Apr 122014
 
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Will the Government Listen?
by ANDRE VLTCHEK
Tense standoff continues in Donetsk, with supporters of pro-Russia occupiers outside the building setting up a protective cordon.

Tense standoff continues in Donetsk, with supporters of pro-Russia occupiers outside the building setting up a protective cordon.

Kiev.

Two beautiful Slavic sisters, Ukraine and Russia, pitched against each other: long hair flying in the wind, gray-blue eyes staring forward accusatively, but in the same time with anticipation and love.

One single moment, one wrong move, one word, and two countries, two allies, two almost identical cultures, can easily dash at each other’s throats… Different words, different gestures, and they can also fall into each other’s arms, instantly. Continue reading »

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Apr 072014
 
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Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

The London Review of Books

Obama: Who hasn't this man betrayed?

Warmonger Obama: Who and what hasn’t this man betrayed?

In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.​* Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the intervention. The strike was postponed as Congress prepared for hearings, and subsequently cancelled when Obama accepted Assad’s offer to relinquish his chemical arsenal in a deal brokered by Russia. Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya? The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and military leaders who thought that going to war was both unjustified and potentially disastrous. Continue reading »

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Mar 222014
 
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By Diane Gee, The Wild Wild Left
SPECIAL CORESPONDENT TO THE GREANVILLE POST

Veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) a fascist, ultranationalist formation, hold portrait of Stepan Bandera.

Veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) a fascist, ultranationalist formation, hold portrait of Stepan Bandera.

Three interactions, two from the belly of the Ukraine, one from a recent immigrant to the US.  This is the story from their perspectives.

Irina:  “Ukraine is for Ukrainian only.  I am from there, I know how all those others ruin everything…”
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I liked Irina.  Nearly every Wednesday of the year, I stop in the CVS drugstore to pick up prescriptions and sundries in Ann Arbor for my elderly friends who live nearby.  She is always sweet and funny, her Ukrainian accent sounding like home to me, having a Father for whom English was a second language to his native Polish.  His people were from the far eastern part of Poland; their dialect so close to Ukrainian that his brother bought a cottage in the exclusive Ukrainian community at Lake Dibrova in Brighton Michigan and it was years before they found out we all weren’t really Ukes. Continue reading »

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Mar 132014
 
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After White House meeting with Ukrainian prime minister

Merkel: Despite hesitations, cow-towing to the US imperialist line against Russia.

Merkel: Despite hesitations, cow-towing to the US imperialist line against Russia.

By Chris Marsden, wsws.org

Following a White House meeting with interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk designed to underscore US support for the newly installed government and ratchet up pressure on Russia, President Barack Obama issued new threats against Moscow. Continue reading »

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PREFATORY NOTE
STEVEN JONAS MD, MPH

maddow1Hello everyone.  Recently, Rachel Maddow posted a fine documentary indicating that the prime reason for the US/UK invasion of Iraq had to do with oil.  For quite some time I have felt that while that was one of the motivations, the underlying one was the drive to create Permanent War, or failing that, the Permanent Preparation for War Society.  I have to come to the conclusion that that is the underlying motivation for the current attack on Russia, through the at-least-in-part US/EU/NATO manufactured upheaval in Ukraine.  This column explains my reasoning.
With every good wish, and have a great weekend, (Dr.) Steve Jonas Continue reading »
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