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A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, July 21 2019
What both the media and military analysts fail to acknowledge is that US CENTCOM's forward Middle East headquarters at the al-Udeid military base close to Doha de facto "lies in enemy territory". Since the May 2017 split of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Qatar has become a staunch ally of Iran
Video: 5G Apocalypse, The Imminent Dangers By debunkified, July 21 2019

What is 5G? We need to know the dangers of this technology.

A full length documentary by Sacha Stone exposing the 5G existential threat to humanity in a way we never imagined possible!

Scientists, environmental groups, medical doctors and citizens

Video: US-China Trade War Explained By Soapbox, July 21 2019

President Trump announced a followup of his ongoing trade war directed against China.

In May, he ordered the increase of tariffs on Chinese imports from 10 % to 25%, affecting a commodity flow of 200 billion dollars.

President Trump fails

Washington’s Bully Tactics Have Failed to Persuade Tehran to Negotiate a New Nuclear Deal By Sarah Abed, July 21 2019

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in New York this week for high level talks at the UN. He has been confined to a six-block radius. It’s not uncommon for Iranian diplomats along with envoys from North Korea, Syria

Erdogan, Cyprus and the Future of NATO By F. William Engdahl, July 21 2019

In recent weeks a dramatic escalation of tension around Turkish oil drilling rig presence in the disputed Exclusive Enterprise Zone surrounding EU member state Cyprus is taking place. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming that Turkey has the right

Me, Me, Me: The Neurotic Satisfactions of the Selfie Generation By Julian Rose, July 21 2019

We humans are rather curious creatures, I’ll admit. So many sides to our nature, so many colours to our emotions, so many journeys of our imaginations. But the question must arise, do we learn any more about these traits by

Video: “MH17 – Call for Justice” By Bonanza Media, July 21 2019

Bonanza media investigative team of independent journalists take exclusive interviews with one of the suspects of downing the MH17, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, the colonel who collected the black boxes and much more. 

Documentary directed by Yana Yerlashova

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Lunar Narratives: Landing on the Moon, Politics and the Cold War By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, July 21 2019

Anniversaries are occasions to distort records.  The intoxicated recounting of the past faces a record in need of correction.  Couples long married hide their differences before guests.  Creases are covered; the make-up is applied generously.  Defects become virtues, if, indeed

Putin Just Did a 180 on the Skripal Affair and Raised Countless Questions By Andrew Korybko, July 21 2019

President Putin told Oliver Stone in an interview that he doesn’t believe that the British authorities were responsible for poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter, with this revelation representing a 180 on Russia’s previously articulated official position on the matter

Mark Esper, New US Pentagon Chief, Vested Interest in War and Conflict By Strategic Culture Foundation, July 21 2019

Mark Esper is expected to be confirmed in coming days as the new US Secretary of Defense. His appointment is awaiting final Congressional approval after customary hearings this week before senators. The 55-year-old nominee put forward by President Trump was

Venezuela: Trump Diverts Central America Aid to Guaido as EU Threatens More Sanctions By Ricardo Vaz, July 21 2019

The Trump administration is reportedly diverting over US $40 million of aid destined for Central America to the Venezuelan opposition.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a memo from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was handed to …

Piracy or War? By Christopher Black, July 21 2019

Article 22 of the Convention On The High Seas of 1958, states:

‘1. Except where acts of interference derive from powers conferred by treaty, a warship which encounters a foreign merchant ship on the high seas is not justified in

Korea: In the Era of Peace, Dissolve the UN Command, A Relic of the Cold War By Peoples' Party of South Korea, July 21 2019

On July 7, 1950, the United Nations Security Council recommended the creation of a US-led the unified command, but the United States referred to it as the United Nations Command using the name of the United Nations.

