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"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." James A. Baldwin
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As former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the second Bush administration, Stephen Hadley is well acquainted with the shoot first, then negotiate (if you really have to) style of American diplomacy, but his recent comments to a gathering in Poland go well beyond that, especially considering he is now the head of the United States Institute for Peace!
Posted by another_liberal | Wed Aug 5, 2015, 08:39 AM (1 replies)
Do you genuinely want to know what really happened to flight MH17? If you can answer "yes" to both of those questions, please read on. If you can not, I politely advise you to read no further. Thank you.
Posted by another_liberal | Sat Aug 1, 2015, 02:18 PM (45 replies)
Why did we instigate the bloody and pointless disaster that is the Ukrainian Civil War? It was not to support the strivings of Ukrainians to someday join the European Union, nor was it a response to what has been termed "Russian expansionism." Lets try to be honest with ourselves, my friends, The United States intervened in the internal affairs of Ukraine because a few already hugely wealthy and powerful Americans saw what looked like a good chance to make themselves even more wealthy and more powerful. The details follow . . .
Read more at: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150721/1024894225.html
Posted by another_liberal | Thu Jul 23, 2015, 08:13 AM (35 replies)
Posted by another_liberal | Thu Jun 25, 2015, 08:20 AM (8 replies)
In a remarkable show of sanity the United States House of Representatives has passed legislation which denies funding for any training or equipping of the "Azov Battalion," a Kiev-supporting volunteer unit composed of fascists from the "Right Sector" political movement. This unit has been involved in some of the most intense fighting against separatists in Eastern Ukraine. It has also frequently been implicated in Ukrainian violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreements.
Posted by another_liberal | Sat Jun 13, 2015, 12:53 PM (7 replies)
These Right Wingers are from the organizations which maintain volunteer battalions involved in the fighting in the Donetsk and Mariupol sectors of the Donbas region. There are those in this country who think we should make modern weapons available to fascistic groups like these (after all, they have been the most willing of Ukraine's soldiers to actually fight, and we have supported even worse criminals). I wonder how much of our "non-lethal aid" has already gone to them?
Anti-gay protesters attack a policeman during the so-called Equality March, organized by a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 6, 2015. (Reuters)
Teargas, arrests & injuries: Far right attacks 2nd Kiev gay rights march
Up to 30 assailants who attacked a gay rights march in Kiev were arrested on Saturday as scuffles broke out between members of the Ukrainian LGBT pride march and their fiercely nationalist opponents.
The march of around 300 LGBT supporters reportedly lasted for only half an hour and came under attack despite the presence of police in riot gear. The attackers hurled flares, smoke bombs and teargas at the crowd walking along bank of the Dnipro River. Ten radicals, three law enforcement officers and four marchers have been injured, RIA Novosti reported. The Equality March is the fourth that the LGBT community intended to have in the Ukrainian capital, but only the second they actually managed to hold, the first taking place in 2013, when police ensured the safety of the participants.
Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko earlier advised that the event be canceled due to a threat of violence from the Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) nationalist group which had threatened to disrupt the protest. But the organisers nonetheless decided to proceed with the "March of Equality."
"This march shows that we exist. We are fighting for equal rights that, unlike others in Ukraine, we currently lack," a 31-year-old woman told AFP. "I am very frightened," she said, adding: "But I am also very proud of myself - proud that I came out and so many people supported us."
Read more, and view video at: http://rt.com/news/265441-equality-march-gay-parade/
Posted by another_liberal | Sat Jun 6, 2015, 05:38 PM (0 replies)
Spring had reached the smoldering ruins of Nuremberg, Germany only shortly before his artillery battery did. I imagine it seemed the best Spring of his life, for he was young, the war was almost over, and he had survived. In fact, the last few days in Nuremberg he had been more of a tourist than a soldier in a conquering army. Though the city had largely been bombed into ruins several times over, there was still much to see. Especially stunning was the vast and nearly intact sports arena where the Nazi's had once held their infamous rallies. It was an epic moment to be an American soldier in occupied Germany.
That morning, however, he had an irresistible urge to find some real food. "Real" as in not the creamed-chipped beef on toast and powered egg substitute variety that was monotonously offered in the company mess. He wanted some fried eggs. Two of his friends borrowed a jeep and set off with him to find some black market eggs, "Real" eggs.
The streets of the city were full of people selling all kinds of things. Gold jewelry and family heirlooms were to be had for a few cigarettes, but almost nothing in the way of food was on offer. At last they were told by a helpful German civilian who knew some English that just a few miles outside the city was a farm whose owner could usually be convinced to sell a few eggs for a reasonable price. The man was kind enough to even sketch them a map with directions. Quickly they were on their way.
I have often wondered what they must have talked about on that drive into the Springtime German countryside. I guess they talked about what young American fighting men usually talk about, both then and today: The cars they had waiting back home, the girls they had waiting back home and the truly great plans they had for their futures. I like to think they were happy, laughing at each others' jokes and thinking how wonderful things would be as soon as they got back home.
They reached the farmstead just as directed and began to jump out of the jeep. He was just a couple of seconds slower getting out than were his two friends, those seconds were what saved his life. He was in the back as the three crossed a small foot bridge and a German machine gun began firing from the house. Hit by the first bursts, his two friends fell back against him, and the three tumbled into a shallow roadside ditch. His friends said nothing and did not move. They lay motionless on top of him, their blood slowly soaking his uniform.
How intently he must have listened to hear voices or footsteps coming toward them. But there was nothing to be heard except the normal sounds of a small country farm. No one came to check the bodies of the dead soldiers who lay on top of him. No one came to find him, and to finish him off. He lay there for hours. How long those hours must have been I can not begin to imagine.
Finally it became dark. Carefully, fearfully he chanced a movement and crawled out from under the weight of the dead men. In a near panic he hurriedly made his way back to his outfit and, covered in blood but physically unharmed, reported what had happened.
He had no way to know it, but that was the day Red Army soldiers were at last completing their costly conquest of Berlin, Hitler's Capital. It was also the day the German dictator shot and killed himself in his bunker there. One week later Nazi Germany officially surrendered, and World War II in Europe ended.
Posted by another_liberal | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 01:59 PM (0 replies)
Looks like another win for fatcats of the military/industrial complex and the many war-mongers who love them so. Our increasing military activity in the Baltics and Eastern Europe has alarmed the Russian Federation sufficiently, and they are going to respond in kind with more military deployments and readiness exercises on their side of the border. If this madness of reciprocal escalation continues, soon all that will be needed is a single spark to set-off the conflagration. I guess that may be what our arms merchants and their pet generals think they want? Lets just hope they never find out how mistaken they truly are!
Posted by another_liberal | Tue Mar 10, 2015, 06:54 AM (62 replies)
"We live in a world in which only interests and rights of the West are deemed legitimate, everyone else who fails to abide to the rules set by the West is portrayed as an evil dictator." I could not agree more, and I applaud the editors of Counterpunch for their courage in stating the facts so clearly.
Posted by another_liberal | Mon Mar 9, 2015, 08:15 AM (21 replies)
I have enjoyed the break from worrying so much about whether our nation would launch World War III over control of eastern Ukraine. For the last two weeks civil war on Russia's western border has appeared less and less likely to propel us into a nuclear conflict with our old cold war adversary. It is more likely to slowly become another pitiful monument to Western arrogance, ignorance and greed. While sad, that is the vastly preferable outcome.
And on top of everything else . . . Spring is nearly begun!
Posted by another_liberal | Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:27 AM (0 replies)