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Paul Craig Roberts

CIA's head Brennan. Our man in Kiev.

CIA’s Director John Brennan. Our man in Kiev.

The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule. 

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Apr 072014
 
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Playing literally with fire

Although brief, the Georgia/South Ossetia War stirred up by the US collected its share of victims.

Although brief, the Georgia/South Ossetia War stirred up by the US collected its share of victims.

Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, Senior Political Writers, wsws.org

Since they mounted a coup in Kiev on February 22 with the aid of oligarchs and fascists, the United States and its allies in NATO have outlined measures against Russia that are tantamount to an unofficial declaration of war. In the space of just six weeks, the NATO powers have gone from helping stage a putsch, to imposing sanctions against Russia, to the most extensive military build-up in Europe since the Cold War. Continue reading »

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Apr 052014
 
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By Eric Zuesse

Mayor de Blasio was forced to cave in on the charter school issue, after an alliance of billionaire-funded groups and treacherous Andrew Cuomo sided with his well-funded opponents.

Mayor de Blasio was forced to cave in on the charter school issue, after an alliance of billionaire-funded groups and treacherous Andrew Cuomo put up a barrage of misleading ads.

Another way the aristocracy crushes the public.
Barack Obama mouths “equality” but maintains policies that have produced near-record-high inequality.

A brilliant scientist and blogger, “Mike the Mad Biologist,” headlined on April 4th, “Once Again: For Real Education Reform, You Can Just Visit Massachusetts,” and he documented that due to Democrat-passed education-reforms that had preceded Mitt Romney (and some of which Gov. Romney unsuccessfully tried to reverse), the state of Massachusetts scores so well in international rankings on Reading, Math, and Science, that it ranks, across-the-board, after only Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Finland. It’s #8 if it were a nation, even though it has a larger percentage of poor people, and more ethnic minorities, than any of those nations. The U.S. as a whole scores #36 on the Math, #28 on Science, and #24 on Reading; so, across-the-board we’re about #29 — near the bottom for industrialized nations. Continue reading »

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Mar 272014
 
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The TGP Editors Say: The new mayor’s real sin is to have spoken out repeatedly against inequality and the need to tax the superrich.  They won’t have any of it, and now the knives are out…The whining by charter school supporters is only a smokescreen. Families for Excellence in Schools seems to be just one more rightwing front. 
WNYC News

Who Is Behind the Pro-Charter Schools Group Fighting New York City Mayor de Blasio?

Wealthy, powerful people and organizations backing non-profit behind ads and rally

By Robert Lewis : Reporter, WNYC News

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Charter School March
Charter [school] supporters cross the Brooklyn Bridge in October in a march organized by Families for Excellence in Schools.(Yasmeen Khan) 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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