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The Obvious Asserts Itself: Ukraine Coup Ploy for NATO Expansion

Ukraine: The Truth Becomes Increasingly Apparent
by Gary Leupp - Dissident Voice
April 11th, 2015 
nuland-ukraine-2-7-14Reuters headline, April 29: “Ukraine sets sights on joining NATO.”
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty headline, April 29: “Far-Right Leader Names Ukrainian Military Adviser.”

Moscow’s official line on Ukraine–and it should not be dismissed just because that’s what it is–is that the U.S. spent about $5 billion backing “regime change” in that sad, bankrupt country, resulting in a coup d’etat (or putsch) in Kiev in February 2014 in which neo-fascists played a key role. The coup occurred because the U.S. State Department and Pentagon hoped to replace the democratically elected administration with one that would push for Ukraine’s entry into NATO, a military alliance designed from its inception in 1949 to challenge Russia. The ultimate intent was to evict the Russian Black Sea Fleet from the bases it’s maintained on the Crimean Peninsula for over 230 years.
Personally, I believe this interpretation is true, and that any rational person should recognize that it’s true. Victoria Nuland, the neocon thug who serves as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and is the key official shaping U.S. Ukraine policy, openly admitted to an “international business conference on Ukraine” in December 2013 that Washington had “invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine achieve [the development of democratic institutions] and other goals.” The unspoken goal was NATO membership.
(Imagine if a top-ranking official in the Russian Foreign Ministry were to boast of a $5 billion Russian investment in undermining the Mexican or Canadian government, with an aim towards incorporating one of those countries into an expanding military alliance. John McCain and Fox News would be demanding the immediate nuking of Moscow.)

World Class Response! Vancouverite Volunteers Wonder Where's Government Mobilization for English Bay Oil Spill?

Oil Spill Disaster in English Bay ... this is why we say NO PIPELINES, NO TANKERS!!!
by Directly Affected

Regular people of ‪Vancouver‬ are attempting to clean up the beach after a toxic fuel spill because they see no professional clean-up crew doing it.
We interviewed these volunteers to understand what they were seeing last night in English Bay.
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RIP R2P: Burying "Humanitarian" War

Neocons, R2Pers and Hypocrisy
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
April 10, 2015 

Sometimes I’m challenged over my linking belligerent neoconservatives with “liberal interventionists” who justify U.S. military invasions under the “humanitarian” banner of “responsibility to protect” – or R2P – meaning to intervene in war-torn countries to stop the killing of civilians, like the 1994 slaughter in Rwanda.
And, most people would agree that there are extraordinary situations in which the timely arrival of an external military force might prevent genocide or other atrocities, which was one of the intended functions of the United Nations.
But my overall impression of R2Pers is that many are careerist hypocrites who voice selective outrage that provides cover for the U.S. and its allies to do pretty much whatever they wish.
President Barack Obama talks with Ambassador Samantha Power, 
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, following a 
Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Sept. 12, 2013. 
 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"Mr. Obama, tear down this wall!"

Why Obama Should Rescind the Sanctions Against Venezuela
by Eva Golinger - CounterPunch
This week regional leaders from 35 Latin American and Caribbean nations meet at the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City. The meeting is staged to be a historical, celebratory encounter ending the exclusion of Cuba from the Organization of American States for more than fifty years. Both presidents Obama and Raul Castro will be present and a highly-anticipated meet and greet between them has the potential to rapidly advance a thaw in relations and an end to the unpopular U.S. embargo against Cuba.
While Latin American governments have applauded the Obama administration’s efforts to reestablish ties with Cuba, hope for a renewed relationship with the region has been tainted by the U.S. government’s recent actions against Venezuela.
A unanimous statement from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which represents all 33 countries in the region, has firmly condemned the March 9, 2015 Executive Order issued by President Obama declaring Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States”. The CELAC statement also rejected the corresponding sanctions imposed by the U.S. government against Venezuelan officials, considering them “coercive measures contrary to international law”.

