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WE PRESENT A DOSSIER ON THIS ISSUE—

 

Pro-Russian activists outside Donetsk regional administration buildingUnderhanded operations is what the CIA specializes in so we should not be too surprised if, losing ground in Eastern Ukraine, it has apparently decided to play one of the dirtiest cards in its repertory, accusing Donetsk separatists of persecuting Jews. Continue reading »

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A CounterPunch Special Report: Reflections on the Wages of “Immoderate Greatness”
Churchill: Anglo-American propaganda has enshrined him as a noble and valiant personage but the truth is far more mixed, and in many aspects decidedly ugly.

Churchill: Anglo-American propaganda enshrined the old fox as a noble and valiant personage but the truth is far more mixed, and in many aspects decidedly ugly.

by ARNO J. MAYER, Counterpunch

When discussing the Ukraine-Crimea “crisis” it might be hygienic for Americans, including their political class, think-tank pundits, and talking heads, to recall two striking moments in “the dawn’s early light” of the U. S. Empire: in 1903, in the wake of the Spanish-American War, under President Theodore Roosevelt America seized control of the southern part of Guantanamo Bay by way of a Cuban-American Treaty which recognizes Cuba’s ultimate sovereignty over this base; a year after the Bolshevik Revolution, in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched 5,000 U. S. troops to Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia to participate in the Allied intervention in Russia’s Civil  War, which raised the curtain on the First Cold War.  Incidentally, in 1903 there was no Fidel Castro in Havana and in 1918 no Joseph Stalin in the Kremlin. Continue reading »

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Putin: Quo Vadis?

Putin: Quo Vadis?

This report by CBS news correspondent Holly Williams (4.17.14) is worth a look. It’s not perfect, but as American media go, it’s tolerable, and the images are self-explanatory.

According to CBS This Morning, “Ukraine’s acting prime minister is offering amnesty to pro-Russian militias if they give up control of government buildings, but opposition forces in eastern Ukraine are not backing down. CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams reports.”

The situation in Ukraine remains chaotic and fluid. However, the recent accord between Russia and Washington, with the Kiev putschist regime as one of the equal partners at the table—or what is known about it— is something that has some people on the left duly concerned. Examine video and commentary below. Continue reading »

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By Bill Van Auken, Senior Analyst, wsws.org

Venezuela's protests are really an upper/middle class revolt against what they perceive as "communism." It's  the old calumny and class hatred inculcated in countless people.

Venezuela’s protests are really an upper/middle class revolt against what they perceive as “communism.” It’s the old calumny and class hatred inculcated in countless people.

As the government of President Nicolás Maduro entered a second round of talks with Venezuela’s right-wing opposition, a leading national daily reported that the number of military officers under arrest for involvement in an alleged coup plot has risen to over 30. Continue reading »

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Can Maduro Avoid the Trap?
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by CHRIS GILBERT

It was shortly after Moses’s encounter with the Burning Bush that God promised to take the people of Israel to the land of milk and honey. God, who could be extremely cryptic in his explanations (“I am that I am”), did not beat around the bush – of the either burning or extinguished variety – when it came to capturing his audience. For that reason, he did not offer houris (which might lose their charm in a few weeks) or freedom and democracy (which can ring hollow on an empty stomach) but two simple use-values: milk and honey. Continue reading »

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