international criticism of the shit stain called Pig Putin over Russian support for the rebels and claims that MH17 was shot down using a missile system provided by Russia.

In an unusual video address, the evil called Pig Putin said on Monday that "nobody should – and no one has the right to – use this tragedy to achieve selfish political ends. Such events should not divide people but unite them."

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Experts Examining Ukraine Crash Bodies

by Naharnet Newsdesk
21 July 2014, 13:51

Dutch forensic experts on Monday began examining the bodies from the MH17 plane disaster, as world leaders denounced the "shambolic" state of the crash site left in the hands of pro-Russian rebels.

Kiev's prime minister said the remains of some 250 victims of the 298 killed when the flight went down last week, apparently shot by a surface-to-air missile, had been recovered and moved to train cars, and could be transferred to the Netherlands.

But the bodies are in rebel-held territory where Kiev holds no sway, near the city of Donetsk where intense shelling broke out again on Monday.

The U.N. Security Council is expected on Monday to adopt an Australia-backed resolution demanding that pro-Russian separatists grant unrestricted access to the crash site for international experts.

Patience was wearing thin over Moscow's stance, even as President shit stain Pigr Putin pledged Russia would do "everything in its power" to resolve the Ukrainian conflict and to open access to the site.

The under-fire Russian leader appeared to seek to temper world fury after Washington said it had overwhelming evidence the missile system used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines jet was transferred from Russia to the rebels.

After speaking with the shit stain Pig Putin, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott noted he had "said all the right things" but that he would "hold the president to his word".

"That is certainly my intention, and it should be the intention of the family of nations to hold the president to his word," Abbott said, as concerns rose over tampering with evidence including the victims' remains and the plane's black boxes.

Twenty-eight Australian nationals and nine residents were among the passengers from a dozen countries on the doomed flight.

At the Torez station, close to Donetsk, an AFP reporter witnessed the Dutch investigators, wearing masks and headlights, open each of the train wagons holding the remains of recovered bodies, amid an overpowering stench.

Even as the shit stain called Pig Putin pledged to work toward dialogue between the Ukrainian rivals, intense shelling rained down in the rebel stronghold Donetsk, just 60 kilometers from Torez where the bodies are being held.

Insurgent fighters had closed off the roads in the area on the edge of the city and terrified civilians were fleeing the fighting in minibuses and on foot.

A rebel fighter told AFP that government troops had attacked their positions close to the transport hub at around 10 am (0700 GMT).

"They came within about two kilometers of the station," insurgent gunman Volodya told AFP.

Even as Dutch teams were inspecting the bodies, international investigators have yet to gain access to the actual crash site in Grabove, with debris spread out for kilometers.

"As anyone who has been watching the footage will know, this is still an absolutely shambolic situation," Australia's Abbott said.

Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai has also expressed concerns that "the sanctity of the crash site has been severely compromised".

Only a team of conflict monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were allowed briefly to access the main crash site.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has slammed as "grotesque" the manner in which "drunken separatist soldiers" were allegedly "unceremoniously piling bodies into trucks, removing both bodies, as well as evidence, from the site".

Insurgents defended their actions, with a rebel chief saying they had moved scores of bodies "out of respect for the families".

Washington has pointedly blamed Moscow for supplying rebel with the missile system used to shoot down the passenger jet.

Kiev on Sunday released fresh recordings of what it says are intercepted conversations between rebels organizing to hide the flight's black boxes from international monitors.

And the U.S. embassy confirmed as authentic recordings released by Kiev of an intercepted call between an insurgent commander and a Russian intelligence officer as they realized they had shot down a passenger jet.

The Washington Post said Ukraine's counterintelligence chief had photographs and related evidence that three Buk M-1 anti-aircraft missile systems moved from rebel-held territory into Russia less than 12 hours after the crash.

However, top Russian officials and state media have suggested that Kiev's new leaders staged the attack to blame the rebels.

The U.N. Security Council votes at 1900 GMT on Monday on a resolution demanding that armed groups controlling the area "refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site... and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site and surrounding area for the appropriate investigating authorities."

The leaders of France, Britain and Germany also signaled they could ramp up sanctions against Russia as early as Tuesday -- barely a week after the last round of toughened embargoes.

The separatists' violent bid to join Russia is the latest chapter in a prolonged crisis sparked by Kiev's desire for closer ties with the EU -- a sentiment many in the Russian-speaking east do not share.

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MH17: world's anger at Russia grows as bodies pile on to train at crash site

Experts fear clues as to why Malaysia Airlines plane was brought down could be lost for ever as chaos at scene persists

Shaun Walker in Torez
The Guardian, Monday 21 July 2014   
   
Masked, hooded men ran along the platform nervously waving their guns, as the large grey door to one of five train carriages was levered open. A ghoulish stench poured out; inside the glint of shiny black body bags piled in a heap was visible. A group of international monitors from the OSCE peered in briefly, and then the door was swung shut again.

That this event was seen as a great breakthrough in the cleanup of the MH17 air disaster only went to show what a grimly farcical mess it had been up to now.

As politicians, investigators and relatives of the dead across the world expressed anger at the Kremlin for not forcing pro-Russia rebels to offer more cooperation, there had yet to be any serious examination of the crash site.

The UN security council is due to vote on Monday on a resolution that demands armed groups do not compromise the crash site integrity, as well as that those responsible be held accountable.

But experts suggested that vital clues to how the Malaysia Airlines Boeing was brought down could have been lost forever as the site continues to be a free-for-all three days after the tragedy, which took 298 lives.

The small OSCE mission on the scene is made up merely of monitors. Not a single international aviation expert or investigator has visited the site, as evidence disappears. Until Sunday lunchtime, nobody even knew where the body bags from the site had been taken, with dark rumours swirling. Even now, the OSCE monitors have had to take the word of the local emergency services that 196 bodies have been found so far.

"We have not been able to count them as that would be too difficult in this situation," said Alexander Hug, the deputy chief of the OSCE mission, as he was circled by rebels with guns.

Michael Bociurkiw, the spokesman for the mission, added: "Going inside the wagons is impossible without special equipment. The stench is very, very bad."

The OSCE monitors are fully at the mercy of the rebels, and were only told of the fate of the bodies on Sunday: "We are waiting for the rebels to call us and tell us what we can do," one had said over breakfast in a Donetsk hotel earlier in the day. "They are heavily armed and we are unarmed, so we don't have much of a choice."

At the crash site, the rebel fighters who had been stationed there and barred access on previous days had gone, but chaos still reigned. Volunteer miners and local emergency workers continued to find bodies in the corn and sunflower fields throughout the day on Sunday, and stacked them by the side of the road in thick plastic bags: black for more or less whole bodies, and green for small parts. By the afternoon at least 18 freshly bagged corpses lined the road.

There was a complete lack of control over access to the site. The world's television media seemed oblivious to the irony of criticising the chaos while contributing to it – wading through fields to get a better shot with little regard for the human and material debris below. Sky had to apologise after one of its reporters rummaged through a suitcase on camera for effect.

Elsewhere, items had been moved and piled up by the search teams on the side of the road – suitcases stacked next to each other; and three football biographies, of Kevin Keegan, Ron Atkinson and Nigel Clough, lined up in a neat row.

Nevertheless, despite the loud accusations of looting by locals, it is unclear how widespread this has been. Dozens of eminently lootable items – watches, new pairs of shoes and even somehow unharmed bottles of duty-free alcohol visible from the road lay untouched on the ground. At one site, locals had even brought furry toys and small candles in tribute. It was unclear if and how relatives would ever be able to take possession of the items that lay scattered over a huge radius.

There was widespread international suspicion that the rebels may have been attempting to restrict access to the site in order to destroy important evidence. International experts said that preserving the site intact was key to understanding what exactly happened to MH17.

Phil Giles, formerly with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, said: "It's absolutely crucial to seal off any crash site because it's similar to the scene of a crime and you don't want any contamination. The reason the site needs not to be disturbed is because if you accidentally shot down a Malaysia Airlines plane the first thing you would do is find the record casing [from the aircraft's flight recorder] and disappear it."

Giles, who looked into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, said the site would also be contaminated by people trampling over the wreckage. He said that the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing hinged on a thumbnail-size piece of the bomb's timing device that could easily have been walked into the ground. Other experts said traces of the blast on the aeroplane's surface could even reveal the manufacturer of the missile in some cases.

Additionally, the cockpit recording of the explosion might contain a "fingerprint" that could identify the type of missile used, said Tony Cable, an investigator who worked for the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch for 32 years.

Ukrainian security forces have released an audio recording of what are alleged to be a series of intercepted phone calls between two rebel leaders, which suggest rebels may already be in possession of up to three of the boxes containing vital clues about the final moments of the flight.

"The boxes must be under our control," says one of the voices. "Our friends from high above are very interested in the fate of the 'black boxes'. I mean people from Moscow."

Questioned about whether he was in contact with Russian authorities over the black boxes, the self-styled prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai, said only: "Officially, no." He said that rebels had found "technical elements" believed to be the black boxes. They would be "stored in a safe place" in Donetsk until they can be handed over to "international experts," he said.

As more and more time has passed since the crash, international anger and anguish has grown, especially in the two countries most affected. The Netherlands' best-selling paper De Telegraaf called for Nato troops to be deployed in eastern Ukraine, while prime minister Mark Rutter called attempts to block the site "totally disgusting". In Malaysia, the country's youth and sport minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, wrote on Twitter on Sunday: "Pro-Russian terrorists have not handled #MH17 victims with dignity. Putin promised PM @NajibRazak he would help. He hasn't."

In Donetsk, the rebels shrugged off these accusations, claiming they would welcome any international experts, but none had shown any desire to arrive yet. Borodai said that the Donetsk People's Republic was expecting a team of 81 international experts, including 20 Malaysian specialists, who would "probably arrive tomorrow evening". The rebel leader said he did not know why the international community had not responded quicker to the incident. "I cannot understand why the experts cannot come here immediately, we are not an island, it should be easy for them to come here," he told press.

However, with military clashes between the Ukrainian army and rebels continuing in the area, there are obvious safety issues, as well as the fact that Donetsk airport has been inactive since it was the scene of a huge battle in May.

A forensic expert working with the Red Cross has arrived in Donetsk on Sunday after the humanitarian support organisation's offer of assistance in dealing with the crash site was accepted by the Donetsk authorities. However a diplomatic source in Kiev said that the main international delegation plans to travel to Kharkiv, the east Ukrainian city where there are plans to transport the bodies.

A number of stories told by locals showed just how haphazard the gathering of the bodies has been. At the main hospital in Torez, a man arrived in a white Lada and pulled the corpse of a child from the boot, about two hours after the crash on Thursday.

The boy was perhaps six or seven and looked Asian, recalled duty nurse Olga. The man was a local and had arrived on the scene shortly after the crash. Spotting the child, the same age as his own son, he had been overcome with emotion and decided to bring the body to hospital, to avoid stray dogs attacking the corpse.

"He was covered in blood, so much blood. He was wearing a green T-shirt that had been pulled up around his neck, and there were burns on the body and injuries to his arms and legs," she said.

Hospital staff washed and refrigerated the boy's corpse, but were later told he should be delivered to a nearby village, so he was taken in an ambulance. From there, the nurses believe, he was part of a convoy of about 38 bodies that were taken to the train at Torez.

After the OSCE left the station, the armed men departed with them and the platform was left in an eerie silence. The train driver shrugged and said he had no idea of its destination, or its departure time. In the musty, decaying interior of the small station, building a few locals gathered, wondering when the next passenger train would arrive.

"You only came here because they are foreigners dead," said one. "We've been having a war here for months."

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Deadly Fighting Rages On in East Ukraine despite Plane Crash

by Naharnet Newsdesk
20 July 2014, 22:58

Pensioner Oleksandr had just stepped out of his house in eastern Ukraine to say hello to a neighbor when a mortar shell landed at his feet.

He died several minutes later, with his hand blown off and his stomach torn open.

"They are fighting and we are in the middle of it!" Lyudmila, his grieving widow, told Agence France Presse in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.   

"If they enjoy fighting so much then they should just go to a field and beat each other up there. I just want to live in peace."

After Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed on Thursday in the strife-torn region, killing all 298 passengers aboard, both Kiev and the pro-Russian rebels it has been fighting for months raised the possibility of a ceasefire.

But in reality, the bullets never stopped flying.

Ukraine's armed forces over the weekend pushed on with their operation to stamp out the rebels controlling the south-east part of Lugansk, with combat over the last 24 hours leaving 13 wounded in the industrial hub.

The border with Russia is the scene of daily skirmishes, while around Donetsk -- a city of nearly one million -- fighting carried on unabated.

Lyudmila said she had only just arrived home when she heard a loud noise.

"I came out and Oleksandr had a hand sliced off and several wounds in the stomach. Our neighbor tried to help him as far as he could. The ambulance took just over half an hour to arrive as there were too many shots being fired. He died before that."

"I don't care who is the government but this must end," she said, tears flowing.

Just a few hundred meters from that spot, Vitaly Maistrenko was wounded in his legs by mortar shells while he was sitting in his garden.

The impact in the middle of the carnation-lined garden was visible and the bench he was sitting on was still soaking in blood.

On the other side of the street, the roof of a home that did not survive the pounding. Luckily, there were no victims as the house was empty like many in every two in this area.

"Everyday there are shots, day and night, and yesterday was horrible. We would like to leave too but our parents are too old and ill. So we are staying here and praying but for how long? Look at the state of that house, we can't do anything to protect against that," said one local resident.

Several meters further, in a street that had visibly been subject to heavy bombardment, a couple with their 18-year-old daughter arrived carrying big plastic bags filled to the brim. Behind her, an elderly woman struggled to keep up.

"They are leaving but I'm staying. I just came to say goodbye to them," the 84-year-old said. "I'm old. How can I leave the house where I have lived all my life?"

Her daughter Alina, who works in a factory in the city said: "I can no longer live here. I'm going nuts. It's now been two months that we're going to bed at night wondering if we're going to open our eyes in the morning."

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Australian PM Hits Out at 'Shambolic' MH17 Crash Site

by Naharnet Newsdesk
21 July 2014, 08:07

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Monday hit out at the "shambolic" situation at the MH17 crash site as he demanded Russian President Pig Putin back up assurances with action.

