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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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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

 

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Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared “Hitler” Card

By Norman Solomon

The frontrunner to become the next president of the United States is playing an old and dangerous political game -- comparing a foreign leader to Adolf Hitler.

At a private charity event on Tuesday, in comments preserved on audio, Hillary Clinton talked about actions by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea. “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” she said.

The next day, Clinton gave the inflammatory story more oxygen when speaking at UCLA. She “largely stood by the remarks,” the Washington Post reported. Clinton “said she was merely noting parallels between Putin’s claim that he was protecting Russian-speaking minorities in Crimea and Hitler’s moves into Poland, Czechoslovakia and other parts of Europe to protect German minorities.”

Clinton denied that she was comparing Putin with Hitler even while she persisted in comparing Putin with Hitler. “I just want people to have a little historic perspective,” she said. “I’m not making a comparison certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before.”

Yes indeed. Let’s learn from this tactic that has been used before -- the tactic of comparing overseas adversaries to Hitler. Such comparisons by U.S. political leaders have a long history of fueling momentum for war.

“Surrender in Vietnam” would not bring peace, President Lyndon Johnson said at a news conference on July 28, 1965 as he tried to justify escalating the war, “because we learned from Hitler at Munich that success only feeds the appetite of aggression.”

After Ho Chi Minh was gone, the Hitler analogy went to other leaders of countries in U.S. crosshairs. The tag was also useful when attached to governments facing U.S.-backed armies.

Three decades ago, while Washington funded the contra forces in Nicaragua, absurd efforts to smear the elected left-wing Sandinistas knew no rhetorical bounds. Secretary of State George Shultz said on February 15, 1984, at a speech in Boston: “I’ve had good friends who experienced Germany in the 1930s go there and come back and say, ‘I’ve visited many communist countries, but Nicaragua doesn’t feel like that. It feels like Nazi Germany.’”

Washington embraced Panama’s Gen. Manuel Noriega as an ally, and for a while he was a CIA collaborator. But there was a falling out, and tension spiked in the summer of 1989. Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger said that drug trafficking by Noriega “is aggression as surely as Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland 50 years ago was aggression.” A U.S. invasion overthrew Noriega in December 1989.

In early August 1990, the sudden Iraqi invasion of Kuwait abruptly ended cordial relations between Washington and Baghdad. The two governments had a history of close cooperation during the 1980s. But President George H. W. Bush proclaimed that Saddam Hussein was “a little Hitler.” In January 1991, the U.S. government launched the Gulf War.

Near the end of the decade, Hillary Clinton got a close look at how useful it can be to conflate a foreign leader with Hitler, as President Bill Clinton and top aides repeatedly drew the parallel against Serbia’s president, Slobodan Milosevic. In late March 1999, the day before the bombing of Kosovo and Serbia began, President Clinton said in a speech: “And so I want to talk to you about Kosovo today but just remember this -- it’s about our values. What if someone had listened to Winston Churchill and stood up to Adolf Hitler earlier?”

As the U.S.-led NATO bombing intensified, so did efforts to justify it with references to Hitler. “Clinton and his senior advisers harked repeatedly back to images of World War II and Nazism to give moral weight to the bombing,” the Washington Post reported. Vice President Al Gore chimed in for the war chorus, calling Milosevic “one of these junior-league Hitler types.”

Just a few years later, the George W. Bush administration cranked up a revival of Saddam-Hitler comparisons. They became commonplace.

Five months before the invasion of Iraq, it was nothing extraordinary when a leading congressional Democrat pulled out all the stops. “Had Hitler’s regime been taken out in a timely fashion,” said Rep. Tom Lantos, “the 51 million innocent people who lost their lives during the Second World War would have been able to finish their normal life cycles. Mr. Chairman, if we appease Saddam Hussein, we will stand humiliated before both humanity and history.”

From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War, facile and wildly inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Adolf Hitler have served the interests of politicians hell-bent on propelling the United States into war. Often, those politicians succeeded. The carnage and the endless suffering have been vast.

Now, Hillary Clinton is ratcheting up her own Hitler analogies. She knows as well as anyone the power they can generate for demonizing a targeted leader.

