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Ukraine News - Mar 15

 

Central and Eastern Europe Face Economic Threat From Ukraine Crisis - WSJ.com


Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic Urge US Gas Exports Amid Ukraine Crisis - The Slovak Spectator


Eastern Europe: From leaders to ordinary people there is fear that Russia may seek more opportunities for incursions in its former imperial backyard - AP


Baltic States View Ukraine Crisis With Trepidation - WSJ.com


Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are keeping a close eye on events in Ukraine - naturalgaseurope.com


A Baltic perspective on the Ukraine crisis - BUSINESS NEW EUROPE


Poland and Baltics feel heat from Crimea - BBC News

 

President of Poland: "Poland will not accept Crimea split from Ukraine” - president.pl

 

President Basescu: "Romania is unreservedly supporting Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty and recognising the new Ukrainian authorities as the legitimate representatives of the country” - actmedia.eu

 

Romania faces gas import uncertainty if Russia shuts off exports through Ukraine - Romania-Insider.com

 

Bulgarian Foreign Min. Urges Withdrawal of Russian Troops from Crimea - Novinite.com

 

London School of Economics: Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania would be hardest hit by a suspension of Russian gas exports through Ukraine - Стандарт Нюз

 

Slovakia Officially Rejects Crimea Referendum - The Daily Slovakia

 

Slovakia boosts German gas imports as Ukraine cut looms - Reuters

 

Czech PM says the Ukrainian government is legitimate, adding that the referendum is at variance with Ukrainian legislation - PRAGUE POST

 

Moldova alarmed over 'contagious' separatism in Ukraine's Crimea - Reuters

 

EU, U.S. urged to support Ukraine, Moldova in case of Russia s energy blackmail - Ukrinform

 

The Lithuania Seimas strongly condemns Russia's military aggression in Ukraine - The Lithuania Tribune

 

PM: Patriot missiles could be deployed in Lithuania, if needed - The Lithuania Tribune

 

Russia Suspends Some Trade via Lithuanian Port, PM Says - VOA

 

Estonia supports Ukraine's integrity, denies recognition of Crimean referendum - nrcu.gov.ua

 

In wake of Ukraine crisis, Estonia woos ethnic Russians: Expert - The Times of India

 

President Lukashenko: Belarus has not halted cooperation with Ukraine - BELTA

 

Kremlin jets in joint exercise with Belarus - The Australian

 

Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia sign joint military pact to operate under NATO and EU auspices in response to the Ukraine crisis - Channel NewsAsia

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Zoltan Grossman on Nazis in New Ukrainian Government

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talknationradio-20140319

We discuss this article: "Ukraine: the Enemy of Your Enemy is Not Always Your Friend," with its author Zoltan Grossman. Dr. Zoltán Grossman is a political-cultural geographer who teaches at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, focusing on topics of interethnic conflict and cooperation. He has taught courses on Central and Eastern Europe, and is a son of Hungarian immigrants. His faculty website is http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz and email is grossmaz@evergreen.edu

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Turkey News - Mar 14

 

Turkey's Erdogan condemns protesters as deaths fuel tensions - Reuters


VIDEO: Erdogan says protests 'nothing to do with democracy' - YouTube


Ex-EU Minister Bağış raises eyebrows with ‘necrophiles’ tweet during Berkin Elvan’s funeral - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish PM’s top adviser’s Twitter account gets hacked with messages of solidarity with the Berkin Elvan protests - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey’s opposition leader visits Elvan family - Anadolu Agency


İstanbul court removes obstacle to Gezi Park construction project - Today's Zaman

 

Approximately 40 arrested after protests in Ankara following the funeral of the teenager Berkin Elvan - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

VIDEO: Protests Turn Violent After Gezi Victim Berkin Elvan's Funeral Part 1 - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Protests Turn Violent After Gezi Victim Berkin Elvan's Funeral Part 2 - YouTube

 

Funeral of young man Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters cause tension in sensitive area - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

VIDEO: Massive funeral of Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters Part 1 - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Massive Funeral of Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters Part 2 - YouTube

 

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Interior minister Efkan Ala ordered purge of police officers, new wiretap reveals - Today's Zaman


More on the recordings of Interior Minister Efkan Ala - Today's Zaman


PM's undersecretary orders governor to call in raid on journalist's house - CİHAN


New audio leaks further prove AK Party government's control of media - CİHAN


Turkey's AK Party using state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation as propaganda mouthpiece - Today's Zaman


Cost of a 15-minute meeting with PM Erdoğan is TL 500,000 - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish PM refutes claims of accounts in Swiss banks - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Opposition: Dec. 17 graft probe exposes exchange of state secrets for bribes - Today's Zaman

 

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European Parliament slams Turkey over rights, graft probe in report - CİHAN


FULL REPORT: European Parliament Progress Report on Turkey - European Parliament


Ankara disappointed over European Parliament resolution - hurriyetdailynews.com


EUobserver: EU Turkish diplomats embarrassed over Erdoğan - CİHAN

 