As the UN …

Aleppo: Glorious Rebuilding, Despite Illicit Western ‘Sanctions’ By Miri Wood, July 21 2019

Aleppo is currently engaged in massive rebuilding, reconstruction, and returning to its former beauty. Despite the wretched and illicit ‘sanctions‘ imposed by the same colonial states which have funded and armed terrorists and then criminally bombed the country,

What Makes Iran Strong Enough to Stand Against a Superpower Like the USA? By Elijah J. Magnier, July 21 2019

During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s the Islamic Republic of Iran deployed the slogan “Karbala, Karbala we are coming” (كربلا كربلا ما دارييم مياييم) to “defend the value of Islam”. In Syria the battle cry “Zeinab

How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis By Gareth Porter, July 21 2019

The U.S. news media’s coverage of the Iran nuclear issue has been woefully off-kilter for many years. Now, however, those same outlets are contributing to the serious crisis building between Washington and Tehran.

Iran has responded to Trump’s withdrawal from …

US Says Trudeau Adopts “America First” Foreign Policy, Media Ignores It By Yves Engler, July 21 2019

Wouldn’t you think the corporate media would be interested in the US embassy’s reaction to the appointment of a new Canadian foreign minister? Especially if that reaction was to claim Ottawa had decided to adopt an “America First” foreign policy?

The Dark Side of the Moon Landings By Dr. Stuart Parkinson, July 21 2019

The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing gives us an opportunity to reflect on that achievement and also to consider the value to society – or otherwise – of space missions in general. While landing people on the Moon

Consortium News Website Taken Down by a Malware Attack after Streaming Program Defending Julian Assange By Kevin Reed, July 21 2019

Consortium News—a news website devoted to investigative journalism founded by the late Robert Parry and which has steadfastly defended WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange—was the target of a malware attack last Monday that took down the site for more than

“Global Order” Equals the “New Fascism” By Mark Taliano, July 21 2019

Globalizing “neoliberal” diktats are imposing death and poverty as transnational oligarchies bleed “countries” of their wealth and resources. Western politicians are perception management fronts. “Austerity” = corporate bailouts. Nomenclature is weaponized.

People, the new “wretched of the earth” are increasingly

Is Trump Psychologically Deranged? By Stephen Lendman, July 20 2019

Iran denies it, but if true it’s an act of premeditated aggression against a nonbelligerent country threatening no one — occurring 7,239 miles distant from the US.

More on his claim and Iran’s response below.

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What do all his …

Endangered Species Mural Project By Center For Biological Diversity and Roger Peet, July 20 2019

Just as nature inspires art, art inspires actions to defend wild places and the wild creatures that live in them. With this in mind, the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species Mural Project works with artists, scientists, and organizers to

Trump Regime Bans Sale of F-35 Fighter Jets to Turkey for Purchasing Russian S-400s By Stephen Lendman, July 20 2019

Global Research Editor’s Note 

The Pentagon ban on the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey, which is presented as a penalty for not conforming to US demands, is ultimately a slap in the face for Lockheed Martin which

US “Downs” Legitimacy After Claims of Downing Iranian Drone By Tony Cartalucci, July 20 2019

The US boasted of downing an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz, admittedly in international waters, just miles off Iran’s coast, and thousands of miles from Washington.

It claims the drone was “threatening” a US amphibious assault ship, the

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Brain-Damaging Pesticide for Use on Foods Kids Eat. It’s Legal By EWG, July 19 2019

Farmers can keep spraying fruits and vegetables with a pesticide shown to harm a child’s brain even at low levels of exposure, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency said today.

With a court deadline looming, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced …

Russia and China Compete In Africa. Moscow’s “Pivot to Africa” By Andrew Korybko, July 19 2019

The heavily Russian-influenced government in the Central African Republic is recommending the closure of four Chinese-run gold mines over environmental concerns, making it possible that these firms could be replaced with Russian ones and potentially creating a model whereby Moscow

‘An Insanely Bad Move’: Experts Sound Alarm as Trump’s Nuclear Safety Agency Weighs Rollback of Plant Inspections By Jessica Corbett, July 19 2019