With the largest nuclear arsenals on the planet, the United States and Russia have the entire world on a horrific knife’s edge. Nuclear saber-rattling is implicit in what the prospective President Hillary Clinton has done in recent days, going out of her way to tar Russia’s president with a Hitler brush. Her eagerness to heighten tensions with Russia indicates that she is willing to risk war -- and even nuclear holocaust -- for the benefit of her political ambitions.

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Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” Information about the documentary based on the book is at www.WarMadeEasyTheMovie.org.

Ukraine News - Mar 7

 

Obama urges Putin in phone call: De-escalate crisis in Ukraine - Washington Times


Putin tells Obama relations should not suffer over Ukraine, emphasizes importance of Russian-US cooperation for world stability - The Voice of Russia


Readout of President Obama’s call with President Putin of Russia - The White House


Statement by the US President on Ukraine - The White House


US moves on several fronts over proposed Crimea referendum to join the Russian Federation - Fox News


Congress steps up action on Ukraine - usatoday.com


'Visa bans, asset freezes are next': Europe announces three step sanctions against Russia - RT News


Ukraine Crimea Crisis: China Takes Ambiguous Stance in US-Russia Standoff - ibtimes.co.uk

 

Ukraine's interim president says government working to block Crimea referendum - Fox News

 

Russian State Duma will decide on Crimea after referendum: MP - The Voice of Russia

 

Russia analyst: Crimea referendum will take place, with dangerous consequences (VIDEO) - CNN.com Blogs

 

Does Putin really want Crimea within Russia? Maybe not. (VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com

 

Crimea vote is no slam dunk for Putin - FT The World

 

Moscow assets, market ratings fall as Crimea votes to join Russia - Reuters

 

Russia Starts Massive Air Defense Drills Amid Crimea Standoff - RIA Novosti

 

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POLL: Do Crimeans actually want to join Russia? Majority support autonomy over union with Russia - washingtonpost.com


POLL: Regional polls show few Ukrainians, Russians want a united, single state - Pew Research Center


POLL: More Than Half of Ukrainians Want to Join EU - The Moscow Times


Crimeans divided on secession referendum - usatoday


In Crimea, old fears and new propaganda sow terror among Russian-speakers - AP

 

Ukrainian military abandoning bases in Crimea after being warned they are now “enemy combatants” - News.com.au

 

Crimean Tatars: Leader Announces Boycott Of Crimea Autonomy Referendum - UNPO

 

VIDEO: Crimean Tatar Leader Announces Referendum Boycott - rferl.org

 

POLL: Large majority of Ukrainians favor early Rada elections and constitutional change - kyivpost.com

 

POLL: Poroshenko tops new Ukrainian presidential poll - kyivpost.com

 

GRAPH: Ukrainian Presidential Poll - Metapolls

 

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Ukraine News - Mar 6

 

Russian Officials Tell Pentagon: Masked Men in Uniform in Crimea Not Russian Military, Hagel: It’s pretty clear that they’re Russian troops - ABC News


VIDEO: Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on Russian Involvement in Ukraine - YouTube


Pentagon boosts training, NATO air policing amid Ukraine crisis - Reuters


Lavrov: Russia cannot order Crimean 'self-defense' units back to base - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Russian troops not in control of Crimea, says Lavrov - euronews


Russia’s 25,000-troop allowance in Crimea: they been there for 15 years already & other facts you may not know - RT News


Crimea to Set Up Own Law Enforcement and Security Services - RIA Novosti

 

Pro-Russia militias police Crimea’s border, self-defence units who are taking on a visible role in patrolling the peninsula and cementing the new Crimean leadership - FT.com

 

'We Don't Want War Here': Pro-Russia Self-Defense Militias Patrolling Crimea - NBC News.com

 

Crimean Premier Says Ukrainian Military Units Have Started to Surrender - NYTimes.com

 

Ukrainian navy chief Denys Berezovsky, after one day as chief, defects and pledges allegiance to the Crimea government - BBC News

 

