Poetry Corner: “The End and the Beginning”

"The End and the Beginning": by Wisława Szymborska After every war someone has to clean up. Things won't straighten themselves up, after all. Someone has to push the rubble to the side of the road, so the corpse-filled wagons can pass. Someone has to get mired in scum and ashes, sofa springs, splintered glass, and bloody rags.      Well-known in her native Poland, Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012) received international recognition when she won [...]

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How Could the U.S. Help to Bring Peace to Ukraine?

by Nicholas Davies On April 21st, President Biden announced new shipments of weapons to Ukraine, at a cost of $800 million to U.S. taxpayers. On April 25th, Secretaries Blinken and Austin announced over $300 million more military aid. The United States has now spent $3.7 billion on weapons for Ukraine since the Russian invasion, bringing total U.S. military aid to Ukraine since 2014 to about $6.4 billion. The top priority of Russian [...]

Europe & the War in Ukraine

On the war in Ukraine By Vijay Prashad Unofficial transcript of remarks to End the War Scotland, March 26, 2022   This is a terrible war. it's catastrophic for the people in the middle of this war. I think it's well worth considering that this war of course didn't begin in February. It began in 2014, perhaps even earlier. It's an ugly situation now accelerated. Of course, there must be ceasefire, there [...]

The MADness of the Resurgent U.S. Cold War on Russia

by Nicolas J. S. Davies The war in Ukraine has placed U.S. and NATO policy toward Russia under a spotlight, highlighting how the United States and its allies have expanded NATO right up to Russia’s borders, backed a coup and now a proxy war in Ukraine, imposed waves of economic sanctions, and launched a debilitating trillion-dollar arms race. The explicit goal is to pressure, weaken and ultimately eliminate Russia, or a Russia-China [...]

Book Review: Border Crossings by “Manuel Tiago” (Alvaro Cunhal), reviewed by Peter Lownds

‘Border Crossings’: Small episodes of the epic fight against fascism in Europe by Peter Lownds Local L.A. activist and writer Eric A. Gordon’s recent translation, Border Crossings (New York: International Publishers, 2021) is one of a series of fictional books written by Manuel Tiago, the nom de plume of Álvaro Cunhal (1913-2005), a beloved radical who held various posts in the Portuguese Communist Party, both before and after the fall of the [...]

Blood on their Hands

War in Ukraine: US, NATO Share the Blame with Putin by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA https://antiracist.org/blood-on-their-hands/ Putin's valid criticism of a US "Empire of Lies" and of NATO war-making and warmongering do not add up to a justification of the Russian invasion. Consortium News shares Putin’s rationale here: https://consortiumnews.com/2022/02/24/what-putin-says-are-the-causes-aims-of-russias-military-action/  I recommend reading it to understand Putin's rationale, not to support it. Much of Putin’s condemnation of US and NATO aggression since the [...]

After a Year of Biden, Why Do We Still Have Trump’s Foreign Policy?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies President Biden and the Democrats were highly critical of President Trump’s foreign policy, so it was reasonable to expect that Biden would quickly remedy its worst impacts. As a senior member of the Obama administration, Biden surely needed no schooling on Obama’s diplomatic agreements with Cuba and Iran, both of which began to resolve long-standing foreign policy problems and provided models for the renewed emphasis [...]

The High Stakes of the US-Russia Confrontation Over Ukraine

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies https://www.codepink.org/the_high_stakes_of_the_us_russia_confrontation_over_ukraine A report in Covert Action Magazine from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in Eastern Ukraine describes grave fears of a new offensive by Ukrainian government forces, after increased shelling, a drone strike by a Turkish-built drone and an attack on Staromaryevka, a village inside the buffer zone established by the 2014-15 Minsk Accords. The People’s Republics of  Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR), which [...]

Day One: Demilitarize US Foreign Policy

Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Fix on Day One by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Here are ten things Biden can do by Executive order as soon as he takes office. Each one can set the stage for broader progressive foreign policy initiatives, which we have also outlined.   1)  End the U.S. role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen and restore U.S. humanitarian aid to Yemen. Congress already [...]

By |2020-12-01T20:57:27-05:00December 1st, 2020|Activism, Afghanistan, Africa, Europe, Iraq, Saudi Arabia|0 Comments

Free Press in the Dock: Assange Railroad Nears Terminal

This court case is like the 'Pentagon Papers' on steroids.  And yet: Only five people (including Craig Murray) are being allowed into the public gallery at the Old Bailey. The mainstream media are suppressing details of the case and the court proceedings. The magistrate in charge is acting like a CIA agent - railroading Assange to be extradited. You will not get a clearer report of the court proceedings than in Craig [...]

Kosovo: Key US Ally Indicted for War Crimes at Hague

Key U.S. Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme by Nicolas J S Davies   When President Clinton dropped 23,000 bombs on what was left of Yugoslavia in 1999 and NATO invaded and occupied the Yugoslav province of Kosovo, U.S. officials presented the war to the American public as a “humanitarian intervention” to protect Kosovo’s majority ethnic Albanian population from genocide at the hands of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic. That narrative has [...]

King Joe and the Round Table: Biden’s USA in a Multi-Polar World 

King Joe and the Round Table: Biden’s USA in a Multi-Polar World  by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies In an article in Foreign Affairs in March titled, “Why America Must Lead Again,” Joe Biden claimed that “the world doesn’t organize itself,” and promised to “put the U.S. back at the head of the table” among the nations of the world. But the premise that the world can only organize itself [...]

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