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Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

PHOTOS: Canadians soldiers storm ashore at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, 72 years ago today. Below: The late University of Victoria Professor Reginald H. Roy, author of 1944: The Canadians in Normandy. It’s now been two years since I wrote this piece o… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

Alberta Politics: Victory Day in Moscow: some thoughts about the wisdom of messing with Russia

PHOTOS: A scene for last year’s May 9 Victory Day Parade in Moscow. The red banner visible in the centre is one of the Soviet victory flags hoisted over the Reichstag in Berlin in May 1945. Below: My military history professor, Reginald H. Roy and Br… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Victory Day in Moscow: some thoughts about the wisdom of messing with Russia

The Disaffected Lib: Vlad Putin – NATO’s Essential Enemy

Vlad Putin has given NATO – well, nothing less than a reason to exist a little longer.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO was a headless chicken, running around aimlessly, still on its feet but just.  The North Atlantic alliance pretty much took whatever gig it could get.

NATO bombed Serbia to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Vlad Putin – NATO’s Essential Enemy

The Disaffected Lib: Keeping Score in Cold War II

When it comes to Cold War II, we’re limited to snippets of information; an incident here and there, accusations and counter-accusations.  It’s hard to get a meaningful picture of what’s going on.

Enter the European Leadership Network, a think tank made up of former senior political and diplomatic types.  They’ve released a report, “Dangerous . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Keeping Score in Cold War II

The Disaffected Lib: Gorbachev Warns of New Cold War and Lays the Blame At Washington’s Feet

Former Soviet premier, Michael Gorbachev, has had the past quarter century to live with the legacy of betrayal.  Now he’s returned to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to warn that we’re on the verge of a new Cold War, one of the West’s making.

“Instead of building new mechanisms and institutions of European security and pursuing . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Gorbachev Warns of New Cold War and Lays the Blame At Washington’s Feet

The Disaffected Lib: If It’s Cold War You Want, It’s Cold War You’ll Get

Wasn’t one enough?  Really?

For almost a half century we, the West, and the Russians/Soviets poured mountains of money down the drain preparing for a war none of us would have survived had it come to that.

Underground missile batteries, fleets of nuclear missile submarines, strategic (nuclear) bombers, nuclear-capable strike fighters, mobile battlefield (tactical) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: If It’s Cold War You Want, It’s Cold War You’ll Get

Paul S. Graham: Video: The war in Eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War

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 conflict, . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: The war in Eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War

drive-by planet: NATO summit targets Russia: nuclear threat increases with risk of war

Protest in Newport, Wales, against NATO aggression

Government leaders of NATO countries meet in Wales this week to make plans for the escalation of military preparedness, with Russia squarely in the cross hairs. This includes the likely endorsement of a rapid response force made up of as many as 4,000 soldiers capable of being . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: NATO summit targets Russia: nuclear threat increases with risk of war

The Disaffected Lib: NATO – You’re Not the Master of the Universe. Now, Stand Down.

NATO’s outgoing CEO, er Secretary-General, Anders ‘Foggy’ Rasmussen, should really send caviar and roses to Vladimir Putin.  NATO hasn’t done all that well on Foggy’s watch – the cock-up in Libya, the hapless adventure in Afghanistan everybody would rather forget, the absorption of new members from eastern Europe more eager to get under NATO’s umbrella . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: NATO – You’re Not the Master of the Universe. Now, Stand Down.

The Disaffected Lib: When Confidence Fails

Few who lived through the Cold War with its constant threat of nuclear annihilation realize the role confidence played in preventing an outbreak of apocalyptic hostilities.  Even at times when we thought the “other side” might be nearing the point of pre-emptive attack, we had a sufficient degree of confidence that they would do . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When Confidence Fails

Alberta Diary: Russia must be stopped! And Peter Goldring’s just the man to do it! We’ll fight to the last Frenchman and German!

After we’ve won the war with Russia, a beachhead in the Caribbean! Edmonton MP Peter Goldring as illustrated by Press Progress. Below: Rob Ford, Louis Riel, Ann of Green Gables and last year’s military licence plate, which is presumably the same as this year’s military licence plate.

