How Crimea plays in Beijing By Pepe Escobar

19 March 2014 — People’s Daily Online

Ukraine has become the final battlefield in the “cold war”, and it is becoming a possibility that the crisis will trigger a second “cold war”. The Crimean parliament’s declaration of independence from Ukraine ahead of the March 16 referendum indicates that Crimea may go ahead and join Russia. The tug of war between Russia and western countries teaches us four things.

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The forgotten coup – and how the godfather rules from Canberra to Kiev By john Pilger

16 March 2014 — John Pilger

Washington’s role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed.

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U.S. Prepares to Gas Russia Into Submission By Glen Ford

20 March 2014 — Black Agenda Report

The U.S., now number one in oil and gas, is preparing to destroy Russia’s economy. “Washington will move to crush, or at least seriously disrupt, Russia under its ‘sanctions as war by other means’ machine, by targeting its energy exports, while simultaneously boosting the foreign markets for U.S. natural gas.”

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Black Agenda Report March 20, 2014: GA Prisoners Allege Abuse, US Gases Russia, Kwadir Felton and Cory Booker

20 March 2014 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

Striking GA Prisoners Name Names, Allege Sexual Abuse, Ongoing Threats, Maltreatment by Staff 

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Not quite a month ago, I wrote that we at Black Agenda Report had received word of a new self-organized hunger strike among prisoners in Georgia’s notorious Diagnostic & Classification Prison at Jackson, the same place where Troy Davis was murdered by the state a couple years ago.  We had no details beyond a single brief note and a list of prisoners who’d signed a letter. Continue reading

Ukraine: Washington sanctioning Democracy and hailing Nazism

Thu, Mar 20, 2014 — Oriental Review

Washington sanctioning Democracy and hailing NazismEarlier this month US President Barack Obama signed an executive order declaring “a national emergency” in view of the “actions and policies of persons — including persons who have asserted governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine – that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”  This order blocks all property and interests in the United States  that belong to individuals under sanction, suspends entry into the United States, as immigrants or non-immigrants, of such persons, prohibits any type of donations to or benefitting such persons, and even forbids “any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order.”  Section 10 of the order eliminates the possibility of challenging these sanctions in any court:

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US Proxy Terror War on Venezuela By Prof. James Petras

17 March 2014 — James Petras

Introduction: Protest, dissent and terrorist wars are obviously very distinct forms of expressing opposition and bringing about change. The Obama-Kerry regime claim that the opposition in Venezuela is a “protest movement” a “peaceful democratic opposition” expressing discontent with economic conditions and that the democratically elected Maduro Administration is an ‘authoritarian regime’ violently repressing dissent. Washington claims to play no part in the action of the opposition and that its pronouncements are directed at furthering democratic freedoms.

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 19 March 2014

19 March 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Israel to Ease Restrictions on Weapons Exports
IMEMC – The Israeli Defense Ministry is increasing the number of countries for which arms exporters will not be required to receive a special license for marketing non-classified weaponry and defense equipment. …
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