After months of experts raising alarm over the nuclear power industry pressuring U.S. regulators to roll back safety policies, staffers at the federal agency that monitors reactors sparked concerns Tuesday with official recommendations that include scaling back required inspections to

Israel’s Choice for U.S. President By Philip Giraldi, July 19 2019

In late June, President Donald Trump flailed away with his own particular brand of nondiplomacy at the G20 Summit in Japan, but it is worthwhile noting on the plus side that his administration is so inept that it could not

Nicaragua 1979-2019. History of the Sandinista Revolution By Eric Toussaint and Nathan Legrand, July 19 2019

The Nicaraguan government’s violent repression against demonstrators protesting its brutal neoliberal policies, resulting in more than 300 people being killed by regime forces since April 2018, is only one of the reasons why various leftist social movements have condemned the

Sudan’s Agreement on Political Declaration Leaves Many Unanswered Questions By Abayomi Azikiwe, July 19 2019

An agreement on the Political Declaration signed by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the leadership of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) on July 17 postpones firm decisions on key aspects of a comprehensive program which will determine

Rural America and the 5G Digital Divide. Telecoms Expanding Their “Toxic Infrastructure” By Renee Parsons, July 19 2019

While there is considerable telecom hubris regarding the 5G rollout and increasing speculation that the next generation of wireless is not yet ready for Prime Time, the industry continues to make promises to Rural America that it has no intention

The “Squad” Will Need to Realize that You Can’t Defeat White Supremacy with White Supremacy By Ajamu Baraka, July 19 2019

The “squad” condemns Trump for his white nationalism, not understanding that as a white supremacist settler-colonial state, white nationalism is “American” nationalism.

“Biden as a neoliberal white supremacist imperialist was always clear where he stood.”

The story of Trump’s white …

The World Is Dedollarizing By Peter Koenig, July 19 2019
What if tomorrow nobody but the United States would use the US-dollar? Every country, or society would use their own currency for internal and international trade, their own economy-based, non-fiat currency.
Nigerian Political Prisoner Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky By Stephen Lendman, July 19 2019

Nigerian rule is tyrannical, headed by military dictator/turned politician Muhannadu Buhari and his so-called All Progressives Congress party (APC).

His February re-electoral triumph was dubious at best, critics citing voter-suppression and vote-buying.

Political violence occurred in the run-up to the …

From Mad Cow Disease to Agrochemicals: Time to Put Public Need Ahead of Private Greed By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter, July 19 2019

The first part of this article documenting the development of BSE in Britain was written by Rosemary Mason and is taken from her new report ‘Why didn’t the UK media report the documentary on Mad Cow Disease?’ It

The Sidama Region and Ethiopia’s “Perfect Storm” By Andrew Korybko, July 19 2019

The last-minute compromise deal by the Sidama Liberation Movement and the Ethiopian government to delay the former’s planned declaration of a new regional state until an upcoming referendum in December doesn’t solve the deeper problem of the country’s contentious internal

Inside Junior’s War Room By Philip A Farruggio, July 19 2019

Deep deep deep inside the bowels of the White House is this private, very private chamber. Some say its the place where REAL PRESIDENT Cheney stays, and operates the REAL government.

Today, on this cold, bitter cold Sunday, Super Sunday,

Five Years Ago: Was Malaysia Flight MH17 Shot Down by a Ukrainian Fighter Plane? By Mike Whitney, July 18 2019

This article was originally published in 2014.

July 17th is the commemoration of the downing of MH17, July 17, 2014

“From start to finish, the Ukraine crisis has been instigated by US imperialism. Every action Washington has taken has been

Trump Ignorant of China’s Resolve By Stephen Lendman, July 18 2019

Trump is an artful dealmaker in his own mind, his mastery more myth than reality.

Former Trump Organization executive Barbara Res earlier said he wasn’t a great dealmaker. 

