The acquittal of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak who ruled with an iron fist for thirty years and was accused of ordering the shooting deaths of hundreds of protesters during the events that removed him from power reflects the same determination as the acquittal of a white police officer via a lesser judicial process than a trial in the uncontested shooting death of a black, unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Corresponding to the growing worldwide revolt against the pax americana is an increase in the militarization of police forces, backed by justice systems that can be relied on to exonerate rulers while eliminating an increasingly redundant majority.
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday November 30, 2014 9:00 am|
|By: DSWright Thursday November 27, 2014 5:20 pm|
In an awkward vote at the UN both the US and Canada as well as Ukraine voted against a resolution that condemned the glorification of Nazism. Ukraine has a complicated history with Nazism especially as it has neo-Nazis within the new power structure in Kiev, but the US and Canada would seemingly have no trouble condemning the glorification of a regime they successfully fought against in World War II.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 26, 2014 12:28 pm|
In a discussion if US-Russia relations hosted by the Aspen Institute of Ideas former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley proclaimed that the US government, via the CIA, should send arms to the Ukraine government then lie about it. Hadley made the statement after claiming to value honesty and calling Russia dishonest.
|By: DSWright Friday November 21, 2014 2:02 pm|
In an event today in Ukraine Vice President Joe Biden stood next to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko to announce, on the one year anniversary of the overthrow of the previous government, that the US would continue its commitment to the ruling group in Kiev. The US supported the overthrow of the former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich, and now has promised to stand behind the new government, for now.
Biden said he had spoken to President Obama about US continued support and the threat posted by Russia.
|By: DSWright Monday November 17, 2014 9:28 am|
In strikingly explicit terms Russian President Vladimir Putin said publicly what has likely been Russian policy for some time – Russia will not allow Kiev’s forces to destroy the separatists. The statement came during an interview with German television concerning the conflict in Ukraine and how Russia would respond to new sanctions. Putin framed the argument as a commitment to stop ethnic cleansing and said he had concerns about Ukraine “ending up as a neo-Nazi state.”
|By: DSWright Thursday November 13, 2014 10:25 am|
Now that NATO has claimed to have seen Russian military equipment entering Ukraine in the past few days and prospects for peace appear elusive some scholars are beginning to analyze how we got here. The charge of a “Russian invasion” was made previously by the government in Kiev, though government officials would not disclose how they knew about it. It was speculated at the time that NATO intelligence was the one behind the charge as Kiev was unable to properly monitor the Russian-Ukraine border.
|By: DSWright Monday November 10, 2014 11:35 am|
The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, used the occasion of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to warn that the world was on the brink of a new Cold War.
|By: DSWright Friday November 7, 2014 2:14 pm|
The government in Kiev has accused Russia of invading its territory as tensions escalate in East Ukraine in the wake of the ceasefire collapsing. The ceasefire substantively ended yesterday after an artillery assault in Donetsk led to the death of two teenagers at their high school with both sides pointing fingers at each other though reports appear to indicate it was likely to have been Kiev’s forces firing on a nearby separatist forces.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 6, 2014 2:56 pm|
Fighting resumed today in East Ukraine. Artillery fire in the Donetsk region has already killed two teenagers who died when a shell hit their school. The teens were playing soccer on their lunch break when a shell hit their high school killing them and injuring an estimated four others who are said to be in intensive care. The combat comes in the aftermath of the election of separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk who are seeking to secede from Ukraine.
Authorities in Kiev claim the rounds came from separatist fighters while separatist authorities in Donetsk have blamed Kiev and said the government has started a new military offensive.
|By: DSWright Monday November 3, 2014 11:26 am|
Russia has recognized controversial elections that occurred in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and called on the government in Kiev to stop military action in order to negotiate with those who won the elections. Vote results from the elections showed that separatist candidates had prevailed by wide margins meaning that the political leadership in those areas would continue to be seeking independence from Ukraine.