VIDEO: Ukrainian navy chief Denys Berezovsky, after one day as chief, defects and pledges allegiance to the Crimea government - BBC News

 

Ukrainian Navy flagship diverted away from Crimea as many of the sailors and officers on board had voiced a desire to defect to an independent Crimean government - RIA Novosti

 

Agreement on cooperation between Tatarstan, Crimea signed in Simferopol - kyivpost.com

 

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AP Interview: Ukraine PM says Crimea will remain in Ukraine, but may get more autonomy to assuage the concerns of its pro-Russian population - Fox News


VIDEO: AP Interview: Ukraine PM says Crimea Situation Resembles 'coup' - YouTube


Ukraine FM Says International Observers Must Replace Troops Before Crimea Vote for Autonomy (VIDEO) - ABC News


White House to Putin: Allow international monitors in Crimea - Washington Times


Consent to arrival of int'l observers in Ukraine should be given by receiving party, including Crimea: Lavrov - voiceofrussia.com


OSCE military observers banned from entering Crimea, Lithuanian foreign minister says - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: No warm welcome for OSCE in Crimea - YouTube

 

Pro-Russian gunmen force UN envoy to flee Crimea - i24news

 

VIDEO: Militia blocks UN envoy from leaving cafe in Crimea - YouTube

 

Activists replant Russian flag above HQ in Ukraine city of Donetsk - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Ukraine: Pro-Russian protesters occupy Donetsk admin building - YouTube

 

Was 'massacre' behind Ukraine revolution ordered by Yatsenyuk's coalition? Leaked tape says Maidan snipers were NOT under control of ousted president but opposition (VIDEO) - DailyMail

 

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Grasping for diplomatic exit, EU offers $15 billion in aid to Ukraine as envoys converge - Fox News


Kerry Takes Offer of 1 Billion Aid to Ukraine and Pushes Back at Russian Claims - NYTimes.com


Russia cancels Ukraine's gas discount and demands $1.5bn - Telegraph

 

Ukraine looks for $2bn loan from Russia - RT Business

 

Chinese investment in Ukraine could be costly casualty of conflict with Russia - Fox News

 

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Ukraine Uprising: U.S Hypocrisy + Russian Aggression VS. Movement of the Squares

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

http://youtu.be/jeGcYKnr13s

After two months of protestors in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych has been ousted and yet, with support from Russia, remains defiant. As U.S Secretary of State offers aid to Ukraine, he managed to tell Face The Nation (with a straight face) ““You just don’t in the 21st Century behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext.”

Not funny, but it’s still hard not to laugh: How Can the US Accuse Russia of Violating International Law?

By Dave Lindorff


If you want to make moral or legal pronouncements, or to condemn bad behavior, you have to be a moral, law-abiding person yourself. It is laughable when we see someone like Rush Limbaugh criticizing drug addicts or a corrupt politician like former Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) voting for more prisons, more cops, and tougher rules against appeals of sentences.


The same thing goes for nations.

One cheer for the Times (three for the Guardian): Nation’s Major Paper Says Snowden’s a Hero, but Won’t Say Obama’s a Criminal

By Dave Lindorff


Let’s start here by conceding that today’s New York Times editorial saying that President Obama should “find a way to end (Edward) Snowden’s vilification and give him an incentive to return home” was pretty remarkable.

It shouldn’t be, though.

Two cheers for Pope Francis: About Time American Idiocy and Paranoia over Marxism Got Called Out

By Dave Lindorff


So Pope Francis, the new pope who has conservative American Catholics, particularly those in politics and the media, freaked out because he is criticizing capitalist greed, knows Marxists who are "good people,"  and isn't upset to be labeled one of them, even though he says "Marxist ideology is wrong.".

A Pre-Conspiracy Theory: What If Our Premature Nobel Laureate President’s Having a ’63-Style Kennedy Moment?

By Dave Lindorff


I’m going to engage here in a thought experiment which may make some readers a little queasy, but bear with me.

It’s been half a century since the wrenching experience of having a charismatic young president cut down by bullets in what most Americans apparently still believe was a dark conspiracy by elements of the US government unhappy with the direction he was taking the country in international affairs.

