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American Oligarchy: Biden's Son Hired by Ukraine Gas Company

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Joe Biden's Son Hunter, Made Legal Director of Ukraine's Largest Gas Company!
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"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others"

George Orwell -- Animal Farm

What may be the ugliest secret of all in 21st Century America there no longer is such a thing as democracy, stick a fork in it's ass because it is done. The truth is that this place was long ago sold out to the highest bidder. The tragedy is that it was allowed to happen by millions of sheep who went down not only without a fight, not only without a whimper but without even noticing that they have been had by a corrupt, entrenched elite. The insane drive to capture Ukraine for western imperialists hiding behind the shield of blanket propaganda to prop up a non-elected coup regime of pirates, neo-Nazis and fascists in Kiev and provoking a nuclear armed Russia just does not make sense at face value. Now with another piece of the puzzle being revealed - and a key one at that the view of why this path of lunacy has been embarked upon becomes clearer.

In an interesting bit of news one R. Hunter Biden has just joined the board of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine's largest private gas producer. This is particularly notable in that this Mr. Biden happens to be the son of sitting US Vice President Joseph Biden, a man who last month made an appearance in Kiev to schmooze with "Yats" and company right before the US backed death squads of murderous neo-Nazi militias were unleashed. The Burisma-Biden story initially appeared on RT and alternative media sites such as Zero Hedge but then was widely disseminated throughout the state-corporate media. It was a cynical attempt to provide the sanitizing and placating effect of 'sunlight' to this latest illustration of how America has disintegrated. We are now nothing more than an upscale version of a banana republic ruled by a corrupt oligarchy and the police state that it needs to keep the peasants and rabble at bay. Excerpting from business site CNBC on the Biden hiring:

Ukraine's largest private gas producer announced on Tuesday that it added R. Hunter Biden--the son of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden--to its board of directors.

In a statement on its website, Burisma Holdings said the younger Biden will be in charge of the company's legal unit, while providing support "among international organizations."

The release quoted Hunter Biden as saying that "my assistance in consulting the Company on matters of transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities will contribute to the economy and benefit the people of Ukraine."

Large corporations frequently appoint well-connected marquee names of both major U.S. political parties as directors. Yet corporate governance experts are critical of the process, which can be fraught with conflicts of interests and the appearance of favoritism.

The arrangement raised questions about the propriety of his appointment, given the tense political standoff between Russia and the West over the future status of Ukraine, where fighting has resulted in the deaths of dozens of soldiers and civilians. Natural gas has factored heavily in tensions between Russia and Ukraine, both of which have political leadership that's intertwined with their respective energy industries.

Nepotism and oligarchic secession are both traits of a corrupt - or criminal as in mafia - system in that the sons/daughters or brothers/sisters are installed within the power structure not only reinforcing the corruption but institutionalizing it. Just think of the Bush family, a multi-generational clan of American gangsters that has spawned two US Presidents with one more on the way. Then there are the Clintons who while not as generationally woven into the elite establishment as the Bu$h family a second presidency is looming - with the only serious opposition being a Bush. There is also the incestuous melding of power couples with US Ambassador to the United Nations and humanitarian warmonger Samantha Power being wed to the slimy apparatchik Cass Sunstein, NBC top correspondent Andrea Mitchell and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and the infamous Victoria "f*ck the EU" Nuland to PNAC founder Robert Kagen. Hunter Biden is only the latest example of a parasitical political class grown rich and powerful from feeding upon everyone else like vampires.

While there is no secret that the imperial assimilation of Ukraine has been largely enabled by the presence of US corporations drooling at having a new land of exploitation thrown open to their greed by the US-EU-NATO axis of aggression and the accompanying hard and soft power including military might the Biden appointment stinks of conflict of interest. It is indicative of how far that the American political system has deteriorated that this is so open and that so much of the pocket media rushed to make the announcement several hours after it broke in the alternative media. By this morning not only CNBC but CBS, USA Today, ABC, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Politico and others rushed to carry the water for the establishment over this latest travesty. Rumblings of the impropriety and crony capitalism were also addressed by the Obama administration to the extend that the White House had to issue a statement which I excerpt the following from Reuters citing top flack and paid liar Jay Carney:

Natural gas has been a central issue in recent tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine depends on Russia for most of its natural gas, and has accused Moscow of hiking natural gas prices as punishment for moving closer to the European Union.

In April, the vice president traveled to Kiev and discussed how the United States could help provide technical expertise for expanding domestic production of natural gas.

Asked by a reporter whether Hunter Biden's appointment to the company presented a conflict, White House spokesman Jay Carney said it did not.

"Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens, and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or by the vice president or president," Carney said during a briefing.

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