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Kiev continues to commit war crimes against Russians

Lucas Leiroz, researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.

War crimes and human rights violations are commonplace in Kiev’s praxis. However, there are particular cases of cruelty and sadism that shock the whole world even more. In a video that recently began circulating on the internet, Ukrainian agents cowardly shot more than ten surrendered Russian soldiers. Disarmed and taken prisoner, the Russians had no chance of defense and offered no risk to the Ukrainian troops, having been murdered in an absolutely unnecessary and criminal way.

There is still no very precise information about the exact location of the murder, but it certainly took place somewhere in Makeyevka, a settlement in the Lugansk People’s Republic that was recently taken by Ukrainian troops. The video went viral and sparked international attention. Moscow has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the crime. Currently, the Russian Investigative Committee is maintaining an active team of experts to scrutinize the incident.

Commenting on the case, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that the episode reveals the “savage essence” of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi regime. He also emphasized how the massacre of unarmed prisoners has become a common practice among Ukrainian military.

“Zelensky and his henchmen will have to answer before the court of history, the peoples of Russia and Ukraine for every tortured and executed prisoner of war (…) The published new video evidence of the mass massacre of unarmed Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian soldiers confirms the savage essence of the current Kiev regime led by Zelensky and those who protect and support it (…) The brutal murder of Russian prisoners of war is not the first and only such war crime, but common practice among the Ukrainian Armed Forces, actively supported by the Kiev regime, and not noticed at point-blank range by its Western patrons”, he said during a press conference.

Russian diplomats also requested the participation of the UN in the investigation process. The call was immediately supported by some officials of the organization, who pointed out the need to investigate illegal actions committed by either side in the conflict. UN spokesman Farhan Haq, for example, said: “We have called for all human rights violations by all sides in this conflict to be fully investigated and for there to be accountable”. Also, a letter was sent by Russian officials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the topic – which has not been responded yet.

As expected, some netizens and pro-Western activists tried to spread the narrative that the video was fake. However, such was the gravity of the situation that even major Western newspapers had to admit Ukrainian guilt in the case. On November 20, The New York Times published an article stating that studies comparing images on the internet with satellite data prove the authenticity of the information and point to the location of Makeyevka’s settlement.

In the text there is also the opinion of a medical expert denying the unsubstantiated allegations that the Russians soldiers in the video were not killed. Dr. Rohini Haar, medical adviser at Physicians for Human Rights, said: “It looks like most of them were shot in the head (…) There are pools of blood. That indicates that they were just left there dead. There appears to have been no effort to pick them up or help them”.

The report concludes with the statement that the images of the assassination “offer a rare look into one gruesome moment among many in the war, but do not show how or why the Russian soldiers were killed”.

It is curious to note the role played by The New York Times with regard to Ukrainian crimes. As one of the most respected American media outlets worldwide, the newspaper uses its power whenever possible to spread pro-Ukrainian speeches. However, it also works in the opposite direction. In situations where Ukrainian brutality is very serious and its guilt evident, the NYT accuses Kiev and admits that Ukrainian neo-Nazis commit crimes. This happened not only in the murder of the Russians in Makeyevka, but also in the case of the terrorist attack that killed Daria Dugina. The newspaper admitted that Kiev was responsible for the attack, even citing US intelligence’s sources.

The aim of these NYT articles is simple: blame Kiev when it is impossible to deny that the Ukrainians committed a crime, thus making a “damage control” in which only the proxies are blamed, while the US is “absolved”. The newspaper acts as an “excuser” for Americans, acquitting them in situations where Ukrainian offences are undisguised.

However, this kind of attitude cannot be accepted. As Shoigu asserted, the event in Makeyevka was not an exception, but just one of the episodes of violence that have become common practice among Ukrainian military. Kiev has been committing war crimes since 2014, not as a side effect of combat situations, but as an official guideline.