US may be committing robotic war crimes: Two Human Rights Groups Blast US for Drone Killing Campaigns

By Dave Lindorff


Last week President Obama was largely successful at blacking out from the American public word that Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani advocate of girls’ education nearly killed by Taliban gunmen a year ago, used a photo-op invitation to the White House to ask the president to halt to his drone killings of Pakistanis. But Obama cannot so easily silence the condemnations today of his remote drone “Murder, Inc.” program by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.


Is Dithering Always Bad?: Trust and Verify and Vomit

By John Grant


The media didn’t waste time lining up US leaders to trash Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent op-ed in The New York Times. There was the expected outrage that such a “dictator” and “tyrant” had the gall to lecture the United States of America. Bill O’Reilly referred to Putin as “a criminal monster.” Charles Krauthammer kept it real and called Putin "a KGB thug.”

Call Waiting: Peaceful Syrian Opposition Ignored by Peace Laureate Obama

Interview by Dave Lindorff

 

As Syrian expatriate Dr. Rim Turkmani was watching President Barack Obama give his brief nationally televised address to the American people and the people of the world last night, she says she had two contradictory feelings. “I felt good that it was not a war speech,” says this British-based member of the political office of an organization called The Syrian State Current, a movement that is seeking non-violent democratic change in Syria. “But what upset me was his repeated referring to what is happening in Syria as a ‘civil war.’ There is an element of civil war in the violence in Syria, but more importantly it is a proxy war between the US and Russia, and it has to be acknowledged that the US and Russia are the key players.”

Nobel Laureate president defends unprovoked war against Syria: Obama Offers No Evidence Assad Ordered Syria Poison Gas Attack

By Dave Lindorff


In what NPR called “perhaps President Obama’s last best chance” to make his case for launching a war against Syria, the president tellingly didn’t make a single effort to present hard, compelling evidence to prove that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had been behind the alleged Sarin Aug. 21 attack on residents of a suburb of Damascus.


Not one piece of evidence.

A people’s victory over Syrian attack plan: In Historic First, American Empire is Blocked at the Starting Line

By Dave Lindorff


Let’s be clear here. The people of the US and the world have won a huge victory over a war-obsessed US government and an administration that was hell-bent on yet again launching a criminal war of aggression against a country that poses no threat to the US or its neighbors. Overwhelming public opposition in the US and the nations of Europe, as well as most of the rest of the world to a US strike on Syria have forced the US to falter and to accept the idea of a compromise deal offered by Russia.


Obama’s and Kerry’s Big Lie: White House Document “Proving” Syria’s Guilt Doesn’t Pass Smell Test

By Dave Lindorff

 

The document released on the White House web site to “prove” to the American people that the Syrian government had used poison gas -- allegedly the neurotoxin Sarin -- to kill hundreds of civilians, is so flawed and lacking in real proof that if it were being used to make a case against a terrorist group it would be too weak to justify an indictment.


Is America playing its last card?: Pissing Off Friends is a Doomed Strategy

By Dave Lindorff


Like an obnoxious drunk harassing everyone and spilling drinks at a party, the US has continued to make itself both loathed and laughed at in the wake of the revelations about the National Security Agency’s global spying program as revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. 


Holder promises Russia not to torture Snowden: A Shameful Day to Be a US Citizen

By Dave Lindorff


I have been deeply ashamed of my country a number of times. The Nixon Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong was one such time, when hospitals, schools and dikes were targeted. The invasion of Iraq was another. Washington’s silence over the fatal Israeli Commando raid on the Gaza Peace Flotilla--in which a 19-year-old unarmed American boy was murdered--was a third.  But I think I have never been as ashamed and disgusted as I was today reading that US Attorney General Eric Holder had sent a letter to the Russian minister of justice saying that the US would “not seek the death penalty” in its espionage case against National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, promising that even if the US later brought added charges against Snowden after obtaining him, they would not include any death penalty, and vowing that if Snowden were handed over by Russia to the US, he would “not be tortured.”


