Presenting serious Russia Today journalist Abby Martin’s very first Tweet — a link to a crazy 9/11 truther video by Charlie Sheen titled, “Charlie Sheen’s Video Message to President Obama” or “Charlie Sheen Requests Meeting With Obama Over 9/11 Cover-Up!” The video is uniquely produced and hosted by Prison Planet on The Alex Jones Channel.
Also recently revealed: some of serious RT journalist Abby Martin’s artwork.
The Incredibly Strange Firebagger Who Stopped Living and Became a Mixed Up Greenwald Cultist
In Which 9/11 Truther and Russia Today Shill Abby Martin Calls Me a “Pathetic Hack”
In Which Glenn Greenwald Praises a 9/11 Truther as a Hero of Journalistic Independence
Finally, these words from Glenn Greenwald:
American media elites awash in an orgy of feel-good condemnation in particular love to mock Russian media, especially the government-funded English-language outlet RT, as being a source of shameless pro-Putin propaganda, where free expression is strictly barred (in contrast to the Free American Media). That that network has a strong pro-Russian bias is unquestionably true. But one of its leading hosts, Abby Martin, remarkably demonstrated last night what “journalistic independence” means by ending her Breaking the Set program with a clear and unapologetic denunciation of the Russian action in Ukraine…
Update: added screenshot of now deleted Tweet by Abby Martin above.
Ukrainian servicemen filed out of navy headquarters in Sevastopol on Wednesday with tears in their eyes after the base was seized by pro-Moscow militants, Russian troops and Cossack forces. The assault began when some 200 unarmed militants — some of them in balaclavas — sawed through a fence and overran the base while the Ukrainian servicemen barricaded themselves inside. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
Today, Ukraine has conceded the Crimean peninsula to Russia, and is planning to relocate all military and diplomatic personnel to the mainland. The alternative, of course, would have been armed conflict — and without full military support from NATO there’s no way Ukraine could prevail against Russia.
While the provisional government in Kiev has insisted that Russia’s annexation of Crimea is illegal and has appealed to international supporters for help, the evacuation announcement by the head of the national security council, Andriy Parubiy, effectively amounted to a surrender of Crimea, at least from a military standpoint.
As Vladimir Putin shuts down dissenting media outlets, cracks down on dissidents and brings Europe to the brink of war, some observations on Glenn Greenwald’s very noticeable evasiveness when the subject turns to Russia’s propaganda machine:
And there’s Glenn Greenwald ducking and dodging questions about Russia and spewing insults at those who ask: https://t.co/yJoez1Wl9I
Greenwald absolutely refuses to say a single negative word about Russia. It’s incredibly revealing.
Make of it what you will.
Here’s the official statement from the White House on today’s Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2014
The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991, and we reject the “referendum” that took place today in the Crimean region of Ukraine. This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.
No decisions should be made about the future of Ukraine without the Ukrainian government. Moreover, this vote was not necessary. The Ukrainian government has made clear its willingness to discuss increased autonomy for Crimea, and the presidential elections planned for May 25 provide a legitimate opportunity for all Ukrainians to make their voices heard on the future of their country.
In addition, Ukraine, the United States, the EU, the OSCE, the UN, and others have called for Russia to allow international monitors into the Crimean peninsula to ensure that the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine are being upheld. Russia has spurned those calls as well as outreach from the Ukrainian government and instead has escalated its military intervention into Crimea and initiated threatening military exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border.
Russia’s actions are dangerous and destabilizing. The UN Security Council recognized this in a vote yesterday that only Russia opposed. As the United States and our allies have made clear, military intervention and violation of international law will bring increasing costs for Russia - not only due to measures imposed by the United States and our allies but also as a direct result of Russia’s own destabilizing actions.
In this century, we are long past the days when the international community will stand quietly by while one country forcibly seizes the territory of another. We call on all members of the international community to continue to condemn such actions, to take concrete steps to impose costs, and to stand together in support of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.