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apartheid and genocide. The dehumanization and destruction of a people, along with the dispossession of their land and property, is utterly intolerable. The only feasible
alternative is its replacement by a pluralistic, democratic state that includes the Palestinians as equals. There is no other viable solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
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June 24, 2016
Israel should be deeply disturbed by the Brexit vote, by Jonathan Cook
The US, the EU and the Spectre of Brexit, by Alexander Mercouris
June 23, 2016
A Sane Democrat Voice in the Congress: Tulsi Gabbard Leads the Fight to Stop the Syria Regime Change War
Zwarich takes on the Boston Glob
This material is concerning a brazen propaganda 'hit piece' on Russia that appeared recently in the Boston Globe. The piece is full of not merely misinformation, in the form of cherry picked facts that are chosen to give a demonizing false impression, but also outright lies..
June 22, 2016
Why a British Vote For or Against Brexit Doesn’t Matter, by Alexander Mercouris
Brexit: What Is It About? by Paul Craig Roberts
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the two-state vs one-state solution, by Blake Alcott
June 21, 2016
It's High Time to Wake Up
The State Department’s Collective Madness, by Robert Parry
More than 50 U.S. State Department “diplomats” sent a “dissent” memo urging President Obama to launch military strikes against the Syrian army, another sign that Foggy Bottom has collectively gone nuts..
US Think Tanks Lost in Own Fantasy World of Russian Aggression and Imminent Collapse, by Pepe Escobar
Dmitry Orlov: The US Is Sleepwalking Towards A Nuclear Confrontation
The US Political Establishment's Arrogance on Russia, by Ron Forthofer
"I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever. No one was threatening anybody else." ~ George Kennan
Russia as the Last Obstacle to Global Planetary Genocide, by Iskander Valitov
Most of humanity will shortly become superfluous to needs. How can Russia help?
Putin: Russia will respond to 'aggressive NATO rhetoric'
Russia will take adequate measures to counter NATO's increasingly “aggressive rhetoric," President Vladimir Putin told MPs at the closing session of the State Duma. He called to create an international security system open to all countries.
June 1, 2016
A Russian warning
We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak—all based on no evidence. But we—knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and the Russian military, cannot swallow these lies. We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to, and to tell them the truth. And the truth is simply this:
If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States
Let us take a step back and put what is happening in a historical context. Russia has suffered a great deal at the hands of foreign invaders, losing 22 million people in World War II. Most of the dead were civilians, because the country was invaded, and the Russians have vowed to never let such a disaster happen again. Each time Russia had been invaded, she emerged victorious. In 1812 Napoleon invaded Russia; in 1814 Russian cavalry rode into Paris. On June 22, 1941, Hitler’s Luftwaffe bombed Kiev; On May 8, 1945, Soviet troops rolled into Berlin.
But times have changed since then. If Hitler were to attack Russia today, he would be dead 20 to 30 minutes later, his bunker reduced to glowing rubble by a strike from a Kalibr supersonic cruise missile launched from a small Russian navy ship somewhere in the Baltic Sea. The operational abilities of the new Russian military have been most persuasively demonstrated during the recent action against ISIS, Al Nusra and other foreign-funded terrorist groups operating in Syria. A long time ago Russia had to respond to provocations by fighting land battles on her own territory, then launching a counter-invasion; but this is no longer necessary. Russia’s new weapons make retaliation instant, undetectable, unstoppable and perfectly lethal.
Thus, if tomorrow a war were to break out between the US and Russia, it is guaranteed that the US would be obliterated. At a minimum, there would no longer be an electric grid, no Internet, no oil and gas pipelines, no interstate highway system, no air transportation or GPS-based navigation. Financial centers would lie in ruins. Government at every level would cease to function. US armed forces, stationed all around the globe, would no longer be resupplied. At a maximum, the entire landmass of the US would be covered by a layer of radioactive ash. We tell you this not to be alarmist, but because, based on everything we know, we are ourselves alarmed. If attacked, Russia will not back down; she will retaliate, and she will utterly annihilate the United States.
The US leadership has done everything it could to push the situation to the brink of disaster. First, its anti-Russian policies have convinced the Russian leadership that making concessions or negotiating with the West is futile. It has become apparent that the West will always support any individual, movement or government that is anti-Russian, be it tax-cheating Russian oligarchs, convicted Ukrainian war criminals, Saudi-supported Wahhabi terrorists in Chechnya or cathedral-desecrating punks in Moscow. Now that NATO, in violation of its previous promises, has expanded right up to the Russian border, with US forces deployed in the Baltic states, within artillery range of St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, the Russians have nowhere left to retreat. They will not attack; nor will they back down or surrender. The Russian leadership enjoys over 80% of popular support; the remaining 20% seems to feel that it is being too soft in opposing Western encroachment. But Russia will retaliate, and a provocation or a simple mistake could trigger a sequence of events that will end with millions of Americans dead and the US in ruins.
