Crimea River, Obama’s Ukrainian Blunder By Mike Whitney

21 March 2014 — Counterpunch 

”There is no question but that Russia is confronted with an existential threat. The integration of Ukraine into the expanding anti-Moscow alliance would render Russia more vulnerable to imperialist aggression and destabilization. Future operations will unfold not only on the periphery of Russia, but within its borders. The United States and the European imperialist powers will have no difficulty finding new “human rights” causes to encourage, finance and arm.”” – The Crisis in Ukraine”, International Committee of the Fourth International

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Why the Jimmy Mubenga trial matters. By ex-Chief Inspector of Prisons By David Ramsbotham

21 March 2014 — OurKingdom 

On Thursday the Crown Prosecution Service announced that three former G4S guards, Stuart Tribelnig, Terry Hughes and Colin Kaler, would stand trial for the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga on a BA plane in October 2010. Long before Mubenga’s death, Lord Ramsbotham was among those who warned repeatedly that Home Office contractors used dangerous methods of restraint.

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Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: The Systemic Crisis of Financialization

3 March 2014 — Leftstreamed

Costas Lapavitsas teaches economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has done research in the political economy of money and finance, the Japanese economy, the history of economic thought, economic history, and the contemporary world economy. During the last three years his interests have focused on the Eurozone crisis, and he has undertaken research on it with a group of researchers associated with Research on Money and Finance at SOAS. His longer ­term research interests, however, include the financialization of capitalism, its characteristic trends, variable forms and manifold implications for contemporary society. Continue reading

Ukraine: America’s Strategic Error By Vladimir Yevseyev

18 March 2014 — New Eastern Outlook

The international community is entering a period of global instability. The unipolar world that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union has receded into the past. Obviously, this would have happened a little later, but the U.S. has significantly accelerated the international processes when it interfered in the internal affairs of Ukraine rather rudely.

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Can Washington Overthrow Three Governments at the Same Time? By Thierry Meyssan

21 March 2014 — Voltaire Network

The power of a state is measured by its ability to defend itself and to attack on one or more fronts. In this context, Washington is trying for the first time to show it can overthrow three governments simultaneously: Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela. If it succeeds, no government would be henceforth able to resist it.

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Obama’s Imaginary Foreign Policy ‘Caution’ By Peter Hart

22 March 29014 — FAIR Blog

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Obama’s tripling of troops in Afghanistan is downplayed because it doesn’t fit the narrative. (cc photo: US Army/ Michael Casteel)

Given that elite media consider Sen. John McCain’s foreign policy opinions worthy of serious attention, it’s not surprising that the critique of Obama from the right–that he hasn’t used, or threatened to use, military force often enough–is considered the rational basis for a news article. 

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The new Cold War “shield” By Manlio Dinucci

22 March 2014 — Voltaire Network

Washington is making hay of its defeat in Ukraine: it is getting the Europeans to cut themselves off economically from Russia and is already imposing on them the expansion of its missile coverage. While the Western media focus on NATO’s narrative of events (the so-called “military annexation” of Crimea), the Alliance is noiselessly deploying its imperial apparatus.

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The new Gladio in Ukraine By Manlio Dinucci

21 March 2014 — Voltaire Network

Looking back to the coup in Kiev and the information provided in our columns during the course of the events, Manlio Dinucci describes a decades-old device used by the United States and NATO as it appears today: a new “Gladio,” that is to say a secret military structure capable of manipulating political facts.

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