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- Published on Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:43
Vilification of Putin's Russia continues in the west but listening to the man himself creates a very different impression of Russia's motivations and actions. Clearly, Russia has strong interests in and historical ties with Ukraine; this is what the US fomented uprising is seeking to undermine.
Look, No Teleprompter
The interview has been described in the west, as rambling and incoherent - judge for yourself.
If Russia has invaded Ukraine (doubts remain as to whether the militia in Crimea are acting under orders from the Kremlin), what do we make of US/EU/NATO military personnel in the country?
The Ukrainian Pendulum By Israel Shamir
"One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." - George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, 1938
- Published on Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:44
Alternatives to the mainstream narrative on Ukraine emerge:
Ukraine: the end game by Jon Rappoport
Hat tip to Rob for this
The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun By Paul Craig Roberts
Global Research TV has put together a short video explaining events with contributions from a number of analysts.
Target: Ukraine – How Foreign Intervention is Tearing the Country Apart By James Corbett, Prof Michel Chossudovsky, F. William Engdahl, and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
- Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:40
Russia Today is often characterised by western media as the mouthpiece of the Kremlin. American media elites awash in an orgy of feel-good condemnation in particular love to mock Russian media, especially the government-funded English-language outlet RT, as being a source of shameless pro-Putin propaganda, where free expression is strictly barred (in contrast to the Free American Media). That that network has a strong pro-Russian bias is unquestionably true. But one of its leading hosts, Abby Martin, remarkably demonstrated last night what “journalistic independence” means by ending her Breaking the Set program with a clear and unapologetic denunciation of the Russian action in Ukraine.
"What Russia Did Is Wrong"
RT Host Abby Martin Condemns Russian Incursion Into Crimea – On RT By Glenn Greenwald
This is in stark contrast to the US and UK media cheerleading for war on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Iran.
Russia's actions are being interpreted in the west as an invasion and hypocritically condemned by US Secretary of State, John Kerry. The US has invaded numerous countries while post-war Russia only managed Hungary (1956), Czechoslovakia (1968) and Afghanistan (1979) - all before the collapse of the Soviet Union, none since until now, if this is truly an invasion. It is important to understand Russia's motivation and how it has been progressively provoked by US/NATO. Peter Hitchens, writing in the Daily Mail, demonstrates an independent perspective on Ukraine not reflected elsewhere in western media.
Why Russians Are ‘Paranoid’ By Peter Hitchens
The US has attacked many more countries since WWII than any other nation on the planet and invested vast resources in destabilising regimes around the world which stand against corporate hegemony including Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Cuba (1959), Democratic Republic of Congo (1960-65), Iraq (1960-63), South Vietnam (1963), Brazil (1964), Ghana (1965), Chile (1970–73), Argentina (1976), Afghanistan (1979–89), Turkey (1980), Poland (1980–81), Nicaragua (1981–90), Iraq (1992–96), Afghanistan (2001), Venezuela (2002), Iraq (2002–03), Haiti (2004), Somalia (2006–07), Iran (2005–present), Libya (2011), Syria (2012–present) and Ukraine.
Which is the bigger threat to world peace? Russia or America?
- Published on Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:24
The neo-liberal consensus is based on the belief that we get what we deserve, both the rich and visibly prosperous, and the poor and desperate. It is a harsh, unremitting distortion of reality. Avner Offer, Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History at Oxford, contrasts the collaborative, co-operative, economic model adopted during wartime with the "dog eat dog" reality of the neo-liberal experiment of the last 30 years. "In an age of scarcity it would be imperative to set up new, more egalitarian models of distribution,"
Suffering? Well, You Deserve It By Chris Hedges
Offer also describes how academia has been brought into the consensus; inconvenient opposition is marginalised, removed or emasculated. "Those academics who deviate from the central core doctrines, including in economics, are finding themselves defunded. Oversight committees impose quotas on academics and insist that the work conform to what they call disciplinary norms." Universities have been transformed from collegiate institutions of academic exploration into degree vendors conforming to the corporate management agenda. Degrees are a product to be sold rather than a measure of academic excellence. Universities are "managed" by vice chancellors enjoying fat cat salaries and perks while grinding down the pay and conditions of academics and support staff, unless, of course, they are selling more (typically business) degrees than their peers.
Meet the new breed of fat cat: the university vice-chancellor by Aditya Chakrabortty
Never mind the bankers – university bosses are lining their pockets like never before