Unlike many Americans, who see war as an exciting, victorious foreign adventure, the Russians hate and fear war. But they are also ready for it, and they have been preparing for war for several years now. Their preparations have been most effective. Unlike the US, which squanders untold billions on dubious overpriced arms programs such as the F-35 joint task fighter, the Russians are extremely stingy with their defense rubles, getting as much as 10 times the bang for the buck compared to the bloated US defense industry. While it is true that the Russian economy has suffered from low energy prices, it is far from being in shambles, and a return to growth is expected as early as next year. Senator John McCain once called Russia “A gas station masquerading as a country.” Well, he lied. Yes, Russia is the world’s largest oil producer and second-largest oil exporter, but it is also world’s largest exporter of grain and nuclear power technology. It is as advanced and sophisticated a society as the United States. Russia’s armed forces, both conventional and nuclear, are now ready to fight, and they are more than a match for the US and NATO, especially if a war erupts anywhere near the Russian border.
But such a fight would be suicidal for all sides. We strongly believe that a conventional war in Europe runs a strong chance of turning nuclear very rapidly, and that any US/NATO nuclear strike on Russian forces or territory will automatically trigger a retaliatory Russian nuclear strike on the continental US. Contrary to irresponsible statements made by some American propagandists, American antiballistic missile systems are incapable of shielding the American people from a Russian nuclear strike. Russia has the means to strike at targets in the USA with long-range nuclear as well as conventional weapons.
The sole reason why the USA and Russia have found themselves on a collision course, instead of defusing tensions and cooperating on a wide range of international problems, is the stubborn refusal by the US leadership to accept Russia as an equal partner: Washington is dead set on being the “world leader” and the “indispensable nation,” even as its influence steadily dwindles in the wake of a string of foreign policy and military disasters such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine. Continued American global leadership is something that neither Russia, nor China, nor most of the other countries are willing to accept. This gradual but apparent loss of power and influence has caused the US leadership to become hysterical; and it is but a small step from hysterical to suicidal. America’s political leaders need to be placed under suicide watch.
First and foremost, we are appealing to the commanders of the US Armed Forces to follow the example of Admiral William Fallon, who, when asked about a war with Iran, reportedly replied “not on my watch.” We know that you are not suicidal, and that you do not wish to die for the sake of out-of-touch imperial hubris. If possible, please tell your staff, colleagues and, especially, your civilian superiors that a war with Russia will not happen on your watch. At the very least, take that pledge to yourself, and, should the day ever come when the suicidal order is issued, simply refuse to execute it on the grounds that it is criminal. Remember that according to the Nuremberg Tribunal “To initiate a war of aggression… is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” Since Nuremberg, “I was just following orders” is no longer a valid defense; please don’t be war criminals.
We also appeal to the American people to take peaceful but forceful action to oppose any politician or party that engages in irresponsible, provocative Russia-baiting, and that condones and supports a policy of needless confrontation with a nuclear superpower that is capable of destroying the US in about an hour. Speak up, break through the barrier of mass media propaganda, and make your fellow Americans aware of the immense danger of a confrontation between Russia and the US.
There is no objective reason why US and Russia should consider each other as adversaries. The current confrontation is entirely the result of the extremist views of the neoconservative movement, whose members have infiltrated the US Federal government, and who consider any country that refuses to obey their dictates as an enemy to be crushed. Thanks to their tireless efforts, over a million innocent people have already died in the former Yugoslavia, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, the Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia and in many other countries—all because of their maniacal insistence that the USA must be a world empire, not a just a regular, normal country, and that every national leader must either bow down before it, or be overthrown. In Russia, the irresistible force that is the neocon movement has finally encountered the immovable object. They must be forced to back down before they destroy us all.
We are absolutely and categorically certain that Russia will never attack the US, nor any EU member state, that Russia is not at all interested in recreating the USSR, and that there is no “Russian threat” or “Russian aggression.” Much of Russia’s recent economic success has a lot to do with the shedding of former Soviet dependencies, allowing her to pursue a “Russia first” policy. But we are just as certain that if Russia is attacked, or even threatened with attack, she will not back down, and that the Russian leadership will not “blink.” With great sadness and a heavy heart they will do their sworn duty and unleash a nuclear barrage from which the United States will never recover. Even if the entire Russian leadership is killed in a first strike, the so-called “Dead Hand” (the “Perimetr” system) will automatically launch enough nukes to wipe the USA off the political map. We feel that it is our duty to do all we can to prevent such a catastrophe.
5 Reasons Washington Has Already Decided to Go to War with Russia, by Peter Lavelle
As Moscow repeatedly out manoeuvres Washington and refuses to rise to Washington's bait, Washington doubles-down and readies for war
The writing would seem to be on the
wall – Washington and its stenographers union (better known as the
west’s mainstream media) are all fired-up and strategically positioned.
