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“New Cold War” fizzles out

Posted by seumasach on March 22, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

22nd March, 2014

We are nearly a week into the “New Cold War” and we haven’t got as far as kicking the Russians out of the G8. At the same time a remarkably laid back Barak Obama has, uncharacteristically for a US president, taken the military option off the table- did Kennedy do that during the Cuban missile crisis at the height of the Cold War?  The West will therefore limit itself to a non-military response. But Western hegemony, the empire, rests entirely on military force as we have seen repeatedly in the last thirty years. To rely on moral authority or diplomatic finesse is to go naked. Legal authority looks equally questionable. The EU has declared the Crimean referendum invalid on the grounds that it runs contrary to the Ukrainian constitution- the same constitution that it trashed by supporting the 22nd February coup in Kiev.

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Gen. Dempsey pushes back against war fever

Posted by seumasach on March 10, 2014

Asked again about the Russian claims that the present government in Ukraine is illegal, Dempsey reiterated, “Of course they are. And they’re trying to roll back to the February 21 agreement, and we’re trying to suggest that, really, the clock started on February 24.

Ron Paul Institute

9th March, 2014

General Martin Dempsey, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a lengthy interview to Judy Woodruff on Friday night’s PBS News Hour and delivered a carefully balanced picture of how the U.S. military is managing the unfolding Ukraine crisis, both reassuring European NATO allies that treaty obligations will be honored, while maintaining constant communications with Russian counterparts, to assure there are no miscalculations leading to conflict. Gen. Dempsey, clearly aware of the boundaries between military advice and political decision-making, did not attempt to under-play the danger of conflict, particularly given the occupant of the White House.

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Grandmaster takes on novice

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

2nd March, 2014

What exactly the EU leadership thought they were doing in Ukraine is a puzzle for the historians to grapple with. Even though  Manlio  Dinucci has pointed to networks involving the likes of Barroso centered round a leading Ukrainian oligarch as likely suspects in the Western backed attempt to destabilize Ukraine, the question remains why would they activate such a programme at time when its likelihood of success was minimal. Were they not aware of a growing interdependence of US and Russian foreign policy evident in the resolution of the outstanding issues of the Middle East from Syria and Iran to the Palestinian question itself? Perhaps they were and wanted to roll history back fearing that a final end to the cold war would also see an end to their own political usefulness.

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Careful what you wish for in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

“Russia most likely will adopt the same stance towards pro-European Union politicians that the Egyptian military and its Saudi backers took toward Egypt’s the Muslim Brotherhood: let the opposition take the blame for economic and social chaos, and then move in when the country is on its knees.”

It will now become obvious that all the stuff about Ukraine joining EU was nothing but a rouse. It succeeded in drawing protesters onto streets with EU flags but even if they can sideline the militants and restore some kind of order they will not be able to bail out Ukraine given they can barely bailout Greece, Spain etc. Any stable government in Ukraine will turn to Russia for aid by default. I believe this intervention aimed at a civil war as the Western media never ceased to suggest. Yanukovitch’s ceding of power could then have been the masterstroke. The hapless Ashton now heads to Ukraine in a state of blind panic.

Spengler

Asia Times

24th February, 2014

Western governments are jubilant over the fall of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, a Russian ally. They may be underestimating Vladimir Putin: Russia has the option to hasten Ukraine’s slide into chaos and wait until the hapless European Union acquiesces to – if not begs for – Russian intervention.

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Shadow of a NATO-Nazi gunman

Posted by seumasach on February 23, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

23rd February, 2014

William Hague has decreed by twitter (for it is thus that the destiny of nations is settled) that he  and his opposite number Steinmeier have agreed to support “a new government” in Ukraine. Which new government would that be?: not the one Steinmeier signed an agreement with on Friday but, implicitly,  the armed insurrectionists who now hold power in Kiev. We’re used to Anglo-American contempt for international law but the Germans are meant to be sticklers for the rules. They haven’t done anything like this since allowing Vladimir Lenin to return to Moscow through Germany with, allegedly, a wad of cash on his person. Supporting a NATO-Nazi coup d’etat shows the Germans not to be the politically correct old fuddy-duddies they appear to be. And it won’t just be politically incorrect, it will be politically disastrous. Who set this trap for Europe’s soon to be defunct leadership? Putin and Obama are looking relaxed about it: is this the latest fruit of their “reset” in a week that Obama also effected a regime change lite in Saudi Arabia with the removal of Assad’s arch-enemy Prince Bandar Bush.

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Repenser l’Euroland pour une meilleure démocratisation de l’UE

Posted by seumasach on February 13, 2014

Marie-Helene Caillol

Euractif

31st January, 2014

Certains considèrent la zone euro comme le centre névralgique de l’UE, d’autres souhaitent qu’un Parlement propre lui soit dédié. Selon le Laboratoire Européen d’Anticipation Politique, la priorité serait d’inviter les citoyens à réfléchir au sujet.