Whenever you think it’s safe to . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Russia must be stopped! And Peter Goldring’s just the man to do it! We’ll fight to the last Frenchman and German!

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper’s Cold War Becomes Arctic Chill: Why Domestic Politicking Makes For Bad Foreign Relations

Outgoing Russian Ambassador Georgiy Mame, spoke before his departure, lamenting our government’s undiplomatic posturing with his country, including Stephen Harper’s suggestion that Putin was the next Hitler. He accused the Harper government of isolating itself from its allies over Ukraine and hinted broadly that the Conservatives are likely playing to a domestic audience of . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper’s Cold War Becomes Arctic Chill: Why Domestic Politicking Makes For Bad Foreign Relations

Cowichan Conversations: Break the Silence A World War is Beckoning

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Cowichan Conversations: Is The US Trying to Kick The ‘Cold War’ Back Into Play?

LeDaro: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine – A New Cold War?

 Is there a new Cold War? The situation in Ukraine is escalating with Russian troops invading the Crimea, and with concerns about Russian soldiers potentially advancing further. There has been a dip in world markets in response to this news. The United States has halted trade and investment talks with Russia and the planned . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine – A New Cold War?

Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels

Anti-Government Ukrainians prepare to fight police in Kiev. Below: Rioters throw gasoline bombs at police in Ukraine; Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. (Wikimedia photos.)

You can bet money that when trouble is brewing abroad things are always far more complicated than local enthusiasts for one side or the other make them out to . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels

bastard.logic: The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)

Hey, remember when the US almost detonated an atomic bomb (260 times more powerful than either Fat Man or Little Boy) over North Carolina?

Good times:

The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)

bastard.logic: The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)

Hey, remember when the US almost detonated an atomic bomb (260 times more powerful than either Fat Man or Little Boy) over North Carolina?

Good times:

The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)

LeDaro: Relations between U.S and Russia are becoming tense

It looks like that the ‘cold war’ is slowly creeping back. Obama has snubbed Putin by cancelling his meeting with Putin in September. It looks that history does repeat itself.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he was disappointed that Russia had granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

“The . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Relations between U.S and Russia are becoming tense

LeDaro: Russian Warships to visit Cuba

It looks that relations between Russia and U.S have taken a new turn. The American government is quite upset over Russia giving refuge to Edward Snowden. Now the renewal of close relations by the Russians with Cuba is another indication of cooling off relations with America. Déjà vu all over again – during J.F. Kennedy . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Russian Warships to visit Cuba

The Disaffected Lib: The China Dream

Prominent Chinese military officers are speaking of an east Asia from which the U.S. has been forced out.  And they’re hoping to see that reality within 20-years.

Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu, at the People’s Liberation Army’s National Defence University, told Fairfax Media this week that American strategic influence would be confined ”east of the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The China Dream

LeDaro: Americans considered blowing up the Moon during the cold war to scare the Russian

The idea was to use a nuke to blow up the moon to scare the Russians. What did they think, that it was a small rock? Crazy!! . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Americans considered blowing up the Moon during the cold war to scare the Russian

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Nobel Peace Prize is slipping into irrelevance

by Brian Lee Crowley | Troy Media | Macdonald Laurier Institute My mother could have told you why giving the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union would produce such a predictable and deserved outpouring of derision. An aspiring writer, she took a creative writing course. One of the assignments was to describe a single . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Nobel Peace Prize is slipping into irrelevance

Left Over: Get Chicken Little on the Phone!!!!!

Did intelligence fears prompt Canada to cut Iran ties?By Brian Stewart, CBC News

 

 

Shades of the 1950′s, McCarthyism and the Red Scare! One would think that we were in the middle of the so-called Cold War, and that the Commies were hiding under the beds, once again…. Really, Harpo? Is this sort of . . . → Read More: Left Over: Get Chicken Little on the Phone!!!!!

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The League of Peculiar Gentlemen: The Americans

Not to be outdone by their British compatriots, the North American members of the League of Peculiar Gentlemen were also able to strap strange things to their faces. Perhaps the most famous of the trio, is Larry “The Monocle” Zimmerman, … Continue reading →

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