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 Wednesday September 17, 2014 9:07 am|
|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: 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: cocktailhag Thursday September 4, 2014 8:00 pm|
As the Mighty Wurlitzer of war cranks into gear yet again, I can’t help but wonder if war itself has become the singular cause upon which all news media agree, and no matter the opinion of those affected by it, they’re naturally going to sell any old war with just this sort of embarrassing fervor.
It’s understandable, I suppose, for the bloated multinationals who control what we see, hear, and read to choose war as a business proposition. Ratings surge, careers are made, and reporting costs are all but negligible when the aggressor is more than happy to provide all the talking points needed to fill time and space between boner pill ads.
|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.
|By: Attaturk Thursday September 4, 2014 1:30 am|
And David Cameron officially becomes the one millionth political leader since 1938 to make this analogy.
|By: David Swanson Wednesday September 3, 2014 6:16 pm|
After denouncing for months “Putin’s covert aggression” against Ukraine, the media have at last produced the smoking gun: satellite photos of alleged Russian Army armored vehicles inside Ukraine (although no GPS coordinates have been given).
In stark contrast to this inflammatory rhetoric, five reputable authorities have invited us to stay calm and rethink the media account of what is happening in Ukraine, reminding us that, behind the scenes, NATO is active there, too. And that its goal is not just to install a few missiles on the Russian border but, more importantly, to block the recent rise of multipolarity and plunge us all back into the bipolarity (duopoly) of the Cold War. Is this what we want?