“In terms of taking the responsibility for the buck, he just would

Media Lies About Iran Deal, Headlines Repeat Unfound State Department Claims By Dave DeCamp, July 18 2019

Iran announced last week they will be enriching uranium to 5% which is over the 3.67% limit set by the Joint Comprehension Plan of Action signed in 2015 under the Obama administration.

Iran has every right to go over that

Video: Waiting for New Idlib Offensive. US Continues to Provide Syria Rebels with Weapons and Military Supplies By South Front, July 18 2019

The situation in northwestern Hama and along the entire contact line around the Idlib de-escalation zone has remained stable but tense during the past week. The Syrian Arab Army, the Tiger Forces and their allies have repeatedly engaged in local

Trophy Hunting in Southern Africa. Elephant Poaching By Ross Harvey, July 18 2019

 A recent slew of articles have hit international media in the wake of Botswana’s decision to lift its moratorium on trophy hunting.

Typically, the argument is that Botswana now has too many elephants, which have exceeded the country’s carrying capacity.

The Mad Corruptions of Trump Inc. By Jim Hightower, July 18 2019

Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve …

Vaccine Safety and Immunization: Suppressing Critique, Silencing Scientific Evidence By Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null, July 18 2019

During the past year there has been a deliberate assault on medical sanity by the Silicon Valley’s internet giants and popular social media platforms to abolish and censor voices and websites challenging the orthodoxy of the CDC’s vaccination policies.  Last

New Zealand’s Role at the Biggest US Bombing Base in the Middle East By Darius Shahtahmasebi, July 18 2019

A recent issue of Air Force News revealed that a senior NZDF officer served a six-month posting at the Qatar base, placing New Zealanders at the heart of the main targeting and bombing centre in that region, writes Darius Shahtahmasebi.

Donald Trump, “the Democrat Squad” and Failed Impeachment By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, July 18 2019

Twitter has become policy. It is platform, direction and determination.  It has served one particular person well, a hazy mechanism to fog up the lenses of law makers.  When President Donald Trump needs an air-wave filling distraction, a bilious splurge

How Iranian MEK Went from US Terror List to Halls of Congress By Ali Harb, July 18 2019

As soon as Maryam Rajavi, her face beaming across a giant screen, finished speaking, the sky above hundreds of her supporters in the United States filled with red, white and green confetti – the colours of the Iranian flag.

African Free Trade Area Launched in Niger By Abayomi Azikiwe, July 18 2019

On July 4 the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) was held in Niamey, Niger to officially proclaim a project that is inherent within the notions of sovereignty and unity on the continent.

This African Continental Free …

Brexit ‘Deal Dead’, New Financial Market Fears and Unredacted Riot Report By True Publica, July 18 2019

If you didn’t know it, you would think the British establishment had been deliberately rocking every boat possible to ensure a no-deal or hard-Brexit from the outset. From David Cameron’s so-called ‘miscalulation’ to Theresa May’s guaranteed failure to produce a

Trump: America’s “Racist-in-Chief” By Stephen Lendman, July 18 2019

Racism defines Trump’s private and public life. He falsely said “I am not a racist.” 

“I’m the least racist person you” will ever meet is belied by his unacceptable Trump Organization practices, his hostile actions against unwanted aliens of the …

Julian Assange: US Coopts Patriotic Opposition in Ecuador, Former President Correa goes against Wikileaks Founder By Andrew Korybko, July 18 2019

Former President Rafael Correa’s claim that Julian Assange abused his political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to influence the US’ 2016 elections and his publicly proclaimed admiration for Hillary amount to nothing less than the completion of America’s

Top 10 Facts About Cell Phones and Wi-Fi By Environmental Health Trust, July 18 2019

1. All Cell Phones And Wireless Devices Emit Radiation.

Every wireless device is actually a two-way microwave radio that sends and receives a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation called radio frequency radiation RF – EMF. This machine-made radiation is millions

Trump Outreach: Pandering to Christian Zionism, “Preparing the Nation for An Inevitable War”? By Philip Giraldi, July 18 2019

In Washington on the weekend after the Fourth of July, Israel was praised and Iran was condemned in the strongest terms, with a bit of a call to arms thrown in to prepare the nation for an inevitable war. It

Impeaching Trump for the Wrong Reason By Kurt Nimmo, July 18 2019

Now that Democrats control the House, they are moving forward to impeach Donald Trump despite the House leader, Nancy Pelosi, indicating she will not push the issue.