VIDEO: Erdogan on Gülenists: They are Worse than Shiites - YouTube

 

Turkey presses on with Gulen school closure - Al Jazeera English

 

Fidan gives anti-Hizmet file to US gov't, then visits Gülen, Karaca says - CİHAN

 

Ex-AKP lawmaker and minister says he will vote for main opposition in elections - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

FULL REPORT: Turkey Goes to the Ballot Box: 2014 Municipal Elections and Beyond - Brookings Institution

 

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Out of Occupy, a New Populist Political Party Forms

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Carl Gibson, co-founder of U.S. Uncut, is joining with other Occupy Wall Street organizers to launch a new populist political party. While more details (including the name of the party and the identities of other key organizers) will be available when the group launches on March 20, the party will be explicitly anti-capitalist.

World Has No Idea How U.S. Decides on Wars

People from Yemen and Pakistan and elsewhere have told me, and have testified in the U.S. Congress, that they have a hard time convincing their neighbors that everyone in the United States doesn't hate them.  There are buzzing killer robots flying over their houses night and day and every now and then blowing a bunch of people up with a missile with very little rhyme or reason that anyone nearby can decipher.  They don't know where to go or not go, what to do or not do, to be safe or keep their children safe.  Their children have instinctively taken to crouching and covering their heads just like U.S. children in the 1950s were taught to do as supposed protection from Soviet nuclear weapons.

The good news is that, of course, we don't all hate Yemenis or Pakistanis or Somalis or Afghans or Libyans or any of the other people who might suspect us of it.  The bad news -- and the news that I'm afraid would be almost incomprehensible to many millions of people around the world -- is that most of us have only the vaguest idea where any of those countries are, some of us don't know that they ARE countries at all, and we pay far greater attention to our sports and our pets than to whom exactly our government is killing this Tuesday.

This obliviousness comes into sharpest relief perhaps when we elect the officials who are legally called on to decide on our wars.  The extent to which Congress has handed war making over to presidents is also brought out by observing Congressional elections.  It is not at all uncommon for U.S. Congressional candidates' platforms to entirely ignore all questions of war and peace, and to win support from either Democrats or Republicans despite this omission -- despite, in particular, taking no position on the area funded by 57% of the dollars they will vote on if elected, namely wars and war preparations.

Here in Virginia's Fifth Congressional District, a man named Lawrence Gaughan recently announced as a Democratic candidate for Congress.  I'd never heard of him, so I took a look at the "Issues" section of his website.  Not only WAS there such a section (some candidates campaign purely on their biography without taking positions on anything), but Gaughan's site had clear forthright statements on a number of important issues.  He backed labor unions despite their virtual nonexistence in his district.  He admitted the existence of climate change.  He backed Eisenhower era tax rates (!!).  And his statements made commitments: "I will not vote for any tax cuts for those making over 250,000 dollars a year." "I support the Dream Act." "I would vote for any legislation that would bring back jobs in construction, manufacturing and production." Either this guy had real principles or he was just too new for anyone to have explained to him how to make his promises vague enough not to commit himself to any specific actions.

All too typically, however, when I scrolled through the "Issues," I noticed a gap.  I sent this note off to the candidate's staff:

"Your candidate has some of the best and clearest positions on domestic issues that I've seen, and dramatically superior to Congressman Hurt's, but judging by his website as it stands today he seems to have no position on foreign policy whatsoever, or even on that 57% of discretionary spending that, according to the National Priorities Project, goes to militarism.  For people who support domestic social justice AND peace in the world in this district, we are put in a bind by our history. Congressman Perriello voted for every war dollar he could, and has made a career of pushing for new wars since leaving office.  Congressman Hurt is a disaster on other issues but listened to us and took a stand against missile strikes on Syria. He even listened to us on lawless imprisonment and voted against a "Defense" Authorization Act on one occasion. Helpful as it is to know what Lawrence Gaughan thinks of 43% of the budget, some of us are really going to have to know what he thinks of the larger part.  Would he cut military spending? Would he oppose new wars? Does he oppose drone strikes? Would he repeal the authorization to use military force of '01 and that of '03? Would he support economic conversion to peaceful industries on the model now set up in Connecticut? Would he advance a foreign policy of diplomacy, cooperation, actual aid, and nonviolent conflict resolution? Are there any foreign bases he would close?  Does he think having U.S. troops in 175 nations is too many, too few, or just right? Does he support joining the ICC? Thanks for your time!"

A couple of days later, Gaughan called me on the phone.  We talked for a while about foreign policies, wars, peace, militarism, the economic advantages of converting to peaceful industries, the danger of handing war powers over to presidents.  He said he opposed wars. He said he wanted to take on the influence of the military industrial complex.  He didn't seem particularly well informed, but he seemed to be coming from a fairly good place or to at least be willing to get there. 

