Putin Says Russia Will Not Allow Ukraine To Destroy Separatists

By: Monday November 17, 2014 9:28 am

In strikingly explicit terms Russian President Vladimir Putin said publicly what has likely been Russian policy for some time – Russia will not allow Kiev’s forces to destroy the separatists. The statement came during an interview with German television concerning the conflict in Ukraine and how Russia would respond to new sanctions. Putin framed the argument as a commitment to stop ethnic cleansing and said he had concerns about Ukraine “ending up as a neo-Nazi state.”

 

Shades of Peter the Great

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 3:30 pm

RT’s claim that President Obama still doesn’t want to talk to President Putin, notwithstanding yesterday’s affirmation via MSNBC that he continues to hope the Russian President will change his mind about Syria, is a piddling piece of disinformation compared to the bigger picture (it’s always the Big Picture that counts) that is taking shape in St. Petersburg.

Snowden Reveals America and Britain Spied On G20 Members

By: Monday June 17, 2013 6:40 am

Something tells me the State Department staff are not Edward Snowden fans. The first set of Guardian leaks came right before the Sino-American summit on cybersecurity where the United States was preparing to take a firm line with China regarding alleged cyber-attacks. Now the Guardian is reporting that documents disclosed by Snowden reveal that British and American intelligence services spied on other countries at the G20 summit in London in 2009 which comes as Britain hosts the 39th G8 summit beginning today.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism

By: Sunday April 24, 2011 1:59 pm

What makes Ha-Joon Chang’s new book, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, such a joy to read, is not the challenge it poses to the bad economics that undergirds global finance, though it does precisely that. Just as Thomas did nearly 40 years ago, Chang’s book succeeds, fundamentally, because it challenges the dead language that is used to market as progress our growing political discontent.

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