What Can the US Bring to the Peace Table for Ukraine?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just issued its 2023 Doomsday Clock statement, calling this “a time of unprecedented danger.” It has advanced the hands of the clock to 90 seconds to midnight, meaning that the world is closer to global catastrophe than ever before, mainly because the conflict in Ukraine has gravely increased the risk of nuclear war. This scientific assessment should [...]

The Ukraine Crisis Is a Classic “Security Dilemma”

The Ukraine Crisis Is a Classic “Security Dilemma” by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Photo: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) meets in Lodz, Poland, on December 1, 2022. Photo credit: OSCE On December 27 2022, both Russia and Ukraine issued calls for ending the war in Ukraine, but only on non-negotiable terms that they each know the other side will reject. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Kuleba proposed a [...]

The USA Caused the War in Ukraine, and Only the USA Can End It

by Bryan Davies While United States  infrastructure has been rotting away and entire cities don’t even have access to clean drinking water, the Biden Administration and the entire Democratic Party elite have given over $54 billion in military aid to Ukraine from February, 2022 to the present. Reading mainstream news, we’re led to believe that this invasion was unprovoked; unpredictable; and a story of a rogue, authoritarian state preying on a weaker, [...]

Nuclear Extortion?  Abolish Nuclear Weapons

By Marcy Winograd and Medea Benjamin In a moment of candor, President Biden told Democratic Party contributors the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is the highest since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Soviet Union installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from Florida. Referring to Russian President Putin’s veiled threats to use short-range nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the President added it was the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis such [...]

The Growing Chorus for Peace in Ukraine

by Nicolas Davies and Medea Benjamin   Ukraine has been wracked by shocking destruction and deadly violence since Russia invaded the country in February. Estimates of the death toll range from a confirmed minimum of 27,577 people, including 6,374 civilians, to over 150,000. The slaughter can only get more horrific as long as all sides, including the United States and its NATO allies, remain committed to war. In the first weeks of [...]

September 11th Is Here Again!

September 11 is Here Again by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA Sept. 11, 2001 is now farther in the past than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were when the U.S. began escalating its aggressive military role in Vietnam. A full generation has come age since "9-11"; about 20% of the US population has been born since the US government responded by launching the War on Terror. US military doctrine has moved [...]

NATO and a War Foretold

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies As NATO holds its Summit in Madrid on June 28-30, the war in Ukraine is taking center stage. During a pre-Summit June 22 talk with Politico, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg bragged about how well-prepared NATO was for this fight because, he said: “This was an invasion that was predicted, foreseen by our intelligence services.” Stoltenberg was talking about Western intelligence predictions in the [...]

The Summit of the Americas and the Crisis of US Hegemony

By Angel Guerra Cabrera [EDITOR'S NOTE: Union del Barrio and a coalition of other groups are holding a protest outside the Summit of the Americas Wed. June 8, 4 PM at Olympic & Figueroa when Joe Biden is scheduled to appear.] The chaotic political situation created by the US government in the face of the VIII edition of the so-called Summit of the Americas reflects, in the first place, the reluctance of [...]

Is Ukraine a Prelude to US War with China?

Scott Ritter & Ray McGovern on Ukraine, Russia, China By Ray McGovern https://raymcgovern.com/2022/05/28/scott-ritter-ray-on-ukraine-russia-china/ Scott and I focused initially on President Biden’s just-completed Excellent Adventure in the Far East and the U.S. effort to woo countries away from China or, at least, pre-empt closer bilateral ties. I again posed the question (see my brief talk Thursday, embedded in https://raymcgovern.com/2022/05/27/why-is-win-win-a-no-no/ ), Why must China’s “win-win” approach be dismissed out of hand — especially when [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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