He proposed allowing military veterans to never pay any taxes.  That's not exactly the sort of resistance to militarism that President Kennedy had in mind when he wrote that wars would continue until the conscientious objector has the honor and prestige of the soldier.  Gaughan offered no tax cuts for conscientious objectors.  Still, he said he'd get some good statements on foreign policy added to his website right away. He also said he'd be willing to debate the other candidates, including the incumbent, on foreign relations, should peace groups create such a forum and invite him.

Lo and behold, the next day, this appeared on Gaughan's website:

"Military

"We have strayed from our constitution when it comes to the defense of our nation and declaration of war. I was opposed to the war in Iraq for many reasons.  The enormous price paid by our brave men and women as well as the huge financial debt that we incurred was not necessary.  Republicans in Congress continue to defer those costs on our military personnel and our veterans through the sequester and other austerity measures.

"Not withstanding the government shutdown, the Republican budget proposals that my opponent, Robert Hurt, has voted for over the past three years, have forced the Pentagon into reductions that have taken a tremendous toll on enlisted personnel right here in our district. These political policies are also causing reductions to TriCare, active duty health benefits, and to retired military pensions. As the greatest nation on earth, it is unacceptable that we have homeless veterans or military families who struggle to pay the bills.

"We owe so much to the men and women who serve. Instead of laying off soldiers and cutting funding for the VA, we could begin by eliminating the ongoing fraud by military contractors. Fraud committed by dozens of irresponsible military industry corporations have cost taxpayers more than $1.1 trillion. Eliminating this fraud would offset most of the estimated $1.2 trillion in policy savings required over the next decade in order to realize the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated $1.4 trillion in deficit reduction without 'gutting our military'. Furthermore, as a component of tax reform, there should be a tax exemption status for veterans written into the tax code."


His topic, all too typically -- people around the world should understand -- is not how to relate to the 95% of humanity that is not in the United States, but how to treat "The Military." 

His first sentence echoes our discussion of the past three-quarters century of undeclared wars, but doesn't spell it out.  Will he oppose wars that lack a Congressional declaration or not? 

He picks one past war to oppose without stating his position on future wars.  He describes the costs of a war that killed some million Iraqis and destroyed a nation as all being paid by the U.S. and its soldiers. 

He blames the sequester agreement on only one of the two parties that agreed to it, and buys into the myth that it has resulted in cuts to the military.  (True, Democrats in the Senate recently put up a token effort to fund veterans' needs and were blocked by Republicans.)  Gaughan claims that we owe "so much" to members of the military who "serve."  What exactly do we owe them? Can he name something that we owe them? He doesn't want soldiers to be "laid off," as if employing them is a make-work jobs program. 

In my view we owe veterans housing, healthcare, education, a clean environment, and a healthy society because they are human beings -- and we owe it equally to every other human being.  But we shouldn't pretend that the military's so-called "service" isn't making us hated around the world.  We shouldn't try to produce more veterans as if there were something noble about murdering people.

Gaughan almost closes on an up note.  He acknowledges fraud by military contractors.  He even calls them "military," rather than using the misleading term "defense."  But then he makes clear that he doesn't want to cut the military. He wants to create efficiency to avoid cuts while saving money. 

Would he repeal authorizations to use military force? Who knows. Would he back future wars? Who can tell? Does he believe U.S. troops should be in 175 nations? Perhaps.  But if they were in 182 would he then think 182 was the right number?  Does he favor allowing presidents to murder people with missiles from drones or by any other means?  Does he think antagonizing Russia and China and Iran should remain the focus of U.S. foreign policy?  Does he want the occupation of Afghanistan ended? Who knows. 

He brought up a Department of Peace on our phone call, but it didn't make the website yet.  One can hope that Gaughan's website is a work in progress.  There's certainly a chance he'll become a far better candidate and Congress member than this district has had in a long time. 

But this, dear world, is more or less how the world's largest-ever killing machine operates.  It turns its eyes away from the machine's work and, if pushed, debates the care of the machine itself -- maintaining more or less complete obliviousness to the horrors the machine produces in those far away places where you live and die.

Ego trumps principle: Sen. Feinstein Finally Goes after the CIA, but not for Lying to and Spying on Us

By Dave Lindorff


Of all the people to come to the rescue of the Constitution, who would have thought it would be Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).

Feinstein, after all, as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee since 2009, has yet to see an NSA violation of the Constitution, an invasive spying program or a creative “re-interpretation” of the law that she hasn’t applauded as being lawful and “needed” to “keep people safe.”