In several videos on the Internet, it is possible to see Ukrainian soldiers and mercenaries admitting that they kill all Russian prisoners and civilians who “collaborated” with Russian forces. There are also public images of torture against such “collaborators”. Kiev does not do this as an “accident”, but as official policy. And the US and NATO also bear responsibility for this, as they send the weapons with which Russian prisoners are executed.

The NYT’s “damage control” must be rejected. If the results of the UN and Moscow investigations point to Ukrainian responsibility, Kiev must be found guilty along with the states and organizations that finance its crimes, which includes Washington and the entire Atlantic alliance.

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This is Why The American People Have Had ENOUGH

This case is just one of many I could cite but it is one of the most outrageous examples I’ve come across recently. Here we have outgoing KY Governor Bevin who decides to pardon hundreds of criminals, some of whom are convicted murderers and child rapists!

“One pardon that had Sanders — and many others — particularly outraged was that of Micah Schoettle. He’s a 41-year-old convicted of raping a 9-year-old child last year. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, according to the Courier-Journal.”

It’s stories like this one that make me realize that the America we knew is long gone. There are no decent human beings willing to run for office anymore because it’s become such a cesspool. Even state and local races resemble the ugliness that was and is Trump/Hillary. Here is the rest of the story. Source: Brakkton Booker NPR

On His Way Out, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Pardons Murderers, Rapists, Hundreds More

Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin departed the governor’s mansion three days ago, but the reverberations of some of his final actions are still being felt across the state.

Bevin, a Republican who narrowly lost a bid for a second term last month, issued pardons to hundreds of people, including convicted rapists, murderers and drug offenders.

In one case, Bevin pardoned a man convicted of homicide. That man’s family raised more than $20,000 at a political fundraiser to help Bevin pay off a debt owed from his 2015 gubernatorial campaign.

In all, the former governor signed off on 428 pardons and commutations since his loss to Democrat Andy Beshear, according to The Courier-Journal. The paper notes, “The beneficiaries include one offender convicted of raping a child, another who hired a hit man to kill his business partner and a third who killed his parents.”

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Bevin’s controversial decisions have been greeted with shock and consternation from many across the state.

Some residents reacted angrily to a Thursday Twitter post from Bevin’s official account of a sunset along with #WeAreKY.

“Winter sunset … ” Bevin wrote, “Phone camera doesn’t do it justice…Truly spectacular. #WeAreKY”

Twitter user Josh Trosper blasted the governor in a tweet: “I guess you can snap pics when you don’t have the time to look families (or voters) in the face and tell them you pardoned murderers and rapists.”

Rob Sanders, the Kenton County commonwealth’s attorney, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he had backed Bevin but the pardons changed his mind.

“I was somebody who supported him and believed in him and I’m disgusted at myself for having done so,” Sanders said to the Enquirer about Bevin.

One pardon that had Sanders — and many others — particularly outraged was that of Micah Schoettle. He’s a 41-year-old convicted of raping a 9-year-old child last year. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, according to the Courier-Journal.

In his pardon order, Bevin wrote, “Micah Schoettle was tried and convicted of a heinous crime based only on testimony that was not supported by any physical evidence.”

He added: “This case was investigated and prosecuted in a manner that was sloppy at best. I do not believe that the charges against Mr. Schoettle are true.”

Bevin commuted Schoettle’s sentenced to time served and ordered a full and unconditional pardon.

Another of Bevin’s pardons was of Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted in 2017 of murdering Donald Mills and tampering with physical evidence, among other charges.

As the Courier-Journal also reports, Baker’s family “raised $21,500 at a political fundraiser last year to retire debt from Bevin’s 2015 gubernatorial campaign.” Baker’s brother and sister-in-law also donated $4,000 to Bevin campaign, according to a state election finance database, the paper reports.

“Patrick Baker is a man who has made a series of unwise decisions in his adult life,” Bevin wrote in his pardon letter dated Dec. 6, adding that evidence in his conviction was “sketchy at best.”

“I am not convinced that justice has been served in the death of Donald Mills, nor am I convinced that the evidence has proven the involvement of Patrick Baker as murderer,” Bevin wrote.