Beyond Yarmouk: Nearing Seventy Years of Displacement

Deir Yassin to Yarmouk and beyond
by Mazin Qumsiyeh - Popular Resistance
On 9 April 1948, my mother’s friend in school (both 18 at the time in teacher school in Jerusalem) chose to go back to her village of Deir Yassin. That was the last time my mother saw Hayah Balbisi was dead in a massacre. April 9th is a day before good Friday on our Eastern Christian Traditions. My mother now 82 years old told me not to travel and that she has been having bad dreams.

I reassured her even though my own heart sends me negative signals. Deair Yassin was not the first or the largest massacre committed by Zionist forces during that era of ethnic cleansing. But it was prophetic and emblematic for us because its deliberate effect was magnified to scare the villagers (even some survivors were paraded in the streets of Jerusalem and loudspeakers told of more impending massacres).

Dozens of massacres were indeed committed just in the six weeks leading up to Israel’s creation and more after. 534 villages and towns were depopulated in the bizarre 20th century attempt to transform a  multicultural/ multireligious Palestine to become the “Jewish state of Israel”. 67 years later massacres are still being committed whether in Gaza last year or in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk.

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Right to Exist? - Questioning Israel

Questioning the Legitimacy of the Israeli State
by William A. Cook


israeli robot gunDear Folks, We have had a long history of sharing opinions and editorials on the conflict in Palestine and Israel. The subject stirs many minds and many hearts. It appeared that a major academic institution was going to address a critical, and little considered issue this month--the legitimacy of the state of Israel. This as you know was to take place at a conference at Southampton University in the UK on the 17th and 18th of this month.

But it appears that even in academia we are not free to explore such ideas as they seem critical of the Israeli State. Silence and fear control the voices that would address this matter. Over the years I have published with you articles on this very issue. I have culled four from my past that seem to address this concern head-on.

 I've attached a series of four articles taken from "Decade of Deceit: Reflections on Palestine," published by Lambert Academic Press in Germany in 2012, a collection of my pieces on the subject. Two cover the historical facts of the founding of Israel and two reflect on the consequences of that founding.

I thought that the limitations of time and the closure of the conference on relatively short notice necessitates that some presentation of the issues raised by the conference should be aired and the silencing of the academy be overcome. Should you agree with me, please use/offer these pieces to your readers so they can reflect on the issues that would have been discussed had the University President and its Board not capitulated to the power of the Zionists that forced closure. I considered the possibility that they might be used in sequence in separate issues or run together as you might determine. I can also understand that you may not want to run pieces already published, but thought that the cancellation of the conference made addressing the topic essential.


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Iraq War Propagandist's Memoir Attempt "Revisionist" Claptrap

Judith Miller’s Blame-Shifting Memoir
by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) 
April 7, 2015

U.S. intelligence veterans recall the real story of how New York Times reporter Judith Miller disgraced herself and her profession by helping to mislead Americans into the disastrous war in Iraq. They challenge the slick, self-aggrandizing rewrite of history in her new memoir.

On April 3, former New York Times journalist Judith Miller published an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Iraq War and Stubborn Myths: Officials Didn’t Lie, and I Wasn’t Fed a Line.”
If this sounds a bit defensive, Miller has tons to be defensive about.
Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller

Mumia's Medical Emergency Reveals Prison Neglect

Mumia's Specialized Mistreatment: Emergency Illness Exposes Lies In Abu-Jamal Case
by Linn Washington Jr.  - This Can't Be Happening

The recent emergency hospitalization of Mumia Abu-Jamal arising from alarming failures to address his chronic illnesses has exposed the inaccuracy of an assertion long made by adversaries of this inmate whom many around the world consider a political prisoner.

His adversaries charge that Abu-Jamal receives special treatment in prison.

That’s true, but not in the way Abu-Jamal adversaries mean it.
Mumia Abu-Jamal as he looked before and after his
untreated diabetic crisis, during which he lost over 50 lbs.
When an ambulance delivered Abu-Jamal to the intensive care unit of a hospital outside of the Pennsylvania State prison where he is serving a life sentence, he was on the doorstep of a diabetic coma – a condition that is often fatal. Abu-Jamal’s blood sugar level was 779, which is just shy of the diabetic coma level of 800. Additionally, his sodium levels were also highly elevated, another condition with potentially dire medically results.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Anthony Fenton, Gail Davidson, Janine Bandcroft April 8, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -

As wars and rumours of war continue, the so-called Obama Doctrine requires a level-eyed assessment. That "doctrine," as experienced in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, consists of arming everyone you believe an enemy of your enemy, and hoping for the best!

