Political Repression Mounts In Run-Up To Ukrainian Presidential Vote By Alex Lantier

20 May 2014 — WSWS

As the unelected Western-backed regime in Kiev prepares to hold presidential elections on May 25, right-wing and fascistic forces are attacking and murdering members of opposition parties. This underscores the entirely fraudulent character of the elections arranged by the imperialist powers in an attempt to give the government in Kiev a veneer of democratic legitimacy.

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Boris Kagarlitsky on Ukraine: ‘A quadrille of monsters’ and ‘Smashing the feed trough’

2 March, 2014 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

— These two commentaries were written in January and February 2014 – before the fall of the Viktor Yanukovich regime and subsequent events — and have only just been translated into English. They are published at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal as they offer insights into the thinking of an important part of the revolutionary left in Russia.

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Anatomy of India’s General Election (II) Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

20 May 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Part I

Modi and the road not taken

There are two competing narratives regarding what to expect from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His acolytes keep switching between overlapping descriptions of him to convey their adoration of their idol – Loha Purush (Iron Man) and Vikas Purush (Development Man). 

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Anatomy of India’s General Election (I) By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

19 May 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

A neo-Gaullist storms Delhi darbar

The stunning victory of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] in the recently-concluded general election in India needs to be understood from three perspectives – first, the sheer dimensions of the victory; second, its meaning; and, third, what it portends for India’s political economy in the coming five-year period in terms of national policies…

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CIA barred from using vaccinations as cover after dozens of doctors killed

20 May 2014 — RT

The promise was made in a letter to the deans of 12 public health schools – who have criticized the Obama administration for using a vaccination effort as a cover for reconnaissance – and was written by the president’s top counterterrorism and homeland security advisor, Lisa Monaco.

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West Funds Insurgencies By Felicity Arbuthnot

19 May 2014 — williambowles.info

Thursday, May 15 marked Nakba Day, Yawm an-Nakba, “Day of Catastrophe”, the onset of the displacement of up to 800,000 Palestinians, at the time 67% of the population, followed by the destruction of over 500 villages since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, under the commitment agreed to by the then British Foreign Secretary, Lord Arthur Balfour, in November 1917.

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Why NATO Has Not Permitted Russia to Join By John V. Walsh

19 May 2014 — Dissident Voice

As the West’s assault on Ukraine gets ever bloodier, the “news” on National Public Radio (NPR) is teeming with anti-Russian propaganda, interspersed with the usual pieces declaiming on one’s senior prom and other matters of equal import. All in all it is a pretty dismal substitute for news and analysis.

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More on Washington’s Coordinated Occupy Crackdown, and the Dark Side of the Boston Bombing (Part II) By Dave Lindorff

19 May 2014 — This Can’t Be Happening!

The deepening police state USA

Part II of Dave Lindorff’s interview by Kathy Swift on Santa Barbara’s RadioOccupy. Lindorff continues talking about his investigation into the FBI’s and Homeland Security Department’s hidden campaign to crush the Occupy Movement, based upon the thousands of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act campaign of discovery by the Partnership for Civil Justice. Lindorff also talks about his investigation into the men from Craft International, the Dallas-based mercenary firm who’s personnel appear to have been hired (by someone — likely the DHS) to be at the Boston Marathon a year ago. Continue reading