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Western Intellectuals Freak Over ‘Frankenstein’ China By Pepe Escobar, July 18 2019

Western economists and intellectuals obsessed with demonization of China are never shy of shortcuts glaringly exposing their ignorance.

The latest outburst posits that “we” – as in Western intellectuals – “are the modern version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” who electro-shocked …

Why the Canadian Government Is Confronting Venezuela By Arnold August, July 18 2019

Since the attempted U.S. coup against Venezuela on January 23, backed by the Lima Group of which the Justin Trudeau government is an active member, Canada’s corporate media have joined in a chorus of hate and disinformation against the Bolivarian

Korea-Japan Trade Plus War: Where Are You Going Mr. Shinzo Abe? By Prof. Joseph H. Chung, July 18 2019

Right after the G20 Conference (28-28 June 2019) in Osaka, Japan, Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan declared the beginning of trade war against South Korea. It was indeed an irony that Abe was the host of the Conference

Some Like It Hot By William Bowles, July 18 2019

I am nothing if not an optimist, a trait that most on the Left seem to share. A belief in the future, that there is one that includes us. That things, eventually, get better, if we fight for it.

‘Unrealistic’,

BDS in the Face of Israeli Apartheid By Palestinian BDS National Committee, July 18 2019

On July 9th, Palestinians marked with a mix of alarm and hope the 14th anniversary of the BDS Call (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), launched by Palestinian society in 2005 in pursuit of freedom, justice and equality.

The growth of our …

The Race for the Domination of Space By Manlio Dinucci, July 18 2019

“The flying man bewitches Paris at the 14 July parade” – headlines like that were used to describe France’s military parade along the Champs Élysées. As usual, we were given the impression that we were being informed about everything in

Global Research: Giving Voice to Unspoken Truths By The Global Research Team, July 17 2019

Dear Readers,

We live in a world rife with unspoken truths. One such truth is the danger of a war in which nuclear weapons could be used.

Another unspoken truth is that selling the idea of such a war to …

Support MH17 Truth: Machine Gun-Like Holes Indicate Shelling from a Military Aircraft. No Evidence of a Surface-to-Air Missile Attack. By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, July 17 2019
The West accuses Russia and the Donbass separatists of having brought down the plane with a Buk missile. IT'S A LIE. The evidence available in September 2014 --including a BBC report which the BBC decided to suppress-- refutes the official story.
Reopening of Pakistan’s Airspace: A Bad Omen for India? Implications for Iran and Afghanistan By Andrew Korybko, July 17 2019

The reopening of Pakistani airspace to civil aviation was timed to coincide with PM Khan’s upcoming trip to the US, which is an extremely bad omen for India because it suggests that the resumption of its Afghan air corridor across

Free Speech No Longer Exists in US Universities By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, July 17 2019

Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley notes that the University of California, once a bastion of free speech, now is opposed to it. The university now punishes people for opinions expressed outside the classroom and the university. See this.

Merger Mania: The Military-Industrial Complex on Steroids By William D. Hartung, July 17 2019

When, in his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the “unwarranted influence” wielded by the “military-industrial complex,” he could never have dreamed of an arms-making corporation of the size and political clout of

It’s “Un-American” to be Anti-Free Speech: Protect the Right to Criticize the Government By John W. Whitehead, July 17 2019

Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us? The constitutional theory is that we the people are the sovereigns, the state and federal officials

The Truth About – ‘Taking Back Control’. Britain’s Post-Brexit Debacle By True Publica, July 17 2019

Even The Telegraph – an ardent and enthusiastic cheerleader for Brexit with its traditional right-wing stance and influence over conservative activists has had to admit that in post-Brexit Britain, taking back control means – taking orders. And it looks like

Provoking War? British Hijack Iranian Ship, Another Day, Another Dangerous Provocation By Tony Cartalucci, July 17 2019

Had Iran openly hijacked a vessel of any nation, for any reason, plying through waters anywhere on Earth, the US and its allies would immediately cite it as a provocation toward war.