The result is disaster multiplied everywhere it is applied. Chaos, destruction, and death outright, with homelessness, hunger, and disease waiting in the wings. The ideals and best intentions of the project Washington and its allies intone mean nothing to the people caught in the maelstrom; their only hope is for the fighting to stop.
But thousands of miles removed from the suffering, the Pentagon, as announced yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, is readying for more war, "expediting" arms shipments to Saudi Arabia and its allies in the GCC to replenish their depleted stocks.
Anthony Fenton is an independent researcher, former journalist, author, and PhD candidate studying the political economy of Canada-Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC relations. Anothony co-authored, with Yves Engler, 'Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority,' and his many articles have been featured by the Asia Times Online, The Dominion, Foreign Policy in Focus, Inter Press Service News, Mother Jones, and Upside Down World.
Anthony Fenton in the first half.
And; were he an independent actor, perhaps Canada's prime minister would have a doctrine named for him too; but as it stands, quisling Stephen Harper's foreign policy is dictated to him from Washington, and elsewhere. What Mr. Harper's handlers are telling him to do is entangle Canada in war-fighting in the Middle East, regardless of the consequences, and in spite of the damage that does to both the locals living beneath the barrage, and Canada's international reputation.
Gail Davidson is a Member of the Law Society of British Columbia and founder of 'Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada.' An outspoken critic of the war against Afghanistan and those that have followed, Gail, and the international organization, Lawyers Against War, have argued against the legal "justifications" of the so-called Global War on Terror, and call for the arrest of the criminals waging them.
Gail Davidson examining the thin ice beneath Stephen Harper's assumptions of war-making legitimacy in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good things to do on our city's streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Anthony Fenton and Yemen; next in The Long War's crucible.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: And now heard at Simon Fraser University's . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

Success or War: Obama's Iran Deal as Justification for Conflict?

Credit where credit's due...but only where it's due: How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?
by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening

A kudo to President Obama. But just one. If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

We could reasonably ask why he thinks it's cool to negotiate with the "Axis of Evil" nation of Iran over the nuclear issue, but not with Russia over Ukraine.
 America's latest presidential "peace" laureate

After all, Iran doesn't even have a nuclear weapon, and on the evidence, isn't trying to build one, so these negotiations aren't really even preventing a nuclear war; they're just calming the nerves of some trigger happy paranoids in Israel and Washington. But Russia does have nuclear weapons, and has made it clear that if the US pushes too hard at putting NATO weapons and forces near the Russian border, or if it tries to undo the annexation of Crimea, it will use them. Shouldn't that kind of thing call for cool-headed negotiation, instead of aggressive moves like sending offensive armaments to Kiev?
But then we have some other issues too.

Failed Unions: USW Charged with "Betraying" Refinery Strikers

USW continues betrayal of remaining oil refinery strikers
by Tom Hall - WSWS

6 April 2015

usw logoThe United Steelworkers union’s isolation of striking oil workers continues as the employers at the few refineries that remain on strike seize upon last month’s national sellout agreement to push for even more draconian cuts, secure in the knowledge the USW will not lift a finger to defend these embattled workers.

Some 3,000 workers are still on strike at BP, Marathon and LyondellBasell facilities in Indiana, Texas and Ohio. Last Friday, the union pushed through a sellout local agreement at Marathon’s refinery in Catlettsburg, Kentucky where workers are expected to return next week.

The new contract was passed by a vote of 226-153 according to lead union negotiator David Martin, indicating a large opposition, even after two months in which the USW has sought to starve workers into submission. The deal includes meager raises contained in the USW national agreement that hardly keep up with the rate of inflation:

The new contract also contains “language that will limit routine maintenance contracting,” according Martin, the same vague language that will do nothing to stop the replacement of fulltime workers with lower-paid contractors with no job security or health and pension benefits. The union also agreed to implement an alternate work schedule, with 12-hour workdays.

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