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Posted by polly7 | Thu Feb 19, 2015, 04:26 PM (11 replies)
February 20, 2015, marks the one-year anniversary of the heinous slaughter of protesters and police by neo-Nazi snipers who transformed a relatively peaceful protest against Ukraine’s democratically elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, into a violent anti-Russia coup. To this day, the illegitimate regime ruling in Kiev has done virtually nothing to bring their sniper allies to justice.
Writing in the September/October 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs, Mary Elise Sarrote noted that, at their meeting on February 10, 1990, Kohl assured Gorbachev that, in return for Moscow’s permission to begin the reunification of Germany, “naturally NATO could not expand its territory to the current territory of .” “In parallel talks, Genscher delivered the same message to his Soviet counterpart, Eduard Shevardnadze, saying, ‘for us, it stands firm: NATO will not expand itself to the East.’”
According to Professor Sarrote, “After hearing these repeated assurances, Gorbachev gave West Germany what Kohl later called ‘the green light.’” Kohl “held a press conference immediately to lock in his gain.” However, he did not mention the quid pro quo — no eastward expansion of NATO.
(The Soviet Union lost some 27,000,000 men, women and children before defeating Nazi Germany in World War II. By comparison, the U.S. lost some 400,000 during that war. Consequently, permitting the reunification of Germany in return for West Germany’s assurance of no NATO expansion eastward was an enormous concession by Gorbachev.)
In 1997, Zbigniew Brzezinski — who later became a foreign policy advisor to the Obama administration – published a book titled, The Grand Chessboard , which was “translated into Russian and is part of everyday political discussion” (Sakwa, p.215). According to Mr. Brzezinski, “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.”
Walter C Uhler
Walter C. Uhler served in the U.S. Army Security Agency (a branch of the National Security Agency) from late 1966 to early 1971. He received BA’s in Political Science and Russian Language, as well as a certificate in Russian Area Studies, from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973. As a graduate student and teaching assistant, he studied Russian History at Penn State under Sergei Vasilievich Utechin during 1973-76. He received an MPA from Penn State in 1992. His Master’s Essay compared the weapons acquisition process in the United States and the Soviet Union.
From 1976 until his retirement in March 2008 he was employed as a weapons acquisition executive in the Department of Defense. His negotiations with defense contractors saved DOD hundreds of millions of dollars. He also was quite successful in his efforts to foster diversity and equal employment opportunity in the workplace .
For more than thirty years, he has been an independent scholar specializing in Russian and military history, the Cold War, and international security. His numerous articles, op-eds, and reviews have been published in The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, Russian History, the San Francisco Chronicle, Moscow Times, St. Petersburg Times (Russia), Philadelphia Inquirer, Defense News, the Naval War College Review, Journal of Slavic Military Studies (London) and Russkaya Evropa (St. Petersburg) among other journals magazines and newspapers. His article, “National Missile Defense and Russian-American Relations,” remains posted on the website of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and his article, “Democracy or dominion?” was republished in a college textbook (Annual Editions: World Politics 05/06) in 2005. The Summer 2005 issue of Slavic Review published an obituary of his mentor, Sergei Vasilievich Utechin, which he was honored to write.
Posted by polly7 | Thu Feb 19, 2015, 03:13 PM (10 replies)
By Paul Mason and Amy Goodman
Source: Democracy Now
February 19, 2015
Less than a month after the anti-austerity Syriza party swept to victory in Greece, a major dispute has broken out between Greece’s new leaders and European finance ministers. On Monday, talks between Greece and its European creditors collapsed amid disagreement over the future of German-backed austerity. Greek negotiators rejected a deal to extend the terms of the current bailout scheme with no alterations to the austerity terms. Greece is reportedly now planning to submit a request to the eurozone to extend a “loan agreement” for up to six months, but Germany says no such deal is being offered and that Athens must stick to the terms of its existing international bailout. Lawmakers from the ruling Syriza party say Greek voters had rejected the terms of the bailout and that Greece would not be intimidated into accepting them. The breakdown in talks has raised fears Greece may be on the verge of leaving the eurozone. We are joined by British journalist Paul Mason, who has closely covered Greece’s economic crisis for years.
Posted by polly7 | Thu Feb 19, 2015, 08:29 AM (29 replies)
by The Real News Network (TRNN) / February 17th, 2015
Lucas Koerner, journalist in Caracas for Venezuelanalysis.com discusses what know thus far about the alleged foiled coup in Venezuela.
