Ukraine: U.S. Pulls Back, Agrees To Russian Demands

16 March 2014 — Moon of Alabama

There was another phone call today between Secretary of State Kerry and the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. The call came after a strategy meeting on Ukraine in the White House. During the call Kerry agreed to Russian demands for a federalization of the Ukraine in which the federal states will have a strong autonomy against a neutralized central government. Putin had offered this “off-ramp” from the escalation and Obama has taken it.

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Don't Pray for Venezuela: The Struggle Against Contemporary Fascism By Chris Gilbert

17 March 2014 — MRZine

The progressivist view of history often goes hand in hand with the faith that a new class — sometimes the proletariat, at other times “the people” — has a privileged perspective or consciousness.  If scientific (as opposed to vulgar) Marxism debunks this idea on a theoretical level — showing how commodity and money fetishism’s inversions of reality affect all classes alike — then fascism belies the progressivist faith on a practical level, showing that neither in the streets nor in the social networks do progress and reason have to reign.

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Will Twisted History of Georgian War Facilitate a Repetition? By Steve Rendall

14 March 2014 — FAIR Blog

Russian peacekeeping barracks in Ossetia, 2008 (cc photo: Dmitrij Steshin/Wikimedia)

The Russo-Georgian War makes a better anti-Russian talking point if you rearrange the order of events. (cc photo: Dmitrij Steshin/Wikimedia)

When the US press takes sides, the necessary lionizing of allies and demonizing of opponents begins in earnest. And so the fascists and antisemites in Ukraine’s current “pro-West” government are downplayed or ignored (Fair Blog, 3/7/14), as is the US hypocrisy that denounces Russia’s military adventures while supporting the violent ouster of a democratic, if odious, Ukrainian government (Consortium News, 3/4/14).

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Obama Declares Self-Determination to Be a Threat to US National Security By Paul Craig Roberts

16 March 2014 — williambowles.info

In his March 6 Executive Order, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine,” Obama declares that support for Crimean self-determination constitutes “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.”

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95.7% of Crimeans Give the Finger to the White House Tyrant By Paul Craig Roberts

16 March 2014 — williambowles.info

In an unprecedented turnout unmatched by any Western election, Crimeans voted 95.7% to join Russia. As I pointed out earlier today, under the twisted logic of Washington Crimea has never been a part of Ukraine as Russians were not allowed to vote when the Soviet dictator Khrushchev stuck the Russian province of Crimea into Ukraine in 1954.

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With 100% ballots counted, 96.77% of Crimeans vote to re-unite with Russia – Crimean election chief

17 March 2014 — Voice of Russia

The latest updates from Crimea’s election authority show that 96.77% of the voters who cast their ballots in Sunday’s referendum supported Crimea’s reunification with Russia. “The number of the votes cast in the Crimea-wide referendum in favor of reunification with Russia as an entity of the Russian Federation is 1.233,002 million, or 96.77 percent,” Crimea’s chief election commissioner Mikhail Malyshev, told reporters, summing up the outcome of Sunday’s vote.

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The New York Times deploys C.J. Chivers to Ukraine By Patrick Martin

17 March 2104 — WSWS 

A particularly foul and provocative article in the New York Times this weekend portrays the Russian military forces and pro-Russian militiamen in Crimea as a rampaging horde, using guns and whips to suppress popular opposition to a possible annexation of the Crimean region by Russia.

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