The Ukraine Amy has used cluster bombs on civilian populations in East Ukraine. Cluster bombs are banned in many countries which are signatories to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, though the use of cluster bombs itself can be considered a war crime if used against civilians. Cluster munitions eject smaller munitions which can hit lots of areas around a target indiscriminately and can be difficult to retrieve after they are dropped. Ukraine is not a signatory to the convention nor is the United States.
|By: DSWright Friday October 17, 2014 6:45 am|
Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, was discharged from the US Navy Reserves for testing positive for cocaine according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Hunter received two waivers to enter the Naval Reserves – one for being older than a typical applicant at 43 and one for a previous drug related “incident.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 14, 2014 12:21 pm|
After previously promising to march on Kiev, neofascists began a riot in Kiev that involved throwing smoke bombs and using air guns to shoot out windows of the Ukrainian parliament. The riot forced an early end to the session of parliament as police battled to take back the streets of Kiev. The far right had previously been supported and empowered by the Ukraine government but have fallen out of favor since a cease fire was signed in East Ukraine between the government and separatists backed by Russia.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 7, 2014 1:40 pm|
Global turmoil and bloody conflicts are not bad news for everyone. The defense industry has been enjoying a nice run in the stock market from armed conflict breaking out across the world from Gaza to Ukraine to Syria. Much of the upside comes from the use of weapons made by US multinational corporations in conflicts that may or may not involve the US directly. Even just a standoff or threat of armed conflict can spur defense spending by governments and enrich weaponry makers.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 25, 2014 8:52 am|
Though the ceasefire in East Ukraine is hanging by a thread, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decided to order a closure of the Ukraine-Russian border and announced that he is pushing to have Ukraine join the European Union with a membership application in 2020 – two moves that will no doubt infuriate Russia.
|By: DSWright Wednesday September 17, 2014 9:07 am|
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 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.