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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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U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2014

“This is a world where we need to work with the Russians,” a senior State Department official said Tuesday. “This is not about the United States versus Russia.”

Senior State Department officials said there was no “point in making hollow threats” toward Moscow. In the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American public has no interest in getting into a direct — or indirect — military confrontation with Russia in the Ukraine, Syria or virtually any other nation.

Notwithstanding the presence in the State Department of the likes of Clintonites like Samantha Power, Susan Rice and Victoria Nuland, these briefings do not indicate New Cold War perspectives

Japan Times

28th February, 2014

Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as Ukraine’s leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000-troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine’s border. The fall of Yanukovych — and Putin’s potential response to it — has reignited a debate in Washington on how to respond to the assertive Russian leader.

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US, NATO, EU lecture Russia with ‘provocative statements’ on Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2014

RT

28th February, 2014

Moscow has urged NATO to refrain from provocative statements on Ukraine and respect its non-bloc status after a chorus of Western politicians said Russia should be “transparent” about its military drills and avoid any steps that could be “misunderstood.”

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Ukraine elects ‘kamikaze’ cabinet

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014

In a display of people power, the so-called ‘Euromaidan’ council made the announcement, while also naming candidates for several other key ministries, after its members addressed crowds on Independence Square.

For “people power” read armed NATO-nazi gangs

“This is a government which is doomed to be able to work only for 3-4 months … because they will have to take unpopular decisions,” Turchinov said.

3-4 months is optimistic.

Andriy Paruby, head of the “self-defence” force protecting the Kyiv protest zone from police action during the three months of conflict, was named secretary of the powerful National Security and Defence Council.

 

Russia puts troops on alert as Ukraine elects ‘kamikaze’ cabinet

EuroActiv

27th February, 2014

The leaders of Ukraine’s protests yesterday (26 February) named ministers they wanted to form a new government following the overthrowing of President Viktor Yanukovich, as Russia put troops on high alert in a show of strength.

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British “anti-fascists” fail to spot fascist coup

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014

The Socilaist Worker’s Party which has claimed the vanguard role in the fight against fascism since the 1970s has failed to spot the fascist coup d’etat in Ukraine limiting itself to the casual observation that “some of the fascist street fighters have been offered jobs alongside the police”.

In fact , the riot police have been disbanded and according to EuroActiv “Andriy Paruby, head of the “self-defence” force protecting the Kyiv protest zone from police action during the three months of conflict, was named secretary of the powerful National Security and Defence Council”.

The “fascist street fighters” are being integrated into the regime. That sounds like a fascist regime to me.

“As fighting intensified the reliance on far right militias grew. But so did the depth of opposition to the president.” Oh well, in that case… I mean, if the it’s about breaking “Ukraine’s Stalinist ruling class”!

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Poland as the ‘Slavic Turkey’ of NATO destabilization

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014

Andrei Korybko

Voltairenet

22nd February, 2014

Poland, the eager American servant that it has been, has now officially taken on the role of the ‘Slavic Turkey’ in relation to Ukraine. Just as Turkey has been a geopolitically convenient conduit for arms, personnel, and material support for the Syrian terrorists, so too has Poland begun to officially fulfill this role for their Ukrainian counterparts.

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China’s People’s Daily slams West’s ‘cold war mentality’ over Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014

SCMP

27th February, 2014

China’s top newspaper criticised the West on Thursday for remaining locked in a “cold war mentality” against Russia in the contest for influence over Ukraine, calling for the shackles of such outmoded thinking to be cast off to deal with the crisis.

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EU calls for Ukraine elections, shies away from sanctions

Posted by seumasach on February 11, 2014

Rather than rabble-rousing in Ukraine and throwing in their lot with the CIA and US lobby representatives the EU should concentrate on overcoming its own, notorious, democratic deficit.

Voice of America

10th February, 2014

The European Union has called for the formation of a new government in Ukraine, to be followed by free and fair presidential elections. But it stopped short Monday of calling for sanctions. Anti-government protests erupted in November after President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of signing a trade deal with the European Union.

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Up in arms: Congress considers war powers in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 11, 2014

Examiner

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H. Res. 447, a resolution supporting Ukraine‘s protesters in a move to swing the Eastern nation toward the West.

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Armistice agreement withdrawal: North Korean belligerence?

Posted by seumasach on March 30, 2013

Stephen Gowans

What’s Left

18th March, 2013

Why has North Korea withdrawn from an armistice agreement that has kept overt hostilities on the Korean peninsula at bay since 1953? Does the withdrawal portend an imminent North Korean aggression? Hardly. North Korea is in no position to launch an attack on its Korean neighbour, or on the United States, at least not one that it would survive. North Korean forces are dwarfed by the US and South Korean militaries in size, sophistication and fire-power. The withdrawal serves, instead, as a signal of North Korean resolve to defend itself against growing US and South Korean harassment, both military and economic.

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APNewsBreak: Report casts doubt on US missile shield in Europe protecting America

Posted by seumasach on February 16, 2013

A new missile defense system aimed at Russia could undermine the balance between the nuclear powers, leading Moscow to add to its arsenal and build up its own defenses. It would undermine prospects for further cuts in nuclear weapons, which are a priority for President Barack Obama, and could hurt U.S.-Russian cooperation on other issues of international importance.

Yes, Obama has the key to unlock the long-awaited peace dividend. In return for dismantling missile defence Obama can hope for much needed Russian and Chinese assistance in the rebuilding of America

Washington Post

9th February, 2013

WASHINGTON — Secret Defense Department studies cast doubt on whether a multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe can ever protect the U.S. from Iranian missiles as intended, congressional investigators say.

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