Ukraine News - Mar 13

 

Obama, Ukraine premier outline potential opening over Crimea - chicagotribune.com


Remarks by President Obama and Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk after Bilateral Meeting - Official Wire


VIDEO: President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine - The White House


Ukraine’s President Op-Ed - NYTimes.com


Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine, calls on Russia to immediately halt actions supporting a referendum on the territory of Crimea - The White House


US Congress Pushes for Expelling Russia From G8 and Imposing Sanctions - RIA Novosti

 

Ukraine bill with sanctions, IMF reforms clears hurdle in U.S. Senate - Reuters

 

Exclusive: EU approves framework for asset freezes, travel bans on Russia - Reuters

 

EU to sign part of association deal with Ukraine next week: Polish PM - Reuters

 

Ukraine’s leaders appeal for financial help as government begins to run out of money - The Washington Post

 

Russian Stocks Drop as Ukraine Fears Continue - RIA Novosti

 

Putin's Ukraine actions may knock Russia's central bank off course - Reuters

 

Putin’s Oligarchs Are Key to War and Peace in Ukraine - The Fiscal Times

 

Crimea to take over Ukraine state firms, gas fields on its territory - NDTV.com

 

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US flexes military might with Ukrainian war games together with Poland - The Scotsman


VIDEO: US uses planned war games with Poland to signal support after Russia’s intervention in Crimea - Yahoo Yahoo UK


U.S. Black Sea naval drills start near Crimea with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces - chicagotribune.com


NATO sends 2 surveillance planes to Ukraine border - Fox News


Ukraine, Poland To Hold Joint Air Force Drills - defensenews.com


VIDEO: Crimea: Germany assures the Baltic states that they have the full backing of the EU and NATO - DW.DE

 

Romanian Parliament's foreign policy committees adopt Statement for support of Ukraine's European path - actmedia.eu

 

Moldova, Another Former Soviet Republic, Worried Over Russia's Move On Crimea - ibtimes.com

 

Belarus says Russia to send warplanes in response to NATO drills - Yahoo News

 

Ukraine Refocuses Debate on US Missile Defense - Military.com

 

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Ukraine president: Kiev will not use army to stop Crimea secession - theguardian.com


Dwarfed by Russian might, Ukraine plans new defense force - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Ukraine leaders create national guard - brisbanetimes.com.au


Ukraine Accuses Russia of Military Buildup - ABC News

 

Moscow allows Ukraine to carry out emergency observation flight over Russia, "the Russian Armed Forces are conducting no military activities threatening Ukraine's security at its border” - nterfax.com.ua

 

Crimea Pro-Russian Militia Swells as Vote Risks Call to Arms - Bloomberg

 

'The Goblin': Crimean leader who pledges loyalty to Putin - Yahoo News

 

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Obama on Between Two Ferns: Did He Get Across To The Young ‘Invincibles’?

 Originally posted on PopularResistance.org http://youtu.be/T71dBQ-FyAA) It is hard not to give Barack Obama points for his recent appearance on Between two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. In genuinely disarming post-hipster fashion, the President was transparent about his reasons for appearing on the program. "I would not be here if I did not have something to plug, Zack,” the president informed his expertly inept host. And plug away he did, in a direct appeal to reach younger citizens to sign up at healthcare.gov. Young people do not want to pay for health insurance.

“US War Crimes: The Continuing Deterioration of Women’s Rights in Iraq”:

From January 29, 2014, Haifa Zangana’s presentation to the European Parliament in Brussels, “US War Crimes: The Continuing Deterioration of Women’s Rights in Iraq”: “The regression in women’s situation is devastating.
 
I will focus on violence in the public sphere and how it became so prominent that women have been forced to give up hard earned rights, such as employment, freedom of movement, abolition of polygamy, and

The Ukraine - Not in Our Name

People concerned with unjust war being waged in our name are, and should be, very concerned about the tense situation in Ukraine. Particularly when the Commander in Chief goes on about the "aspirations" of the people of Ukraine, and its territorial integrity, we have to take serious notice.  

If they drop these charges, why not all of them?: Crowd-Sourcing, Crowd Support and Barrett Brown's Partial Victory

By Alfredo Lopez

 

Federal prosecutors last week dropped several of the most significant charges facing Internet activist and journalist Barrett Brown -- charges that could have drawn a jail sentence of 105 years.

The Lawlessness of the Enforce the Law Act

Not being mush of a masochist, I don't usually read emails from the Democratic Whip in Congress, but I opened one Tuesday night and was mildly excited to read that the U.S. House of Representatives would spend Wednesday debating the "ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014." Wow, I thought, which law will they pick? Will it be the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act? Would I, moments from now, be phoning a bunch of people to tell them jobs are on the way? Or ... wait a minute! Oh my god, would large corporations be paying taxes now? Or will it be the Kellogg-Briand Pact or maybe the U.N. Charter -- Are we about to announce to the world that the wars are over?  Perhaps, I thought, it's going to be the anti-torture statute -- hot damn! I wonder when the tickets for the CIA trials go on sale and how much a front row seat will cost. Or are bankers going to be subject to laws?

