Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s Foreign Minister, in an unguarded, candid, and theoretically private conversation revealed he thinks the Polish-American alliance is “bullshit.” A secret recording of Minister Sikorski talking to Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski reportedly contains audio of Sikorski saying “The Polish-American alliance is worthless, even harmful, as it gives Poland a false sense of security. It’s bullshit.”
|By: DSWright Monday June 23, 2014 2:57 pm|
|By: emptywheel Saturday June 21, 2014 1:59 pm|
Today’s guests, Peter Finn and Petra Couvee, discuss their book on the golden age of CIA influence campaigns, The Zhivago Affair.
Within a larger narrative about the life and Russia’s persecution of poet and novelist Boris Pasternak, Finn and Couvee describe CIA’s successful efforts to publish and distribute Pasternak’s Nobel Prize-winning novel, Dr. Zhivago. Somehow, MI6 got a copy of the manuscript and shared it with the CIA, which had it published in Russian by a Dutch publisher and distributed at the Vatican’s exhibit at the 1958 Brussels World Fair. Russian efforts to suppress the book and its coercion of Pasternak to publicly disclaim the publication and the Nobel prize brought international criticism. The operation was — Finn and Couvee describe CIA concluding — “a successful stunt.”
|By: yellowsnapdragon Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:15 am|
The Saudi Royal Family holds a tenuous power in the Kingdom. In order to tamp down rebellion against the House of Saud by ultra-Wahhabi extremists, the Saudis have devised a scheme where radical jihadi groups are funded extravagantly through networks of Saudi charities around the world. Radical Saudi citizens are encouraged and funded to express their zeal for jihad outside of the Kingdom in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, and Syria, while leaving the Saudi royals free from rebellion in the Kingdom.
|By: Deena Stryker Friday June 6, 2014 3:31 pm|
President Obama’s four-day European tour leading up to the D-Day celebrations in France began in Poland with the announcement of an increase in the number of American troops stationed there, as the post-coup government in Ukraine continued military action against citizens who refuse to recognize it.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday June 4, 2014 1:30 am|
Francois Hollande, a man who cheated on his wife with a mistress and on his mistress with another mistress, is undoubtedly the world leader most prepared for this situation.
|By: yellowsnapdragon Tuesday June 3, 2014 6:06 pm|
The days of unilateral global governance by ‘benevolent” empire, aka USA, are coming to an end. The growing alliance between Russia and China and the prospect of new trade deals done in rubles, yuan, or a basket of other currencies rather than the dollar portend a changing world. Here are a few organizations that will become increasingly important as the globe becomes multipolar.
|By: fairleft Sunday June 1, 2014 5:20 pm|
Moon of Alabama’s ‘b’ wrote on April 30 that the Ukraine regime would not be able to defeat the insurgency in the east and that that reality would eventually force a negotiated settlement. The settlement would leave Ukraine neutral and/or balanced economically and militarily between Russia and the West. In other words, the inevitable outcome is the one favored by Russia and most of the protestors in Ukraine’s south and east.
Another outcome was also possible.
|By: DSWright Wednesday May 28, 2014 6:47 am|
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 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.