Abbott and the Pig spoke by telephone overnight in their first conversation since the Malaysia Airlines plane, carrying 298 people, crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, apparently shot down by pro-Russian rebels with a surface-to-air missile.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, British counterpart David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande also piled pressure on Putin over the weekend in phone calls.

While Abbott would not divulge details of what was discussed, he said the onus was now on Moscow to act, using its influence with pro-Russian separatists to ensure experts can access the site of the crash.

"To President Pig Putin's credit he did say all the right things. I want to stress what he said was fine," Abbott told a press conference.

"The challenge now is to hold the president to his word. That is certainly my intention, and it should be the intention of the family of nations to hold the president to his word."

Rutte talked with shit stain Pig Putin on Sunday, with the Russian leader promising to help retrieve bodies and black boxes, a spokeswoman for Dutch government press service RVD told Agence France Presse.

Abbott has been particularly vocal among world leaders in his outrage at Russia's perceived lack of cooperation in the investigation into the disaster.

He has branded the plane's downing "a crime", and accused Moscow of trying to wash its hands of the tragedy while failing to properly secure the crash site.

Moscow denies any involvement in the disaster.

Twenty-eight Australian nationals and nine residents were among the 298 people from a dozen countries on board who died.

- 'Bodies are not hostages' -

Abbott said every day that went by the bodies were deteriorating and the crash site was being further contaminated.

"As anyone who has been watching the footage will know, this is still an absolutely shambolic situation," he said.

"The site is being treated more like a garden clean-up than a forensic investigation."

He added that his key goals were "to retrieve the bodies, we want to investigate the site, and we want to punish the guilty. That's what we want to do".

The comments follow Australia on Sunday circulating a draft U.N. Security Council resolution -- that could be put to a vote as early as Monday -- demanding that pro-Russian separatists provide "full and unfettered access" to the site.

Abbott said that having pro-Russian rebels in charge of the crash zone was "a little like leaving criminals in control of a crime scene".

He dispatched Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to the United States to lead the lobbying for support of the resolution.

She said it was "an utter outrage" that the site had been contaminated and evidence removed.

"This is not a time to use bodies as hostages or pawns in a Ukrainian-Russian conflict," she told reporters in Washington.

On Sunday, pro-Russian militiamen in Ukraine loaded almost 200 bodies from the flight into refrigerated train wagons. A rebel chief said they were holding them until "the experts arrive".

Canberra wants a full and impartial investigation in the disaster, but Abbott said a key difficulty was that there was "no-one in authority in charge on the ground".

He said Monday he had sent former defence force chief Angus Houston to be his personal envoy on the ground in Ukraine and to help recover the remains of the Australians killed.

Abbott added that the government was considering designating the MH17 disaster as a terrorist attack, which would trigger compensation payments to the families of Australian victims.

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MH17: UN resolution on ensuring crash site access set for Monday

Russia will support final version in security council vote if no one is blamed, according to reports in Australian newspaper

Reuters
theguardian.com, Monday 21 July 2014 03.32 BST   

The UN security council is due to vote Monday on a resolution that would condemn the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine and demands that those responsible be held accountable and that armed groups do not compromise the crash site integrity.

While Russia engaged in negotiations with the 15-member council on the resolution – drafted by Australia which lost 37 citizens and residents – it was unclear if it would support the final version, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.

However, the Australian Financial Review on Monday reported that Russia would support the resolution ensuring unfettered access to the crash site as long as it does not blame Moscow.

Ambassador Vladimir Morozov told the newspaper that Moscow was prepared to support a draft resolution circulated by Australia that would guarantee international investigators access to the wreckage, which is in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.

"This resolution is supported by Russia ... so long as it does not blame somebody," Morozov said in an interview, the newspaper reported.

In an apparent bid to compromise with Moscow, the wording of the condemnation was change to characterise the incident as the "downing" of the Malaysia Airlines flight – with 298 people on board – instead of "shooting down", according to the final draft obtained by Reuters.

Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Moscow of fuelling a pro-Russian uprising that threatens to break up the former Soviet republic of 46 million people. Russia denies orchestrating the unrest and says Ukraine's attempts to end it by military force are making the situation worse.

Moscow denies any involvement in shooting down the airliner and has blamed the Ukrainian military. US secretary of state John Kerry put forward on Sunday the most detailed accusations so far that Russia provided insurgents with the sophisticated anti-aircraft systems used to down the aircraft.

Russian president Pig "I am not evil" Putin urged the pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine to cooperate and insisted that an international investigation must not leap to conclusions.

The draft UN resolution "demands that those responsible for this incident be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability" and "calls on all states and actors in the region to cooperate fully in relation to the international investigation of the incident".

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop and Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans are due to be at the UN for the vote on the resolution, said diplomats. The Netherlands lost 189 citizens on the flight to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

The draft resolution "expresses grave concern at reports of insufficient and limited access to the crash site."

It "demands that the armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site ... and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site and surrounding area for the appropriate investigating authorities."

International monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe visited part of the crash site for a third day on Sunday. They said on Saturday that gunmen had stopped them approaching some of the wreckage.

The draft resolution also "insists that the bodies of the victims are treated in a dignified, respectful and professional manner and calls upon all parties concerned to ensure that this happens with immediate effect."

Television images of the rebel-held crash sites, where the remains of victims had lain decomposing in fields among their personal belongings, have turned initial shock and sorrow after Thursday's disaster into anger.

The security council issued a statement on Friday calling for a "full, thorough and independent international investigation," access to the site and appropriate accountability. Britain drafted the text and hoped the council could issue it on Thursday but Russia requested more time.

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MH17 crash: Kerry lays out evidence of pro-Russia separatists' responsibility

US secretary of state lists 'enormous input that points fingers' and urges Moscow to act as rebels move victims' bodies from crash site

Dominic Rushe in New York and Shaun Walker in Torez
theguardian.com, Sunday 20 July 2014 16.14 BST   

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said all the evidence surrounding the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 points towards pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine being to blame. He spoke out as bodies of victims were moved by rebels on to trains several miles from the crash site.

Kerry appeared on all five major US Sunday talkshows to lay out the Obama administration's case against the separatists and to call on Russia to act and stop them from blocking an investigation into the firing of a surface-to-air missile that brought down the plane on Thursday, claiming 298 lives.

"We have enormous input about this that points fingers," Kerry told CNN's State of the Union. "It is pretty clear that this was a system from Russia, transferred to separatists. We know with confidence that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point of time."

He said the US knew that in the last month there had been a "major flow of arms and weapons from Russia to the eastern part of Ukraine and turned over to the separatists".

Kerry said social media reports and US surveillance put the missile system in question in the vicinity of the crash before the tragedy.

"We know because we observed it by imagery that at the moment of the shootdown we detected a launch from that area," he said. "Our trajectory shows that it went to the aircraft.

"We also know to a certainty that social media immediately afterwards saw reports of separatists bragging about knocking down a plane and then the so-called defence minister of Donetsk, Igor Strelkov, posted a report bragging about the shoot-down of a transport plane."

The case against the separatists was further backed by evidence from voice intercepts and a video of a launcher moving back into Russia with at least one missing missile, said Kerry.

Kerry called on Russia to "step up publicly and join in the effort to make sure there is a full fledged investigation".

Last week, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the US president, Barack Obama, should "stop lecturing Russia".

Kerry said he had spoken to Lavrov on Saturday. "It was a direct and tough conversation," he said.

Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate select committee on intelligence, told CNN the type of equipment Russia had supplied to the separatists should only go to someone with "an ethical compass".

"Now we find out it's been given to separatists who are in many respects thugs. And it's been used in a very terrible way."

"The nexus between Russia and the separatists has been established very clearly," Feinstein added. "So the issue is, where is the Russian president, the shit stain called Pig Putin? I would say: 'Shit stain, you have to man pig up. You have to say this was a mistake,' which I hope it was."

The evil Pig has urged the pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine to cooperate and insisted that an international investigation must not leap to conclusions. Moscow denies involvement and has pointed the finger at Kiev's military.

Ukraine and its western allies accuse Moscow of fuelling a pro-Russia uprising that threatens to break up the former Soviet republic of 46 million people. Russia denies orchestrating the unrest and says Ukraine's attempts to end it by military force are making the situation worse.

On Sunday, the bodies of the victims were loaded on to three railway carriages, apparently with refrigerator capability, standing at the train station in the town of Torez, several miles from the crash site in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

The Guardian witnessed the arrival of a delegation from the international monitoring body the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at around midday local time on Sunday to inspect the wagons, accompanied by a convoy of heavily armed and nervous rebels.

As they opened the metal door to one of the carriages to inspect the interior, a stench of death wafted out, and black body bags were visible inside.

"The special monitoring mission in its third day dealing with the incident has now monitored the location where bodies are being refrigerated in three wagons," said Alexander Hug, the deputy chief of the mission.

"We have not been able to count them as that would be too difficult in this situation."

Michael Bociurkiw, the spokesman for the mission, added: "Going inside the wagons is impossible without special equipment. The stench is very, very bad."

The OSCE, which has had its access to the crash site itself limited in recent days, left in a convoy to return to the crash site.

There have been no international investigators at the scene. Ukrainian authorities say they are setting up facilities for relatives to stay and autopsies in the city of Kharkiv, about 200 miles away.

Armed separatists at the scene refused to say how many bodies were in the train carriages or when they would leave. The train driver told the Guardian he had no idea of the train's destination.

The local department of Ukraine's emergencies ministry in the eastern Donetsk region said on Sunday that 196 bodies had been found at the site where the Malaysian airliner crashed.

"As of 7am on 20 July, in the Shakhtarsky region of the crash site of the Boeing 777, 196 bodies were found," it said in a statement, adding that divers were involved in the search because the area included a reservoir.

It also emerged on Sunday that the UN security council was considering a draft resolution to condemn the "shooting down" of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine, demand armed groups grant access to the crash site, and call on states in the region to cooperate with an international investigation.

Australia – which lost 28 citizens – circulated a draft text, seen by Reuters, to the 15-member security council late on Saturday, and diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it could be put to a vote as early as Monday.

The draft resolution "demands that those responsible for this incident be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability".

It "condemns in the strongest terms the shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 … resulting in the tragic loss of 298 lives" and "demands that all states and other actors in the region refrain from acts of violence directed against civilian aircraft."

Russia's UN mission declined to comment on the draft security council resolution.

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MH17: missile launcher was in towns near crash site, videos suggest

Videos and photographs appear to show a mobile anti-aircraft missile launcher in neighbouring towns of Torez and Snizhne

Julian Borger and Josh Halliday   
The Guardian, Sunday 20 July 2014 18.55 BST   
   
Evidence was growing on Sunday that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from the vicinity of two neighbouring towns near the crash site within rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.

Analysis of videos and photos posted on social media sites on the day the plane was brought down show a mobile Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher in the town of Torez, about six miles south of the farmland where the wreckage is scattered, and then in Snizhne, two miles east of Torez. Washington said that one of its satellites had detected a missile launch from the vicinity of those towns at the time the Boeing 777 was brought down.

Eliot Higgins, a video and photographic analyst, published the pictures on his investigative journalism website Bellingcat. "The guy who uploaded one of the videos, deleted the video and his accounts a few hours after the plane came down," Higgins said.

"There is a cluster of two videos and two photos we have analysed that show a Buk missile-launcher in Torez, at about midday from the angle of the sun, and then about an hour and half later in Snizhne."

Higgins said that the pictures were not clear enough to be sure whether the mobile launcher in Snizhne was the same as the one in Torez.

The Ukrainian interior ministry also released a short video that appeared to show a Buk launcher with at least one missile missing being transported along a road on a trailer, claiming the weapon was being driven across the border into Russia.

The video analysis confirms an earlier Associated Press report that one of its journalists spotted a Buk-like launcher in an area of eastern Ukrainian controlled by separatists, contradicting claims by rebel leaders not to have such missiles.

The Buk, known to the US military as an SA-11 Gadfly, can reach targets up to altitudes of 46,000 feet. MH17 was flying at 33,000 feet en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Both the Ukrainian and Russian armed forces possess the launchers, which work alongside a separate mobile radar and a command vehicle. Experts say its target-acquisition technology is good enough to spot aircraft, but not to differentiate between civilian and military planes.

The US state department on Sunday published its most detailed version of the attack on the Malaysian airliner. "At the time that flight MH17 dropped out of contact, we detected a surface-to-air missile launch from a separatist-controlled area in southeastern Ukraine.

"We believe this missile was an SA-11," a statement from the US embassy in Kiev said, adding that the launch was in the area of Torez and Snizhne.

"Intercepts of separatist communications posted on YouTube by the Ukrainian government indicate the separatists were in possession of a SA-11 system as early as Monday July 14th. In the intercepts, the separatists made repeated references to having and repositioning Buk (SA-11) systems."

The embassy statement also said that US intelligence audio analysts believed the intercepts of rebel commanders discussing the shooting down of the plane were genuine.

It claimed that over the weekend of 12-13 July Russia sent a convoy of military equipment with up to 150 vehicles, including tanks, armoured personnel carriers artillery, and multiple rocket launchers to the separatists. The statement also said Russia was training separatist fighters in south-west Russia, including on anti-aircraft systems.

Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine's counterintelligence chief, said that Buk missile launchers were seen crossing into Russia from eastern Ukraine on Friday morning.

A definitive investigation was still being prevented on Sunday by eastern separatist groups imposing access restrictions. The rebels were removing bodies and the Ukrainian government accused them of sanitising the scene of evidence.

A team of six investigators from Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch was sent to Ukraine soon after the disaster to take part in an international enquiry, but a spokeswoman from the AAIB said: "They are still in Kiev, while the format for an investigation is being established." She declined to go into further detail but it is believed that the investigators have not gone to the crash site, east of Donetsk, for lack of security assurances.

Senior figures in the air accident investigation community have said that the crash site is becoming increasingly contaminated, hindering the chances of a full independent inquiry.

Phil Giles, formerly with the AAIB, said: "It's absolutely crucial to seal of any crash site because it's similar to the scene of a crime and you don't want any contamination. The reason the site needs not to be disturbed is because if you accidentally shot down a Malaysian Airlines plane, the first you would do is find the record casing [from the aircraft] and disappear it."

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Three pro-Russia rebel leaders at the centre of suspicions over downed MH17

Igor Strelkov, Igor Bezler and Nikolai Kozitsyn reportedly discussed the shooting down of a plane soon after jet exploded

Alec Luhn in Moscow
The Guardian, Sunday 20 July 2014 19.15 BST   

As the world searches for answers over the Malaysia Airlines flight downed in eastern Ukraine, suspicion has fallen on the leaders of the pro-Russia rebels who have shot down three government planes in the past week.

