The geopolitical dimensions of the coup in Ukraine By Peter Schwarz

27 February 2014 — WSWS

“When the Soviet Union was collapsing in late 1991, Dick wanted to see the dismantlement not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world,” wrote former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in his recently published memoirs. Gates was referring to the then-Secretary of Defense, and later US Vice President, Dick Cheney.

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Russia mobilizes army groups over Ukraine concerns

27 February 2014 — Greanville Post

RussianPutinTarmac 350x233Editor’s Note: The dispatch below, originating with the controversial site, seems to us to be correct. The sheer number of rightwing venues denigrating this site —and its purported chief correspondent, Sorcha Faal—tells us that it is not likely to be just one more wacko outfit distributing nonsense. Fact is, we don’t give a fig as to whether “Sorcha Faal” exists or not. Or whether it is a man or a woman, or a nun or some guy in some basement typing these reports on his laptop computer.

Secret government contracts undermine our democracies. Let’s stop them By Jonathan Gray

27 February 2014 — OurKingdom

How do we know that the money we collectively give to our governments is being properly spent? We don’t. A new campaign seeks to change that.

The British government has just awarded a contract to manage the plundering of personal health data from GPs’ records. The winner, French company Atos, is best known in Britain for incompetently assessing disabled people’s “fitness to work”. That doesn’t inspire confidence.

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US Navy Knew that “Major Radiation Hits” from Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan By Harvey Wasserman

27 February 2014 —

fukushimaevacuatuonA stunning new report indicates the U.S. Navy knew that sailors from the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its meltdowns and explosions nearly three years ago. 

If true, the revelations cast new light on the $1 billion lawsuit filed by the sailors against Tokyo Electric Power. Many of the sailors are already suffering devastating health impacts, but are being stonewalled by Tepco and the Navy.The Reagan had joined several other U.S. ships in Operation Tomodachi (“Friendship”) to aid victims of the March 11, 2011 quake and tsunami. Photographic evidence and first-person testimony confirms that on March 12, 2011 the ship was within two miles of FukushimaDai’ichi as the reactors there began to melt and explode.

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