Corporations Are The New Conquistadors : Ukraine

By: Friday February 20, 2015 7:00 pm

Ukraine has become a nation synonymous with the daily headlines, from the trail of western intervention and subversion that lead to a violent coup in 2013 to the devastating civil war that has torn the nation apart. These stories, as crucial as they are to investigate, have provided the perfect cover for international corporations to exploit Ukraine’s resources.

This exploitation accelerated when Ukraine declared its independence in 1992. From this period onward, Ukraine has experienced the colonization of its vastly important agricultural sector. International agribusiness and biotechnology firms have steadily been reforming Ukraine’s agricultural laws in order to eventually allow for an explosion in the production of genetically modified organisms.

 

My Big Fat Greek Debt

By: Friday January 30, 2015 7:00 pm

Alexis Tsipras is the newly elected Prime Minister of Greece since 26 January 2015. One of the young leftwing radicals of the Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras is sweeping away the age of austerity. He made good on his promises to voters in a startling fashion:

One by one they were rolled back, blitzkrieg-style, mercilessly, ruthlessly, with rat-a-tat efficiency. First the barricades came down outside the Greek parliament. Then it was announced that privatisation schemes would be halted and pensions reinstated. And then came the news of the reintroduction of the €751 monthly minimum wage. And all before Greece’s new prime minister had got his first cabinet meeting under way. {more}

Assange Details Google’s Collaboration With US Government, EU Parliament Votes To Break-up Google

By: Friday November 28, 2014 6:35 am

Search monopoly Google is facing new scrutiny as Wikileaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange has accused the company of essentially being a tool for the US government. In his new book Assange reportedly claims that, contrary to public proclamations of a commitment to privacy, Google gives the FBI and CIA open access to Google users’ information with no opposition whatsoever. Assange also recounts a meeting with Google executives where most of the participants ended up being US State Department officials.

While accusations that Google does not respect user privacy rights and happily collaborates with the government are nothing new, one new development could pose a serious problem.

Gorbachev Warns of US ‘Triumphalism’ and ‘New Cold War’ at 25th Anniversary of Fall of Soviet Union

By: Monday November 10, 2014 11:35 am

The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, used the occasion of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to warn that the world was on the brink of a new Cold War.

Russia Recognizes Separatist Elections In East Ukraine

By: Monday November 3, 2014 11:26 am

Russia has recognized controversial elections that occurred in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and called on the government in Kiev to stop military action in order to negotiate with those who won the elections. Vote results from the elections showed that separatist candidates had prevailed by wide margins meaning that the political leadership in those areas would continue to be seeking independence from Ukraine.

Leading US Jewish Publication Questions Netanyahu’s Grasp On Reality

By: Friday October 31, 2014 4:40 pm

The bitter back and forth between Israeli and US officials in the Obama Administration that spilled out into the open earlier this week has taken another twisted turn. After The Atlantic reported that a Senior Obama Administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit” Israeli officials began slamming US officials openly.

Now one of the leading Jewish publications in the US, The New York Jewish Week, has questioned Prime Minister Netanyahu’s grasp on reality.

Ukraine President Orders Russian Border Closed, Applying For EU Membership In 2020

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 8:52 am

Though the ceasefire in East Ukraine is hanging by a thread, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decided to order a closure of the Ukraine-Russian border and announced that he is pushing to have Ukraine join the European Union with a membership application in 2020 – two moves that will no doubt infuriate Russia.

Ukraine Defense Minister Says NATO Countries Now Shipping Arms To Kiev

By: Monday September 15, 2014 9:20 am

The Ukraine Defense Minister has now confirmed what many have long suspected, NATO member countries are supplying the government in Kiev with weapons to kill the separatists in East Ukraine. This poses some interesting questions given that Ukraine is not a member of NATO nor are the government in Kiev and its “volunteer” militias being particularly observant of any of the international rules of war.

Google’s Monopoly Under Threat In Europe

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 11:12 am

Though Google may have US officials on the end of a string it is facing serious pushback in Europe. Calls for the search monopoly to be broken up and more heavily regulated have been voiced from high government officials as the company that once claimed the motto of “don’t be evil” is seen as a creeping threat to civil liberties and an open market for competition.

For Europe: Finlandization’s Revenge or a Eurasian Identity?

By: Saturday August 23, 2014 6:15 pm

In 1989 my book Une autre Europe, un Autre Monde, was published in France by a small academic house, after being rejected by all the progressive publishers. It foresaw the reunification of Europe, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the rise of China (erroneously predicting greater democratization, however) and called for the creation of a Eurasian Community of Communities to include what I named before the fact as “a Europe of Thirty”, the Soviet Union, China, Japan and India, five giant entities that would balance each other out, eliminating the perceived need for Europe to be protected from the Russian Bear by the United States.

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