Attention has centred on rebel leaders who reportedly discussed the downing of a plane shortly after MH17 exploded and crashed: Igor Strelkov, an alleged Russian intelligence agent leading the military forces of the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic", and Igor Bezler, a notorious loose cannon who rules the town of Horlivka with an iron fist. A third suspect is Nikolai Kozitsyn, commander of a group of Cossacks, the traditional military caste that once protected the borders of the Russian empire.

Shortly after the Boeing 777 went down with 298 people aboard, a Russian social networking page that has been uploading messages from Strelkov for weeks published a post saying rebels had shot down a plane outside Torez, near the location of the wreckage of MH17.

The post, which was later deleted, appeared to incorrectly identify the aircraft as an AN-26 military transport plane, lending credence to the theory that the rebels mistakenly downed the Malaysian airliner. "We warned you not to fly in our skies," it read. Rebel leaders later denied their forces had shot down the plane.

Strelkov (his real name is Girkin) is an avid historical battle re-enactor from Moscow and a former colonel in Russia's Ffederal security service who recently admitted he was asked to lead the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, although he wouldn't say by whom. He fought as a volunteer in Bosnia and in Transnistria, a Russian-backed breakaway republic in Moldova, and was seen advising separatist leaders in Crimea before the peninsula seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia.

Strelkov is good friends with Alexander Borodai, the political analyst from Moscow who leads the government in Donetsk, and both previously worked for a company owned by nationalist oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev, who reportedly funded separatist activity in Crimea.

On Friday, Ukrainian authorities released recordings of what they said were intercepted phone conversations between rebel leaders. In the first, a voice claimed to be Bezler's says a rebel group had shot down a plane and was investigating the crash site. In the second, a rebel commander reports that Cossacks shot down what was later discovered to be a "100% civilian aircraft" and that documents of an Indonesian student had been found.

Sound analysts and rebel leaders quoted on Russian television have argued the recordings were falsified by combining unrelated conversations, and a pro-Russian blogger claimed they were originally created before MH17 went down.

A final conversation allegedly records a rebel reporting to Kozytsin that "the plane shot down in the area of Snizhne-Torez … is a civilian one".

"That means they were carrying spies," the man alleged to be Kozitsyn responds. "They shouldn't be flying. There is a war going on."

Bezler, a former funeral home director nicknamed Bes (Demon) and renowned for his ruthlessness, first emerged after angry pro-Russia protesters stormed the police station in Horlivka, during which he was seen in a video identifying himself as a "colonel in the Russian army".

In a later interview with Russian Forbes magazine, he said he was a Russian citizen from Crimea whose ancestor died in the Charge of the Light Brigade, commemorated by Alfred, Lord Tennyson during the Crimean war.

In Horlivka, he is known as a "cruel but effective" commander, and rumours hold he summarily executed four men accused of raping a girl, according to Ruslan, a local taxi driver. Bezler himself has filmed captured Ukrainian special agents with tape wrapped around their bloodied heads, and his men have been involved in many of the ugliest clashes with Ukrainian troops.

He is also known as a loose cannon liable to fight with the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic, which said it was considering placing him before a war crimes tribunal after he appeared in a video executing two Ukrainian officers by firing squad. (It was later admitted that the men were firing blanks.)

In June, Bezler's men seized the regional police headquarters in downtown Donetsk, sparking an hours-long shootout with local rebel forces.

The final rebel commander under suspicion, Kozitsyn was born in the Donetsk region and took part in military actions in the Russian-backed separatist republics of Transnistria, and Abkhazia in Georgia, according to a Russian nationalist website. He reportedly received a medal from the Russian security services, the FSB, for engaging in talks with former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, who was later tried for war crimes.

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US says recordings of Ukraine rebels admitting MH17 downing ‘authentic’

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:49 EDT

Alleged intercepted phone conversations released by Ukraine’s security service of pro-Russian rebels discussing how they shot down Malaysian airliner MH17 are genuine, the US embassy in Kiev said Sunday.

Ukraine’s SBU security agency on Thursday released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit the passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.

The recordings were presented as key evidence to back up Kiev’s claims that rebels — supported by Russia — downed the jet while the separatists accused Ukraine’s army of being responsible.

“Audio data provided to the press by the Ukrainian security service was evaluated by Intelligence Community analysts who confirmed these were authentic conversations between known separatist leaders,” the US embassy in Ukraine said in a statement.

In one of the recordings a rebel commander nicknamed the “Major” says rebels shot down the plane and tells a disbelieving comrade that the jet is “100 percent a civilian aircraft.”

On Sunday Ukraine’s security agency released a fresh batch of alleged leaked conversations of rebels organising to hide the flight’s black boxes from international monitors at the crash site.

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Shit stain Pig Putin's Russia risks burning bridges over jet crash

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:54 EDT

Russia risks burning bridges with the West over the deadly Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine, as analysts warn that the shit stain called Pig Putin might never accept responsibility for the disaster.

Observers said Thursday’s shooting down of a Boeing 777 with 298 people on board over Ukrainian territory held by pro-Kremlin rebels would have unpredictable political and economic consequences for Russia.

“We are witnessing a tectonic clash between Russia and the West,” Yuly Nisnevich of the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics told AFP. “Russia’s isolation will very much deepen.”

Anger over the disaster has been directed largely at Pig, accused by the West of backing the separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine that erupted after Moscow’s seizure of the Crimean peninsula in March.

European leaders have already warned Russia to allow investigators full access to the crash site in rebel-held eastern Ukraine or face further sanctions.

But the pressure on Moscow looked set to intensify, with Kiev and the West accusing it of providing Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that blasted the plane out of the sky.

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday laid out what he said was “extraordinary circumstantial evidence” that the rebels hit the plane with weapons obtained from Russia.

US intelligence suggests that a sophisticated SA11 missile system was used to bring down flight MH17 as it flew at some 33,000 feet (10,000 metres) over Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Kerry said.

Russia fiercely denies the accusations, claiming to be a victim of a propaganda war and suggesting Ukraine may be responsible for the crash.

Analysts say they doubt Moscow would ever agree with the conclusions of any international probe — if and when it takes place — that points the finger either at separatists or the Kremlin.

“I believe that Russia will continue to deny it is responsible even if there is evidence, especially indirect evidence as it will most likely be the case,” Sergei Guriyev, a prominent Paris-based Russian economist, told AFP in emailed comments.

“If the investigation points at Russia, it would deal colossal damage to the country,” added Yevgeny Gontmakher, an economist and member of the Civic Initiatives Committee think tank.

- In Iran’s footsteps? -

Irrespective of who is eventually assigned blame, analysts said the crash, capping the worst standoff in East-West relations since the Cold War, had already dealt Russia huge damage.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott hinted Saturday that the Kremlin pigman would not be welcome at the next G20 summit in Australia in November if he does not cooperate over the investigation.

The warning came after Russia’s G8 membership was suspended over its takeover of Crimea in March.

With the threat of new EU sanctions now on the table, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the West must “fundamentally change our approach” to Russia unless Moscow alters course in Ukraine.

Gontmakher said the gap between Russia and the West was widening dangerously, pointing to anti-Western official rhetoric and raging anti-US sentiment on national television.

“The situation will only get worse,” he said, warning Russia could eventually find itself as isolated as Iran. “I am afraid we are moving in that direction.”

Promoting Russia as an antithesis to the West has become a key Kremlin policy as the evil Pig's approval ratings soared after Crimea’s annexation, with dissident voices relegated to social media amid a persistent clampdown on dissent.

- ‘Beginning of the end?’ -

The crash of MH17 threatens to “become the beginning of the end for the Russian president,” commentator Ivan Yakovina wrote for online news portal Novoye Vremya.

Some even drew parallels with the regime of late Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi which became an international pariah after the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, at the cost of 270 lives.

Outspoken Kremlin critic Yulia Latynina, speaking on popular radio Echo of Moscow, branded the downing of the plane “a second Lockerbie”.

Others played down the parallel, arguing that Russia’s diplomatic and economic clout meant it would never be cut off entirely from the world stage.

“Russia is not Libya,” commentator Maxim Samorukov said on Slon.ru news website.

Isolating Russia entirely would be difficult considering Moscow’s permanent seat on the UN Security Council, and its faithful allies in Asia and Latin America, he argued.

“But on the other hand, there is absolutely no need for everyone including Venezuela and Myanmar to join an embargo against Russia,” for it to inflict significant damage.

“Even China’s neutrality will not save the situation.”

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Pro-Kremlin Media Accuse West of Assigning Blame over Jet

by Naharnet Newsdesk
21 July 2014, 11:36

A chorus of Kremlin-friendly media declared on Monday that the truth about what happened to the Malaysian jet would likely never be found out, accusing the West of heaping the blame on Russia.

"Western press already knows who is to blame for the loss of the airliner -- Russia obviously," said popular tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Mass-circulation Moskovsky Komsomolets accused the West of pinning the blame on Russia before the results of a yet-to-begin investigation are out.

"Those guilty have been designated," it said, recalling that the United States had falsely accused dictator Saddam Hussein of having weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

"It is unclear whether it is possible to tell the truth from the lies in this wonderful new information world," Moskovsky Komsomolets added.

Government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta pointed the finger squarely at Kiev authorities, accusing them of refusing to cooperate with Moscow.

"Kiev is not in a rush to answer '10 questions' about the Boeing," it said, referring to a litany of queries released by the Russian defense ministry over the weekend.

Broadsheet newspapers took a more measured approach, saying the disaster ushered in a grim new era in ties between Russia and the West.

"The catastrophe not only in the skies but also in relations between Russia and the West," said Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

"The wreckage from the Boeing is falling on Russia," added Kommersant daily, noting that the outcome of the inquiry into the crash will determine the future of Russia's ties with the West.

The newspaper cited analyst Alexander Golts as saying that if probe results end up pointing the finger at Moscow, it would once again be perceived in the West as an "Evil Empire."

But if the investigation proves the jet was shot down by Ukraine Kiev would lose Western support, the expert was quoted as saying.

Liberal daily Vedomosti said it was not too late for Russia to mend fences with the West.

"Russia should start rebuilding trust in ties with Europe," it said.

"Much has become irreversible but precise and responsible steps can still point to a path of mutual understanding."

And Novye Izvestia featured on its front page a poem by prominent poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko saying all parties were to blame for the death of 298 people on flight MH17.

"And I am crying, your unnamed brother/ Forgive me for this. I am guilty."

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MH17: First major outbreak of hostilities since plane crash

Rebels say tanks are trying to break into Donetsk as first investigators reach Torez, where bodies from MH17 are stored

Shaun Walker in Donetsk and Harriet Salem in Torez
theguardian.com, Monday 21 July 2014 10.52 BST   

As Dutch forensic experts arrived at the scene of the Malaysian Airlines crash on Monday and promised that the train being loaded with the victims' bodies would be moved before the end of the day, heavy fighting broke out between the Ukrainian army and rebels on the outskirts of Donetsk, the main regional city and the hub of the insurgency.

There has been widespread international anger that the rebels have failed to allow proper access to the crash site to investigators, and suspicions that they have seized the black boxes and are attempting to destroy evidence.

But it was the Ukrainian army that seemed intent on disrupting expert work on Monday, as they apparently launched an offensive against rebel positions close to Donetsk railway station, as well as in other towns across the region.

"There is work on clearing approaches to the city, on destroying checkpoints of the terrorists. If there are explosions in the middle of the city, then it is not Ukrainian soldiers," said Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, in Kiev.

Adding to the chaos, Lysenko denied that the Ukrainian army was responsible for explosions in central Donetsk but said a "self-organised group" of partisans could be engaging the rebels.

"We have strict orders not to use air strikes and artillery in the city. If there is fighting in the city, we have information that there is a small self-organised group who are fighting with the terrorists," he said.

Vladislav Seleznev, spokesman for Ukraine's anti-terror operation, said the action was "a planned offensive" to push rebels away from Donetsk airport, and insisted that aviation and artillery were not being used against civilian residences.

However, there were reports of civilian casualties. The Guardian saw one 18-storey building where a shell had hit the courtyard, smashing all the windows on the first nine floors and destroying parked cars.

Trucks of rebels could be seen travelling past the station as reinforcements, and gunfire and artillery rounds were audible. One rebel fighter claimed the Ukrainians had tried to take the area around the train station with tanks and the rebels were fighting back.

The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, ordered a ceasefire across a 40-kilometre radius from the crash site, but this does not include Donetsk, which is further out.

The OSCE have arrived at the crash site, where they appear to be observing the situation under the watch of the rebels. So far the observers are still being confined to the main path into the fields where most of the debris is. They do not appear to have been allowed to move from the main path. The rebels have cordoned off the press into a separate section to allow the observers to do their work.

In the town of Torez, where bodies of the crash victims are being loaded on to refrigerated train carriages, OSCE monitors and the small team of Dutch forensic experts viewed the body bags in the three train carriages and said the train should be moved on Monday. Peter Van Vliet, one of the experts, said the storage of the bodies was acceptable.

"I just want the train to move as soon as possible to a place where we can do our technical work," he said, adding that it was not possible to do in this location. He was unable to confirm the number of bodies because they would have to walk on them and, he said, that would show no respect.

In a conversation between the investigator Alexander Hug and one of the rebels escorting the officials, Hug said: "We need to get the train out of here today. To wait any longer than today will not be good for anything – for the experts, or for the families."

Ukrainian authorities say they have prepared for the bodies to be brought to Kharkiv, a major city in the east of the country. However, the fighting at Donetsk railway station could complicate any transfer of the bodies by rail.

There has been a flurry of international criticism of the shit stain called Pig Putin over Russian support for the rebels and claims that MH17 was shot down using a missile system provided by Russia.

In an unusual video address, the evil called Pig Putin said on Monday that "nobody should – and no one has the right to – use this tragedy to achieve selfish political ends. Such events should not divide people but unite them."

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Experts Examining Ukraine Crash Bodies

by Naharnet Newsdesk
21 July 2014, 13:51

Dutch forensic experts on Monday began examining the bodies from the MH17 plane disaster, as world leaders denounced the "shambolic" state of the crash site left in the hands of pro-Russian rebels.