The War Party has ascendancy and the window of opportunity is wide open,
though slowly closing. The long desired wish to tame Russia is now in
its final stage. “American Exceptionalism” must subdue any real or
imagined threat. Importantly, intentionally generated phantom threats
are given the most attention and media space. Russia is in this
category. The reasons are patently obvious:
Russia refuses to take the bait: From the
proxy-backed South Ossetian conflict in 2008, to the forced regime
change in Kiev in 2014, and to the defense of Syria’s sovereignty in its
fight against western supported terrorists, Russia has stood its ground
against western-inspired machinations. In all three cases, Washington’s
attempt to lure Moscow into confrontation has failed. In fact, the west
has been the net loser in each of these foreign policy maneuvers – all
three attempts ending in fiascos.
Result: We should expect Washington to up the ante – direct confrontation with Russia via its NATO minions.
against Russia have failed: Western sanctions attempting to control
Russian “behavior” have had the opposite impact. Step-by-step – without
fanfare – Russia has retired 30% of its external debt in only two years. Import
substitution has continued apace, leaving a number of European markets
stagnate with relief nowhere in sight. Sanctions against the banking
sector certainly have been not without pain. Though there is an upside:
Russian businesses are in the process of withdrawing from the west’s
toxic financial sectors. When the next bubble bursts, Russia will avoid
much of the damage the U.S. will export to the global financial system.
Result: We should expect more faux
media-inspired circuses like the “Panama Papers” attempting to discredit
Russian businesses and finances.
Humiliating the Empire never goes without punishment: Washington and its allies are not used to taking the answer “no” lightly. Through hook and mostly crook the “Washington Consensus” gets its way almost all the time. When there is a dissenting voice vast resources are marshalled to silence and destroy the contrarian. Russia is the quintessential “Contrarian Power” in the Washington-centric world. Russia has and will defend itself against the NATO alliance moving to its borders, it will respond in kind to missile defence aimed at its nuclear deterrent, it will defend its sovereignty and those of others (like Syria if Moscow has the resources), it will demand equal treatment on the world’s energy markets, and it will not turn a blind eye to Washington’s addiction forcing illegal regime changes around the world.
Result: We should expect the west to
invent a crisis in one of the Baltic States. Even though many ethnic
Russians face discrimination and hardship in these states, many do
actually have a stable life. There is zero evidence they want this to
change. But never underestimate Washington’s fear mongering!
Those damn Russians refuse to be
isolated!: It is repeated over and over again that Russia is isolated
internationally. There is no evidence of this whatsoever beyond no
longer being a member of the G8. The fact Russia was excluded from this
group is a blessing in disguise. It is the G7 countries that account for
most of the world’s woes and suffering. Come to think of it how often
does Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov visit Washington? Interesting – it
seems U.S. Secretary of State is constantly on a plane to Moscow to meet
with Lavrov and/or Putin. Moscow has on numerous occasions proposed a
solution to the Syrian quagmire; it is Washington that can’t stomach
defeat there (even though defeat has been staring Washington in the face
for years). Years from now history will record how the “Washington
Consensus” isolated itself in a world undergoing incredible transitions.
Result: Washington will continue its “the worse the better” approach in Syria and the Middle East and blame Russia. Russia didn’t destroy the Middle East starting a vast immigrant/refugee crisis. Europe will continue to pay a high price for its senseless and cruel meddling. Of course Russia will be blamed.
Putin’s authoritarianism or western-made
global rock star?: The simple fact is there is no political, social, or
grassroots opposition ready to initiate a people’s uprising against the
hated “Putin regime.” Widespread dissent against the current political
establishment is pure western media fantasy. Putin is widely popular and
respected, though there are those who openly speak out against the
Russian president. There is nothing extraordinary about that. Actually,
Washington and Co have given Putin a significant boost in his poll
numbers. After two years of recession in Russia there is no indication
the people at large blame Putin. Standing up to the west has seen
Putin’s poll numbers soar. Most importantly for the majority of Russians
their country has returned to the world stage as a proud power
defending its own interests and international law. Putin gets the
Result: Once the west calls someone Hitler, then there is no way back. The demonization will continue. The results of such a policy have already been shown to be counter-productive and dangerous.
Peter Lavelle is anchor of RT political debate program CrossTalk. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of his employer.
May 13, 2016
Well, all good things must come to an end. I have maintained this site, in one form or another, for upwards of 15 years. It has become an addiction and now it's time to go cold turkey. I can no longer spare the four to five hours a day that I spend putting up the new links. From time to time I will add something that I consider to be vitally important, such as the above..
Let's call it a transition, as I am now embarking on a book (about everything, more or less) which has been morphing inside my head for the last few years. Wish me luck..
~ Roger Tucker
Boycott, Divest, Sanction
Global BDS Movement
Kudos to AS for providing many of the links