Ukraine Crisis Risks Escalating Amid Stalled Talks, Rising Hostility

by Yang Sheng and Xu Yelu, published on Global Times, April 13, 2022 The Chinese draw attention to an inherent schism in the understanding of the two forces in Ukraine, a dangerous misunderstanding that prevents successful negotiation. [jb] Russian President Vladimir Putin called the situation in Ukraine “a tragedy” and peace talks had reached a “dead end” in his meeting[…]

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U.S. Leaders Claim to Care About Ukrainians, But Will They Step Up and Make the Compromises Necessary to End the War?

by Jack Gilroy, published on Covert Action Magazine, April 8, 2022 The U.S. media have been saturated by reports of Ukrainian suffering since the Russian invasion of February 24, 2022, and of heroic Ukrainian resistance. Even progressive media outlets and politicians have favored more arms supplies to Ukraine in this climate. When Congress passed a massive $13.6 billion aid package[…]

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“Let Them Kill as Many as Possible”- United States Policy Toward Russia and its Neighbors

by Brian Terrell, published on PinkTank, March 3, 2021 In April 1941, four years before he was to become President and eight months before the United States entered World War II, Senator Harry Truman of Missouri reacted to the news that Germany had invaded the Soviet Union: “If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help[…]

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Biden Warns of “World War” While Truss Says Rostov and Voronezh are not Russian

by Paul Antinopoulos, published on InfoBRICS, February 11, 2022 Normally I might not publish something like this but I think we all should consider just how incompetent our leaders and their ‘diplomats’ really are.  [jb] President Joe Biden called for American citizens in Ukraine to leave the country as soon as possible after revealing the potential for a “world war”[…]

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China Gives Oomph to Russia’s ‘Nyet’ on NATO

by Ray McGovern, published on Antiwar.com,  February 1, 2022 Fourteen years ago today, when then-ambassador to Russia William Burns, in an IMMEDIATE cable titled “Nyet Means Nyet: Russia’s NATO Enlargement Redlines,” reported Moscow’s warning that NATO membership for Ukraine would cross a red line, the Russians could do little more than grouse. Enter from left stage Chinese President Xi Jinping[…]

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Israel Is Hell-Bent on Sabotaging US Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

by Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin, December 12, 2021 We should not forget that Iran has long advocated for a ‘nuclear free’ Middle East.   However, barring that, they have no choice but to protect themselves from what is clearly an open and aggressive attack by Israel. [jb] After a 5-month hiatus, indirect negotiations between the U.S. and Iran resumed last[…]

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The Russia Question

by James W. Carden, Marshall Auerback & Patrick Lawrence, published on The Scrum, May 14, 2021  (republished with permission) U.S. President Biden will soon be meeting with Russian President Putin.  This article, now a month old, provides a timeline of the deterioration of U.S. – Russian relations, but also of U.S. internationalism, completely overcome now by the self-centered vision of[…]

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Biden and Iran

by Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi, published on CounterPunch, February 3, 2021 There is an expression in Persian that says when an idiot throws a stone into a well, hundreds of wise people can’t recover it. Now this is the story of Donald Trump’s idiotic decision in May 2018 to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran known as the Joint[…]

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