- It "suspects" him of financing anti-fracking protests in of all places, Romania
- The dumbness of the New York Times never ceases to amaze...
This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared at OpEdNews.com
Ah yes, The New York Times, at it again publishing a story denouncing Russia.
This time the Russian natural gas giant Gazprom demonized as funding and being behind the anti-fracking protests in a small town in eastern Romania.
The protests shut down the initial stages of a fracking operation conducted by Chevron on land it leased from the towns' mayor.
According to the Times story, a year ago the mayor of Pungesti, Romania, one Vlasa Mirica figured he'd struck it rich when Chevron showed up and offered him green backs to do exploratory shale gas drilling on his property.
However, when the town's people and others across the country opposed to fracking got wind of the mayor's deal with Chevron, protests erupted, "violent clashes broke out" between police and the protesters and before long he was "run out of town".
Apparently he's back at his office now but Chevron has since shut down its exploratory drilling operation on his land.
What was fascinating about the article there was no proof given Gazprom bankrolled the anti fracking protests.
It was all speculation, fueled by "Cold War-style suspicion" and "Russian meddling".
The article even quoted former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen when he spoke in September saying:
"Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called nongovernmental organizations-environmental organizations working against shale gas-to maintain dependence on imported Russian gas."
He too offered no proof to his allegation saying "his judgment was based on what NATO allies had reported".
But the coup de grace of the article was this little ditty:
"Feeding what environmental groups denounce as a frenzy of paranoia have been Russian actions in Ukraine.
Russia's president, the former KGB officer Vladimir V. Putin, has deployed a powerful arsenal there dominated by stealth and subterfuge, first to annex Crimea in March and, more recently, to foment an armed separatist rebellion in the east [Ukraine]."
Call it a further piling on campaign by the American corporate MSM to impugn and demonize Putin whenever possible and accuse him of being the primary antagonist in everything that has occurred in eastern Europe:
- the coup in Kiev last February,
- the subsequent uprising in eastern Ukraine,
- Crimea voting in a referendum to join the Russian Federation,
- the downing of the Malaysian plane in July,
- and most significantly, Putin being behind the separatists in East Ukraine who openly rejected the new Western post-coup government in Kiev
- and thus him being solely responsible for initiating the new cold war against the West.