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CIA director in Kiev searching for missing mercenaries

Posted by seumasach on April 16, 2014

Voltairenet

16th April, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that CIA director John Brennan was in Kiev last weekend. One of his advisors told the newspaperVzgliad that Brennan had not come to oversee the “anti-terrorist” operations conducted by the Ukrainian authorities, but to seek information and rescue twenty Greystone Ltd mercenaries of whom there has been no news.

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Uncouple Europe from the USA

Posted by seumasach on April 16, 2014

Europe is at a crucial turning point: it can either go on to emerge as sovereign, political union at the heart of  the post-imperial, multipolar world order or it will fragment politically and revert to a fiefdom of Anglo-Saxon financial feudalism. Given the terminal economic crisis in the US/UK,  and the weakness of the dollar/pound, the latter prospect seems unlikely, but, if the disfunctionality of the European leadership which the Ukrainian crisis has revealed is not remedied, the worst cannot be discounted.

Découpler l’Europe des Etats-Unis

Jean-Paul Baquiast

15th April, 2014

Admiroutes

Cette idée ne doit pas être confondue avec celle recommandant une rupture avec les Etats-Unis. Il s’agirait seulement de prendre beaucoup plus d’indépendance à leur égard. La politique qu’ils conduisent actuellement dans la crise ukrainienne, en entrainant l’Otan avec eux, ne peut que conduire à des difficultés insurmontables pour l’Europe. Beaucoup d’Européens sensés commencent à s’en rendre compte, mais les vieilles adhérences sont difficiles à dénouer.

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Insurgents in Kramatorsk in armored personnel carriers fly Russian flag

Posted by seumasach on April 16, 2014

Raniah Salloum, the foreign affairs editor of Spiegel Online, reports that he “just saw tanks that switched side[s] in #kramatorsk. Now anti Kiev.”Raniah Salloum, the foreign affairs editor of Spiegel Online, reports that he “just saw tanks that switched side[s] in #kramatorsk. Now anti Kiev.”

Kyiv Post

16th April, 2014

Journalists on the ground in the city of Kramatorsk in northern Donetsk Oblast are reporting that armored personnel carriers are driving around flying the Russian flag.

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Assad’s staying power on show

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

“All global and regional indicators underline how Assad is there to stay. Change will come only under his leadership or his guidance. The sooner the United States realizes this the better for all concerned parties.”

Nicola Nasser

Asia Times

11th April, 2014

Long gone are the days when the so-called “Friends of Syria” could plausibly claim that two thirds of Syria was controlled by rebel forces, that Damascus was under siege and that the days of President Bashar al-Assad were numbered. 

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No doubt that Russia behind unrest in Ukraine – Hague

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

Hot-head Hague here scuppers any hopes that the Brits have learnt anything from the debacle in Syria and continues to dig himself into a very deep hole.

Reuters

14th April, 2014

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Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

Orlando Sentinel

14th April, 2014

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern regions should be involved in drafting the constitution that should be put to a referendum, mooted by Kiev, on the type of state Ukraine should be.

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Ukraine accepts referendum on regional autonomy

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

Ukraine Acting President: Not Opposed to Referendum on Regional Autonomy

WSJ

14th April, 2014

A day after threatening a full-scale military operation to drive pro-Russian militants out of a string of eastern Ukrainian cities seized over the weekend, the country’s acting president offered an apparent olive branch Monday, saying he wasn’t opposed to a countrywide referendum on possibly granting regions greater autonomy.

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Moscow calls for UNSC meeting

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

“The western sponsors of the Maidan government, especially those who witnessed the Agreement [of 21 February] and are backed by the US, have to curb their out of control wards, they have to make them break away from the neo-Nazis and other extremists…”

Moscow slams Kiev’s military op order as ‘criminal’, calls for UNSC meeting

RT

13th April, 2014

Russia has called on the UNSC and OSCE to urgently consider the crisis in Ukraine, saying that the announcement made by the Kiev authorities on Sunday to mobilize military forces to put down protests in the south-east of the country is a ‘criminal order.’

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Press Kit on Human Rights in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

Voltairenet

Source: Oriental Review

12th April, 2014

The situation of human rights in Ukraine has deteriorated markedly since the pro-NATO coup. While the Western media turn a blind eye to this every day reality,Oriental Review highlights thirty particularly significant incidents, revealing that the street is in the hands of Nazi thugs who beat up and kill people with complete impunity.

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Kerry says Israel to blame for talks crisis

Posted by seumasach on April 10, 2014

Irish Times

10th April, 2014

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered government ministries to cut off high-level contacts with the Palestinians on non-security related issues, as the crisis in Middle East peace talks worsens.

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The Sympathy Problem

Posted by seumasach on April 9, 2014

The Atlanticist Spiegel magazine laments widespread German support for Russia over the Ukraine crisis and puzzles over why they wouldn’t wish to support a neo-nazi coup in Kiev.

Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?

Spiegel

31st March, 2014

Should the West chart a course of confrontation with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea? Many prominent Germans aren’t so sure. Sympathy for Russia is alive and well in the country.

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