Kiev's prime minister said the remains of some 250 victims of the 298 killed when the flight went down last week, apparently shot by a surface-to-air missile, had been recovered and moved to train cars, and could be transferred to the Netherlands.

But the bodies are in rebel-held territory where Kiev holds no sway, near the city of Donetsk where intense shelling broke out again on Monday.

The U.N. Security Council is expected on Monday to adopt an Australia-backed resolution demanding that pro-Russian separatists grant unrestricted access to the crash site for international experts.

Patience was wearing thin over Moscow's stance, even as President shit stain Pigr Putin pledged Russia would do "everything in its power" to resolve the Ukrainian conflict and to open access to the site.

The under-fire Russian leader appeared to seek to temper world fury after Washington said it had overwhelming evidence the missile system used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines jet was transferred from Russia to the rebels.

After speaking with the shit stain Pig Putin, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott noted he had "said all the right things" but that he would "hold the president to his word".

"That is certainly my intention, and it should be the intention of the family of nations to hold the president to his word," Abbott said, as concerns rose over tampering with evidence including the victims' remains and the plane's black boxes.

Twenty-eight Australian nationals and nine residents were among the passengers from a dozen countries on the doomed flight.

At the Torez station, close to Donetsk, an AFP reporter witnessed the Dutch investigators, wearing masks and headlights, open each of the train wagons holding the remains of recovered bodies, amid an overpowering stench.

Even as the shit stain called Pig Putin pledged to work toward dialogue between the Ukrainian rivals, intense shelling rained down in the rebel stronghold Donetsk, just 60 kilometers from Torez where the bodies are being held.

Insurgent fighters had closed off the roads in the area on the edge of the city and terrified civilians were fleeing the fighting in minibuses and on foot.

A rebel fighter told AFP that government troops had attacked their positions close to the transport hub at around 10 am (0700 GMT).

"They came within about two kilometers of the station," insurgent gunman Volodya told AFP.

Even as Dutch teams were inspecting the bodies, international investigators have yet to gain access to the actual crash site in Grabove, with debris spread out for kilometers.

"As anyone who has been watching the footage will know, this is still an absolutely shambolic situation," Australia's Abbott said.

Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai has also expressed concerns that "the sanctity of the crash site has been severely compromised".

Only a team of conflict monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were allowed briefly to access the main crash site.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has slammed as "grotesque" the manner in which "drunken separatist soldiers" were allegedly "unceremoniously piling bodies into trucks, removing both bodies, as well as evidence, from the site".

Insurgents defended their actions, with a rebel chief saying they had moved scores of bodies "out of respect for the families".

Washington has pointedly blamed Moscow for supplying rebel with the missile system used to shoot down the passenger jet.

Kiev on Sunday released fresh recordings of what it says are intercepted conversations between rebels organizing to hide the flight's black boxes from international monitors.

And the U.S. embassy confirmed as authentic recordings released by Kiev of an intercepted call between an insurgent commander and a Russian intelligence officer as they realized they had shot down a passenger jet.

The Washington Post said Ukraine's counterintelligence chief had photographs and related evidence that three Buk M-1 anti-aircraft missile systems moved from rebel-held territory into Russia less than 12 hours after the crash.

However, top Russian officials and state media have suggested that Kiev's new leaders staged the attack to blame the rebels.

The U.N. Security Council votes at 1900 GMT on Monday on a resolution demanding that armed groups controlling the area "refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site... and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site and surrounding area for the appropriate investigating authorities."

The leaders of France, Britain and Germany also signaled they could ramp up sanctions against Russia as early as Tuesday -- barely a week after the last round of toughened embargoes.

The separatists' violent bid to join Russia is the latest chapter in a prolonged crisis sparked by Kiev's desire for closer ties with the EU -- a sentiment many in the Russian-speaking east do not share.

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MH17: world's anger at Russia grows as bodies pile on to train at crash site

Experts fear clues as to why Malaysia Airlines plane was brought down could be lost for ever as chaos at scene persists

Shaun Walker in Torez
The Guardian, Monday 21 July 2014   
   
Masked, hooded men ran along the platform nervously waving their guns, as the large grey door to one of five train carriages was levered open. A ghoulish stench poured out; inside the glint of shiny black body bags piled in a heap was visible. A group of international monitors from the OSCE peered in briefly, and then the door was swung shut again.

That this event was seen as a great breakthrough in the cleanup of the MH17 air disaster only went to show what a grimly farcical mess it had been up to now.

As politicians, investigators and relatives of the dead across the world expressed anger at the Kremlin for not forcing pro-Russia rebels to offer more cooperation, there had yet to be any serious examination of the crash site.

The UN security council is due to vote on Monday on a resolution that demands armed groups do not compromise the crash site integrity, as well as that those responsible be held accountable.

But experts suggested that vital clues to how the Malaysia Airlines Boeing was brought down could have been lost forever as the site continues to be a free-for-all three days after the tragedy, which took 298 lives.

The small OSCE mission on the scene is made up merely of monitors. Not a single international aviation expert or investigator has visited the site, as evidence disappears. Until Sunday lunchtime, nobody even knew where the body bags from the site had been taken, with dark rumours swirling. Even now, the OSCE monitors have had to take the word of the local emergency services that 196 bodies have been found so far.

"We have not been able to count them as that would be too difficult in this situation," said Alexander Hug, the deputy chief of the OSCE mission, as he was circled by rebels with guns.

Michael Bociurkiw, the spokesman for the mission, added: "Going inside the wagons is impossible without special equipment. The stench is very, very bad."

The OSCE monitors are fully at the mercy of the rebels, and were only told of the fate of the bodies on Sunday: "We are waiting for the rebels to call us and tell us what we can do," one had said over breakfast in a Donetsk hotel earlier in the day. "They are heavily armed and we are unarmed, so we don't have much of a choice."

At the crash site, the rebel fighters who had been stationed there and barred access on previous days had gone, but chaos still reigned. Volunteer miners and local emergency workers continued to find bodies in the corn and sunflower fields throughout the day on Sunday, and stacked them by the side of the road in thick plastic bags: black for more or less whole bodies, and green for small parts. By the afternoon at least 18 freshly bagged corpses lined the road.

There was a complete lack of control over access to the site. The world's television media seemed oblivious to the irony of criticising the chaos while contributing to it – wading through fields to get a better shot with little regard for the human and material debris below. Sky had to apologise after one of its reporters rummaged through a suitcase on camera for effect.

Elsewhere, items had been moved and piled up by the search teams on the side of the road – suitcases stacked next to each other; and three football biographies, of Kevin Keegan, Ron Atkinson and Nigel Clough, lined up in a neat row.

Nevertheless, despite the loud accusations of looting by locals, it is unclear how widespread this has been. Dozens of eminently lootable items – watches, new pairs of shoes and even somehow unharmed bottles of duty-free alcohol visible from the road lay untouched on the ground. At one site, locals had even brought furry toys and small candles in tribute. It was unclear if and how relatives would ever be able to take possession of the items that lay scattered over a huge radius.

There was widespread international suspicion that the rebels may have been attempting to restrict access to the site in order to destroy important evidence. International experts said that preserving the site intact was key to understanding what exactly happened to MH17.

Phil Giles, formerly with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, said: "It's absolutely crucial to seal off any crash site because it's similar to the scene of a crime and you don't want any contamination. The reason the site needs not to be disturbed is because if you accidentally shot down a Malaysia Airlines plane the first thing you would do is find the record casing [from the aircraft's flight recorder] and disappear it."

Giles, who looked into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, said the site would also be contaminated by people trampling over the wreckage. He said that the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing hinged on a thumbnail-size piece of the bomb's timing device that could easily have been walked into the ground. Other experts said traces of the blast on the aeroplane's surface could even reveal the manufacturer of the missile in some cases.

Additionally, the cockpit recording of the explosion might contain a "fingerprint" that could identify the type of missile used, said Tony Cable, an investigator who worked for the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch for 32 years.

Ukrainian security forces have released an audio recording of what are alleged to be a series of intercepted phone calls between two rebel leaders, which suggest rebels may already be in possession of up to three of the boxes containing vital clues about the final moments of the flight.

"The boxes must be under our control," says one of the voices. "Our friends from high above are very interested in the fate of the 'black boxes'. I mean people from Moscow."

Questioned about whether he was in contact with Russian authorities over the black boxes, the self-styled prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai, said only: "Officially, no." He said that rebels had found "technical elements" believed to be the black boxes. They would be "stored in a safe place" in Donetsk until they can be handed over to "international experts," he said.

As more and more time has passed since the crash, international anger and anguish has grown, especially in the two countries most affected. The Netherlands' best-selling paper De Telegraaf called for Nato troops to be deployed in eastern Ukraine, while prime minister Mark Rutter called attempts to block the site "totally disgusting". In Malaysia, the country's youth and sport minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, wrote on Twitter on Sunday: "Pro-Russian terrorists have not handled #MH17 victims with dignity. Putin promised PM @NajibRazak he would help. He hasn't."

In Donetsk, the rebels shrugged off these accusations, claiming they would welcome any international experts, but none had shown any desire to arrive yet. Borodai said that the Donetsk People's Republic was expecting a team of 81 international experts, including 20 Malaysian specialists, who would "probably arrive tomorrow evening". The rebel leader said he did not know why the international community had not responded quicker to the incident. "I cannot understand why the experts cannot come here immediately, we are not an island, it should be easy for them to come here," he told press.

However, with military clashes between the Ukrainian army and rebels continuing in the area, there are obvious safety issues, as well as the fact that Donetsk airport has been inactive since it was the scene of a huge battle in May.

A forensic expert working with the Red Cross has arrived in Donetsk on Sunday after the humanitarian support organisation's offer of assistance in dealing with the crash site was accepted by the Donetsk authorities. However a diplomatic source in Kiev said that the main international delegation plans to travel to Kharkiv, the east Ukrainian city where there are plans to transport the bodies.

A number of stories told by locals showed just how haphazard the gathering of the bodies has been. At the main hospital in Torez, a man arrived in a white Lada and pulled the corpse of a child from the boot, about two hours after the crash on Thursday.

The boy was perhaps six or seven and looked Asian, recalled duty nurse Olga. The man was a local and had arrived on the scene shortly after the crash. Spotting the child, the same age as his own son, he had been overcome with emotion and decided to bring the body to hospital, to avoid stray dogs attacking the corpse.

"He was covered in blood, so much blood. He was wearing a green T-shirt that had been pulled up around his neck, and there were burns on the body and injuries to his arms and legs," she said.

Hospital staff washed and refrigerated the boy's corpse, but were later told he should be delivered to a nearby village, so he was taken in an ambulance. From there, the nurses believe, he was part of a convoy of about 38 bodies that were taken to the train at Torez.

After the OSCE left the station, the armed men departed with them and the platform was left in an eerie silence. The train driver shrugged and said he had no idea of its destination, or its departure time. In the musty, decaying interior of the small station, building a few locals gathered, wondering when the next passenger train would arrive.

"You only came here because they are foreigners dead," said one. "We've been having a war here for months."

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Deadly Fighting Rages On in East Ukraine despite Plane Crash

by Naharnet Newsdesk
20 July 2014, 22:58

Pensioner Oleksandr had just stepped out of his house in eastern Ukraine to say hello to a neighbor when a mortar shell landed at his feet.

He died several minutes later, with his hand blown off and his stomach torn open.

"They are fighting and we are in the middle of it!" Lyudmila, his grieving widow, told Agence France Presse in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.   

"If they enjoy fighting so much then they should just go to a field and beat each other up there. I just want to live in peace."

After Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed on Thursday in the strife-torn region, killing all 298 passengers aboard, both Kiev and the pro-Russian rebels it has been fighting for months raised the possibility of a ceasefire.

But in reality, the bullets never stopped flying.

Ukraine's armed forces over the weekend pushed on with their operation to stamp out the rebels controlling the south-east part of Lugansk, with combat over the last 24 hours leaving 13 wounded in the industrial hub.

The border with Russia is the scene of daily skirmishes, while around Donetsk -- a city of nearly one million -- fighting carried on unabated.

Lyudmila said she had only just arrived home when she heard a loud noise.

"I came out and Oleksandr had a hand sliced off and several wounds in the stomach. Our neighbor tried to help him as far as he could. The ambulance took just over half an hour to arrive as there were too many shots being fired. He died before that."

"I don't care who is the government but this must end," she said, tears flowing.

Just a few hundred meters from that spot, Vitaly Maistrenko was wounded in his legs by mortar shells while he was sitting in his garden.

The impact in the middle of the carnation-lined garden was visible and the bench he was sitting on was still soaking in blood.

On the other side of the street, the roof of a home that did not survive the pounding. Luckily, there were no victims as the house was empty like many in every two in this area.

"Everyday there are shots, day and night, and yesterday was horrible. We would like to leave too but our parents are too old and ill. So we are staying here and praying but for how long? Look at the state of that house, we can't do anything to protect against that," said one local resident.

Several meters further, in a street that had visibly been subject to heavy bombardment, a couple with their 18-year-old daughter arrived carrying big plastic bags filled to the brim. Behind her, an elderly woman struggled to keep up.

"They are leaving but I'm staying. I just came to say goodbye to them," the 84-year-old said. "I'm old. How can I leave the house where I have lived all my life?"

Her daughter Alina, who works in a factory in the city said: "I can no longer live here. I'm going nuts. It's now been two months that we're going to bed at night wondering if we're going to open our eyes in the morning."

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Australian PM Hits Out at 'Shambolic' MH17 Crash Site

by Naharnet Newsdesk
21 July 2014, 08:07

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Monday hit out at the "shambolic" situation at the MH17 crash site as he demanded Russian President Pig Putin back up assurances with action.

Abbott and the Pig spoke by telephone overnight in their first conversation since the Malaysia Airlines plane, carrying 298 people, crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, apparently shot down by pro-Russian rebels with a surface-to-air missile.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, British counterpart David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande also piled pressure on Putin over the weekend in phone calls.

While Abbott would not divulge details of what was discussed, he said the onus was now on Moscow to act, using its influence with pro-Russian separatists to ensure experts can access the site of the crash.

"To President Pig Putin's credit he did say all the right things. I want to stress what he said was fine," Abbott told a press conference.

"The challenge now is to hold the president to his word. That is certainly my intention, and it should be the intention of the family of nations to hold the president to his word."