In fact, even without evidence, suspiciously timed attacks …

The World Bank Saw the Debt Crisis Looming By Eric Toussaint, July 17 2019

In 2019, the World Bank (WB) and the IMF will be 75 years old. These two international financial institutions (IFI), founded in 1944, are dominated by the USA and a few allied major powers who work to generalize policies that

Trump Has 150 Nuclear Bombs in Europe Giving the White House a Dangerous Stranglehold Over EU By Hans Stehling, July 17 2019

According to a report in the UK press today (amply corroborated by numerous reports),  the US has approximately 150 (tactical) nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD) stored at six locations in Europe. 

They are reported by a NATO-linked body, as …

Decision to Keep Nuclear Weapons Data Classified Hurts US National Security By Hans Kristensen and Heather Wuest, July 17 2019

The Trump administration’s decision to classify the total number of nuclear weapons that the United States possesses and the number of nuclear warheads dismantled in 2018 marks an abrupt change from the recent norm. Every year since 2010, the United

Towards an India-US-Israel Alliance directed against Iran? Prime Minister Modi “Pivots to the West” By Andrew Korybko, July 17 2019

India made a fool out of Iran by allying with its American & “Israeli” enemies, victimizing it with the blowback from its Hybrid War on CPEC, and crippling its budget by depriving it of its second-largest oil customer.

India, true …

Trump May Appoint Fringe Neocon to Head Intelligence By Kurt Nimmo, July 17 2019

It keeps getting worse. The neocons have burrowed termite-deep inside the Trump administration and rumor has it the president will add yet another one to an important cabinet position.

If there is any substance to the latest rumors, DNI …

Media Intrigue: Spying on Julian Assange By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, July 17 2019

History’s scope for the absurd and tragic is infinite.  

To see images of an exhausted and world-weary Julian Assange attempting to dodge the all-eye surveillance operation that he would complain about is to wade in the insensibility of it all. 

China to Ban Doing Business with Firms Selling Weapons to Taiwan By Stephen Lendman, July 17 2019

China considers Taiwan its sovereign territory, treating it as a breakaway province to be eventually reunited with the mainland. 

Its ruling authorities  call incursions by US warships in the Taiwan Strait provocative – the 110 mile-wide waterway separating Taiwan from

London’s ‘Media Freedom’ Conference Smacks of Irony: Critics Barred, No Mention of Jailed Assange By Eva Bartlett, July 17 2019

Irony is the word which comes to mind at the mention of the “Global Conference for Media Freedom” co-hosted by the UK and Canadian foreign ministers. Everything about this twilight zone gathering smacked of irony.

Irony that governments which support

On the Need to be Free from the Press By Mark Taliano, July 17 2019

The notion that the West has a free press is beyond ridiculous.  We have a “hegemonic” press which supports wars of aggression and concomitant Supreme International War Crimes. We have a press that does not seek the truth, but instead

Overcoming the Robotic Mind – Why Humanity Must Come Through By R. Teichmann, July 17 2019

When I read the latest book of Julian Rose’s ‘Overcoming the Robotic Mind – Why Humanity Must Come Through’ I was touched by the uncompromising analysis of how earth and all life on it is under threat. Even more so

Five Years on from Malaysian Airlines MH17 Destruction: A Clear Lack of Evidence that Moscow Was Behind It By Shane Quinn, July 17 2019
The fighting that erupted in the east of Ukraine can be traced to a US-instituted coup d'état of February 2014 – confirmed by president Obama on CNN when he confided that Washington had “brokered a deal to transition power” in the country, forcing Viktor Yanukovych from office.