Putin, Poroshenko and Merkel Meeting in Minsk

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 5:39 pm

Ukraine disintegrated into civil war partly over disagreement about whether to join the European Union’s economic integration program, the Eastern Partnership, or to join Eurasia’s new Customs Union (CU). Today, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia will hold CU talks in Minsk, and Ukraine’s President Poroshenko is expected to attend. The CU meeting will be the first formal meeting between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko since the Ukrainian civil war began. Representatives of the EU will be included in the summit.

 

Looting the Ukraine

By: Sunday August 24, 2014 5:30 pm

I am not a believer in mono-causal explanations for complex events like the US/EU coup in the Ukraine. There are many different actors – American neo-Cons and humanitarian interventionists, Eu bureaucrats, NATO officers and so forth. But accumulation and asset looting are always one motivation shared by many of those involved. Here are a couple of recent items giving substance to the asset looting motivation.

Head of Ukraine’s Security Service Claims Russian Aid Convoy Is Invasion

By: Friday August 22, 2014 10:09 am

A Russian aid convoy has now entered East Ukraine as part of a tenuous deal between Russia and the government in Kiev to provide humanitarian assistance to the war torn area. Part of the deal was that Red Cross aid workers would be part of the convoys but the Red Cross backed out of the convoy leading Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, the head of Ukraine’s security service, to label the crossing of the Russian convoy an invasion of Ukraine.

The Red Cross says it backed out of the convoy deal because it did not feel its people could be safe.

Late Night: Man vs. Machine

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:00 pm

When I was in college, I took a two part class called War in the Modern World, as a conscious departure from the social history that was my focus of study. The experience was eye-opening, and continues to be.

By “modern,” it referred to the period from the US Civil War to the present (the early 1980′s), based on the fact that the Civil War was won by pure industrial might, and the victor was the belligerent that could out-produce the other and hurl the most materiel and men onto the pile.

Russia Sending Humanitarian Convoy to East Ukraine

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 5:50 pm

A Russian humanitarian aid convoy left the Moscow area last night on its way to Ukraine to deliver food, medicine and other supplies to the besieged areas of eastern Ukraine. The mission is led by the International Committee of the Red Cross and has been approved by Ukraine

Government In Kiev Denies Access To Russian Aid Convoy Raising Invasion Concerns

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 12:15 pm

The government in Kiev is denying permission for a Russian aid convoy to enter Ukraine and stating that any aid must be turned over at the Russia-Ukrainian border. The convoy is reportedly carrying aid for war torn East Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists and forces loyal to Kiev have been battling for months leading to numerous civilian casualties and strains on infrastructure.

CIA Intervention in Ukraine Has Been Taking Place for Decades

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 6:59 am

Almost totally lost in the reporting on the Ukraine crisis is the fact the CIA had an active program of covert intervention into Ukraine for nearly seven decades. The history of that intervention is not being examined by any side in this conflict because it is tied up with the Cold War and the political fallout of the fall of the Soviet Union. But the politics from that time threaten to flare up again, as NATO and Russia move towards a possible armed confrontation.

NATO Claims Russia May Be on Verge of Entering Ukraine

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 6:59 am

NATO announced on Wednesday that it was concerned that 20,000 Russian combat troops gathering on the Ukraine-Russia border were going to cross into Ukraine. NATO speculated that the troops would enter the country as peacekeepers to stop attacks on East Ukraine by West Ukraine forces.

Under Sanctions American Sales To Russia Increase

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:49 am

Though the US government helped overthrow the elected government in Ukraine and is arming forces in Kiev, it can not make the economic sanctions against Russia work. The primary problem lies with Europe which has little to no interest in cutting off its energy supply from Russia, but another problem is America itself which has actually increased sales to Russia since sanctions were imposed. That’s called failing.

Civilian Aircraft Shot Down in Ukraine War Zone

By: Friday July 18, 2014 7:55 am

Despite East Ukraine being a war zone with aerial bombings and anti-aircraft missile fire galore, Malaysian Airlines flight 17 inexplicably flew right into the war zone. Not surprisingly, it was shot down. The government in Kiev is blaming separatists fighters and an audio recording was released by Kiev that claimed to show rebels talking about accidentally shooting down the flight, though the recording is disputed and still not verified. It’s also possible the Ukrainian military shot down the plane, they had at one point recently declared a no-fly zone in the area.

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