Rutte talked with shit stain Pig Putin on Sunday, with the Russian leader promising to help retrieve bodies and black boxes, a spokeswoman for Dutch government press service RVD told Agence France Presse.

Abbott has been particularly vocal among world leaders in his outrage at Russia's perceived lack of cooperation in the investigation into the disaster.

He has branded the plane's downing "a crime", and accused Moscow of trying to wash its hands of the tragedy while failing to properly secure the crash site.

Moscow denies any involvement in the disaster.

Twenty-eight Australian nationals and nine residents were among the 298 people from a dozen countries on board who died.

- 'Bodies are not hostages' -

Abbott said every day that went by the bodies were deteriorating and the crash site was being further contaminated.

"As anyone who has been watching the footage will know, this is still an absolutely shambolic situation," he said.

"The site is being treated more like a garden clean-up than a forensic investigation."

He added that his key goals were "to retrieve the bodies, we want to investigate the site, and we want to punish the guilty. That's what we want to do".

The comments follow Australia on Sunday circulating a draft U.N. Security Council resolution -- that could be put to a vote as early as Monday -- demanding that pro-Russian separatists provide "full and unfettered access" to the site.

Abbott said that having pro-Russian rebels in charge of the crash zone was "a little like leaving criminals in control of a crime scene".

He dispatched Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to the United States to lead the lobbying for support of the resolution.

She said it was "an utter outrage" that the site had been contaminated and evidence removed.

"This is not a time to use bodies as hostages or pawns in a Ukrainian-Russian conflict," she told reporters in Washington.

On Sunday, pro-Russian militiamen in Ukraine loaded almost 200 bodies from the flight into refrigerated train wagons. A rebel chief said they were holding them until "the experts arrive".

Canberra wants a full and impartial investigation in the disaster, but Abbott said a key difficulty was that there was "no-one in authority in charge on the ground".

He said Monday he had sent former defence force chief Angus Houston to be his personal envoy on the ground in Ukraine and to help recover the remains of the Australians killed.

Abbott added that the government was considering designating the MH17 disaster as a terrorist attack, which would trigger compensation payments to the families of Australian victims.

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MH17: UN resolution on ensuring crash site access set for Monday

Russia will support final version in security council vote if no one is blamed, according to reports in Australian newspaper

Reuters
theguardian.com, Monday 21 July 2014 03.32 BST   

The UN security council is due to vote Monday on a resolution that would condemn the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine and demands that those responsible be held accountable and that armed groups do not compromise the crash site integrity.

While Russia engaged in negotiations with the 15-member council on the resolution – drafted by Australia which lost 37 citizens and residents – it was unclear if it would support the final version, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.

However, the Australian Financial Review on Monday reported that Russia would support the resolution ensuring unfettered access to the crash site as long as it does not blame Moscow.

Ambassador Vladimir Morozov told the newspaper that Moscow was prepared to support a draft resolution circulated by Australia that would guarantee international investigators access to the wreckage, which is in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.

"This resolution is supported by Russia ... so long as it does not blame somebody," Morozov said in an interview, the newspaper reported.

In an apparent bid to compromise with Moscow, the wording of the condemnation was change to characterise the incident as the "downing" of the Malaysia Airlines flight – with 298 people on board – instead of "shooting down", according to the final draft obtained by Reuters.

Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Moscow of fuelling a pro-Russian uprising that threatens to break up the former Soviet republic of 46 million people. Russia denies orchestrating the unrest and says Ukraine's attempts to end it by military force are making the situation worse.

Moscow denies any involvement in shooting down the airliner and has blamed the Ukrainian military. US secretary of state John Kerry put forward on Sunday the most detailed accusations so far that Russia provided insurgents with the sophisticated anti-aircraft systems used to down the aircraft.

Russian president Pig "I am not evil" Putin urged the pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine to cooperate and insisted that an international investigation must not leap to conclusions.

The draft UN resolution "demands that those responsible for this incident be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability" and "calls on all states and actors in the region to cooperate fully in relation to the international investigation of the incident".

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop and Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans are due to be at the UN for the vote on the resolution, said diplomats. The Netherlands lost 189 citizens on the flight to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

The draft resolution "expresses grave concern at reports of insufficient and limited access to the crash site."

It "demands that the armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site ... and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site and surrounding area for the appropriate investigating authorities."

International monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe visited part of the crash site for a third day on Sunday. They said on Saturday that gunmen had stopped them approaching some of the wreckage.

The draft resolution also "insists that the bodies of the victims are treated in a dignified, respectful and professional manner and calls upon all parties concerned to ensure that this happens with immediate effect."

Television images of the rebel-held crash sites, where the remains of victims had lain decomposing in fields among their personal belongings, have turned initial shock and sorrow after Thursday's disaster into anger.

The security council issued a statement on Friday calling for a "full, thorough and independent international investigation," access to the site and appropriate accountability. Britain drafted the text and hoped the council could issue it on Thursday but Russia requested more time.

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MH17 crash: Kerry lays out evidence of pro-Russia separatists' responsibility

US secretary of state lists 'enormous input that points fingers' and urges Moscow to act as rebels move victims' bodies from crash site

Dominic Rushe in New York and Shaun Walker in Torez
theguardian.com, Sunday 20 July 2014 16.14 BST   

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said all the evidence surrounding the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 points towards pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine being to blame. He spoke out as bodies of victims were moved by rebels on to trains several miles from the crash site.

Kerry appeared on all five major US Sunday talkshows to lay out the Obama administration's case against the separatists and to call on Russia to act and stop them from blocking an investigation into the firing of a surface-to-air missile that brought down the plane on Thursday, claiming 298 lives.

"We have enormous input about this that points fingers," Kerry told CNN's State of the Union. "It is pretty clear that this was a system from Russia, transferred to separatists. We know with confidence that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point of time."

He said the US knew that in the last month there had been a "major flow of arms and weapons from Russia to the eastern part of Ukraine and turned over to the separatists".

Kerry said social media reports and US surveillance put the missile system in question in the vicinity of the crash before the tragedy.

"We know because we observed it by imagery that at the moment of the shootdown we detected a launch from that area," he said. "Our trajectory shows that it went to the aircraft.

"We also know to a certainty that social media immediately afterwards saw reports of separatists bragging about knocking down a plane and then the so-called defence minister of Donetsk, Igor Strelkov, posted a report bragging about the shoot-down of a transport plane."

The case against the separatists was further backed by evidence from voice intercepts and a video of a launcher moving back into Russia with at least one missing missile, said Kerry.

Kerry called on Russia to "step up publicly and join in the effort to make sure there is a full fledged investigation".

Last week, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the US president, Barack Obama, should "stop lecturing Russia".

Kerry said he had spoken to Lavrov on Saturday. "It was a direct and tough conversation," he said.

Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate select committee on intelligence, told CNN the type of equipment Russia had supplied to the separatists should only go to someone with "an ethical compass".

"Now we find out it's been given to separatists who are in many respects thugs. And it's been used in a very terrible way."

"The nexus between Russia and the separatists has been established very clearly," Feinstein added. "So the issue is, where is the Russian president, the shit stain called Pig Putin? I would say: 'Shit stain, you have to man pig up. You have to say this was a mistake,' which I hope it was."

The evil Pig has urged the pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine to cooperate and insisted that an international investigation must not leap to conclusions. Moscow denies involvement and has pointed the finger at Kiev's military.

Ukraine and its western allies accuse Moscow of fuelling a pro-Russia uprising that threatens to break up the former Soviet republic of 46 million people. Russia denies orchestrating the unrest and says Ukraine's attempts to end it by military force are making the situation worse.

On Sunday, the bodies of the victims were loaded on to three railway carriages, apparently with refrigerator capability, standing at the train station in the town of Torez, several miles from the crash site in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

The Guardian witnessed the arrival of a delegation from the international monitoring body the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at around midday local time on Sunday to inspect the wagons, accompanied by a convoy of heavily armed and nervous rebels.

As they opened the metal door to one of the carriages to inspect the interior, a stench of death wafted out, and black body bags were visible inside.

"The special monitoring mission in its third day dealing with the incident has now monitored the location where bodies are being refrigerated in three wagons," said Alexander Hug, the deputy chief of the mission.

"We have not been able to count them as that would be too difficult in this situation."

Michael Bociurkiw, the spokesman for the mission, added: "Going inside the wagons is impossible without special equipment. The stench is very, very bad."

The OSCE, which has had its access to the crash site itself limited in recent days, left in a convoy to return to the crash site.

There have been no international investigators at the scene. Ukrainian authorities say they are setting up facilities for relatives to stay and autopsies in the city of Kharkiv, about 200 miles away.

Armed separatists at the scene refused to say how many bodies were in the train carriages or when they would leave. The train driver told the Guardian he had no idea of the train's destination.

The local department of Ukraine's emergencies ministry in the eastern Donetsk region said on Sunday that 196 bodies had been found at the site where the Malaysian airliner crashed.

"As of 7am on 20 July, in the Shakhtarsky region of the crash site of the Boeing 777, 196 bodies were found," it said in a statement, adding that divers were involved in the search because the area included a reservoir.

It also emerged on Sunday that the UN security council was considering a draft resolution to condemn the "shooting down" of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine, demand armed groups grant access to the crash site, and call on states in the region to cooperate with an international investigation.

Australia – which lost 28 citizens – circulated a draft text, seen by Reuters, to the 15-member security council late on Saturday, and diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it could be put to a vote as early as Monday.

The draft resolution "demands that those responsible for this incident be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability".

It "condemns in the strongest terms the shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 … resulting in the tragic loss of 298 lives" and "demands that all states and other actors in the region refrain from acts of violence directed against civilian aircraft."

Russia's UN mission declined to comment on the draft security council resolution.

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MH17: missile launcher was in towns near crash site, videos suggest

Videos and photographs appear to show a mobile anti-aircraft missile launcher in neighbouring towns of Torez and Snizhne

Julian Borger and Josh Halliday   
The Guardian, Sunday 20 July 2014 18.55 BST   
   
Evidence was growing on Sunday that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from the vicinity of two neighbouring towns near the crash site within rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.

Analysis of videos and photos posted on social media sites on the day the plane was brought down show a mobile Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher in the town of Torez, about six miles south of the farmland where the wreckage is scattered, and then in Snizhne, two miles east of Torez. Washington said that one of its satellites had detected a missile launch from the vicinity of those towns at the time the Boeing 777 was brought down.

Eliot Higgins, a video and photographic analyst, published the pictures on his investigative journalism website Bellingcat. "The guy who uploaded one of the videos, deleted the video and his accounts a few hours after the plane came down," Higgins said.

"There is a cluster of two videos and two photos we have analysed that show a Buk missile-launcher in Torez, at about midday from the angle of the sun, and then about an hour and half later in Snizhne."

Higgins said that the pictures were not clear enough to be sure whether the mobile launcher in Snizhne was the same as the one in Torez.

The Ukrainian interior ministry also released a short video that appeared to show a Buk launcher with at least one missile missing being transported along a road on a trailer, claiming the weapon was being driven across the border into Russia.

The video analysis confirms an earlier Associated Press report that one of its journalists spotted a Buk-like launcher in an area of eastern Ukrainian controlled by separatists, contradicting claims by rebel leaders not to have such missiles.

The Buk, known to the US military as an SA-11 Gadfly, can reach targets up to altitudes of 46,000 feet. MH17 was flying at 33,000 feet en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Both the Ukrainian and Russian armed forces possess the launchers, which work alongside a separate mobile radar and a command vehicle. Experts say its target-acquisition technology is good enough to spot aircraft, but not to differentiate between civilian and military planes.

The US state department on Sunday published its most detailed version of the attack on the Malaysian airliner. "At the time that flight MH17 dropped out of contact, we detected a surface-to-air missile launch from a separatist-controlled area in southeastern Ukraine.

"We believe this missile was an SA-11," a statement from the US embassy in Kiev said, adding that the launch was in the area of Torez and Snizhne.

"Intercepts of separatist communications posted on YouTube by the Ukrainian government indicate the separatists were in possession of a SA-11 system as early as Monday July 14th. In the intercepts, the separatists made repeated references to having and repositioning Buk (SA-11) systems."

The embassy statement also said that US intelligence audio analysts believed the intercepts of rebel commanders discussing the shooting down of the plane were genuine.

It claimed that over the weekend of 12-13 July Russia sent a convoy of military equipment with up to 150 vehicles, including tanks, armoured personnel carriers artillery, and multiple rocket launchers to the separatists. The statement also said Russia was training separatist fighters in south-west Russia, including on anti-aircraft systems.

Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine's counterintelligence chief, said that Buk missile launchers were seen crossing into Russia from eastern Ukraine on Friday morning.

A definitive investigation was still being prevented on Sunday by eastern separatist groups imposing access restrictions. The rebels were removing bodies and the Ukrainian government accused them of sanitising the scene of evidence.

A team of six investigators from Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch was sent to Ukraine soon after the disaster to take part in an international enquiry, but a spokeswoman from the AAIB said: "They are still in Kiev, while the format for an investigation is being established." She declined to go into further detail but it is believed that the investigators have not gone to the crash site, east of Donetsk, for lack of security assurances.

Senior figures in the air accident investigation community have said that the crash site is becoming increasingly contaminated, hindering the chances of a full independent inquiry.

Phil Giles, formerly with the AAIB, said: "It's absolutely crucial to seal of any crash site because it's similar to the scene of a crime and you don't want any contamination. The reason the site needs not to be disturbed is because if you accidentally shot down a Malaysian Airlines plane, the first you would do is find the record casing [from the aircraft] and disappear it."

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Three pro-Russia rebel leaders at the centre of suspicions over downed MH17

Igor Strelkov, Igor Bezler and Nikolai Kozitsyn reportedly discussed the shooting down of a plane soon after jet exploded

Alec Luhn in Moscow
The Guardian, Sunday 20 July 2014 19.15 BST   

As the world searches for answers over the Malaysia Airlines flight downed in eastern Ukraine, suspicion has fallen on the leaders of the pro-Russia rebels who have shot down three government planes in the past week.

Attention has centred on rebel leaders who reportedly discussed the downing of a plane shortly after MH17 exploded and crashed: Igor Strelkov, an alleged Russian intelligence agent leading the military forces of the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic", and Igor Bezler, a notorious loose cannon who rules the town of Horlivka with an iron fist. A third suspect is Nikolai Kozitsyn, commander of a group of Cossacks, the traditional military caste that once protected the borders of the Russian empire.