Turkey News - Mar 12

 

Clashes erupt in Turkey after protest teen Berkin Elvan dies - AFP


VIDEO: Police fire tear gas in front of the Istanbul hospital where Berkin Elvan had been in a coma - Hürriyet Daily News


VIDEO: Turkish Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Ankara - Businessweek


VIDEO: Berkin Elvan’ funeral attended by a crowd - TIKLA İZLE

 

VIDEO: Berkin Elvan’ family together with protesters at the son’ funeral - YouTube

 

Islamic scholar Gülen offers condolences to Berkin's family - Today's Zaman

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Turkish police beat Gezi protesters who hid in a parking garage in the Summer 2013 - YouTube

 

POLL: Survey show pessimism regarding Turkey's future - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

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Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen urges Turkey to write an entirely new constitution as a way to save its democracy - Today's Zaman


Fethullah Gülen op-ed: Turkey needs a new constitution to save its democracy - FT.com


White House denies remarks about Gülen attributed to Obama - Today's Zaman


US warns Ankara not to poison Turkish-American relations - Today's Zaman


US uneasy at being used as pawn in Turkey's internal politics, says CHP - Today's Zaman

 

ARCHIVE: Erdoğan implies US ambassador could be expelled - Today's Zaman

 

Senior US diplomat holds talks over counterterrorism in Turkey - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkey distancing from missile deal with China - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Released ex-army chief Başbuğ attends demonstration, says other releases will follow - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdoğan gov’t rushed legislation, let murderers and plotters go free - Today's Zaman

 

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Leaked tape reveals pro gov't media's headline dictated by Erdoğans - Today's Zaman


New audio leaks further prove AK Party government's control of media - Today's Zaman


Former minister gives advice to mobilize media against CHP - Today's Zaman


RTÜK uses YSK to oppress anti-government media - Today's Zaman


Vimeo blocked in Turkey after amendment to Internet law - Today's Zaman


Energy tenders allegedly scrapped for Erdoğan's Bosphorus 360 - Today's Zaman

 

Recordings reveal negotiations over ship purchase for PM's son - Today's Zaman

 

Audio recordings reveal PM Erdoğan's desire to control everything - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish minister admits accepting bribes, according to leaked recordings - Today's Zaman

 

Mostly seen form of corruption is tender rigging, police report finds - Today's Zaman

 

CHP lawmakers bring allegations of gov't meddling in Court of Accounts - CİHAN

 

Who is Haramzadeler (which means Sons of Thieves in Turkish)? Its owner or owners have achieved notoriety by posting links on Twitter to a large cache of secret documents and hours of wiretaps - Businessweek

 

Half million wiretapped in Turkey in last two years: Communications body - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Minister: Turkish wiretappers needed external support, some certain centers of power with international connection are doing illegal listening to monitor Turkey by using subcontractors in the country -  Anadolu Agency

 

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The New Crimean War: Balls, Brains and History

By John Grant


Making political sense out of the events in Ukraine and Crimea has become great sport. Does it mean a new Cold War? Is Vladimir Putin a better, more “potent” man than Barack Obama? Who has bigger balls?

Ukraine News - Mar 11

 

US will not recognise Crimea referendum, says ambassador - theguardian.com


VIDEO: US Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt Press Conference: Crimea is and should remain a part of Ukraine - YouTube


U.S. Wants Evidence Russia Ready To Ease Ukraine Crisis - rferl.org


Russia risks consequences over Crimea referendum, Cameron and Merkel say - theguardian.com


EU diplomats preparing next level of sanctions on Russia - Reuters


Lavrov: Russia will unveil new Ukraine settlement plan - The Voice of Russia


Hoping to isolate Russia, US woos China on Ukraine - Connecticut Post

 

Obama calls Spain, Kazakh leaders on Ukraine - Yahoo News

 

With eye on Crimea, U.S. starts military drills on Russia's doorstep - Yahoo News

 

NATO: AWACS aircraft to fly over Poland and Romania to “monitor the crisis in Ukraine”-  Air Force Times

 

Russia Reacts to US Warship's Arrival in Black Sea - Military.com

 

POLL: 59% approve of sanctions against Russia, "And there's a big 'no' to the U.S. launching either air strikes against Russian troops in the Ukraine or to sending U.S. ground troops" - CNN.com Blogs

 

VIDEO: How New U.S. Sanctions Will Hit Putin for Crimea - Bloomberg

 

Business Titans in Russia Fear New Front in Ukraine Crisis - NYTimes.com

 

Ukraine Sees Gazprom Charging 37% More for Gas in Q2 - Bloomberg

 

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VIDEO: Crimea crisis: Ukrainian PM pledges not to let go of a ‘single centimetre’ of land - euronews


Ukraine starts army drills as Russian military guards border with Crimea - smh.com.au


VIDEO: Russia Establishes Crimea Supply Route, New Border - Businessweek


Crimea 'soldiers' swear oath before pro-Moscow PM - GlobalPost


VIDEO: Crimea 'soldiers' swear oath before pro-Moscow PM - YouTube


Crimea PM: Preparations for joining Russia already underway  - The Voice of Russia

