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Western Media Blackout on the Reality in Ukraine

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On 2 May 2014, there was a massacre that was initially reported as being of 116 anti-Kiev (or independence) demonstrators at the Trade Unions Building in Odessa. The latest reliable report (from an American, George Eliason, who lives in that area) indicates it to be instead "now counted at 272 people that were tortured, gassed ..., bludgeoned, ..., etc.," above and beyond the numbers who had been incinerated there by the firebombing of the building. Western news-media unfortunately seem to be doing all they can to keep the public ignorant of what went on there, and of why.

For example, despite the many youtube videos that were posted on the night of May 2nd showing the actual massacre, and making clear that this was a massacre of anti-Kiev, pro-independence, demonstrators by pro-Kiev (pro-central-government) thugs, here is what came up on May 20th in a google search at Huffington Post of the two terms "Ukraine" and "Odessa" (all suggesting that Russia's Vladimir Putin was behind this, not that America's Barack Obama, who had actually installed the Kiev Government, was):

Reuters:

"Ukraine: Odessa Unrest Planned And Financed From Abroad"

"Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Engineering Deadly Clashes"

Associated Press:

"Ukrainian unrest spreads; dozens dead in Odessa"

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"Ukraine offensive sparks deadly clashes in Odessa"

And here are some news reports of the reality, reports which were offered to Huffington Post, the Guardian, Salon, and virtually all other major Western news sites, but which were turned down by them all:

"The Key Man Behind the May 2nd Odessa Ukraine Trade Unions Building Massacre: His Many Connections to the White House"

"Our People Massacre Civilians in Odessa, and Politico Blames Putin"

"Civil War Has Begun in Ukraine; U.S. Backs Neo-Nazis against the Democrats; U.S. Media Suppress that News"

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And here is why this is important:

As the reformed former CIA operative Ray McGovern documented on 15 May 2014, headlining "How NATO Jabs Russia on Ukraine," a historic end of the Cold War was agreed to at the Malta Summit on 3 December 1989, and finalized in February 1990, between George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev, but was violated by Bill Clinton, and is now being utterly trashed by Barack Obama via his Ukraine gambit.

Russia doesn't want to be surrounded by NATO missiles and troops in the adjoining countries of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and now, especially, Ukraine (the latter being especially important as the pipeline route for transit of Russia's gas supplies to Europe, as well as the long-established base for Russia's Black Sea fleet). Here is McGovern's account of the agreement between G.H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev:

"According to Jack Matlock, then-U.S. ambassador to the U.S.S.R. who took part in the Malta summit, the most basic agreement involved (1) Gorbachev's pledge not to use force in Eastern Europe where the Russians had 24 divisions (some 350,000 troops) in East Germany alone, and (2) Bush's promise not to 'take advantage' of a Soviet withdrawal from Eastern Europe.

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