Shortly after the Boeing 777 went down with 298 people aboard, a Russian social networking page that has been uploading messages from Strelkov for weeks published a post saying rebels had shot down a plane outside Torez, near the location of the wreckage of MH17.

The post, which was later deleted, appeared to incorrectly identify the aircraft as an AN-26 military transport plane, lending credence to the theory that the rebels mistakenly downed the Malaysian airliner. "We warned you not to fly in our skies," it read. Rebel leaders later denied their forces had shot down the plane.

Strelkov (his real name is Girkin) is an avid historical battle re-enactor from Moscow and a former colonel in Russia's Ffederal security service who recently admitted he was asked to lead the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, although he wouldn't say by whom. He fought as a volunteer in Bosnia and in Transnistria, a Russian-backed breakaway republic in Moldova, and was seen advising separatist leaders in Crimea before the peninsula seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia.

Strelkov is good friends with Alexander Borodai, the political analyst from Moscow who leads the government in Donetsk, and both previously worked for a company owned by nationalist oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev, who reportedly funded separatist activity in Crimea.

On Friday, Ukrainian authorities released recordings of what they said were intercepted phone conversations between rebel leaders. In the first, a voice claimed to be Bezler's says a rebel group had shot down a plane and was investigating the crash site. In the second, a rebel commander reports that Cossacks shot down what was later discovered to be a "100% civilian aircraft" and that documents of an Indonesian student had been found.

Sound analysts and rebel leaders quoted on Russian television have argued the recordings were falsified by combining unrelated conversations, and a pro-Russian blogger claimed they were originally created before MH17 went down.

A final conversation allegedly records a rebel reporting to Kozytsin that "the plane shot down in the area of Snizhne-Torez … is a civilian one".

"That means they were carrying spies," the man alleged to be Kozitsyn responds. "They shouldn't be flying. There is a war going on."

Bezler, a former funeral home director nicknamed Bes (Demon) and renowned for his ruthlessness, first emerged after angry pro-Russia protesters stormed the police station in Horlivka, during which he was seen in a video identifying himself as a "colonel in the Russian army".

In a later interview with Russian Forbes magazine, he said he was a Russian citizen from Crimea whose ancestor died in the Charge of the Light Brigade, commemorated by Alfred, Lord Tennyson during the Crimean war.

In Horlivka, he is known as a "cruel but effective" commander, and rumours hold he summarily executed four men accused of raping a girl, according to Ruslan, a local taxi driver. Bezler himself has filmed captured Ukrainian special agents with tape wrapped around their bloodied heads, and his men have been involved in many of the ugliest clashes with Ukrainian troops.

He is also known as a loose cannon liable to fight with the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic, which said it was considering placing him before a war crimes tribunal after he appeared in a video executing two Ukrainian officers by firing squad. (It was later admitted that the men were firing blanks.)

In June, Bezler's men seized the regional police headquarters in downtown Donetsk, sparking an hours-long shootout with local rebel forces.

The final rebel commander under suspicion, Kozitsyn was born in the Donetsk region and took part in military actions in the Russian-backed separatist republics of Transnistria, and Abkhazia in Georgia, according to a Russian nationalist website. He reportedly received a medal from the Russian security services, the FSB, for engaging in talks with former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, who was later tried for war crimes.

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US says recordings of Ukraine rebels admitting MH17 downing ‘authentic’

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:49 EDT

Alleged intercepted phone conversations released by Ukraine’s security service of pro-Russian rebels discussing how they shot down Malaysian airliner MH17 are genuine, the US embassy in Kiev said Sunday.

Ukraine’s SBU security agency on Thursday released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit the passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.

The recordings were presented as key evidence to back up Kiev’s claims that rebels — supported by Russia — downed the jet while the separatists accused Ukraine’s army of being responsible.

“Audio data provided to the press by the Ukrainian security service was evaluated by Intelligence Community analysts who confirmed these were authentic conversations between known separatist leaders,” the US embassy in Ukraine said in a statement.

In one of the recordings a rebel commander nicknamed the “Major” says rebels shot down the plane and tells a disbelieving comrade that the jet is “100 percent a civilian aircraft.”

On Sunday Ukraine’s security agency released a fresh batch of alleged leaked conversations of rebels organising to hide the flight’s black boxes from international monitors at the crash site.

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Shit stain Pig Putin's Russia risks burning bridges over jet crash

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:54 EDT

Russia risks burning bridges with the West over the deadly Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine, as analysts warn that the shit stain called Pig Putin might never accept responsibility for the disaster.

Observers said Thursday’s shooting down of a Boeing 777 with 298 people on board over Ukrainian territory held by pro-Kremlin rebels would have unpredictable political and economic consequences for Russia.

“We are witnessing a tectonic clash between Russia and the West,” Yuly Nisnevich of the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics told AFP. “Russia’s isolation will very much deepen.”

Anger over the disaster has been directed largely at Pig, accused by the West of backing the separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine that erupted after Moscow’s seizure of the Crimean peninsula in March.

European leaders have already warned Russia to allow investigators full access to the crash site in rebel-held eastern Ukraine or face further sanctions.

But the pressure on Moscow looked set to intensify, with Kiev and the West accusing it of providing Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that blasted the plane out of the sky.

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday laid out what he said was “extraordinary circumstantial evidence” that the rebels hit the plane with weapons obtained from Russia.

US intelligence suggests that a sophisticated SA11 missile system was used to bring down flight MH17 as it flew at some 33,000 feet (10,000 metres) over Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Kerry said.

Russia fiercely denies the accusations, claiming to be a victim of a propaganda war and suggesting Ukraine may be responsible for the crash.

Analysts say they doubt Moscow would ever agree with the conclusions of any international probe — if and when it takes place — that points the finger either at separatists or the Kremlin.

“I believe that Russia will continue to deny it is responsible even if there is evidence, especially indirect evidence as it will most likely be the case,” Sergei Guriyev, a prominent Paris-based Russian economist, told AFP in emailed comments.

“If the investigation points at Russia, it would deal colossal damage to the country,” added Yevgeny Gontmakher, an economist and member of the Civic Initiatives Committee think tank.

- In Iran’s footsteps? -

Irrespective of who is eventually assigned blame, analysts said the crash, capping the worst standoff in East-West relations since the Cold War, had already dealt Russia huge damage.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott hinted Saturday that the Kremlin pigman would not be welcome at the next G20 summit in Australia in November if he does not cooperate over the investigation.

The warning came after Russia’s G8 membership was suspended over its takeover of Crimea in March.

With the threat of new EU sanctions now on the table, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the West must “fundamentally change our approach” to Russia unless Moscow alters course in Ukraine.

Gontmakher said the gap between Russia and the West was widening dangerously, pointing to anti-Western official rhetoric and raging anti-US sentiment on national television.

“The situation will only get worse,” he said, warning Russia could eventually find itself as isolated as Iran. “I am afraid we are moving in that direction.”

Promoting Russia as an antithesis to the West has become a key Kremlin policy as the evil Pig's approval ratings soared after Crimea’s annexation, with dissident voices relegated to social media amid a persistent clampdown on dissent.

- ‘Beginning of the end?’ -

The crash of MH17 threatens to “become the beginning of the end for the Russian president,” commentator Ivan Yakovina wrote for online news portal Novoye Vremya.

Some even drew parallels with the regime of late Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi which became an international pariah after the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, at the cost of 270 lives.

Outspoken Kremlin critic Yulia Latynina, speaking on popular radio Echo of Moscow, branded the downing of the plane “a second Lockerbie”.

Others played down the parallel, arguing that Russia’s diplomatic and economic clout meant it would never be cut off entirely from the world stage.

“Russia is not Libya,” commentator Maxim Samorukov said on Slon.ru news website.

Isolating Russia entirely would be difficult considering Moscow’s permanent seat on the UN Security Council, and its faithful allies in Asia and Latin America, he argued.

“But on the other hand, there is absolutely no need for everyone including Venezuela and Myanmar to join an embargo against Russia,” for it to inflict significant damage.

“Even China’s neutrality will not save the situation.”

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And of course.......

Pro-Kremlin Media Accuse West of Assigning Blame over Jet

by Naharnet Newsdesk
21 July 2014, 11:36

A chorus of Kremlin-friendly media declared on Monday that the truth about what happened to the Malaysian jet would likely never be found out, accusing the West of heaping the blame on Russia.

"Western press already knows who is to blame for the loss of the airliner -- Russia obviously," said popular tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Mass-circulation Moskovsky Komsomolets accused the West of pinning the blame on Russia before the results of a yet-to-begin investigation are out.

"Those guilty have been designated," it said, recalling that the United States had falsely accused dictator Saddam Hussein of having weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

"It is unclear whether it is possible to tell the truth from the lies in this wonderful new information world," Moskovsky Komsomolets added.

Government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta pointed the finger squarely at Kiev authorities, accusing them of refusing to cooperate with Moscow.

"Kiev is not in a rush to answer '10 questions' about the Boeing," it said, referring to a litany of queries released by the Russian defense ministry over the weekend.

Broadsheet newspapers took a more measured approach, saying the disaster ushered in a grim new era in ties between Russia and the West.

"The catastrophe not only in the skies but also in relations between Russia and the West," said Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

"The wreckage from the Boeing is falling on Russia," added Kommersant daily, noting that the outcome of the inquiry into the crash will determine the future of Russia's ties with the West.

The newspaper cited analyst Alexander Golts as saying that if probe results end up pointing the finger at Moscow, it would once again be perceived in the West as an "Evil Empire."

But if the investigation proves the jet was shot down by Ukraine Kiev would lose Western support, the expert was quoted as saying.

Liberal daily Vedomosti said it was not too late for Russia to mend fences with the West.

"Russia should start rebuilding trust in ties with Europe," it said.

"Much has become irreversible but precise and responsible steps can still point to a path of mutual understanding."

And Novye Izvestia featured on its front page a poem by prominent poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko saying all parties were to blame for the death of 298 people on flight MH17.

"And I am crying, your unnamed brother/ Forgive me for this. I am guilty."

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 on: Jul 20, 2014, 03:13 PM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Sunyata
The breaking free from consensus beliefs that are not rooted in actual truth as defined by natural laws can begin as early as the 1st stage individuated. Typically though this is just the beginning of the 'chipping away' process versus a wholesale collapse of all the lies that are considered to be true by the consensus of any society.

Hi Rad,

What stage does the wholesale collapse happen?

Thanks,
Sunyata

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 on: Jul 20, 2014, 01:03 PM 
Started by ari moshe - Last post by Emily
Hello,

Here's my attempt at integrating the rulers of the nodes. Thank you so much for your time, and the opportunity to practice here.

Blessings,
Emily

Pluto retrograde Gemini 3rd
SN Pisces 12th
Neptune retrograde Taurus 3rd (conjunct Pluto)
Neptune/Pluto square the nodes

PPP Sagittarius 9th
NN Virgo 6th
Mercury Virgo 7th

This is the chart of Dr. Edward Bach, 1886-1936. (I hope the birth time I found is correct) I think this soul is in the 1st stage spiritual. From Wikipedia, "he was a British physician, homeopath, bacteriologist and spiritual writer, best known for developing a range of remedies call the Bach flower remedies, a form of alternative medicine, inspired by classical homeopathic traditions."

From 'The Bach Flower Remedies', "Dr. Bach also departs from homeopathy in believing that by correcting harmful mental attitudes you can stop the disease from becoming physical or, more probably, you can treat the disease when it is at an energy level rather than grossly pathological. Even when it is grossly pathological you can assist, because you can greatly alleviate the mental component which may be causative or reactive to the physical problem."

From 'Heal Thyself' by Dr. Bach: "Suffering is a corrective to point out a lesson which by other means we have failed to grasp", "There is one great root cause of all disease, namely self-love, so there is one great certain method of relief of all suffering, the conversion of self-love into devotion to others.", "It is when our personalities are led astray from the path laid down by the Soul...that a conflict arises. This conflict is the root cause of disease and unhappiness."

This soul has been exhausting desires linked to curiosity and the gathering of lots of data. In this case the information that has been gathered is related to the body/health/spirituality (Neptune/Pluto trine Mercury in Virgo, Neptune in Taurus in the 3rd, the soul was a doctor in this life and perhaps past lives as well.)

There has been an intensified focus on learning, naming things and creating mental constructs to which there is a strong emotional attachment. Emotional security could be linked to 'knowing'. The soul has been focused on left-brain processes, asking why and investigating the world through reason. The soul has been identifying knowledge with power. There is possibility the soul has been collecting information indiscriminately and is overwhelmed. The soul would have had a penetrating mind, always asking why and looking for the weakest link in an argument. There could have been confrontations when the worldview became too limiting. There could be a need to draw the energy inward, there having been the tendency to absorb a lot of information from the environment without proper discrimination. And yet with the skipped steps applying to the south node in Pisces, maybe the soul is needing to be more open? Or to learn to let all of the information it gathers wash through it, knowing it is not the source of the information and thus not attaching to it?

The soul may have been bumping up against the natural limit of the mind, and perhaps resisted letting go of trying to rationalize or understand everything (Pluto/Neptune 3rd sq. the nodes). The Pluto skipped step also points to there having perhaps been intense resistance to surrendering - what I'm not entirely sure - control, power, soul to spirit? There may have been lifetimes of being immersed in Judeo/Christian belief systems. (Pisces/Virgo Nodes)

A dissolving of old mental constructs has already begun to take place and perhaps there's also been a resisting of this process. The soul is desiring to accept the limits of the mind, and to integrate the facts it has gathered into a larger whole. The soul is desiring to choose one system with which to organize all of the data it has accumulated and to let go of that which is contradictory and only serves to confuse. The soul desires to use the knowledge it has accumulated in service to others as a healer; of the body, mind and spirit.

The soul is on a path of integrating and applying the information it has gathered to real life situations as a healer. (PPP Sagittarius, NN Virgo). Dr. Bach put the information he gathered (Gemini) to use (Taurus) as a healer (Pisces/Virgo). He integrated his spiritual perspective into his healing practice. The evolution/growth for the soul in this life included breaking away from the traditional medicine he was trained in and developing his own unique healing technique. (NN Virgo, Taurus skipped step, Pluto/Neptune retrograde trine Mercury/Sun/Uranus).

