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.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 25, 2014 8:52 am|
|By: DSWright Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:07 pm|
In what may be one of the most well publicized acts of cognitive dissonance in history US President Barack Obama, leader of the most powerful empire in the world, told the United Nations General Assembly that “the cause of empire leads to the graveyard.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday September 17, 2014 9:07 am|
A reactionary mob in Kiev threw a member of Ukraine’s parliament in a dumpster for supporting a bill that would give special status to regions in East Ukraine. The mob waving flags from neofascist groups such as Svoboda and Right Sector burnt tiees and ultimately assaulted a member of parliament, dumping him in a trash can and hitting him with a tire.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday September 13, 2014 8:05 am|
The attorney general of Switzerland did a review of whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden would have to be extradited to the United States if he came to the country to testify as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance. He concluded that Snowden would be safe from extradition, however, “upper-level government commitments” might [...]
|By: DSWright Friday September 12, 2014 10:03 am|
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has conceded that there is no military solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Though initially the war in East Ukraine against separatists was called a counter-terrorism campaign, after a string of defeats by forces (semi-)loyal to the government in Kiev it seems Poroshenko is changing part of the approach to the crisis.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 11, 2014 7:59 am|
There has been an interesting little game going on with US sanctions against Russia up until now. The US pretends to seriously sanction Russia and Russia pretends it is being seriously sanctioned. But now it appears the US may be actually targeting the companies that matter to Russia.
ExxonMobil has a $50 billion contract with the Russian government to help exploit energy in the arctic.
|By: DSWright Monday September 8, 2014 3:21 pm|
Though the right wing militias battling in East Ukraine were ostensibly fighting for the government in Kiev, it appears once the east is secured they have other plans. After the right wing militias who are referred to as “volunteers” were routed in the recent fighting they told Western media they held the government in Kiev responsible for their loses and would one day overthrow it the same as they had overthrow former President Victor Yanukovich.
While the official military units under the control of Kiev had pulled back from East Ukraine the volunteers kept fighting the separatists and were ultimately defeated and forced to run west. Both the defeat and the lack of support from Kiev left a bad taste in their mouths and led to public announcements that the current government in Kiev may be the next to face their fire.
|By: DSWright Friday September 5, 2014 7:51 am|
The government in Kiev and separatists in East Ukraine have signed a ceasefire to go into effect today 3 pm GMT. The ceasefire, if it holds, could help end a conflict that has already claimed over 2,000 lives. The agreement comes as Ukraine President Poroshenko lobbies NATO for aid and membership and as NATO member states such as the US consider more sanctions against Russia.
The peace talks that led to the ceasefire were conducted in Minsk, Belarus.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 4, 2014 6:44 am|
What could go wrong? In a sign of increasing tensions both NATO and Russia will be staging high profile military exercises aimed at influencing the crisis in Ukraine. The escalation of military posturing comes after escalations of rhetoric.