Divide and conquer: West replays old partition game in Ukraine (II) By Rakesh KRISHNAN SIMHA (India)

4 March 2014 — Oriental Review

Part I

Spinoffs for the West

Divide and conquer: West replays old partition game in Ukraine (II)Ukraine is an insanely industrious country, with a fertile bread basket in the west and a highly industrialised east. If the country’s 46 million people are added to the Western alliance it would be a huge untapped market for American armament companies and German consumer goods.

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Video: Moscow vs Washington in Ukraine

4 March 2014 — Stop Imperialism

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.com provides his analysis of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.  Draitser explains that US threats against Russia are not only superficial, they are indicative of a hypocritical US foreign policy that both sanctifies and condemns “intervention.”  Draitser notes that Washington has no leverage over Moscow on this issue and that, aside from their bluff and bluster, the US is essentially powerless. Continue reading

Vladimir Putin answers journalists’ questions on the situation in Ukraine By Vladimir Putin

4 March 2014 — Voltaire Network

Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues,

How shall we do this? This is what I’d like to suggest: let’s have a conversation, rather than an interview. Therefore, I would ask you to begin by stating all your questions, I will jot them down and try to answer them, and then we will have a more detailed discussion of the specifics that interest you most.

Let’s begin.

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Russia opens criminal case against new Ukrainian leader on terrorism charges

4 March 2014 — Voltaire Network

The Prosecutor General of Russia has opened an investigation into public calls for terrorism inside Russia posted by Dmytro Yarosh on his website.

Nazi leader Dmytro Yarosh was appointed Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (body that oversees the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces) in the Ukrainian government that emerged from the coup.

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What purpose could mass surveillance in the EU possibly serve?

January 2014 — Voltaire Network

JPEG - 14.4 kbThe European Parliament commissioned a report on the mass surveillance programs implemented in the European Union. The document lays down the data available regarding five member States (France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Sweden) and ponders about their impact on the economic system.

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US Justice Department protocols include sweeping attacks on press freedom By Eric London

4 March 2014 — WSWS

In an order published by Attorney General Eric Holder on February 27, the Obama administration granted itself unprecedented powers to spy on and prosecute journalists. The new policy announcement directly violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom speech, or of the press…”

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Research for Revolution By Andrew Gavin Marshall

4 March 2014 — Andrew Gavin Marshall

After a nearly two-month break from work, I have returned full-force to working on The People’s Book Project, a crowd-funded project which has been ongoing (off and on) for the past two-plus years. The Project raises funds to subsidize my research and writing of a series of books examining the ideas, institutions and individuals of power in our world – through historical, political, economic and social realms – as well as the methods and movements of resistance against these power structures. Continue reading