The flower remedies use the subtle energy (SN Pisces, Neptune skipped step) of flowers (Sag PPP, Neptune in Taurus?) to address mental (Gemini) and emotional (Pluto, Gemini on the 4th, Chiron in the 4th) health. For him the root cause of physical disease is the mental/emotional state.(Pluto Gemini 3rd)

Whereas in the past the soul may have been very dependent on collecting data from outside of himself, part of the intended movement for the soul is to strengthen the intuition (PPP Sagittarius) and form a direct inner connection to source and directly experience nature. (Neptune 3rd Taurus, square the nodes, PPP Sagittarius) Desiring to develop more self-trust and trust in God is perhaps also indicated.(Pluto placement/aspects) In developing the flower essences, he would tune in and listen to his own emotional experience while he was sitting outside with the plants. He then used his own direct experience and intuition to discern the uses of the flowers.

The flower remedies and their method of preparation/use is very simple in my opinion (Taurus, Pisces), yet addresses the complex range of human emotions. There is a compassion for humanity and the earth. (Neptune in Taurus trine Sun/Uranus Libra 7th) He ended up working in a realm that is outside the bounds of allopathic medicine, and his work continues to be used long after his death, while at the same time not being proven by the scientific community to work. He shared the information he collected from his own experience with others for the benefit/betterment of all through his practice and writing.(Mercury Virgo 7th) He would have been a natural compassionate counselor, inquisitive and intuitive.

The soul is in the process of spiritualizing and purifying the desire nature and specifically this is related to the gathering and use of information. Which information to collect and why. Wanting the information to serve in some way. The soul would perhaps have been very attuned to the use of its words, the effect they have on others and if they are helpful or harmful. This soul could also have been very sensitive to the words of others. And had perhaps experienced much loss due to a conflict of opinions or beliefs. There is a metamorphosis of the mental faculties taking place.

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 on: Jul 20, 2014, 12:02 PM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Rad
Britain Says Time for Russia to 'Get Out' of Ukraine

by Naharnet Newsdesk
20 July 2014, 20:32

Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday it was time for Russia to "stop interfering" and "get out of eastern Ukraine."

He added that the "sponsored war" in the region was "completely unacceptable."

Fallon said Russian Pig was encouraging the ethnic Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"They need to get out of East Ukraine and leave Ukraine to the Ukrainians," he told The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

Asked if the Pig was "egging on" the separatists, Fallon replied: "Yes. That is the danger that flows from Russian activity on and over the border in the last few months. That's why he needs to move his troops away from the border and stop interfering."

If he could speak to the puke called Pig Putin, Fallon said he would say: "it is completely unacceptable for a country to be involved in this kind of activity in another sovereign state."

Britain believes the evidence surrounding the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crash in east Ukraine, which killed all 298 people on board, points to it being shot down by Russian separatists.

Fallon said of the evil Pig: "We have to make it very clear if there is any more interference like this -- and it turns out he was behind it -- there will be repercussions. He has to be clear the West will act.

"If Russia is the principal culprit, we can take further action against them and make it clear this kind of sponsored war is completely unacceptable.

"It is sponsored terrorism as far as people of east Ukraine are concerned. We don't know if somebody said 'let's bring down a civil airliner, wherever it’s from', -- but we need to find out."

He said Britain was working very hard to avoid" a confrontation between Russia and the West, but "NATO has to respond."

Russia is "clearly a threat to NATO's eastern flank and that's why we must offer as much reassurance as we can, particularly to the Baltic states", said Fallon.

The defense secretary said there was plenty of evidence that existing financial sanctions were affecting the Russian economy and the ability of Russian firms to trade through London's financial hub.

"There's a range of other sanctions available, cutting off more links with Russia. The evil Pig needs to trade with the West and relies on the City of London," he said.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told BBC radio that one option was to broaden the number of individuals subject to sanctions to include "the so-called crony group" around Putin.

He accused the slimy Pig Putin of "obfuscation and obstruction" over the plane crash investigation.

France, Britain and Germany warned Russia on Sunday it could face further EU sanctions if it did not press pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to allow unfettered access to the crash site.

*****************

Australia Circulates Draft U.N. Resolution on MH17 Disaster

by Naharnet Newsdesk
20 July 2014, 20:41

Australia has circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that pro-Russian separatists provide "full and unfettered access" to the crash site of the downed Malaysian jet in eastern Ukraine, diplomats said Sunday.

The document -- that could be put to a vote as early as Monday -- also calls on everyone in the region to fully cooperate in an international probe of the incident, according to a copy obtained by Agence France Presse.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was blown out of the sky Thursday by what is believed to have been a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 passengers and crew. Among the dead are 28 Australian citizens.

The draft resolution "demands that the armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unfettered access to the site and surrounding area for the appropriate investigating authorities."

While not mentioning Russia specifically, it "calls on all states and actors in the region to cooperate fully in relation to the international investigation of the incident, including with respect to immediate access to the crash site ... in an effort to strengthen the safety of international civil aviation and to prevent any recurrence of such use of force against civilian aircraft."

World leaders have demanded Russian Pig President Putin use his influence to persuade the rebels to hand over the victims and allow full access to the crash site.

Major European nations have warned Moscow of additional possible sanctions over the crash.

The text also condemns the shooting down of the plane "in the strongest terms" and demands that those responsible be held to account while expressing serious concern that armed groups have "impeded immediate, safe, secure and unrestricted access to the crash site and surrounding area."

On behalf of the 15-member Security Council, it also expresses grave concern at reports of "tampering with evidence related to the incident."

On Friday, panel members, including Russia, demanded a full, independent probe of the downing.

Australia has asked that its 14 counterparts submit their comments on the measure by Monday morning.

Russia, a permanent member of the Council, has the power to veto the resolution should it come up for a vote.

One Western diplomat said it was difficult to know what the Russians would do, adding Moscow was under significant pressure.

The diplomat did not rule out the possibility that Russia could ask for more time to examine the text.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday was "pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists," while slamming as "grotesque" scenes at the crash site.

*****************

Kerry Says Missiles Used in MH17 Attack Came from Russia as West Threatens Sanctions over Crash Site Access

by Naharnet Newsdesk
20 July 2014, 10:08

The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top U.S. diplomat said Sunday, as the West warned Russia it could face further EU sanctions if it did not press pro-Kremlin separatists to allow unfettered access to the crash site of flight MH17.

"It's pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN, saying that a sophisticated SA-11 system had been used in Thursday's crash.

"We know with confidence, with confidence that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point in time. So it obviously points a very clear finger at the separatists."

Kerry laid out U.S. evidence which he said pointed to the involvement of the separatists in Thursday's horrific crash saying Washington had "extraordinary circumstantial evidence."

"We picked up the imagery of this launch. We know the trajectory," he told NBC's Meet the Press. "We know where it came from. We know the timing."

"And it was exactly at the time that this aircraft disappeared from the radar. We also know, from voice identification, that the separatists were bragging about shooting it down afterwards."

What was now happening at the crash site where international investigators have only had limited access was "really grotesque," Kerry said.

"There are reports of drunken separatist soldiers unceremoniously piling bodies into trucks, removing both bodies, as well as evidence, from the site," Kerry alleged.

The U.S. secretary of state renewed calls to the Russian Pig to step up and pressure the rebels to allow unfettered access to the site.

"It is clear that Russia supports the separatists, supplies the separatists, encourages the separatists, trains the separatists. And Russia needs to step up and make a difference here," Kerry added on NBC.

Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Kiev described as genuine alleged intercepted phone conversations that were released by Ukraine’s security service of pro-Russian rebels discussing how they shot down Malaysian airliner MH17.

Ukraine's SBU security agency on Thursday released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit the passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.

The recordings were presented as key evidence to back up Kiev's claims that rebels -- supported by Russia -- downed the jet while the separatists accused Ukraine's army of being responsible.

"Audio data provided to the press by the Ukrainian security service was evaluated by Intelligence Community analysts who confirmed these were authentic conversations between known separatist leaders," the U.S. embassy in Ukraine said in a statement.

In one of the recordings a rebel commander nicknamed the "Major" says rebels shot down the plane and tells a disbelieving comrade that the jet is "100 percent a civilian aircraft."

On Sunday Ukraine's security agency released a fresh batch of alleged leaked conversations of rebels organizing to hide the flight's black boxes from international monitors at the crash site.

Meanwhile, Ukraine said Sunday that it could not ensure the safety of investigators at the crash site of downed Malaysian airliner MH17 in an area under the control of pro-Russian rebels.

"We as the Ukrainian authorities cannot provide security on this territory," deputy prime minister Volodymyr Groysman told journalists.

Earlier on Sunday, pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine said they had recovered objects which appear to be the black boxes of the downed airliner and are willing to hand them over to international investigators.

"Jet parts resembling the black boxes were discovered at the crash site," said Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, adding that they would be handed over to "international experts if they arrive."

Borodai also said bodies which have been removed from the crash site will be kept in refrigerated carriages on a train near the scene "until the experts arrive."

The rebel said his teams had taken the corpses away from the crash site "out of respect for the families" and because "it is becoming inhumane in these conditions."

"We couldn't wait any longer because of the heat and also because there are many dogs and wild animals in the zone, he added.

Meanwhile, France, Britain and Germany warned Russia Sunday it could face further EU sanctions if it did not press pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine to allow unfettered access to the crash site of flight MH17.

Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and David Cameron held a conference call Sunday morning to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine.

"They... agreed that the EU must reconsider its approach to Russia and that foreign ministers should be ready to impose further sanctions on Russia when they meet on Tuesday," a spokesman for Downing Street said in a statement, adding that Cameron was due to speak to his Russian counterpart evil Pig Putin later Sunday.

A French presidency statement about the three-way conference call similarly warned that "consequences" would be drawn at Tuesday's meeting "if Russia does not immediately take the necessary measures."

The presidency said the three leaders had agreed to call on the putrid Pig Putin to pressure the rebels into allowing rescuers and investigators "free and total access to the site of the MH17 flight disaster to accomplish their mission."

"Russia must understand that resolving the Ukrainian crisis is more than ever an imperative after this tragedy which has outraged the entire world," it added.

Cameron had already raised the prospect of fresh EU sanctions against Russia, warning in the Sunday Times that Moscow should be held accountable if it was confirmed that MH17 was downed by a missile fired from an area held by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

The European Union has so far hit 72 Ukraine and Russian figures with travel bans and asset freezes over the crisis, but divisions over how far to go given some member states' close economic ties with Russia has left Brussels trailing Washington which wants the bloc to do much more.

Earlier on Sunday, a top Ukrainian rebel leader said that the pro-Russian fighters will guarantee the safety of international monitors at the Malaysian jet's crash site if Kiev agrees to a truce.

"We declare that we will guarantee the safety of international experts on the scene as soon as Kiev concludes a ceasefire agreement," the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's deputy premier Andrei Purgin said in a statement.

He urged Kiev to "immediately conclude such an agreement" with the rebels.

Failure to do so would give the impression that the government is made up of "dangerous lunatics, bloodthirsty maniacs (who are) dangerous not only for the residents of Donbass but also for the world community," Purgin warned.

Purgin's statement came as the international community piled pressure on Russia to get the Moscow-backed rebels to grant investigators full access to the crash site of the Malaysian MH17 jet.

 77 
 on: Jul 20, 2014, 12:02 PM 
Started by Steve - Last post by Rad
Britain Says Time for Russia to 'Get Out' of Ukraine

by Naharnet Newsdesk
20 July 2014, 20:32

Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday it was time for Russia to "stop interfering" and "get out of eastern Ukraine."

He added that the "sponsored war" in the region was "completely unacceptable."

Fallon said Russian Pig was encouraging the ethnic Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"They need to get out of East Ukraine and leave Ukraine to the Ukrainians," he told The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

Asked if the Pig was "egging on" the separatists, Fallon replied: "Yes. That is the danger that flows from Russian activity on and over the border in the last few months. That's why he needs to move his troops away from the border and stop interfering."

If he could speak to the puke called Pig Putin, Fallon said he would say: "it is completely unacceptable for a country to be involved in this kind of activity in another sovereign state."

Britain believes the evidence surrounding the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crash in east Ukraine, which killed all 298 people on board, points to it being shot down by Russian separatists.

Fallon said of the evil Pig: "We have to make it very clear if there is any more interference like this -- and it turns out he was behind it -- there will be repercussions. He has to be clear the West will act.

"If Russia is the principal culprit, we can take further action against them and make it clear this kind of sponsored war is completely unacceptable.

"It is sponsored terrorism as far as people of east Ukraine are concerned. We don't know if somebody said 'let's bring down a civil airliner, wherever it’s from', -- but we need to find out."

He said Britain was working very hard to avoid" a confrontation between Russia and the West, but "NATO has to respond."

Russia is "clearly a threat to NATO's eastern flank and that's why we must offer as much reassurance as we can, particularly to the Baltic states", said Fallon.

The defense secretary said there was plenty of evidence that existing financial sanctions were affecting the Russian economy and the ability of Russian firms to trade through London's financial hub.

"There's a range of other sanctions available, cutting off more links with Russia. The evil Pig needs to trade with the West and relies on the City of London," he said.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told BBC radio that one option was to broaden the number of individuals subject to sanctions to include "the so-called crony group" around Putin.

He accused the slimy Pig Putin of "obfuscation and obstruction" over the plane crash investigation.

France, Britain and Germany warned Russia on Sunday it could face further EU sanctions if it did not press pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to allow unfettered access to the crash site.

*****************

Australia Circulates Draft U.N. Resolution on MH17 Disaster

by Naharnet Newsdesk
20 July 2014, 20:41

Australia has circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that pro-Russian separatists provide "full and unfettered access" to the crash site of the downed Malaysian jet in eastern Ukraine, diplomats said Sunday.

The document -- that could be put to a vote as early as Monday -- also calls on everyone in the region to fully cooperate in an international probe of the incident, according to a copy obtained by Agence France Presse.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was blown out of the sky Thursday by what is believed to have been a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 passengers and crew. Among the dead are 28 Australian citizens.

The draft resolution "demands that the armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unfettered access to the site and surrounding area for the appropriate investigating authorities."

While not mentioning Russia specifically, it "calls on all states and actors in the region to cooperate fully in relation to the international investigation of the incident, including with respect to immediate access to the crash site ... in an effort to strengthen the safety of international civil aviation and to prevent any recurrence of such use of force against civilian aircraft."

World leaders have demanded Russian Pig President Putin use his influence to persuade the rebels to hand over the victims and allow full access to the crash site.