 

Crimean authorities to nationalise Ukrainian fleet, mineral producing facilities - The Voice of Russia

 

Crimean Tatar Leader Appeals To Obama - haberler.coma

 

Crimean Tatars fear return of Russian rule - Yahoo News

 

VIDEO: Crimean Tatars wary of Russia referendum - YouTube

 

Rival rallies in Crimea chant for Russia and Ukraine - theguardian.com

 

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Rival rallies of protesters in Crimea - YouTube

 

Journalists, Activists Reported Missing In Crimea - rferl.org

 

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Zimmerman, At Gun Show, Wonders Why World Is Mad With Him

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

George Zimmerman, singing autographs at a gun show in Orlando, Florida over the weekend, wondered why people are angry with him.

Here is one possible answer:

Here is the thing, George, people know that it is not an aberration for a wanna be cop like you to patrol a neighborhood with a loaded gun and, upon seeing an African American kid whom you did not recognize, assume that kid was a threat, and then tail that kid with your itchy finger on the trigger of your loaded gun and initiate and then escalate a situation that resulted in that unarmed kid murdered and killed by you, Georgie.

ColdType Issue 83 now online

ColdType issue 83 is now available at www.coldtype.net - 84 pages, plus a 14-page photo essay from South Africa by Duncan Mangham

Testimony: Record 36% of North Dakota Fracked Gas Was Flared in December

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The recent March 6 House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing titled "Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century: Fuel Supply and Infrastructure" never had over 100 online viewers watching the livestream at any point in time. And it unfolded in an essentially empty room. 

Join Sam's Ride for Peace

APRIL 27, Raleigh, NC – World War II Marine combat veteran Samuel Winstead is accepting applications for co-riders to join his Ride for Peace  leaving Sunday April 27th from Raleigh, NC bound for Washington, DC.  Riders are invited to join for all, or any part of the ride.

Mr. Winstead blazed this trail over secondary roads in North Carolina and Virginia in the Spring of 2012.  In his inaugural Ride for Peace, Sam pedaled 350 miles in 7 days, from Raleigh to DC.  He repeated this feat in in 2013.

Winstead, who is 88, will lead riders from the NC Capital in Raleigh at 8:00am Sunday, April 27, and make overnight stops in Henderson, NC (April 27), Blackstone, VA (April 28) Gum Spring, VA (April 29), Culpeper, VA (April 30), Middleburg, VA (May 1), Leesburg, VA (May 2) and  will arrive at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC for a Rally for Peace at 2:00pm Saturday, May 3rd.

During the ride, Sam will distribute copies of Charlottesville author David Swanson’s book “War No More: The Case for Abolition.” Swanson’s book has helped launch the worldbeyondwar.org campaign.

After last year’s Ride for Peace. Sam visited Congressional offices to urge the repeal of the Authorization to Use Military Force.  Congress approved the AUMF in the aftermath of 9/11, which gave the US President a blank check to make war anywhere on earth.

After Sam’s Congressional visits, he traveled to the 2013 Hiroshima Peace Forum, at the invitation of Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka.  Sam has been a member of the Roxboro (NC) Rotary Club for 35 years.  Speaking at the Peace Forum before 2,500 delegates representing 56 nations, he was able to express his concerns about continuous war.  The two U.N. representatives showed great interest in his concerns about America's participation in the wars.

Mr. Winstead, who fought the Japanese in the Pacific in 1944 and 1945, made the pilgrimage for peace and reconciliation to Hiroshima, nearly 70 years after his days of conflict, with the message that we have outgrown warfare.

Interested parties can download Ride for Peace applications on the North Carolina Triangle Veterans for Peace website at www.ncveteransforpeace.org

The purpose of the ride is “to ask our leaders to stop wars” says Mr. Winstead, whose grandson has relayed his first-hand experiences of a war in Iraq, causing countless lives lost, that put America many trillion dollars in debt while destroying  a beautiful country and priceless artifacts of the World’s oldest civilization.

Interviews with Mr. Winstead can be arranged by contacting John Heuer, 919-444-3823 or email heu93@aol.com

Who: Riders to join for all or part of the 350-mile bicycle Ride for Peace to Washington DC, with 4 generations of the Winstead family.

What: Applications being accepted.

Where: www.ncveteransforpeace.org

Fasting for Fukushima on Third Anniversary

Harvey Wasserman, Jill Stein and David Swanson

EcoBusiness

http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/09/fasting-fukushima-third-anniversary/

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Fasting can be a way of mourning, of cleansing, of meditation, of focus.

On Tuesday, March 11, the third anniversary of the beginning of the disaster at Fukushima, we will abstain from food from dawn to dusk. Our purpose is tied to the atomic disaster that continues to threaten life on Earth.

