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The Disaffected Lib: Austerity’s Silver Lining – Arms Race Update

A couple of headlines this morning got me thinking that the West’s embrace of austerity might not be all bad.  Of course it’s probably just wishful thinking.

The first article concerns a refreshingly nuanced and balanced lecture delivered by former US ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock.

In a lecture at King’s College London, Jack . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Austerity’s Silver Lining – Arms Race Update

The Disaffected Lib: Is Raul Castro’s Cuba the First Big Winner in Cold War II?

Now that Washington and Havana appear to be on the road to kissing and making up, it’s worth considering whether the timing is really that spontaneous?

Cuba was always the Soviet’s toe hold in the Americas.  It was over Soviet designs in Cuba that the world was brought to the brink of nuclear . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Raul Castro’s Cuba the First Big Winner in Cold War II?

drive-by planet: The Oliver Stone Rossiyskaya Gazeta interview: Ukraine, US media bias, Putin, MH-17 and more

American film director, Oliver Stone, recently gave a lengthy interview to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. He is in the region helping to produce a documentary with the title Ukraine on Fire.

Excerpts from the interview showed up in various online publications but I just recently came across an English version of the . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: The Oliver Stone Rossiyskaya Gazeta interview: Ukraine, US media bias, Putin, MH-17 and more

drive-by planet: Troubling questions about MH-17 crash remain following release of Dutch report

The Dutch Safety Board’s (DSB) preliminary report on the causes of the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH-17 is noteworthy for what it fails to report. It tells us pretty much what we already know or have surmised from photographs of the crash site. The report states that – “The damage observed in the forward . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Troubling questions about MH-17 crash remain following release of Dutch report

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

drive-by planet: U.S. analysts on MH17 – ‘Ukrainian forces to blame’: Ron Paul – Obama ‘hiding truth’

Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH-17, anti-Russian rhetoric was hard to miss on MSM. The rhetoric has toned down of late. The Obama administration has also been noticeably quieter on the subject of MH-17. For former rep Ron Paul the ratcheting down of the volume in itself raises questions, in particular about what . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: U.S. analysts on MH17 – ‘Ukrainian forces to blame’: Ron Paul – Obama ‘hiding truth’

drive-by planet: The West’s dangerous game: anti-Russia media hype and the MH-17 blame game

Obama continued with the blame game this week as a raft of new sanctions were introduced against Russia. In remarks directed at Moscow, he said that the ‘destabilization of a sovereign country [Ukraine] cannot be accepted in 21st century Europe.’

Obama must have a short and highly selective memory. It wasn’t Russia that . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: The West’s dangerous game: anti-Russia media hype and the MH-17 blame game

drive-by planet: US corporate media propaganda: NYT’s misleading photo ‘evidence’ of Russian soldiers in east Ukraine

Back in 2003, when Colin Powell presented “evidence” at the UN to back up the White House claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, major US news outlets ran the story believing the Bush administration had the goods. During the UN presentation Russia’s ambassador at the time, Sergei Lavrov,  greeted Powell’s “evidence” . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: US corporate media propaganda: NYT’s misleading photo ‘evidence’ of Russian soldiers in east Ukraine

Alberta Diary: Vladimir Putin’s strategic crisis in 2014 sure looks a lot like John F. Kennedy’s in 1962

President John F. Kennedy signs the proclamation of the “Interdiction of the Delivery of Offensive Weapons to Cuba” on Oct. 23, 1962. The order imposed the U.S. naval blockade on Cuba that Mr. Kennedy had announced during his televised address the night before. Below: Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev, Russian President Vladimir V. . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Vladimir Putin’s strategic crisis in 2014 sure looks a lot like John F. Kennedy’s in 1962

LeDaro: Crowded Stadium in Moscow -:)

OPEN SEATS: Spectators attended the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow Sunday. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)WSJ.

The Canadian Progressive: Edward Snowden says Obama administration using citizenship as a weapon

by: Edward Snowden

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Edward Snowden says Obama administration using citizenship as a weapon

Things Are Good: Moscow and New York City Both Launch Bike Sharing Services

Mayor Bloomberg in New York City has been clear that streets are meant to move people around and not just cars. The efforts the city has made to open up streets to people are working and the most recent push comes from their new bike sharing program.

“I expect to use it most days . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Moscow and New York City Both Launch Bike Sharing Services

Canadian Progressive World: URGENT PETITION: Free Members of Feminist Punk Group Pussy Riot Now!

Recently, the Putin regime in Russia extended the pre-trial detention of 3 members of the feminist punk group “Pussy Riot” until January 2013. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich had been in detention since March after they were arrested for committing the ultimate crime in Vladmir Putin’s Russia: singing a protest song, “punk-prayer” called . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: URGENT PETITION: Free Members of Feminist Punk Group Pussy Riot Now!

Art Threat: Russian LGBT Film Fest pushes ahead despite attacks – A conversation with the founder of the Side By Side Festival

It is an extreme act of bravery and commitment to put on a queer film festival in many parts of the world, where the cultural politics of film festivals play out in ugly and often violent manifestations of hatred and ignorance. Homophobia is rampant the world over, but in countries like Russia the fear . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Russian LGBT Film Fest pushes ahead despite attacks – A conversation with the founder of the Side By Side Festival

World Headlines Review: Russia, Violence and Protest: What it is and what it is not

Reports and video footage of violent demonstration and criminality by ultra-nationalist and racist organisations in Russia this week are forming an interesting juxtaposition to recent political protests in the West.  If one is interested in what ‘violent thuggery’ actually looks like, witness this week’s outburst of unrest in Moscow:  Rampaging gangs seeking racist revenge against . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Russia, Violence and Protest: What it is and what it is not