So it has come to this: That the United States has to promise (to Russia!) that it will not torture a prisoner in its control -- a US citizen at that -- and so therefore that person, Edward Snowden, has no basis for claiming that he should be “treated as a refugee or granted asylum.”


Why does Holder have to make these pathetic representations to his counterpart in Russia? 


Because Snowden has applied for asylum saying that he is at risk of turture or execution if returned to the US to face charges for leaking documents showing that the US government is massively violating the civil liberties and privacy of every American by monitoring every American’s electronic communications.


Snowden has made that claim in seeking asylum because he knows that another whistleblower, Pvt. Bradley Manning, was in fact tortured by the US for months, and held without trial in solitary confinement for over a year before being finally put on trial in a kangaroo court, where the judge is as much prosecutor as jurist, and where his guilt was declared in advance by the President of the United States -- the same president who has also already publicly declared Snowden guilty too...


For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF inThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent three-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to:www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1888

His 'Crime' is Patriotism, not Betrayal Like Hale's Philip Nolan, Snowden has Become a 'Man Without a Country'

By  Dave Lindorff

 

In Edward Everett Hale's short story "The Man Without a Country," US Army Lt. Philip Nolan, following a court-martial, is exiled from his country, his citizenship snatched away, leaving him doomed to sail the seven seas confined to a Navy vessel, unable to make any country his home. His crime: being seduced by a treacherous leader to betray the US of A, the country of his birth.

In Obamaland, ‘Rule of Law’ is for the Other Suckers: US (and French) Courts Have Ruled Head-of-State Immunity is Absolute

By Dave Lindorff


It is clear that the entrapment and forced landing in Austria of the official airplane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was the work of the US, which was obviously behind the decision by France and Portugal to deny air rights to the flight, and which also was obviously behind the Austrian government’s demand to be allowed to search the jet after it landed. After all, those countries have no interest themselves in capturing US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is only Obama’s and the NSA’s quarry. 


Servile Euro Leaders Cave Under US Pressure: Bolivia's Morales Dissed and Pissed as Diplomatic Immunity Ignored

By Dave Lindorff


Those of us who have been saying that the US has become a weak, or at least more ordinary power among many in the world because of its military failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and because of its economic decline, will have to recalibrate our analysis after watching the pathetic behavior of the leaders of Russia, Germany and France under pressure from the Obama administration not to allow Edward Snowden to gain asylum in those countries or even to escape his purgatory in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Biden/Obama full-court press on Snowden is a bad joke: The Real Traitors to America are in Washington and New York

By Dave Lindorff


It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry as the US goes all out to get its hands on National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Snowden’s escape: China, Hong Kong and Russia Foil US Attempt to Silence NSA Whistleblower

By Dave Lindorff


Now that Edward Snowden is safely away out of the clutches of the US police state, at least for now, let’s take a moment to contemplate how this one brave man’s principled confrontation with the Orwellian US government has damaged our national security state.


Was Mary of Nazareth a "Hooligan?"

Pussy Riot’s Appeal for Justice

August 20, 2012

Editor Note: A Russian judge has sentenced three female “punk” rockers from the group “Pussy Riot” to two years in prison for performing a protest song at a Moscow cathedral, what the judge called anti-religious “hooliganism.” But Ray McGovern sees the protest as in the spirit of Mary, mother of Jesus.

By Ray McGovern

The song to which the punk band “Pussy Riot” danced on Feb. 21 in Russia’s iconic Christ the Savior Cathedral ends with a prayer asking Jesus’s mother Mary to “become a feminist,” but Mary always was a feminist through and through, with a voice speaking strongly for justice.

Centuries of saccharine portraits and iconography have obscured a more reality-based appreciation of this gutsy young woman. But recent scripture study throws light on how Mary implanted a vision of inclusive justice into the heart of Jesus.

Talk Nation Radio: Bruce Gagnon on U.S. Aggression Toward Russia and China

Bruce Gagnon describes U.S. and NATO plans in the works to militarily surround and threaten both Russia and China.  Gagnon is co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space at http://space4peace.org.  He blogs at http://space4peace.blogspot.com He's the author of Come Together Right Now, and of a chapter in The Military Industrial Complex at 50.

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