The three melt-downs, four explosions, scattered fuel rods and continual gusher of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean at Fukushima have torn a deadly hole in the fabric of our ability to survive on this planet.

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Its corporate perpetrators were repeatedly warned by tens of thousands of citizen activists not to build these reactors in an earthquake zone that has been washed by tsunamis. Not only did they build them, they took down a natural 85-foot-high sea wall in the process that might have greatly lessened the damage of the tsunami that did come.

The disaster that has struck Fukushima has much about it that’s unique. But it’s just the tip of the radioactive iceberg that is the global atomic reactor industry.

There are other reactor sites threatened by earthquakes and tsunamis. Among them is Diablo Canyon, whose two reactors could be turned to rubble by the multiple fault lines that surround it, spewing radiation that would irradiate California’s Central Valley and send a lethal cloud across the U.S.

There are other reactors threatened by suicidal siting, such as the triple reactor complex at South Carolina’s Oconee, downriver from a dam whose failure could send also send a wall of water into multiple cores.

Throughout the world more than 400 rust bucket reactors are aging dangerously, riddled with operator error, shoddy construction, leaky cooling systems, least-cost corner cutting and official lies.

In all cases, the revolution in renewables has made them economically obsolete. The long-dead hype of a failed “too cheap to meter” technology has been buried by a Solartopian vision, a green-powered Earth in the process of being born.

What would speed that process most is the rapid shutdown of a these old-tech dinosaurs that do nothing but cost us money and harm our planet and our health.

For decades we were told commercial reactors could not explode. But five have done just that.

The industry said that radiation releases could do no harm at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, during the atmospheric bomb tests, with medical x-rays, with atomic waste storage, at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, and of course at the next major melt-down and the one after that and the one after that.

The automatic industry response is always the same: “not enough radiation has escaped to harm anyone.” Push a button, no matter what the disaster, no matter where the radiation goes and how little anybody knows about it, that’s what they say now, and will say yet again each time another nuke bites the radioactive dust.

So today we live in fear not only of what’s happening at Fukushima, but of what is all-too-certain to come next.

This must finally stop. If we are to have an economic, ecological or biological future on this planet, all atomic reactor construction must halt, and all operating reactors must be phased out as fast as possible.

To honor this vision, we won’t eat from dawn to dusk on March 11.

It’s a small, symbolic step. But one we feel is worth taking. Feel free to join us!

Visit EcoWatch’s FUKUSHIMA page for more related news on this topic.

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Harvey Wasserman edits NukeFree.org and wrote Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth.

Jill Stein was the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential candidate. She is now organizing for Earth Day to May Day, a wave of action for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, at GlobalClimateConvergence.org.

David Swanson is working to organize a movement to end war at WorldBeyondWar.org. His books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at davidswanson.org and warisacrime.org and works for rootsaction.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and Facebook.

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The Complicity of the Irish Government: Almost 70,000 Armed Soldiers Through Shannon Airport in 2013

This article was first published by Shannonwatch.org under the title 'Almost 70 000 armed soldiers through Shannon in 2013' and reposted at www.news-beacon-ireland.info under the above title.


 


The Minister for Transport reported last week that 69,840 U.S. troops passed through Shannon in 2013. While this was down on the 101,108 that passed through in 2012, it is still equivalent to an army 7 times the size of the Irish defence forces. And it is still unacceptable, as the Irish people have not given their permission for any foreign troops to pass through Irish territory – or airspace.

TSA and CBP: comrades in arms -- and crimes

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are two different agencies operating under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they have sensibilities, practices, and impunity in common. The major difference is that the TSA has no law enforcement authority while CBP does. That power makes the latter even more dangerous.

 

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Ukraine News - Mar 9

 

Barack Obama calls EU and Balkan leaders, All rejected the proposed referendum in Crimea: White House - Reuters


Readout of the President’s Calls with Presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, UK and Italy PMs and President of France - The White House


Kerry urges Russia to exercise utmost restraint saying that any steps to annex Ukraine's Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy - Yahoo News


Lavrov: "This crisis was not created by us...We are open to an honest dialogue to find a way to help all of Ukraine come out of the crisis" - Voice of Russia


UN Statement: Proposed Crimea referendum ‘worrying and serious’ development:  - United Nations News Centre


China urges calm and restraint in Ukraine - CSMonitor.com

 

Russia threatens to cut Ukraine gas amid Crimea tensions - Yahoo!7

 

EU leaders draw up plans to send gas to Ukraine if Russia cuts off supply - theguardian.com

 

Central European nations appeal to Congress for faster exports of US natural gas - Fox News

 

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Ukraine will not give up Crimea: acting foreign minister - Reuters


Crimean PM says 'no one' can cancel referendum on joining Russia - Reuters


Crimean Tatars wary of Russia referendum, they represents 12-15 percent of Crimea's two million while Russian speakers make up 60 percent - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Crimea Tatars Protest Russian Incursion in Bakhcisarai - YouTube