Posted by polly7 | Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:17 PM (4 replies)
By Eva Golinger
February 17, 2015
Michael Albert interviews Eva Golinger.
1. How do you understand the motives of the Venezuelan opposition, and of their support from the US?
Full article: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/which-way-venezuela/
Posted by polly7 | Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:06 PM (0 replies)
If You Think Ukraine's Border War with Russia Is Bad, Check Out Its Fight with International Lenders
The Ukraine-IMF debt negotiation shows is why finance has become the preferred mode of geopolitical warfare.
By Michael Hudson / CounterPunch February 16, 2015
The fate of Ukraine is now shifting from the military battlefield back to the arena that counts most: that of international finance. Kiev is broke, having depleted its foreign reserves on waging war that has destroyed its industrial export and coal mining capacity in the Donbass (especially vis-à-vis Russia, which normally has bought 38 percent of Ukraine’s exports). Deeply in debt (with €3 billion falling due on December 20 to Russia), Ukraine faces insolvency if the IMF and Europe do not release new loans next month to pay for new imports as well as Russian and foreign bondholders.
Full article: http://www.alternet.org/world/if-you-think-ukraines-border-war-russia-bad-check-out-its-fight-international-lenders?akid=12803.44541.0Kc8E7&rd=1&src=newsletter1032048&t=21
Posted by polly7 | Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:54 PM (3 replies)
Four years after the U.S.-led bombing campaign toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s government, Libya is in a state of crisis. On Monday, Egypt bombed Islamic State targets in Libya after the group released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Egypt claims it hit ISIS targets "precisely," but at least seven civilians, including three children, were reportedly killed in the coastal city of Derna. The attacks come as Libya faces what the United Nations calls "the worst political crisis and escalation of violence" since the U.S.-backed overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011. Two different governments claim power, each with their own parliaments and armies. A number of militant groups, including the Islamic State affiliate, are scattered in between. Will foreign governments intervene in Libya again? We are joined by Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who is just back from a reporting trip in Libya, and Vijay Prashad, a professor of international studies at Trinity College and author of several books, including "Arab Spring, Libyan Winter."
Posted by polly7 | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 11:31 AM (11 replies)
Over 40 survivors of bombing demand aid from Japan for severe health impacts
bySarah Lazare, staff writer
Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right). (Photo: Charles Levy/Public Domain)
Over 40 survivors of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan are preparing to file a class action lawsuit demanding their government provide them health coverage for the ongoing health impacts of exposure to radioactive "black rain."
The Japanese publication Mainichi reports:
The A-bomb survivors — all residents of Hiroshima Prefecture — are currently not receiving assistance under the Atomic Bomb Survivors' Assistance Law as they were outside the black rain area recognized by the government. They will apply to the Hiroshima prefectural and municipal governments for A-bomb survivors' certificates as early as next month. They expect to be rejected, and plan to file suit seeking a nullification of those rejections.
The survivors say they developed severe health problems, including cancer and heart disease, as a result of their exposure to the black rain—the precipitation, darkened by nuclear fallout, that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the U.S. bombings in 1945.
Over 200,000 people perished as a result of the nuclear weapons attacks and the radiation poisoning and sickness that followed.
Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/16/hiroshima-survivors-sue-over-black-rain-followed-atomic-bombing
Posted by polly7 | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 10:49 AM (0 replies)
It's the Little Lies That Torpedo the News Stars - As Brian Williams Has Found to His Cost Last Week
Embellishment and bravado are often punished more harshly than the untruths that cause wars
BY PATRICK COCKBURN
The exposure of fake or exaggerated tales of journalistic derring-do by Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC Nightly News now suspended without pay, will ignite a small glow of satisfaction in the breasts of many foreign correspondents. The arrival of anchors, editors or “celebrity” correspondents in the middle of a crisis, war, or at any other time, has always been the bane of reporters on the ground. I remember a friend on Time magazine, in the days when it was a power in the land 40 years ago, vainly trying to explain to his bosses why he was having difficulty arranging their fact-finding tour of Kuwait in the middle of Ramadan.
Full article: http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/its-the-little-lies-that-torpedo-the-news-stars-as-brian-williams-has-found-to-his-cost-last-week/
Posted by polly7 | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 08:14 AM (0 replies)
By Compassion in World Farming
Monday, Feb 16, 2015
Posted by polly7 | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 07:53 AM (10 replies)