Russian history exposes media lies By Eric Walberg

17 March 2015 — Eric Walberg

Russia has always fascinated me—the stern heroes who defended Muscovy against the Golden Horde, the ornate and mysterious orthodox faith, the vast spaces, the remarkable learning and philosophy, the Bolshevik Revolution against imperialism… It’s clear the West has always been jealous of a race of genius, highly deserving respect.

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Doctor’s Orders

17 March 2015 — 38 Degrees

Today, Britain’s most senior doctors told politicians to “put their money where their mouth is” and fund the NHS properly. Their open letter said that our NHS will be put at risk unless it has the money it needs. [1]

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The ECB’s Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments By Ellen Brown

15 March 2015 — Washington’s Blog

Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? (See January 6th post here.) It seems the European Central Bank (headed by Mario Draghi, former managing director of Goldman Sachs International) has now made good on the threat.

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Statewatch News Online, 17 March 2015 (05/15): Fingerprinting by force / UK: Police “spying” whistleblower admits to MPs that he infiltrated six trade unions…

17 March 2015 — Statewatch • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

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Top stories and analyses from Statewatch

1.   EU: Fingerprinting by force: secret discussions on “systematic identification” of migrants and asylum seekers
2.   EU: Statewatch Analysis: Proposed Data Protection Regulation: What has the Council agreed so far?
3.   Is it time to go back to the typewriter, carbon paper and Tippex?  “Remote access” to any computer anywhere

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EU Splits on Supplying Weapons to Ukraine — How and Why By Eric Zuesse

16 March 2015 — Global Research

The issue is whether to supply weapons to Ukraine.

On Friday, March 13th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced, referring to himself in the third person, that:

“The Head of State has informed that Ukraine had contracts with a series of the EU countries on the supply of armament, inter alia, lethal one. He has reminded that official embargo of the EU on the supply of weapons to Ukraine had been abolished.”

In other words: Some EU nations, and he is keeping secret for now the identity of which ones, have contracted to supply to Ukraine’s ‘Anti Terrorist Operation’ or ‘ATO,’ weapons to assist Ukraine in its ‘Anti Terrorist Operation.’

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 8-14 March 2015

14 March 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Merkel Is Erasing May 9, 1945 from the National Memory

14.03.2015 | 12:06 | Dmitriy SEDOV

…For the Russian people, the German chancellor’s refusal to attend the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow is a very serious sign that soon Germans might refuse to acknowledge the victory over Nazism. Germany’s political ranks are shifting to a new plane of political existence. The Germans are implanting a prosthetic, artificial memory, with which they can begin to revive the plans for building a «new order» in Europe.

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No More NHS Privatisation!

13 March 2015 — 38 Degrees

A huge NHS privatisation deal has just been announced. [1] £780 million more of taxpayers’ money will now go to private companies for services which used to be delivered by the NHS.

Piece by piece, the NHS is being sold off to the highest bidder. But our NHS is precious and belongs to us all. We can – we must – protect it.

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What does Putin want? By Rostislav Ishchenko

12 March 2015 — Actual CommentariesSlavangrad

It is gratifying that Putin was not instantly blamed by “patriots” for a full-scale defeat of Ukrainian troops in the Donbass, which did not happen in January-February, and for the Moscow consultations with Merkel and Hollande.

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Syriza’s Only Choice: A Radical Step Forward By Spyros Lapatsioras, John Milios, and Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos

11 March 2015 — The Socialist Project

“One must know how to employ the kairos [right or opportune moment] of one’s forces at the right moment. It is easy to only lose a little, if one always keeps foremost in the mind the idea that unity is never the trick, but the game.” — Guy Gebord, “Notes on poker.”

1. Introduction

The transitional “bridge Agreement” of the 20th of February is a truce intended by the Greek government and welcomed by the other side (the European “institutions”). Within the truce period (the next four months), the conditions for negotiating the next agreement will be shaped. This could mean that everything is still open. However, that is not true for two reasons. First, the very transitional agreement changes the balance of power. Second, the “hostilities” will continue in the course of the next four months (i.e. the review of the commitments and the re-interpretation of the terms by each party).

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National Security Archive: Perestroika in the Soviet Union: 30 Years On

12 March 2015 — National Security Archive

Documents show extraordinary achievements, Spectacular missed opportunities

Newly published records include report on Chernobyl, Gorbachev meetings with Mitterrand and Bush, and Gorbachev appeal for international aid in 1991

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Black Agenda Report 11 March 2015: Selma 50th Anniversary, “Chicago Will be Detroit”, Final Insult to Michael Brown

11 March 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

No matter how many Black people are shot down in the streets by cops, no matter how far Black people fall relative to whites in the economy, Barack Obama has always denied that racism is endemic to the United States. He amended that slightly, in Selma this weekend. “Obama now admits that racism had once been endemic to the country, but that it is now limited to Ferguson-like localities.”

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The Relationship between Washington and ISIS: The Evidence By Prof. Tim Anderson

8 March 2015 — Global Research

obama-isisReports that US and British aircraft carrying arms to ISIS have been shot down by Iraqi forces have been met with shock and denial in western countries. Few in the Middle East doubt that Washington is playing a ‘double game’ with its proxy armies in Syria, but some key myths remain important amongst the significantly more ignorant western audiences.

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Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State and Perpetual War By Andrew J. Bacevich

9 March 2015 — Common Dreams 

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Walt Whitman Rostow, McGeorge Bundy’s successor as national security adviser, shows President Lyndon B. Johnson a model of the Khe Sanh area on Feb. 15, 1968. (Photo: public domain)


Policy intellectuals — eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office — are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality. A benign appearance — well-dressed types testifying before Congress, pontificating in print and on TV, or even filling key positions in the executive branch — belies a malign impact. They are like Asian carp let loose in the Great Lakes. Continue reading this...

Greece Told Deeper Austerity Needed to Secure Additional Loans By Robert Stevens

10 March 2015 — World Socialist Web Site

Euro zone finance ministers met Monday to discuss a set of proposals from the Syriza-led Greek government based on the austerity programme both sides signed on February 20. Greece was required to submit a list of austerity measures deemed acceptable to its creditors as a precondition for receiving a pending load of €7.2 billion and any further loans.

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