VIDEO: It’s Ukraine vs. Russia at Rival Protests in Simferapol - NBC News.com


Crimea Speaker denied assertions that Russia is participating in the preparation of the referendum: “We presented Russia with an accomplished fact. They did not expect us to do this, they were at a loss” - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: Crimean parliamentary delegation asks Russian Duma to support Crimea if it decides to join Russia - Reuters.com

 

Crimea Could Prove Expensive Acquisition for Russia - WSJ.com

 

VIDEO: Muscovites divided on controversial Crimea referendum - YouTube

 

Warning shots fired as OSCE mission turned away from Crimea - Yahoo News

 

Crimea's New Leader, a Man With a Murky Past - ABC News

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

 

Turkey News - Mar 8

 

Embattled by alleged graft, Erdoğan threatens to ban YouTube, Facebook over leaks - Today's Zaman


VIDEO (Turkish): Erdogan threatens to turn off Facebook and YouTube - YouTube


President Gül says Facebook, YouTube ban out of question - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Youtube, Facebook cannot be banned, says President Gül - CİHAN


PM Erdoğan’s threat to ban YouTube and Facebook echoes around world - hurriyetdailynews.com


U.S. concerned over potential Internet restrictions in Turkey - turkishpress.com


Why President Obama stopped calling Turkish leader Erdogan - CSMonitor.com


Turkey Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister supports move to block Facebook and YouTube - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish media boss reduced to tears by PM Erdoğan, new recording reveals - Today's Zaman

 

Media censorship continues unabated with new penalty on TV program - CİHAN

 

Turkish journalist fired from pro-gov't daily over critical tweets - CİHAN

 

Journalist acquitted of charges pertaining to tweets critical of PM - CİHAN

 

New Recording of PM Adviser Mustafa Varank: Opposition News Unfit to Print in Turkey’s Vote Campaign - Bloomberg

 

Int'l Press Institute slams Erdoğan for double standards - CİHAN

 

POLL: Turkish public unhappy about government's media interference, Internet law - CİHAN

 

Usage of methods to bypass Internet restrictions likely to increase, experts say - Today's Zaman

 

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Erdoğan confirms tape seen as meddling in judiciary - CİHAN


PM Erdoğan allegedly interferes in Council of State elections - Today's Zaman


PM Erdoğan appointed prosecutors to major graft probe: new recording - CİHAN


CHP asks if Erdoğan illegally transferred cash abroad - CİHAN


Deputies banned from copying graft summaries due to ‘confidentiality' - CİHAN

 

Journalists, academics astonished as AK Party deputy justifies corruption - Today's Zaman

 

Lawyer files complaint against officers who detained him for showing shoebox - CİHAN

 

Gendarmerie sgt. says he made tipoff about Syria-bound trucks - CİHAN

 

Constitutional Court says rights of former Turkish army chief violated - CİHAN

 

Turkey's moderate ex-army chief pushed to the limit - Channel NewsAsia

 

Former intelligence head: Erdoğan was pleased with anti-coup operations - Today's Zaman

 

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Turkey PM says 'ready to quit' if party loses local polls - THE DAILY STAR


121 detained in Eskişehir protest ahead of Erdoğan rally - CİHAN


VIDEO: 121 detained in Eskişehir protest ahead of Erdoğan rally - YouTube


Intelligence report urges gov't to declare state of emergency after polls, anticipates unrest after the local elections on March 30 - CİHAN


CHP files complaint against Erdoğan for labeling ODTÜ students 'terrorists' - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

AK Party provincial head raids dormitory in Düzce - CİHAN

 

GYV: PM's discriminatory rhetoric undermines social peace - CİHAN

 

Erdoğan's claims about Gülen stun US Ambassador Ricciardone - Today's Zaman

 

PM, former minister contradict each other on Alevi remarks - CİHAN

 

Two academics expelled from Turkish university for joining Gezi protests - Today's Zaman

 

Amnesty Turkey launches campaign for Gezi victim - Today's Zaman

 

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The War on Emotions is Driving Us Insane

Guest post: Anita McKone

Have you ever been provoked by someone into fear, anger or pain, and then blamed, punished or humiliated for feeling and expressing these feelings? This is a form of psychological torture which has very serious consequences. Here are three stories that demonstrate how commonly this form of torture occurs in human society.

Is Minimum Wage Another Distraction? Let's talk Basic Income, Shall We?

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Cheri Honkala of the Poor Peoples Economic Campaign and Vice President of the Green Shadow Cabinet joins the host Dennis Trainor, Jr. and the Resistance Report panel (Nicole Carty (The Other 98%), Julianna Forlano (Absurdity Today) and Joel Northam (Acronym TV Contributor) - to discuss the jobs crisis in the United States, the perpetually underemployed, and the impact of a raise in the minimum wage versus a policy that guaranteed an income for all.

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