Baker was sentenced to 19 years, but served just two. His sentence was commuted to time served and a pardon only for the charges connected to the conviction.

Not all of Bevin’s pardons were so contentious.

He also pardoned Tamishia Wilson of Henderson, Ky., convicted in 2006 of trafficking marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. She was also convicted in 2004 of theft.

Bevin proclaimed in a Dec. 9 letter that she “is a new woman. She has turned her life around and become a model citizen.”

The former governor also spared the life of death row inmate Gregory Wilson, who was convicted in 1988 of murder. The Courier-Journal reports the trial was widely described as “a travesty of justice and a national embarrassment for Kentucky.”

The paper said Wilson’s defense team consisted of two lawyers, one of whom “had never tried a felony before” and a lead counsel who “had no office, no law books and on his business card, he gave out the phone number to a local tavern.”

An array of other ethical woes plagued the case.

Bevin commuted his sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole, writing that Wilson received “the short end of the justice stick. … Regardless of the final resolution of future parole board hearings, Mr. Wilson at least deserves an equal opportunity for justice to be served.”

Reached on Thursday for comment by The Washington Post, Bevin said of the pardons, “I’m a believer in second chances.”

“If there has been a change and there’s no further value that comes for the individual, for society, for the victims, for anybody, if a person continues to stay in,” Bevin noted, “then that’s when somebody should be considered for a commutation or a pardon.”

During his tenure as governor, Bevin took a special interest in criminal justice reform and creating Kentucky’s Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council. At the council’s first meeting in 2016, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported the panel’s mission was to “study the state’s criminal code … and suggest improvements for the 2017 General Assembly to consider.”

In 2017, Bevin, through an executive order, restored the voting rights of 284 people convicted of nonviolent felonies, according to member station WFPL in Louisville.

Earlier this year Bevin signed a bill that deepened the pool of people eligible to have their low-level criminal records expunged.

Beshear, the current Kentucky governor, spoke Friday with NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now about his own move to restore voting rights to 140,000 nonviolent offenders who have completed prison sentences. He was asked about Bevin’s slew of pardons and expressed displeasure over one case in particular.

While he didn’t refer to the case by name, Beshear mentioned the pardon of Dayton Ross Jones, who pleaded guilty to the 2014 sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy. The act was captured on video and shared on social media, according to the Kentucky New Era, and Jones was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2016.

“A young man was attacked, was violated, it was filmed, it was sent out to different people at his school,” Beshear said. “It was one of the worst crimes that we have seen.”

Kentucky’s attorney general’s office, which Beshear previously headed, prosecuted the case.

“I fully disagree with that pardon,” Beshear said. “It is a shame and its wrong.”

Bevin gave no explanation of why he issued Jones a pardon and commuted his sentence to time served.

Welcome to The Police State Where They Get Away With Murder

Keeping Their Boot On Your Neck

The Houston Police Department has a major cover-up going on in the case of the Tuttles, the Houston Couple who were gunned down in their home earlier this year. Police accused them of being suspected drug dealers and that they were forced to shoot the dog then shoot the Tuttles.

Now the family has released the results of their own private forensic investigation and the results are shocking. According to TFTP.com “According to the forensics experts hired by the family of the victims, the officers who suffered bullet wounds during the raid on the innocent couple’s home were shot by their fellow cops.”

Of course this is in direct conflict of the Houston PD narrative where they actually threatened people over the airwaves against contradicting their story. This is yet another example of police that have zero accountability as they close ranks to protect their own. Where are the “good cops” to call out the bad ones? Whistle blowers sometimes end up dead so they shut up or they quit and try to work somewhere else.

This will continue as the police keep getting unchecked power from the legislatures and the courts who refuse to hold them to account. These days one has to wonder if you’ll survive a police enounter. Will they give you a ticket and let you be about your business or will they pull you out of your car and beat you half to death because they thought you looked funny? in today’s America that is now a crap shoot.

You can read the rest of the article I quoted above at this link to the Free Thought Project.