Brussels (AFP) – NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea to complement its increased presence of land and air forces near a more assertive Russia, the alliance said Thursday.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the decision taken by alliance defence ministers in Brussels was not designed to be a provocation […]
By Justin Raimondo
Global Research, February 12, 2015
When Ukrainian army officers came to the Ukrainian village of Velikaya Znamenka to tell the men to prepare to be drafted, they weren’t prepared for what happened next. As the commanding officer was speaking, a woman seized the microphone and proceeded to tell him off: “We’re sick of this […]
by Paul S. Graham
In April 2014, the government that had come into power two months earlier in Ukraine launched what it termed an “anti-terrorist operation” against the people of Eastern Ukraine.
The easterners were opposed to the government’s plans for economic association with Western Europe and were demanding a greater voice in central government decisions.
That political […]
A view of a house destroyed in an air strike carried out by Ukrainian armed forces in the village of Stanitsa Luganskaya , on July 2, 2014. (AFP Photo) RT
OPINION: Civil Society Calls For Impartial Inquiry on Air Crash and Catastrophe in Ukraine
By Alice Slater
NEW YORK, Sep 2 2014 (IPS) – It is ironic that […]
By John Pilger
I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. ‘King’ Kong goes “toe to toe with the Rooskies” and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it’s left to General ‘Buck’ Turgidson to reassure […]
March 4, 2014: Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird with Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Vadym Prystaiko, Photo: iPolitics
by Glenn Michalchuk, Chair, Peace Alliance Winnipeg
There is a need at this time to go into the facts about the crisis in the Ukraine. The simple arguments of Baird and Harper about “democracy”, “sovereignty”, “independence” are a prescription for […]
Michael T. Clare, Counterpunch, Jan. 10, 2012
Welcome to an edgy world where a single incident at an energy “chokepoint” could set a region aflame, provoking bloody encounters, boosting oil prices, and putting the global economy at risk. With energy demand on the rise and sources of supply dwindling, we are, in […]
Obama Raises the Military Stakes: Confrontation on the Borders with China and Russia
By Professor James Petras,
Global Research, December 10, 2011
After suffering major military and political defeats in bloody ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, failing to buttress long-standing clients in Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia and witnessing the disintegration of puppet regimes in […]
US Now in Afghanistan Longer Than Soviets
By Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 8, 2010
US forces have now stayed longer in Afghanistan than the Soviet army during Moscow’s ill-fated intervention. The US military late last month exceeded the nine years and 50 days that Soviet troops were stationed in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989. The event provoked […]
Fanning the Flames of Another War in the Caucasus?
By Eric Walberg, Counterpunch, March 5-6, 2010
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world expected a new era of peace and disarmament. But what happened? Instead of diminishing, US and NATO presence throughout Europe, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Central Asia rapidly increased, and the world […]