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Coming Soon to Ukraine
by CURTIS FJ DOEBBLER
Ukrainians rally round an image of Yulia Tymoshenko, a rightwing politician and crooked oligarch until recently incarcerated for crimes against the people.

KIEV—Misguided Ukrainians rally round an image of Yulia Tymoshenko, a rightwing politician and crooked oligarch until recently incarcerated for crimes against the people.

The Russian intervention in Ukraine has caused American lawyers and diplomats to raise their voices about the legality of Russian military action in Ukraine. These complaints, however, are based more on political rhetoric and posturing than on an understanding of international law. Continue reading »

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Mar 062014
 
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Estonian Foreign Ministry confirms authenticity of leaked phone call discussing how Kiev snipers who shot protesters were possibly hired by Ukraine’s new leaders

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  • Leaked phone call suggests anti-government protesters hired the snipers
  • Call between EU’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonia’s foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet
  • Paet appears to claim opposition leaders hired the snipers that killed 94

By JOHN HALL, Daily Mail (UK)

PUBLISHED: 5 March 2014 | UPDATED: 04:28 EST, 6 March 2014

Estonia has confirmed the authenticity of a leaked telephone call between its foreign minister and an EU chief which suggested the sniper killings in Ukraine last month were ordered by the new coalition. Continue reading »

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Mar 022014
 
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 By Stephen Lendman

“The stakes are forbiddingly high. Will the damn fool in the White House blunder into more mistakes than already? Will he challenge Russia more irresponsibly than what’s he’s foolishly done?” Meanwhile, the nonstop barrage of American media lies makes the situation increasingly tense and difficult to resolve by diplomacy.

Ihor Tenyukh, former Navt chief of the Ukraine navy, and a ringleader in the pro-West coup.

Ihor Tenyukh, former Navy chief of the Ukraine navy, is a ringleader in the pro-West coup.

Ongoing events are scary. Everyone should be worried. Reports reveal heightened tensions. Conditions resemble nations preparing for war.  On March 1, Voice of Russia (VOR) said Ukraine’s border guard ships are on “battle alarm” at sea. “(E)xtreme measures (are being taken) to avert the seizure of a territory in Sevastopol.”

Valentina Matviyenko is Russia’s highest ranking female politician. She chairs its upper parliamentary Federation Council.  Under ongoing “circumstances,” she said, “we might send a limited contingent of troops to ensure security of the Black Sea Fleet and Russian national residing in Crimea.”

“Surely, it’s up to the president to decide as he is commander-in-chief, but we don’t rule out such a scenario. We must protect our compatriots.”

 

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Mar 012014
 
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The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

By ANDREAS HARSONO  / 

Not only was Indonesia's anticommunist regime a murderous one, but utterly corrupt as well.

Not only was Indonesia’s anticommunist regime a murderous one, but utterly corrupt as well.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — I grew up in the shadow of the Indonesian massacres exposed in Joshua Oppenheimer’s extraordinary documentary, “The Act of Killing,” which has been nominated for an Academy Award. Continue reading »

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Feb 272014
 
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An Imperialist Invasion Without an Imperialist Army
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by MARILYN VOGT-DOWNEY, Counterpunch.org

It’s not just that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (above) was a coward for fleeing in the dead of night from angry and rebellious Ukrainian nationalists in Western Ukraine to what (he hoped) would be a friendlier population in the Russian-speaking Eastern Ukraine. Of course, he probably was a coward to run away. However, a coup d’etat had been carried out against him, his government security forces were melting away, and roughnecks with weapons and shields were just outside his door. Continue reading »

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