The battle for the Donetsk airport raged for another day as casualties continued to pile up. The fight to control the airport was the one of the most destructive since the uprising began in East Ukraine after a US and EU backed coup overthrew the elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych.
|By: DSWright Wednesday May 28, 2014 6:47 am|
|By: DSWright Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:45 am|
After the results of Sunday’s election handed victory to Ukrainian oligarch Petro Poroshenko a brutal assault began on East Ukraine by Kiev. Videos and photos from the attack show numerous dead civilians in East Ukraine apparently killed as a result. The central area of the attack seemed to be the airport in Donetsk which faced [...]
|By: fairleft Thursday May 22, 2014 9:35 am|
So is this really how it’s going to go? Will U.S. policymakers, elite think tankers and pundits just refuse to acknowledge the most important political change in the world since the demise of the Soviet Union? Well, yeah, I think that’s what they’ll do.
|By: DSWright Wednesday May 21, 2014 6:45 am|
There seems to be an emerging and unfortunate pattern in US foreign policy. The US overreaches, face plants, and China somehow ends up the true winner. In Iraq, China buys nearly half of the oil produced and is considered “the biggest beneficiary” of the post-Saddam oil boom. In Afghanistan, China has secured lucrative mineral contracts despite “having shed no blood and not much aid.” And now the Ukraine crisis, fomented by the US, unwittingly offered China another opportunity to profit.
|By: yellowsnapdragon Tuesday May 20, 2014 4:16 pm|
Today, Vladimir Putin travels to Shanghai to finalize a huge gas deal with China. The agreement, ten years in the making, guarantees the sale of 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year to China for the next 30 years.
Russia most likely will sell the gas at $350-380 per 1,000 cubic meters, a slight discount from the price Gazprom quoted last January.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday May 20, 2014 1:30 am|
As so often happens, the Glimmer Twins act as international relations prophets again.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Monday May 19, 2014 7:15 pm|
If you want a measure of rise and decline, look no further than this comparison between U.S. and Chinese infrastructural build-ups, between, that is, Washington’s global military-first strategy and Beijing’s civilian-first one meant to create a transport and communications system that could economically tie significant parts of the world to that country for decades to come. Rising… falling… Perhaps as TomDispatch regular Escobar, that peripatetic traveler across the realms he likes to call Pipelineistan, suggests, we really are heading for a new Eurasian Century.
|By: DSWright Monday May 19, 2014 6:52 am|
In an interview with Bloomberg News Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland had meetings with the Ukrainian neofascist group Right Sector in Washington DC. The Right Sector has been involved in numerous killings including the burning of pro-Russian supporters in Odessa.
|By: David Seaton Thursday May 15, 2014 6:12 pm|
Russia’s reaction to the move to overthrow Ukraine’s government, take it into the EU and from there, probably into NATO was the most predictable thing in the world, just the sort of thing that George H.W. Bush, Kohl, Mitterrand and yes, even Margaret Thatcher wanted to avoid. In American terms imagine Washington’s reaction if a Panamanian Hugo Chavez allied Panama with Cuba, filled the Canal Zone with Cuban advisers and threatened to close it… the marines would be there the next day. That is more or less what the Ukraine means to Russia. So Putin reacted in a totally predictable way.
|By: DSWright Monday May 12, 2014 6:42 am|
According to the report 400 mercenaries from Academi (formerly Blackwater) were on the ground “involved in a punitive operation mounted by Ukraine’s new government.”
Der Spiegel claims “the information originates from U.S. intelligence services and was presented during a meeting chaired by the Chancellor’s Office chief Peter Altmaier.