Major European nations have warned Moscow of additional possible sanctions over the crash.

The text also condemns the shooting down of the plane "in the strongest terms" and demands that those responsible be held to account while expressing serious concern that armed groups have "impeded immediate, safe, secure and unrestricted access to the crash site and surrounding area."

On behalf of the 15-member Security Council, it also expresses grave concern at reports of "tampering with evidence related to the incident."

On Friday, panel members, including Russia, demanded a full, independent probe of the downing.

Australia has asked that its 14 counterparts submit their comments on the measure by Monday morning.

Russia, a permanent member of the Council, has the power to veto the resolution should it come up for a vote.

One Western diplomat said it was difficult to know what the Russians would do, adding Moscow was under significant pressure.

The diplomat did not rule out the possibility that Russia could ask for more time to examine the text.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday was "pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists," while slamming as "grotesque" scenes at the crash site.

*****************

Kerry Says Missiles Used in MH17 Attack Came from Russia as West Threatens Sanctions over Crash Site Access

by Naharnet Newsdesk
20 July 2014, 10:08

The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top U.S. diplomat said Sunday, as the West warned Russia it could face further EU sanctions if it did not press pro-Kremlin separatists to allow unfettered access to the crash site of flight MH17.

"It's pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN, saying that a sophisticated SA-11 system had been used in Thursday's crash.

"We know with confidence, with confidence that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point in time. So it obviously points a very clear finger at the separatists."

Kerry laid out U.S. evidence which he said pointed to the involvement of the separatists in Thursday's horrific crash saying Washington had "extraordinary circumstantial evidence."

"We picked up the imagery of this launch. We know the trajectory," he told NBC's Meet the Press. "We know where it came from. We know the timing."

"And it was exactly at the time that this aircraft disappeared from the radar. We also know, from voice identification, that the separatists were bragging about shooting it down afterwards."

What was now happening at the crash site where international investigators have only had limited access was "really grotesque," Kerry said.

"There are reports of drunken separatist soldiers unceremoniously piling bodies into trucks, removing both bodies, as well as evidence, from the site," Kerry alleged.

The U.S. secretary of state renewed calls to the Russian Pig to step up and pressure the rebels to allow unfettered access to the site.

"It is clear that Russia supports the separatists, supplies the separatists, encourages the separatists, trains the separatists. And Russia needs to step up and make a difference here," Kerry added on NBC.

Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Kiev described as genuine alleged intercepted phone conversations that were released by Ukraine’s security service of pro-Russian rebels discussing how they shot down Malaysian airliner MH17.

Ukraine's SBU security agency on Thursday released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit the passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.

The recordings were presented as key evidence to back up Kiev's claims that rebels -- supported by Russia -- downed the jet while the separatists accused Ukraine's army of being responsible.

"Audio data provided to the press by the Ukrainian security service was evaluated by Intelligence Community analysts who confirmed these were authentic conversations between known separatist leaders," the U.S. embassy in Ukraine said in a statement.

In one of the recordings a rebel commander nicknamed the "Major" says rebels shot down the plane and tells a disbelieving comrade that the jet is "100 percent a civilian aircraft."

On Sunday Ukraine's security agency released a fresh batch of alleged leaked conversations of rebels organizing to hide the flight's black boxes from international monitors at the crash site.

Meanwhile, Ukraine said Sunday that it could not ensure the safety of investigators at the crash site of downed Malaysian airliner MH17 in an area under the control of pro-Russian rebels.

"We as the Ukrainian authorities cannot provide security on this territory," deputy prime minister Volodymyr Groysman told journalists.

Earlier on Sunday, pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine said they had recovered objects which appear to be the black boxes of the downed airliner and are willing to hand them over to international investigators.

"Jet parts resembling the black boxes were discovered at the crash site," said Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, adding that they would be handed over to "international experts if they arrive."

Borodai also said bodies which have been removed from the crash site will be kept in refrigerated carriages on a train near the scene "until the experts arrive."

The rebel said his teams had taken the corpses away from the crash site "out of respect for the families" and because "it is becoming inhumane in these conditions."

"We couldn't wait any longer because of the heat and also because there are many dogs and wild animals in the zone, he added.

Meanwhile, France, Britain and Germany warned Russia Sunday it could face further EU sanctions if it did not press pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine to allow unfettered access to the crash site of flight MH17.

Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and David Cameron held a conference call Sunday morning to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine.

"They... agreed that the EU must reconsider its approach to Russia and that foreign ministers should be ready to impose further sanctions on Russia when they meet on Tuesday," a spokesman for Downing Street said in a statement, adding that Cameron was due to speak to his Russian counterpart evil Pig Putin later Sunday.

A French presidency statement about the three-way conference call similarly warned that "consequences" would be drawn at Tuesday's meeting "if Russia does not immediately take the necessary measures."

The presidency said the three leaders had agreed to call on the putrid Pig Putin to pressure the rebels into allowing rescuers and investigators "free and total access to the site of the MH17 flight disaster to accomplish their mission."

"Russia must understand that resolving the Ukrainian crisis is more than ever an imperative after this tragedy which has outraged the entire world," it added.

Cameron had already raised the prospect of fresh EU sanctions against Russia, warning in the Sunday Times that Moscow should be held accountable if it was confirmed that MH17 was downed by a missile fired from an area held by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

The European Union has so far hit 72 Ukraine and Russian figures with travel bans and asset freezes over the crisis, but divisions over how far to go given some member states' close economic ties with Russia has left Brussels trailing Washington which wants the bloc to do much more.

Earlier on Sunday, a top Ukrainian rebel leader said that the pro-Russian fighters will guarantee the safety of international monitors at the Malaysian jet's crash site if Kiev agrees to a truce.

"We declare that we will guarantee the safety of international experts on the scene as soon as Kiev concludes a ceasefire agreement," the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's deputy premier Andrei Purgin said in a statement.

He urged Kiev to "immediately conclude such an agreement" with the rebels.

Failure to do so would give the impression that the government is made up of "dangerous lunatics, bloodthirsty maniacs (who are) dangerous not only for the residents of Donbass but also for the world community," Purgin warned.

Purgin's statement came as the international community piled pressure on Russia to get the Moscow-backed rebels to grant investigators full access to the crash site of the Malaysian MH17 jet.

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Hola grupo
Aquí pongo el dato que no recordaba ayer cuando hablamos del arquetipo de Sagitario, Júpiter y la Casa IX, y del arquetipo del Daimon, y sobre lo que preguntó Félix:

Según las enseñanzas de Jeffrey Wolf Green, el Centro de la Galaxia está en el 28° de Sagitario.

Bendiciones, Gonzalo

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Killer mosquito-borne virus arrives in eastern Massachusetts

By David Ferguson
RawStory
Saturday, July 19, 2014 14:07 EDT

A potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or triple-E) has infected at least one patient in eastern Massachusetts.

WWLP Channel 22 reported Friday that the disease has infected one person and that conditions are right for the disease to spread.

EEE is a viral brain infection that causes fever, headache, hallucinations and seizures, and in one-third of infected patients, death. A patient in Plymouth County tested positive for EEE infection on July 15.

“Even though the only reported case of EEE in Massachusetts was more than 80 miles to our east, our chances in western Massachusetts of getting it just went up. But it probably wouldn’t be the mosquitoes bringing it here,” said Channel 22 meteorologist Nick Bannin.

The disease travels over long distances in the bodies of birds, but is spread to other animals when mosquitos bite the birds and carry the virus to their next host animal.

Entomologist Bob Russell of American Pest Solutions said to Channel 22, “Mosquitoes are an unusual insect because bacteria can survive in its gut and then it can be regurgitated or come out in its saliva when it bites and that’s how you get transmission.”

According to the CDC, the incubation period between a bite by an infected mosquito and the appearance of the first symptoms is typically 4 to 10 days.

The virus has two modes of infection, systemic and encephalitic.

“Systemic infection has an abrupt onset and is characterized by chills, fever, malaise, arthralgia [joint pain], and myalgia [muscle pain],” said the CDC website. “The illness lasts 1 to 2 weeks, and recovery is complete when there is no central nervous system involvement. In infants, the encephalitic form is characterized by abrupt onset; in older children and adults, encephalitis is manifested after a few days of systemic illness. Signs and symptoms in encephalitic patients are fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis [blueness of the lips and extremities], convulsions, and coma.”

Approximately 33 percent of patients with full-blown encephalitis will die of the disease. Typically, death comes 2 to 10 days after the first symptoms, but can actually come much later. Of those who do survive a brush with the deadly brain infection, many are left with permanent damage.

After-effects on the brain from EEE can range from minor damage to significant mental impairment, personality disorders, seizures, paralysis, and cranial nerve dysfunction. Many severely afflicted patients die within a few years of infection.

Area residents are urged to avoid outdoor activity at the mosquito-heavy times of day, dawn and twilight. Mosquito repellants are recommended, as well as long sleeves and pants. Wet or heavily wooded areas should be avoided.

There is no vaccine for EEE, and CDC recommends that “(p)atients with suspected EEE should be evaluated by a healthcare provider, appropriate serologic and other diagnostic tests ordered, and supportive treatment provided.”

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In Remote Corners of India, Immunity for Soldiers Who Kill and Rape Civilians

By GARDINER HARRIS
JULY 19, 2014
IHT

MAYAI LEIKAI, India — A dozen soldiers burst through the front and back doors of a small home here in the middle of a July night, dragged Thangjam Manorama into a room and began to torture her. Her older brother tried to stop them and was badly beaten. Her mother rose to defend her and was knocked unconscious.

After about an hour, Ms. Thangjam was taken out of the house. The next morning, the family found her bullet-ridden body by the side of the road three miles away. Soldiers later claimed that Ms. Thangjam was an insurgent who was shot while she was trying to escape. A medical examiner determined that she had been shot from close range while lying down, that stains on her dress were semen but that multiple gunshots to her vagina made any determination of rape impossible. There was little doubt who was responsible: the soldiers made little effort to hide their faces.

Ms. Thangjam’s death led to months of local protests, including one in which a dozen women stripped naked in front of the local military headquarters carrying a red-lettered banner, “Indian Army Rape Us.” The circumstances of her death were so outrageous that even the prime minister at the time, Manmohan Singh, promised redress.

But a decade later, no one has been arrested or charged with a crime. Activists, lawyers and ordinary people here say they know exactly why: a colonial-era law in effect in India’s periphery that gives blanket immunity from prosecution in civilian courts to Indian soldiers for all crimes, including rape.

Human rights advocates have for years called for the repeal of the law, known as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Christof Heyns, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, wrote last year in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council that the powers granted under the law “are in reality broader than that allowable under a state of emergency as the right to life may effectively be suspended.”

Yet it endures. As the world’s largest democracy and home of Mohandas K. Gandhi, a pioneer of nonviolent resistance, India has long been counted among the world’s most progressive nations, with robust anti-poverty programs and efforts to provide special benefits to marginalized communities. The country now has 168 state and federal rights organizations, including the National Human Rights Commission.

But a darker reality has always lurked beneath this progressive image, particularly in India’s hard to reach places. In Kashmir, there are thousands of unmarked graves in secret cemeteries created by the army and the police to hide their crimes. Even when civilian officials confirm that innocents were slaughtered, nothing is done.

“We have all these great human rights institutions, but still nobody in India gets justice when the state murders one of their family members,” said Henri Tiphagne, chairman of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development based in Bangkok. “That’s true all over the country, not just in Kashmir.”

Government commissions have repeatedly recommended that the law be repealed, but India’s military has stymied all such efforts.

“If we don’t have this constitutional protection, would you like us to be dragged to court for small allegations?” Gen. J. J. Singh, the chief of army staff, said in a 2005 news conference.

The law is in place in large parts of India’s northeast, a protrusion of land sometimes no more than 14 miles wide that loops around the top and eastern side of Bangladesh and nestles in green mountains along the border with Myanmar. The region’s vast array of languages, cultures and animosities have fueled decades of bloody insurgencies in a beautiful landscape.

Perhaps because of the limited attention given this remote part of the world, soldiers and police officers do not even bother to hide the evidence when they murder and rape innocents, said Babloo Loitongbam, founder of Human Rights Alert in Imphal.

“The political leadership and judiciary here have created an ecosystem where state-sponsored killing is routine, and they do it with complete callousness,” Mr. Loitongbam said. “They don’t plan it; they don’t hide it; they just kill people.”

An investigation last year by a panel appointed by India’s Supreme Court into six representative cases from Manipur State found official explanations of killings so entirely at odds with common sense and available evidence that it concluded that the victims, including a 12-year-old boy killed in view of his parents, had all been murdered. Still, no one has been arrested. One of the suspect officers was given India’s highest peacetime honor for bravery.

In 2009, an Indian magazine published a series of photos showing the police question an unarmed man, pull him into a pharmacy and then moments later drag out his dead body — all in front of dozens of witnesses. Nine officers were eventually charged in the case but none has been convicted.

“Killing is infectious, and the atmosphere here is that anyone in uniform thinks they can do it,” said Pradip Phanjoubam, editor of the Imphal Free Press. “In fact, the murderers are usually rewarded.”

Calls to the Manipur chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh, were not returned. Mr. Singh has been in office since 2002. Voting fraud is so blatant in the state that precinct turnouts sometimes exceed 100 percent and journalists have witnessed vote-stealing.

An attempt to interview the Manipur home minister, Gaikhangam Gangmei, charged with overseeing the police, at an evening Lions Club meeting in Imphal was rebuffed by an aide. Manipur’s top police officer, Director General of Police Shahid Ahmad, would not see a reporter who sat outside his office for nearly two hours.

Efforts by victims’ groups as well as the Supreme Court investigation have had an effect, Mr. Loitongbam of Human Rights Alert said. The police and soldiers once killed hundreds each year; this year has seen only a handful of killings. Widows of those killed formed the Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families’ Association Manipur to help women try to get justice. The association has documented 1,528 police killings between 1979 and 2012, a fraction of the killings that occurred in Kashmir during the period but enough to affect most communities in a state of 2.7 million people.

Thangjam Bashu, one of Ms. Thangjam’s brothers, said that he has little hope that his sister’s killers will ever face justice.

“Those people were beasts only looking for their immediate carnal pleasures,” he said. The law that gave them legal impunity must be repealed, he said, “otherwise my sister’s fate will be the same fate of many more sisters.”

Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said on June 15 that the immunity law would remain in place until peace was secure.

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