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Posted by Charles II on December 6, 2014

Stephen Cohen on John Batchelor

Apparently Yanukovych didn’t steal the gold.

SDP German Foreign Minister distances himself from Merkel position

Top ministers in Ukrainian government are foreigners

US-born Natalie Jaresko became finance minister, Lithuania’s Aivaras Abromavicius economy minister and Aleksandre Kvitashvili – from Georgia – health minister. Hours before the vote in the parliament that installed them, all three were granted Ukrainian citizenship by President Petro Poroshenko.

The move is part of a fresh anti-corruption drive in Kiev.

That’s weird.

6 Responses to “Ukraine links”

  1. jo6pac said

    The move is part of a fresh anti-corruption drive in Kiev.

    The above is pure BS, it will make it easier for the west to steal what ever they want. The gold that gone missing might have been some of the gold that the Dutch home from NY.

    Natalie Jaresko this person is pure evil and I’ll see if I can find the link of her background.

  2. jo6pac said

    http://russia-insider.com/en/ukraine_opinion/2014/12/06/11-18-09am/ukraine_sale

    Here some background on the new minsters

    • Charles II said

      Thanks for the link, Jo. Yves has this article. I’m not sure that I see any pure evil, just sticky fingers on her [Natalie Jeresko’s] part. The information we have is from her divorce proceedings, which are often vicious, especially when it’s the divorce of two sharks.

      I’m certainly skeptical about the motives of investment bankers. The traditional American empire–at least since the conquest of the western U.S.– has been primarily an economic one, not a religious or military one. There are certainly exceptions, notably Haiti and Central America, where there has been overt American military intervention. For the most part, it has worked out for the good of all involved. Japan and Germany rebuilt rapidly after World War II, for example (not to say that the recovery was perfectly benign, just that it was less horrible than other occupations one could name). It hasn’t worked so well in Latin America, where the empire is more along the lines of the military model. As our power in the region slips, and our empire approaches the economic model, things are working better for the affected populations.

      Ukraine does need investment, whether it comes from the East or the West. That is, it needs money set aside for development of human and material resources, above and beyond debt service and immediate survival. I don’t think there’s anything inherently bad in doing that. Really, it comes down to what the size of the capitalist take is, and whether they deliver sustainable infrastructure and human capital or whether they strip the resources and leave the country a basket case.

      I’m beginning to think that the real problem is that our leadership, both governmental and private, is incompetent. Although there are certainly short-term profits to be had in stripping resources and turning a country into a basket case, they’re far smaller than they would be from establishing a sustainable system. Certainly the record that Yves compiled, it sounds like the USG pumped in $150M through a letter of credit, and that the investments since 2003 haven’t been profitable. That’s not entirely surprising, considering that the Ukrainian economy is a basket case and that there’s been a massive economic crisis. Yves links a USAID report for 2012 saying that the investments have gone into bricks, candy, and banking, among other activities. While it certainly doesn’t look like a sterling track record, Americans routinely blow that kind of money on sketchy biotech companies. Based on that report, prior to the current crisis, Ukraine was bleeding something like $10-$15B a year in rising external debt.

      Maybe the question is who is the more destructive of the wolves that have been devouring Ukraine, the eastern or the western one.

      • jo6pac said

        I agree it would be great if Amerikas neo-conns did some good with the money from imf and world bank but their record is dismal at best. It will help the few rich of the Ukraine and joe bidens son I guess, because if never helps Main Street. Shock Doctrine is coming the Ukraine’s way, sadly. It’s going to a cold winter there.

  3. jo6pac said

    Last one

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/12/meet-greet-natalie-jaresko-us-government-employee-ukraine-finance-minister.html

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